ok, I love me some dr. pepper with all it's caffeine and great taste, but recently I noticed they are trying to sell us on the 23 flavors within Dr. P.....I didn't know anything could have 23 flavors... is this media hype or are we all soposed to believe 23 is the magic number????
also... they have caffeine free Dr. P.... what's the point of it.... it's like the reason people drink mountain dew or JOLT!!! IMHO.:)
for caffeine levels in mg/12oz
Jolt 71 mg
Pepsi One 55.5
Mountain Dew 55
Diet Mountain Dew 55
Diet Coke 45.6
Sunkist Orange 44
Dr Pepper 41
Diet Dr. Pepper 41
Diet Pepsi 36
Coke Classic 34
and by comparison (8 oz serving
)Drip Coffee 115-175 mg
Instant Coffee 65-100 mg
Iced Tea 47 mg
I was surprised that 1) Sunkist even HAS caffeine and 2) Coke Classic is so low in caffeine.
Dr. Pepper has always had the 23 flavors. Right now, it's just a marketing gimmick, like Kentucky Fried Chicken's "7 herbs and spices", and they've given it a prominent spot on their packaging.
The folks at Dr.Pepper never fess up to what 23 flavors go into the soda, that's part of the mystique. Popular guesses of the flavors range from cherry, vanilla, almond, and prune, to name a few.
It's no Jolt, but I remember a Straight Dope column a while ago that listed Diet Dr. Pepper as being the most caffeinated of all of the "regular" soda pops, ie. not Rockstar/Red Bull/ad nauseam. It's chock full of NutraSweet, though, and I can't hang with that stuff. Gives me an instantaneous headache, which I interpret as being a bad thing.
When I was younger, I used to feel like you do, but having developed both diabetes and insomnia later in life, caffeine-free diet soft drinks are a nice break from water, herbal tea, and decaf coffee. I've tried a bunch of artificially sweetened fruit drinks, like Crystal Light, and find them only marginally acceptable.
Truth be told, my biggest peeve is the lack of diet drinks at most restaurants and fast food places. You can usually get diet Coke or diet Pepsi, but that's about it (and if it's diet Pepsi, I'll drink soda water). I'd love the option of diet Mug root beer, or diet Dr. P. With about 1 in 10 Americans and Canadians suffering from diabetes, I'm amazed more places don't offer more alternatives.