It’s one of those age-old questions that never seems to get settled once and for all: which is better, Coke or Pepsi?
I think all of us have our preferred carbonated beverage, no matter what anyone else may prefer.
Coca-Cola came first, introduced in 1886 in an Atlanta drug store by Col. John PembertonIt and sold for just a nickel per glass at the soda fountain. Back then, it was widely believed that carbonated beverages were good for one’s health. (That is not necessarily the case, we have since figured out.) Pemberton initially claimed his “Coca-Cola” cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence. (That is not necessarily the case, either, we have since figured out.)
Pepsi was also introduced at a drug store, and was originally called “Brad’s Drink.” Created by Caleb Bradham, it made its debut in 1893 in New Bern, North Carolina. In 1898, Bradham renamed his drink “Pepsi,” after the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe. Bradham sought to create a fountain drink that was appealing and would aid in digestion and boost energy. (The digestion part seems iffy, but the sugar content makes the energy boost at least temporarily likely.)
Having grown up in South Carolina, I found myself directly in the crossfire between these two popular brands and their fans. I always preferred Coke. I have since come to prefer Diet Coke, although I’ll drink Diet Pepsi if there’s no Coke around. If there’s no Coke, Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi available, I’m more likely to go for a Sprite or something like that.
That brings me to this week’s Big Question. And just so you know, you don’t have to be a regular soda drinker to answer; as long as you’ve ever once tasted them, you’re qualified!