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What Sodas Are In Dr Pepper? (23 Flavors & Brands)

Last updated on June 18th, 2022

Dr Pepper Cherry Soda Can

So the other day I was enjoying another ice-cold Dr Pepper Soda (one of my favorites) whilst browsing for soda syrup recipes for this blog and I thought to myself, why not try and recreate this classic Dr Pepper drink at home?

then THAT got me to thinking well what other sodas do they do – maybe I could recreate a whole bunch of them and stick that into a series.  So I had to go do some research to find out more about Dr Pepper the brand, and the company.  Here goes

So What Sodas are in Dr Pepper?

There are 10 Soda Flavors within the Dr Pepper brand that are listed as

FlavorSizeSugarCalorie s
Original20 fl oz65g240
Diet Original20 fl oz00
TEN20 fl oz4g20
Cherry20 fl oz70260
Diet Cherry20 fl oz00
Caffeine Free Original20 fl oz65g40
Diet Caffeine Free Original20 fl oz00
Cherry Vanilla20 fl oz63g40
Diet Cherry Vanilla20 fl oz00
Cane Sugar20 fl oz25g100

And actually 50 over brands under the Dr Pepper Snapple Group corporation portfolio including 8 that are distinct Sodas. 

Dr Pepper Drink Vintage Sign

Those 8 additional Soda brands are

7-UP1920Company’s roots go back to 1920s, when C. L. Grigg set himself to create a distinctive soft drink that would prove irresistible to the nation’s consumers.
Big Red1937America’s original and best-selling “deliciously different” red soda
A&W1919Roy Allen’s root beer grew along with America’s drive-ins and car culture to become one of America’s great classics.
Canada Dry1904Created by a Canadian pharmacist and chemist John McLaughlin, Canada Dry gained much of its popularity during Prohibition as a mixer.
Crush1916Orange Crush can be traced back to 1906, but things really kicked off in 1916 when Clayton J. Howell partnered with Californian Neil C. Ward
Diet Rite1958Introduced by the Royal Crown Co. as the first diet soft drink. With this revolutionary introduction, health-conscious soft drink lovers were finally given a choice
Hires1876Hires Root Beer was created by an entrepreneurial pharmacist named Charles E. Hires, who discovered a delicious herbal tea made of roots, berries, and herbs while on his honeymoon.
IBC1919IBC has provided great-tasting sodas with the unique heritage of good old-fashioned fun. IBC quickly became renowned for its premium quality and satisfying richness, and it was often imitated but never equaled.
Oringina1936When a certain DR Tigo aptly used Spanish oranges to make a soft drink and called it “Naranjina” it was later picked up by a Frenchman Leon Beton who then adapted the name to become “Orangina”
RC Cola1905RS Cola has distinguished its self from other Cola’s since its inception – and carries a cult following sill today
Schweppes1783Born from an experiment on dissolved carbonation with water dating back to the 11700s – we can thank Jacob Schweppe for pioneering soda as we know it today.
Squirt1938Herb Bishop is the man the can be thanked for bringing this non-carbonated and popular drink at a time when America was going through the great depression.
Stewarts Root Beer1924An entrepreneur at heart. Frank Stewart was a school teacher but had the drive and enthusiasm to go out and make something of himself and deliver us one of the world’s best-tasting root beers.
SunDrop1947Charles Lazier (A salesman) brought us this cool citrus-flavored soft drink during the fun 50s
SunKist1893The origins of the name go back over 100 years when US citrus growers used the SunKist trademark as an indicator of premium quality fruit.
Verners1866 Not many realize that Verners ginger ale was actually a result (or accident) of a newly concocted drink that was left in an oak cask and forgotten for years due to James Vernor being called off to war!

Now we’re straying a little here but let me quickly cover off some of the other NON SODA brands under this soft drink behemoth.

All that before we get into some juicy bits on their relationship with Coca-Cola AND the inside scoop on the ingredients to make up your own Dr pepper at home.

