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What’s in a Baja Blast? [Mountain Dew Ingredients]

Whats in a Baja Blast

I’m a little curious about different sodas and was wondering about Baja Blast.

I did a little research to find out what’s in it.

So, what’s in Baja Blast? According to the website Heb.com, that shows list the ingredients from the label, Baja Blast contains:

Below, I’ll explain what it tastes like, whether it contains a lot of caffeine and where you can buy it.

What flavor is baja blast?

What flavor is baja blast

Baja Blast has lime, and tropical fruit flavors, as well as, mango, pineapple, and citrus.

Mountain Dew describes it as “a tropical lime storm”, but they don’t list any of the ingredients that give it it’s flavor and simply say ‘natural and artificial flavors’.

Here’s a cool video that shows two guys giving it a taste test:

The literal translation for Baja from Spanish means to fall down.

But, can also mean soft, or faint.

However, it likely gets its name from Baja California, which is the narrow strip of land on the eastern side of Mexico that has a subtropical to an arid climate.

Cabo Luxury says that the region has a long tradition of growing mangos and Encyclopedia Britannica states that pineapples are native to the subtropical and tropical regions of America.

So, in my opinion, it gets its name from this region where mangos, pineapples, and lime grow.

It was also originally released in Taco Bell stores as a test run and was sold as Baja Blast Freeze.

It appears it had this name to match the branding of Taco Bell, which specializes in Mexican food.

What is a baja blast?

What is a baja blast

Baja blast is a soda that is a type of Mountain Dew and has come and gone over the last 20 or so years.

Mountain Dew is produced by PepsiCo and it has a light blue/green color with a tropical fruit flavor.

It is most well known for being available at the soda fountains at Taco Bell.

Taco Bell also made a Baja Blast Freeze which is a slushy made from Baja Blast, similar to the well-known Frozen Coke.

Most people find it nice to drink, unlike other sodas such as root beer, which is more of an acquired taste.

It was sold in bottles and cans in convenience stores around the USA, as well as, in Canada as explained in this press release put out by Taco Bell.

According to Fandom.com, it was first sold in stores in 2004, and has been available for a limited time in:

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Currently, in 2021 it hasn’t been released.

How much caffeine is in Mountain Dew Baja Blast?

How much caffeine is in Mountain Dew Baja Blast

No exact information is available about how much caffeine is in Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

But, data provided by the University of Utah, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows that Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew Code Red have 55 mg of caffeine per 12 oz serving (354 mL).

 It’s reasonable to assume that Baja Blast has around the same amount of caffeine as the other Mountain Dew flavors.

The recommended daily caffeine intake is 400 mg, according to the FDA and Mayo Clinic.

Which is the same as around 8 cans of Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

However, other drinks such as coffee and energy drinks also have caffeine.

So you’ll want to double check how much caffeine you’ve had in a day to make sure you don’t consume too much.

Where can you buy baja blast?

Where can you buy baja blast

Dollar General is showing on their website that you can buy it in their stores.

And on the official Pepsi website, they say that you get it at the Taco Bell soda fountains.

However, it isn’t listed on the official Taco Bell website.

Pepsico brings out Baja Blast in a limited run almost every year, according to Fandom.com.

So, it may be available in convenience stores when you’re reading this.

It’s a good idea to give a quick call to your local convenience stores or look on the big supermarket chains websites like Walmart to see if they’re selling it.

Also, when it’s out it many people sell it on Amazon.

Mountain Dew has a bunch of unique flavors such as Mountain Dew Livewire, and Mountain Dew Voltage.

And in my opinion, they only sell Baja Blast in limited runs because they likely sell most of it when they bring it out for a limited time.

What alcohol goes with Baja Blast?

What alcohol goes with Baja Blast

Baja Blast has a tropical lime flavor.

In the opinion of Food Network lime juice goes well with Gin, and Whiskey.

And based on my experience lime juice also goes well with Tequila.

Banana Liquors also pair well with tropical flavors.

And rum is commonly used in tropical juice cocktails such as a Piña Colada.

Any fruit flavored liquor will go well with Baja Blast such as strawberry, and lemon.

Another common combination is Vodka and orange juice and can taste good with Baja Blast.

Does Baja Blast have pineapple in it?

Does Baja Blast have pineapple in it

The ingredients label printed on Baja Blast does not say whether or not it contains pineapple.

But, it definitely has a pineapple flavor to it. On the label PepsiCo only says ‘natural and artificial flavors’.

It’s definitely possible that Baja Blast has pineapple juice concentrate or a pineapple extract, however, Pepsico keeps the recipe a secret.

Is Baja Blast just Mountain Dew and Powerade?

Is Baja Blast just Mountain Dew and Powerade

If you mix regular Mountain Dew with blue Powerade it does have a similar color to Baja Blast.

However, the flavor is slightly different.

Baja blast has a characteristic tropical juice flavor with hints of pineapple and mango.

Which neither Powerade not Mountain has.

But, the exact recipes for each drink aren’t given out so it can’t be said for certain that it isn’t a mix of Mountain Dew and Powerade with added flavors.

However, Powerade is made by the Coca Cola company, as shown on the Coca Cola website.

And not by PepsiCo who makes Baja Blast,

PepsiCo does make blue Gatorade which is similar to Powerade.

But, the same points about it not being a mix of Mountain Dew and Powerade also apply to it not being a mix of Gatorade and Mountain Dew.

Does Baja Blast have alcohol?

Does Baja Blast have alcohol

Baja blast does not contain alcohol as it isn’t listed as one of their ingredients.

PepsiCo also doesn’t make alcoholic drinks, however, PepsiCo is considering entering the alcohol market according to Reuters.com.

Baja Blast can be mixed with alcohol and goes well with rum, gin, and vodka.

In Conclusion

To sum up Baja Blast is a version of Mountain Dew that comes out for a limited time.

And it’s been available almost every year since 2014 when it was first sold in convenience stores.

Taco Bell also sold Baja Blast Freeze which is a slushy made from Baja Blast.

Baja Blast has a tropical fruit flavor, with hints of lime, mango, and pineapple.

At the time of writing, you can’t currently buy it.

But, when you read this it’s likely that it’s available again in stores so it pays to check your local stores and Taco Bell to see if it’s currently being sold.

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