7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr Pepper

We bet you didn’t know these facts about Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink manufacturer in the United States.

1. Dr Pepper was invented in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas by a pharmacist named Charles Alderton, who served carbonated drinks at the drug store’s soda fountain in his spare time. He liked the smell of the drug store mixed with the fruity syrup, so he created a drink that tasted like that smell.

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2. Plenty of theories have circulated around the naming of Dr Pepper, but the origin of the name is still unknown.

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 3. The period in “Dr” was dropped in the 1950s for legibility reasons and to get rid of any “medicinal association.”

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4. Retired Dr Pepper flavors include Dr Pepper Red Fusion, Dr Pepper Berries and Cream, and Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper.

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5. In the United Kingdom, and in a few other countries, Dr Pepper is made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

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6. Dr Pepper also sells candy products including a line of jelly beans with the Jelly Belly company and Dr Pepper-flavored Hubba Bubba bubblegum, which tastes exactly like the soda.

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7. The soft drink brand is the oldest major soft drink manufacturer in the United States, manufactured and sold beginning in 1885.


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