Review: Pepsi Natural


Pepsi has rolled out a sugar-sweetened beverage that uses "all natural" elements. Offered in a glass 12-oz. bottle and featuring just 11 ingredients, is Pepsi Natural all it's cracked up to be? Well, let's find out!

Pepsi Natural
Pepsi Natural

The story behind Pepsi Natural seems to be an interesting — yet long-awaited — one of hopes for a non-high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) beverage. With other brands like Jones Soda making the jump to pure cane sugar a few years back, many wondered if Coke or Pepsi would try the same in some capacity. As we uncovered in our preview of Pepsi Natural, a trademark on the name was first filed back in December 2006. But nothing resulted. We saw Pepsi Raw rolled out in the United Kingdom and Pepsi Retro in Mexico, but it wasn't until late 2008, when additional trademark applications were filed regarding the visual design of Pepsi Natural, that we started to see some realistic movement towards this drink.

Pepsi Natural - 4-Pack
Pepsi Natural – 4-Pack

Oh, and just between you and me, back in 2006-7 there was also talk about another "sugar" beverage being delivered from Pepsi. Trademarks for the phrases Sierra Mist Essence and Sierra Mist Natural were filed December 18, 2006, with updates in status September 24, 2008. Might we see a sugar-sweetened Sierra Mist eventually? I bet sales of Pepsi Natural will answer that question. Speaking of which, we should get back to the review…

Sierra Mist Essense / Sierra Mist Natural
Sierra Mist Essense and/or Sierra Mist Natural?
(Name Source: US Patent and Trademark Office)

While underground buzz had been building for a few months here in 2009, Pepsi officially announced Pepsi Natural via a press release on March 5. They also officially confirmed the existence of Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, both of which are limited-edition products arriving on April 20. Here's the official spin:

An all-new premium cola, Pepsi Natural is made with all-natural ingredients, including lightly sparkling water, natural sugar, natural caramel and kola nut extract. The amber-hued cola gets its color from natural caramel and natural apple extract. From the amount of bubbles to the foam that rises to the top of beverage when it's poured, Pepsi Natural offers a brand-new cola experience.

Pepsi Natural

Pepsi Natural is packaged in a sleek 12-oz. glass bottle and is available in single-serve and 4-packs initially in the premium and/or natural food aisles of retail outlets in the following ten regional markets; Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas and New York.

I'm fortunate to live in one of those regional markets (Chicago), so my wife & I were able to pick up a 4-pack of Pepsi Natural at a local Target.

First of all, a couple clarifications that we noted in our preview of Pepsi Natural after talking with a representative from Pepsi:

  • "Natural Sugar" is defined as a blend of cane sugar & beet sugar
  • Pepsi Natural is NOT Kosher
  • NOT a limited edition item like Pepsi Throwback
  • Packaging will only be in 12 oz. glass bottles, individually or via 4-pack
  • Pepsi Natural is similar, but not the same as the UK's Pepsi Raw
Pepsi Natural

Unlike Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, which are obviously aimed at a mainstream audience, the positioning of Pepsi Natural seems to be that of a more "premium" offering. Thus why there isn't a national rollout initially, why it's found in select locations — including health/natural food stores, and why the pricepoint is rather high for just 4 bottles that are each 12 oz.

Pepsi Natural
Back of Pepsi Natural bottle

This isn't your everyday Pepsi; it's more for your beverage connoisseur or maybe someone who doesn't partake of carbonated soft drinks that often. It's clearly going after those who are riding the "natural" food bandwagon, which is a very hot trend these days. And with all the backlash that HFCS has received in the news, the mention of a natural sugar soft drink can have its appeal to certain demographics.

Pepsi Natural - Box
4-Pack box detail

The Pepsi Natural that I picked up came in a 4-pack; a light tan colored cardboard holder that resembled the "dark brown ovals configured in a leaf pattern" described in the trademark filing that we noted in our preview of Pepsi Natural. It's a monochromatic design, with different shades of tan denoting the new Pepsi logo. The same Pepsi font is used to spell the word "Natural" next to the leaf pattern. Towards the bottom of the 4-pack packaging, a callout for "All Natural Cola" is made, along with a showcase of 3 ingredients: "Sparkling water, sugar, kola nut extract". The opposite side of the 4-pack contains the same design, while one side panel lists the Nutritional Facts and UPC, while the other is completely blank.

Pepsi Natural - Cap
Just twist off?

