Like the sodas I wrote about in today's SoundLife story, the soda pops pictured above are all made with cane sugar. I drank them head-to-head with versions of Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and Mountain Dew made with high-fructose corn syrup.
Here are my tasting notes:
Sugar version: "Peppery" notes sharp and pronounced. Sweet flavor. Light body.
HFCS version: Heavy mouthfeel. After tasting sugar version, this version had an artificial, "diet" taste.
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Sugar version: Fruity crisp and clean cola flavor. Bright and effervescent body.
HFCS version: Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. After tasting sugar version, this version also had an artificial, "diet" taste.
Sugar version: Tangy but flat tasting.
HFCS version: Crisper flavors despite slightly metallic after-taste.
Winner: High-fructose corn syrup.
Where can you buy these sodas made with cane sugar? Most Latin markets sell sugar-formula Coke. Babbling Bab's Bistro, which pairs sodas with sandwiches, sells Dublin Dr Pepper, the Texas-made, sugar-based, original-forumla pop.
The Puget Sound mother lode for cane-sugar sodas is Real Soda in Seattle, which distributes and sells Dublin Dr Pepper, Coke, Mountain Dew, Dad's, Mug and many other cane-sugar sodas, both national and international brands. You can buy from Real Soda's retail store in the Fremont neighborhood or from Real Soda's online store, Soda King.
I'd like to teach the world to sing about cane-sugar sodas. Which hits higher notes for you: cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup?