View Poll Results: Coke/Diet Coke vs. Pepsi/Diet Pepsi
Coke or Diet Coke 169 79.72%
Pepsi or Diet Pepsi 43 20.28%
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:37 PM
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Coke or Pepsi?

For those who have a preference.

Yeah, I know you like your Stewart's and your Vernors and your Sprechers; ain't no room for that malarkey in this poll.

Coke/Diet Coke vs. Pepsi/Diet Pepsi.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:42 PM
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I am offended by the mere presence of Pepsi in this poll.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:43 PM
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Coke for sure. Pepsi has always tasted artificial to me, like a forced taste. Coke tastes natural (not as in, natural ingredients, but rather, it just has a flavor that is naturally agreeable, IMHO.)
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:56 PM
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Coke, fer sure.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:57 PM
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Just to be a heretic, I'd vote Pepsi/Diet Coke.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:01 PM
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If I have more than 8 oz. of Pepsi, I get a kind of slimy mouthfeel from it.

Coke rules!
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:04 PM
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I don't drink much pop anymore, but when I did coke was it.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:04 PM
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Just to be a heretic, I'd vote Pepsi/Diet Coke.
And Iíll go coke/Diet Pepsi
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:04 PM
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Depending on the machine...either straight Coke or Pepsi/Diet Pepsi 50/50.

Nobody should ever have to drink Diet Coke.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:11 PM
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Reminds me of a real good story......
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:23 PM
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I am ambicolarous, but I tend to buy Pepsi.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:29 PM
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Whichever is cheaper but preferably Pepsi Max, which is a completely different drink in Australia to what is/was sold as Pepsi Max in the Americas.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:45 PM
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I voted Coke, but just needed to say, never diet.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:51 PM
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I seldom drink soda, but when I do, I prefer Coca-Cola. Stay thirsty, my friends.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:52 PM
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:54 PM
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Pepsi Zero Sugar

- formerly Pepsi Max
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:13 PM
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I don't have a strong preference about either original formula, but since you've included Diet... Diet Pepsi is disgusting. They switched from aspartame to sucralose for probable pseudoscience reasons, and it suffered for it. I hear they did/will backpedal, so maybe this might change.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:19 PM
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Coke, but I've long since been a Diet Coke person. Regular Coke tastes too sweet to me these days.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:23 PM
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Coke Zero (now Coke Zero Sugar) over all other choices
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:23 PM
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If they're sitting side by side, I'll take the Coke, but I don't really care much either way. Pepsi is fine if that's what's available. The Druidess is very much a Pepsi girl.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:26 PM
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When I was a kid I downed Pepsi with wild abandon. As an adult I switched to Coke because it is far superior. Diet Coke, however, tastes like a mix of piss and paint thinner. Nowadays I don't drink regular sodas at all, so it's either Diet Pepsi or (preferably) Coke Zero Sugar, which to me is nearly indistinguishable from regular Coke.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:27 PM
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I've pretty much sworn off soda of any kind, but on the rare occasion I have one, it's a Coke. Maybe a Sprite. I agree that Pepsi somehow tastes more artificial than the other leading beverage made of artificial colors and flavors. I'm sure my preference is entirely a product of advertising and the habits of those around me when I was growing up.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:31 PM
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Most Americans, by a significant margin, prefer Coke by name. Most Americans, by a significant margin, prefer Pepsi by flavor. Back in the 80s, Coke learned the wrong lessons from this fact, and changed the flavor of Coke to be more like what people strongly preferred. It did not go well for them.

Personally, I prefer Pepsi over Coke, but RC over both of them. And I'm fortunate in that RC is also cheaper. But I'm not particular, and will take whichever is available when I'm in the mood for caffeinated sugar water.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:34 PM
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Most Americans, by a significant margin, prefer Coke by name. Most Americans, by a significant margin, prefer Pepsi by flavor. Back in the 80s, Coke learned the wrong lessons from this fact, and changed the flavor of Coke to be more like what people strongly preferred. It did not go well for them.
I remember reading somewhere that when Coke tried Pepsi's taste test but offered more than a swallow, the preference swung back to Coke. Pepsi's sweetness was fine momentarily, but for extended drinking, Coke was more palatable.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:36 PM
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Coke. Pepsi is way too sweet.

And the diet version of either tastes awful.

And yes, I can tell the difference in a blind test.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:39 PM
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Coke Classic, the Real Thing.

I love Cherry, Lime, and Vanilla Coke, too.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:55 PM
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Coke by a mile.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:02 PM
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I rarely drink soda anymore. When I was young my drink of choice was Bacardi and Coke but these days I find it far too sweet. In the past when I ordered Coke in a restaurant and they offered Pepsi I declined. I remember when Coke created New Coke. One of my friends and I did a blind test and both preferred the Coke Classic. I detest diet anything. Too fake.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:06 PM
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I remember reading somewhere that when Coke tried Pepsi's taste test but offered more than a swallow, the preference swung back to Coke. Pepsi's sweetness was fine momentarily, but for extended drinking, Coke was more palatable.
That's the main reason I prefer regular Coke over Pepsi. Pepsi tastes sweeter, or something, to me. The other is Coke is spicier, and Pepsi is more citrussy. When I was a kid and took the "Pepsi challenge," I literally always picked out Coke. (Of course, now that I'm a diet drinker, perhaps I shouldn't be talking about which tastes better. )

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:52 PM
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I don't hate Pepsi, but I definitely don't like it.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:18 AM
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I very rarely drink soda, but when I do, it's a coke-a-cola. I actively avoid restaurants that serve Pepsi. Can't stand the stuff. Pepsi is like drinking syrup, and leaves me thirstier than I started. Coke is my ultimate restorative, with the perfect blend of water, caffeine, and sugar to revive me when I'm tired.

