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Pepsi Natural or Pepsi Throwback

LJNew Apr 15, 2009 10:58 AM

Has anyone seen either of these products appear yet?

If so, please mention where you are and where you saw them...thanks!

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    scout1 RE: LJNew Apr 15, 2009 12:51 PM

    Pepsi Natural... in the suburbs of Chicago at Target. 4 pk.

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      jumpingmonk RE: scout1 Apr 16, 2009 04:45 AM

      I saw some 4-pks of pepsi natural about 2 weeks ago, in the Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY

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      VelvetEvolver RE: LJNew Apr 17, 2009 02:58 PM

      Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback both available in 12 pack cans at Kroger in Madison, AL (Huntsville area) as of April 17th.

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        descartes RE: LJNew Apr 26, 2009 05:11 PM

        Pepsi Throwback (and Mountain Dew Throwback) is now in-stock in 12-pack cans in at least 1 Fry's grocery store here in Tempe, Arizona. They did not have them in the plastic bottles as mentioned on the Pepsi Throwback website. Thanks to VelvetEvolver who posted they were available at Kroger in his/her area -- Fry's is owned by Kroger which is what gave me the idea to look there. Interestingly, they did not have the Throwback sodas at a Fry's Marketplace location I was at last night. So it seems as though the Fry's grocery locations got it in, but the Marketplace locations did not. By the way, Pepsi Throwback tastes awesome! *Much* better than when sweetened with corn syrup. I'm buying as much of it as I can, so hopefully they'll make these products permanent. :)

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          Jen76 RE: descartes Apr 28, 2009 11:31 AM

          Oh, now I will have to look for this. We usually make a trip once in awhile towards downtown Phx for Mexican Coke at the Ranch market.

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          TampaAurora RE: LJNew Apr 26, 2009 05:33 PM

          I know someone who trucks for Pepsi and he brought in some Throwback Pepsi and Mt. Dew to a cigar bar I frequent this past week. I haven't gotten into a grocery store to check yet, but at least a truck has brought it into Tampa.

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            scout1 RE: TampaAurora Apr 27, 2009 08:04 AM

            I'd love to know what you guys think of these products. Incidentally, I work for Pepsico.

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              Kelli2006 RE: scout1 Apr 27, 2009 09:32 AM

              I'm also very interested in the public reaction to Pepsi throwback. I don't work for Pepsi but I won quite a bit of stock in Pepsico and Yum brands, and despite the current economic conditions it is doing quite well.

              I think this might be the first chink in the amour of HFCS.

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                KevinB RE: scout1 Apr 27, 2009 11:34 AM

                I think: Diet Coke.

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                  TampaAurora RE: scout1 Apr 27, 2009 11:38 AM

                  Same thing I told my friend the Pepsi trucker, I don't really drink soda anymore but my husband drinks Mt Dew the way some drink coffee and we both enjoyed the Mt Dew Throwback more than the "original" flavor.

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                    jumpingmonk RE: TampaAurora Apr 27, 2009 01:38 PM

                    I finally got to try a bottle today and my opion is mixed. It's certainly much better than Pepsi Ordinaire. but I found it a little light and insubstanital for my taste. (to take a quote from Spider Robinson "There ain't nothing wrong with it; just not enough right) Quite frankly I thing the problem in this case is with me, since my cola of choice for the last six months or so has been Virgil's (which is a very "heavy" cola) ANY of the big commecial colas taste a little thin to me. I did note that Pepsi Natch seems to have a slightly stronger cinnamon note in the cola taste than the ordinary pepsi.

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                      Johnresa RE: jumpingmonk May 6, 2009 08:46 AM

                      I agree. I tried the natural pepsi last night and i loved it. I thought it had a stronger cinnamon flavor to it too.

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                    chicgail RE: scout1 Apr 28, 2009 07:15 PM

                    I think it's good that Pepsi is using sugar instead of HFCS, albeit in a boutique product. I wish sugar were more common in sweetened drinks. HFCS is bad news. It may increase profits, but it is a major factor in serious disease.

                    That being said, I don't like Pepsi. Never did. Grew up in a Coke town then went to a Pepi university. I got very clever about finding Cokes.

