'90s kids rejoice: Crystal Pepsi returns to store shelves this summer

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Crystal Pepsi
It's crystal clear that people still want a taste of this 90s throwback.

Crystal Pepsi will return to store shelves in the United States and Canada later this summer.

PepsiCo announced Wednesday that the clear cola that retro-bloggers remember fondly will be released in 20 ounce bottles starting August 8 in the U.S.

To further appeal to '90s kids eager to binge on nostalgia, Pepsi will release an online video game called "The Crystal Pepsi Trail," a spin on the popular '90s computer game "The Oregon Trail."

The game will be available to play on www.crystalpepsi.net starting July 7.

Crystal Pepsi will be sold for a limited time in Canadian stores starting July 11.

It is the latest bid by the Number 2 soda player behind Coca-Cola Co. to win back consumers. The move comes after the company said Monday that it would reintroduce aspartame-sweetened Diet Pepsi after replacing it last August with a sucralose-sweetened version. Diet Pepsi's sales plunge deepened in recent months, with loyalists balking at the new recipe and new drinkers failing to surface.