Whenever Pavlov’s dogs heard a bell, they salivated. Similarly, I salivate whenever I see a silver can, because that usually means I’m about to have a beer. So I was faintly disappointed when Dr Pepper mailed me a huge box with a question mark on it and a silver can of mystery Dr P inside.
This flavor is the first new one for the brand in the last 5 years, and it’s slated to hit supermarket shelves on May 1st. I had a chance to preview this newfangled soda, and will tell you if the Doctor’s latest, limited-time only carbonated offering is worth waiting in line for -- you know, as long as you have the patience. (I had to.)
A quick Dr Pepper refresher
Despite being reminded of the soda’s existence during the commercial break of every college football game played since 1885, I hadn’t had a Dr Pepper in a while. That 1885 reference isn’t a total exaggeration -- that’s the year the soda debuted. Luckily for me, the soda company provided me a non-silver can of the original and its blend of 23 flavors to jog my memory.
I take a few sips of the original and it’s clear why the soda has endured since back when everyone was riding horses down old town roads. First of all, it’s unabashedly sugary, and with 39 grams of the stuff, it delivers on providing a cheap energy boost. Secondly, it has a distinctive, memorable cherry flavor. There might be 23 flavors, but it’s possible that cherry are all of them.
If the new mystery flavor is Super Cherry or something, I wonder if I’ll even be able to tell.
Let’s try to guess the new soda flavor!
Before I try the new soda, I’m going to hazard a guess at what additional flavors they might have included. It’s a shame Dr Pepper Cherry Vanilla is already a thing, because vanilla would be at the top of my list. Also, slick move adding cherry to the name of a Dr Pepper variation! That’s like if the Avengers showed up somewhere and announced, “Hey everyone, all us Avengers are here, and we brought Iron Man with us!” Someone would have to say, “Uh, no duh. He’s part of your whole thing already.”
Here’s my shortlist of flavors I think Dr Pepper could pull off, using the original soda as a base:
- chili peppers
Now, I would love it if they added a dash of heat to the soda, but while America offers a seemingly endless array of snacks for sugar fiends, that probably won’t happen. The rest of the world is way more adventurous when it comes to junk food, from Wasabi Oreo cookies in China to Stroopwafel McFlurries in the Netherlands. Though the latter should be debuting in American Mickey D’s in June. There’s still hope for a Dr Pepper Chili Vanilla!