Mountain Dew Goji Citrus Strawberry is a weird case as far as Mountain Dew flavors go.
It got its start as an exclusive flavor to Jacksons Food Store franchises, but quickly began popping up in several other gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores. It is not available in bottles or cans, so the only way to enjoy it is through a soda fountain.
The flavor itself is quite enjoyable. It is a nice blend of goji, lemon and strawberry. It isn’t quite to the level of Mountain Dew Baja Blast, but it’s respectable in its own way.
The closest fountain with Mountain Dew Goji Citrus Strawberry to Capital is at the Circle K that is on Petzinger road. It is approximately two miles away down College Ave. and takes five to seven minutes by car.
In general, the soda fountain experience can be better than the can or bottle, but not consistently so. There are many factors to consider when it comes to a ‘good’ fountain drink. The two main considerations are the amount of carbonation that the fountain is putting into the drink and if the flavoring-to-water ratio is what it should be.
These two factors mostly boil down to the maintenance of the fountain. The machine can be neglected by the staff or be just plain faulty or even suffer from overuse. Either way, the end result is the same with a less than great soda to enjoy.
Before finding this Circle K, I tried this flavor at a Sheetz in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the flavor had not been recently refilled so the drink tasted like something more akin to Goji seltzer water than an actual soda. This led to an overall bad first experience with the flavor. Luckily though, the Circle K fountain was well tended to. The same store even had some other flavors that are not usually available at fountains, like Code Red and Major Mellon.
It is also worth noting that there were posters all over the store that were advertising for Mountain Dew Purple Thunder, which advertised it as an exclusive flavor to Circle K stores. It is being marketed as a berry/plum-flavored Mountain Dew.
When the flavor does drop, you can rest assured that there will be an article written about it. Until next time, you should “do the dew.”