The New Pepsi Next
What is Pepsi Next? Well, it’s a cola drink with “Real Cola Taste and 60% less sugar” according to Pepsi. If you are a regular soda drinker, do you really care about how many calories are there in a soda before you drink it? If someone cares about the calories, I think they would just grab a diet soda drink instead. So, this mid-range calories soda drink is for non-regular soda drinks? By the way, Pepsi Next was launched couple days ago nation wide and I think the design was some what appealing when you compare it to other Pepsi designs.
The aroma coming out from the can was very light and you had to sniff around the opening for couple seconds in order for you to smell the Pepsi aroma. The color for the Pepsi Next looked exactly the same as your regular Pepsi soda drink and same for the texture. The carbonation seemed to be about the same as well. As for the taste, the very first sip tasted just like any other Pepsi soda drinks, but after couple more sips, you could sense the sweet taste was lighter than the regular Pepsi. It seems the “60% less sugar” statement on the can was true. In the beginning, the taste was close to diet Pepsi, but after chugging down half of the 12 fl oz can, you could tell it didn’t taste like diet Pepsi because of the light sweet taste with slightly stronger cola flavor. Also, you could recognize the artificial sweetener taste as well. The aftertaste wasn’t as strong as the regular Pepsi drinks.
The ingredients for this New Pepsi Next include: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Caffeine, Potassium Sorbate (Preserves Freshness), Aspartame, Citric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium and Cucralose. Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine. It also contains 60 calories, 60mg of sodium, 15g of sugar and 43mg of caffeine.
Overall, the Pepsi Next tasted good. You can’t really say it’s healthy but it’s slightly better than the regular Pepsi drinks in terms of the calories and amount of sugar in the drink. Now days, everyone is watching what they are eating and drinking and even TV is advertising not to drink so drinks. So, I’m not sure how this mid-range calorie drink will do this time because last time Pepsi pull their Pepsi Edge from shelves.
Price: $6 for 12 Cans
Size: 12 FL OZ/ 355 ML
Where to buy: Any grocery store