                    My husband once brought me a Pepi with lunch. He tried to not tell me what it was, but one sip and I gave it back to him.

                    I was thirsty last week and went to a Taco Bell drive thru across the street for nothing but a quick Diet Coke (I know, I know -- same company). When the guy told me all they had was Pepsi I backed all the way out of the drive thru.

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                      LJNew RE: chicgail Apr 29, 2009 10:40 AM

                      Have you tried the Mexican Coca Cola yet?

                      I also understand that the pepsi with cane sugar (vs HFCS) is a differnt tasting drink...but for right now that is all hearsay since I can't seem to find it!

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                        LauraGrace RE: LJNew May 3, 2009 02:13 PM

                        Mexican Coke is dynamite. It tastes very different than US Coke, so I would expect the Pepsi to be the same.

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                      stricken RE: scout1 May 29, 2009 12:07 AM

                      Not as good as Red Bull cola, but it's (throwback) ok.

                  3. Miss Needle RE: LJNew Apr 27, 2009 01:49 PM

                    I tried Pepsi Natural at a David Chang/NBC organized food thing -- Pepsi was probably one of the sponsors. OK. I liked the fact that they didn't use HFCS. There is a difference in the mouthfeel, and Pepsi Natural finishes off better and doesn't leave a film in your mouth. But I think I liked the flavor of regular less natural Pepsi. Only took a couple of sips.

                    The very next day I had Mexican Coke at a Mexican restaurant which was really tasty and good. I finished the entire bottle.

                    1. sebetti RE: LJNew Apr 27, 2009 02:49 PM

                      Pepsi natural is now available at my local Costco (Portland, Oregon area).

                      I'm sure other stores will start carrying it as well...but evidently each store has their own buyers so you never know who will carry it.

                      1. LJNew RE: LJNew Apr 28, 2009 11:23 AM

                        I am in the Capitol District of NY and we have not seen any signs of any of these. I had heard that Mexican Cokes can be found at Costco but we don't have those either. My SIL lookedin a Costco in PA and no Mexi Cokes there either. This is getting kinda frustrating...we will just keep looking.

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                          Cathy RE: LJNew Apr 28, 2009 07:52 PM

                          The Mexican Coca Cola was sold from about Nov 07 until maybe Sept 08 at all the Costcos. Apparently didn't move fast enough. Maybe they will bring it back for the summer.

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                            sebetti RE: Cathy Apr 29, 2009 09:25 AM

                            Try different Costcos - ours still has it (but it's up to almost $20 a case)

                        2. mcsheridan RE: LJNew Apr 28, 2009 06:13 PM

                          Been looking in Northwestern NJ ... no signs yet.

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                            LJNew RE: mcsheridan Apr 29, 2009 10:41 AM

                            Too bad - we would go to Northern NJ for it if you find any.

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                              mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 7, 2009 03:38 PM

                              Found it! A&P in Denville, NJ -- single, 20-oz bottles on pallets at the end cap display.
                              Bought only one...wanted to be sure I'd want more; I do! I Do!

                              Throwback has a clean, crisp taste that you can knock back without ice...which is how I drank almost all my colas back in the day when I was running around the summer streets of The Bronx. Of course, it came in the tall, clear glass bottles back then.

                              I want more! When I get more, I'll try it over ice.

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                                mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 26, 2009 06:31 PM

                                Update: Lots more Throwback @ the A&P in Denville, NJ -- now in 12 can packs.

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                              beachmouse RE: LJNew Apr 28, 2009 07:53 PM

                              Bought some at a Publix in the FL Panhandle today, and will try it out at breakfast tomorrow.

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                                Sean RE: beachmouse Apr 29, 2009 05:03 AM

                                Found it at Target in Warwick, RI. Not a Pepsi fan myself but did find a Major taste difference between HFCS and Sugar Pepsi. Crisper and cleaner...

                              2. mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 2, 2009 02:58 PM

                                WAAAAAH!!! I just found this "locator"

                                http://pepsiproductfacts.com/storeloc...

