Sunday, May 17, 2009

Soda Nostalgia with real sugar


Do you wish your favorite sodas would taste they way you remember them? Now's your chance. Pepsi Co. has unveiled their Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback. So what makes this retro look taste like the past? It's made with real sugar.

A little digging reveals it actually is real sugar... a blend of cane and beet sugars. For some it's a trip down memory lane, but for others it's a way to taste the soda formulas from the 60's and 70's.

You might think Pepsi is responding to the "high fructose corn syrup" backlash. But they of course, give no indication why they're introducing these retro sodas now, even as many people look for products without HFCS.

I've taste tested both Throwbacks, and needless to say, I only tried them once. You see, I grew up on HFCS, and these "real sugar" formulas taste very different from their HFCS siblings. They don't seem to have the "bite" that I'm used to. But the sodas do seem to taste a lot smoother.

It's a taste that some would have to get used to. And for others, it'll take you back to a simpler time, where sweets were actually made with sugar. But you'll want to try the Throwbacks now, they're here only for a limited time.

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