Yes, “Dewitos” — more or less an inevitability ever since Pepsi and Frito-Lay merged in 1965 — is an actual drink (see left). Branded samples have been dispensed from stands at college campuses in Ohio, likely next to pro-weed kiosks and League of Legends MMORPG recruitment. Photographic proof comes via Steve Barnes on Reddit, where the Kent State freshman of course goes by the handle “joes_nipples.”
Along with lemon ginger, mango habañero, and rainbow sherbet, he sampled what was presumably Nacho Cheese flavored, and calls it the “[w]eirdest thing I’ve ever drunk” — that is, orange “with a really strong doritos aftertaste which was odd,” also known as a sure sign “[s]omeone at the mountain dew design department was getting really high.”
In a statement explaining to incredulous media why it’s unleashed this stuff on an undeserving public, PepsiCo simply says, “We opened up the DEW flavor vault and gave students a chance to try this Doritos-inspired flavor as part of a small program at colleges and universities.” It’s maybe also a sign that even the hardest-core Dorito-fied lover is getting fatigued, with the spillover into “warm Nacho Cheese snacks” at 7-Elevens, and then some. No matter how it tastes, it’s a pretty fair bet this stuff will show up in Taco Bell soda machines within six months, perhaps with even grosser-sounding flavors.