Study confirms that Malawian Fanta is the best Fanta in the world!

An Australian study has conclusively confirmed Fanta produced in Malawi is the best Fanta in the world. A consumer preference test conducted this week at the University of Western Australia found 77% of consumers picked Malawian Fanta as their favourite. Participants of mixed sexes, ages, and nationalities were blinded i.e. they did not know which samples were for which product.

They were each given five set of cups and were asked to fill in a questionnaire that asked them to rate on a scale of 1-5 – colour, taste, fizz, and preference of Australian plastic bottled Fanta, South African canned Fanta, Malawian glass bottled Fanta, Malawian plastic bottled Fanta, and Australian Sunkist.  Participants were asked to rinse their mouths with water in between tastings to avoid taste contamination.

Participants were surprised when it was revealed that over 50% of them had chosen Malawian plastic bottled Fanta as the most enjoyable followed by 25% who choose Malawian glass bottled Fanta and then Sunkist in third place. The worst Fanta was South African canned Fanta.


Did you know the Fanta originated from Germany when they could not find the products for Coca Cola during the World War.

Fanta comes from the German world Fantasie – imagination.

Different countries have different Fanta formulas

  • The orange juice proportions may vary in different countries – Australia 5% , Brazil 10%, USA no orange juice!
  • Some countries use corn syrup and others use real sugar.
  • Someone once told me the local hardness (mineral content) of the water can also affect the taste of the soft drink.

In the interest of fairness and disclosure I should state the study limitations. It was a small sample of nine people (that’s why I stated the results in percentages), but nine people who nonetheless had very discerning taste buds. The study was conducted by yours truly who is biased in favour of Malawian glass bottled Fanta. The Malawian glass bottled Fanta was transported in a horizontal position, in a suitcase, in a pressurized air cabin and had lost its fizz by the time of its arrival, this may have adversely affected its taste.

But no matter how small the study was, Malawian Fanta is the best in the world. Thank you Southern Bottlers Limited (SOBO) Malawi! Although personally, Fanta Passion also made in Malawi is my favourite. What is your favourite flavour?

21 thoughts on “Study confirms that Malawian Fanta is the best Fanta in the world!

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  2. We always KNEW! But its great to finally have it scientifically proven, well a case study anyway! I would encourage you to collect more Fantas esp from Africa becoz we all know Zambian fanta is probably the worst!

    • I dont know why im bothering with this science and culture stuff for my PhD, this is really what I should be doing! Do you think Coca Cola could pay me to travel around the world tasting different Fantas?

  3. Wow! I knew that our Fanta is the best but dint think that it can be the best in the world!! Thank Muza for showing that world that good things can also come out of Malawi!!!

  4. I’m interested in a repeat of the test with Australian glass Fanta as an option. I am one of the Australians who picked Malawian glass Fanta as the best tasting. I suspect it’s because I prefer the taste of Fanta from a glass bottle.

    • I am totally with you on the glass bottle…so I will organize a rematch and just for you a round where we guess which Fanta is from the glass bottle…so what is it about the glass bottle that makes it better?

  5. I have to agree that Malawian Fanta is the best! However, Spanish Fanta orange would give it a run for its money as it has a high juice concentration!!

    And let’s be honest you can’t get any better than Cocapina/Cherry plum!!

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  10. ^_^ Passionfruit is my favourate aswell!

    Malawian fanta does taste very diffrent.

    🙂 Dont forget about Cherry Plum and Cocopina in Malawi

  11. How can my beautiful lady and i get cocopina in the UK. We loved it in Malawi, and we liked cocopina too!

  12. u say these ppl were blinded & yet had to decide on the colour as well hah??*puzzled *

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