Christmas morning is a magical time full of beautiful family traditions. Some folks wake up early and race downstairs to tear open their stockings willy nilly. Some people enjoy the lazy morning off, luxuriating in their robes and enjoying a hot cocoa before approaching the tree. And some others set an alarm for 10 a.m., then saunter downstairs, crack open a fresh can of Pepsi, and pour a bunch of salted caramel inside.
What’s that? You’ve never heard of that ritual? Honestly, neither had we until we learned about Pepsi’s new limited-time-only flavor, Salted Caramel Pepsi, which is launching just in time for the holidays. So we can only assume that a certain percentage of the population starts their Christmas mornings with a salty-and-extra-sweet* Pepsi treat, right?
(*Pepsi Co. would like you to know that Salted Caramel Pepsi actually contains less sugar (44g per 20 oz. bottle) than regular Pepsi (54g per 20 oz. bottle). Even so, we wouldn’t recommend it for breakfast.)
Meanwhile, in Japan, there’s another new holiday-themed Pepsi release: Christmas Cola. It’s a sweet berry flavor meant to evoke a traditional Japanese Christmas dessert known as kurisumasu keki, a sponge cake covered in whipped cream and strawberries.
This one actually sounds not too shabby, although the creamy white hue is a bit… off-putting. Unfortunately, Pepsi Christmas Cola is only available in Japan, so we’ll simply have to wonder about it from afar while chugging salted caramel.
Merry Christmas, America!