10 Hilarious Knock Off Soda Drinks Only In China

10 Hilarious Knock Off Soda Drinks Only In China

August 18, 2019 24 By Bertrand Dibbert


China is well known for its counterfeit products
and you can find a Chinese knock off for just about anything! From toothpaste to handbags
and electronics, to simpler things like food and drinks. Some of the knock-offs are really
good while some of them are quite funny. China creates so many faux products because everything
is already “made in China”! They have easy access to manufacturing anything they desire
with a fast turn around. It’s time to quench your thirst and take a look at the top 10
Chinese knock-off sodas. Dr. Anything But Pepper The former CEO and president of the Dr. Pepper/7-Up Company once said that they always maintained
you cannot tell anyone what Dr. Pepper tastes like because it’s so different. It’s not
an apple, it’s not an orange, it’s not a strawberry, it’s not a root beer, it’s
not even a cola. It’s a different kind of drink with a unique taste all its own. Yet
there are many imitators of the unique Dr. Pepper taste, and all have sought to replicate
not just the soda’s flavor, but also it’s branding. If you are in China looking for
a can of Dr. Pepper you’re probably going to find Dr. Bob and every other name you could
think of before you get to the Pepper. Here’s a list for Dr. Pepper you can find in China:
Dr. Bob, Dr. Thunder, Dr. Skipper, Dr. Fine Soda, Dr. Perky, Dr. Snap, Dr. Perfect, Dr.
Becker, Dr. Bold, and Dr. Right. Which of these doctors would you trust? The prices
of these knock-off drinks are practically the same as the real ones although most are
slightly cheaper. Yet most people who buy them just want the cheaper option or do not
pay attention to the imitation’s differences, while others prefer them and find them perfectly
drinkable! Dr. Pepper has always claimed it was a blend of 23 unique flavors. Who would
have thought that there would be more fake Dr. Pepper products than the actual number
of flavors used to create the original. With at least 24 Chinese variations of Dr. Pepper
to choose from, would you go for the counterfeit or pay the price for the original? Mountain Shoutin’ Seem familiar? Similar to Mountain Dew in look and taste but the name rhymes a little
better, Mountain Shoutin’. Originally Mountain Dew but in China, there are at least 8 different
versions of this soda. You have anything from Wild Mountain to Mountain Frost to choose
from! Here’s a “quick” list of Mountain Dew knock-offs: Mountain Lightning, Mountain
W, Mountain Rapids, Mountain FROST, Mountain Shoutin’, Mountain Explosion, Mountain Lion,
and Wild Mountain. Just hearing this list feels like the workout of climbing a mountain!
The good news with all these knock-off mountain dews is you don’t really need to stress about
proceeding with caution as much as you would with alcohol in China. It’s also very common
to find fake alcohol that can make one very ill. Usually, it’s wine, certain beer brands
like Budweiser and Corona, or spirits like Whiskey. Approximately 30% of China’s alcohol
is fake, so before you pick up a Mountain Shoutin’ to use as a mixer be wary of the
alcohol! And if you are using some fake Mountain Dew as a mixer, the bigger question to ask
is why? The New Sprite is Flite Flite is another perfect copycat soda with
the same look and taste of the original, Sprite. China makes up to about 63% if not more of
the world’s counterfeit items. China’s trademark law regulates patent registration
and there is a legal “loophole” that allows food and drink companies to continue using
their branding of choice during the application process until a final decision is made. As
a result, some of the producers use similar trademarks and sell their products during
the application process where others find other loopholes or just keep doing it until
they get caught. So before Flite got registered they could have been the false sprite, and
the recipe for the soda could be almost identical. The copycat drinks that are sold in the Chinese
market technically all have the required manufacturing license, while some also have registered trademarks.
If you can have 7 Up, Sprite and other clear sodas that taste rather similar, what’s
wrong with another one such as Flite? Though, I don’t think we will be seeing this any
time soon in the North American market. Future Cola The Cola of the Future? Probably not but it’s
another breed of Cola so to speak and from a popular company called Wahaha. The Future
Cola tastes like a cross between Coca-Cola and Pepsi yet has a red and white label that
strongly resembles the Coca-Cola Company’s world-famous one. Coincidence? We think not!
Wahaha’s company goal is to have Future Cola sit on the same shelves as it’s original competitors
Coca-Cola and Pepsi and sell for roughly the same price. To put into perspective the push
Wahaha is making to accomplish this goal, in 2003 Wahaha’s total beverage production
was 3.75 million tons. This production amount exceeded that of Coca-Cola’s production in
China! N ow that’s a lot of colas! It’s extremely popular to drink Coca-Cola and is
a favorite drink for the Chinese. They love Coca-Cola and any variation of it, you can
typically see people walking down the street with a cola from 7/11 in their hand or ordering
one at a restaurant. China Cola, Another Cola Then there’s another breed of cola called
China Cola. This one is actually a licensed product from a Chinese company and it’s
distributed by Reed’s. For those who like to drink Cola, then this China Cola could
be a healthy alternative to drinking the regular Coca-Cola because it has no preservatives,
it’s caffeine free, and not so sugary and sweet. The reason why it’s called “China
Cola” is because it’s made with Chinese herbs! It smells just like the regular cola
you see in the supermarket and looks almost the same but a few minor differentiators.
The color is a little bit darker and as for the texture, there’s a lot less carbonation
in the beverage. The cola is refreshing and bubbly nonetheless and after a few sips, you
will notice that it isn’t as sweet as the regular ones that you see on the shelves.
Reviews say the sweetness in the cola tastes almost like it’s fake but that’s probably
because of the Chinese herbs confusing the palate. The sweet taste does not stay long
in the mouth due to the effect of using raw cane sugar as the sweetening ingredient. Some
even say it’s one of the best cola-like beverages that are out there on the market. Hey Song Sarsparilla Perhaps this is the truest “root beer” you
