The official Crystal Pepsi logo.
|Current Status:||Current Flavor: Canada
Discontinued: United States, Spain, Germany
|Locations Available:||United States
|Year(s) Available:||United States: 1992 - 1994, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022|
Canada: 1992 - 1994, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022 - Present
Crystal Pepsi was a Pepsi cola flavor first test-marketed in five cities of the United States in early 1992, such as Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, Providence, RI, and Grand Rapids, MI. After its test-market release, it proved to be successful, fully released in December 1992 nationwide. By early 1994, it got discontinued due to low sales. In 2015, there was high demand to bring it back, which eventually re-release Crystal Pepsi for a limited time in waves.
Crystal Pepsi was a clear cola designed to taste closely to compare Pepsi-Cola Made with Real Sugar. Its original release had a diet variant, while the 2022 release had a zero sugar variant.
On April 13th, 1992, PepsiCo first began to test market Crystal Pepsi in five cities of the United States, such as Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, Providence, RI, and Grand Rapids, MI. After its test marking short phase, it received a positive response. Pleased with the results, PepsiCo began to sell the cola nationwide in December of that year.
Around the same time when Crystal Pepsi was first released, Coca-Cola followed suit by releasing Tab Clear on December 14th, 1992, as an intentional "kamikaze" effort to create an unpopular beverage that positioned as an analog of Crystal Pepsi to "kill both in the process."
In early 1994, PepsiCo discontinued Crystal Pepsi due to low sales.
2015 Sweepstakes Giveaway
After the demand of bringing Coca-Cola's citrus soda, Surge back in September 2014, people led to speculation in the public and amongst media about the return and demand of Crystal Pepsi back from early-to-late 2015.
After months of popular demand, on December 9th, 2015, PepsiCo announced that Crystal Pepsi would be returning for a limited time. However, only to get obtained in a sweepstakes giveaway online Pepsi Pass loyalty customer program for a chance to win between December 10th and 11th. Winners selected during the following week would receive the beverage in time for Christmas.
2016 - 2018 Limited-Time Releases
After the sweepstakes giveaway, PepsiCo decided to re-release Crystal Pepsi frequently again in retail stores in several waves for small limited-times throughout the years.
2022 Twitter Sweepstakes Giveaway
On January 4th, 2022, the official Pepsi Twitter page announced a sweepstakes giveaway telling people to "#ShowUsYour90s" for a chance to be one of 300 people to receive Crystal Pepsi for its 30th anniversary.
2022 Limited-Time Release
In August 2021, it was leaked on a social media website, Reddit, that Crystal Pepsi and a Zero Sugar variant would be proceeding on getting released in Mid-2022. The release was later revealed to be canceled for the United States, while it still saw a release in Canada.
In 1992, Diet Crystal Pepsi was released alongside its regular variant but discontinued at the same time as the original Crystal Pepsi flavor remained discontinued. Even after the high demand in 2015, Diet Crystal Pepsi has never seen the light of day since 1994, 28 years from now.
In 2022, a Zero Sugar variant would be proceeding on getting released in Mid-2022.
Crystal From Pepsi
During the same time when Crystal Pepsi got discontinued in early 1994, a reformulation of Crystal Pepsi called "Crystal From Pepsi" was released. It was a citrus-cola hybrid and was discontinued several months after its introduction.
In December 1992, following the American release of Crystal Pepsi, it was first released in Canada and followed the same demise in early 1994.
In 2015 with the demand of bringing it back, PepsiCo in Canada eventually stepped in, releasing it in 2016, 2017, and 2019 in retail stores in several waves for small limited-times throughout the years, same as the U.S.
On June 13th, 2022, after 3 years off the shelves, pepsicanada confirmed via Instagram that Crystal Pepsi would be returning to retail stores (for its 30 year anniversary) across Canada very soon. As of June 22, 2022, Crystal Pepsi is currently on shelves across various retail stores in Canada.
In 1994, Crystal Pepsi was eventually released in Spain but fell short as it discontinued in the same year.
In 1996, Crystal Pepsi was later released in Germany but discontinued in the same year, similar to Spain.
In 2005, a new clear Pepsi was sold in Mexico as Pepsi Clear for a limited time. On August 22nd, 2008, PepsiCo filed for trademarks titled "Pepsi Clear" and "Diet Pepsi Clear."
- Crystal Pepsi was one of the few sodas that came back from high demand (in some cases) in recent years.