Kickstart Energizing Orange Cranberry was a Mountain Dew Kickstart flavor exclusively distributed to PepsiCo employees. It was planned to release in January 2016 alongside with the other four flavors that were eventually released. However, it did not appear in stores or on the advertisements accompanying the other flavors and was never released.
Kickstart Energizing Orange Cranberry first appeared in 2015 that was distributed to PepsiCo employees. It was planned to release in January 2016 along with the other four Kickstart flavors: Kickstart Recharge (Energizing Blood Orange), Kickstart Recharge (Energizing Blueberry Pomegranate), Kickstart (Energizing Midnight Grape), and Kickstart Hydrating Boost (Energizing Watermelon).
However, the flavor did not appear in stores or on advertisements accompanying the other Kickstart flavors, making it the first cancelled Mountain Dew flavor. One of the PepsiCo employees has officially stated that is was, quote, "a bad flavor". It was then discontinued for employees and never heard from again.
- Kickstart Energizing Orange Cranberry is one of few flavors of Mountain Dew that was planned, and ended up known to the public, before getting canceled. Others include a 2019 release of Happy Dew Year, as well as Baja Blast Zero Sugar from summer 2019.