I’d give it a 6, maybe

Royal Crown Cola has been owned for several years by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and try saying that fast three times. Since there was already a Dr Pepper Ten, I figured an RC Ten was inevitable, and when a few bottles showed up at the local store, I snagged a two-liter.

I needn’t have bothered. I have come to the conclusion that diet soda — which is probably no better for you than non-diet soda anyway — uses the flavor equivalent of active noise cancellation: the taste is sufficiently dire to make the inevitable artificial-sweetener aftertaste seem acceptable by comparison. Still, there are worse items on the shelf, and I’m sure I’ve bought them from time to time.


  1. Lynn »

    3 July 2013 · 4:10 pm

    I have been drinking diet soda almost exclusively for probably 2 decades or more and I have gotten so used to the taste that regular soda tastes a bit wrong. Some are better than others though. I can’t stand Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke. I like Coke Zero. Cherry flavor greatly improves diet drinks. My favorite diet sodas are Cherry Coke Zero and Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper. I will also happily drink Diet Cherry Pepsi when I can find it. Diet Root Beers are also good. I have tried Dr. Pepper 10 (the manly soda, ha) and liked it as well or better than plain old gender neutral Diet Dr. Pepper.

  2. CGHill »

    3 July 2013 · 4:22 pm

    You know, it never occurred to me to try the cherry stuff.

  3. jsallison »

    3 July 2013 · 8:56 pm

    My wife likes diet IBC when she’s not drinking sweet tea with splenda. Me, I’m a bourbon and branch guy…

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