22: Cheers to Soft Drinks | Coke vs. Pepsi, International Flavors, History of Root Beer

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No matter what you call it, soda, pop or Coke is a favorite beverage with a fascinating history. From pharmacist "dudes" to Billy Joel, soft drinks have become ubiquitous in American culture and around the world.

This episode's wine: Mouton Noir's O.P.P.
This episode's cheese: Delice de Bourgogne

We start off this week's show doing our own Pepsi Challenge, administered by Kitty, and James and Emily prove they are definite Coke heads (Coca-Cola, not cocaine)! But, we shout out to the ONE person we could find who actually prefers Pepsi: John of The Just John Podcast!

Find out why the Pepsi Challenge is actually flawed and how the Challenge led to one of the biggest mistakes of the '80s: New Coke. Find out more about New Coke in this Snopes.com article.

James gives us the history of the inventor of Coca-Cola and the rise of the most iconic soda in the world. And we talk about the different names around the United States for what we Connecticutians call "soda." (We also prove throughout the episode that our state is just filled with condescending jerks -- or, at least two who host a podcast.)

Explore the different flavors of soda from around the world, and, lucky us, we get to hear Emily's Peggy Hill-Spanish accent. And, if you're eating or drinking anything, we suggest you finish it or put it down before Emily gets to the last flavor on the list. All of these make Emily's preference for Diet Mountain Dew sound delicious!

Our wine and cheese pairing this week was probably one of the most decadent choices we could have made!

Our wine and cheese pairing this week was probably one of the most decadent choices we could have made!

Dr Pepper, despite Emily's mom telling her it was carbonated prune juice, is pretty hard to pinpoint the origin or even the flavors in it. We also require our sodas to have a PhD! And we discuss potentially trying Hot Dr Pepper.

Emily goes on a little rant about how terrible root beer. So, of course, she decided to research it. And, lo and behold, after looking up the original flavors, she now hates it more than she originally did.

Even though James promised us he wouldn't make us feel bad about consumerism, he finds a way to do it! (But, we can always make James feel bad about his pronunciation.) He doesn't stop at soda, we also give you some guilt about rum and maybe rainbows!

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Cheers!

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