Skip to comments.Dr Pepper orders sugar for 125th anniversary
Posted on 07/02/2010 8:20:04 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
NEW YORK Dr Pepper is prescribing some sugar this summer in honor of its 125th anniversary, the latest in a series of temporary moves by soda makers to temporarily swap out high fructose corn syrup.
The spicy soda made by Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. is rolling out Dr Pepper "Made With Real Sugar" this weekend through early September.
Cans and bottles will feature old logos in the company's deep red, and colorful designs with lions and bright swirls of color harkening back to the 60s. Popular phrases such as "I'm a Pepper" also appear.
There are six different can designs. The company wanted to bring back the sugar version to help highlight its past, which dates to the creation of Dr Pepper by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco in 1885.
Dr Pepper declined to say if it will try out sugar in other brands such as Canada Dry, 7-Up and A&W Root Beer.
Manufacturers are testing sugar drinks as people's appetite for them increases, as some become concerned about high fructose corn syrup. Though they're nutritionally almost identical and equally caloric, some consumers believe corn syrup is less healthy than sugar.
They're also racing to come up with natural, no-calorie sweeteners and reformulate their beverages, though they haven't been able to apply that to major soft drink brands yet.
Last summer, rival PepsiCo Inc. launched real sugar versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew, calling them "Throwback" and using old packaging designs. Pepsi Throwback was so popular the company brought it back for a brief time in the winter. It declined to say what the drink's prospects are for the future.
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About time. Used to love Dr. Pepper until it went with the fructose like all the other big colas. None of them taste nearly as good with fructose as they do with sugar. Which is why my wife buys me several bottles of Coke with sugar.
It hasn't much to do with the ideal HFCS, but rather, the escape of contaminants and intermediaries used in order to convert corn matter into fructose and glucose. Carbonyl compounds were one of them.
Dr. Pepper cold enough to have a little ice, a glass bottle and real sugar. Doesn’t get any better.
Has been my soda of choice for forty years.....................
Your body knows the difference. It immediately stores these calories as fat. Sugar is used immediately and the leftovers are stored.
The plant in Dublin Texas never stopped using sugar when the switch to corn syrup occurred. You can find it in most stores for about 100 miles around.
The bottling plant itself is worth a tour too if you ever wind up near there.
For the “less fortunate” :) members of this great country not living close to Waco, DP with real sugar can be ordered online from the Dublin, Texas plant.
Many stores in Texas now carry it as well. But it is expensive compared to the fake stuff.
Nothing tastes as good as it used to, now that HCFS is used - soda, candy, cake, you name it. Hershey’s is nasty now that they use no real sugar, and don’t get me started on Hostess products.
I worked in the food industry for over 10 years, on the manufacturing side. HCFS is used because it’s *sweeter* than sugar, and food makers know that the sweeter food is, the more people will buy it - and HCFS is cheap, because of our Federal subsidies. So it’s no surprised all food is loaded with it. I went lo carb years ago, and got in the habit of reading food labels - HCFS is in every thing, or it seems like it. Even deli meat is cured with it.
Luckily, i prefer the taste of diet sodas, so diet Dr. Pepper is fine with me, as is diet Coke - and in moderation. My drink of choice is coffee, and I’m fine with plain old soda water with ice on hot days - maybe throw some Crystal Lite in for fun.
I also tend to favor savory and peppery over sweet, so I don’t miss all of the cloyingly over-sweet food everyone seems to like.
“Your body knows the difference. It immediately stores these calories as fat. Sugar is used immediately and the leftovers are stored.”
I love how they are trying to spin that HCFS is “nutritionally” the same, but the reality is, they are vastly different in how they effect the body, and what happens when they hit your bloodstream. HCFS is a sugar bomb for your blood sugar levels, along with the body’s reaction to them and storing them.
The best way to explain the issue is to ask people: how do you make cattle nice and fat for the butcher? Answer: you feed them a lot of feed - and corn is really, really good.
Then ask them how much corn they eat in a week, including all HCFS, all corn based products like chips, or tortillas, popcorn, some breakfast cereals, lots of food use corn as a filler, or crust...and people wonder why we’re getting fatter. We eat mounds of white flour and corn - we eat like cattle!
Saw a special once where they said that Dr. Pepper is the only soft drink that can be enjoyed HOT. It’s actually quite refreshing that way in the winter!
I prefer redskin peanuts in mine.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is manufactured with the use of yeast — a type of mold.
Yes, both sugar and HFCS are combinations of fructose and glucose, but HFCS is called “High” for a reason, because the percentage of fructose is higher. The body doesn’t process fructose the same as it does glucose.
I buy Mexican coca-colas occasionally. The local grocery stores here carry them, but only in the Mexican food sections, so you have to know where to look! Mexican cokes are made with sugar. Maybe the sweetness is the same, but the Mexican cokes have a cleaner, more refreshing feel to them.
Re sugar Coke; around here with our heavy hispanic demographic, you can buy what's called "Mexican Coke"....haven't tried it because of where it's likely bottled.
We get Dublin Dr Pepper at Tom Thumb and Kroger up here in Collin County.
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I live about one thousand miles from Dublin, Texas. Fortunately, I have family that live around Waco. Might just drop in on a grocery store and pick up some the next time I visit.
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