Chances are that you know about Fanta Soda. It’s a pretty iconic drink. Chances are that you didn’t know this soda classic was actually created in Nazi Germany during World War II.
We can back it up to the 1930s, before the war. Coca Cola is THRIVING right now. From 1933-1939 the numbers of crates of Coke sold in Nazi Germany rose from about 100,000 to 4.5 million per year according to The Local. It was even featured as one of the official sponsors of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
BUT Nazi Germany can’t live this Coca Cola life for long, since bans on imports into the Nazi Reich prevent easy transport of the syrups and ingredients needed to make Coke.
Max Keith is the head of the company in Germany, and was NOT willing to give up Coca Cola all together. He ended up taking scraps from other factories, like whey, fruits (mainly apples) and other ingredients to make the iconic drink known today as Fanta.
Since then, citrus has been used as the main source of flavor since the 1950s. In Naples, Italy, a bottling factory had started producing and selling Fanta and used local citrus fruits. It caught on from there.
Get ready to be shook even more, since the word “Fanta” itself actually has German roots. Fanta stems from the German word “Fantastisch” which means FANTASTIC. “Fanta” was chosen since the Coca Cola headquarters in the US thought the product needed a little more *shabam* to really sell itself.
A video posted in 2015 to celebrate Fanta’s 75th anniversary also stirred up some controversy since many people thought it celebrated the Nazi’s success. The ad was quickly stopped, but was already considered offensive to those who had seen it.
Fanta has now reached global stardom and is a soda CLASSIC. Next time you take a sip of Fanta, remember that you’re drinking the soda baby of Nazi Germany.
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