In 2014, rumor had it that PepsiCo was creating a Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew called “Dewitos,” and you just know whoever came up with that idea had to be taking a road trip. Staring out of the window at the road ahead, he munched on a handful of Doritos and swilled it down with some Mountain Dew when he thought to himself: “Gosh, Mountain Dew and Doritos sure taste good together. You know what they should do? They should make a Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew.”
Admittedly, we’ve all had ideas like this while behind the wheel, and apparently some people have made those ideas come true — like the person who once said, “Man, I love ranch dressing so much, I could drink it by the bottle.” Well, thanks to Rocket Fizz, who makes Lester’s Fixins Ranch-Dressing-flavored soda you can drink a whole six-pack of it if you want.
How do we know this? We saw them on our stop at Pop’s Route 66 Soda Ranch just outside of Oklahoma City.
What’s All the Fizz About?
As far as Route 66 roadside attractions go, Pop’s is the Mother Road’s newest baby. Oklahoma businessman Aubrey McClendon opened the combination diner, convenience store, gas station and “Soda Ranch” on the historic highway in Arcadia, Oklahoma, in 2007. Though their food is great, their store convenient, and their gas prices comparable, nearly everyone who visits the ultramodern building, with its cantilevered canopy, mostly come for the selection of often strange and eclectic flavors of sodas.
This is no doubt a given considering that out in front of Pop’s Route 66 Soda Ranch sits a 66-foot tall soda bottle (the biggest in the world) that lights up every night with hundreds of LEDs that sparkle in an assortment of colors and patterns.
So, with a giant soda bottle out front and with the word “soda” part of its official name, you would think that the name “Pop’s” came about as a result of its synonymic use for the word “soda.” The fact is, however, it was actually named after founder Aubrey McClendon’s father whom he affectionately called “Pop.”
Pop’s Pop’s Fizz Fizz
Pop’s carries over 700 different kinds of soda in flavors, ranging from the unusual to some of your old favorites. The most popular all around flavor is root beer. There are over 80 varieties of the soft drink at Pop’s, including their very own Round Barn Root Beer — named after another Arcadia/Route 66 roadside landmark located just over a half-mile up the road. However, their best-selling soda of all time (so far) is the Dublin Dr. Pepper — a popular style of Dr. Pepper that was produced by the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Dublin, TX. According to the original recipe, they use cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
The Dublin version became so popular, in fact, that it started outselling the regular Dr. Pepper. As a result, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group demanded that Dublin stop making their own brand of Dr. Pepper. Eventually, they would go on to acquire the rights to the Dublin franchise on January 11, 2012. The next day, the Dublin Bottling Works (as it was now called) stopped making Dublin Dr. Pepper forever. For now, however, it still remains the most popular soda ever sold at Pop’s.
So, What Does Kitty Piddle Taste Like?
Besides carrying the classic sodas, Pop’s also carries flavored soft drinks for those with a more discerning palate. On the shelves next to the colas, root beers, and lemon-limes are more obscure flavors — sodas that taste like pickles, butter, beef teriyaki … and if you’re not thirsty for the aforementioned Ranch Dressing soda, there’s always Bleu Cheese Dressing soda. (We’re still waiting for the Stuckey’s Pecan Log Roll Soda.)
Then there’s the sodas like Kitty Piddle, a pale yellow, pineapple/orange mix, and Dog Drool — a nearly clear orange-lemon that “looks like Rover’s saliva glands are working overtime,” according to Avery’s Beverages, makers of the feline- and canine-inspired sodas. Another one is Pimple Pop, a marshmallow-cream-flavored soft drink made by Gross Gus, a subsidiary of the Indian Wells Brewing Company. In these cases, it’s more the flavor’s name than the flavor itself that haspeople saying, “Uh … NO!”
In addition to all of these American favorites, Pop’s carries sodas from 13 different countries, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, England, Italy, Jamaica, Lebanon, and Mexico.
Stop at Pop’s Today!
After the death of original owner, Aubrey McClendon, in 2016, the store was sold to Jessie and Zar Sandhu early this year. The two are excited to own the landmark property on the iconic highway — especially ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Mother Road coming up in 2026.
Pop’s is still open daily from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and lunch and dinner are served from 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
(By the way, PepsiCo actually did flirt with the “Dewitos” idea, even testing it out on university students. But it never came into fruition. Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos, on the other hand, did become a real item you could actually buy and eat for a limited time, in 2020.)
Stuckey’s – We’re Making Road Trips Fun Again!
Whether your next road trip is by car or by rail, it’s not really a road trip without taking Stuckey’s along. From our world famous Stuckey’s Pecan Log Rolls to our mouthwatering Hunkey Dorey, Stuckey’s has all the road trips snacks you’ll need to get you where you’re going.
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Stuckey’s – We’re Making Road Trips Fun Again!