I tried Mr. Pibb’s soda or soft drink for the first time recently, and I wasn’t exactly sure about the taste – it was familiar, but for me more distinct than Dr. Pepper, so I took to see what others were saying online.
Here’s what I found.
So, what kind of soda is Mr. Pibb?
According to the official Mr. Pibb website, it’s a “spicy cherry alternative to regular cola.”
Mr. Pibb’s fountain drink was created to capture some of the soda markets and regional markets from Dr. Pepper, in the opinion of Wikipedia.
And it could be said to be Coca-Cola’s version of Dr. Pepper in aluminum cans.
There are many different knockoffs of Dr. Pepper Drink Soda Glass bottles.
And below, I’ll explain the key differences between Mr. Pibb and Dr. Pepper, as well as interesting information about Mr. Pibb and Dr. Pepper like taste distinction.
What Does Mr Pibb Soda Taste Like?
this Drink Soda has a sweet cola, cherry(cherry soft), and cinnamon flavor it has a brownish color.
As you may be aware Mr. Pibb rebranded and is now called Pibb Xtra Drink Soda.
Pibb Xtra tastes almost identical to Dr. Pepper. (a kind of form of root beer). So, it has a “Dr Pepper-Type” Flavor.
The taste differences are comparable to the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Here’s a video of a guy doing a soda-tasting review of Pibb Xtra (dietary fiber) for the first time:
Based on his review, he gives it a 4 out of 5. And says that Pibb Xtra tastes like pepper and cherry-flavored cola and is an improved product.
Which Is Older Dr. Pepper Or Mr. Pibb?
Dr. Pepper was invented in 1885, and Mr. Pibb – now called Pibb Xtra (Pibb Xtra/Zero Cherry-Vanilla) – “Dr. Pepper-type” flavor -was created in the late 1970s, according to Retroplanet.com.
Therefore, Dr. Pepper is older.
Coca-Cola company created Pibb Xtra originally under the name Peppo.
But, they were later sued by Dr. Pepper and had to change Mr. Pibb’s name.
The original news piece about the lawsuit printed in the New York Times in the late 1970s can be read on the New York Times website.
In 2001, Coca-Cola changed the ingredients in Mr. Pibb’s diet beverage to have more cinnamon.
And as a result, they changed its name to Pibb Xtra, in the opinion of Howstuffcompares.com.
Which Is Better Mr Pibb VS Dr Pepper?
Both Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pipp’s vintage soda bottles now known as Pibb Xtra are almost identical in flavor.
Coca-cola created Pibb Xtra to compete in the pepper soda genre of sodas.
They both have a cola, cherry, and cinnamon taste.
If you put them head to head in a blind taste test, you won’t be able to tell which is which.
Therefore, it’s based on your personal taste, which is better.
Dr. Pepper has been the market leader in the pepper soda space for a lot longer and established itself long before Pibb Xtra.
So, most people have a long history of drinking Dr. Pepper aluminum cans.
In my opinion, they will choose it over Pibb Xtra, because they’re more familiar with it.
There are over 50 companies that have taken inspiration from the flavor, Plastic Bottles, and product packaging of Dr. Pepper Drink Soda, and created their own similar sodas, as shown by Charlie Smith, and the Linger Longer.
Is Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb the Same Thing?
Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb are different sodas.
Dr. Pepper is a product produced by Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Mr. Pibb, now called Pibb Xtra, is made by Coca-Cola.
However, both drinks have almost the exact same taste.
Similar drinks to Dr. Pepper vintage soda bottles have come and gone over the years with similar names to Dr. Pepper such as:
- Dr. Thunder – made by Walmart
- Dr. Rocket – made by K-mart
- Dr. Dynamite – made by Safeway
Many of these drinks are indistinguishable from Dr. Pepper.
Due to how long Dr. Pepper’s vintage soda bottle has been around and how well known, some people claim that Dr. Pepper remains the market leader in the pepper-flavored soda space.
