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What To Do With a 17-Year-Old Can of Pepsi Kona? Drink It.

Drinks Sam Hughes 24 comments

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. More

We Try New Flavors from Pepsi Next, Paradise Mango and Cherry Vanilla

Drinks Carey Jones 1 comment

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. More

We Try Pepsi Next, Pepsi's Lower-Calorie Soda

Drinks Carey Jones 29 comments

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. More

Soda: The Pepsi Throwback Throwdown

Drinks Carey Jones and John Edwards 26 comments

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? More

Video: Pepsi Refresh Commercial Not So Fresh

Adam Kuban 11 comments

Seen the new Pepsi Refresh Project "One People" commercial? Yeah, not so fresh. The way it makes playful use of synchronized webcammers seemingly interacting with each other in physical space lifts heavily from the Japanese band Sour's 2009 video that went viral last summer. After the jump, the Pepsi vid and the one it was, um, inspired by.... More

Impromptu Pepsi Throwback Taste Test

Drinks Adam Kuban 32 comments

[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... More

Pepsi Throwback Coming Back December 28

Adam Kuban 16 comments

Due to popular demand, Pepsi Throwback is making a comeback. As you may recall, Throwback is Pepsi made with cane sugar rather than HFCS. Throwback will reappear December 28 for an eight-week run. If Pepsi Co. were a little smarter, it would extend the period through April 6, to cover Passover. See also: A Beginner's Guide to Passover Coke. See also: Rob Walker's piece on Mexican Coke. [via Kottke]... More

Snapshots from the UK: Pepsi Raw

Kerry Saretsky 6 comments

"It tastes like you'd imagine Victorian drug store cola to taste." My idea of a natural soda usually involves an experiment in mixing seltzer water and fresh juice. You get to watch the mixture fizz and spit and change color, just like with an amateur chemistry set. So when I saw the "Natural Born Cola" Pepsi Raw (marketed in the U.S. as Pepsi Natural) in the cold drinks section at my local pharmacy here in England, I was intrigued by the slim-as-a-Red-Bull, dark-as-a-brown-M&M can. The ingredients listed are "sparkling water, cane sugar, apple extract, colourings: plain caramel, natural plant extracts including natural caffeine and kola nut extract, citric tartaric and lactic acids, (stabilizer) gum arabic, (thickener) xanthan gum."... More

A Beginner's Guide to Passover Coke

New York Erin Zimmer 25 comments

Photograph from mhaithaca on Flickr Some people see the yellow caps or “OU-P” symbol and know exactly what's up. But to clarify, here are five things to know about Passover-friendly soft drinks: 1. Passover starts on April 9 this... More

Pepsi to Use Real Sugar in 'Pepsi Throwback' and 'Mountain Dew Throwback' in April

Erin Zimmer 33 comments

bevreview.com Starting April 20, Pepsi will sell cans of Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, which will be made with real sugar instead of HFCS. According to an email exchange today with Pepsi-Cola rep Nicole Bradley (inspired by Serious Eaters' questions): "Both products will be offered at the same price as regular Pepsi and regular Mountain Dew." The drinks will only be available until June 13. Around the same time, Coca-Cola usually rolls out limited-edition Kosher for Passover Coke, also made with real sugar since observant Jews cannot have corn products, hence no HFCS. Many non-Jews celebrate the product as well, believing the sugar version is superior (whether for taste or health reasons). Related Kosher-for-Passover Coke and Pepsi Are... More

Tropicana, Pepsi Overhaul Packaging

Adam Kuban 34 comments

If you're an orange juice drinker, you've already noticed the Tropicana brand redesign. The New York Times had a bit about it last week that explains the motive behind the drastic change: One noticeable change is the disappearance of the longtime Tropicana symbol, a straw stuck in an orange that stood for the juice’s fresh taste. The device is being replaced by a tall glass filled with Tropicana and an orange-colored twist cap atop large cartons that is shaped like a halved orange. Here's what design geeks said about it when previews went up in October: This new packaging feels, at best, like a discount store brand with what looks like, again, at best, rights-managed stock photography if not outright... More

Pepsi Blue Hawaii Rides the Waves to Japan

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I share Marvo of The Impulsive Buy's sentiment: "I’m allergic to cocktail umbrellas and drinks that make me look like a drunk sorority girl ready to flash her boobs when a video camera and Joe Francis come by." Hence I, like Marvo, have never experienced a Blue Hawaii cocktail, consisting of rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, sometimes vodka, and always a festive paper umbrella. Maybe I'd enjoy the Blue Hawaii better in soft drink form. This summer, Pepsi unleashed the limited-edition Pepsi Blue Hawaii. Sorry, unlucky Americans—it's only available in Japan. Marvo got his hands on a bottle and reviewed the drink, describing its color as "Smurf-like," and the pineapple and lemon flavor combo as "really... More

Get Buzzed at Mickey D's with Red Bull and Other Newly Offered Drinks

Fast Food Hannah Howard Post a comment

Red Bull, Lipton, and Pepsi: coming to a McDonald's near you? In January, McDonald's announced its entrance into the coffee specialty drinks wars. Now there's another way to get your caffeine fix under the Golden Arches. If you're bored of the obligatory Coke with your Big Mac and fries, you're in luck—McDonald's is testing the sale of bottled and canned drinks in about 150 locations. The long lineup includes Red Bull, Diet Lipton Green Tea, and products from PepsiCo, archrival to McDonald's longtime fountain beverage bedfellow Coca-Cola. AdAge.com reports that the company is trying to lure customers who are going elsewhere for their energy drinks and VitaminWaters.... More

Kosher-for-Passover Coke and Pepsi Are Back!

Erin Zimmer 12 comments

L'Chaim! Stock Up Now! Photograph courtesy of mhaithaca While bread gets cracker-ified during Passover, chosen bottles of soda get stripped of their high-fructose corn syrup and are sweetened instead with the real deal. No need to hunt for imported Mexican colas or hitch a ride south of the border for the cane sugar cola that tastes so great. That's right: Passover Coke is here! (Or Passover Pepsi, if you're on that side of the Cola War.) Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi make a real-sugar version around this time of year, and you can find it by looking for yellow caps on Coke bottles or white caps on Pepsi. But to be sure you really have a sweet, sweet sugariffic cola in... More

Pepsi Sneaks Into Whole Foods

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The soft-drink giant is trying to maintain a distance between its natural-food lines and their corporate parent. To compete with the homespun, lifestyle-oriented companies that appeal to the Whole Foods consumer, Pepsi is creating wholly new startup brands for the chain that bear no telltale trace of their corporate lineage and are supported with very little marketing.... More

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