Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why Would Anyone Drink Mello Yello?


I was going to say who likes Mello Yello, but apparently people in the Midwest and Southeast areas of the United States love the stuff because it's the only place it's still sold.  Clearly that means these people will drink just about anything.

If you're not familiar with Mello Yello, it's a disgusting citrus-flavored soda that's was in introduced by the Coca-Cola Company's in 1979 as a way to complete with Pepsi's Mountain Dew.  In reality, it's the answer to the seemingly impossible question: "Is there a worst tasting soda than Mountain Dew?"  Yes, it's like the mentally challenged sibling of Dew.

There had to be a deranged bet between a Pepsi employee and a Coke one to see who could make the worst tasting beverage and convince people to drink it.  Mello Yello wins on taste, but inexplicably Mountain Dew is the 4th best selling carbonated soft drink in the United States as of 2007.

Let's start with the name Mello Yello.  It's possibly named after the song "Mellow Yellow."  Anytime a drink is named after a crappy song you know you're in trouble.  Even worse, the first liquid that you think  as yellow is pee so you can't help thinking that you may be drinking bottled piss.  Based on the taste it might actually be.

Although I'm pretty sure if you distilled your urine properly and  drank it, the pee would still taste better than Mello Yello.   I suspect Bear Grylls from the show "Man Vs. Wild" is always drinking his urine because they gave him a choice between that or Mello Yello and he said "That's disgusting,  I'll take the urine."

Mello Yello knows it tastes really bad so that's why they used advertisements telling you to drink it fast. Most of the time you chug something because you can't stand its horrible taste.  Here's an Mello Yello commercial from the 80s:



The only redeeming thing about Mello Yello is that Tom Cruise's character Cole Trickle from the awesome NASCAR-themed movie "Days of Thunder" wins the Daytona 500 in a Mello Yello sponsored car.



Drinking Mello Yello says a lot about a person.   I'm not saying that I wouldn't trust someone or immediately dismiss someone that drinks Mello Yello, but it's not exactly the best way to make a good first impression on me.

19 comments:

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  2. Your taste buds are obviously broken! Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's bad or that people who like it are stupid. Mello Yello is freaking delicious! :D

    (Sorry about the deleted comment if you see it; wanted to fix a typo)

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  3. Not saying anybody who drinks it is stupid. Just find it hard to believe that anybody would choose it over much better tasting options. It should be the last resort if there's nothing else.

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    1. Taste is 100% subjective. This article is pointless, as are all the comments, including this one.

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    2. I no im replying to a years ago articke... No your saying southeasterns "southerners" midwesterners "ranchers" whitch hollywood as portrade as stupid peoole "th beverly hillbillies" to name a few.. and you sound like a teeny bob young internet girl "OMG i would never try that girlfriend" Sho nuff ykur probably a "wigger" look it up

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  4. I am a Coke fan down to my tippy toes, but Mello Yello is the one product I can't drink. Mountain Dew is great, and Mello Yello doesn't even come close. It tastes like a can or bottle of Mountain Dew that somebody opened and didn't finish - a week before!

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    1. yes it does tastes sweeter altough it was created by a southerner from rome georgia "coca cola and its head quaters is in atlanta georgia just kike pepsis north carolina headquaters therr all south eastern original drinks... but yeah it does taste like an week old md more sweeter less the carbonation

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  5. I've been seeing ads for mello yello, and that is a disgusting name. Here in Southern California we have a saying that goes with water restrictions during drought times.

    If it's brown flush it down
    If it's yellow let it mellow

    So mello yello to me immediately means urine, as it likely does to half of native southern californians.

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  6. Indeed something is wrong with your tastes, as many people enjoy Mello Yello and think of it as a more delicious and rare treat than Mt. Dew (often because its harder to find in vending machines or stores so when you do find it its rewarding). But I find the taste to be more pleasing and the drink to go down smoother than Mountain Dew. Dew has a stronger flavor and sometimes doesnt go as well with foods because of it, meanwhile Mello Yello is lighter (but not as light as Sprite, which is way too light), and goes better with a large variety of salty or plain foods. Definitely doesnt go with any sweet food, but that goes for pretty much most sodas.

    About the only downside I can think of is that I usually wouldnt drink more than 1 or 2 cups of it at a time, any more and it doesnt feel too good after that. But Mountain Dew you can drink 3, 4 even 5 cups in a row if you are having it with a suitable type of food. Wonder if anyone else noticed this?

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  7. Author is dumb and the article is ignorant.

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    1. Yes, opposed to your stirring argument of all eight words I stand no chance. At least the person before you, made a solid and thoughtful argument in Mello Yello's defense.

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    2. shut nigger wigger hes right you shi nuff dumb lol

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  8. So blogger, how does it feel to be mentally challenged?

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  9. Mellow yellow is better than dew sow however many people disagree that is there opinion

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  10. Exactly! I love Mello Yello, and it is one of the top 4 best soft drinks of all time! The person who posted this article is wrong, but it's his/ her opinion. People who hate Mello Yello, in my opinion, need to get taste bud surgery pronto, ASAP!

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  11. Mello Yello is the nectar of the Gods, talk shit about it down South at your own risk, just make sure to keep your motor running so you can make a quick get away if you do. :P

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    1. Mello Yello is the best soda ever. I'm on a one man crusade to get it in every convenience store in AZ. Thank you QT for stocking it!

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    2. We have mellow yellow to the truck load down here in Ohio

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