How to Explain Your Tastes

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When I was a kid, none of the stores in my tiny little town carried Dr Pepper, but one time, on a road trip with my family, I saw some at a gas station so I bought a bottle. Well all tried it and all four of us agreed that it was absolutely vile.

I don't understand why anyone would willingly pour that bile into their system/

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

Prunes, dates, etc. are among the earwax class of fruits. Seriously, take a gob of either on the end of your finger and ask someone to try it. Then again, you'll probably get the same response as if you were handing them a Dr Pepper.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

Dr Pepper! The only soda I will ever drink (at risk of being exiled from family gatherings).

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

Hahaha I love this follow up to the last comic (and people's reactions to it.) Good stuff as always.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy Fred

I love Dr Pepper, right on Scott! First panel was very funny

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ver Voort

At last! Someone who not only likes Dr Pepper but spells it properly -- without the "." -- awesome.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark J Musante

Dr. Pepper is "the awesome", and frankly the only soft drink worthy of the title of "drink". Anybody who disagrees is, simply, wrong.

Dr. Pepper is the nectar of the GODS, dammit.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOtto

Mmmm. Have you ever had Dublin Dr Pepper? I love it, but it's hard to find.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNosey

When I have to defend my dr pepper-drinking habits I usually say it tastes horrible in a very delicious way.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXq

I like the fact that this functions as a followup to yesterdays comics comments, but I thought you wrote these things weeks in advance so you could serve them to cracked?
So is this an exception, or did you just foresee exactly how this whole dr pepper debacle would play out weeks ago?

Note from Scott: I wrote the comics one right after the other, then timed the posting so they'd run that way as well.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercameron

I actually love Dr. Pepper. I was so sad when I had to give up caffeine... I mean, I'm told there's a caffeine-free version out there, but I have yet to see a store with it.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Derr Pepper: Ride the prune!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeecat

In my experience, everyone either likes Dr Pepper OR Root Beer. These seem to be the most divisive beverages. Yet, mysteriously, restaurants that don't have Dr Pepper or equivalent will always recommend root beer as a substitute.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTC

As I've told my friends and family, if I'm lying on the floor asking for a doctor, they know to go get the good stuff.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfer

Wow, I didn't even realize anyone could hate Dr Pepper. I'll drink any soda, there are certain ones I prefer over others but there's no particular soda I hate, it's all just different colors of fizzy sugar-water to me.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNohurtme

If it were more widely known, you could use Vernor's for this. People outside Michigan continually marvel at the fact that people in Michigan drink it, and so does most of the population of Michigan.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Y.

Dr Pepper is hilariously caffeinated. This is why I buy it. It makes me awake when I need to awake.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrakey

I love Dr Pepper as well. Then again, I also like prunes, dates, figs, etc.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

I love Dr Pepper too. My friends seem to hate it, though. I am indifferent to their distaste.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBex

I guess there must be quite a lot of people who like it, otherwise they wouldn't still make loads of it. I'm in that rare position of being ambivalent about it though.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames O

I have a friend who likes Dr Pepper.
He is, of course, very very weird and single.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwickedragon

I love Dr Pepper, and it is very hard to find in Barcelona. When I try to explain to people how Dr Pepper tastes, I always say it's like the offspring of a Tootsie Pop mating with a Pepsi. For some extrange reason, it does not seem to make it more appealing.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJochDiaz

Next comic: How to shamelessly and discretely product-place.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

Dr Pepper has nothing on Moxie.

There slogan is "Your co workers won't steal THIS from the fridge at work"

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Aw Dr Pepper is for sissies who cannot handle the subtleties of Mr Pibb!

Mr Pibb has a smoother taste and gentle bite compared to Dr Pepper - I will always prefer to drink Mr Pibb before Dr Pepper!

