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Stopped by the local Target today after work and found several prominent displays filled with the new Pepsi Blue, which I thought wasn't out till next month, but whatever, I bought a 20-oz bottle.

I'll say this for it: It's very blue. A deeper blue than I was expecting based on the pictures, deep enough so you won't mistake it for windshield-washer fluid. But it's not opaque like cola; the transparency is similar to that of orange soda. (The bottles are not a blue plastic, by the way; they're clear with a blue label.)

The berry taste (a raspberry/strawberry blend, I'd guess) is quite strong. So much so that it's hard to discern the cola, which serves mostly to cut the berry's sweetness. If Cherry Coke/Wild Cherry Pepsi is cola with a splash of cherry, this is berry with a splash of cola.

This is going to be very popular with young children. The teen crowd will be tougher; there's a danger they might dismiss it as a "kiddie drink" or carbonated Kool-Aid.

Either way, Pepsi Blue will be around a while, but it'll be a niche drink, not the runaway hit they're hoping for.
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Well, dammit, I'm going to have to try it tomorrow, it's in a vending machine at my work... A few coworkers beat me to it, and they really didn't have much feedback, though they weren't sure if they liked it. Sort of a Pepsi Twist, with berries, gone horribly wrong... is the only useful quip I got. \
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I'm sure it's better than Vanilla Coke. That stuff is terrible. It has just enough vanilla in it that it makes it taste weird, but not really enough to have its own taste.

But I don't like pop too much anyway, so why am I talking?
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Brad: Yeah, it's a bit much for me too. In my own fridge it'll be a novelty drink, not much more.

Vanilla Coke was OK, but I haven't bought any since I first tried it. Oh well.

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post #5 of 52
Soft drink companies are losing their collective minds these days.



The fact that it's a Pepsi product automatically means it'll never touch my lips, so I'll have to take your assessment of it at face value.

I'll stick to the good stuff...

After all, I AM a Pepper. Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?

I hear that lemon Coke nonsense is going over about like a poot in church, so perhaps there's a light at the end of the "how can we take a good beverage and mess it up really good" tunnel?
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Exactly. Pepsi is the devil Pepsi is Intel. Pepsi is Microsoft.
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I liked it better when there was thje one and only Cokca-Cola.
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I gotta admit, I'm a simple, root beer man. Causing my hatred of fast food joints:
"Number 7 with a root beer, please."
"Okay, number 7 with Mr Pibb, anything else?"
"NO, not STEENKing Mr Pibb. I hate you."

I am a big fan of the less-sweetening-is-more. Having taught myself to be a huge fan of Talking Rain (definitely an acquired taste), I'm convinced that if every soda bottler in the country cut the amount of sugar in their drinks in half, we'd get used to it inside a week. And we'd have better teeth and live longer. Ditto with sodium. But hey, look at me, I still eat #7s at McDonald's

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[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
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The fact that it's a Pepsi product automatically means it'll never touch my lips, so I'll have to take your assessment of it at face value.

I'll stick to the good stuff...

After all, I AM a Pepper. Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?

</strong><hr></blockquote>


Master Scates, are you aware that Dr. Pepper is a Pepsi product?

Has anyone tried the new red Dr. Pepper? I'm a huge Dr. Pepper fan (and would say that I hate Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, but not all Pepsi products, since Dr. Pepper is a Pepsi product, but then I already said that) and the red one is basically a more cherry-like, less cola-like, version of Dr. Pepper.
post #10 of 52
Isn't Dr. Pepper mint rootbeer or something like that? Anyways, I like pepsi and coke, I am disgusted by the lemon twist crap around. Never tried vanilla coke but I did put some vanilla in my coke and it wasn't that bad... I'm still a rootbeer fan though.
post #11 of 52
There are 3 sodas that I enjoy and are ranked in order:

Diet Coke (its all we drink in cyberland)
Vanilla Coke (My curiosity was well rewarded)
Mello Yello (For when I run out of Diet Coke)

And there you have it! Sacrin and Phenylenaline will be my young grave but who cares! I like Diet Coke! Its better than a fag! Oh yes indeed!
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I realized the ambiguity of my second to last sentance...cigarettes not homosexuals...GD slang makes it so tough these days!
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wyntir good to see you back!

pscates it's not just you. Vanilla Coke is disturbing. Luca Rescigno your description of it is exactly what I thought when I tasted it. Ew.

Pepsi twist will make you spew! I always hated Cherry anything, but Cherry coke must be the worst use yet for cherries. Lemon Coke no thank you.

Anyone here ever had Birch Beer from Polar? Yum.

At self-serves runner-up is what I like to call "mud." (everything ) Hey, Think Different. Different flavor every time!

