Solar Flare is a Franchise Exclusive Mountain Dew flavor available since May 2014 only at 7-Eleven gas stations. By 2015, it was pulled from most 7-11s and would gradually become harder to find at 7-11s as time went on.
Its tagline is "DEW with a Blast of Tropical Punch."
On April 22nd, 2014, PepsiCo filed a trademark for Solar Flare titled "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 that year, marking the beginning of Solar Flare released in 7-Eleven locations as a permanent flavor in soda fountains and the Slurpee form.
(2015 - Present) Sporadic availability
Reports surfaced in 2015 that Solar Flare would soon get pulled from 7-Eleven stores, and the 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 received newer/replacement logo labels for their soda fountains.
Since when most of the 7-Eleven locations pulled the tropical punch flavor, there are only a select few locations reportedly as recently as April 2022.
In August 2015, Solar Flare was introduced later in Canadian 7-Eleven soda fountains, alongside the Slurpee version. Its tagline was "NEW! DEW with a Blast of Tropical Punch only at 7-Eleven." Solar Flare became discontinued in Canada a year later as it became more sporadic to find in the United States in 2015.
On September 28th, 2016, Solar Flare was introduced later for a limited time at participating Filipino 7-Eleven store locations with soda fountains. When you buy Solar Flare from any 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 while supplies lasted.
- Solar Flare is one of the first much earlier Franchise Exclusive flavors before the Franchise Exclusive flavors became a prominent staple of Mountain Dew's lineup in recent times.