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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Diet Coke Celebrity Special Editions - Denise Van Outen Confirmed sighting: Diet Coke Celebrity Special Editions - Denise Van Outen
Posted: 15:31 Wed 23-Mar-2005. Price: 1. Location: Boots the chemist, Bath. Sub-flavours: Sadie Frost, etc. Nutritional unusualness: Unsatisfying 250ml size.
"Pzazz fiend" reports: Not sure it really counts as it is more a packaging thing (what do I know I'm a Snackspot rookie) but initially thought I had discovered a Denise Van Outen-flavoured Diet Coke. Closer inspection revealed I was mistaken, lovely Denise merely designed a squiggle on the can in a bid to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter.

...It may be just a "squiggle" to you, "Pzazz fiend", but it's all the excuse I need to mention that Coke and Pepsi are both set to launch new diet sodas this year - Pepsi ONE featuring the sweetener Splenda, and Coke Zero "a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium" with a different taste to Diet Coke, apparently. And, speaking of sweeteners, here's a much-belated pic of the Holiday Spice Pepsi which cost "Diarmuid Mallon" 99c for 20 FL OZ in Georgia, USA, causing him to ponder: Now what the spice is, I really couldn't tell you. It is something akin to mulled wine - but not quite. The package gives no clues either. Whilst not unpleasant, the bottle lasted two days in my hotel room, I was in no rush to buy any more. What was interesting was the "Contains high fructose corn syrup and/ or sugar" label, which I guess is mass produced, and then handed out to all the local bottling plants. So some places in the states you can get your Pepsi with "real" sugar!


Posted: 18:11 Wed 23-Mar-2005 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: I spotted the Sadie Frost in the newsagents at Asda sometime ago. And whilst I am confident in my masculinity enough to try the Nestle Little Notions and wear a pink shirt from time to time, I just couldn't bring myself to pick one of these fay little cans.
Posted: 22:07 Wed 23-Mar-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Pah, Pepsi One....Pepsi Blue we need :D

I saw Black and White SMarties today too.

Posted: 00:02 Thu 24-Mar-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Black and white Smarties?
Posted: 10:31 Thu 24-Mar-2005 by "Gooner Girl" # permalink comment
Comment: As they in those silly little skinny cans? Have seen them in Boots for the last few months but couldn't see the point so didn't investigate further. Now I know........!
Posted: 15:28 Thu 24-Mar-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: "a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium"

a blend of sugars and vegetable extracts was so very last millenium. The latter sweetener sounds like blowtorch fuel.

Random factoid that everyone probably already knows - the Lo Salt, the low salt alternative to salt, is a mixture of Sodium Chloride (er, salt) and Potassium Chloride. A small amount of the potassium is the naturally occuring radioactive isotope Potassium-40, making Lo Salt noticably register on a geiger counter. This sweetener would probably also register.

So then; sugar or possibly radioactive sweetner? The choice is yours, depending on whether you want your piss to have a half-life.

Posted: 19:31 Thu 24-Mar-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Yeah, you've got to find the colours or some other malarkey. I think someone posted American B+W M and M's before. Just like that really
Posted: 15:45 Mon 04-Apr-2005 by "NikBorton" # permalink comment
Comment: But... Diet Coke already contains a blend of aspartame and acesulfame k. At least, the bottles I've been buying recently do.

And in final (well, new) proof that it's aspartame rather than caffeine that makes me dizzy, unfocussed and cotton-woolly, last week I found that caffeine-free diet coke actually affects me more quickly than normal Diet. Sigh.

I also found that Kettle Chips 'salsa and mesquite' crisps are both gorgeous and dramatically less fatty/calorific than any other crisp/cracker in the 'luxury' section of the supermarket. Bonus!

Posted: 09:34 Mon 24-Apr-2006 by "steven gingertree" # permalink comment
Comment: she actualy tastes like fish and a nasty mix of chilli and rabbit with a hint of garlic cheese cake
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