(DPS) is a producer, bottler, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Its portfolio of teas, juices, juice drinks, and mixers include the RC Cola, Dr Pepper, Squirt, Welch's, Country Time, Snapple, Mott's, Hawaiian Punch, Nantucket Nectars, and Yoo-Hoo brands. Pepper Snapple was spun off from Cadbury plc in 2008 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.
Is there still a chance to get a taste of a real Dublin Dr Pepper?
, a documentary about the last days of Dublin Dr Pepper, the drink was meant to taste “the way the soda fountain smelled.” Dr Pepper’s claim to fame is its “signature blend” of 23 flavors, which are believed to include amaretto, juniper, blackberry, cinnamon and vanilla; similarly to Coke, the actual recipe for Dr Pepper is a secret.
One member of a documentary film crew in Dublin that day bought 10 to 12 cases of the last run.
Months after Dublin Bottling Works stopped making the drink, a family showed up with cases to sell at the company’s birthday celebration.
As recently as 2014, a fan reported buying a genuine bottle of Dublin Dr Pepper at Pops 66, a soda shop in Oklahoma.
Could it be possible that four years after Dublin stopped making Dr Pepper, bottles of this coveted drink are out there?
By the time the Dublin bottler stopped making the drink, the company was selling pure-cane sugar Dr Pepper by mail order, and some restaurants had figured out how to get a regular supply.
Though Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the owner of the brand, tolerated—and even tacitly endorsed—Dublin Dr Pepper for years, in 2011, the corporation sued the Dublin bottler for using an out-of-date logo on its bottles and for selling outside of its designated territory.
Eventually, the new reality set in: Dublin Dr Pepper was no more. Or could the black market that once ferried soda from Dublin all over the country still provide a taste?