Pepsi is better than Coke by the way
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post #14 of 52
I don't know about you guys, but I like variety and the influx/trend of all of these different permutations of soft drinks has actually renewed my interest in them and (probably) made me drink moremore than I should have, at least. Vanilla Coke is great, it's like a mixture of Coke and creme soda, and Pepsi Twist is like a sweeter, smoother version of Pepsi (tastes far better than actual Pepsi which has an undesirable aftertaste IMO). Red Fusion Dr. Pepper is great too, though I've not been able to have any right next to some Dr. Pepper to compare and contrast just what the "different" taste would be.
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post #15 of 52
When did this Red Fusion happen? I like Dr. Pepper but never heard of this.
post #16 of 52
I forgot to mention that Pibb Extra is great too! Its like Mr. Pibb only it tastes MORE.

.....hope that made sense
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post #17 of 52
How can anybody like 'Diet' anything?? :confused: <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

I bought a 12 pack of Vanilla Coke to give an extended try. I've had 6 or so and the taste is really starting to make me gag. I thought itwas OK at first, but the last few cans have been more like torture than refreshment.

I'll have to try Pepsi Blue. I was disappointed in Pepsi after Pepsi Twist.
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post #18 of 52
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[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
<strong>Master Scates, are you aware that Dr. Pepper is a Pepsi product?</strong><hr></blockquote>

No it isn't. <a href="http://www.dpsu.com/" target="_blank">Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc.</a> is owned by Cadbury Schweppes of Britain. Besides Dr Pepper and 7Up, they also own A&W root beer, Sunkist, Squirt, RC Cola, Crush, Welch's soda, Hires root beer, Canada Dry and Vernors.

Dr Pepper/Seven Up doesn't have its own bottling system, though, so it's often bottled by a Pepsi bottler, depending on where you live.
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post #19 of 52
pepsi is better than coke. though i must say that, when you get coke at a bar, on tap, its really good. also, pepsi is more like amd or Apple than intel and ms. intel/ms make the popular (in sales) version of their trade, pepsi/Apple make the second most popular (yet, better) product.

i haven't heard of pepsi blue, but it sounds intriquing. i'm gonna look for it at the bodega on the way home. that vanilla coke seems to me to be a stupid idea.
post #20 of 52
my b/f and I manage to go through a 2liter of vanilla coke about every other day, we LOVE it. The restaurant I work at just got it in the fountain, so I'm up to like ten glasses a day, I think I drink more than I sell to customers.

I think I'm becoming addicted. It's funny, because, at first I really didn't like it. The vanilla flavoring reminded me of a flavored, um, "personal lubricant" I had used some number of years ago, and it just made me laugh when I drank it. But somehow I got hooked.

This Pepsi blue business is rather disturbing though, I'll have to try it, I like berries.

My name is mike, and I am a vanilla coke junkie.
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post #21 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by CaseCom:
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No it isn't. <a href="http://www.dpsu.com/" target="_blank">Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc.</a> is owned by Cadbury Schweppes of Britain. Besides Dr Pepper and 7Up, they also own A&W root beer, Sunkist, Squirt, RC Cola, Crush, Welch's soda, Hires root beer, Canada Dry and Vernors.

Dr Pepper/Seven Up doesn't have its own bottling system, though, so it's often bottled by a Pepsi bottler, depending on where you live.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Wow, crazy. Here in Portland, every Pepsi vendor (both fountain and bottle) keeps Dr. Pepper & Pepsi stuff together. And when the theater chain switched from Coke products to Pepsi products, they brought in Dr. Pepper, and when they switched back to Coke products, Pepsi disappeared. Dr. Pepper must not only be bottled by Pepsi but distributed by Pepsi distributors.
post #22 of 52
Red Fusion is just a Cheerwine ripoff! <a href="http://www.cheerwine.com" target="_blank">http://www.cheerwine.com</a>

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post #23 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by icarus:
<strong>I forgot to mention that Pibb Extra is great too! Its like Mr. Pibb only it tastes MORE.

.....hope that made sense </strong><hr></blockquote>

Don't lie. Pibb Xtra is a sham. There isn't anything "Xtra" about it, it's just an alternate recipe!
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[quote]Originally posted by thuh Freak:
<strong>pepsi is better than coke. though i must say that, when you get coke at a bar, on tap, its really good. also, pepsi is more like amd or Apple than intel and ms. intel/ms make the popular (in sales) version of their trade, pepsi/Apple make the second most popular (yet, better) product.

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Pepsi IS NOT better than Coke.
And your analogy is the worst piece of shit I've ever heard.
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post #25 of 52
Caffeine is the devil.
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Coca-Cola drinkers unite!

