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Jul 28, 2007 09:54 AM

Place to buy Pure Cane Sugar Pepsi? Dr Pepper?

I recently ate at a Taco Stand that was selling Pure Cane Sugar Pepsi in a bottle. It was so good I ordered 3 bottles, but at $2 a piece I was hoping there was another place I could get a few of these bad boys here in LA?

Any help would be appreciated, as always! =)

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  1. I've also seen mexican Coke products in the case at some of my favorite taquerias. (Taqueria Sanchez, Tacos Por Favor...) They are usually a more expensive option along with regular cans. Gotta think that some of the Mexican grocery stores must sell them, or you can ask the taco stand about their supplier.

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    1. re: nosh

      I was thinking the same thing about a mexican grocery store having them. Is anyone aware of one on the Westside or Valley?

      I tried asking her where she got it but she didn't give me any clue as to where. Must be a secret. lol

      1. re: starqrtrs

        Vallarta Market on Victory at Erwin in Valley Glen carries Mexican soft drinks. They also have the best corn tortillas I have tried. They're still hot when you buy them.

        1. re: ebethsdad

          I just went to Vallarta today and found that they do carry 7-Up, Coke, Squirt and Pepsi in their Mexican drink section. I was thrilled and bought 10 bottles for a tad under $10.

          I only wish I could buy these in cases.... or 2 Liters.. =D

          Thanks for the tip!

          1. re: starqrtrs

            I was buying cases of COKE from the Burbank Costco. 24 bottles for just under $19.00. I'm not sure if a CRV is charged. So less than a dollar a bottle is a good price.

          2. re: ebethsdad

            Victory at Erwin? Both are east-west. There's a Vallarta at Lankershim and Erwin, NoHo.

            No there isn't. Different market. My bad. Vallarta's on Oxnard east of Vineland. Or Vineland and Sherman Way.

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        1. I've seen these in the Pasadena BevMo.

          1. My wife recently purchased a case of sugar based MexiCokes at, of all places, Costco. I didn't even know they carried it. I don't drink Pepsi, but perhaps they have that as well.

            I've found Mexican Coke & Pepsi at many Mexican/Latino grocery stores in my area (Pasadena). There's always Galco's in Highland Park. I think I've seen Pepsi there.

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              I also checked costco on the west side today but they didn't have anything like that. It must be a select few that carry them. bummer!

            2. No one seems to be tackling the Dr Pepper, so I'll give it a go. Dr Pepper is a Texas obsession, and Dr Peppers made with cane sugar - "Dublin Dr Peppers" - are legendary are the state, something most Texans know about but few have actually had. (I've had one, but I must admit that, having been raised on the corn syrup ones, I don't really go for the sugar-based Dublin Dr Peppers. The flavor seems too... muted.)


              If the obscenely overpriced Galco's in Highland Park or Beverage Warehouse near Marina del Rey - which carries a lot of the same products as Galco's (e.g., Cheerwine, Bawls, Kentucky Nip) but at better prices - doesn't carry Dr Pepper bottles from the Dublin, Texas bottling plant, which is the last bottling plant in America still making Dr Pepper with cane sugar instead of corn syrup, you can always order them online:


              Beverage Warehouse
              4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

              Galco's Old World Grocery
              5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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              1. re: Woolsey

                Galco's definitely has sugar-based Dr. Pepper. In fact, IIRC, the bottles actually mention the specific brand of cane sugar used.

                1. re: Jack Flash

                  That would be Imperial Cane Sugar, I believe. I'm pretty sure those are Dublin Dr Peppers.

                2. re: Woolsey

                  I went out to Beverage Warehouse today and they said they haven't carried it in months. They said it's much harder to get the mexico coke. I did pick up a few bottles of coke however, I figure I had to come away with something from the trip.

                  So I'm off to find another place! Thanks though

                  1. re: starqrtrs

                    For sure, Bogetta Louie in Downtown has the Dublin Dr. Pepper... it's NOT cheap... but if all you want is a try... that's your best bet at the Mo'


                  2. re: Woolsey

                    Dr. Pepper is made with cane sugar in West Jefferson, North Carolina as well. They also make a lot of other sodas with cane sugar.


                    1. re: itsrob

                      Unfortunately you can't get anything from West Jefferson anymore on the west coast (or really at all outside the distribution from the West Jefferson area) unless it's a black market kind of deal. You can thank some scuzzy Cali lawyer somewhere who filed a lawsuit against (I think) Pepsi over prop 65 (lead on the bottle) and how these bottles coming from West Jefferson didn't fit CA regulations. Word got out, and the local bottlers were wondering why West Jefferson was encroaching on their turf in the first place (nevermind the fact that there was no actual competition-- local bottlers weren't distributing glass bottles with cane sugar). So they complained to Pepsi, and Pepsi told West Jefferson to stop distributing outside their area.

                      I may have twisted a few facts, but that's the gist of it. West Jefferson makes cane sugar Dr. Pepper (in 12 oz. bottles, unlike the smaller Dublin bottles), Mountain Dew, 7 UP, Nehi, and RC Cola among others. When the Beverage Warehouse explained to me why they wouldn't be getting this stuff in anymore, it ticked me off to no end. People now make pilgrimages to West Jefferson to stock up.

                      And the Beverage Warehouse does carry Mexican Pepsi. As of six weeks ago or so, it was $7 for a 6-pack of (roughly) 11.5 oz bottles. I remember seeing Dublin Dr. Pepper there once last year, but that was it.

                    2. re: Woolsey

                      Dublin Dr Pepper really only refers to the Dr Pepper bottled at Dublin Tx. And its only good out of a glass bottle. Dublin has recently stopped producing DP though due to trade dispute, so now Temple TX bottles cane sugar DP. I bought one at a convenience store in Commerce TX last week and it was amazing. I saw this little glass bottle and almost walked by it before I realized what it was. The only way to get Temple DP is to actually be in the region around Temple, or pay outrageous prices on amazon because Dr Pepper Co. doesnt want cane sugar products to compete against corn syrup DP on large scale. This is what killed Dublin, they started selling outside of their permitted trade zone