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Johnny Slick
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So I was reading the "Root beer is an acquired taste" topic and reading William Poundstone's book on secrets, and I was wondering: does cola (i.e. Pepsi and Coke, but also RC and others, to the extent that they're not just copying the Big Two) actually taste like anything in the known universe other than, um, cola? I've never eaten anything flavored with the actual kola nut or the coca bean (both of those were original ingredients in Coka - hence the name - but now, according to Poundstone, seem to be present in such a small amount in the drink that their taste is indetectable), so I can't say whether the current taste is fantasia or in some way based on the way the stuff originally tasted.

So habitual drug users, I ask you this: does Coke taste like coke? For that matter, does real sasparilla/sassafras beer taste anything like A&W? And what kind of pepper are they using in Dr. Pepper, anyway? For that matter, why is he a doctor but Mr. Pibb is just a mister?

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Jay Tea
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Heh. To me - Cocaine tastes like I can only imagine bleach does.

Dr Pepper tastes of almonds.

Coca Cola tastes w wee bit of cola, which i've had here and there in other products, notably toffee, but mostly it's just sweet with an aftertaste of caramel really.

What does bacon taste like, other than bacon?

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Dr. Van Thorp
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Most cola's don't actually contain cola-nut extract. Cola-nut was once a source for pharmecutical cafeen, and pure caffeine tastes pretty much the same as the cola-nut extract that was once used in cola's. So now they usually use regular chemical-grade caffeine in cola.

And Coca Cola may be the only cola that uses coca-leaf extracts.

This web site has a cola recipe:

http://www.colawp.com/colas/400/cola467_recipe.html

It contians:
caffeine, orange oil, lemon oil, nutmeg oil, cassia oil, coriander oil, neroli oil, lime oil, lavender oil, and gum arabic. Mix with sugar, then mix with carbonated water.

So cola is really just a mixture of flavorings that were available in 19th century drug stores. I know that cola was once a patent medicine, so I'm guessing that most of the ingredients were added to make the bitter active ingreedient (caffeine) more palletable. Coca leaf exctract would have been a by-product of the purification of cocaine, which was once commonly sold in drug stores.

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bacon tastes like pork or ham...look at chicken. It tastes like EVERYTHING.

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except for the fact there i can tell a taste difference between Coke and Pepsi and RC, i guess i never thought of cola actually having a taste to it

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Logoboros
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Possibly an UL, but I had heard that plum, or a synthetic plum flavoring, was the key "secret" flavor in Dr. Pepper. Don't know if it's actually true, but I can detect a plum-like aftertaste (but maybe that's just because I've been prompted).

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Bozone
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Years ago, I was told that Dr. Pepper was a mixture of cherry cola and root beer. I recall mixing them and it did taste like Dr. Pepper, with the right proportions.

As for the OP, I have no idea what, if anything, tastes like cola.

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Jason Threadslayer
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr. Van Thorp:
Cola-nut was once a source for pharmecutical cafeen, and pure caffeine tastes pretty much the same as the cola-nut extract that was once used in cola's.

Umm, no. Pure caffeine is so bitter it's used to train food testers on bitterness.

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quote:
Dr Pepper, strictly speaking, has a spiced-cherry flavor and thus does not qualify for full-fledged cola status.


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quote:
Originally posted by Logoboros:
Possibly an UL, but I had heard that plum, or a synthetic plum flavoring, was the key "secret" flavor in Dr. Pepper. Don't know if it's actually true, but I can detect a plum-like aftertaste (but maybe that's just because I've been prompted).

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I've heard something similar... that it's flavored with prunes... same with Mr. Pibb.
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Brandi
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The Big Secrets book noted that lactic acid was listed as a ingredient in Dr. Pepper (at least of the time of the book's publishing in 1985), but I haven't noticed that listed specfically on any recent diet or regular bottles.
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quote:
Originally posted by Johnny Slick:
For that matter, does real sasparilla/sassafras beer taste anything like A&W?

http://www.olbobmillers.com/scoop.htm
At the bottom where it says Sas'parilla vs. Root Beer . Basically, sarsparilla is made from a particular root (the sarsparilla root) and root beer is made from several roots. Anyway, Sarsparilla tastes nothing like root beer.

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JohnnyMac
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Greetings! (First post here.)

About root beer: I learned some years ago that one of the flavoring ingredients was methyl salicylate.


http://www.chemicalland21.com/arokorhi/lifescience/foco/METHYL%20SALICYLATE.htm

Hey, isn't that the same ingredient in BenGay?????

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:

Dr Pepper tastes of almonds.


Yay!!!! Then me and my son aren't the only ones to think that Jay Tea!! To us it tastes like Marzipan (Almond paste) my mum (a northern brit) uses marzipan on her Christmas cake. my wife can't stand the stuff but me and my young fella (and my daughter too actually!!) can't (and usually don't and it's as rare as rocking horse S#@T here in Australia!!) get enough of it. We actually found a fruit market about a month ago that had managed to get a shipment of Dr Pepper in and was selling it for 50 cents (Australian)for a 1.25 litre bottle.................so like some kind of weird junkies, we bought 2 boxes (24 bottles in total) of the stuff!!

We both also love sasperella (sp?) AND I've had the pleasure of tasting dandilion and burdock (sp?)about 25 years ago.

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steve s
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quote:
For that matter, does real sasparilla/sassafras beer taste anything like A&W? And what kind of pepper are they using in Dr. Pepper, anyway? For that matter, why is he a doctor but Mr. Pibb is just a mister?
I've made sassafras tea from the actual roots and it does taste like watered-down rootbeer.

Dr. Pepper was invented by Dr. Charles Alderton.

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JohnnyMac
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quote:
Originally posted by Steve Irwin's Love Child:
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:

Dr Pepper tastes of almonds.


Yay!!!! Then me and my son aren't the only ones to think that Jay Tea!! To us it tastes like Marzipan .....
I'll join with those who agree that Dr Pepper has an almondy taste, somewhat like the marzipans I used to get as a child.
Hey, come to think of it, I thought marzipans were Italian! [Big Grin]

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Jay Tea
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Steve Irwin's - I like the occasional ice cold Dr Pepper - tasty pop, but I wouldn't eat marzipan if it were the last foodstuff on earth - you'd love my old Mum's Xmas cake - she puts about an inch of the stuff all over it! [Big Grin]

Same goes for Amaretto, or those wee Italian biccies - yuk - but I like DP, which is odd because it's most certainly flavoured with almonds....

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