Okay all, I know quite a few people here will have been to the states, and we all know nerds like fizzy drinks and 'American soda' (I jest, of course). I've been having an ongoing row with some friends that Pepsi Throwback is a scam, because it is essentially the same as UK Pepsi made by Britvic except it has a retro can and costs £1.50. The selling point of Throwback is that it contains sugar beet, not high fructose corn syrup. Well the UK version only contains sugar, it doesn't specify what kind, but I am pretty sure sugar beet is the only sugar grown in the UK, so it seems likely it's the same. Apparently the fact it's made by Britvic means it's inferior, however if this is the case, why do they only sell Pepsi Throwback in American candy shops here and not 'American Pepsi', like they sell 'American Mountain Dew'? I think because it is cool and trendy to have a retro can and people are being conned. I did some research into this which involved working out the US nutritional info per 100ml for Throwback. The US Pepsi website says the 12fl can (360ml) contains EXACTLY 150kcal and 40g of sugar, which seems really specific to me. Compare this with the nutritional info on UK Pepsi, copied from their website, below: UK ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Colour (Caramel E150d), Phosphoric Acid, Flavourings (including Caffeine). Throwback ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Caffeine, Natural Flavor Calories in UK Pepsi per 100ml: 43 Calories in Throwback per 100ml: 41.7 Sugar in UK Pepsi per 100ml: 11g Sugar in Throwback per 100ml: 13.3g I don't know if those differences are real, due to the aforementioned distrust in the US website. I don't know much about nutrition but the fact that UK seems to have more calories than Throwback yet less sugar does not make sense to me. I think because the Throwback figures are rounded up, it's making the data look weird. So could it be the flavourings are different? I think they taste exactly the same but a few of my friends are insistent that Throwback is much better and go to great expense to import it. As I truly believe it is a scam, I will not pay another £1.50 for a blind taste test. I understand this thread is ridiculous but I am a ridiculous person frustrated by gullible friends who complain of having no cash, claiming they are 'addicted' to something they can get anywhere in the UK. I even tried posting on /ck/ which is a bastion of junk food knowledge and no one has yet been able to give me a definitive answer.