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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Dr Pepper Z/ Sprite Z Confirmed sighting: Dr Pepper Z/ Sprite Z
Posted: 10:05 Wed 18-May-2005. Price: 1.32 for 2litre bottle, buy one get one free. Location: Morrissons, Doncaster; Sainsburys, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Sub-flavours: Fanta Z (summer fruits and orange seen - no sign of the lemon sadly), possibly others. Nutritional unusualness: No added sugar, 0.4cal per 100ml.
"Rob" reports: This seems to be the "Pepsi Max" of the Dr Pepper brand; it tastes almost exactly like the original but lighter and less syrupy, but it's got a tiny amount of calories. Perfect for the health-conscious soda addict!

..."What's the worst that could happen?" wonders "Rob" here, in this brief (yet upbeat) report on another "Z" product that Coca-Cola hope consumers won't be spitting out all over the place. Fortunately, "Stephen Craig" brings some balance to the topic, musing [or View Comments to jump straight to the bit where he describes how they actually taste]: Armed with the sinister sweetening powers of Acesulfame K (which a cursory search of Google reveals is "200 times sweeter" than regular sugar. Cripes.), Coca Cola appear to be out to revamp their entire range with these dismally monikered Z variants (and which they insist on marketing as "Zee". IT'S "ZED" YOU C***S). Not entirely sure whether these are designed to replace or supplement the existing Diet drinks range - but certainly in my local Sainsbury's, outright replacement appeared to be the case. It's also worth nothing the long ghettoisation of the low calorie drinks appears to be over. For so long clad in either bizarre inverted versions of the original label colours or with a left-on-a-windowsill-in-the-sun-for-months faded version, the Z range appear to all come in essentially the same liveries as their full sugar parents. Er, apart from the whopping great "Z" on the front of them all, obviously.


Posted: 10:18 Wed 18-May-2005 by "Stephen Craig" # permalink comment
Comment: Anyway, taste then. The Sprite version actually works really well - possibly because Diet Sprite was the foulest diet drink imaginable, possessing an unbelievable chemical aftertaste (much stronger than other aspartame based drinks) and becoming essentially undrinkable about 10 mins after opening the bottle, due to some bizarre process that made the chemical taste stronger as the fizz dispersed (and even making it smell horrible). With such a high standard to live up to, Sprite Z can't help to be an improvement. It actually DOES taste vaguely like the regular version - but there is a slight artificialness to the whole thing (probably understandably) and a residual bit of the usual diet drink chemical-bitterness aftertaste. However, this seems to have been tempered somewhat and is nowhere near as noticeable as it once was. Not at all bad then.

The same more or less applies to the Dr. Pepper version. Conversely though, it seems to suffer much more when compared to the full calorie version - possibly because the attraction of Dr. Pepper is the fact it's essentially like drinking a thick syrup. As such, the Dr. Pepper Z - whilst not entirely unpleasant when taken on its own merits - is merely a disappointing simulacrum of the original.

Still, overall it's hurrah for progress and diet drinks being made less disgusting. What an age we live in.

Posted: 13:14 Wed 18-May-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i'm pleasantly surprised with dr pepper z, to me it tastes exactly the same as diet dr pepper (but is eminently less distinguishable on the shelf - did they not think of this?). in the states i tried sprite zero and it was vile - virtually flavourless. i hope they haven't wrecked sprite 'z' in the same way - diet sprite used to be quite refreshing...
Posted: 17:27 Wed 18-May-2005 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: Fanta Summer Fruits Z is perhaps the best addition to the range in a long time, after the travesty of Zesty Berry. This is almost edging out Icy Lemon in my favours. Summer fruits meaning Apple, Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Cherry, listed in that order and tasting pretty much as such. Hurrah!
Posted: 19:35 Wed 18-May-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I didn't notice any flavour change...not that I 'looked'.

By the way, Maryland Strawberry's and Cream...new?

Posted: 22:36 Wed 18-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes and they are bloody delicious! Though it's white chocolate, not cream. The best Maryland cookies I've ever had.
Posted: 19:27 Thu 19-May-2005 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: I saw the Maryland cookies in Morrisons the other day. I was only there for the fresh bagels but I may go crazy and pick these up. New food is interesting. And a great distraction from end-of-semester exams...
Posted: 22:10 Tue 24-May-2005 by "StuB"
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Comment: FYI, I saw Icy Lemon Fanta Z in Sainsburys Exeter this evening. The regular stuff is gorgeous but tends to give me acid these days so I was more excited about the possibility of obtaining some Sprite Z which, annoyingly enough, was all gone (although it took a bit of hunting to confirm this, seeing as how the label LOOKS JUST LIKE BLOODY REGULAR SPRITE ANYWAY). All brands of "x" Z were BOGOF though (this may also have included regular -- and possibly even the normal diet -- versions, in case anyone was interested in some taste testing, or perhaps getting two bottles of Diet Fanta for some synchronised spitting: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1486525,00.html).

Incidentally, I hereby donate my God-awful "let me be your Fanta Z" (arf!) pun to any passing copywriter or marketing bod desperate enough to nick it.

Posted: 01:20 Wed 25-May-2005 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: That's a funny pun. Seriously I laughed at that. Then again I laugh at a lot of things.

