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What Was the Original Orange Soda?

What Was the Original Orange Soda

I drink a lot of orange soda and it got me to wondering what the original orange soda was.

I did some research and here’s what Id like to share with you

So, what was the original orange soda? Crush was the first orange soda and it was invented in 1911, according to Wikipedia.

Fanta, another popular orange soda was invented in 1940, according to official Coca Cola website.

Below, I’ll discuss the differences between Crush and Fanta, and which one is the most popular.

And discuss which one is better for you by looking at the ingredients, and sugar content.

Is Crush better than Fanta?

Is Crush better than Fanta

Data provided by Statista implies that more people drink Fanta than Crush.

Coca Cola makes Fanta, and Coca Cola sells the most soft drinks in the USA.

But, no data is available on whether Fanta is consumed more than Crush.

Sunkist is made by Keurig Dr Pepper and data provided by Statista shows that they are the third biggest soda company in the USA.

PepsiCo is the second largest soda company in the USA.

Here’s a table that shows how much soda each of the companies sell:

Company Orange Soda name % market share (2017) % market share (2018) % market share (2019)
Coca Cola Fanta 42.8% 43.2% 43.7%
PepsiCo Miranda 25.6% 24.9% 24.1%
Keurig Dr. Pepper Sunkist & Crush 17.9% 17.9% 18.2%
Refresco 3.7% 3.6% 3.8%
National Beverage 2.9% 3.1% 3.1%
Other 7.1% 7.2% 7.1%

Data provided by Statista.

Therefore, it’s reasonable to say that Fanta is more popular than Crush because Coca Cola sells the most soda, and they make Fanta.

And they make almost double the sales of PepsiCo and Keurig Dr. Pepper.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that one tastes better than the other!

Based on anecdotal evidence from people who have done side by side taste tests, they taste very similar, and both taste good.

Here’s a few videos of two people who did a side by side taste test comparison.

Also, a taste test done here by Second Rate Snacks found that Crush tasted better than Orange Fanta.

But, interestingly, they thought that Sunkist tasted the best.

I’ll leave it up to you to give the final verdict, and at the end of the day when trying them side by side they taste almost identical.

Fanta vs crush orange soda

Fanta vs crush orange soda

In a side by side taste test most people find that they taste very similar and neither is significantly better than the other.

This has been confirmed in many video taste tests online.

Fanta is consumed a lot more than Crush orange soda based on the sales data.

So, since they both taste the same how can we get an idea which is better? To answer that question I turned to the sales data.

But, some of it is hard to find. Or, it’s in a place that very hard to find.

If anyone has found the data please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the article.

Coca Cola sells three times as many sodas in the USA than the company that makes Crush orange soda- Keurig Dr Pepper.

So, it’s likely that Fanta also sells three times as much as Crush.

Crush was invented 30 years earlier than Fanta, but Coca Cola has outgrown them over time. Coca Cola is also a bigger company overall.

They have 62,000 people that work for them around the world, as shown by Statista.

Whereas, Keurig Dr Pepper has a staff of 32,000.

Which, shows that if they want to double their sales, Keurig Dr Pepper will need to hire 32,000 more people.

And means they have a bit of catching up to do.

Is Fanta better for you than Coke?

Is Fanta better for you than Coke

Coke is healthier for you than Fanta.

Fanta has 17% more calories than Coke, and 14% more sugar.

The recommended daily sugar intake is 25g, according to Harvard Medical School.

One cup of Fanta or Coke will be enough to reach your daily sugar limit.

So, you should not drink more than one cup a day.

Here’s a table that shows the difference between Coke and Fanta:

Nutrient per 3.4 oz (100 mL) Fanta Coke Difference
Calories (kcal) 47 39 17%
Sugar 12.5 10.8 14%

The data can be found here for Fanta, and here for Coca Cola – provided by the USDA.

Let’s also take a look at the ingredients that are in Coke versus the ingredients that are in Fanta.

Fanta ingredients (link) Coca Cola ingredients (link)
Carbonated Water Carbonated Water
Sugar Sugar
Orange Juice from Concentrate (3.7%) Colour (Caramel E150d)
Citrus Fruit from Concentrate (1.3%) Phosphoric Acid
Citric Acid Natural Flavourings
Vegetable Extracts (Carrot, Pumpkin) Caffeine
Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucralose)
Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Malic Acid
Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate)  
Stabiliser (Guar Gum)  
Natural Orange Flavourings  
Other Natural Flavourings  

As you can see, Fanta has a lot more ingredients. In different countries, Coca Cola is made with different ingredients.

In the USA and Canada, corn syrup is used because corn is native to the USA and grows very well.

In Mexico, though, Coca Cola is made with sugar instead. This gives it a different flavor.

As well as, as a look at whether corn syrup is bad for you.

What was the original Fanta flavor?

What was the original Fanta flavor

The official Coca Cola website states that the first Fanta flavor was orange, and was first sold in Naples, Italy in 1955.

They have since expanded their flavors, and now sell 3 flavors: orange, pineapple, and grape in the USA. 

And internationally they sell many more. 

Internationally they have flavors like:

  • Berry
  • Peach
  • Toronja
  • Strawberry
  • Green Apple
  • Fruit Punch
  • Mango
  • Cherry

Coca Cola timeline mystery

The date that Fanta first came out on one official Coca Cola website is 15 years apart from the date that they say on another official Coca Cola website.

So, take the exact dates with a grain of salt.

Either way, Sunkist beat them to them both to the punch – excuse the pun, and brought out the very first orange soda in 1911.

Where did Orange Crush soda originate?

Where did Orange Crush soda originate

Orange Crush was invented in the USA in 1911.

It is now owned by Keurig Dr Pepper, and its headquarters is in Plano, Texas.

There is conflicting information available about which city it was invented in.

Some say Chicago, some say California.

Soda’s started to become quite popular in the late 1800s, and early 1900s when a lot of big names like Coca Cola were invented.

In Conclusion

The original orange soda is Crush, which was followed some 30 years later by Fanta.

All of the three well-known orange sodas – Fanta, Crush, and Sunkist – have a similar taste.

Fanta is consumed almost twice as much as Crush and Sunkist.

When comparing Crush and Fanta side by side, Crush has around 15% more calories and sugar than Fanta.

And for that reason, Fanta is a better choice.