Those that know me know that I love Dr. Pepper. If I ever needed a blood transfusion, you could literally pump me up full of Dr. Pepper and that would keep me alive. So while at Albertson’s tonight with my dad, I saw a bunch of vintage looking Pepsi products. Apparently they’ve released Pepsi, Mt. Dew, and Dr. Pepper products made with real sugar in some sort of “heritage” series with vintage designs on the packaging. Edit: I believe they are calling this “Throwback” or something along those lines.
I’m not an expert at soda but a lot of it today is made with high fructose corn syrup. But “back in the day”, soda was made with real sugar. Not sure which is worse for you, they might be equally as bad for you. But after a sip of Dr. Pepper with *real sugar* I could feel a slight kick – my mouth tingled. It was like a blast from the past although I never experienced growing up on soda with real sugar. I thought this was neat that Pepsi and Dr. Pepper are doing this and I am a huge fan of their vintage designs they are using with this heritage “series” of soda.
My dad is pissed – he’s a Coke fan and has been writing to Coke telling them to use real sugar (and glass bottles) officially in the U.S. (instead of relying on imports) and he even received a response to one of his emails that is along the lines of “thanks for your idea but we get too many ideas”. He emailed them back tonight asking why they let Pepsi beat them to doing something cool in the soda market.
I took the above shot of the Heritage Dr. Pepper 12-pack packaging with my HTC HD2 and uploaded it to Flickr. Having a 5 megapixel camera in a mobile phone is absolutely awesome!