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.

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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