Can You Identify All of These Fizzy Drinks?

By: J.P. Naomi

Despite its Spanish name meaning "fresh," Fresca was first introduced in the United States in 1966. Did you know it was the favorite soft drink of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who drank it just as much as coffee?

Did you know that the Dr. Brown's brand was created in 1869? Originally sold door to door in New York City, Dr. Brown's is now found in supermarkets across the United States. Black Cherry is one of six flavors by Dr. Brown's.

A&W Cream Soda and its diet version were introduced in 1986. Did you know that there are 170 calories and 45 grams of sugar in regular cream soda? The diet version boasts zero calories and is sweetened with aspartame.

Mountain Dew is a citrus-flavored fizzy drink and was created by Barney and Ally Hartman in 1940! Today, it is manufactured by PepsiCo and competes on the market with Mello Yello, Sun Drop and Surge.

Manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company, Surge was first introduced on February 7, 1997. It was discontinued in 2003, however, as it never quite succeeded over Mountain Dew and Sprite.

Did you know that Mello Yello was created by the Coca-Cola Company in order to compete with PepsiCo's Mountain Dew? Since 1979, there have been three varieties of Mello Yello, including original, Zero and Cherry.

A product of today's Keurig Dr Pepper brand, Sunkist was launched in 1979 and aimed to compete with Coca-Cola's Fanta brand. Did you know that one can of Sunkist Orange contains 43 grams of sugar?

Barq's Root Beer was created by Edward Barq in 1898. This particular fizzy drink has always been known for having caffeine, while other brands of root beer do not.

During World War II, a trade embargo was placed against Nazi Germany, making it impossible for them to import or produce Coca-Cola. As an alternative, the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland, Max Keith, used the resources he had in his country to create a new brand of cola known as Fanta!

Wild Cherry Pepsi was first introduced in 1988 by PepsiCo. Did you know that it was a replacement for Cherry Cola Slice? There are 29 grams of sugar in one eight-ounce can of Wild Cherry.

Coke Zero is a diet cola manufactured by The Coca-Cola Company. First introduced in 2005, Coke Zero was reformulated in 2017 and its official name was changed to Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. This was intended to emphasize its no-sugar recipe.

Did you know that Mug Cream Soda is one of 31 brands of cream soda sold in the United States? Mug, one of the more popular brands, is owned and manufactured by PepsiCo.

Introduced in 1990, Stewart’s Root Beer is manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper and distributed by the Cadbury Schweppes Bottling Group. This line of fizzy drink originated at the popular chain of Stewart's Restaurants in Mansfield, Ohio!

Did you know that the Coca-Cola Company began testing its new cherry-flavored cola at the 1982 World's Fair? Visitors to the fair in Knoxville, Tennessee were first to try what would become one of Coca-Cola's most popular colas when it was officially released in 1985.

Did you know that Pepsi was first introduced in 1893 as Brad's Drink? Caleb Bradham, a pharmacist in North Carolina, renamed the drink Pepsi-Cola five years later to reflect the kola nuts used in the recipe and the dyspepsia, or indigestion, that it helped cure!

Crush is a brand of fizzy drinks created by Canadian chemist Neil Ward in 1911. Today, its main competitor is Fanta. Crush is sold worldwide.

Known today as Pibb Xtra, Peppo was first introduced in 1972. Two years later, it was renamed Mr. Pibb after Dr. Pepper sued the company for trademark infringement! Today's Pibb Xtra includes additional cinnamon flavor to the original recipe.

Did you know that in its first year of production alone, Mountain Dew Code Red increased sales of Mountain Dew by six percent? It has been sold in the United States since 2001, New Zealand since 2009, Germany since 2010 and Canada since 2013!

Dr. Pepper was created by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist in Waco, Texas in the 1880s. Did you know that a 12-ounce can of Dr. Pepper contains 40 grams of sugar and 150 calories?

Did you know that Coca-Cola was originally intended as a patent medicine? Its combination of kola nuts and coca leaves was a treatment for issues related to the stomach and intestines. Today, after 132 years, it thrives as one of the world's leading brands of carbonated soft drinks.

7Up is a brand of lemon-lime-flavored fizzy drink developed by Charles Leiper Grigg in 1929. There are various myths for how it got its name. One of these myths points to its original 7-ounce bottle, which pushed the industry's limits—particularly Coca-Cola's 6-ounce bottles!

