Why pay for the good stuff when you can buy a cheap knock-off? That must be the theory behind the introduction of off-brand Dr Pepper imitations. Stores throughout the country are now selling their own versions alongside the original, and, apparently, people are buying enough of the stuff to make it worth their effort.
Of course, stores and other distributors have marketed their own sodas for years. Generic colas, root beers, and fruit-flavored beverages are common, and aren't really any different from generic pasta, canned vegetables, or charcoal. But there are so many different name-brand colas, root beers, and orange sodas on the shelf that you can't really say that the store has chosen to copy something original -- determining the original in many of these cases would be pretty difficult.
Dr Pepper, though, is an original. It doesn't taste like cola or root beer or any mass-marketed fruit drink -- it tastes like, well, Dr Pepper. The stores seem to have picked up on this, and have therefore chosen the name of their beverage very carefully. In the lists that follow, you may notice a pattern emerging.
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Within this site are pictures of 122 different imitation Dr Peppers I've been able to come across so far. To reduce loading time, the list has been split into multiple pages. The list of Doctors includes all clones with the word "Doctor" (or Dr, or Dr., or Doc) in their name, and all the others fall under the title Non-degreed; most have names that suggest a connection to Dr Pepper that aren't as blatantly obvious as the ones on the first list. Details included in the lists are the distributor and brand name (if applicable), name and city of the store where the can was purchased, and any additional comments that seem relevant. Feel free to pass along details on any I may have missed.
13 new varieties added July 27, 2008:
Dr. Buzz, Dr. Cane, Dr Dazzle, Dr. Denali, Dr. Duck, Doctor Dublin, Dr Faygo, Dr. Rock, Dr. Tremor, Dr. Wham, Dr. Zip, The DR., and XDP,
plus 25 new cans/bottles from varieties already listed
If you would like to see all of the images together, click here. It may take a while to load if you have dial-up, so while you wait, why not enjoy a nice, cold can of your favorite carbonated beverage?
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Last updated/new varieties last added July 27, 2008