(which is a preference irritated by the fact that I live in a "Pibb-free" city -- I grew up on Mr Pibb and actually drive miles to purchase enough to keep myself supplied for months)

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeejcctx

"dates, etc. are among the earwax class of fruits."
Ever had sticky toffee pudding?
Know what the lovely toffee flavour comes from?
Dates.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertimmer

http://www.snopes.com/business/secret/drpepper.asp

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

A memory surfaced of a local soda that isn't around anymore. Does anyone remember Buffalo Ginger Ale that was local to the Southeastern US? Once, when I was a teen, my Dad and I stopped at a package store on the way to my grandparents. He asked me to get a ginger ale for him when I got my soda. I saw the Buffalo Ginger Ale and thought that something unique would be a more interesting choice than a bigger name. My Dad saw the bottle and got an odd look on his face that I sadly misinterpreted, especially when he said, 'here, you can have the first taste.' It had so much ginger in it that it really BURNED on the way down. I haven't Buffalo GA available anywhere in years, which is a shame because I need to strip the varnish off of some furniture.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

I must bring up that most people enjoy pepsi or coke - now, consider how vile THOSE liquids are. funny how people are ok with them, yet not with the divine Dr Pepper.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterduck

I must say I have been enlightened by the divide on this topic. I do not find myself in either camp as I can drink most any soda though I do admit I stopped drinking Pepsi long ago. Way too sweet anymore.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

It's cardamom. It took me ages to work it out, but I'm pretty sure the odd-tasting top note is cardamom.

And yeah, I pretty much started drinking Dr Pepper because no-one else liked it. If you went to the shop during breaktimes at school and got a Coke, or a Sprite or something, everyone would hassle you for a swig of it. So I used to get weird things - Dr Pepper, ginger beer, Irn Bru. Alllll miiiine.

(Are Americans aware of Irn Bru? It is awesome. It is Scottish, bright chemical orange, made from steel girders and beats hangovers into submission like a Glaswegian at a poetry competition)

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I miss Mr Pibb. The coca-cola company ruined it when they changed the formula and turned it into "Pibb Xtra."

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Dr Pepper is carbonated antifreeze. I used to stock the outdoor vending machines at a grocery store and on really cold days Dr Pepper was the last to freeze.

Good luck finding Mr Pibb. I understand they've discontinued in it favor of Pibb Xtra, which has cinnamon. What a disappointment. If you can pronounce the ingredients in your pop listed after water and sugar, you're not drinking the right stuff.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

I think we've been set up.

David Y: Vernors is just ginger ale with a little extra kick to it. Enough people in Illinois know what it is for it to be sold here.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

I always thought Mr. Pibb was just a cheap, knock-off version of the true original, Dr Pepper. I have been an even bigger fan since Diet Dr. Pepper came out!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

Dr Pepper is for independent thinkers and strong personalities. That's why the "I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper" ad campaign failed. Dr Pepper is not for sharing.

As to the other two national brands- Coke is sour and Pepsi tastes like dirt.
You're welcome.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC1-NRB

I always get regular Coke and then fill the last 15% or so with Dr Pepper if the option is available in the fountain. It adds a nice complexity to the flavor of Coke that I think negates the overwhelming nature of pure Dr Pepper but just makes the Coke that much better. Mock me until you try it!!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

To be honest, I don't know anyone who doesn't like Dr Pepper. I know people that don't like Mountain Dew, Pepsi, etc. But Dr Pepper seems to be popular with the computer nerd crowd. Especially in the south where for years it was the only acceptable quasi Pepsi product. Asking for any other Pepsi product around here was likely to get you shot. (regionally speaking, it was almost always bottled by Pepsi but depending on the region sometimes Coke did it. And in some situations it was just independant bottlers. Although as of late they're using more their own bottlers as time goes on).

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Sounds like beer connoisseur talk to me. Caramel, vanilla, and prune? I immediately thought of Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/19241/54604/

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

I'm a Texan so I was pretty much raised on iced tea and Dr. Pepper. So yeah, I'm pretty fond of the stuff.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

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