                                on the Pepsi site; so, I put in my zip code, zips for relatives and friends up and down NJ; The Bronx, NY; Rockland County, NY; the Finger Lakes region; I even tried those for friends in Southwestern Illinois and Baton Rouge, LA; no matter what I put in, I got this answer:

                                Sorry for any inconvenience.
                                We're sorry, the Store Locator does not show any chain grocery stores or chain pharmacies that carry this product within a 50-mile radius of the zip code you entered.

                                To add insult to injury, I had to click "OK" after each rejection. :(

                                WHERE In the World is Pepsi Throwback???

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                                  LJNew RE: mcsheridan May 6, 2009 07:30 AM

                                  That locator is not accurate - so don't despair.

                                  I JUST found Pepsi Throwback at a Hess gas station in Ballston Spa last night. This is after the locator told us the closest is in Elmhurst. Right.

                                  They had both single bottles and cases there. I have been combing supermarkets and chain/big box stores, with no success. Never occurred to me to check gas stations and convenience stores, but that was where it was. I have not had a chance to check Hess stations further south, around where I live in the Capitol Dist (NY) to see if they also have it, but I will.

                                  Perhaps it is a fluke or perhaps they are just starting to appear in this area. We will see.

                                  I now have a bottle of Pepsi Natural, Pepsi Throwback, and Kosher Pepsi, Plus a mexican Coke to try this weekend. We will do a non-HFCS cola tasting!

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                                    mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 6, 2009 08:25 AM

                                    Whew! Thanks for that post of hope. I will continue to look for this...and trust not in Pepsi's marketing team. :D

                                    I'm going to start haunting 7-11s, QuikCheks, and gas stations. :)

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                                      mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 7, 2009 03:39 PM

                                      Found it! See upthread. Granted, it wasn't six-packs or cases, just single 20-oz. (plastic) bottles.

                                  2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: LJNew May 2, 2009 03:01 PM

                                    Got mine at a local Target. They were on an endcap in the small grocery section.

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                                      dustchick RE: LJNew May 2, 2009 05:36 PM

                                      I tried Throwback today. It definitely has a more clean taste than the Pepsi with HFCS, but I prefer Mexican Coca Cola.

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                                        dct RE: LJNew May 3, 2009 02:09 PM

                                        There was a veritable wall of Pepsi Throwback at my local grocery store--Polly's in Chelsea, MI. But I'm a die-hard Coke fan, so I didn't buy it. Maybe I'd like it better than regular Pepsi?

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                                          Sean RE: dct May 4, 2009 05:48 AM

                                          I tried it, it is great that they are doing it, but I just do not like Pepsi and am back to my cans of Coke. I hope Coke is paying attention...

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                                            Etsweiler RE: dct May 8, 2009 12:55 PM

                                            I was delighted to find it at Polly's, and it was a winner. I'm a Coke fan, but the HFCS has turned me off the product. This was a fine replacement, and I highly recommend it to you. Get it before I buy out that big pile of 12-pack cans!

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                                            at24 RE: LJNew May 6, 2009 01:53 PM

                                            My husband picked me up a bottle of Pepsi Throwback at Walmart (Falmouth, Maine). He found it in the dollar aisle. Will try tonight with pizza. Hope it is good.

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                                              beachmouse RE: LJNew May 6, 2009 02:19 PM

                                              On a related note, the Destin, FL ,Publix is now stocking Mountain Dew Throwback as well as Pepsi Throwback.

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                                                kubasd RE: beachmouse May 6, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                stop and shop in colchester CT (so prob all the ones in the area) has both pepsi throwback and mountain dew throwback.

                                              2. LJNew RE: LJNew May 7, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                I found both Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback at a second Hess Station - this one in the Capitol District of NY so it seems they are carrying it, at least around here.

                                                However my SO checked a Hess station in Dutchess Co and nada. There seems to be very little rhyme or reason in their distribution strategy. If there is one...

                                                I am hearing pretty negative stuff about Mtn Dew Throwback, but this is mainly by current Mtn Dew fans. My experience is the opposite - I liked it when it first came out way back when, but did not really like the later incarnation. So maybe I will see whether the Throwback appeals to me or if I just greww out of it.

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                                                  Sean RE: LJNew May 8, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                  Now that the commercial is playing nationally I am finding it everywhere. Wal-Mart is carrying it...

