DailyDirt: Do You Want To Sell Sugar Water For The Rest Of Your Life?

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The famous Pepsi Challenge was reportedly introduced by John Sculley, but despite the conclusion that more people prefer Pepsi, Coke still seems to outsell Pepsi in most (not all!) parts of the world. The original formulas for both colas seem to be in the public domain, but copycat colas haven’t exactly caught on. Here are a few other drinks that have a long way to go before getting into a cola war.

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darryl says:

From the 'big issues' department

Do You Want To Sell Sugar Water For The Rest Of Your Life?

I dont know, but I expect it is better than selling snake oil for the rest of your life.

Really, anyone who thinks Coke and pepsi taste even close to each other has lost their ability to taste. (give up smoking).

More people prefer pepsi ?? funny that reality does not agree with you 🙂

Rekrul says:

Re: From the 'big issues' department

Really, anyone who thinks Coke and pepsi taste even close to each other has lost their ability to taste.

You have to qualify that with whether they were tasting Coke & Pepsi out of factory packaging or out of a soda fountain. I can taste the difference in cans and bottles, but out of a soda fountain, they both taste pretty much the same. Of course there’s no guarantee than the place isn’t just filling up both dispensers with generic cola.

ChrisB (profile) says:

Re: Yuck

> I can’t stand the taste or the texture of anything made with HCFS

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is chemically the same as sugar. Sugar (sucrose) is one molecule of glucose bonded to one molecule of fructose. HFCS is simply a (approximately) 50-50 mix of glucose and fructose. The only difference is HFCS is missing the extra oxygen atom that bonds the glucose to the fructose. I’m pretty sure you can’t taste that.

In summary,
Sugar = glucose + fructose
HFCS = glucose & fructose

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Yuck

Well, maybe it’s the whole recipe rather than just the use of HFCS but I can definitely taste the difference. I tried Coke, 7-up and Dr Pepper last time I was in the states and there was a distinct difference in flavour (especially regarding a strange, dry aftertaste) as well as the drinks being very sticky in comparison to what I’m used to if I spilled any while walking around.

Other travellers with me commented on noticing similar differences, and I’m pretty sure those people weren’t as aware of the differences in ingredients as I am. Meanwhile, I’ve never noticed any difference in taste or texture when travelling in areas that use sugar-based recipes, be that in Mexico, Europe or North Africa.

As I say, maybe it’s more than just the use of HFCS, but there’s definitely a difference and I will be avoiding the HFCS recipe as I find it noticeably inferior.

AJBarnes says:

Who's really to blame

Archer Daniels Midland is in this knee-deep, right? Studies are finding that high-fructose corn syrup is a big part of the problems we’re having with weight and health-in-general. http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/

Yet, there has been a HUGE push to keep this particular poison around to keep their sales high. So much so, they’re trying to confuse things by changing the name!

I’m dying to try this Dr. Pepper. Did anyone taste the retro-Mt. Dew when it made its limited debut last year? It was AWESOME.

So, why do these idiots not just change from HFCS to sugar? Seems to me they’d sell a TON of it, and maybe kick Coke and Pepsi to last place!

I guess Archer Daniels is doing whatever it can to kill off innovation and the return to more natural products that won’t kill you as fast as theirs.

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