can find in China. From the label to the taste as well! Instead of a root beer knock off,
you might as well go for the one that’s coming from the actual root used in root beer, right?
Hey Song Sarsaparilla is a popular Chinese drink that can be found in supermarkets and
convenience stores but it seems to have a better reputation with the Westerners than
it does amongst the Chinese! Sarsaparilla is actually considered an equivalent to Root
Beer but it has a somewhat medicinal taste. With mixed reviews, there are some that love
it, some say it tastes like a black cherry root beer, and then there are some who hate
the drink. The Chinese don’t like this root beer soda and find it hard to swallow because
it reminds them of a mosquito repellent called fengyoujing. I mean would you want to drink
something that smells like Johnson’s OFF mosquito repellent? Yikes! But for a Westerner that
has never used fengyoujing, sarsparilla is as nice and tasty as regular root beer, but
described to be not as strong and with less of a licorice taste. Sarsaparilla is very
common in Asia and a popular flavor you can find in drinks across other Asian countries,
not just China. Diet Water Looking for the diet soda? Well, instead you
can find diet water. As if water has calories, sugar or fat to be taken out of it to make
it a diet product. Get slim with the “diet water” in China? Of course. Coca-Cola, Sprite
or Pepsi will have a diet version loaded with artificial ingredients but what do they do
with water to make it diet? Our guess is it’s a marketing tactic to get people to buy the
new “diet water”. Perhaps this is clever considering the water scams in China. The police have
previously uncovered a scam in which plastic bottles are filled with tap water or poorly
treated water and then sealed with quality standard seals to make it seem as though the
water was good quality as well. The bottles have been shown to have traces of E. coli and
fungi. More than 100 million bottles of this falsified water are sold every year! The bottled
water scam is not a new thing in China and has been going on since at least 2002. Water
companies are constantly trying to build trust with their consumers. So, maybe diet water
is purified water and doesn’t contain fungi? Maybe that’s what makes it diet. Arctic Ocean Orange Soda There’s a Fanta wannabe on the shelves in
China and it’s called the Arctic Ocean Orange Soda. As the Spice Girls would say, if you
wanna be my lover you gotta get with my friends… and so this drink made friends with Pepsi
and that’s how it made its way around China with a good reputation. It is a refreshing,
naturally flavored orange soda that looks just like Fanta. In the 1990s the Arctic
Ocean Orange soda was bought out by Pepsi. Even before the orange soda was bought out
by the giant company, it had become the orange soda for many consumers in China. You can
find it at almost any shop for about 3 RMB. Its polar bear logo on glass bottles was very
iconic. Perhaps it reminds you of another glass bottle that uses polar bears as their
symbol? Coca-Cola. Since Fanta is a Coca-Cola product it almost seems as though they took
the Coca-Cola bottles and mascot, combined it with a Fanta like soda and created the
Arctic Ocean Orange soda. Sounds like a perfect blend of things we love. Gewasi Fermented Bread Drink The kombucha of China! Gewasi Fermented Bread
Drink is a carbonated fermented beverage that’s quite weird! Whereas kombucha is a fermented
tea drink, of increasing popularity in North America, China decided to take a different
route – instead of a fermented tea, it’s even better… bread! This drink is based on the
classic Russian beverage, Kvass. Imagine the drink as a combination of bread and a bubbly
drink merging into one. Instead of taking a bite of the loaf, you taste it in liquid
form after infusing the flavors of bread into a sweet, carbonated drink. If you’re a bread
lover and gut health conscious this might just be the drink for you, and it is a commonly
seen drink throughout China. It smells like bread and tastes like bread! No need for baking
bread to get that comforting aroma throughout your home – just crack open a bottle of Gewasi
Fermented Bread drink instead (it’s much easier right?). Some say this drink tastes amazing
and is a favorite but others find it very strange to drink a bread-like tasting carbonated
sweet soda. It definitely sounds worth a try. Watson’s Ginger Ale Watson’s brand is the largest health care
and beauty care chain store in Asia. It’s very popular in China and you can find this
chain store in many shopping malls! The Watson’s brand has many products of their own and has
even gone as far as creating a common soda that’s popularly used to aid with nausea,
used as a mixer for drinks or just enjoyed on its own! The ingredients list they use
is similar to well-known brands like Schweppes. Watson’s brand ingredients are water, white
sugar, food additive, carbon dioxide, citric acid, edible essence, sodium benzoate, and
caramel color. Schweppes in comparison uses carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, flavorings,
caramel color, and sodium citrate. Watson’s has also mimicked making other sodas like
tonic water. The copycat sodas many times use the same ingredient list as the originals
just change up the name and logo. Relatively similar in taste, ingredients, and names,
but with a small difference in price – if you had to choose would it be the original
soda or the counterfeit one? Some of them are so good you can easily make the mistake
to grab the knockoff, whereas for others it would be a conscious choice. Then, of course,
there are also many sodas that China also carries that are unique and fun. Sometimes
they are popular solely because of the packaging! A Taiwanese company, Ocean Bomb, has sparkling
water flavored sodas like white grape and peach but the cans resemble Pokemon and the
Pokemon characters. There are at least 7 of these sodas with a different flavor per character,
Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Snorlax, Jigglypuff, and a Master Ball. These
types of sodas are also very popular amongst the Chinese even though they aren’t knock
offs, they are an imitation of popular soda flavors, loaded with sugar and have fun packaging.
What’s next… perhaps a Hello Kitty soda?! I’d drink to that. You can always find more great BabbleTop videos
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