I remember drinking Mr Pibb and that stuff was pretty good. I think it's a Coca-Cola beverage. Dr Pepper is Pepsi? I went to Burger King today, and they have Coke prudcts, but I got some Dr Pepper in my mix drink (mixed a bunch of em together), so that strikes me as being rather odd.

Pepsi just can't hang.
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post #27 of 52
New Coke and Apple Slice forever!
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[quote]Originally posted by FellowshipChurch iBook:
<strong>If you gotta have soda, you gotta get

Jones Soda

Great Stuff... Bought some today as a matter of fact!!!</strong><hr></blockquote>

For a minute I thought you were talking about Jim Jones and his special Kool Aid.
post #29 of 52
Pepsi is better than Coke. It's less acidic too, so your enamel lasts longer.
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post #30 of 52
Vanilla Coke = circus peanuts.

Pepsi Twist (and Diet Coke with "lemon") are the right idea, poorly implemented. In Europe they put a slice of lemon in colas quite often when you get them in the restaurant. Cola is great with lemon.

The problem is that Pepsi and Coke, for whatever reason (I think that either a) they're cheap bastards or b) there's problems with the ingredients going bad), put in a mix of citric and ascorbic acid, not actual lemon juice. End result? It just tastes "tart", not lemony.

Pepsi (or Coke) with lemon juice is great, though.
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post #31 of 52
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[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
<strong>Wow, crazy. Here in Portland, every Pepsi vendor (both fountain and bottle) keeps Dr. Pepper & Pepsi stuff together. And when the theater chain switched from Coke products to Pepsi products, they brought in Dr. Pepper, and when they switched back to Coke products, Pepsi disappeared. Dr. Pepper must not only be bottled by Pepsi but distributed by Pepsi distributors.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah, I'm sure your local Pepsi bottler/distributor there in Portland also has the contract for Dr Pepper. Here in the Twin Cities I think Dr Pepper/Seven Up is independently bottled; fountain Dr Pepper can be hard to find.

The way it works is this: The parent companies, PepsiCo in New York and Coca-Cola in Atlanta, sell syrup to local companies that bottle and distribute it, because selling syrup is a much higher-profit business than actually bottling and distributing it (higher overhead costs).

Most Coke bottlers, though, are in fact controlled by Coke (the biggest is Coca-Cola Enterprises; technically it's a separate company so Coke can keep those lower-profit bottling operations off its balance sheet). Pepsi bottlers have historically been more independent, but today many are consolidating more along the Coke model.

Coke bottlers toed the company line and stuck with Coke products, but Pepsi bottlers often picked up independent contracts to fill gaps in the Pepsi lineup, like Dr Pepper and 7Up. With consolidation, that's becoming less and less the case. You may have seen on that Web site I linked to that the biggest Pepsi bottler, <a href="http://www.pbg.com/" target="_blank">Pepsi Bottling Group</a>, will <a href="http://www.dpsu.com/nr_pbg.html" target="_blank">no longer bottle</a> 7Up in favor of Sierra Mist, PepsiCo's own lemon-lime drink.

My grandfather was once part owner of a Pepsi bottler in North Dakota. They sold out to Carl Pohlad in the '70s, and now it's part of a big company called <a href="http://www.pepsiamericas.com" target="_blank">PepsiAmericas</a> that bottles and distributes Pepsi in much of the Midwest.

Probably much more than you wanted to know ... sorry

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post #32 of 52
You know, I've long been intrigued by the "Dr. Pepper/no Dr. Pepper" rules.

There's a HUGE Coca-Cola bottling plant in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Went there for a field trip in third grade and I distinctly remember Dr. Pepper signage out front, as well as trucks, cases, etc. In other words, Dr. Pepper was/is bottled at that Coca-Cola facility.

Granted, this was about half a gazillion years ago.

If you go to a Pepsico restaurant (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut), they have Pepsi. BUT, they also have Dr. Pepper.

However, some Subways and McDonald's and Burger Kings carry Coca-Cola AND Dr. Pepper (no Pepsi).

There's always that damn unknown vibe when you go through life as a Dr. Pepper man.



It's a total crap shoot when you go to new, strange restaurants.

My absolute biggest dread is asking the waitress for a Coke (just knowing it's more common, I usually ask for it in restaurants). She'll go "is Pepsi okay?". After I finish gagging and jerking around on the floor for 2-3 minutes, I'll ask "Do you have Dr. Pepper?".

About 60% of the time they do, and all is right with the universe and I'm a happy little clam.

It's that damn 40% of the time where they go "we have DIET Pepsi, Mountain Dew, yak piss and Mr. Pibb..." that I usually feel that the air has been kicked from my lungs and that life is suddenly a cruel, nasty joke.



