Dr. Pepper

Dr.Pepper is a soft drink loved around the world by millions, and is made up by 23 flavors to contribute to it's refreshing taste.

Here is a can of Dr. Pepper. Did you really need an explanation for that?

If Forrest Gump likes it, should'nt you like it too?

Fresh? Really? That's the best they could describe it in the 1950's?

Just The Facts

  1. Dr. Pepper was actually introduced at the 1904 World's Fair, along with the ice cream cone.
  2. There was a version called "Pepper Free" in the mid 1980's that had no caffeine in it. Also, there was no pepper in it.
  3. It was first made in Waco, Texas in 1885. Finally, something good to come out of Texas.

Naming of Dr. Pepper

There are many reasons why Dr. Pepper is named just so. One story says that the "pepper" name comes from pepsin, which could have been an early ingredient in the formula. Another goes that, because many early soft drinks gave energy as medicinal benefits (like the coca plant in early coca cola), it gave alot of 'pep'. But the best reason is because there was a real Dr.Pepper. One such, Dr. Charles Pepper, had his name honored for the drink for allowing W.B. Morrison (the first guy to really market the product) to marry his daughter. Census data even backs this story up to a certain extent. Still, whatever the reason, Dr.Pepper has an original name that has spawned numerous, inferior brands (such as Mr. Pibb, or Dr.Thunder, a regional brand) and continues to be enjoyed by all to this day.

Marketing

Dr. Pepper has never really had a slogan that caught on. I mean, really, this one was used from the 1920's to the 1940's: "Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2 and 4 o'clock". By the 1960's, it just got pathetic with "America's most misunderstood soft drink." How can an inaminate object be misunderstood? What has this ficticious person ever done to anyone? The late 70's and early 80's brought the "I'm a pepper campaign", which, unfortunatley, was actually brought back for a while with the whole "retro" fad of the 2000's. Still, the 2002 try "Be You" is utterly confusing. How can you be yourself when you are drinking a beverage that is drunk by millions? Sigh. And in the 2010's, advertising has gone on for Diet Dr. Pepper with creepy claymation characters. Well, at least the drink is awesome.