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Pitch Black II

Pitch Black II was a Mountain Dew flavor first released in the Halloween season of 2005 for a limited time in the United States. It was a sequel to 2004's black grape-flavored Pitch Black.

Description

Pitch Black II was a Sour Black Grape flavor of Mountain Dew. It is similar in both concept and flavor to its prequel Pitch Black. Its color, as its name implies, has a dark purple look, similar to complete darkness. Many describe it as tasting like candy, adding to its Halloween theme.

Tagline

Its tagline was "A Blast of Grape Flavor with a Sour Bite with Other Natural Flavors."

History

After the success of Pitch Black's initial release in 2004, PepsiCo decided to bring it back with a slight flavor alteration as well as a new name. This new product would be known as Pitch Black II, and made its way to shelves in the Halloween season of 2005. During its 2005 run, the flavor was somewhat less successful than the original.

Trivia

  • Pitch Black II was one of seven grape Mountain Dew flavors. (See "Similar Flavors" in the infobox).
  • The Creature From The Black Lagoon or "Gillman" was somewhat of a mascot for Pitch Black & Pitch Black II as it appeared in a number of advert pieces holding the soda.
  • This flavor was the second Halloween-themed flavor to release, first Pitch Black, second Pitch Black II, third VooDEW (2019), fourth VooDEW (2020) fifth VooDEW (2021), and sixth VooDEW (2022).
  • Pitch Black II was promoted during the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods race at Kansas Speedway.
  • Both Pitch Black II and VooDEW (2020) share similarities in that the flavors served as sequels to and are similar in packaging, art style, and drink color to that of their predecessors.
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