Dr. Pepper vs. Dr. Pepper

On the right-hand side of the above picture you’ll see a version of Dr. Pepper that’s only available in a 44 mile radius outside Dublin, Texas. What makes that Dr. Pepper so unique? It’s still made with cane sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I ordered a case of the stuff directly from the bottler.

There’s a bit of history for the reason that they sell cane sugar Dr. Pepper while everyone else in the States doesn’t. The legal agreement required that Dublin Bottling Works to guarantee the quality of Dr Pepper to be pure and wholesome. The owner of the bottling plant decided that using HFCS would make an ‘imitation’ Dr. Pepper.

Now it may seem unique and even “exotic” that the Dublin Dr. Pepper hasn’t changed the intial recipe. But the real test is in tasting. How does the Dublin Dr. Pepper compare against the “regular” Dr. Pepper?

My friend Shelley, who claims that she has no palate, immediately tasted the difference. The original is not as sweet, not as carbonated, not as syrupy, and doesn’t have an extended aftertaste.

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a fan of the Dublin Dr. Pepper. *shrug* Call me a traditionalist.

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