KFC, Mountain Dew collaborate on new drink called 'Sweet Lightning'

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Kentucky Fried Chicken and Mountain Dew want to give customers something sweet to sip on.

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The fast-food chain and soda company announced Tuesday they were partnering up to release "Sweet Lightning," a new beverage that will be available at KFC restaurants nationwide by July 1. The drink is described as an “out-of-this-sky refreshment lit up with a punch of peach and a touch of honey flavors.”

To mirror KFC’s Colonel Sanders, the company introduced a new character — a Mountain Dew pitchman named Sweet.

Mountain Dew and KFC are partnering to electrify their beverage lineup with Sweet Lightning. (Mountain Dew/KFC)

“With a ‘glass is always full’ swagger, Sweet strolls into Colonel Sanders' office with his Southern charm and wins him over quicker than a bolt of lightning could strike!” the companies said in a news release. “The Colonel and Sweet shook on it, agreeing that Sweet Lightning would not be served in any other restaurant, and one sweet deal was struck.”

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KFC and Mountain Dew teased the new collaboration on social media Monday. Both companies tweeted emojis at each other that indicated a new drink was coming soon.

“This pre-planned social media interaction went off without a hitch! Brought to you by @MountainDew Sweet Lighting, only available at KFC,” the fried chicken chain tweeted Monday evening.

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Andrea Zahumensky, KFC’s chief marketing officer, promised the new drink “will keep fans coming back for more.”

"Sweet Lightning" will be a permanent addition at KFC restaurants.