Let's move on to the design of the 12 oz. glass bottles. First of all, let me just say that these are a thing of beauty. They actually contrast quite well against the more distinctly-known Coke "contour" bottle by providing a slick, contemporary design that reflects the product well. Clear glass is used, with a twist off cap that the pressure-fit crown style. While it does say "Twist Off" with arrows and a nice Pepsi logo, I found it rather hard to do that without shredding my hands. Grab a towel or a rubber jar lid gripper.

Pepsi Natural - Bottle Design
The new Pepsi logo is part of the glass design

The glass is a sleek design with an embossed new Pepsi logo in the top 1/3 near the neck. The only other notable mark is a curious glass indentation on the lower backside of the bottle. Whether this is there for your finger in an ergonomic way or just some designer gone crazy, I'll never know.

Pepsi Natural - Bottle Design
Indentation found on lower rear of bottle

A clear sticker label sits on the front lower 1/3 of the bottle with tan-colored Pepsi logo and "Natural" typeface. Like the typography on the 4-pack box, the phrase "All Natural Cola" and mention of "Sparking water, sugar, kola nut extract" is noted. Finally, the bottle size (12 fl oz. / 355 mL) finishes the label.

Pepsi Natural - Label
See the sticker?

Rotate the bottle 180 degrees and you'll find a similar clear sticker on the back. Again with tan writing you'll find the new Pepsi logo, the "Natural" name, the phrase "All Natural Cola" and a box containing the Nutrition Facts. Those interested in what those Facts contain, here you go:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bottle
Amount Per Serving:
Calories – 150
Total Fat – 0 g (0% DV)
Sodium – 35 mg (1% DV)
Total Carbohydrates – 39 g (13% DV)
Sugars – 38 g
Protein – 0 g
Not a significant source of other nutrients. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Incidentally, while browsing the Pepsi Product Facts website, I came across this little advertisement for Pepsi Natural that may hint at the marketing direction we'll see with this product:

Pepsi Natural - Ad
Pepsi Natural Advertisement
(Source: PepsiProductFacts.com)

The ingredient list is also included on the back of the bottle:

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

As we noted in our preview of Pepsi Natural, this product is very similar to the UK's Pepsi Raw when you look at the ingredient breakdown, but not identical. Pepsi also officially confirmed that "the formulas for Pepsi Natural and Pepsi Raw are similar but not the same."

Pepsi Natural - Label

Wrapping up the back label is the caffeine content (38 mg per 12 oz.), Pepsi's website address and toll free phone number, trademark disclaimers, deposit info, recycling logo, and a UPC barcode. Speaking of caffeine content, it breaks down to 3.2 mg/oz., which puts it on par with HFCS-sweetened Pepsi (also 3.2 mg/oz.). By comparison, a drink like Mountain Dew contains 4.5 mg/oz.

Pepsi Raw
Pepsi Raw
(Source: The Daily Mail)

Also when compared to the UK's Pepsi Raw, Pepsi Natural has 150 calories per serving (12 oz bottle). A 250 ml can of Pepsi Raw claims 100 kJ per 100 ml serving. Doing the math and fun conversion from metric, it would seem that Pepsi Raw breaks down to 11.86 calories/oz., while Pepsi Natural has 12.5 calories/oz. So they are pretty close, but not exactly the same when it comes to calories.

Pepsi Natural - Box
Ingredients panel on 4-Pack box

Enough about the marketing and packaging design. What about the taste?

Upon opening the bottle, you are greeted with a different type of aroma, not typically associated with Pepsi. This one is nuttier and somewhat licorice-influenced. There are also less bubbles to tickle your nose and it's obvious the acidicness is way down. Personally, the scent threw me off quite a bit.

The first couple sips produced a very smooth beverage, with quite a mellow taste when compared to flagship Pepsi. It's a subdued experience packed with a certain nuttiness (probably associated with the kola nut). The reduction in carbonation might lead one to believe that it was somewhat flatter tasting. This drink has far less bite than HFCS Pepsi, but does have a small bit of bitterness. The smoothness of the drink experience continues into the aftertaste, which is clean and free of any syrup flavor lingering on your tongue.

