I tried Mr Pibb soda 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.
There are many different knockoffs of Dr Pepper.
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.
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What Does Mr Pibb Taste Like?
Here’s a video of a guy doing a soda tasting review of Pibb Xtra for the first time:
Based on his review, he gives it a 4 out of 5. And says that Pibb Xtra tastes like a pepper and cherry flavored cola.
Which Is Older Dr Pepper Or Mr Pibb?
The original news piece about the lawsuit printed in the New York Times in 1972 can be read on the New York Times website.
In 2001, Coca-Cola changed the ingredients in Mr Pibb to have more cinnamon.
And as a result they changed its name to Pibb Xtra, in the opinion of Howstuffcompares.com.
Which Is Better Dr Pepper or Mr Pibb?
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 longer history of drinking Dr Pepper.
In my opinion, they will choose it over Pibb Xtra, because they’re more familiar with it.
Is Dr Pepper and Mr Pibb the Same Thing?
Similar drinks to Dr Pepper 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 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.
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?
Here’s a side by side comparison of their ingredients:
|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|
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.
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 [here, link: 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 your body’s ability to transport sugar throughout your body.
More details about the findings can be found in the article I wrote about [whether 1 soda a day is bad for you, link: is 1 soda a day bad for you?].
Do They Still Make Mr Pibb Soda?
Who Owns Dr Pepper In 2021?
They also own other well known brands such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Barista Bros, Gloria Jeans, and Kahlua.
Mr Pibb, now called Pibb Xtra is a pepper soda similar in taste to Dr Pepper.
But, Dr Pepper was invented first.
Coca Cola owns Mr Pibb, and some argue it was created to capture some of the market share 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.