Southerners, Rejoice: Your Favorite Food and Drink Have Joined Forces

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Southern icons Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme team up for the new soda that could leave the U.S. fatter than ever

This old southern dog seems to have learned some new tricks.

As the label announces, this is an amazing collaboration: “Two southern classics, one legendary taste.” If you’re a Southerner at heart—or at least have a soft spot for the region’s fabulous cuisine — then your heart might race at this news: Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme, two North Carolina-based food giants, have teamed up to create a Krispy Kreme-flavored soda.

The match made in heaven is actually a throwback to Krispy Kreme’s Cheerwine-flavored doughnut from 2010. For the encore performance, the roles are reversed. The resulting product is a creamier-colored (and less bubbly) version of Cheerwine’s signature dark red cherry soda.

Eager and unwilling tasters alike at the Charlotte Observer tried the new soda. They found the combination to be a cross between a cherry soda and a cream soda — with an incredible amount of sugar.

Unsurprisingly, the tasters that liked the soda admitted to having a sweet tooth and a soft spot for sugary drinks. Its critics labeled it as a worse version of diet cream soda, but noted that it wasn’t “teeth-stickingly sugary.”

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Krispy Kreme shops will carry the special flavor, but (sadly) only at its North Carolina, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia locations.