Dr Pepper Blind Tasting (HFCS, Imperial Sugar, Dublin) (Soda Tasting #66)
Dr Pepper was invented in the 1880s and, in 1891, Dublin Bottling Works became the first facility to bottle the soda. When the mainstream version switched to high fructose corn syrup, they continued to bottle a sugar sweetened version. Eventually, it was branded as Dublin Dr Pepper.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) was OK with this until filing a lawsuit in June of 2011, alleging that Dublin had violated the licensing agreement they had by selling the drink outside of a six county area in Texas. Trademark issues were also raised. After 6 months, the two sides settled, but as part of the settlement, DPSG acquired the rights to the Dublin Dr Pepper name and the soda was no longer produced under the Dublin brand.
However, as part of that settlement, Dr Pepper agreed to continue offering a version of Dr Pepper sweetened with Imperial pure cane sugar to the six counties in Texas. Dublin Bottling Works has since introduce it’s own line of retro sodas, some of which I’ll be reviewing on upcoming episodes of the show.
In this episode, however, I compare the three versions to see what, if any, the differences are.
Thank you to Bob Hubbard and Dortiz116 for requesting Dublin Dr Pepper.
Have you had sugar sweetened Dr Pepper? Please let me know in the comments.
Here is the nutritional information for the sodas featured in this episode:
Company: Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Calories (per 12 oz.): 150
Caffeine (per 12 oz): 41 mg (HFCS)
Sweetener: HFCS (Dr Pepper) and Imperial Pure Cane Sugar (Dr Pepper (with Imperial Sugar) and Dublin Dr Pepper)
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