However, I have found no official data to back up the claim that Dr. Pepper is the most popular in Southern markets.
If you know of anywhere I can find this information; please let me know in the comments below.
And I’ll update this article.
Do Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb Have The Same Ingredients?
Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pipp (now Pibb Xtra) have 6 identical ingredients.
But, Pibb Xtra has 3 extra ingredients.
Dr. Pepper has Pibb Xtra containing lactic acid, monosodium phosphate, and polyethylene glycol on top of the ingredients.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of their ingredients and Product Details:
|Dr. Pepper ingredients||Pibb Xtra (Mr. Pibb) ingredients|
|Carbonated water||Carbonated water|
|High fructose corn syrup||High fructose corn syrup|
|Caramel color||Caramel color|
|Phosphoric acid||Phosphoric acid|
|Natural and artificial flavors||Natural and artificial flavors|
|Sodium benzoate||Potassium benzoate and potassium sorbate|
The official website for each drink that shows the ingredients list can be found by clicking here for Dr. Pepper and Pibb Xtra.
Both contain virtually identical amounts of sugar at 64 g per 20 fluid oz. (590 mL), or roughly two cups.
Which is 77% of your recommended daily sugar intake and Potassium Benzoate.
High fructose corn syrup is used in US and Canadian-produced drinks for many reasons.
I covered what these are, and exactly what it is in a recent article I wrote, which you can read by clicking Does Cola Use Corn Syrup?
In that article, I also discussed whether high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar – towards the end of the article.
Also, you may be wondering how much soda is too much.
A study discussed in a recent article I wrote shows that drinking 1 soda a day is correlated with developing Type 2 diabetes.
This is a health problem related to the average drinker’s body’s ability to transport sugar throughout the body.
More details about the findings can be found in the article I wrote about whether 1 soda a day bad for you?
Do They Still Make Mr. Pibb Soda?
Coca-Cola no longer makes Mr. Pibb soda.
There is no mention of Mr. Pibb’s soda on the official Coca-Cola website, and there doesn’t appear to be anywhere you can buy it.
But, there are vintage bottles of Mr. Pibb being sold on eBay for around $100 for a 17-fluid oz. (500 mL) bottle.
Who Owns Dr. Pepper In 2021?
Dr. Pepper is owned by the company Keurig Dr. Pepper.
The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group originally owned Dr. Pepper.
But later merged with Keurig Green mountain.
They produce many household name beverages with minor revisions such as A&W root beer, 7Up, Canada Dry, and Schweppes.
They also own other well-known brands such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Barista Bros, Gloria Jeans, and Kahlua. However, Joie Chitwood was a businessman who Joie invested millions of dollars trying to purchase this soda and its formal title.
Who Owns Mr Pibb?
Mr Pibb, now called Pibb Xtra is a pepper soda similar in taste to Dr Pepper.
But, Dr Pepper was invented first.
Many people ask if that is Mr Pibb a coke product.
Yes, Coca-Cola company owns Mr Pibb, and some argue it was created to capture some of the market shares of Dr Pepper.
They have an almost identical taste, and many companies have made a drink that tastes very similar to Dr Pepper and Pibb Xtra.
When Pibb Xtra first came out, it was called Peppo.
But, Dr Pepper sued Coca-Cola because they felt that the name was too similar.
They won the case, and its name was changed to Mr Pibb.
Coca-Cola later changed the recipe so that it was stronger, and at that time also changed its name to Pibb Xtra.
Mr Pibb vs Pibb Xtra
In the early 1970s, Coca-Cola developed Mr. Pibb to compete with Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper accused them since the name was too similar to Peppo, which was the original name of the product. In 2001, Pibb Xtra was introduced as a reformulation that increased the cinnamon flavor to make the soda more “peppery.”
So, Pibb Xtra is the enhanced version of Mr Pibb.
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