If I should accidentally find myself in a restaurant that doesn't serve coke, I'll have an unsweetened iced tea, or plain water.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:39 AM
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Ugh... I prefer Pepsi, if I have to drink one of these two colas. Diet Coke, however, over Diet Pepsi. Diet Pepsi tastes salty to me.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:43 AM
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Just to be a heretic, I'd vote Pepsi/Diet Coke.
I see I wasn't the only one.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:27 AM
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Coke.

Sorry, we don't have Coke.

Then anything is fine, including Faygo, Pepsi, generic cola.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:46 AM
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Definitely Pepsi. I can tell the difference.


The essence of "cola" flavoring is a mixture of vanilla, cinnamon (or cassia) and citrus and other oil (not juice). as William Poundstone points out in his first Big Secrets book, this basic formula is pretty well-known, and is in reference books like Merory's (which is why all colas taste approximately the same -- which is nothing at all like the flavor of Kola nut extract). Cunningham's For God, Country, and Coca Cola corroborates the formula. The difference is in the composition of that third ingredient, which is supposed to be a mix of oils from plant rinds -- orange, lemon, lime, for all I know grapefruit and tangerine and neroli, with the possibility of things like lavender oil tossed in. If you have your own gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer you could probably figure out the exact compositions of Coke, Pepsi, and store-brand colas. as Poundstone notes, speculation is that Coke is heavier on orange and Pepsi heavier on lemon, which is why Pepsi once marketed a version with lemon in it. It could be -- I don't know, but it'd explain the difference, yet why they're so close.
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:34 AM
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Pepsi always tastes like cleaning solution to me.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:03 AM
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Pepsi. I prefer the sweetness over Coke's bitterness. Not to say I don't like Coke, I do. But I like Pepsi better.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:07 AM
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I haven't had either in years, but I prefer Pepsi from a can and Coke from a fountain. But even better is 50/50 Coke/Sprite!
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:11 AM
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I voted for Pepsi/Diet Pepsi, but I really hate all diet soda, so would choose Pepsi/Coke if that was an option. (Really prefer Cherry Coke or best of all Dr Pepper, but we're not supposed to say so in this poll!)

Pepsi is fizzier, which makes it better to me. Coke reminds me of when I was sick to my stomach as a child, and my mom would give me Coke syrup because it would stay down when all other foods--and even water-- would make me throw up. Therefore to this day, Coke tastes like medicine to me.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:15 AM
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. as Poundstone notes, speculation is that Coke is heavier on orange and Pepsi heavier on lemon, which is why Pepsi once marketed a version with lemon in it. It could be -- I don't know, but it'd explain the difference, yet why they're so close.
That could be. My general impression is that Pepsi is just more citrussy overall (and it may be specifically lemon I'm getting there) and Coke is a little heavier on the spices (like vanilla or cinnamon or something in that ballpark.) I suppose orange vs lemon can also explain some of that impression, as oranges are a bit more varied and "spicier" to me in flavor than lemons, which to me is my default "citrus" flavor.

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Old 12-14-2017, 10:30 AM
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As a kid, I preferred Coke to Pepsi, but RC Cola (or Vess) to both, but they never have RC in soda fountains at restaurants, and I switched to diet soda a couple of decades ago, so it's been Diet Coke for me pretty much exclusively for a long time.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:31 AM
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I have always found it interesting that all three "major" colas were created originally in the South. Now that I live just a stone's throw from North Carolina (home of Pepsi), I expected to see more Pepsi-only places. However, the Coke is strong with most of the South, so much so that even here near Charlotte, you often hear people using "Coke" as a synonym for "soda (pop)".

For what it is worth, I have always preferred Coca-Cola to Pepsi-Cola for taste reasons. But I drink diet sodas for the most part, and prefer those that are a cola with some added flavoring (example: Cherry Coke Zero). But the go-to drink is Diet Dr. Pepper these days. I'm kinda shocked no one has even made reference to the Dr. yet. Personally, I think it's just a cola with attitude.

One thing that always sits in the back of my mind with Pepsi: an old "jingle" my dad used to sing. "Pepsi-Cola hits the spot. Half-hour later hits the pot." Not sure if this was real, or made up, but it certainly has truth!
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:35 AM
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I have always found it interesting that all three "major" colas were created originally in the South.
I have the impression that the South traditionally has (or had) much more of a sweet tooth than the rest of the country.

Oh, and Dr. Pepper tastes like medicine. Every few years when I try it again I can totally understand why soda started out as patent medicine.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:55 AM
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They both taste like malted battery acid, frankly
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:59 AM
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Coke, regular or diet. I don't drink much soda, but if I do, it's Coke.

Pepsi is cheap, flat, and sweet. It pairs well with a bag of cheeze curls and a slice of rolled up dolalr store baloney. I have a friend who drinks it by the liter, gulping it down glass after glass as though parched from thirst in the desert.

You know what's really good, is Fentiman's Curiosity Cola, sold in a 4-pack sometimes found in the natural foods section. It has an old-fashioned faintly medicinal taste, as you might imagine a real old-timey original Coke might taste in the past.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:06 AM
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Oh the soda?


Coke (with a lemon in it please)
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I have the impression that the South traditionally has (or had) much more of a sweet tooth than the rest of the country.

Oh, and Dr. Pepper tastes like medicine. Every few years when I try it again I can totally understand why soda started out as patent medicine.
It doesn't taste like medicine to me, but I do find it kind of nasty. Its popularity somewhat surprises me.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:49 AM
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Here's the thing: I prefer Coke to Pepsi but Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:56 AM
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Gotta go with Diet Pepsi; the can colors are better.
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