February 21, 2009

Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback

pepsithrowback.jpgGet a taste of nostalgia with Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, to be released in April 2009. Rather than being made with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), they will be sweetened with cane sugar like they were in the good olí days. Soft drink aficionados swear that drinks made with cane sugar taste far superior to those made with HFCS. Itís been so long since I drank a non-HFCS soft drink that I canít attest to this personally, but Iíll take their word for it. Best of all, the bottles will not have the awful new logos. The drinks will reportedly be available only for a couple of months, so be sure to stock up on them.

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Posted by Jim on February 21, 2009

I've had sodas made with cane sugar when I was in Ireland (you can order them from some websites)-orange Fanta is the one that springs to mind. It's a little sweeter, but does have a better flavor.

Posted by: norby at February 21, 2009 2:39 PM

Canadian soda doesn't have hfcs, since the don't have the corn lobby subsidizing corn products. Makes me remember why I liked Coca Cola as a kid, which I can't remember when I drink the current American product.

Also, by coincidence, I happened to buy a few jars of various Blue Diamond overn roasted almond flavors, which turn out to be sweetened with evaporated cane syrup and/or brown sugar, despite apparently being made in the USA. Pretty good tasting, too.

Posted by: gzuckier at February 21, 2009 2:57 PM

You dont have to go all the way to Ireland to try a cane sugar Fanta or Coke or whatever. Just step into your local Mexican market and they have bottles of them there imported from Mexico. Good stuff.

Posted by: Manuel at February 21, 2009 11:07 PM

Ugh. I can attest to the nastiness of HFCS in sodas because I almost exclusively drink diet soda (think what you will, I'd rather eat my calories than drink them). I accidentally picked up a "sugared" (HFCS) bottle of soda at Safeway, took one sip thinking it wouldn't be that bad, then promptly poured the rest down the drain. It brings tears to my eyes to think how my beloved sugared drink Barq's root beer must taste like now.

Posted by: Leanne at February 25, 2009 9:30 PM

Dublin, Texas Dr Pepper bottleing company still makes Dr Pepper with Imperial pure cane sugar

Posted by: S. Bartts at March 24, 2009 5:58 AM

I will have to at least try it.

Posted by: Trace at March 26, 2009 11:34 PM

i see your point and am very eger to taste these drinks. I too love to test out the different sodas and see what Ingredients are put into them.

Posted by: Jeremy at March 30, 2009 9:45 PM

Will they be available in grocery stores?

Posted by: Rita at April 10, 2009 9:37 AM

I've been excited about the arrival of real sugar Mt Dew and Pepsi since I heard about it a couple of months ago. I had already discovered the Mexican Coke in the grocery store and was blown away by how good it was. It must have been 20 plus years since I've tasted the real stuff in a big brand name, and my taste buds instantly remembered that great flavor. Yesterday I bought 3 packs of the Throwback Dew and a pack of Throwback Pepsi. I chilled a few cans of each overnight. Today was the day, nice and cold, I cracked my first Dew. With all the anticipation building, (I know we are just talking about soda here) I took a sip. My taste buds instantly rejected everything about it. I couldn't believe how awful it was. My first thought was it tasted like, but worse than, diet soda with an incredible after taste. The next thing I thought was there is no way this was made with real cane sugar. The third thing that entered my mind was the citrus flavor. What or where was it? It took me 5 hours to make myself drink one can, thinking maybe I need to just get use to it. Later I tried the Pepsi thinking "Cola, they can't screw that up". The rest of the day went by and I couldn't even get half of the can down. I dumped the rest. It had much the same 'diety' flavor and after taste as the Dew, not even remotely similar to any Pepsi product of the past or present day. The rest of the day and into the late night as I write this, I still have this horrible after taste in my mouth, even after eating dinner. What happened? How in the world could Pepsi try to pass this off as the stuff I use to drink in the 70's and the 80's. How hard is it to pull a recipe out of a drawer that made a company a giant and just make it like they use to? That means don't mess with it. I know its just pop, but what were they thinking. I know the 30 and younger crowd doesn't have a clue how good soda use to be, but the 40 and up crowd does. Was this intentionally made to taste bad so producers of HFCS can say, "See how much better our product is than real sugar?" Needless to say, I will be returning my two unopened 12 packs to the store, and donate the rest to a food pantry. :(

Posted by: John at April 17, 2009 9:09 PM

I`m a big fan of natural soda(hansen,blue sky,etc)so I might be trying these new pepsi items.I`m one of those who also doesnt like HFCS.And it seems every commercial branded soda contains HFCS,so I dont drink them unless nothing else is available.I dont really like plastic bottles either.Wish they could take the next retro step and offer glass bottles,if only for a limited time.Cans are good.But plastic just doesnt get cold enough.

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