New and Improved my ASS! This is what I say to the change in formula to my drink of choice the past few years, Pepsi One. I'm not sure when it happened, but around the beginning of the year, Pepsi One changed the design of their can (from silver to black). Nowhere on the can did it say they had changed the flavor, but all it took was one swig to know it wasn't the same.
My soda history is that I grew up drinking Coca-cola from a glass bottle. For those of you that have been deprived of this, it's the best way to drink cola, much like beer is better from a bottle. Around 1991, bottles started to become scarce, so it was either cans or 2 liter bottles, as options. Since this was also the time I knew I needed to cut some calories, I used this change to start drinking diet soda. Diet Coke has always had a strange aftertaste, so I switched to the (Diet) Pepsi generation. When Pepsi One hit the stores in the late 90's, I tried it and it became my carbonated beverage of choice. Much like when Coke introduced New Coke and at the same time, took Classic Coke off the shelves, Pepsi One's change for the worse, left me in a predicament.
I went back to Diet Pepsi the past few months and then last week, tried a new product called Coke Zero. Well guess what, this soda maven is back on the Coke payroll. I highly recommend Coke Zero and Sprite Zero, as they are the best diet drinks I've tasted, as their aftertaste is nearly non-existent.
So that's what happening to me in my exciting life. Look for in the future, my tale of how my favorite cereal, Cinnamon Life, changed it flavor formula a couple of years ago, and I haven't been able to eat it since.