I’ve never had Dr. Wham before today. I thought it was a Wal-mart store brand until I saw it in the Pepsi machine at work. Actually, even after I saw it in the Pepsi machine, I thought maybe Pepsi had bought some at Wal-mart, because they have a few canned Coca-Cola products in the machine, too. Then I noticed that the label said it was bottled by Buffalo Rock Pepsi. Today, I decided to give it a try.
It tastes like watered down Dr. Pepper. Maybe it’s supposed to taste like Dr. Pepper, but since so many sodas nowadays taste watered down, it may be related to that. On a side note, I think that the soda companies or at least the fast food places are deliberately including more water in the mix than the recipe calls for, in order to save money on the syrups and make more profit.
As I sat here, trying to savor my watered down Dr. Wham, I was looking at the label. “Est. 1927” it says.
Okay, maybe this is a soda that I never heard of before. I hadn’t heard of Moxie until a few years ago. I can’t connect to any wi-fi right now, so I have no idea about the true history of Dr. Wham. It’s entirely possible that Dr. Wham was first marketed and sold in 1927. I don’t know.
Then I noticed that the label says, “original formula.”
According to the ingredients list on the label, Dr. Wham is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. I’m fairly certain that high fructose corn syrup hadn’t been invented in 1927, and I’m pretty darn sure that Dr. Wham, if it really was developed in the first half of the 20th century, would have been sweetened with sugar.
Now they’re lying to me. Either it was invented in 1927 and it was sweetened with real sugar and they’re lying about the “original formula” crap, or Dr. Wham was invented a couple of years ago when I first started seeing it in the refrigerated cases in the Wal-mart check-out line and, in fact, high fructose corn syrup is part of the original recipe.
It can’t be both.
I feel gypped and cheated, but I’m fairly certain that Pepsi won’t care and will not send me my $1.25 back. So, I’m forced to drink from this bottle of falsehoods and swill a cheap and dissatisfying knock-off of Dr. Pepper around in my mouth and hope that it will all be over soon.