February 8, 2010

Phoood Fight!: Pepsi vs. Pepsi Throwback

pepsi-can.jpgpepsithrowback-can.jpgPepsi Throwback is Pepsi cola sweetened with real sugar, the way it used to be before the switch to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was made. Most soft drink makers currently use HFCS and it is very controversial because of claimed health risks. Despite the possible health risks of HFCS, I wanted to know if Pepsi made with real sugar tasted any different than Pepsi made with HFCS (let’s call it “regular Pepsi”). So, I did a blind taste test of the two. Pepsi Throwback seemed to have slightly less carbonation than regular Pepsi. I don’t know if it really did or this was just an effect of the sweetener used, but I liked it. Because of the reduced carbonation, I thought that Pepsi Throwback was easier to drink and more of the cola flavor came through. The sweetness of Pepsi Throwback was smooth and tasted more natural. Regular Pepsi, on the other hand, seemed to have more carbonation and had a sweetness that was more pronounced than Pepsi Throwback. The differences between the two sodas were pretty subtle, much more so than I expected. So, which one did I prefer? Even though the taste of regular Pepsi was more familiar to me, I preferred Pepsi Throwback because of the slightly more pronounced cola flavor and a more pleasant sweetness. Pepsi Throwback is only supposed to be available for a limited time, so get one while you can.

Winner: Pepsi Throwback

Posted by Jim on February 8, 2010

Hmm,I definitely disagree with this! I had one can of Pepsi Throwback and I couldn't drink anymore. It tasted like flat coke. My mom took it to work with her and gave it to her coworkers, and she said most of them didn't like it either. Ick. Give me the regular Pepsi any day!

Posted by: Rita at April 4, 2010 12:04 PM

Yeah pepsi throwback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: *$kyler* at June 24, 2010 6:23 PM

I like Pepsi throwback a lot!

Posted by: Sam at August 20, 2010 7:02 PM

Coming from the throwback era I find that Pepsi Throwback is the BOMB... It took me back to the bottled pepsi days.. Most of my co-workers say they miss the old pepsi and this version come Closer than any attempt by pepsi ever made. Those that have never had the pleasure of The Old pepsi should not be commenting.. PEPSI gets 2 thumbs up on the throwbacks.. Wish they would change back to the Thowback perminantly and quick bringing it back as a limited time only product....

Posted by: Lantz at August 21, 2010 10:16 AM

I hadn't had Pepsi in years til I tried a "throwback" and thought it tasted like the Pepsi I remember as a kid. Kudos Pepsi! Now get rid of the High Fructose Corn Syrup for good!

Posted by: GDub at October 26, 2010 1:17 PM

Eff this drank...
Grape drank ftw!

Posted by: George at November 3, 2010 12:30 PM
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