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Kevin McAllister’s Brand Loyalty

The next time you watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York pay attention to what soda the McAllisters drink. In the first one Pepsi is the brand shown on screen. They even mention it by name: “Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!” It’s pretty obvious product placement. But in the sequel the McAllisters are drinking Coca-Cola. I question Kevin McAllister’s brand loyalty. You are either a Coke person or a Pepsi person. You don’t switch between the two all nimbly-bimbly. Maybe it’s symbolic of his character growing and maturing, going from a lesser cola to a better one, but I doubt it. My guess is Coke was willing to pay more money to the studio.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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2-For-$2.22 Deal

I was feeling rather parched yesterday on my way to work. I stepped into a 7-Eleven in search of something to quench my thirst. I wanted something a little more exciting than bottled water, preferably with caffeine. It was either iced tea or soda, and soda has bubbles, so soda it was. I walked over towards the soda side of the cooler and looked over their incredible selection of pop. There were too many choices and I got overwhelmed and grabbed a Coke. Then I noticed a sign advertising Coke products as 2-for-$2.22 deal. Hmmm. I could buy one twenty ounce bottle for a dollar fifty, or I could buy two for two dollars and twenty-two cents and hypothetically save myself seventy-eight cents if I bought both bottles at the same time. I’d be a fool not to do it. So I did it. I bought one regular Coke and one Cherry Coke because I like to mix things up. Needless to say, my thirst was soon quenched.

But now I had a new problem. I had too much soda and I was going to work. We have a refrigerator in our break room, but some of my coworkers have sticky fingers and I wasn’t going to leave my unopened bottle in there unguarded all day. I chose to leave it in my backpack. Of course I forgot about it until I was on the way home and got thirsty again. I pulled it out of my bag and cracked it open. It was warm. It wasn’t very tasty nor refreshing. It was downright disappointing. Next time I will think twice before I fall for the 2-for-$2.22 deal.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Coca-Cola Vanilla

Coca-Cola Vanilla is exactly what it sounds like. It’s Coca-Cola with Vanilla flavor added to it. Coca-Cola already has a little vanilla in it to begin with, so adding more really compliments the soda. It makes the world’s best soda more creamy and smooth. People have been adding vanilla to Coke in ice cream shops and soda parlors for decades, so it was just a matter of time before it would become mass-produced. And in 2002, Vanilla Coke was introduced to the world as a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company. It was a big success when it was released, mostly because of the huge advertising and marketing campaign to promote it. But sales dwindled over the next few years and they eventually replaced it with Black Cherry Vanilla Coke in 2006. The allure of Vanilla Coke could not be denied however, and it was brought back in 2007 and rebranded as Coca-Cola Vanilla. I don’t know why they had to change the name. Vanilla Coke is easier to say and sounds more casual and cool. Coca-Cola Vanilla is a bit of a tongue twister and makes you sound pompous and old fashioned. I didn’t order a Vanilla Coke. I ordered a Coca-Cola Vanilla, you imbecile! All in all, Coca-Cola Vanilla is a good twist on an already great soda. I don’t know if I like it better than Cherry Coke/Coca-Cola Cherry/Whatever they call it now, but I’ll grab it from time to time just to mix it up, and I’m never dissatisfied with my purchase.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Diet Coke with Lime

Diet Coke with Lime is Diet Coca-Cola with lime flavor added to it. I’m not a big fan of diet sodas, but this one is pretty decent. It’s smooth and drinkable and doesn’t have much of an aftertaste. The lime flavor adds a nice, refreshing twist. It makes you wonder why they still haven’t released regular Coke with Lime. That would be even better. And it doesn’t make sense to have a diet alternative to a soda that doesn’t exist. All in all, Diet Coke with Lime is a solid zero-calorie soda that tastes better than regular Diet Coke because it has a citric zest and a less noticeable aftertaste. If I was stuck on an island and had a choice between Diet Coke, Diet Coke with Lime, and a coconut, I would probably choose the Diet Coke with Lime 99% of the time. Every once in a while I would take the coconut.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Pepsi

