Saw this in the grocery store the other day - I almost thought it was nothing more than fun packaging, but then I saw the "made with natural sugar" blurb and did a quick ingredient comparison with the nearby Pepsi - sure enough, "corn syrup" was replaced with "sugar" so I had to buy 12 and see if I really could tell. I....think it's mostly psychological. I've been drinking so much sugar-free stuff that anything approximating sugar seems wildly different.
They also had a throwback version of Mountain Dew, which would surely make my head explode, but I might invest in 12 later, if only for another photo op. Mountain Dew's logo was really so much cooler before they started mucking around with different fonts and crazy abbreviations.
I'm sure these'll be selling for obscene amounts on eBay later, if you're into buying stuff and keeping it in storage until it appreciates in value. ;-)
Nothing found on pepsi.com, but a quick Google takes us back to a February blog post on Bev Review (bevreview.com). In the comments, it's mentioned that you will only see these for about two months, so maybe eBay won't be so unrealistic in our near future.
I'm definitely looking for this today. If it's not being distributed locally, I'm heading north this weekend.
I have a few bottles of Mexican Pepsi in the fridge, which is supposedly made with real sugar. I'll be interested in comparing it to cans.
I also maintain a large stash of Dublin Dr. Pepper at all times. It's very much a different taste profile than fructose canned Dr. Pepper. It's smoother and doesn't leave your teeth sticky. It immediately became my favorite soda upon discovering it a year or two back.
I bought a can of fructose Dr. Pepper from the office vending machine recently, and couldn't finish it. It was actually kind of gross in comparison.
Yet I can drink any of these from convenience store fountains, no problem. It's like a whole different soda.
I had someone check the supermarket for this for me when they went today. They didn't find any 12pks, but they did find individual bottles. After conducting a taste-test between HFCS Pepsi and sugar Pepsi, I can say that the Pepsi Throwback definitely seems sweeter.
At one time I bought Mexican Coke before, and I didn't think I noticed a difference between that and the regular thing. I don't remember if I tasted the two one after the other though.
I was reading about New Coke one time. They said it was designed to be sweeter than Coke Classic, so that it would be more like Pepsi. But I've never really felt that Pepsi was more sweet than Coke. I wonder if that distinction was lost when both brands switched to HFCS.
Bottom line: the Pepsi was good, and I may have to find 12pks so that I can stock up. Bottles just don't have the shelf life.
Oh yeah, I did also taste test the Mt Dew. After several back and forth tastes, I decided that the Mt Dew Throwback is actually a little tarter than the standard Mt Dew. Not sure why, but it was interesting.
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoOh yeah, I did also taste test the Mt Dew. After several back and forth tastes, I decided that the Mt Dew Throwback is actually a little tarter than the standard Mt Dew. Not sure why, but it was interesting.
While driving back from Colorado, I had a chance to taste the Pepsi version, and it seemed almost medicinal. I don't know if I just got a bad bottle or what, but it was horrid. Definitely should have tried the Mountain Dew instead.
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A couple of people around the office have now tried both the Pepsi and Mt Dew throwbacks and for the most part, prefer the fructose versions.
If nothing else, it confirmed for me that the Mexican Pepsi I buy is definitely made with real sugar. They're exactly the same.
A side note to the Dublin Dr Pepper fans...The best place to get it is the Walmart in Stephenville. They have it in cans and 8oz glass bottles on the endcap at the east end of the soda aisle (facing the cheese). Less than $2 per six pack for the cans last time I stocked up. It's $10 per case down the road at the Dublin bottling plant. Don't be confused by the regular Dr Pepper in the aisle...that's all fructose. The "Imperial Sugar" logo is prominent on Dublin Dr Pepper packaging.
Of course, visiting the plant and museum is always fun, especially on the annual birthday weekend.
I tried the throwback Pepsi today. I had to pass it off to my sister after a couple of sips because it was just way too sweet for me. It may be because I'm so used to drinking Diet Pepsi all the time, but it's too much sugar for me.
Tried them both over the weekend. I'm historically a much bigger fan of Mountain Dew than Pepsi, but I have to say that I like the Pepsi throwback more than the Dew version.
Much like CRZ said, it's probably mostly psychological, but the Dew certainly seems "familiar" to what it was back when I was young and used to drink cans and cans, and then glass bottles and glass bottles of the stuff (complete with that "foam" logo you could squeeze down and then make "POP" to freak people out). I have to say that I prefer the newer version of the Dew to the "old." It almost tasted like it could be Mountain Dew One or Zero in that it had almost but not quite a "diet" taste. Eh.
The Pepsi, however, tasted great. Really liked it.
Got 12 packs at a local Wal-Mart for $3.50 apiece so that was a plus too. It'll probably take me most of the summer to drink them since I don't drink sodas too often these days.
Thanks for the heads up on these!
edit: Really like seeing the old Mountain Dew logo too, but not as big a fan of the Pepsi-Cola logo that I guess was before my time. The logo I'm most familiar with from my youth looked like almost a cousin of the throwback Dew logo and was emblazened across Pepsi machines in various farm implement and grain companies I went to with my father during those summers spent working on the farm.
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Tried the throwback Pepsi. Eh. I'm not really a Pepsi drinker, and never have been. It does taste different, but I was really hoping for a sugar cane version, not a "natural sugar" version. On the other hand, I wonder if sugar beets and potato sugar are traded on the commodities market?
I clicked on the link and it looks like SI took the article down. All his other articles in his archive are there, but that one has been removed... Looks like he struck a nerve, according to his follow up article. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.