Ok folks. Major dilemma. Rita and I had a discussion today about Dr Pepper. First of all, she canâ€™t believe that I donâ€™t like it â€“ but thatâ€™s just that anti-Yankee in her. Second, when I said that Dr Pepper tastes like black cherry (artificial of course) she gasped!! No way! She said. Rita has been a DP drinker her whole life. She also scoffed at my affinity for Pepsiâ€¦.mmmmmâ€¦.Pepsiâ€¦â€¦â€¦
Anyhow, I said that I was sure that Dr Pepper tasted like black cherry and she said no way. We went to the gas station to see if the bottle said anything. Nope, just â€˜artificial and natural flavorsâ€™. So I went home and got online.
Let me give you a little background here. I love cherries â€“ real cherries. I HATE artificially flavored cherry anything. Why? One word. Triaminic. That so-called yummy childrenâ€™s cough medicine. OH I hated that stuff. And what is the main flavoring? Cherry. So anytime I taste artificial cherry flavoring, I am bombarded with memories of spoonfuls of nasty cherriness. Yuck. Anyhow, that is why I donâ€™t like Dr Pepper, because it tastes like artificial black cherry to me.
Ok, so I went to the DP website and this is what I found. Itâ€™s sort of a middle ground resolution, here is the snippet:
â€œCharles Alderton, a young pharmacist working at Morrison’s store, is believed to be the inventor of the now famous drink. Alderton spent most of his time mixing up medicine for the people of Waco, but in his spare time he liked to serve carbonated drinks at the soda fountain. He liked the way the drug store smelled, with all of the fruit syrup flavor smells mixing together in the air. He decided to to create a drink that tasted like that smell. He kept a journal, and after numerous experiments he finally hit upon a mixture of fruit syrups that he liked.â€ (A History of Dr Pepper, the World’s Oldest Major Soft Drink, www.drpepper.com)
So basically, the flavoring may not specifically be JUST black cherry, but the syrup flavors are based off of MEDICINE syrups!!!! No wonder I donâ€™t like it! So, I think that there is definitely some cherry flavoring in Dr Pepper. What do you all think ? Do we have any DP lovers or haters out there? Let me know what you think. Also—if you google â€œdr pepper tastes like black cherryâ€ itâ€™s amazing how many sites you will find that talk about imitation colas that use black cherry flavoring to taste like DP.
On a side note. Rita and I are still getting used to the Pop v. Coke thing, and I heard about this linguistic map that show approximately what everyone in different parts of the country call â€˜flavored carbonated beveragesâ€™. HERE is the link (courtesy of http://popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html)
Itâ€™s certainly interesting to see where the division lines are. You can click on your states too, for detailed stat info.
Later all, I have to go finish my pop. =)