3 of the top 5 past and present nerd fuels are no longer with us. However, all of these great pops have a special place in the heart of many nerds.
Why do nerds drink pop? As a nerd, I believe soda is tasty. I enjoy tasty. Besides, how else am I going to keep my mind sharp playing games all night? Coffee tastes horrible with Doritos.
Which of the discontinued pops would you like brought back? Let me know in the comments.
Based off a Norwegian pop called Urge, Coca-Cola’s Surge was created to compete directly with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew. It came to shelves in 1996, edgy logo and all, but Coke decided to remove it from their line after only six years.
2. Jolt Cola
Jolt Cola, created in 1985 by Wet Planet Beverage, made appearances in numerous hollywood hits, most notably, Jurassic Park and Hackers.
“Hack the planet! Hack the planet!”
Sorry about that. I couldn’t help myself.
Anyways, In 2011, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. After restructuring, the company relaunched and re-branded Jolt Cola to Jolt Energy.
Rumor has it you can still pick up glass bottles of Jolt Cola brand drinks on the West Cost? If you can confirm this let me know in the comments.
Bawls Guarana is an energy drink containing natural Guarana flavor and more caffeine than most pops. Bawls products are owned by Bawls Acquisition of Miami, Florida.
My first experience with Bawls happened when they sponsored the CPL in the summer of 2002. Bawls was giving away cases throughout the competition. For six days I survived off Bawls and Domino’s Pizza. I have never had such horrible heartburn.
Personally, I think it’s stretching the truth by labeling Bawls as an energy drink. It’s more of a pop with an average coffee size dose of caffeine, much like Jolt Cola.
Bawls has been featured in Run Like Hell as a health item in the video games vending machines, and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel replacing Nuka-Cola.
Surge failed, but Coca-Cola wasn’t go to raise their white flag. In the summer of 2005, Coca-Cola launched Vault to once again compete directly with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew.
Coke even launched Vault Red Blitz in 2007 to battle against Pepsi’s Mountain Dew: Code Red.
Much like its predecessor Surge, Vault had similar ingredients and taste, although Vault contained around 20 mg more of caffeine.
Vault survived for six years and developed a significant following before being discontinued in December of 2011.
5. Mt. Dew
Mountain Dew is a soda brand invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman and purchased in 1964 by the Pepsi-Cola company. You might have seen the slogan “Ya-Hoo! Mountain Dew” on the throwback bottles and cans. This slogan is a shortened version of the original “Ya-Hoo! Mountain Dew. It’ll tickle yore innards.”.
From 1940 to 1980 there was just one variety of Mountain Dew. Diet Mountain Dew made its debut in 1988 and in 2001 Code Red was launched. Since 2001, the Mountain Dew product line has exploded with different flavors, some only sold at special retailers. It wasn’t until this year that you had to visit Taco Bell to get some delicious Baja Blast.
Its primary competition is Coca-Cola’s Mello Yello. Mountain Dew accounts for 80% of citrus flavored soft drinks sold in the US.
Tip: Mountain Dew is best consumed with a generous serving of Doritos.