While walking through my local Target store the other day, something caught my eye… Something I had not seen before. HERITAGE DR. PEPPER.
Heritage Dr. Pepper is one of three sodas also known as “Throwback” sodas that Pepsi has released on a temporary basis. Throwback Pepsi, Throwback Mountain Dew, and Throwback Dr. Pepper.
Had I actually stumbled across “The Good Stuff”, “The Nectar of the Gods”, “The Holy Grail of Soda Pop” (as I have heard it referred to over and over again)??
It was too close a coincidence to not even try it, so I shelled out the extra $$ this 12 pack cost me (compared to a “Regular” Dr. Pepper), and headed home with a mind whirling with the possibility!
“Heritage” Dr. Pepper is made with pure cane sugar (like Dublin Dr. Pepper) as opposed to the High Fructose Corn Syrup that most (if not all “common” soda is made with nowadays (and that includes the “regular” Dr. Pepper))
I could not wait!! I rushed home and (while the soda was still warm) I cracked one open, and poured it into a glass of ice.
Immediately, I did noticed a “slight” difference in taste. I could not tell if it was stronger flavorings, a different recipe, or something else. I drank half the can in a glass with ice, and took the other half of the can with me to go pick up #2 of 5 from basketball.
I subsequently forgot about the soda in the drink holder in my car.
The next morning as I got into my car to head to work, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Heritage Dr. Pepper still sitting in the drink holder (and still half full!) calling out to me with it’s sirens song.
What is even better, is that when a soda is left in a car, in January, in Minnesota, the finder often discovers the beverage either a frozen popsicle, or chilled to the PERFECT temperature.
(Little known FOF fact… I do not mind soda that has lost it’s carbonation… I even prefer it that way sometimes! I often leave a soda opened in the fridge, sipping at it little by little over several days!)
Drinking the Dr. Pepper on the way to work, I experienced the same flavor as I did drinking it the evening before… I could not tell if it was stronger flavorings, a different recipe, or something else. Initially, I assumed the melting ice affected the taste, but in the case of the Minnesota Winter Chilled Dr. Pepper, it was not watered down liked the soda in the glass with ice.
I was looking forward to having another later that day (to try and narrow down the differences) but came home to find almost half the case gone…
(Downside to having 5 kids…. “Can we have a soda” means half a 12 pack is wiped out!)
So, like any good father would do, I snatched up the remaining Dr. Pepper, and locked it in the trunk of my car. (So the kids wont drink too much soda, thereby harming their teeth… Right?? That’s what a good dad would do… Huh? Someone??? ANYONE???)
I have not partaken in another Heritage Dr. Pepper yet… I am going to try and spread them out a bit…
In the mean time though, I started doing some internet searching, and discovered (to my dismay) that while the Heritage Dr. Pepper is different than the “run of the mill” Dr. Pepper (example, example, example) it is still not the same as “The Good Stuff”, “The Nectar of the Gods”, “The Holy Grail of Soda Pop”… Dublin Dr. Pepper.
Tonight, the Vikings are in a playoffs. The Mother of Five has a family football party planned (not something we do here very often…) – I plan another “Heritage Dr. Pepper” tonight during the game.
Watch for an update!