SodaStream Mountain Dew Review: Original Falls Flat, But Diet And Zero Work Well –

Anyone who’s tasted Mountain Dew in any form knows how supremely sweet it is. The ingredients list depends heavily on sugar in various forms, as well as fruit juice and citric acid to create the trademark zing you feel as you sip. Where the original bottled formula uses a combination of high fructose corn syrup and concentrated orange juice, the SodaStream version boasts real sugar as the first ingredient on its ingredients list, followed by concentrated orange juice and citric acid. Caffeine also features in both iterations, as well as yellow 5 dye to give the beverages their distinctive yellow-green Dew hue. 

The SodaStream version also includes sucralose and acesulfame potassium, two artificial sweeteners usually found in diet sodas. Here, both are also part of the original, full-sugar flavor, theoretically tripling the sweetness factor.

As for Diet Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew Zero Sugar, the bottled versions both use aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium as sweetening agents. The SodaStream versions of these two Dew variants omit the aspartame. Both bottled and SodaStream varieties include concentrated orange juice, just as the original flavor does.