I Need a Drink!

Okay, this post is not about alcohol.  (Though if it were, Bacardi and Bailey’s would be my beverage of choice.)  For the newcomers, this month we’re discussing pet peeves.

Years ago, I used to drink Coca-cola.  I never liked Pepsi, but I could tolerate it as a fountain drink at a restaurant.  Then about fifteen years ago, I started having a problem with corn syrup, so I switched to Caffeine Free Diet Coke.  That went on for about ten years, when I started having problems with artificial sweetener.  (Food allergies and intolerances are common to people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, such as myself.)  So, I gave up soda altogether and drank more water, juice, and milk.

During that time, I discovered that Ikea made a delicious apple soda which was made with sugar and not corn syrup.  However, besides the nearest Ikea being an hour away and the drinks being quite expensive, they stopped carrying them for nearly a year because the cans they were in were not in compliance with some sort of federal guidelines.  <Sigh.>

Fast forward two or three years of being soda free, when lo and behold, the Pepsi company came out with a new and improved Sierra Mist which is made with sugar and not corn syrup.  I tried it and liked it.  YAY!

After adding Sierra Mist to my list of acceptable beverages, however, I found that if I was at a restaurant and ordered it as a fountain drink, it didn’t taste good.  At all.  After my third occurrence of this happening, I did some research and found that the fountain version uses corn syrup and not sugar.  I have no idea why.  (Autistic people also have a heightened sense of taste, so, yes, I could actually taste the corn syrup.)

So my pet peeve is this:  At least 75% of the time I go to purchase a single cold can or bottle of Sierra Mist, the four stores closest to me are out!  Yes, they have it in stock in the two-liter bottles or 12-pack of cans, but those aren’t cold, and I don’t drink that much.  The coolers and machines are always stocked full of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, Mountain Dew, and Dr. Pepper, but the row for Sierra Mist is always empty!  The store managers claim it’s not their fault because the coolers and machines are stocked by their Pepsi vendor.

Get a clue, Pepsi!  If it’s always empty, that means it’s a popular beverage!  With so many products trying to steer away from corn syrup these days, you’d think more soda vendors would follow suit.  The only other soda option made with sugar that I’ve found is the “Throwback Pepsi” which are difficult to find (and are gross just like Pepsi always was) and “Mexican Coca-cola,” but those are never sold refrigerated.  (And being Autistic, I don’t like ice in my drink.)  <Sigh.>

I know that in the grand scheme of life, this pet peeve might not seem like much, but with all the food allergies I have, there’s very little I can actually ingest, and when one of my few acceptable items isn’t available, it makes Rachel cranky!  Thanks for allowing me to vent.  😉

So tell me, what’s your favorite soda?  What’s your favorite beverage?  Do you have any food allergies or intolerances?  In your region, do you say soda, soda pop, pop, coke, or something else when referring to a carbonated beverage?


62 thoughts on “I Need a Drink!

  1. I have a similar problem, If you have available stores importing beverages from Mexico, most of their versions of our soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, etc.) are made with sugar and not HFCS. That’s where we get them from now.

  2. My favorite soda is coke. I know it’s unhealthy, but I can’t make the switch the diet soda. Nothing compares to that first glorious sip of coke. Mmm. I’ve given it up in the past, but inevitably, I come crawling back. Oh, coke, my first love, why do I love you when you’re so bad for me? :p heeheehee

  3. it’s an ongoing quest, isn’t it, for the holy grail of snack beverages? you have a logic about it, that the beverage companies just don’t seem to be getting, like the concept of supply and demand and keeping things on the shelves that the customers are actually buying. as for me, (we call it pop here), i’m not a huge fan, but i do love a pink grapefruit izzy or sparkling water )

  4. I dont know about corn syrup in particular, but I believe corn in general should not be included as part of the human diet. Corn flour/maize starch products have caused havoc and agony to my little girl’s system for years. Now I know and have eliminated it, she is so much better! I avoid it myself too. My research led me onto forums where people have become addicted to it, and consume it dry straight from the packet! Food manufacturers add it to everything though, you really have to check the ingredients list carefully.

    • I remember reading that post about Carys. Yeah, it’s weird, I can eat corn just fine, but just about anything else that’s made with any kind of processed corn makes me sick. 🙂

  5. I actually like plain and simple tap water and it is drinkable in Cape Town. Mineral water is great. My favourite drinks however are coffee (Nespresso) and pina colada (luckily I make the best ever myself :)) Cheers!

  6. this won’t help right now, but passover is april 3rd.grocery stores get food in about a month before.coca cola makes kosher for passover which cannot have corn syrup in it…. it has sugar or beet sugar…buy about 50 2 lt bottles… or ask the grocery when he will bring them…
    i’m allergic to corn & cane sugar & a million other things….lol

  7. I drink mostly throwback Mountain Dew (well, really I drink mostly (strong) coffee 🙂
    What you look for Rachel is any soft drink bottled in Mexico, almost all of them are the old American recipes. The newer American versions have all gone to corn syrup based on price (mostly our ridiculous sugar tariff).

    I’ve seen Dew, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta Orange, Sprite, and a few others. Cold rarely, you’ll have to plan ahead, and never in machines.

    And yes the taste is very different, I can’t stand any of the “new’ coke products but the old (sugar) version is pretty good, although not as good as old Pepsi. Nothing like prejudice, is there 🙂

  8. I prefer water to anything else, but after that it’s apple cider. Yum! I’m not a big soda drinker (although, in my neck of the woods, most people call it pop), but I do imbibe occasionally strictly for the caffeine. I hate coffee. Blech. I’ll go for Dr. Pepper or a cherry flavored soda.

    • OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE apple cider! We don’t have any good brands down here, but when I lived in NY, there was a local orchard there and another in PA that were my absolute favorite places to buy fresh cider. I could drink that all day! I hate coffee, too. 🙂

  9. I stopped drinking soda or pop (sometimes I find myself saying either) a few years ago because I am trying to cut back on sugar. I generally drink water and tea, but if I do drink something else, generally it will be a juice spritzer.

  10. Caffeine free diet pepsi is my favorite soda, Rachel. Unsweetened iced tea is my favorite beverage. Water is good any time, though! Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the morning, cream only. Thank you for asking. 🙂 Your pet peeve is justified. Get the single cans of Sierra Mist in the cooler, Coca-Cola!

  11. I have been trying to cut back on my soda… but I’m a Dr. Pepper Girl when I do have soda.
    I like my alcohol-drinks fruity and sweet, and adore my super-cold ice-water.

  12. I don’t drink soda at all, so I never thought about how the ingredients might change. It sounds like you got some interesting comments–especially the kosher for Passover tip. I drink mostly water and coffee–and sometimes a glass of red wine with dinner. 🙂

  13. YES! I knew I couldn’t be the only person in the world who has problems with corn syrup! (It makes me cranky, and I don’t like the taste, either.)
    It’s so horrible that they don’t seem to understand that they should keep the popular drinks in stock, and since the one drink made with sugar is so popular, why don’t other sodas go that way as well?!

      • 😛 Hopefully they catch on sooner, rather than later… It’s probably due to the expense of sugar… apparently, corn syrup is cheaper. So we, too, have to pay higher prices on foods because we can’t eat it. And because we have to pay these higher prices, why can’t people just humor us and make the specialist items such as corn-syrup-free soda, since they can probably turn more of a profit on it?
        My logic is probably off… I should be in bed but I have been having a problem with insomnia recently 😦

      • Well, actually it’s not really insomnia because it’s not a chronic condition, I just can’t seem to calm down enough and stop thinking for long enough to get to sleep…

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