The Summer of 1996 was a good time for me. The Sony Playstation and the X Games were still novelties, Beck's Odelay was on the boom box, Beavis and Butthead were about to Do America, and Pepsi test-released a coffee/cola hybrid called Pepsi Kona in my region. Granted, I wasn't an avid coffee drinker back then, but any kind of new soda was an exciting prospect to me.
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Pepsi Next, Pepsi's lower-calorie soda, hit the market earlier this year—with 60% less sugar than a standard Pepsi, sucralose and aspartame subbing in for that extra sweetness. This summer, they've introduced two new flavors—Paradise Mango and Cherry Vanilla. But while I'm generally a fan of more soda options, I have to say that neither is an improvement on the original.
Dr Pepper Ten. Coke's short-lived C2. Many soda brands have tried to create a lower-calorie version of their standard product. The latest? Pepsi Next, launching this week with 60% less sugar than a standard Pepsi (and with both sucralose and aspartame to pick up the sweetening slack). Pepsi sent us over a few cans to get a first taste.
Pepsi Throwback—the sugared equivalent to a soda generally made with corn syrup in America. John fancies himself a sugar-loving guy, and will always buy a Throwback over a normal Pepsi, or a Mexican Coke over an American one. But how much of these preferences are in his head?
[Photograph: pepsithrowbackhub.com] We here at SE finally got our grubby hands on some Pepsi Throwback, the special-edition Pepsi made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. You would not believe how hard it is to find that...