Breakfast soda? Taco Bell says yes

The chain is adding a concoction of Mountain Dew and orange juice to its morning menu.

By Kim Peterson Aug 31, 2012 2:23PM
Taco Bell is taking breakfast to new sugary heights with its introduction of Mtn Dew AM -- a mix of Mountain Dew soda and Tropicana orange juice.

The fast-food chain has been testing the drink -- nicknamed the "Dewdriver" -- for months as part of its FirstMeal breakfast offering. Apparently, people are just fine with getting their soda on in the early hours, because Taco Bell has given the drink a permanent place on the breakfast menu.

Breakfast at Taco Bell is still in a trial of sorts, available at 800 restaurants in 14 states, The Associated Press reports. Yum Brands (YUM), which owns Taco Bell as well as KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, may take breakfast national by 2014 if the trial works.

Expanding a breakfast menu has been a top priority for fast-food chains trying to cut into McDonald's (MCD) McMuffin-powered morning dominance. It's not as easy as it sounds. Wendy's (WEN) is having a tough time establishing itself as a breakfast destination, testing out menu items for a full six years -- without the best results.

"We've made significant progress operationally, yet our breakfast economic model is not producing the results we need across a full spectrum of restaurants," Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick told analysts earlier this month.

The morning meal is a very strong performing part of the fast-food business, Brolick added. "We want our share of this business, but we want it to be a profitable share for our system."

How can Taco Bell succeed in the morning where Wendy's hasn't? Through strong advertising and gimmicks that stick -- gimmicks like the "Dewdriver." The drink, by the way, is not for the calorie conscious. A 12-ounce can of Mountain Dew contains 47 grams of sugar -- about 11 teaspoons of added sugar, KFSN reports. An 8-ounce serving of Tropicana Orange juice contains 22 grams of natural sugars.

What do you think about Taco Bell's breakfast soda? Disgusting or a morning triumph?

The following video has more on the chain's breakfast ambitions:
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Aug 31, 2012 4:03PM
Orange Juice is an ingredient in Moutain Dew already. I don't see how this is a big deal.
Aug 31, 2012 3:57PM
Really!  Nothing says, "get after it" like a MTdew-AM.  And I was thinking about a cup of coffee or two.  I must be crazy!
Aug 31, 2012 5:36PM
Amazing!  The fourth ingredient in Mountain Dew is...Orange Juice!  So, lets take OJ and mix it with OJ.  Brilliant!
Aug 31, 2012 6:15PM
you can just make this at home and save money
Aug 31, 2012 3:59PM
Regular Dew would make it a little to citrusy, but I think Code Red and orange juice would make an interesting combiation.
Aug 31, 2012 6:43PM


I started mixing 50/50 pineapple juice and Mountain Dew back in 1980.  Who knew that I was such a forward-thinking trendsetter (besides me, of course)?

Aug 31, 2012 3:25PM
I very rarely eat fast food anymore and I feel and look more healthy because of it.
Aug 31, 2012 5:59PM
As if the sugary white flour tortillas aren't enough to kick that old insulin resistance into high gear... in the AM.
Sep 3, 2012 9:08PM
Very unhealthy, but it ought to kick start your day.  Definitely brush you teeth after washing them in this sugar bath.
Aug 31, 2012 7:19PM
Don't really care about a breakfast soda.  Heck I drink good ol plain dew most mornings.  However Dewdriver as already been taken.  Mt Dew and Vodka
Aug 31, 2012 6:59PM
this is nothing new. sonic has been making their "sonic sunrise" with sprite and orange juice for years
Aug 31, 2012 3:13PM

I've been mixing OJ and Mountain Dew for years.  Sometimes Monster enery drink Khaos and OJ.  Bring on the sugary goodness Taco Bell

Aug 31, 2012 3:31PM
Don't forget about the diet MTdew version please!!!
Aug 31, 2012 5:39PM
Sep 3, 2012 12:09AM

Used to be addicted to  Baja Blast:   MDew &  pineapple.


Now, I drink a few ounces of the top of Dasani bottle and replace with BBlast.  Get tinge of flavor,  keeps water from getting boring, and its healthier!



Aug 31, 2012 6:14PM

I think it sounds disgusting! A much more healthy alternative would be to mix juice with soda water. You still get a bubbly drink but a lot less sugar and artificial flavorings, etc.


Sep 4, 2012 5:59PM
Disgusting and sickening! What's wrong with fast food business ? They are killing people. They only care about money. What a cruel. No thanks!
Sep 4, 2012 9:06AM
as a diabetic that drink would kill me
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