This post was originally written Jan 25, 2010. Sadly Dublin TX Dr Pepper is no more.
I just finished watching the movie Julie and Julia (I know…I am probably the last person in America to watch it) and I am not sure if I should feel more proud of Julie for taking on Julia with so much confidence and food flops or if I should be angry at Julia Child for thinking that Julie was being disrespectful of Julia.
As a writer, I am hurt. I am crushed for Julie. I feel like I can feel her pain of discovering that her idol didn’t like her.
I don’t enjoy feeling this way.
So I went to Walmart and drank a Dr Pepper instead.
Have you ever tasted a real Dr Pepper by any chance? I mean a real. cold. made with real sugar. Dr Pepper? I did Saturday. I didn’t think there would be much of a difference in flavor until I visited the Dublin TX Dr Pepper bottler just south of Stephenville, Texas. The experience was indeed divine.
It all started Saturday morning as I was moderating comments on this blog and trying to figure out what to do for the day. I was thinking about my Dr Pepper post when suddenly an idea popped into my mind: why not visit the infamous Dublin TX Dr Pepper plant? I had no idea where it was or how long I’d have to drive to get there or when the last tour ended, but you bet I was going!
The kids were happy to tag along.
So we arrived in Dublin, Texas just as the clock was signaling fifteen minutes to the last tour of the day. I’ve never seen so much Dr Pepper memorabilia in my life. Somehow, I thought I was in heaven. I just might have been for a moment.
Yes, as soon as that Dublin TX Dr Pepper made from pure cane Imperial sugar hit my taste buds and swirled across my mouth and danced on my tongue, I was somewhere between Heaven and Earth. For 6.5 ounces of pure indulgence of the nectar of the gods I was lost for a moment in time.
In fact, the Dublin TX Dr Pepper bottler has been in operation since 1891, the longest of any bottler under the same name. When other Dr Pepper bottlers began using high fructose corn syrup to cut costs in the 1970s, the Dublin bottler refused to and continues to use Imperial pure cane sugar as their sweetener of choice. I honestly did not think there would be any difference in flavor, but to my surprise the taste is not only distinguishable, but also much better than the variety I am so used to purchasing at my local store.Who would have known I had been missing out all this time?
I think the real Dr Pepper did, and that is why I had such an impromptu idea Saturday morning. It was speaking to me.
You must taste it for yourself.
PS: I bet Julia Child didn’t like Dr Pepper either. Makes me second guess her culinary choices.
Disclosure: Dr Pepper has never heard of me. Or heard me. What would you know if I had laryngitis the day I visited the Dublin TX Dr Pepper bottler.