Off-Brand Drinks That Taste Better Than The Real Thing from Off-Brand Drinks That Taste Better Than The Real Thing (Slideshow)

Off-Brand Drinks That Taste Better Than The Real Thing (Slideshow)

Full Story
Flickr/Michael Bentley

Off-Brand Drinks That Taste Better Than The Real Thing

Though we whined and complained that we could taste the difference, our mothers stood firm that the too-sugary-not-sugary-enough-just-tastes-wrong feeling we were experiencing was all in our heads.

Shutterstock

7 Select Orange Soda

While participants in a Huffington Post taste test didn’t love 7-Eleven’s orange flavored beverage more than Sunkist, they did prefer it to much pricier sodas like San Pellegrino and Izze (which came in last). 

Shutterstock

Nice! Cola

In another Huffington Post blind taste test, users preferred the Walgreen’s brand cola to Coca-Cola, preferring its “subtle, smooth” taste. 

Shutterstock

Dr. Perky

Patrick O’Keefe, host of the web series Soda Tasting, knows his soda, and even he mistook the Food Lion brand soda for the real thing. At just a fraction of the cost, switching could be worth it.

Shutterstock

Shasta Cream Soda

Rachael Ray raves about the taste of Shasta’s cream soda over bigger names. Her panel of taste testers said the vanilla seemed “less fake” than other brands.

Shutterstock

Bubble Up

Bubble Up isn’t actually generic, as it’s been around since the 1920s, but people forget it in favor of 7 Up. Rachel Ray’s soda tasting panel preferred Bubble Up’s “limey and dry” elements.

Shutterstock

Faygo Root Beer

Again, Ray’s panel liked the off brand over the bigger brands like Barq’s. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of carbonation.

Shutterstock

Cheerwine

Known as the “nectar of North Carolina,” locals can’t get enough of this super carbonated, cherry flavored soda. 

Shutterstock

365 Everyday Value Cola

Participants in The Huffington Post’s blind taste test loved the sugary taste of Whole Foods brand soda even more than Coca-Cola classic.

Shutterstock

Nehi Soda

Like Cheerwine, Nehi is more forgotten than generic, but fans really love its over-the-top-sugary artificial fruit flavor, much more so than they like the more mainstream Fanta.

Shutterstock

RC Cola

Though most have forgotten about RC Cola, first produced in 1905, in favor of Coke and Pepsi, the brand has over 80,000 followers on Facebook who enjoy its mega sweetness and lower carbonation.

You've just watched...

Off-Brand Drinks That Taste Better Than The Real Thing (Slideshow)

Around the Web