For those who are fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is going to be a fun week on The Holidaze! It's TMNT WEEK!! Believe it or not, the new 2014 TMNT film comes out this Friday and has already received positive reviews from fans and critics whom were lucky enough to catch an advanced screening. This not only excites me for my own viewing, but to dive into my saved TMNT topics. As you may remember, The Holidaze first discovered the TMNT Crush cans on Instagram before Pepsi finally revealed the products. At first, we weren't sure they were real. I honestly believed it was a hoax pulled off by a cleverly talented graphic designer, but further images enhanced my anticipation and raised my hopes before Crush made the awesome announcement! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SODA was, in fact, real and each turtle was receiving a can and flavor designated to them by color. I knew, without a doubt, this would be the coolest promotional tie-in we'd see attached to this new film and that was more than enough for me. So, between now and Friday, I'm going to discuss and review each flavor with you. Even if you're not a turtle fan, this first one stands out on its own!
Crush Berry Punch!
Obviously, Leonardo had to receive a blue colored soda to match his legendary eye band. Anything other than blue would have been a slap in the shell and completely ruined the campaign so, really, this was a no-brainer. But when you think of blue soda, what comes to mind? I assumed they'd choose a blueberry flavor, but I really didn't think that would taste good. Even worse, they could have brought back the "Pepsi Blue" flavor to kill the taste completely. But no, the amazing minds behind this promotion concocted an entirely new recipe and gave Leonardo a never-before-released flavor - Berry Punch!
Throw in some Ninja Turtle ice cubes and we're looking at one delicious drink, but is it really new? From what I remember, Crush once released a Blue Raspberry flavor and, based on this name and taste, I'd assume this is probably the same recipe with a new name. Now, that doesn't matter to me because I've never tried it and the name "Berry Punch" is absolutely perfect for a Ninja who leads his brothers into battle, but it's probably not "new" in the sense that it's never been released. Regardless, it tastes amazing!
Have you ever had a Charms Blue Razz Berry lollipop? Well that's exactly what this soda tastes like! I remember winning an entire box at a stand in Pt. Pleasant, NJ when I was a kid so there's a lot of nostalgia attached to the flavor for me. Between the character on the bottle and the flavor in my glass, this Crush Berry Punch is an undeniable winner. Everything about it is perfect!
In the case of Leonardo, I've only been able to find the 2 liter bottle. For some reason, Leonardo and Raphael 12-packs are hard to come by. In some areas, you'll find the entire collection. In mine, it's hit or miss. As a collector, I'll be sure to find the can eventually, but the bottle gets the job done if you're just looking to try an awesome flavor. Or... if, you know, want to take pictures of soda on your deck!