From the “Surprisingly Doesn’t Suck” Category
Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper. Tastes pretty much exactly like a chocolate-covered cherry, but, you know, carbonated. Yeah, that doesn’t sound appealing to me either, but I thought I would try it, and it really does work. I think it’s carbonated more than regular Dr. Pepper, which I think is key; I’m not a huge fan of the standard stuff because I think it kind of lingers in an aftertaste-y sort of way, which I put down in part to insufficient carbonation. Yes, I think about this stuff too much.
This particular soda also reinforces my theory that cherry-related diet sodas are so sweet that you almost can’t tell they’re diet. When I first switched over to diet soda, I went with Diet Cherry Coke to fool my brain into thinking I wasn’t trying to dose it with aspartame. It clearly worked. This stuff, you could give to people and if anything, they’d probably think it has too much sugar. For a diet soda, that’s some sort of victory.