Somehow we got to talking about Mountain Dew on the WBCK Morning Show Friday morning.  A 20 ounce Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugars!   That means a 6-pak has over a pound of sugar!   I know people who drink 4 or 5 a day.  That’s like downing that big 5 lb bag of sugar off the shelf at the grocery store!

We started talking about Mountain Dew knockoffs.   (not the actual products that bear the “Mountain Dew” name….which is approaching about a dozen these days!)

Mountain Dew started back in the late 30’s as a regional drink to mix with whiskey.   After a few different recipes, Pepsi bought it in 1964.   The bottle was clear with yellow lettering and a caricature of a hillbilly on it, saying “It’ll tickle yer innards!”    I still remember my very first one!   I don't drink it any more, because of the sugar, but also because it reminds me of a guy I worked with on a summer job years ago.  He had two teeth left in his head, and used them to open bottles of Mountain Dew.  Yikes!

In addition to Pepsi's Mountain Dew, Coca-Cola's Mello Yello or Dr Pepper's Sun Drop, there are a variety of smaller or regional brands for citrus soda.  As I read them off on the show, I felt like Bubba from “Forest Gump” talking about shrimp.

  • 1 Cactus Cooler
  • 2 Citrus Drop
  • 3 Citrus Pop
  • 4 Fountain Mist
  • 5 Heee Haw
  • 6 HEB Citrus Rush
  • 7 Hillbilly Holler
  • 8 Kountry Mist
  • 9 Moon Mist
  • 10 Mountain Breeze
  • 11 Mountain Charge
  • 12 Mt. Chill
  • 13 Mountain Drops
  • 14 Mountain Explosion
  • 15 Mountain Frost
  • 16 Mountain Fury
  • 17 Mountain Holler
  • 18 Mountain Lightning
  • 19 Mountain Lion
  • 20 Mountain Maze
  • 21 Mountain Mellow
  • 22 Mountain Mist, by Top Pop Soda
  • 23 Mountain Moondrops
  • 24 Mountain Rapids
  • 25 Mountain Roar
  • 26 Mountain Rush
  • 27 Mountain Shoutin
  • 28 Mountain Shower
  • 29 Mountain Splash
  • 30 Mountain W
  • 31 Mountain Wave
  • 32 Mountain Yeller
  • 33 Ramp
  • 34 Rocky Mist
  • 35 Wild Mountain

Did I forget any?