Pepsi Natural vs. Regular Pepsi (HFCS)
Color: Regular Pepsi (HFCS) vs. Pepsi Natural

The flavor experience was definitely on par with Red Bull Simply Cola, which also shared a certain "nutty" taste. However, I think I preferred the distinct flavor attributes found in the Red Bull product when compared to Pepsi Natural. That's not to say that Natural is bad; just that it was rather plain. In fact, the reduction in sweetness and bite almost brings the Pepsi Natural formula into a similar ballpark as Coca-Cola Classic as far as composition and experience. (I know that's sacrilege, but it was suggested by those with whom I shared this drink!) Back to the smell of Pepsi Natural, my nose is rather sensitive and I think the odd scent somewhat influenced what I thought of the taste of the drink. Your experience may vary.

Pepsi Natural - Label'
Back label on Pepsi Natural bottle

While writing this review, I thought I would take the opportunity to compare Pepsi Natural against not only traditional high fructose corn syrup-sweetened Pepsi, but also Kosher for Passover Pepsi. For example, one thing I noticed when I reviewed products like Kosher Coke and Mexican Coke against their HFCS incarnations is that the bubbles formed when poured are of different shapes. I was curious if I'd see the same results from Pepsi Natural.

Pepsi Natural - Bubbles
Pepsi Natural: Small Bubbles

Kosher for Passover Caffeine Free Pepsi
Kosher for Passover Pepsi: Small Bubbles

HFCS Pepsi
HFCS Pepsi: Large Bubbles

Sure enough, Pepsi Natural had small, compact bubbles. This denseness and "bubble distribution" was very similar in appearance to that of Kosher Pepsi. In contrast, HFCS Pepsi had larger bubbles scattered throughout the top of the drink "film". I look forward to seeing what sort of bubbles we'll be getting with Pepsi Throwback. But what do the bubbles have to do with the experience? Well, as I've noted before, the traditional Pepsi flavor is far more carbonated and acidic, almost masking the flavor with this distraction. Pepsi Natural has more of a pure taste.

Pepsi Natural vs. Regular Pepsi (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
HFCS Pepsi vs. Pepsi Natural

Colorwise, Pepsi Natural is far lighter in tone than HFCS Pepsi. It really doesn't even look like the same beverage. It shares an appearance like that found in iced tea, which may create the mental impression that this has "less stuff in it" and is nothing more than sweetened water, thus inadvertently presenting a healthier disposition. Or maybe it's just light because of the "natural apple extract" and "caramel color" used. I'll let you figure out why you think it's lighter!

When comparing Pepsi Natural against HFCS Pepsi, it's very much like testing two separate drinks entirely. While the flavor profile of Pepsi Natural is good, I don't think it's very similar to that of regular Pepsi. I think you'll see better comparisons when we have HFCS Pepsi going up against Pepsi Throwback. But I don't think it's fair to really put Natural in the "this tastes like watered down Pepsi" boat or whatever, because frankly, it's a completely different formula and aside from the name, is its own thing.

Pepsi Natural

Overall, it's encouraging to see a product like Pepsi Natural hit the marketplace, even if it is in limited distribution and at a premium price. There's already room for a quality soft drink with great ingredients, as folks like Jones and Boylan have proven on a smaller scale. And for once, we don't have to wait for Passover to hit each year to sample some of our favorites minus high fructose corn syrup. Pepsi Natural has a unique, satisfying taste that goes against your perceptions of what it's supposed to taste — or even smell — like. It's most likely destined to be a highly niche product, but it's a quality niche product, and that effort is appreciated. Popping open a cold Pepsi Natural on a hot day can be a satisfying and rewarding experience!

Comments

  1. Excellent analysis. I'm hoping this comes to Boston soon, because I can't wait to try it.

    As for the indentation on the bottle, I've seen that on a lot of glass-bottled beverages. Just about anything I can think of right now that comes in glass has one: Arizona iced teas, Boylan sodas, etc.

  2. That indentation is often used as a register for the labeling of the bottle. I'm guessing they use it to make sure the front label lines up correctly with the embossed Pepsi logo as seen in the first picture in this review.. I imagine a physical register is much easier to automate than trying to use some visual expert system or some such to make sure the front label lines up.

    I bet if you look at the Arizona iced teas and Boylan sodas that Tape references, you'll see they have embossed elements in the glass they they want labels to line up with.

  3. Matt T. Beat me to the punch. From my research that little "indentation" is to get / help put the label on. Sobe does this as well. It's a place for the labeling machine to spin the bottle so the label can go on properly.

  4. Correct Matt T. The indention is used to stop the bottle (as it spins in those long metal conveyor belt tracks) so they can correctly line up the label.