                                                2. revsharkie RE: LJNew May 9, 2009 05:29 PM

                                                  I've been getting 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback in my local supermarket here in a very small town in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa. Haven't seen any 12-pks of cans.

                                                  We like it. I've always been more a Pepsi than Coke fan, but haven't really had much interest in either here lately, because of the HFCS. There are people that say they can't taste the difference between pop with sugar and pop with HFCS. But I can, at least with this Pepsi. (I don't like Mountain Dew however it's sweetened, so really haven't tried it.) Pepsi always had a bit of a "bite" to it, I thought, and somehow the HFCS muted that. Plus, I always felt like I had a coating in my mouth after drinking HFCS pop. Anyway, the minute I tasted the Throwback I thought, "That's the way Pepsi's SUPPOSED to taste!"

                                                  Here's hoping they sell lots of this stuff and realize that people really do prefer it.

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                                                    revsharkie RE: revsharkie May 14, 2009 04:39 PM

                                                    My husband tells me he saw Pepsi Throwback in 12-pks of cans at Kmart in the next medium-sized town south of us this week. He said there were two packs left on the shelf and a BIG hole where they'd been displayed. Evidently they're selling pretty well there.

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                                                    CrazyOne RE: LJNew May 14, 2009 11:45 AM

                                                    I first tried Pepsi Natural a couple months or so ago. I think we were an early market. It's not bad, but too expensive (at around $1 per bottle in a 4-pack) for anything but occasional drinking.

                                                    I'll be interested to try the Pepsi Throwback if I can find it. Growing up I always liked Pepsi better than Coke. Now I'm not really sure.

                                                    The Mexican import thing always confuses me. When I've looked at bottles in the Mexican grocery, they always list HFCS and/or sugar, just like the US bottles. So I don't know how I'm supposed to know for sure that I'm getting Coke or Pepsi made with sugar even then. So far only the Throwback seems like a sure thing (or Passover Coke, which I've never actually found).

                                                    Much of this may be moot for me now. I've gone from being a heavy Diet Pepsi drinker to almost nothing. I specifically wanted to cut down on the artificial sweeteners, but I don't want to replace that with a bunch of sugar either, so it's still only going to be an occasional cola whichever one it may be.

                                                    1. mcsheridan RE: LJNew May 14, 2009 06:33 PM

                                                      What I'm noticing on the end-cap display at my supermarket is that the Pepsi Throwback is selling while the Mountain Dew Throwback languishes there.

                                                      Those plastic display racks are going to "avalanche" quite soon...

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                                                        LJNew RE: mcsheridan May 15, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                        Seems like MD Throwback is getting both bad press and bad word of mouth reviews. When I bought the Pepsi Throwback at a Hess Gas station mart, the guy behind the counter gave me his unsolicitied opinion that the MD was terrible.
                                                        Since I am not a fan of the newer edition, I might have to try it anyway.

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                                                        CyndiA RE: LJNew May 17, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                        Pepsi Natural is at Food Lion in Salisbury, NC.

                                                        It tastes flat - kind of like cola flavored Kool-aid.

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                                                          revsharkie RE: CyndiA May 18, 2009 12:55 PM

                                                          I've never seen Pepsi Natural. What's different in it from Throwback? Throwback is about as far from flat-tasting as you can get.

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                                                            mcsheridan RE: revsharkie May 18, 2009 01:36 PM

                                                            Pepsi calls Pepsi Natural a "premium" cola, also made without HFCS, but in a glass bottle.

                                                            Pepsi Natural Ingredients: "Sparkling water, sugar, natural apple extract (color), carmel color, citric acid, caffeine, acacia gum, tartaric acid, lactic acid, natural flavor, kola nut extract."

                                                            Pepsi Throwback ingredients: "Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, caffeine, natural flavor."

                                                            I've been buying all the Throwback I can lay my hands on. :)

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                                                              LJNew RE: mcsheridan May 19, 2009 07:43 AM

                                                              I found Pepsi Natural to be very cloying compared to the other varieties of Pepsi being marketed. On my first sip I thought it tasted like ginseng -- which on examination of the ingredients it did not list.
                                                              Maybe if they called it something else, it would be OK but as pepsi...uh, no.