But ehhh not at these drinks. They are lame-oh. Partly because of the "zee not zed" usage. Admittedly there's no fun in saying "Let me be your Fanta-zed".

Posted: 18:46 Sat 28-May-2005 by "StuB" # permalink comment
Comment: Well, just tried Sprite "Zee" (back in stock at my local Sainsburys but the BOGOF offer has ended), and it's alright but has an aftertaste that seems curiously close to "morning mouth" (if you know what I mean). Not sure I'll get it again, or if I do I'll be sure to brush my teeth before I go anywhere after drinking it.
Posted: 20:36 Sat 28-May-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i saw my first tv ad for these this week and they are pronouncing it 'zed' on there. still think the packaging is a mistake though.
Posted: 19:03 Mon 30-May-2005 by "StuB" # permalink comment
Comment: Say the aforementioned "Zed" ad for the first time this afternoon and therefore wish to retract my "Let me be your Fanta Z" pun -- the Baby D comeback will clearly have to wait.
Posted: 21:01 Wed 01-Jun-2005 by "Baron" # permalink comment
Comment: The Z Dr Pepper tastes the same as the origial, however it doesnt give you the extreme sugar/caffene rush the original so exelently provides. It just makes you sleepy, however the taste is the same. Alot better than Diet Dr Pepper, oterwise knows as urin.
Posted: 01:43 Sat 25-Jun-2005 by "Cee" # permalink comment
Comment: Dr Pepper is my favourite drink - if they replace it with this stupid Z brand I'm stuffed!! (Aspartame triggers the migraine from hell for me).
Posted: 02:35 Sat 25-Jun-2005 by "SALLY" # permalink comment
Comment: http://www.freewebs.com/oneyearon/index.htm
Posted: 14:38 Wed 06-Jul-2005 by "sam" # permalink comment
Comment: I live in australia, and i love dr pepper, but i dont see it around much anymore. i miss it alot!
Posted: 07:16 Thu 07-Jul-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: ha, i was right about the packaging of this stuff. when i bought a bottle from the newsagents last week the man checked i understood it was diet. he said he's been getting loads of people spitting it out because they thought it was the full fat version.

also, sarah kennedy mentioned 'new' white twixes on the radio this morning...?

Posted: 13:34 Sat 13-Aug-2005 by "lee" # permalink comment
Comment: i dont think dr pepper z is nice at all, its not EXACTLY the same only similar, i think it tastes fake.
Posted: 00:25 Mon 10-Apr-2006 by "Claire Ward" # permalink comment
Comment: I am a self-confessed dr pepper addict. I went cold turkey about a year ago because of the sugar. However yesterday I walked into the supermarket and a big beam of light came down from above and shined upon the ulmighty "Dr pepper Z" and I filled the trolley FULL leaving the shelf empty. Although I know it doesnt have the full sugar goodness, I appreciate soooooooo much that I get to drink it to my hearts content without the immense guilt. So I bow down to you cocacola and agree that yes "zero added sugar..GREAT TASTE"
Posted: 05:19 Mon 10-Apr-2006 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: we have dr pepper cherry vanilla, and dr pepper berries & cream here in the US. Both are pretty good
Posted: 10:25 Mon 10-Apr-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: ooh, berries and cream! i was not wild about cherry vanilla tbh, too many cooks (weird flavours) spoiling the broth (dr pepper).
Posted: 05:50 Sun 16-Apr-2006 by "Kasha" # permalink comment
Comment: Is Dr Pepper Berries & Cream available in the UK yet? Or will it even be offered there?
Posted: 06:48 Sun 16-Apr-2006 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: probably not, but I'm sure you will be able to get it on cybercandy eventually

heres a pic of it http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a312/sodablog/drpepperberriescream.jpg

Posted: 16:02 Mon 22-May-2006 by "Eva" # permalink comment
Comment: In case your interested, I juste read an articel, the Z drinks are supposed to be more appealing to the male customer, because "Diet"-drinks are too "girly". Enjoy :)
Posted: 16:40 Mon 22-May-2006 by "GTO" # permalink comment
Comment: New "Coke Zero" is supposed to appeal to men for exactly that reason. The can is definately more masculine looking - Very sleek and black. Lilt Z is really nice btw. 75787 43
Posted: 15:59 Sat 21-Jul-2007 by "Pretty P"
(apparently posting from ) # permalink comment
Comment: right, dr pepper zero is real nice, too nice. How can something that tastes so good be also good for you. I cant believe its 100% healthy theres got to be some catch. Can anyone prove oe disprove my theory?
Posted: 00:58 Sat 29-Sep-2007 by "Mark W" # permalink comment
Comment: Well, the sweeteners in Dr. Pepper Zero have been known to rot the brains of lab rats. Erm apart from that and the slight taste difference not much else really. I was a Dr. Pepper addict, rationed it a bit lately. Bought Dr. Pepper Zero by mistake and it's not bad but I'm going back to the original after this bottles finished as I'd rather have my teeth rot than my brain.
Posted: 09:26 Tue 07-Oct-2008 by "Mark"
(apparently posting from ) # permalink comment
Comment: Can someone tell me why they stopped seling Diet Dr pepper in the UK please?
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