Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brand Wars: Sprite vs. Sierra Mist vs. 7UP

In case you don't remember, last year we pitted Pepsi against Coke in the very first Brand War of all time. Pepsi won. Coca-Cola has since called for a rematch and today we will be blindly testing Sprite, Sierra Mist, and 7UP to see which refreshing citrus beverage takes home the gold.


Instead of hemming and hawing (which, by the way, is a term now in my vocabulary, thanks to my new job in West Virginia) I'm just going to jump right in.


There is no difference between Sierra Mist and Sprite. Like, none. At all. Whatsoever. I think if you'd blindfolded me and made me try them both I wouldn't have even known they were different. Not even a little bit.

7UP, on the other hand, was full of all kinds of weirdness. First of all, it doesn't claim to be "lemon-lime soda" like the others. It doesn't claim a citrus flavor or even a fruity finish. It just says it's "crisp" and "refreshing," which is super helpful considering all those sodas on the market that advertise themselves as "flat" and "icky."


We couldn't quite put our finger on what was wrong with 7UP, just that it was gross and that we didn't like it.


Moving on, we polished off a good amount of Sierra Mist and Sprite trying to come up with some grand revelation that would prove a true winner of the beverage game.

There wasn't one.


All I can tell you for sure is that the Sprite bubbles were bigger than the Sierra Mist bubbles, and really, I've never heard of anybody buying soda based on bubble size, so I'm pretty sure that's useless information.


Since there was no apparent winner based on flavor, we turned to nutrition labels to solve our dilemma. As it turns out, Sierra Mist registers lower sodium and lower carbs than Sprite, plus it's made with real sugar. No, seriously, like, REAL sugar. You know, that white sandy stuff we used before we discovered we could squeeze health hazards out of corn and use that to sweeten shit. Despite it's lack of a unique flavor, Sierra Mist obviously wins for its less menacing list of ingredients.


Pepsi: 2, Coke 0.


What's your favorite soft drink?

22 comments:

  1. *sigh* sorry, but as an Atlantan, I have to vehemently disagree with your conclusions.

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    1. How can you possibly disagree with these highly scientific findings?????

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    2. Because its all opinion based.

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    3. 7UP IS GOOD LIKE WTF ITS THE SAME THING AS SIARA MIST AND SPRITE SO JUST WOW THEY ALL TASTE THE SAME TO ME

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    4. So were just going to ignore that the person reviewing this claims 7UP doesn't claim to be lemon lime, even with the giant lemon and lime wedges so clearly placed on its front.

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  2. Blahhhh I just like plain old cold club soda! The rest are just really too sweet for me and totally not worth the calories!

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    1. Throw in some vodka and lime and you've got yourself a deal!

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  3. 7-up has a stronger lemon flavor, sprite has a strong lime flavor. 7-up has more carbonation than sprite. Sierra mist is more like sprite meaning more on the lime flavor but Sierra mist has more carbonation than sprite. I've been drinking all three for many many years. Sprite is my top pick, Sierra mist 2nd and 3rd 7-up.

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    1. You are quite the soda connoisseur! But I absolutely agree about the carbonation factor. Amazing the difference a little extra air makes!

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    2. I never thought I would like a soda better than 7up but I just love Sierra Mist.

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  4. Sierra Mist has a nasty after taste. It also tastes like sprite if it lost most of it's carbon bubbles. Sprite is too 'sour' and has a load of that high fructose corn syrup. 7up is just right for me.

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    1. Actually i have to agree with this guy 7up is better and sierra mist is kinda nasty but sprite is good too but 7up is better.

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  5. If a recipe for a biscuits calls for 7up, could I substitute it for the other two lemon lime sodas?

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  6. I've noticed somethu ng interesting. The sierra mist in my hometown(somewhat ruralish) tastes better than sprite and 7up but when I get sierra mist at school (hour away in big city) the sierra mist takes awful. One of the older folks at home said they used to have the same issue with sundrop. They claimed the taste issue depended on the water being used.

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  7. I agree 7up is the best I just drank one that’s why I’m here because in my town it’s hard to find 7up and now I remember why I use to drink 7up over sprite any day of the week and I’m not even going to mention the other name yuck �� that after taste is awful

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  8. You should never offer your opinion about food and beverage. Seriously, you can't tell the difference between Sierra Mist and Sprite, wow, just amazing! I like Sprite a lot, 7up is different but very good as well. If Sprite and 7up are in the 9 range (out of 10) Sierra Mist is 0-1, its just horrible. The best ever was Slice, I'd rate a 10, actually had real juice.

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  9. Yeah I have to agree with the comment above. I love Sprite, I drink it every day. I can deal with 7 Up if for some reason Sprite isn't available, but it definitely tastes different. It's not bad at all I just much prefer Sprite. Sierra Mist, however, is disgusting. To me it tastes NOTHING like Sprite. I tried it once and couldn't even finish the bottle, it was just a very unpleasant tasting drink. So yeah, definitely Sprite for me.

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