Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too? Nope. One of the bigger mysteries to me is why so many cans of Dr Pepper are sold. I can understand drinking it occasionally, but how it's the 6th biggest selling soft drink in the US is beyond me.
The first question I have about Dr Pepper is what is its flavor? The company claims there is a blend of 23 flavors to the Doctor. I always felt it tasted similar to the generic soda flavor of black cherry, with a little bit of a root beer tone thrown-in. Why people just don't buy the superior A&W or Barqs root beer, instead of going for an Dr Pepper puzzles me.
Another problem I have with the drink is that it doesn't blend well with food. I can remember when I was waiting tables someone ordered a Dr Pepper with their chimichanga. I had to ask them, are you sure about that? I mean even David Naughton would order a Coke or a Budweiser, when chowing on a burrito.
By the way, all my thoughts on Dr Pepper are the same for Mr Pibb. Since I was young, it always troubled me that this peculiar flavor would have such formal titles. I mean using Doctor and Mister is a bit much, isn't it?
I will give Dr Pepper a few more props than Mr Pibb, as at least it was the originator. It's kind of like comparing Britney Spears' and Jessica Simpson's music. Neither one was particularly good, but I give the edge to Brit for doing the teen jail-bait thing first. Same concept for Dr Pepper over Mr Pibb. I think my friend Mitch Hedburg said it best.
Mr. PiBB is a replica of Dr. Pepper, but it's a bullshit replica. Dude didn't even get his degree.
Just ahead of Dr Pepper in the sales rankings is Mountain Dew. The difference in sales between the 2 is less than a percentage point, which surprises me because I understand why people do the dew. Mountain Dew is loaded with caffeine, which is a big reason why I think many Americans consume soft drinks. Dr Pepper doesn't have anything in it which will give you a little boost. When Naughton would guzzle a Pepper and then dance through the streets, he must have done a couple lines of blow because it wasn't from anything the Dr had provided.
The one thing I will give props to Dr Pepper about is the diet version of it tastes the closest to the original of any beverage on the market. This is why Diet Dr Pepper is ranked 10th on the list of America's best selling soft drinks. The taste is so close, I really don't know why anyone even drinks the original. Just another mystery to me about it.
He's a Pepper, She's a Pepper. Why so many Peppers? Please Explain Dr Pepper.