I'm not above toting in a 20oz. Dr. Pepper purchased just minutes earlier at a 7-11 if I know I'm going to a restaurant that has neither Coke or Dr. Pepper. I just ask for a glass of ice and proceed to serve myself Dr. Pepper during the meal.



It's garnered me a couple of weird looks, but they're always cool with it. I explain that if I drink Pepsi I may very well die right there in the booth. That usually makes them back off.

I did, however, recently opt for a Mr. Pibb at place a couple of weeks ago. Tastes like Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup with a Johnson's Baby Wipe dipped in it.

:eek:
post #33 of 52
Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, etc. are no longer owned by PepsiCo. And outside the US, 7UP is considered a Pepsi-Cola brand. They even had Star Wars characters on the cans outside the US when Episode 1 was being marketed to death.
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post #34 of 52
I really dug Vanilla Coke.....I don't drink pop
I drink Perrier and juice squeeze...but vanilla coke got me drinking some pop again....vanilla coke is good stuff....pepsi blue sounds wrong....and red pepper sounds strange....Pepsi does have big hit pop stars in their adverts....only more reason to hate them I guess.
I do enjoy rootbeer though...never gets old even when I wasn't drinking much pop, root beer still appealed to me....henry weinhards and ibc...and even a&w is good stuff.
I also like hansens....thats not really pop though...I mean it is...but its not all mutated like most pops(well its less mutated)
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post #35 of 52
Didn't know that about Pepsico and the restaurants. However, they still carry the Pepsi/Dr. Pepper combo, so I was half-right.

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[quote]Originally posted by Eugene:
<strong>Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, etc. are no longer owned by PepsiCo. And outside the US, 7UP is considered a Pepsi-Cola brand. They even had Star Wars characters on the cans outside the US when Episode 1 was being marketed to death.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'm sure you're right ... soft-drink ownership rights outside the U.S. are so byzantine I can't keep track anymore. Here in the U.S. antitrust rules prevent the Big Two from buying the smaller brands. In the mid-'80s Pepsi tried to buy 7UP and Coke tried to buy Dr Pepper. The FTC blocked both deals and Dr Pepper merged with 7UP instead.
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Coke was the original just like apple, but now isnt as popular. Pepsi is the cheap immitator, just like microsoft and all the teeny-boppers make it popular... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

as for Dr. Pepper... in the supermaket I work at, Dr. Pepper comes from the Coke distros... there IS a CD distro that has sunkist, A&W etc... and a Pepsi distro that has 7up, brisk, and well, pepsi... (and others, im not going to list very soda we sell...)

intrestingly enoug i have not seen pepsi blue, or Dr. pepper red... Code red didnt sell well so we dont carry it, and mountain dew is a slow seller as well...

Vanilla coke is the only "new" drink that is carried, the "twists" dont sell either.... go figure...

I hate soda anyways... the store sellls it at cost, it is heavy to carry and is a waste of space and money (in terms of running a supermarket and nutritional value...) hell the only reason we sell it is to get people into the store... the scarry part is that it is cheaer to buy soda then it is to buy water..... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> what is this country coming to? I cant wait to be able to move to Europe or even canada... :eek:
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post #38 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by iBrowse:
<strong>When did this Red Fusion happen? I like Dr. Pepper but never heard of this.</strong><hr></blockquote>

ECK! It's like strawberry soda. Bleh!
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post #39 of 52
i definately think diet pepsi is better than diet coke.

i used to not know the difference. unfortunately i grew up and can't stand the taste of diet coke. when i go to a coke restaurant i order sprite.

i don't liek diet pepsi twist. why would i? it tastes bad. i also don't like vanilla so vanilla coke is out of the question.

i tried red fusion the other day and to me it tasted exactly like dr pepper. so basically it was gross. am i starting to sound picky? hah.

i've never heard of this pepsi blue but from these posts it sounds disguisting.

the only interesting fact i know about either company is that way back int he day coke had the chance to buy out pepsi and they didnt because they didn't see them as competition. i heard that on the book on tape version of For God, Country, and Coca-Cola. i was forced to listen to that book in my friends car all the way to the mall of america. ehhh long trip for a high schooler.
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[quote]Originally posted by Paul:
<strong>Coke was the original just like apple, but now isnt as popular. Pepsi is the cheap immitator, just like microsoft and all the teeny-boppers make it popular... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

Whatever...more like Coke is the status quo. When people order a cola at a restaurant, most likely they ask for a Coke. How many countless people have passed by my dorm room and asked "Hey, is that Mac Windows?"

Coke was first sold in 1886. Pepsi appeared in 1898. So what? The first Apple computer came after many other PCs before it.
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