Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... cherry vanilla, berries and cream and cherry chocolate. **Taste** Dr. Pepper is a fizzy soft drink, brown in colour like cola. As you ca... more
You Either Love It or Hate It
Member Name: kellface
Advantages: Refreshing, tasty.
Disadvantages: Too much sugar. An acquired taste.
Before I became pregnant I couldn't stand the taste of Dr Pepper, it reminded me of dandilion and burdock and I hated that stuff as a kid. I started getting a few cravings in my second trimester for some weird stuff, I even had sweet popcorn on toast! Yum!! One of my earlier cravings was for fizzy pop, which I tried my best not to indulge in as it's not that good for me to have too much sugar and caffeine whilst being pregnant, but I saw my boyfriend was swigging away at his bottle of Dr Pepper and I asked him if I could try some. He looked at me like I was weird as he knew how much I disliked it, but handed over his bottle for me to take a sip. I thought I would dislike it straight away like I had done before, but I loved it. I do have a couple of glasses a week, it's especially nice when the weathers warm like it is.
Dr Pepper has been around since the 1880's and is one of the best selling soft drinks in the world.
It's dark in colour, just like Coca Cola and is coloured with caramel. There Dr Pepper is a sparkling fruit flavour soft drink, but what the actual flavour is I have no idea. Some people say it tastes like almonds, some say it's like penicillin. I think it tastes a little like dandelion and burdock which most people will probably remember from their childhood, I do and I hated it. Unfortunately Dr Pepper is loaded with caffeine and sugar which isn't good for anyone no matter how good their diet is. I cut out caffeine altogether in my first trimester of pregnancy, but now I have a couple of glasses a week. It's taste is acquired for sure, but it's sweet, syrupy, fruity and deliciously refreshing.
Per 100ml Dr Pepper contains; 42kcal and 10.3g of sugar. My average glass is probably 500ml so that means I'm having over 50g of sugar! When I look at it like that, it's pretty darn scary, and I'm surprised how the people I know who drink a hell of a lot of this, still have teeth! Unfortunately this is the case with most soft drinks, they are full of sugar which you can become addicted too, it makes it moreish therefore you want to drink more of it. I don't think people really care how much sugar and caffeine are in these drinks, if people were bothered then Coca Cola wouldn't be the top soft drinks company in the world.
For people who are bothered about how much sugar and calories there are in drinks like Dr Pepper, there is Dr Pepper Zero - which is zero sugar and a huge reduction in calories. From 42kcal per 100ml to 0.5kcal per 100ml. I don't think there is really much difference in the taste for the Dr Pepper Zero, I myself haven't tried it so I can't really comment.
The packaging of all Dr Pepper products states that it is best served Ice Cold, and I definitely have to agree, just like Coca Cola which tastes best when it's ice cold. Warm syrupy soft drinks like Dr Pepper taste pretty grim when they're warm.
Price and Availability:
You can buy Dr Pepper in cans up to 330ml, or bottles up to 3 litres, all of which are widely available.
150ml cans are perfect for packed lunches or picnics, they are around 30p, but simply wouldn't be enough for me they would be gone in one swig. 330ml cans are widely available, as are the multipacks - a pack of 8 cans currently retails at £3.85 and are currently on offer at 2 packs for £6 in Asda.
2 litre bottles currently retail around £1.70 each when they're not on offer, Asda currently has them on offer at 2 for £3.
A 3 litre bottle lasts around a week in our house but it does start to go flat after a couple of days being open in the fridge. You can buy the 3 litre bottles from Farmfoods, Iceland or B&M stores for about, I've not seen them in supermarkets. The bottles are an absolute bargain, I pay £1.49 for a 3 litre bottle from Farmfoods.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Colour (Caramel E150d), Flavourings (including Caffeine), Phosphoric Acid, Preservative (E211).
Dr Pepper is definitely an acquired taste, and not everyone will like it. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that I still like it once I've given birth. I'd recommend people give it a shot, it's a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. There are lots of variety in the way the Dr Pepper is sold, I personally think that the larger bottles are better value for money, but the smaller cans are more convenient as you don't have to lug a big bottle around with you, and are great for packed lunches.
Summary: What's the worst that could happen? You could rot your teeth! ha-ha!