The debate between Coke and Pepsi has been the source of household divide. In my family, my dad drinks Pepsi Zero and my mom and I are die-hard Diet Coke fans. My sister stays out of the drama with lemonade coming in as her first choice. What is the difference between the two of the most recognizable beverages brands and how should you go about choosing which one to enjoy?
Starting off with the origins, Coca Cola was developed in Georgia around 1886. It was originally sold for just 5 cents a class! Pepsi was created shortly afterwards, around 1893 in North Carolina.
In regard to taste, Pepsi is technically sweeter and has 2 more grams of sugar than Coke. It also has a more citrus flavor. Coke, on the other hand, has notes of vanilla and a more intense carbonation.
Overall, Coke performs slightly better financially and seems to be the preference among Americans. However, Pepsi is Coca Cola’s number one competitor. They have used the “Pepsi Challenge” as a marketing tactic since 1975 where blind folded consumers taste Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola. Participates are asked to compare the two drinks and Pepsi Cola was the winner.
However, any dedicated soda drinker will be able to pinpoint the difference between Coke and Pepsi. When you make the choice, there is no wrong answer, just be prepared to stand by your decision in case you encounter some fans from the other side.
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