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What Is Stubborn Soda? [Sugar & Caffeine Content]

What Is Stubborn Soda

I came across Stubborn soda and was really intrigued so starting to do a little research and here’s what I found.

So what is Stubborn soda?

Stubborn Soda is a craft soda brand that is Fair Trade certified organic. It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners – except for their zero-sugar flavor and is made with all-natural flavors, according to their official website.

It’s sold in cans or bottles and via soda fountains.

Keep reading to learn more about what Stubborn soda is.

Does Pepsi own Stubborn soda?

Does Pepsi own Stubborn soda

Stubborn soda is owned by Pepsico as they list it on their official website.

An article by Business Insider says that PepsiCo introduced Stubborn soda in 2015.

And on the Stubborn soda website, they say to contact PepsiCo partners if you want to sell it in our store.

Some sodas are licensed to multiple companies such as Schweppes which is licensed to the top 2 soda companies, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo.

And interestingly Keurig Dr Pepper owns its trademark which is a license to Coke and Pepsi.

I recently explained this in more detail in Is Schweppes a Pepsi Product? article.

What is Stubborn soda sweetened with?

What is Stubborn soda sweetened with

Stubborn soda is sweetened with Fair Trade certified organic sugar.

They also have a zero-sugar version of their cola flavor that is sweetened with sucralose. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that doesn’t have any calories according to Healthline. 

The sweetener used for each individual flavor of Stubborn soda can be seen by using the search feature on the PepsiCo beverage facts website, available here.

On their official website, Stubborn soda states that their sodas don’t contain any artificial sweeteners.

However, there is one caveat which is that this doesn’t apply to the zero sugar cola flavor which is sweetened with sucralose.

In the opinion of the article by Healthline which is reviewed by a doctor, sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is 400 to 700 times sweeter than sugar.

They also say that there is still more research that needs to be done on the effects of sucralose on your health, and whether it is good or bad for you has yet to be conclusively proven.

There is a recommended daily sugar intake which is stated by Harvard Medical School and, which they say is 25g to 30g of sugar per day.

Sugar content in Stubborn soda

The sugar content of the Stubborn sodas that aren’t the zero sugar cola is 38g per 12 oz (360 mL).

Which is roughly equal to a cup and a half of Stubborn soda.

Therefore, it’s best to consume around half a cup to 1 cup of Stubborn soda a day.

Any amount of sugar over this amount increases the risk of health issues such as cancer, and heart disease according to Harvard Medical School.

Also, many consume sugar in other foods such as cereal and snack foods, so it can be a good idea to monitor how much sugar you eat, and adjust how much soda you drink accordingly.

Does Stubborn soda have alcohol in it?

Does Stubborn soda have alcohol in it

None of the Stubborn soda flavors have alcohol in them.

Like other sodas, however, you can use Stubborn soda as a mixer, and add alcohol to it.

It is possible that PepsiCo will come out with alcoholic beverages, and Stubborn soda is a potential brand they could look at.

In an article from Reuters in 2020, they quote the CEO of Pepsico as saying they might consider bringing out alcoholic beverages.

And that Coca-Cola has recently partnered with Molson Coors Beverage Co, to produce an alcoholic version of soda water.

Coca-Cola is the biggest producer of sodas in America, and their sales are almost double that of the next biggest companies PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper.

Because of this, in my opinion, if Coca Cola has success with it, I would say it’s likely PepsiCo might try their hand at an alcoholic line of beverages as well.

Where do they sell stubborn soda?

Where do they sell stubborn soda

Stubborn soda is available on Amazon, and on Walmart’s online website.

Not all flavors are available on both of these websites.

And Walmart does not allow you to pick up some of the flavors in store.

Various restaurants also sell it such as Blue Lemon and Grass Burger.

A full list of all the restaurants and stores that sell isn’t currently available online.

So, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for it as you’re out and about.

Stubborn soda also supplies soda fountains to restaurants that partner with them, so you might see their fountains around.

And if you live in a big city it’s likely a good idea to send an email to Stubborn soda to see if they’ll help you locate a restaurant or store near you.

Barring that or as a first step, order a single can or bottle of Amazon or Walmart to try out the different flavors and see which ones you like.

Does Stubborn soda contain caffeine?

Does Stubborn soda contain caffeine


Almost all of the Stubborn soda flavors do not contain any caffeine.

Stubborn soda draft cola and draft cola zero sugar do contain caffeine and have 34g of caffeine per 12 oz (360 mL).

All of the other flavors contain zero caffeine.

The amount of caffeine that Stubborn soda draft cola and draft cola zero sugar has is the same as the amount of caffeine that’s in Coca-Cola and Pepsi, as I showed in Who Makes Old Jamaica Ginger Beer? article.

But, it’s also way over the recommended daily intake of caffeine recommended by Mayo Clinic and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US – which is 0.4g of caffeine per day.

Coffee by comparison has 0.15g of caffeine per 12 oz (360 mL), as stated by Healthline.

And if you’ve ever tried coffee you’ll know how much more alert and focused it makes you.

Interestingly when I drink soda that has caffeine in it I don’t get the same level of alertness and focus that I get from coffee.

In the opinion of the Coffee producer 1335 Frankford, caffeine affects people in different ways.

A doctor at has that how you respond to caffeine is determined by your genetics.

And therefore, the recommended caffeine intake should be tempered based on how you respond to it.

What’s in Stubborn soda?

Whats in Stubborn soda

Stubborn soda contains:

  • Carbonated Water
  • Sugar
  • Natural Flavor
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Citric Acid
  • Caramel Color

But, each flavor has slightly different ingredients.

Some contain caffeine such as draft cola flavor and the draft cola zero sugar flavor that has sucrose instead of sugar.

A list of all the ingredients for each of the flavors can be found on the official PepsiCo website here.

You can also use that website to compare the different Stubborn soda flavors.

As well as, all of the different beverages that PepsiCo makes.

What flavors does Stubborn soda make?

What flavors does Stubborn soda make

Stubborn soda produces the following flavors which are available at both soda fountains, in cans and bottles:


Below is a summary of everything I covered in this article:

Stubborn Soda is a craft soda that was created by PepsiCo and was released in 2015.

All of the flavors except the zero sugar flavor are sweetened with certified organic sugar, in amounts that are similar to other well-known sodas.

The zero sugar flavor is sweetened with sucralose.

And all of the flavors contain zero caffeine except for the Draft Cola flavor.

Stubborn soda is sold online on websites such as Amazon, and Walmart.

And is also available in selected restaurants and stores.

Stubborn soda comes in 7 different flavors and all of them except cola are very unique, and contain an interesting blend of flavors.