We Tried Coca-Cola Dreamworld to See If It’s Really ‘Dream Flavored’

Who doesn't want to live in a world where soda pop aspires to taste like dreams?

Had any good dreams lately? Did they involve drinking a new Coca-Cola flavor that came in a cool teal-colored can and tastes like all the fruit in the world got into a fight? Because Coca-Cola just released its newest Coca-Cola Creations flavor, Dreamworld, and the company claims it tastes like dreams. You read that right—dreams.

What Is Dreamworld?

Coke’s been releasing Coca-Cola Creations flavors all year, including Coca-Cola Starlight, which supposedly tastes like space. (Spoiler: It’s sweeter than a Pixy Stix milkshake.)

Dreamworld has possibly the coolest concept—the flavor of a dream! And it definitely has the coolest label. It’s teal with a funky Salvador Dali-esque design, with a flying futuristic fish, an upside-down cloud and the Coca-Cola cursive logo sailing out what looks like a church window.

I mean, my dreams run more to the crumbling teeth and showing up naked at high school for a test I’ve never studied for, but to each dreamer their own.

Is Dreamworld Really “Dream-Flavored”?

Coke Dreamworld looks just like regular Coke when you pour it over ice. An overwhelming fruit aroma rises up when you crack the can.

But I didn’t detect much, if any, cola flavor in this dreamy new beverage. I puzzled and puzzled over how to describe the flavor. Here’s what I came up with: maybe if you had a party, and you made a huge bowl of fruit punch, and then accidentally dropped a splash of Coke into it, that’s what Dreamworld tastes like.

I can’t identify what fruit is in the drink, but there’s definitely a Carmen Miranda’s hat-inspired tropical fruit edge. I asked my teen daughter to try and nail down the fruit, and her instant response was “yellow Tic Tacs.” I think she has a point, as the taste is more candy-sweet than anything grown in nature. The sweetness does carry a kind of citrus edge to it, so fruit was perhaps adjacently involved.

Would I Buy It Again?

Probably not. The sample I was sent was the Zero Sugar version. My suspicion is that the full-sugar version would taste better, especially since I’m not a fan of Coke Zero. But I may never find that out because I can’t see buying this in the store. It’s a limited-edition drink, and the arty teal labels will tempt some shoppers to give it a try. But the taste won’t put anyone into a dreamy reverie.

I still love the fact that Coca-Cola, the big behemoth of beverage, is going crazy with its limited-edition flavors. So far, none of them have tripped my personal taste trigger, but I’d rather live in a world where soda pop aspires to taste like dreams than one where it doesn’t.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a pop culture junkie and the co-author of Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops and The Totally Sweet '90s. She covers TV, movies, books and pop culture, as well as food news of all kinds. Gael is a weblog pioneer who started her first blog, Pop Culture Junk Mail, in 1999.