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Is Coca-Cola's marketing team okay?

The Coca-Cola Dreamworld flavour
(Image credit: Coca-Cola)

There was once a time you might have mocked your pals for picking up Coke flavours like Vanilla or Cherry. But over the past year, the Coca-Cola marketing team has made these obscure flavours look totally normal with some utterly bizarre flavours that have me asking, what the heck is going on?

A  few months ago Coke launched a new series of flavours called "Coca-Cola Creations", which included variations of the soft drink such as 'Starlight', 'Byte' and musician Marshmello's strawberry and watermelon Coke. But a new 'Dreamworld' flavour might be the cherry on the peculiar Coke cake. While we are all for an out-there marketing campaign, there is something so odd about having an entire drinks campaign around abstract flavours that well, simply don't exist right? This isn't the first weird campaign we've seen, though. To celebrate Creative Bloq's 10-year anniversary, we looked back on the most controversial ad campaigns of 2013

The latest addition to the Coca-Cola Creations list is the 'Dreamworld' flavour, which according to Coke (opens in new tab), "bottles up the technicolour tastes and surrealism of the subconscious" (whatever that means). In short, it sounds as though Coke is getting you to taste your dreams, which is a little different to the 'Taste the feeling' slogan that the brand so famously sports. 

While the flavour and surrounding campaign feel utterly random, I have to admit that they've done a great job of getting people talking. Not only does the weirdness of the campaign spark a lot of conversation, but there is also debate about what these flavours actually taste like too (apparently Coca-Cola Byte tastes like grapes, and Coca-Cola Starlight taste like Cotton Candy). 

The Coca-Cola Byte drink

A previous Coca-Cola Creation (Image credit: Coca-Cola)

Plus, the packaging for all four of the Coca-Cola creations looks pretty awesome. Each sports a different design based on the flavour, and three of the four each have slight variations to the logo. I particularly like the Marshmello design with the dripping Coke logo and would love to see more variations of the Coke logo in the future. 

The Coca-Cola Dreamworld flavour will be available to buy in the US and Canada on 15 August (leaving us Brits weird-flavoured Cokeless). Coca-Cola is one of the most famous brands of all time, so it should come as no surprise that it made it to our list of the most iconic drinks logos of all time. And if you feel inspired by all this branding talk and fancy creating your own iconic brand, then brush up on your knowledge with our roundup of the best branding books

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.