It is undeniable that Dr Pepper is, indeed, a unique tasting soda. Did you know that it beats Coca Cola by one year as Americaʼs oldest soft drink? Thatʼs right! In 1885, pharmacist Charles Alderton was experimenting with a fruit elixir and came up with a combination of 23 flavors and syrups from the soda fountain at Morrison’s Old Corner Drugstore in Waco, Texas. Originally called a “Waco,” (which coined the phrase “shoot me a Waco!”), his concoction proved wildly popular and eventually made its official debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
The origin of the Dr Pepper name is still up for speculation, but one theory that persists is that the drink is named after the father of a female acquaintance Mr. Alderton was trying to impress (alas, his love was unrequited). The famous advertising slogan, “Drink a Bite to Eat at 10, 2, and 4” appeared in the 1920s and 30s and was on every bottle of Dr Pepper for decades, suggesting that people drink it three times a day (at 10,2, and 4!) to combat low energy! An interesting note – The period in “Dr. Pepper” was dropped in the 1950s and has remained that way ever since.
The original Dr Pepper recipe used Imperial Cane Sugar, a product made only in Texas. Over the years, most soda companies started replacing sugar with HFC (high fructose corn syrup) as a cost-saving measure. While some claim they cannot taste a difference, soda enthusiasts seek out real sugar versions which are making a comeback in the marketplace as of late. Dr Pepper with Imperial Cane Sugar is still available in very limited quantities and is considered the only “true” version of the drink by purists.
If you’re a fan of Dr Pepper, you owe it to yourself to experience a taste of yesteryear. Lucky for you, we were able to get our hands on a good stash of product. So to experience classic Dr Pepper with Imperial Cane Sugar in all of its awesomeness, come visit us at H&C! We know youʼll love it!