Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Diet Dr Pepper Challenge

Doc had talked a couple weeks ago about Diet Dr Pepper tasting as good as regular Dr Pepper, and this got me thinking about the Cola Wars back in the 80s.
I barely remember commercials of the Pepsi Challenge to see if people liked the taste of Pepsi over Coca-Cola which I will not refer to as Coke.
I was reading a book that talked about this and they had professional food taste testers comment. Pepsi is sweeter and if you take one sip you are going to like Pepsi over Coke. However, Coke remained the leader. Why? Well, most people are not just going to open up a can of soda-pop (this is my way of preventing the pop v. soda war) take one sip and walk away from it. We are going to drink the entire can. Most people don’t want that initial sweetness for their entire soda-pop drinking experience and hence go back to drinking Coke.
Now it looks like Dr Pepper is doing a little soda-pop war of their own by saying their unleaded is as good as the leaded. Diet Dr Pepper was the first diet soda-pop I actually enjoyed. Other diet drinks were too icky and regular was too sweet. If you are going to do the Dr Pepper challenge enjoy a can of each to make your decision. My advice would be to split in half and take the challenge with a friend. Have fun!

-Disaster Chick, Weekly Correspondent

7 comments:

Sandra said...

I had tried to Pepsi challenges back in the early 80s...or was it late 70s, and I consistently got the wrong soda. It was kind of embarrassing...

Karen said...

I don't do carbonation. I need an iced tea challenge or something. ;-)

Raquel's World said...

Coke fan, specifically Coca-Cola Classic, yeah thst's the one.
Dr. Pepper- ummm it's okay but I love Coca- Cola.

Doc said...

I like the Diet Dr. pepper as well as the leaded...

Knight said...

Back when I used to drink Soda I always preferred Pepsi. Fountain soda didn't matter as much but if if came from a can or bottle I could tell. Pepsi had more carbonation and Coke had a more syrup taste to it. Luckily my obsession with carbonation helped me kick the cola habit and now I drink lots of seltzer water.
Now Dr. Pepper I can't even smell because it's so gross.

Paula said...

I cannot stand diet pop, I hate it hate it hate it. However, I CAN drink Diet Dr Pepper, and I even like it better than the leaded. Coke vs Pepsi, I like both and buy whichever one is cheaper at the grocery store.

Mike said...

Don't try ice cream with diet soda. It doesn't work well at all.