What Does Dr. Pepper Taste Like?

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what does Dr. Pepper taste like

In this article, we’re talking about Dr Pepper. You’ll learn what this soda tastes like, how it’s different from Coke, and how to make your own copycat Dr Pepper at home.

Let’s get started…

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What Does Dr Pepper Taste Like? 

Dr Pepper is soft drink that’s been around in since the late 19th century. It does come in a variety of flavors, but we’ll focus on the original to make things simple.

This beverage has a deep, bold flavor. It’s spiced with what tastes like a combination of allspice, mint and faint licorice. But most obvious are its darker fruit elements. You’ll get cherries, prunes and plum jam, but taste testers have reported anything from apricots to citrus.

Does Dr Pepper Taste like Coke? 

A lot of folks contend that Dr Pepper is like Coke, but spicier. When we say spicier, we don’t mean hot—we mean sharper with a richer diversity of spices. 

What may be a better comparison is Coca-Cola Cherry. But Dr Pepper is also frequently compared with root beer for its sassafras quality. Suffice it to say, there’s a lot going on in this soda.

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Does Dr Pepper Taste like Medicine? 

You could say that, but only in the same way that you could say cherry-flavored Coke and cherry candies taste like medicine. To some, cherry flavor is reminiscent of cough syrup.

But Dr Pepper fans are probably not going to find that it tastes medicinal. It’s sweet with a whirlwind of tastes. If you like cherry candy and root beer, you may like Dr Pepper.

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Does Dr Pepper Have Pepper? 

Dr Pepper does keep its proprietary formula secret, so we suppose that we can’t say for sure whether it has pepper in it or not.

There are those who swear that they taste black or even cayenne pepper, but this is still not a hot-spicy drink. It’s a little bit of a Rorschach test for flavor.

Dr Pepper Recipe Tips 

The thing is, Dr Pepper is not the most nutritious drink in the world. It is a soda. If you want to try something more health-conscious, check out this video.

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This is one brave person’s attempt to make a natural, homemade version of Dr Pepper (skip the first minute to get right to the ingredients).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Prunes
  • Cherries
  • Ginger
  • Lemon zest
  • Orange zest
  • Mint
  • Anise
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Vanilla
  • Sparkling water

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Wrap Up 

Dr Pepper has been around for quite some time. It’s sort of like cherry cola, but more nuanced. It’s not for everyone, but it’s still a popular beverage. To avoid the artificial flavors and high-fructose corn syrup, try making a mock Dr Pepper with fruits, spices and sparkling water. We guarantee that it’ll be the winner.

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1 thought on “What Does Dr. Pepper Taste Like?”

  1. You have no clue what Dr Pepper tastes like & obviously your taste buds cannot appreciate it.
    Have you ever gone to the Dr Pepper site and researched how it was designed. 23 flavors

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