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
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?
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)|
|Keurig Dr. Pepper||Sunkist & Crush||17.9%||17.9%||18.2%|
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
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?
Here’s a table that shows the difference between Coke and Fanta:
|Nutrient per 3.4 oz (100 mL)||Fanta||Coke||Difference|
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|
|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)||–|
|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.
I showed a lot of other interesting information about the differences in Coca Cola around the world in this [link Does Coca Cola Use Corn Syrup?] article.
As well as, as a look at whether corn syrup is bad for you.
What was the original Fanta flavor?
Internationally they have flavors like:
- Green Apple
- Fruit Punch
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?
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.
The original orange soda is Crush, which 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.