Is there really a shortage of Dr Pepper soda in the Hudson Valley or is this just more fake news? I have to admit, I thought that it was a cleverly crafted marketing scheme, until I walked passed this solo can in a store display.

Full disclosure, I do not drink soda (or pop) on a regular basis, but I have been known to indulge in a "Pepper" when I do.

When I saw the single can, just sitting there, I continued through the store (The Dollar General, 9G, Hyde Park) and was able to find a few bottles of the seemingly scarce soda also in the cooler in a second location, but none of the soda on the shelves.


What is Dr Pepper? Can you explain what the flavor is?

Here are a few facts from the Dr Pepper website:

  • Dr Pepper celebrated its 135th birthday on January 25, 2020
  • Every year Dr Pepper gives away more than $1,000,000 in college scholarships
  • How did Dr Pepper get its name? A pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper in 1885. Alderton worked at a drugstore in Waco, Texas, owned by Wade Morrison. Legend has it that Morrison named it "Dr. Pepper" after the father of a young girl he was once in love with.
  • What is the actual flavor of Dr Pepper supposed to be? It is 'proprietary' and a blend of 23 different flavors. Don't ask, because they won't share any info about the recipe or the flavors that are in the signature beverage.
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So what do we need at times like these, in addition to patience while we wait for the return of this soda to our store shelves? How about a look back at a few nostalgic Dr Pepper commercials?

From the 1970s

From the 1960's

Their most recent commercial:

What is your favorite go-to soft drink? Let us know.

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