Dr Pepper Museum

Image Courtesy of Bobby Light

List all of Other DR Pepper brands

ClamatoJuice1966 A drink seen as an innovator for what become an entirely new 'brand' of drinks, the "Seafood Blends". Clamato, the spicy juice
Hawaian PunchJuice1934Hawaiian Punch is a tropical island drink made with all natural fruit flavor and juices. Including tropical flavors such as Guava, Papaya, Pineapple, Passion fruit as well as the usual citrus flavors such as lemon, lime and orange. Seen as the premium standard for this category of soft drink.
MOTTSJuice1842 Bringing Families the very best in natural fruit juice goodness since 1842
Real Lemon & LimeJuice1933Everyone recognizes the RealLemon & RealLime bottles in the store. The distinctive citrus fruit flavored bottles have been serving up real fruit juice since 1933
Nantucket NectarsTea1989 Nantucket Nectars a booming Inc 500 business before it was snapped up by the Snapple group was started one evening when the 2 university friends Tom Scott & Tom First began mixing juices and selling to boats in Nantucket, Massachusetts
SnappleTea1972A shout out to Brooklyn for bringing the world Snapple. A simple idea brought to us by 3 friends, Hymen Golden, Leonard Marsh and Arnold Greenburg who decided that there was a real opportunity to be had by doing something a little different with fruit.
Straight Up teaTea2008What more can you say, this is straight up natural all goodness tea with 3 levels of sweetness. There are no artificial ingredients just natural but sweetened tea. You have three varieties of sweetness and then come in black tea, green tea and rooibos teas.
Deja BlueWater1997Green water - well not actually green but a purified water that is taking a steps to being much more eco-friendly than others manufacturers. They employ low plastic engineering and eco-friendly labelling processing that takes huge steps toward protecting our environment.
PenafielWater1948A small and modest family brand started by the Penfield family in Mexico that went on to become a huge drinks brand across all of Mexico.
All SportSports1993 A premium sports drink that delivers maximum hydration will also delivering a essential vitamins such as Vitamins C,B3, B6 and B2.
VenomEnergy2002Venom Energy is an energy drink available in Black Mamba (regular), Mojave Rattler (low calorie), Death Adder (fruit punch) and Killer Taipan (mango) flavor. The ultimate energy drink with a rea l bite and punch. With a range of flavors with deadly snake monikers such as the Taipan (mango), Death Adder (fruit Punch), Mojave rattler (lower calorie options) & the original Black Mamba.
Yoo-hooMilk1928 A long standing American favorite - the yoo-hoo chocolate milk drink bought to us by Mr. Natale Olivieri in 1928.
glass bottles of dr pepper

Image Courtesy of Mike Mozart

Is Dr Pepper a Coke Or Pepsi Product?

This is a question I’ve seen come up a lot.

Is Dr pepper part of the Coca Cola Corporation?

The short answer is NO it’s not, however, they do have a colorful and complex relationship with Coca-Cola in Soft Drink Industry, let me explain.

Dr Pepper actually preceded Coca-Cola company and there has been a bit of a rivalry and ensuing trade battles and court cases over the years in soft drink industry.

They actually went to court in 1951 where Coke tried to sue them under a trade restriction liability as a result of coke continuing to sell at a nickel – which was well below the cost of manufacturing.

They do today however share bottling plants and there is some cross-over in regions as far as distribution goes – but they are still separate entities.

They also tried to merge in 1995 but that was blocked by the FTC on concerns of a possible monopoly across pepper flavored soft drinks.

So, this Coca-Cola Dr Pepper Merger was not possible to happen.

The 23 in DR Pepper stands for the Number of ingredients

What Are The 23 Ingredients Of Dr Pepper?

Nobody actually knows this so lets’ be honest, it’s very much a secret.

ALL the Dr Pepper recipes you’ll see online are people really taking educated guesses and tests.

DR Peppers’s original secret recipe is as guarded as Coca-Cola’s is.

In fact, it’s said that the ingredients are split into 2 lists and held separately in 2 separate security vaults in texas so that No one individual can ever be in control of the entire recipe at any one time.

With all that said though – the following are what is rumored to be in the list of ingredients AND if you make a go of trying to make your own Dr Pepper at home you’ll find that these flavor combinations to be very good, and close to the original:

So here goes:

Allspice Cinnamon Nutmeg
Amaretto Clove Raspberry
Birch Coriander Sarsaparilla
Blackberry Dandelion Sassafras
Burdock Ginger Spikenard
Caramel Grape Vanilla
Cherry Juniper Wintergreen
Chocolate Licorice

Go give that at home – make your syrup flavor combination and then just add your carbonation by using regular soda water or a carbonation system like SodaStream.

Diet Dr pepper is also available in markets.

The diet Dr pepper provide calorie free version with similar 23 flavors of regular Dr pepper.

Moreover, diet Dr pepper is free from real sugar.

You can choose diet Dr pepper if you don’t want sugar content in your drink.

However, diet Dr pepper contain artificial sweetener aspartame.

Is Dr Pepper a laxative?

This rumor has been around for a LONG time, due to people believing that the original recipe contained prune juice.

The origin of the rumor has been subject to speculation and most notably that a delivery driver for a rival soft drink brand started this so as to stop stores from stocking it!  unbelievable.

This silly story actually gained movement on the basis that Prune juice has been known to help with constipation due to its own laxative properties.

It was then perpetuated like an old wives’ tale where people started advising that if you were to actually heat up a DR Pepper and drink it then you’ll get those quick bowel movements associated with laxatives, but these are just FALSE.

The company themselves have gone to great lengths to dispel this rumor by actually releasing a brochure that stated the recipe included 23 ingredients but prune juice is NOT one of them.

You can fact check this yourself on their corporate websites FAQ section

Old vintage Dr. Pepper wall mural

Image Courtesy of AnyJazz65

Is Dr Pepper And Mr Pibb The Same Thing?

No, they are not the same thing.

Whilst they may have similar qualities and tastes ( cherry-like, and black cherry or pepper cherry)  they are indeed different and owned by 2 very different companies of the soft drink industry.

They are drinks that can be very divisive – almost like people picking their football side and will have nobody challenge or questioned their viewpoint on it!

To be honest, I like both but do agree that Mr Phibb doesn’t really have that long lingering after taste as Dr Pepper does – but still, they are both great drinks.

There’s more to this drinks rivalry then you and I picking sides.

In fact, Mr Phibb was created by Coca Cola and some say it was done as a result of not being able to buy up Dr pepper in the first place when Coke was buying up and taking the majority share of the soft drink market.

Featured Image Credit: Erin @ Flickr