Let’s Settle This: Coke vs. Pepsi


When I was about 17 years old, my Step-dad accused me of eating only the pink Flintstones vitamins (yes, I still ate those at 17 and continued until I was 26, when I started buying adult gummy vitamins – because now I’m a grown up). He was right, of course. They tasted better.

Certain that this was not true, he challenged me to a blind taste test to determine whether I actually could tell the difference. Risking ODing on children’s vitamins, I accepted. And promptly lost the bet and my dignity, when I improperly identified a purple vitamin as a pink one. THE SHAME. I continued to eat only the pink ones on principle.

Fast forward nearly ten years. I eat my gummy vitamins daily and rarely drink soda. On the occasion that I do, I’m a Coca-Cola snob.

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When I studied abroad in Paris, I got hooked on the real honest to goodness sugar version of this stuff (in other countries, Coke contains real sugar and not corn syrup). Back in the States, I couldn’t find the good stuff so I settled for the occasional American coke. UNTIL I discovered Mexican coke. You know, the tall glass bottles with refresco and hecho en Mexico on the side. Real sugar in all it’s glory! Now I know every place it’s sold within 15 miles of my home (slight exaggeration). You can’t just find this stuff anywhere. You have to hunt it down.

I’ve since been accused of not being able to tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke or between Coke and Mexican Coke. I CAN tell the difference, I insisted. So N challenged me to prove, once and for all, that I can. A blind taste test.

pepsi vs coke

I hope it’s obvious from this ridiculously long personal story introduction that this isn’t a sponsored post. A word of warning: if I do ever hit the big time and get sponsored by Coca-Cola, it will go straight to my head.

So, N and I developed a highly scientific experiment. I wrote 1, 2, and 3 on the bottom of glasses in sharpie (what, you don’t write directly on your glassware?) and I left the room while he did the pouring and wrote down which number contained Pepsi, Coke, and Mexican Coke.

And now, the taste off.

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God I hate myself for using mason jars as glasses. Pinterest got the best of me 2 years ago. Forgive me.

Up first, here goes.

taste test 1

I’m pretty sure it’s Pepsi. I can’t even describe the difference but it’s there. On to the next two…

taste test 2
Intense deliberation happening here.

After tasting the next one, I’m positive the first one is Pepsi. This one is just so much better. But figuring out which is Coke and which is Mexican Coke will be harder. I take a sip of each, back and forth. Repeat. Repeat. The second one tastes slightly sweeter and is a little more bubbly. I like it better. I’m calling it, it’s Mexican Coke.

Here’s what I wrote down:

Coke vs. Pepsi
I had a ? next to Pepsi initially but after taking a sip of the others, I’m sure it’s Pepsi

So, was I right?



I have to admit, I’m a little too proud of myself. Yes, I recognize that this post is completely ridiculous. But I’ve proven something to the world (or basically just N) and I’ve proven something to myself.

If you need me, I’ll just be over here gloating.

And drinking Mexican Coke, of course. Because it just tastes better.

drinking mexican coke

I’d like to end this post on a super mature note. To anyone who ever said to me “Coke and Pepsi don’t taste that different”:

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