                                                              I also preferred Throwback.

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                                                                scyfer RE: LJNew May 20, 2009 10:09 PM

                                                                It could very well have ginseng in it, as 'natural flavor' covers a lot of possible herb mixes. It definitely has cinnamon as well.

                                                                Throwback's near impossible to find however :( As a limited, test flavor they seem to be doing a poor job at distribution (which guarantees that it'll fail).

                                                        2. ivanova RE: LJNew May 29, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                          I bought Pepsi Throwback this week at Publix in St. Petersburg (Carillon location.) They were selling 12 packs 2 for 1. I've always preferred Coke to Pepsi but I love this. The taste was very similar to Pepsi but maybe a little lighter tasting in terms of the sweetness. Or it could be that I've avoided soda for so long so it tastes that much better. I like it much better than some of the natural colas I've tried from the health food store. If Pepsi decides to make this permanent I may need to ration it and have it once in a while for dessert.

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                                                            pellegrino31 RE: LJNew Jun 1, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                            I found a 12 pack at a Target in Long Island - Hicksville (the one attached to the Broadway Mall). I live in Queens and have been looking for it in so many places in Manhattan and Queens and was getting very frustrated especially since the promotions have been heavy. I was very happy to finally get my hands on some. I really like it - the taste is very clean. Having the stuff around is a good and bad thing - up until now I probably drank about 10 sodas total over the course of a year.

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                                                              CrazyOne RE: pellegrino31 Jun 1, 2009 02:19 PM

                                                              Heh, I hear you on that having it around thing. I finally found some 20oz bottles of Throwback at Giant Eagle after always looking and not finding any 12-packs. Apparently these stores (Target and Rite Aid also show available) just got it in because there used to be nothing in a 50-mile radius on the Pepsi locator. Rite Aid only carries 20oz, but Target is supposed to have 12-packs here too. I want to taste it from the can, which always tastes slightly different.

                                                              I thought the fizz went down too quickly when I put it in a glass with ice, but the taste is nice without that syrupy flavor.

                                                              Meanwhile I have to be careful not to let this get me too far back into a Pepsi habit. I went down to nothing a few months ago from a fair amount of Diet Pepsi per day, and have only had a couple of regular Cokes, plus a few of those Pepsi Naturals, since then.

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                                                                pellegrino31 RE: CrazyOne Jun 2, 2009 11:39 AM

                                                                My one saving grace is that I'm sensitive to the amount of caffeine in soda (coffee too) so my soda drinking conditions generally have to be "perfect" - need to have a full stomach, don't plan on sleeping in the next few hours after eating, etc. At the same time, there's always the option to work up tolerance! If they decide to make a caffeine free version, I'm in more trouble. Sometimes having soda tastes good.

                                                                Re: the fizz...there is probably a scientific explanation for this that I'm just not aware of but whenever I drink any carbonated drink, I always use plastic drinkware - like the kind you might have for outdoor use that don't look like grocery store plastic cups and are more substantial and re-usable. The carbonation always keeps far longer than when I use real glass.

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                                                              jackrugby RE: LJNew Jun 11, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                              I found Pepsi Throwback at a Meijer's store in Dayton, Ohio 12can packs. I've only drank 1 can and I'm less than impressed. First initial taste of cinamon and not much after that.

                                                              The other thing I found interesting/suspicious is that on the can it says it contains "natural sugar", not the usual "pure cane sugar" I've seen on other colas. I think natural sugar could come from a good many sources, like corn or sugar beets and not neccessarily "pure cane sugar".

                                                              Is Pepsi pulling a fast one or what?

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                                                                Jack_ RE: LJNew May 23, 2010 07:55 AM

                                                                Is there any difference between the Throwback and Kosher for Passover (which uses sugar instead of HFCS)?

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                                                                  Themaster73 RE: Jack_ May 30, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                  Kosher for Passover Pepsi has Citric Acid and uses the plural "Natural Flavors" where as Pepsi Throwback doesn't have Citric Acid and uses "Natural Flavor".

                                                                  Kosher for Passover Pepsi: CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CAFFEINE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS

                                                                  Pepsi Throwback: CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CAFFEINE, NATURAL FLAVOR

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