Today marks the 125th birthday of my favorite soda-pop, Dr Pepper!
Here are some fun facts:
- Charles Alderton, the inventor, first served the drink to the owner of Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Customers soon caught wind of the tasty drink and started ordering "Waco"s.
- Early on, Dr Pepper was marketed as an energy booster and brain tonic (I know it works like that for me!).
- Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink brand still in existence (a year older than Coca-Cola).
- Some interesting Dr Pepper US slogans have been: "King of Beverages" (1889-1914), "America's Most Misunderstood Soft Drink" (1960s), "The Most Original Soft Drink Ever" (1970s), "Dr Pepper, It Makes The World Taste Better" (2000).
- Since 2002, Dr Pepper has been advertised in Europe with the tagline, "Solves All Your Problems!" (I can't argue that!).
- It has been long rumored that one of the ingredients in Dr Pepper is prune juice, but the Dr Pepper Snapple Group claims that's just an urban legend.
- There is a Dr Pepper museum in Waco, Texas, complete with 3 floors of exhibits!
- Apparently, there is a huge group of people who love to drink their Dr Pepper hot.
I wish I could list out the unique blend of 23 flavors that Dr Pepper consists of, but I suppose that's proprietary (and don't read the label, it only says vaguely "natural and artificial flavors"). When I drink it next time, I'll try to figure out each one by taste. :) In the meantime, if you want to read about one writer's experience guessing, click here.
Yay for Dr Pepper!