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Old 09-28-2001, 10:58 AM
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I was just drinking a can and the question came to mind. The can says artificial and natural flavors and I couldn't find anything on the net about what it actually is.

Anyone got the straight dope?

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Old 09-28-2001, 11:02 AM
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Almonds? The flavor is rather reminiscent of Amaretto.
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:10 AM
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Almonds? And here I've been thinking it's flavored with the same stuff they put in pink bubblegum....
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:10 AM
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To be very honest...its plums. I will look for a cite, but I have heard it form one or more different sources in the past 10 years.
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:16 AM
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you know i find Cherry Coke smells of marzipan, which is of coarse almond based.
Dr Pepper has a slightly similar taste/smell, but not so marzipanish so i reckon it must be plum.
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:29 AM
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Oddly enough I found this through a google search.

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Does the soft drink Dr Pepper contain prunes?
The short answer is no.

From said article:
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What's in it? The Dr Pepper company denies cherry and kola flavorings. They also deny the other rumors that Dr Pepper now or ever contained prunes, black pepper, chili pepper, bell pepper, peppermint, or prune juice. According to William Poundstone in his book Big Secrets, "the formula contains 23 ingredients and is locked in two bank vaults. Four people know it.
Read the article.
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:30 AM
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you know i find Cherry Coke smells of marzipan, which is of coarse almond based.
Here's a test, open a jar of maraschino cherries and a bottle of almond extract. Close your eyes and smell them, no difference. A lot of so-called cherry flavored items are actually almond scented.
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Old 09-28-2001, 03:01 PM
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I always thought Dr. Pepper tasted of cherries. So I guess almond it is!

Many soft drinks have secret forulae. This is primarily because you can't patent a taste. (Any IP lawyers out there to confirm this?) Were the formula to Dr. Pepper or Coke to get out, anybody could make the stuff and sell it on the cheap, the same way Parfums de Coeur does with CK One and other scents. In fact (after some initial safety-based jitters), I'd think this would be a much greater threat than in the perfume market. Perfumes are thought to be classy, so people aren't that likely to get the generic brand even though it's exactly the same. Drinks, esp. non-alcoholic ones, don't have that buffer.

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Old 09-28-2001, 03:07 PM
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Almonds and cherries are, of course, very closely related (I too have always thought there was little difference between cherry and almond flavours in commercial products)
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Old 09-28-2001, 03:13 PM
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Were the formula to Dr. Pepper or Coke to get out, anybody could make the stuff and sell it on the cheap, the same way Parfums de Coeur does with CK One and other scents. In fact (after some initial safety-based jitters), I'd think this would be a much greater threat than in the perfume market. Perfumes are thought to be classy, so people aren't that likely to get the generic brand even though it's exactly the same. Drinks, esp. non-alcoholic ones, don't have that buffer.

--Cliffy
Actually, this already goes on, to some extent. Think of every generic cola out there, or Wal-Mart's "Dr. Thunder" ripoff. People still go for names w/ soda, too, I think.
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Old 09-28-2001, 03:36 PM
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As mentioned in the Staff Report linked to above, Dr Pepper has no period after the 'Dr'.
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Old 09-28-2001, 04:06 PM
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Originally posted by Cliffy
I always thought Dr. Pepper tasted of cherries. So I guess almond it is!

Many soft drinks have secret forulae. This is primarily because you can't patent a taste. (Any IP lawyers out there to confirm this?) Were the formula to Dr. Pepper or Coke to get out, anybody could make the stuff and sell it on the cheap, the same way Parfums de Coeur does with CK One and other scents. In fact (after some initial safety-based jitters), I'd think this would be a much greater threat than in the perfume market. Perfumes are thought to be classy, so people aren't that likely to get the generic brand even though it's exactly the same. Drinks, esp. non-alcoholic ones, don't have that buffer.
I doubt the a taste can be patented, but the process of manufacturing that taste can.
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Old 09-28-2001, 04:20 PM
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In University we would make a drink that tastes like Dr Pepper, it's ingredients were:

1 half glass beer
1 half glass coke (also made without just beer)
1 shot of amaretto

One would drop the amaretto shot glass into the beer/coke concoction, and then drink it as fast as possible. It did taste amazingly like Dr Pepper.

The point is I'm with whoever said amaretto.

Do not try this at home. (Unless you want to.)
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Old 09-28-2001, 04:21 PM
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Oops, should read "...without COKE, just beer"
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Old 09-28-2001, 05:29 PM
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As mentioned in the Staff Report linked to above, Dr Pepper has no period after the 'Dr'.
Thank you.
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