    I was able to pick up 9 bottles of Pepsi Natural. I really like it. The Kola Nut and Carmel flavor reminds me of the old spices found in, well, older versions of soda. I have always hated the amount of acidity and carbonation current soda's bring, this was a perfect balance.

    It was also nice to drink a soda and feel like I drank a bottle full of real ingredients instead of chemicals.

    Thumbs up from me.

  5. Sounds good. I do want to try it now. The price will probably keep me away though. I don't have room in the budget for any premium colas, I guess ;)

  6. it definitely tastes more like Coca Cola than it tastes like Pepsi. I didn't like it at all.

    We're conducting a blind taste test this weekend to compare regular, natural and then Coca Cola.

  7. I spoke with a representative at Pepsi consumer affairs this afternoon about trying to locate Pepsi Natural in the NYC area. She indicated that the reason I was unable to find it was that it was a limited run from February to March. Has anybody else been able to confirm that Pepsi Natural was a limited time product?

  8. I love your review. I live in Corvallis OR and I have tried Pepsi Natural and I love it. I think that it has a much smoother taste.

  9. Yeh….the catch is that they're probably using
    GMO sugar beets. Not good. Look up GMO sugar
    beets. Stevia (sweet leaf) would be better yet.

  10. They have several boxes of Pepsi Natural at Safeway Diamond Heights in San Francisco. It's not in the natural food aisle, nor, surprisingly, in the beverage aisle. I found it at the end of the cooking aisle, stacked in boxes, all lonely, with no sort of advertising. Just brown cardboard boxes, no prices, either. So, being a sucker for anything new, I bought a 4-pack. It's SO good!! I went back and bought more today. It's very light and refreshing, not as sweet as regular cola, imo. I recommend trying it! I'll have to find my receipt, though, and see how much a 4-pack set me back. Maybe not worth the price, from what someone here said?

  11. the ad looks preatty cool, sounds like a great product but i would never drink it. for one i can't stand the taste of pepsi, two in the picture it looks like it's watered down, and three it's expensive.

  12. I picked up a 12 pack today at Costco in Tustin, CA. for about $13. I tried it in a glass of ice (I couldn't wait till it chilled). I was quite suprised that I enjoyed the taste. I used to be a die-hard Pepsi drinker until I as told by the Dr to lose weight, so I've been drinking Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke every now and then.

    This Natural Pepsi was very enjoyable and not overwhelmed by carbonation or syrup. I will buy more when I can.

  13. I just found this site… its been interesting reading every ones comments. I purchased a 12 pack of Pepsi Natural today at the Joliet, IL Sams Club for $10.88. Quite honestly, after the first few sips, I wasn't sure if I would like it… but towards the end of my first bottle, it's grown on me. I like the fact that the syrup doesn't stick to your mouth after you drink it, and also that it's very lightly carbonated… (perhaps my boyfriend will be a little less gassy from it -one can wish :) It has a very nutty taste, a little like hazelnut, licorice, and maple syrup (I absolutely despise the taste/small of maple syrup, but for some reason I don't mind it in this drink). I've been a fan of Pepsi for years, and I wish I wouldn't have went into this "taste test" expecting it to taste like Pepsi, because it doesn't – at all. I'm a huge fan of the natural sugar sodas and even though the taste is VERY different than any natural cola I've had before, I think I'll continue to purchase Pepsi Natural. Like regular Pepsi, after finishing off my first bottle, I'm already looking forward to my second.

  14. I thought it tasted really good. Not much of a difference at all.

  15. The fact that they are trying real sugars and not the dangerous high fructose corn sirup (hfcs) is telling, and awesome at the same time.
    I have stopped consuming anything containing hfcs, and have bought my coke at Costco, imported from Mexico with real sugar.
    The mexican coke tastes a lot better than the Classic coke crap they sell here.
    The "Pepsi Natural" tastes incredibly good in my opinion. It is a real treat, it has more of a nutty "darker" taste. The Pepsi throwback is OK compared to the "Natural" but also much better than regular Pepsi with hfcs.
    The Pepsi with hfcs tastes metallic and industrial to me. Disgusting.

  16. J. King says:

    Anybody on here know where I can find this in or near either Philadelphia, PA or even Albany, NY(I am traveling to Albany next weeK)?

