TikTok Popularizes Utah Soda Routine

By Isabella Barberio | Staff Writer

A soda trend is spreading across the United States due to its growing popularity on TikTok.

TikTok has become the birthplace for new trends in our generation. Whether it’s whipped coffee or Emily Mariko’s salmon, rice, and ice bowl, we have learned fun variations to spice up our everyday meals.

This trend known as Utah’s “dirty soda” is not anything new, but it is turning heads as people are starting to add cream to their Diet Coke.

Because Utah is a primarily Mormon State, there are many residents who are unable to drink coffee due to religious beliefs. The Mormon church specified that caffeine is not prohibited, only hot drinks with caffeine.

This iconic mixture became the official drink of tired Utah moms. The tired moms and sugar obsessed teenagers use these soda shops to get their daily caffeine fix. Many of the shops open in the morning to moms waiting in the parking lot and drive-through lines, eager for their “dirty soda” to kick-start the day.

Essentially, these shops sell different types of sodas that are topped with creamer, syrups, whipped cream, and even candy. It has the same idea as a regular coffee shop, just replace the coffee with different types of sodas.

Many people across the nation who are eager to try these sodas are ordering them at a local Sonic or making them at home. Before it became a trend, many people outside the Midwest had never heard of the now famous sodas.

The Dirty Diet Coke was created back in 2010. Its’s a mixture of diet coke, coconut syrup, fresh lime, and a splash of half-and-half.

It is now a part of Utah’s and soon enough, many others’ everyday routine.