The logo for Mountain Dew Solar Flare. (Fan-made version recreated by Duckieboy01)
|Current Status:||Discontinued: The Philippines, Canada, United States
|Locations Available:||Some 7-Eleven convenience stores in the United States, Canada, and The Philippines|
|Year(s) Available:||United States: 2014 - 2021 (Became region-specific/hard to find in 2015)
Canada: 2015 - 2016
The Philippines: 2016 - 2017
|Related Flavors:||Southern Shock|
Game Fuel (Tropical)
Mountain Dew Red
Kickstart (Energizing Fruit Punch)
Kickstart Hydrating Boost (Energizing Pineapple Orange Mango)
Game Fuel (Mango Heat)
Kickstart (Energizing Mango Lime)
Goji Citrus Strawberry
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Tropical Strike)
Orange Mango Dew
Game Fuel (Tropical Smash)
Solar Flare is a Mountain Dew flavor exclusively available in soda fountain machines only at 7-Eleven convenience store locations that were released at the start of May 2014 in the United States. Its tagline is "DEW with a Blast of Tropical Punch."
Mountain Dew Solar Flare is a fruit punch flavored soda with a red-orange color. The chemical flavor of aspartame served as the aftertaste after the initial flavor quickly fades. It's flavor is similar to Southern Shock.
On April 22nd, 2014, PepsiCo filed a trademark name, calling it Mtn Dew Solar Flare.
In May 2014, the flavor was first exclusively released to 7-Eleven convenience stores in the United States for the summer of 2014. 7-Eleven is still currently the only convenience store chain that sells this flavor in soda fountains and the Slurpee form.
Reports surfaced beginning in 2015 that Solar Flare beginning of being pulled from 7-Eleven stores, and availability of the flavor became sporadic within the United States. As a result, it is much harder to find. At roughly the same time, all Canadian 7-Eleven convenience store locations phased out the tropical punch flavor in both soda and Slurpee formats. As of May 2018, Solar Flare was still carried at the time and sold at some 7-Eleven convenience store locations in the United States due to good sales. In some cases, stores also received newer/replacement logo labels for their soda fountains.
On June 29th, 2018, Avery Heaney TV (YouTuber) posted a vlog video on his YouTube channel that he went to most of his 7-Eleven convenience store locations as a wild goose chase. Out of all of the stores, none were initiate to carry Solar Flare.
In the New York/New Jersey area, Solar Flare hasn't arisen since late June 2018. However, in January 2019, it confirmed that Solar Flare is still available at 7-Eleven store locations in the western region of the United States. Additional sightings of Solar Flare have arisen in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oregon as of March 2019, rural North Texas as of November 2019, Hyde Park, MA, New Hampshire as recently as of July 2020 and Portland, OR as recently as March 2021. As of July 2021, there is one known 7-Eleven location to carry Solar Flare in Pennsylvania.
In August 2015, Solar Flare was introduced later in Canadian 7-Eleven soda fountains, alongside the Slurpee version that appeared with a tag of "NEW! DEW with a Blast of Tropical Punch only at 7-Eleven". It became discontinued in Canada later on as it became more sporadic to find in the United States.
The Philippines Release
On September 28th, 2016, Solar Flare was exclusively introduced in The Philippines for a limited time at participating 7-Eleven store locations with their soda fountain machines. If you bought Solar Flare from any of those participating locations in The Philippines, you could win various prizes such as a new smartphone, a drone, or a bicycle. The promotion ended on November 22nd, 2016. After the promotion ended, Solar Flare was still available until early 2017, or supplies last.