    I have the coupon good for a 4-pk that I got several weeks ago but nobody has it(I haven't seen it at all) around zipcode 19118. I see that my brother can purchase it from almost every Target in or around Lacey, WA.

    Thanks!

  17. It is in the UK. All ASDA, Tesco and off licences. Sold in 4pk or individually.

  18. Best soda i've had! Goes really well with whiskey!!

  19. I LOVE COCA-COLA CLASSIC IN THE BOTTLE OF COURSE AND I AM NOT A PEPSI FAN UNLESS ITS PEPSI AND MILKON A LATE NIGHT BINGE. BUT AND I TRIED THE PRODUCT TODAY AND LOVED IT. THERE A FEW GEART SODAS MADE IN MY AREA MADE WITH CANE SUGAR, ONE BEING JONES SODA AND THE OTHER BEING CRATER LAKE SODA AND WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PEPSI NATURAL IS THEY GOT IT RIGHT. I HAVE SEEN COCA-COLA CLASSIC CANS FROM MEXICO WITH PURE CANE SUGAR INTHEMBUT HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO TRY IT. I PLAN TO TRY ANOTHER SOON. I FEEL SO BAD!!!!! HURRY COKE FIX THIS AND PLEASE MAKE A COOL BOTTLE TOO.

  20. Esther H. says:

    It's out here on the Oregon coast and it's liked so much we can't keep it in our stores! I'm already having withdrawls since our stores have been out since friday. It is delicious!!!! I hope they keep it. For some reason it reminds me of the old pepsi from the late 60's. Please PEPSI keep it!

  21. Maryann S. says:

    I disliked it…mainly because of the addition of apple extract…no real carbonation…. No way does it resemble a real Pepsi or any Cola. Both my husband and I gave it a thumbs down. Sure wish they would come back with glass bottles.

  22. Kevin Brown says:

    I was at Costco last weekend and saw that they carried Natrual Pepsi in big 12 pack boxes. I very excited and bought 2 cases, and I have to say that I have really enjoyed it, especially the glass bottles! I also think that the term natural on the product is psychological because I drank 3 of these in one day and I would never drank that many regular HFCS Pepsi. Anyway I give it 2 thumbs up and hope they continue to make it for awhile.

  23. Cameron says:

    I recently obtained a classic Pepsi soda machine from the mid 1950's. I noticed it at my job site in the Hollywood Hills. The machine was run down and full of rust. The machine had been sitting outdoors, behind a garage for many years. I have always liked the look of the classic machines, so I asked the homeowner if he would be willing to sell it to me. He offered to give it to me free of charge. I was hesitant to take it since it looked very deteriorated on the outside.

    After I brought it home I researching the machine online. To my amazement I learned that in a fully restored condition the machine would be worth ~$8,000. Long story short, the machine is now being fully restored. To see what my machine will look like when it is completed go to http://www.oldcokemachines.com/Restoration_services.html
    My Pepsi machine will look like the one with a blue bottom and white top with red letters.

    I have been searching for soda in glass bottles to fill my machine once it is complete. The typical sodas I have found in bottles are Coke, orange soda, cream soda and root beer. I have been looking everywhere for Pepsi in glass bottles. I even went to the local Pepsi bottling plant near my office. The Pepsi representative told me that Pepsi was not available in glass bottles.

    While searching online today I found this web site. I was surprised to find that Pepsi does have a cola product that comes in a glass bottle. I called several local Target stores today and found one that carried Pepsi Natural. I bought 4-four packs.

    I found that Pepsi Natural definitely has a unique taste. I feel that it is in its own league. Pepsi Natural tastes pretty good to me but I do wish that the Pepsi Throwback came in glass bottles. Pepsi Throwback seems to taste a little better than Pepsi Natural. I'm just glad that I will be able to tell people that I have Pepsi in glass bottles in my classic Pepsi soda machine.

    Cameron

  24. I love the Throwback, is it coming back?

  25. My wife and I are headed to Chicago in a few weeks for a quick weekend getaway and would like to pick up some Pepsi Natural while we are there. Is it still available? And if so, where can we pick some up?

    Thanks,
    Brian

  26. we just bought this at woodmansgrocery store in janesville wi we did not like it at all we only paid 99 cents after the $1.00 off coupon on package

  27. I'm a life long Pepsi drinker so I anxiously awaited the arrival of the Pepsi Throwback and Pepsi Natural. Actually, I'm still waiting on the Pepsi Natural since I live in Kansas City and we have yet to be deemed worthy of this product.