Vernors is a brand of ginger ale created in 1866 by Pharmacist James Vernor. Today, it sells in 33 states as well as Canada, most widely in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.

A product of the Coca-Cola Company, Sprite is a caffeine-free lemon-lime-flavored fizzy drink first introduced in 1961. Its main competitors include 7Up and Sierra Mist.

Canada Dry Ginger Ale was created by Canadian Pharmacist and Chemist John J. McLaughlin in 1904. Originally distributed in Canada alone, it's now produced and widely consumed in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Japan and around the Middle East and Europe.

Dr. Brown's Cel Ray was first produced in Brooklyn, New York in 1868! It was, and remains today, widely popular among New York City's Jewish community, particularly for being kosher!

Schweppes is a carbonated beverage brand which originated in Geneva, Switzerland in 1783! It introduced its ginger ale in 1870 and tonic water in 1871. Today, it's owned by Keurig Dr Pepper.

Diet Pepsi was the first variation of Pepsi made without sugar and was introduced in 1964. Its main competitors are Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

Sierra Mist was created by PepsiCo in 1999 to compete with Sprite and 7Up. Its name was rebranded in 2016 to Mist Twist, though that did not last very long! By 2018, the brand reverted to Sierra Mist and remains the number two-selling lemon-lime soft drink in the United States, behind Sprite.

Despite the fact that Coca-Cola came to the market in 1886, it wasn't until 1982 that Diet Coke was introduced! Do you know why? That's because the Coca-Cola Company already had a diet cola out on the market known as Tab!

The Barq's Brothers Bottling Company was founded in 1890 in New Orleans by brothers Edmond and Gaston Barq. Today's creme-soda variations include Red Creme Soda Diet Red Creme Soda and French Vanilla Creme Soda!

Tab was the original diet cola product of the Coca-Cola Company. It was introduced in 1963 and only declined in popularity due to Coca-Cola's release of Diet Coke in 1982!

Dr. Brown's Root Beer is a kosher fizzy drink sold in 12-ounce cans, one-liter plastic bottles and 12-ounce glass bottles. Founded in 1869, it's manufactured today by J & R Bottling Company.

Sprite Zero was originally introduced as Sugar Free Sprite in 1974. Its name changed to Sprite Zero in 2002 for brand recognition purposes, alongside Coca-Cola Zero and Fanta Zero.

Tonic water is a carbonated soft drink with a main ingredient of dissolved quinine. The Canada Dry brand is the most widely recognized brand to tonic-water lovers. Did you know that it is actually a recommended beverage for leg-cramp relief?

Polar Seltzer Water originated in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1882. Today's seltzer water line-up includes 19 different flavors!

Did you know that the Izze Beverage Company was founded in 2002 by Todd Woloson and Greg Stroh? It sold just four years later to PepsiCo. Alongside its Sparkling Clementine product are nine other sparkling fruit drinks, including Sparkling Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Apple, Peach and Cherry Lime, to name a few!

Anyone who has seen a can of Mug Root Beer knows that its company mascot is a bulldog! Did you know the bulldog's name is Dog? Mug Root Beer was introduced in the 1940s and purchased by PepsiCo in 1986.

Did you know that cream soda's flavor comes from the combination of vanilla and raspberry? Dr. Brown's version is especially popular in New York City and South Florida.

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About This Quiz

Hello, Carbo-Nation! Are you bubbled up and ready to take on the ultimate fizzy-drink quiz? It's time to put your carbonated cap on as we test your skills. Think you have what it takes to recognize these fizzy drinks? Well, let's get started!

First … a quick history lesson! In the early 17th century, scientists were intent to determine why natural mineral water had bubbles. Come to find out, it was because of a gas known as carbonium, or as we know it … carbon dioxide! Since mineral water was said to have medicinal powers, scientists and pharmacists worked over the course of the next century to develop carbonated—or fizzy—drinks that would help cure ailments of the stomach and intestines. But the popularity of carbonated drinks grew outside of medicine, thus beginning the boom of the soft-drink industry as we know it today.

By 1885, the first commercial introduction was made in the United States by none other than Dr. Pepper! From PepsiCo to the Coca-Cola Company, and Dr. Brown's to Schweppes, the fizzy-drink industry has captivated the world. And while fizzy drinks sure extend beyond soft drinks (beer and other adult beverages are in fact 'fizzy!'), we want to test your knowledge of America's top non-alcoholic fizzy brands. Ready to get to it? It's time to quench your thirst and ace this quiz!

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