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Mountain Dew Real Sugar
Mountain Dew Throwback Logo.png
The logo for Mountain Dew Throwback. (Fan-made version recreated by Duckieboy01)
Flavor: Citrus
Color: Yellow Green      
Current Status: Permanent Flavor
Locations Available: United States
Year(s) Available: 2009, 2010 - Present
Related Flavors: Mountain Dew
Dew Fuel
Mountain Dew Citrus Blast
Dew Iced
Mountain Dew Freeze
Mountain Dew MDX
Diet Mountain Dew
Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew
Caffeine-Free Diet Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew AMP
Kickstart (Energizing Original Dew)
Kickstart Ultra (Energizing Original Dew)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Original Dew)
Mountain Dew Freeze
Mountain Dew Coolatta
Related Promotions: Throwback Shack
Iconic Summer
Dew Nation Rewards

Real Sugar (Also known as Throwback from 2009 until 2020) is a Mountain Dew variant that as the name applies, is made with "real" sugar, similar to most soft drinks in the 1980s before soda companies switched to high-fructose corn syrup.


Like the original, Mountain Dew Real Sugar is a yellow-green colored, citrus-flavored drink, but has a much sweeter taste due to not using high-fructose corn syrup.


Mountain Dew Throwback was first released alongside Pepsi Throwback from April to June 2009. Its ingredients and flavor were based on the original citrus flavor Mountain Dew had when it was an independent brand, and it used packaging and logos reminiscent of the 1973–1996 era of Mountain Dew packaging.

Because sales were impressive, both Throwback drinks saw a return in December 2009 and lasted through February 2010. Based on consumer feedback, the ingredients and flavor were adjusted to be more like the orange-citrus flavor of Pepsi-era Mountain Dew. It was in this release that Throwback began using the 1950's era logo and Mountain Dew's original "hillbilly" theme. It would continue to use this formula and packaging for all subsequent releases.

Throwback saw another 5-week run beginning in July 2010, followed by the announcement in October that it would stay on shelves as long as sales were good. Finally, in December 2010, Throwback returned to shelves again, this time with the words "Limited Time Only" removed from the packaging and got a rename of Mountain Dew made with Real Sugar (only on the Glass Bottles), making it a permanent addition with an official different name in some places.

In 2020, the drink was renamed as Mountain Dew Real Sugar, with new packaging that reinstated the look and logo reminiscent of the 1973–1996 era of Mountain Dew packaging.


  • Beginning in July of 2011, the "Mountain Dew Throwback Shack" website was launched, allowing fans to enter daily for prizes. These prizes included a Mountain Dew Arcade machine, and even a "secret stash" of Revolution.
  • At some point, Pepsi came out with a glass bottle edition sold by itself and in a pack of four. It was unknown if this version of the drink (that is still being sold) originally had no mentioning of the being Mountain Dew Throwback in a glass bottle, other then the words made With REAL SUGAR on the glass bottle.