Fanta Socata!? Now available exclusively from Japanese vending machines

New Japanese Fanta features a unique flavour from abroad.

One of the things we love about Japan is its plethora of vending machines, and all the weird and wonderful discoveries waiting to be found inside them.

Now we’re on the hunt for a new and unusual beverage, this time from Fanta, one of our favourite brands that’s seduced us before with their cool and creative Japan-exclusive flavours.

Their newest release is simply called “Socata!?“, and while that makes it a bit of a mystery at first, at the top of the can, the words “Fanta Delicious Flavours of the World” explain that this new beverage takes its inspiration from abroad.

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ファンタ!!珍しいフレーバー♪ SOCATA!! あまり美味しくない!!!!笑 ファンタはグレープや!!!!! #ファンタ #SOCATA #珍しいフレーバー #仕事の合間の一服 #美味しくない #ファンタグレープ好き

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So what exactly is socata? It’s actually a traditional Romanian soft drink made from elderflowers. It’s usually produced by naturally fermenting the flowers in a lemon and honey or sugar solution.

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Socată in progress. This a summer special, a seasonal drink based on elderflowers, lemons and sugar. It ferments on its own or with the help of some yeast. The only problem is that it takes DAYS to be ready… . . . #socată #socata #elderflower #summerspecial

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While Fanta Shokata, which contains the flavour of socata, has been a popular drink in Europe, the new Fanta Socata!? aims to introduce Japanese consumers to the delicious flavour of the Romanian beverage.

The new drink is being billed as “the perfect summer beverage to refresh you with an all-new flavour you’ve never tried before”. The drink itself is sure to catch everyone’s attention, with its gorgeous blue-and-white design, featuring a silhouette of a Romanian townscape, along with elderflowers and lemon.

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