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Soda's made with sugar vs corn syrup?

There's an old thread discussing this and I'm wondering if there's more options available now. I do notice that Sierra Mist is being made with sugar now. And am aware that Coke is available around Passover with sugar or if imported from Mexico (though check labels to be sure). Other Mexican sodas like Jaritos are usually made with sugar as well. Mt. Dew has throwback which is sugar vs. HFC. The other thread mentioned whole foods sodas, which isn't convenient to where I live.

So far I only really like the Sierra Mist lemon/lime and Jaritos tangerine/orange. I'd really like Dr. Pepper or something similar. Is there anything?

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  1. As an alternative- I don't think Torani syrups use HFCS.....make your own nice Italian soda for your sick little self :(

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    1. re: sedimental

      Thanks, I'll check my grocer, they're supposed to carry them and some are made with sugar, others used artificial sweeteners.

      1. re: enbell

        Thanks, they're rarely available here, though I've enjoyed them when available.

      2. I'm not much of a soda drinker but I've been treating myself to the occasional Jarritos Toronja (grapefruit) recently. Second ingredient is "natural sugar" and it is indeed made in Mexico though distributor is in Texas. You might want to check it out as an alternative to the tangerine for a change. I find it a bit less sweet and not overly carbonated.

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        1. re: grayelf

          Thanks, I do like the crisp fresh taste of grapefruit, used to drink squirt. I'll check that out, don't know Spanish so didn't know what the Toronja flavor was.

          1. re: LaughingGoddess

            If you like tart soda--no HFCS, San Pellegrino orange or lemon will pucker your tastebuds.

            Cheapest way to buy is at Costco; it's about half the price of local stores. The high end markets in my area sell it for about $6/sixpack. Costco is $13 for a case of 24 mixed orange/lemon.

            1. re: coney with everything

              The lemon is a lot more tart than the orange, though.

        2. GUS (grown up soda) and Fizzy Lizzy. Alternatively, add a bit of real fruit juice or fruit puree to seltzer water.

          1. For Dr. Pepper, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company offers the original formula Dr. Pepper with cane sugar. They are revamping the website currently but you can call them to order the original Dr. Pepper in glass bottles.

            1. You might like Boylan Bottleworks Black Cherry (I do!):

              Izze has a sparkling line made with 70 percent fruit juice--I LOVE their sparkling grapefruit. They have several other flavors I haven't tried as I'm super-fond of grapefruit:

              1. Pepsi Throwback is made with Cane Sugar.

                  1. If you like root beer (and I very much do) check out Spike's Root Beer Ratings, Anthony's Root Beer Barrel, or Eric's Gourmet Root Beer Site. Dozens of cane sugar root beers for your perusal.

                    I'm partial to these myself:
                    St Arnold
                    Dog n Suds
                    Old Town

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                    1. re: aynrandgirl

                      Had Fitz's in Manhattan yesterday, both diet and sugar regular, both were lovely.

                    2. I don't drink sugar so I forgot about this...but Virgils sodas are fabulous! Lots of flavors and really nice. They use all natural ingredients (no HFCS..and they now have a new line of Virgils "Zero"
                      (made with Stevia) and I love the Root Beer, Cola and Cream Soda. They would be in the natural foods section of your grocery stores, in health foods stores or natural markets.