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June 20th, 2004

C2 and Pepsi Edge

Even though I talked about how much I hate the overabundance of low-carb food and drink, there are two products that deserve special mention: Coke’s new C2 and Pepsi Edge.

I tried both of them at the supermarket last weekend, and Target is promoting a tasting in its stores this weekend. For reference, I’m not a fan of Diet Coke or regular Pepsi, but do like Diet Pepsi and regular Coke (not together.) Got it? Good.

The first I tried was C2. The result is pretty much what you’d expect: a combination of Diet Coke and regular Coke, with a bit of a chemical (artificial sweetener) taste and aftertaste. To me it seemed pretty pointless, and the fact that Coke is selling these in 8-packs and 18-packs is also pretty pointless. Plus, there’s a premium over regular Coke or Diet Coke. Here’s a tip: buy some Coke and some Diet Coke, and mix 50/50.

Pepsi Edge, which really needs to be called Pepsi Edge EXTREME!!!, had a similar composition but Pepsi is already a sweet cola. This tasted quite sugary, and didn’t have as much of the artificial sweetener taste of C2: Electric Bugaloo. Was it good? Not really. It tasted like a generic soda that wasn’t quite Pepsi or Diet Pepsi.

The bottom line is that if you’re thinking of trying a low-carb soda, drink water.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday June 20, 2004 -- 11:34:34 pm
Tried both over the weekend:

Coke C2: Eh. Diet Coke and Classic Coke are two things that should never be mixed together. The taste did absolutely nothing for me. One and done with C2.

Pepsi Edge: I kinda new what I was gonna hit here, because I had drank the stuff in 1995, when it was being tested as Pepsi XL. I happened to be in the Bahamas at the time, and it was the only soda available.

Still, the taste came back to me right away. Close to real Pepsi, but a little less sweet and sugary. For me, being a Diet Pepsi drinker, that combo works for me.

I don't think either of the colas will last, let alone make me change my drinking habits, but if I had to choose one, I'd go with Pepsi Edge. It's drinkable. :)



FROM: pope hentai
DATE: Monday June 21, 2004 -- 7:12:22 am
ahh.... C2-judgement day. I was kinda dissapointed when i tried it. heck judging just from the taste i'd think they just re-packaged TAB cola only added a worse aftertase and about 5 diffrent artificial sweetners. dont know why.... the pepsi edge seems to get away with just one artificial sweetner....



FROM: Don\'t Make Me Throw Up!
DATE: Thursday December 30, 2004 -- 10:13:29 pm
I'm not going to try either of these witch's potions (C2? Pepsi Edge? YUCK!!) just to make sure I don't like them... I have no clue as to how they slipped by quality control just like Code Red, Live Wire, DNL (with a blatantly illegal parody of the 7up logo, no less!), Red Fusion, Vanilla Coke, Pepsi Vanilla and other such yucchy poison.



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