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To think Coke and Pepsi aren't the same drink?

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TenancyTroublesAgain Sat 17-Mar-18 13:50:54

First world problems I know. grin

I find that most of the time, despite listing "Coca-Cola", takeaways etc almost always send Pepsi instead.

It's not as bad as sending the diet version (ugh) so I wouldn't complain, but it's still not as nice and isn't the same drink. I suppose they do it because it's cheaper.

Was in a restaurant once and the guy tried to convince us that coke and Pepsi are the same drink and are made with the exact same ingredients...!

Explain the different taste then. grin

UnicornRainbowColours Sat 17-Mar-18 13:51:47

I prefer Pepsi it defo tastes different

Sarsparella Sat 17-Mar-18 13:52:38

I wouldn’t know the difference between them tbh

FissionChips Sat 17-Mar-18 13:53:02

I watched a show about this once, apparently it’s the branding that makes it taste different confused

acornsandnuts Sat 17-Mar-18 13:53:09

I prefer Pepsi

TenancyTroublesAgain Sat 17-Mar-18 13:54:11

Oh I do like Pepsi, almost as much as coke, but not quite as much haha.

The branding? shock interesting. What about when it's served in a plain glass?

YellowFlipFlops Sat 17-Mar-18 13:54:27

I like Coca-Cola. Pepsi is 🤮.

hotchocolate86 Sat 17-Mar-18 13:54:28

I much prefer Pepsi.

QuiteLikely5 Sat 17-Mar-18 13:55:47

No way is it the branding

They both taste completely different

I can tell the difference

BeyondThePage Sat 17-Mar-18 13:57:10

Coca-cola and pepsi are the 2 opposing brands - they do not allow each other's products to be sold side by side in a takeaway (Cola wars...) - so KFC, Pizza hut will sell only Pepsi products, McDonalds, Dominoes, Papa Johns only Coca-cola. They may have no choice.

CandyMelts Sat 17-Mar-18 13:57:36

They're different!
I suppose Pepsi is technically coke, but Coke (cola) is never Pepsi... Or are they both cola rather than coke? confused

JestFromTheWest Sat 17-Mar-18 13:57:39

I think of them as the same drink made by two different companies.

Perhaps I could tell the difference but I'm not sure.

Pepsi is a bit sweeter maybe? I don't know. Practically the same.

raindropsandsunshine Sat 17-Mar-18 13:59:21

There's a big flavour difference, imo

Graphista Sat 17-Mar-18 14:00:14

I can taste the difference and much prefer Coke.

The "it's the same ingredients" made me think of Les Dawson "I'm playing all the right notes just not necessarily in the right order" grin

There are many colas on the market, mainly the same ingredients but in different combinations.

My experience has been I think due to coke's huge power that in order not to violate copyright or whatever if I ask for a Coke in a restaurant or bar and its Pepsi they have there they usually say "is Pepsi ok?" It's not but I still have it smile

PinkHeart5914 Sat 17-Mar-18 14:01:21

I prefer Pepsi and I can absolutely taste the difference between Pepsi & Coca Cola

PeerieBreeks Sat 17-Mar-18 14:02:19

They are both cola.

But coke (I think) specifically refers to Coca Cola as a shortening of Coca. So if someone asks for coke, they should be advised the place serves Pepsi imo, and given the option to choose something else. Just like if they asked for Sprite and they were served 7 Up. It's not what they asked for.

But I'll have a soda water and lime, so it doesn't matter to me which they serve!

SleepingInYourFlowerbed Sat 17-Mar-18 14:04:50

It's the different recipe that makes it taste different. And, yes, they should be listing it as Pepsi, not Coca-Cola.

thecraftyfox Sat 17-Mar-18 14:05:06

I can tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke. Coke tastes faintly of carrots. I prefer Pepsi specially Pepsi Max

Kfc and Pizza Hut were owned by PepsiCo at one stage and i think Pepsi might still own part of their parent company which is why they sell Pepsi

userofthiswebsite Sat 17-Mar-18 14:05:47

I'm not a huge fizzy drink person but will sometimes ask for Coke in a restaurant and have always been told if they only serve Pepsi. That is, they've never tried to pass A off as B.

I've always wanted to do a blind taste text with Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max...

TenancyTroublesAgain Sat 17-Mar-18 14:06:30

Yeah exactly. It's the listing it as coca cola with a photo of coke that bothers me. I'd still order it if it was Pepsi just tell me what I'm getting. 😂

So why do I care? grin

PurplePotatoes Sat 17-Mar-18 14:09:26

Yes definitely a big difference, I don't drink fizzy pop but used to drink a fair bit of diet coke...diet Pepsi is horrible and I can't drink it.

Nanny0gg Sat 17-Mar-18 14:11:25

Years ago iirc they tasted very similar. Nowadays Pepsi tastes like all the generic colas and is utterly disgusting.

HateSummer Sat 17-Mar-18 14:11:35

Coke and Pepsi taste completely different. I prefer come.

MayFayner Sat 17-Mar-18 14:11:38

I feel this way about 7up and Sprite. I hate Sprite! And I think it has aspartame in it now too.

HateSummer Sat 17-Mar-18 14:12:37

Oh god, I prefer COKE!

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