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Cheerwine, Krispy Kreme bring back popular soda

Posted July 18

— Two North Carolina brands are teaming up again.

Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are bringing back their popular Cheerwine Kreme beverage. Starting Tuesday and running through September, the soda will be available in 2-liter and 20 oz. bottles throughout the Carolinas and online via the Cheerwine website. The beverage was last offered for a limited time in 2010.

In the Raleigh area, Cheerwine Kreme can be found at Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Kroger and Lowes Foods.

Cheerwine is celebrating 100 years in business and Krispy Kreme turns 80 years old this year.

To help celebrate its anniversary, Cheerwine has also released hundreds of new $100 instant win cans of Cheerwine. The cans can be found among 12 packs of the anniversary collectible series of Cheerwine and Diet Cheerwine.

Get a map of where to find Cheerwine sold in glass bottles in North Carolina

L.D. Peeler created Cheerwine amid a sugar shortage in World World I. He bought cherry flavoring from a traveling salesman from St. Louis and mixed it with other flavors to create Cheerwine's signature flavor.

Take a 360 tour of Cheerwine's bottling facility

At the time, it was custom to name drinks after the beverages they closely resembled, that's how root beer got its name. Since Peeler's drink had a rich burgundy color resembling wine, he named his drink Cheerwine.

The syrup formula, which remains a closely guarded secret, is still made in Salisbury. It is then shipped to Charlotte where it is bottled and canned at a production facility.

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