To be honest, up until now I never really drank that many fizzy drinks as they are bad for you. However, being on this Weight Watchers diet, they encourage you to have a drink of diet fizzy drinks if you fancy something sweet -as the diet drinks contain zero Weight Watchers' points. So whilst in Poundland yesterday, I decided to grab a couple of bottles of Pepsi Max.
It wasn't until today when I poured myself a glass that I realised what this drink actually was. I took a sip still thinking that it was ordinary Pepsi and thought to myself 'this tastes a bit funny' and then it wasn't until I tasted the cherry aftertaste that I thought 'hang on a minute', checked the bottle and realised that it was Pepsi Cherry - which I didn't even realise Pepsi made.
The drink looks just like ordinary Pepsi. It's black in colour and you can see the bubbles fizzing. If you like cherry pop (like them Panda Pop's you used to get as a kid) then you may like this. To me it tastes nothing like Pepsi Max - it's all quite plain until the cherry flavour kicks in. It tastes very artificially and the cherry tastes really sweet and fake. As the drink is quite fizzy, I find that it fills me up very quickly.
It's ok - I'm not really loving it and probably wouldn't buy it again. I would still drink it though if we had it in the fridge at home.
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I was completely addicted to this product from the first time I drank it.
Normally, Cherry Pepsi is only available in America and a friend who went there for several months took great pleasure in telling me how fantastic it was and that I'd never be able to try it unless I went to the states. That was, until, a few days ago when my local pub started to serve it.
What first struck me was that although Cherry Coke is very nice, it had a certain artificial flavouring about it. Whilst it was meant to be and was recognised as 'Cherry', it did not taste like actual cherry. Whereas the Pepsi version did in fact taste like cherry, almost like trying cherry jam or puree. The flavour is refreshing and somehow makes the drink more thirst quenching, but doesn't get as sickly as original Pepsi can do.
The biggest problem is of course that it is only in selected pubs and I've yet to find the cans on sale in the UK, other than select websites that specialise in retro food and drink, or those that can only be bought from the states, which means that generally it is overpriced. The drink does also have a slightly syrupy taste to it, but this is no more than the coke version.
This drink is lovely and refreshing on a summers day and can even be enjoyed with alcoholic drinks, such as Cherry Pepsi and Vodka (for those of you over 18!), which makes a nice change to your standard array of spitits and mixers.
*Coca Cola vs Pepsi - let battle commence!*
The long time war between the marketers of Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola is one of the more epic conflicts in the world of soft drinks. While Coca Cola usually spanks Pepsi in terms of customer recognition and market share, Pepsi has more than enough fans worldwide and occasionally manages to trump its larger rival with some interesting products.
This is very much the case with their Wild Cherry Pepsi - a refreshing beverage that has a considerably more enjoyable and less chemical taste to it than the Coca Cola equivalent.
*Availability and price*
I first came across this drink last summer when I was taking a lunch break in Covent Garden and popped in to Cyber Candy. No doubt I'd just been paid, as I can't afford to go there every time I feel like it. Wild Cherry Pepsi is from the United States and has to be purchased from specialist retailers in the UK. It ranges from ~£0.90-£1.40 a can depending on how much you buy, and the cans weigh in at 12 fluid ounces (Americans don't believe in ml). This is ever so slightly larger than the UK can size.
It can be had from:
Costco may also stock it, as it's an American cash and carry chain.
*Floral bouquet, why didn't I wait 'til it was cold?*
The drink itself is pretty enjoyable. It has a nice whiff of cherries, which is somewhat more fragrant and natural smelling than the Coca Cola version, which has always made me a little suspicious as it just doesn't smell like a decent facsimile of what cherries should smell like. It's not as fizzy as similar products and this can be a good thing when you're drinking it at work!
There's a fairly genuine cherry flavour, too and it doesn't taste as much like a cola drink as some others. This is a good thing if you like different flavours, but probably not so good if you like your colas with just a hint of extra flavour.
My one comment/'warning' would be to make sure you drink this when it's really cold. Few things are nicer dripping in condensation straight from the fridge on a warm summer day. It's not nearly as palatable served merely cool. This, however, seems to be the case with all Pepsi products and the colder they're served, the better.
The nutritional statistics aren't so great in this drink - particularly the range of sugar and assorted nasties used to sweeten the drink. Then again - if you're drinking this for its health giving qualities you must be misguided at best!
A lovely change for the summer...