I got curious after writing my last post, that I ran to the Mexican grocery in my neighborhood to picked up a Mexican Pepsi in what looks like an old recycled glass bottle (with scratch marks). It was next to the Mexican Coca-Cola and Fanta, all in recycled bottles as well. Also picked up one of those new Pepsi Throwbacks (the new retro-looking soda highlighting its use of real sugar) at another bodega.
Generally these Mexican sodas have real sugar in them. I’m not sure if some bottlers have switched to high-fructose corn syrup because of this lawsuit (Pepsi sues distributor for selling the Mexican version in the US), but there was a sticker label attached to the bottle possibly because of it. The label said it contains High-fructose corn syrup and/or Sucrose.
Comparing the Mexican Pepsi and Pepsi Throwback:
– They tasted very very similar, which leads me to believe this particular Mexican Pepsi has real sugar. If there’s a difference in flavor, it could be based on factors such as what stayed cooler (in the plastic or glass container), which stayed carbonated longer (with twist or pop off tops), and what I tasted first. It was almost psychological if I thought one tasted different.
– Both really sweet. Much sweeter than regular sodas I’m used to. Does that make it taste better? I guess so? It’s a different type of sweet. Like Russ said, “It taste like a Slurpee.”
– I didn’t know if I should be drinking out of the Mexican Pepsi bottle. How old is it? Who’s mouth has been on it?
– The Mexican Pepsi is more retro-cool. Being in an old bottle makes it more retro. And not trying to be retro, makes it more cool.
It’s a good thing Pepsi is bringing real sugar back to the U.S. It gives people the opportunity to taste what it used to be like or what it is like south of the border. I suppose you can debate the health benefits of sugar over HFCS. But I suppose you can debate the health benefits of not drinking soda at all.