How to Explain Your Tastes

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I have never heard anyone recommend root beer as a substitute to Dr Pepper. That may be because I live in Texas and everyone adores Dr Pepper even though it's disgusting. Dr Pepper is the last-ditch "I have literally nothing else in the fridge to drink" drink to which every other soft drink is superior (except, perhaps, Mountain Dew, which looks AND tastes like (I imagine) urine (would taste like.)) Mr Pibb is a far better alternative.

Curiously, everyone else in my family loves Dr Pepper yet they always drink my sodas first and leave tons of Dr Pepper so that I'm forced to decide whether I need a soda quite that bad. I'm not sure yet whether this is intentional.

(Better than Dr Pepper and Mr Pibb and Pepsi and Coke is RC Cola, which sadly missed their opportunity with the "New Coke" debacle a few years back. I suddenly want to try ordering a "Royal Crown and Crown Royal" the next time I get my drink on, despite that it sounds kinda awful actually.)

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMy Two Cents


I'm well acquainted with L&P, and yes, it is quite fizzy. But if you find yourself near one of those UK food shops (I use Bramptons in Devonport or Brownsy) and get yourself some D&B, or IrnBru, also by Barr's, you'll be in for a surprise.

Just be careful, you don't want to agitate it mid gulp and have it fizz back up your nostrils!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnalogKid

I used to work at a fast food place that served Coca Cola, and I learned that some people didn't care about the difference between it and Pepsi, and some people care very much. Ironically, the people who care don't always ask if Pepsi is available.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristinaL

MC, I stand corrected then. I will say if you haven't tried Blenheim, and you want a *hot* ginger ale (injure ale..) give it a go. I think Old #9 is the hottest one.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTedN

Now I'm curious. Devonport you say.? I'm gonna find some of that and try it.
Your warning has been noted. Will proceed with caution.

I was posting under the assumption that most people in this thread were American.
Looks like there are at least three Kiwis here. heh. *grins*

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLdaQuirm

Until this day (and comment tread) I did not know there was an anti-Dr Pepper movement. I cut it into Diet Coke whenever I have to get a fountain drink, because Diet Coke is disgusting (so is non-diet, of course), and Dr Pepper tastes good but is too carbonated, so they balance out.

So how long has hating Dr Pepper been a thing?

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

Being Scottish, my fizzy juice of preference is irn bru. It's orange and it tastes like nothing else on Earth. People love it or hate it. Maybe I'd like Dr Pepper.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThistlekitten

It's okay. I like the vanilla cherry one though.

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Well, heck, I really like Dr. Pepper. I had no idea it was so reviled.

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckoningChasm

I have had this argument with a lot of people. What other product would you willingly try that boasted 23 flavors?

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

that is all <3

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittleone

I recently discovered Basic Instructions, and from the beginning have gotten up to here. Seeing all of these comments, I just had to weigh in. I have always been a Dr Pepper fan. Today is my 21st birthday, and do you know what I got to drink after reading all of these comments? A goddamn Dr Pepper!

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Anyone ever wonder what the marketing people were smoking when someone said "lets sell a soft drink and claim it has taken postgraduate education"? I thought about it, immediately afterwards I thought "Whatever it is, I want some"

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFuture you

Heh, screw that guy, Dr. Pepper is awesome. Though, to me it tastes more like chemical cherry substitute than chemical prune substitute.

July 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNet

@Rizz Rustbolt: I like mine warm as well. Nobody seems to want to borrow or steal it. I have gotten some funny looks though....

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAEO

Dr. Pepper sucks and the world would be better off without its disgusting presence.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDestructicon

I've always liked Dr. Pepper myself.
Fresca, on the other hand.... Blaarrgghhh!!! (shudders)

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman

Panel 4 is me.

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

I've just never liked carbonated beverages, so I can look on with amusement at the flavour debates.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPom Rania

Dr Pepper has no right to call itself a soda, carbonated beverage, or anything of that matter. It tastes wrong. I love root beer. it is my favorite. Pretty much any root beer and I'll drink it.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot
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