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Am I losing my mind, or does anyone else notice that Cel-Ray tastes really different lately. Did the Pepsi Co. finally decide to alter the recipe for a more "American" flavor?

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  1. Ugh! Unless it tastes like almost any other soda on the market, it doesn't matter. I grew up with Cel-Ray in our house, my father loved it and I could never understand it. I'm 50 years older now, and I still don't get it. Enjoy!

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    1. re: jnk

      Cel-Ray is kind of a "grown ups" soda. Kind of a palate cleanser, and not too sweet. I have always liked, it is the perfect beverage with a pastrami sandwich, offsetting the spice in the pastrami, so you don't end up with a "spicy mouth" feeling.

      Now Vernor's ginger ale is something I could never understand, bleh.

      1. re: ChinoWayne

        I think you need to be born into Vernor's to really enjoy/appreciate it. My parents always drank it and I always hated it. However, as I got older I really began to like the taste. It reminds me of home, too.

    2. Ah, thank you. I now have another item to add to that ginormous thread inching to 1000 replies entitled 'You've never had a ...'

      What does Cel-Ray taste like? Hopefully it tastes better than ground celery seeds and seltzer. When I'm at Katz's [in NYC] I'm tempted to try it, but never do.

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      1. re: Cheese Boy

        I've always thought it tasted like a ginger ale that someone forgot to add the ginger to. I like it, especially alongside a nice deli sandwich.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          There is no soda other than Dr. Brown's cel-ray, cream or black cherry when consuming a deli sandwich, particularly if you are talking Kosher deli.

        2. re: Cheese Boy

          I think it does taste like ground celery seeds and seltzer. It is definitely an acquired taste ( as are many things). One should experience it....once!