Pepsi is an American cola that tries (and fails) to compete with Coca-Cola. It’s sweeter and less bitter than Coke, and you can tell the difference between the two if you ever do a blind taste test. It’s not a bad cola, it’s just not Coke. It tries to be hip and cool and more youth-orientated, but it’s been around since 1893 so they can’t keep pretending to be the new guy on the block. Anyway, there are two types of people in the world: Coke people and Pepsi people. Coca-Cola is the number one soda for a reason: it’s better. Pepsi just kind of exists as an alternative. It’s an inferior product for people who want to rebel against the status quo. Hipsters drink Pepsi and nobody wants to be a hipster. I’m not going to judge you if you prefer Pepsi over Coke, but I’ll know that I don’t want to be your friend.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Mexican Coke (soda, not the drug)

Coca-Cola is a classic American beverage that has been embraced by the whole world and we take a lot of pride in that fact. But Mexico makes better Coke than we do. They use real sugar and package them in glass bottles. Americans use high-fructose corn syrup and primarily package them in cans. You can taste the difference. Mexican coke is slightly sweeter and has less of an aftertaste, but it’s still Coca-Cola, just a better tasting version of it. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s worth it. I fancy myself an amateur soda connoisseur, and Mexican Coke has a place in my personal Top Five Best Sodas list. I’m not sure of it’s exact standing because I’ve never actually made a Top Five Best Sodas list, but it would be on there for sure. Mexican Coke is nostalgia in a bottle, you can experience what real Coke used to taste like.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Flat Soda

One of the best things about soda is that it’s carbonated. Bubbles are fun. There’s no denying that. They add pop and fizz and make the soda more enjoyable. And that’s why I can’t enjoy a flat soda. I had an opened 2 liter bottle of Coke in the fridge that I ignored for a few days too long. Now there’s no more carbonation. There’s no life to it. It’s still cold so I’ll drink it. But I’m going to grumble and complain and not enjoy it at all. If it was warm I’d pour it out. Warm flat soda tastes like piss. Bubbles are one of the best things about soda and you don’t realize how much they mean to you until they are gone. Bubbles or bust.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Is Pepsi Ok?

I work at a restaurant where we have Pepsi products. And I’m a Coke guy. So if someone orders a Coke, I feel obligated to ask, “Is Pepsi Ok?”. More than half the time they will change their order to an iced tea, Dr Pepper, root beer or a water. I think brand loyalty is awesome. “No, I will not settle for a Pepsi. I would rather have  glass of the semen-killing Mountain Dew.” If someone orders a Coke and you don’t have it, you have to tell them that you have an inferior product. Coke and Pepsi are similar, but they aren’t the same. One of the most important questions in life is if “Pepsi’s ok?”… And no, Pepsi is not ok.

Critically Rated at 10/17

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Coca-Cola Cherry

The classic cola with a cherry twist. First off this is Cherry Coke. I know it, you know it, the CEO of Pepsi knows it. There was no reason to have to rename it Coca-Cola Cherry. It doesn’t exactly flow off the tongue.

Coke is good, cherry flavor is good, combined they are very good. If it was available in glass bottles it would get a perfect score.

Critically Rated at 16/17.

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Coca-Cola Classic

The quintessential soda, this is America’s soda… No, this is the world’s soda. It is more than a soda pop. This is an icon. The logo and bottle shape are instantly recognizable by people from every country on every continent. Crisp, refreshing flavor, and the standard for colas everywhere.

The Coke chain of command goes:

Can < plastic bottle < soda fountain < glass bottle < Mexican glass bottle.

In Mexico they still use real sugar and none of that high fructose corn syrup that they use as sweetener in the US.

All Hail the King of Colas, the best Soda in the World, Now and Forever. Go to Hell Pepsi drinkers, you have lost the cola wars.

Critically Rated at a perfect 17/17.

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Coca-Cola Cherry Zero

Coke’s zero calorie cherry cola is one of the best diet sodas I’ve ever had. There is a slight aftertaste like most diet colas, but it is not as bad as most diet sodas. I don’t usually buy diet drinks but when I do, I usually grab this one.

Critically Rated at 14/17.

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