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This page is about the soft drink. For the pre-War company, see Nuka-Cola Corporation.
For a list of variants available in the games, see List of Nuka-Cola variants.

Nuka-Cola is a beverage produced by the United States' Nuka-Cola Corporation.[1] The product subsequently dominated the market as the most popular American soda.[2] In the aftermath of the Great War, the bottle caps of Nuka-Cola are the most commonly used currency.[3]

Background

Nuka-Cola entered the beverage market in 2044, with the invention of the soft drink by John-Caleb Bradberton after two years of experimentation.[1] It contained 120% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar, and took the United States market by storm, and within a year could be purchased nationwide.[4][5]

Additional formula research resulted in numerous flavor variations, popular additions including cherry, grape, and orange released just a few years after the drink debuted.[6] The last Nuka-Cola taste variant was created in October 2076, dubbed Nuka-Cola Quantum based on an isotope of strontium-90, the first cases of which hit the market in select cities before the war.[7][8] Market research in 2052 indicated that 86 out of 100 polled consumers chose the "Dazzling Blue" color of bottle as their favorite.[9]

By 2067, there was a vending machine on almost every street in America, offering regular Nuka-Cola and any of its variants.[10] Nuka-Cola was distributed in bottles and in cans, and soda fountains were installed as an amenity in Appalachia's Whitespring Resort.[11][12] According to Sierra Petrovita, Nuka-Cola continues to be the "number one choice of refreshment among armageddon's survivors" in the post-War world.[4]

Characteristics

The unique taste of Nuka-Cola is the result of a combination of 17 fruit essences, balanced to enhance the classic cola flavor.[13] The combination of carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, citric acid, caffeine, and natural flavors was marketed as being fortified with "vitaminerals" and "health tonics."[14][15] Ingredients were combined in just the right proportion, to the level that shortages of ingredients or changes to the recipe were noticed by consumers.[16] Frequent consumption could cause addiction, which led to splitting headaches.[17]

Notes

Gallery

Promotional items

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 World of Refreshment PA tour
  2. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Nuka-Cola, the most popular American soda before the war, manufactured so many bottles that the drink can still be found and enjoyed now, more than 200 years later."
  3. Fallout 4 loading screens: "All across the United States, in the aftermath of the Great War, the bottle caps of Nuka-Cola are the most commonly used currency."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sierra Petrovita: "When Nuka-Cola was invented by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044, it quickly became the world's most popular soft drink. The wonder drink soon drew a dedicated following which prompted the Nuka-Cola Corporation to release many promotional items like these. By 2067, a Nuka-Cola machine such as this rare pristine model could be found on almost every street in America. Even in today's crazy world, Nuka-Cola is still the number one choice of refreshment among Armageddon's survivors."
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
  5. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Amateur chemist John-Caleb Bradberton discovered the formula for Nuka-Cola in 2044. Within a year, Nuka-Cola could be purchased across the entire United States."
  6. Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola introduced fruit-flavored beverages such as Nuka-Cherry, Nuka-Grape and Nuka-Orange only a few short years after the corporation was founded. They were an instant success."
  7. Nuka-Cola plant terminal entries; Packing line terminal, Company Announcement
  8. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Bradberton's project terminal, 10-20-2076 JCB
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "Why a blue bottle if the soda is brown? That's just weird."
    Sierra Petrovita: "Aha! That's where you're wrong! Market research done in 2052 said that the blue color was the favorite in 86 people out of 100 polled. And the particular hue of blue is Dazzling Blue, scientifically proven to be the most pleasing of all blues!"
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
  10. Sierra Petrovita: "When Nuka-Cola was invented by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044, it quickly became the world's most popular soft drink. The wonder drink soon drew a dedicated following which prompted the Nuka-Cola Corporation to release many promotional items like these. By 2067, a Nuka-Cola machine such as this rare pristine model could be found on almost every street in America. Even in today's crazy world, Nuka-Cola is still the number one choice of refreshment among Armageddon's survivors."
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
  11. Nuka-Cola vending machine: "{105}{}{ skillfully dodges a can of Nuka-Cola.}"
    (Zinuke.msg)
  12. Canned Nuka-Cola
  13. Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola's award-winning taste is derived from a secret combination of seventeen fruit essences which are balanced to enhance, but not overwhelm, that classic cola flavor."
  14. Dugan: "{123}{}{Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Caffeine}"
    (Dugan's dialogue)
  15. The Lone Wanderer: "Never mind. I think you've had enough sugar for one day."
    Zip: "But Nuka-Cola's fortified with vitaminerals and health tonics! It even says so on the label! That means it's healthy for me!"
    (Zip's dialogue)
  16. Lone Wanderer: "The taste... I could never get used to it."
    Sierra Petrovita: "No no no! You're mistaken! The flavor is the essence of seventeen different fruits mixed in just the right proportion to give the beverage that delicious taste. In fact, in the Great Passion Fruit Famine of 2044, people actually noticed the taste difference when the flavor was changed!"
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
  17. Dugan: "{116}{}{It is the stuff of life . . . Well actually, if I don't drink it on an hourly basis I get a splitting headache.}"
    (DUGAN.MSG)

Non-canon

  1. Bethesda Store Nuka-Cola Mini Bottle Series 2 Collector's Bundle: "Don't waste precious time wandering the wastelands looking for some of your favorite Nuka-Cola flavors. Now you can grab the entire collection of mini Nuka-Cola replicas for your FALLOUT collection. This release of mini Nuka flavored replicas includes Cherry, Orange, Grape, Quartz and Nuka Mix!!"
Nuka-Cola
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