The logo for Mountain Dew Throwback. (Fan-made version recreated by Duckieboy01)
|Current Status:||Permanent Flavor|
|Locations Available:||United States|
|Year(s) Available:||2009, 2010 - Present|
|Related Flavors:|| Mountain Dew|
Mountain Dew Citrus Blast
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|
Dew Nation Rewards
Throwback (Also known as Real Sugar) is a Mountain Dew variant that 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 Throwback 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.
- 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 bottle, other then the words made With REAL SUGAR on the glass bottle.