All 10 Coca-Cola Creations Flavors, Ranked

What is Coca-Cola Creations? Well, back in 2022, Coca-Cola had an amazing idea: let’s pick a random word out of a bingo roller and use that as the name of a weird new flavor of Coke. Let’s make one every few months—some of them available everywhere, some of them exclusive to online stores, and what the hell, let’s sell one of them in exactly three foreign countries. While the branding may have outshined the actual flavor of many Coca-Cola Creations flavors, we’re here to cut through the flashy marketing and rank all 10 Coca-Cola Creations flavors. (Yes, #1 is exactly what you expect.)

Coca-Cola Byte Zero Sugar

Byte Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola Byte Zero Sugar

Ranking all the Coke Creations flavors ever released is no small task, but at least this part is easy. Coca-Cola Byte sucked. This was described as “gaming-inspired,” “pixel flavored,” and “bright,” none of which actually refer to a flavor, let alone a good one. This flavor was pretty unanimously panned for being bitter and awful. Paying extra to have it shipped was just the cherry on top.

Credit: Liv Averett / Coca-Cola

Rating:

1/10

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Coca-Cola Soul Blast Zero Sugar

Soul Blast Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola Soul Blast Zero Sugar

Promoting the anime series Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Coca-Cola Soul Blast was sold exclusively in Japan, China, and Taiwan. It’s funny that this was labeled as “Action Flavored” considering this was the most lifeless Coca-Cola I’ve ever tasted (and I tried a 25-year-old can of Coke once, for science). Messaging back and forth with a very nice eBay seller who lives in Hawaiʻi was sincerely the best part of this entire experience. I can’t put all of the blame on the soda itself, though. How much carbonation can truly survive flying from Japan to Ohio?

Rating:

2/10

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Coca-Cola Happy Tears Zero Sugar

Happy Tears Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola Happy Tears Zero Sugar

If you read my longform review of this TikTok-exclusive salt-flavored soda, this placement might surprise you. Rating things out of 10 is tough. If 10 is always “the best thing ever,” I’d be handing out nothing but 2s and 3s around here. “Sure, this new potato chip is good, but it’s nothing next to that porkchop I had with Jon and V down in Atlanta.” To avoid an unbalanced ranking, I called my least favorite a 1 and my favorite a 10 and sorted the rest in comparison. Coca-Cola Happy Tears is nothing special, and considering how great #1 is, there’s just no room for mediocrity here.

Rating:

3/10

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Coca-Cola Y3000

Y3000

Coca-Cola Y3000

Much like everything else made with AI, Coca-Cola Y3000 left a bad taste in my mouth. If “uncanny valley” was a flavor, they absolutely nailed it. Looking back at my notes, I was unable to put a non-Coke taste to it besides “red?” This tasted like finding out your favorite band is doing NFTs.

Rating:

3.5/10

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Coca-Cola K-Wave Zero Sugar

K-Wave Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola K-Wave Zero Sugar

How hard does a soda have to miss for a K-pop collaboration to get no buzz in 2024? We’re now a few weeks removed from my experience with the “fruity fantasy” that is Coca-Cola K-Wave, and time has not been kind to this flavor. Maybe if they had picked a single fruit, rather than the broad concept of “fruity”… I gotta admit, the song is growing on me though.

Rating:

4/10

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Coca-Cola Move

Move

Coca-Cola Move

I was really hoping this one would taste pink, y’all. The most popular guesses I saw regarding the flavor of Coca-Cola Move were… coconut and popcorn? As a devout coconut lover and pathological popcorn hater, that combination would explain my split decision on this one. There are certainly worse ways to translate “transformation” into a flavor—motor oil, perhaps.

Rating:

5/10

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Coca-Cola Dreamworld

Dreamworld

Coca-Cola Dreamworld

Out of all Coca-Cola Creations flavors, this is the one that people came to the clearest consensus on what the flavor was. Most people agreed that it was vaguely, almost definitely, probably orange dreamsicle. Dreamworld even shares half a word with dreamsicle! It was definitely an extra sweet Coke with a bit of citrus. We still haven’t hit the hallowed halls of “this was good,” but at least we’ve made it to the purgatory of “not bad.”