    As for Throwback, it tastes exactly like the Mexican Pepsi to me and both of them taste like (sacrilege!) Coke. I don't know if it's just the real sugar or some other tinkering with the formula but it seems to have a much thicker, syrupy flavor on par with Coke and Royal Crown (RC). I'm not thrilled with comparing my drink of choice to either of those brands. In comparing Throwback to regular Pepsi, I noticed that the regular Pepsi has a lighter, crisp sort of taste some would even call a 'bite'. This has always been what separates Pepsi from the other cola brands and for that flavor experience to be missing from the real sugar version of the drink really disappoints me.

    I did buy the Throwback while it was available and will buy more when it comes back at year's end but not as much as I'll be buying the HFCS version. BTW – I wound up with something like 10 of the giveaway shirts with the Pepsi Throwback logo (the ones that were tightly packed into things that looked like dark blue hockey pucks). They're unopened and I'll gladly trade with someone for a Dew retro shirt (I don't even know if they did one – all I ever saw was the Pepsi shirts) or some Pepsi Natural. I'm dying to try that one out. Leave me a response here if you're game for either and we'll work out contact details from there.

    KJB

  28. High price for a pop , it's ok , but not a PEPSI, [ of course it's natural ] like a very light tasting PEPSI. I only bought it because it had a $1 off coupon otherwise I would of never bought it. And now that I tried it , I wouldn't buy it.

  29. I purchased this through an eBay seller about 2 weeks ago and finally had a chance to taste this new beverage myself. I actually enjoyed the lighter, more natural taste compared to other colas(Coke and Pepsi HFCS or Pepsi Throwback included). It probably does take a little getting used to the flavor though and some will likely not care for it as you can see from these comments!

  30. I loved it. The taste is so light and smooth. I however can't find it anywhere except Costco, but heard they will only have it for a limited time.

  31. why cant i find natural pepsi to buy anymore locally?

  32. tastes very good its just fantastic

  33. I just recently tried my first Pepsi throwback, which is the reason I have come to this site and now that I know there are alternatives in the Soda Pop Market, I live in the San Diego area and I am Excited to try some Pepsi Natural, I normally do not drink pop but when I saw the Pepsi throwback I wanted to try it and its a cleaner more CRISP taste less syrupy and the difference in bubbles are noticeable. Personally I wish Pepsi made with sugar was one of the MANY Pepsi offshoots they make already, I would buy it. I recently noticed I (living so close to Mexico) have the option in some places to buy Mexican Pepsi which I would say is MUCH better and more like the throwback, It also introduced me to Manzanita Sol An apple soda which IMO is very good and for a period of time was my favorite soft drink, it is also made without HFCS, now I know I am rambling but I am not a Fanatic Personally I just prefer the taste of Sugar To HFCS, Although I am concerned about the issue of corn and beef one day becoming the only things America will grow and import everything else, Also They are really pushing the corn thing Sure you can make it a sweetener but it doesn't taste good (beets are not hard to grow and use to make real sugar in the US) also right now ethanol is too expensive. It's too bad we do not have the climate to grow massive Sugar cane like country's in south America (specifically Argentina) which uses the cane shafts to create an alcohol that they can run their cars on for the price of less than a dollar a gallon and is less pollutant and is from a renewable resource. In all Trying to get away from using sugar is wrong and a bad idea economically and environmentally but the US keeps on growing corn because it is EASY like many things This country needs to change I should start with Pepsi natural LOL (i just need to end this rant before i ruin the whole post, I may already have long ago)

  34. I grew up on Pepsi. It is my greatest addiction!

    Throwback is wonderful. I have noticed that not only is it sweeter and tastes like Mexican Coke, but the fizz lasts longer. Sometimes regular Pepsi in the can loses all fizz before I can finish the can. No problem with Throwback.

    I keep a can by my bed at night in case I get thirsty. There is still enough fizz in the can left the next morning that it is enjoyable to drink.

    It is even good warn or unchilled.

  35. Charlie Michael says:

    I really liked the Pepsi Natural. I bought something like 12 full cases (24 pack) at the 99Cents store a few years ago, and am down to 6 bottle left. I drank it like a connoisseur; that is, sparingly or for special occasions. About the only way 'out' now is to buy Mexican Coke, or some other Mexican soft drink variety of popular US brands. Perhaps it would be better to say Central and South American varieties, for they DO seem to have a better taste.

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