From time to time we get asked to review a product on our blog. I jumped at the chance to try out Pepsi Next, mostly because I wanted to try my hand at some product photography (if I’m going to be perfectly honest). If I drink any soft drink, it’s going to be sugar free. Pepsi Next is not sugar free like Pepsi Max – so that put me off from the start. But then I read the ingredient list on the back of the can, and realised the whole point of this drink. It’s not a diet cola. It’s a better-for-you cola. Diet Soft Drinkers – how many times have you had this conversation:
You: Sugar is bad, so I drink diet coke (or whatever) Annoying Person: Yeah but sugar isn’t as bad as all the chemicals that are in diet coke
Which, you know, is probably true. Whatever. All soft drink is bad for you. Moving on. Pepsi Next’s best feature (in my opinion) is that it contains no chemical sweeteners like the aspartame and acesulphame potassium that are found in other cola products like Diet Coke (and Pepsi Max). Instead, it is sweetened using the Stevia plant. You know that Natvia sweetener you see in expensive eco-bio-fairtrade-green-hippy coffee shops? Same thing. So while it’s not sugar free, if you really want to drink a soft drink, the small amount of sugar might be worth it to avoid some of those icky chemicals. Actually, come to think of it, Pepsi Next would be a great cola mixer. Scotch and diet coke just don’t go well together. Pepsi Next would do the trick quite nicely. Also: it really does taste like Coke. I can’t tell the difference. To prove it, Pepsi are doing blind taste tests around the country. Find out more on their Facebook page. For the sake of completeness, Pepsi Next is available at most places where the Pepsi range is stocked and in a range of sizes to suit all occasions.