Rating:

5.5/10

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Coca-Cola Ultimate

Ultimate

Coca-Cola Ultimate

The second gaming-inspired Coca-Cola Creations flavor came out much better than the first, that’s for sure. This one was divisive for the exact reason why I love it: Not everyone is ready for a banana cola! Coca-Cola Ultimate tasted like it had a very simple recipe: Take a bottle of Coke and add a handful of Banana Runts. If that sounds appealing to you, we have a lot in common. I went back and bought additional bottles of this one.

Rating:

7/10

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Coca-Cola Marshmello

Marshmello

Coca-Cola Marshmello

This was the only Coca-Cola Creations flavor labeled with the actual flavor—a break from tradition, for good reason. If the biggest word on a stark-white can of soda is “Marshmello,” people might assume it’s, y’know, marshmallow flavored. Coca-Cola’s solution was to be as specific and blunt as possible. According to the can, this flavor is called “The Artist Marshmello’s Limited Edition Coca-Cola.” And at the very bottom of that can, written in the smallest text in the entire design, is the reveal: “Watermelon Strawberry Flavored”. If you missed out on this one, just throw a couple Jolly Ranchers into a can of Coke and wait an hour.

Rating:

7.5/10

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Coca-Cola Starlight

Starlight

Coca-Cola Starlight

Move over, Game Fuel. Step aside, Surge. The queen has arrived. The first Coca-Cola Creations flavor ever released was the best Coke Creations flavor. I’m confident saying that Coca-Cola Starlight is the holy grail of defunct sodas. If I could give this more than 10 sporks, I would. I have signed petitions to bring this marshmallow-berry-flavored magic back to shelves. If you ask me, Coca-Cola Spiced should not exist. If they’re going to put an additional Coke flavor on shelves permanently, there’s only one answer: Coca-Cola Starlight.

Rating:

10/10

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About the Author

Griffin Parker

Griffin Parker is a writer, award-winning charity auctioneer, and "influencer in the beverage space" according to a few PR agencies. Please do not ask him about the cotton candy business he started right out of high school. When he's not contributing to Sporked or running the @SodaSeekers news pages, you can find Griffin espousing the virtues of Dayton-style pizza, Cincinnati-style chili, and Dolly Parton's Fabulously Fudgy Brownie Mix.

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  • I definitely agree with Starlight being the #1 pick of all of the Creations flavors. How was it not even considered for a permanent fixture in the lineup?! How was the decision to add the Spiced Raspberry flavor even made? Also, while we are on the subject. Cinnamon Coke should have been made permanent or at least seasonal. Coke has made some really poor choices over the years and it makes me sad.

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  • I enjoy Lime Coke at Jack in the Box and Wendy’s.

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  • “we ranked all ten flavors” spiced isnt even on the list. ah so not ALL the flavors then

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  • You know, you’re right. I don’t know if it qualifies, but Spice divided my family, though I only drink the Zero options. My kid loved it, to me it tasted a lot like children’s chewable medicine.

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  • Starlight is amazing! I CANNOT BELIEVE they decided Spiced was good enough to be a staple but not Starlight????

    I have always had this suspicion that the Coke that comes out during Christmas has a “spice” to it but every one thinks that’s crazy.. I was hoping to catch that magic in the Spiced flavor but I do not.

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  • I could not agree with you anymore! Id buy up a pallet of Coca Cola Starlight if I could.

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  • My favorite Coke product was Orange-Vanilla. I switched from other colas to that Coke product while it was available. Now I’m back to RC.

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  • Starlight was good but spiced is superior. Spiced is the best new flavor I’ve tried in years bar nobe.

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  • Yesssssssssssssssss! Starlight is the BEST. I miss it so much.

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