When we think of "salted caramel," we immediately make happy little arranged taste marriages in our head: salted caramel and popcorn; salted caramel and chocolate; salted caramel and coffee. We approve the aforementioned taste marriages wholeheartedly. And for reference, here is one we do not approve: salted caramel and sardines.
Now, here is a combo we just cannot figure out: salted caramel... and Pepsi? Oh, yes, culinary adventurers and soft-drink lovers! Pepsi has released a salted caramel flavor version of its trusty soda. Pepsi says the new taste sensation "blends the refreshing taste of cola with a delicious caramel finish." Umm. OK, if you say so, Pepsi.
The last time we checked, caramel — even salted — is still just the taste of gooey melted sugar, cream and butter. And also the last time we checked, Pepsi was caramel-colored liquid sugar. Maybe we could skip the whole caramel step and just stir a teaspoon of salt into our ice-cold Pepsi? No? OK, fine. I guess we'll have to try the damn stuff.
Hey, if we were in Japan, we'd feel obliged to try their limited-edition holiday Pepsi drink: cake-flavored Pepsi. Tokyo is going to be one sugared-up city this season.
But back to our own diabetic and heart-disease-ridden population. How are people handling Pepsi's salted caramel addition to its already sugar-tastic lineup? We'll serve you a sampling of Twitter's reactions and let you decide. Because Twitter is always delicious (and hilarious) during bewildering moments in soda pop history:
Salted Caramel Pepsi sounds like something you do at a Chuck E. Cheese-inspired bondage club.— Richard Kadrey (@Richard_Kadrey) November 12, 2017
Why is Salted Caramel Pepsi a thing? What does it taste like? Who thought it would be a good idea?— PolarUrsaMajor (@Zandenel) November 13, 2017
And one Instagram user did, well, absolutely nothing to convince us Salted Caramel Pepsi is something we need to have in our lives.
"Rolos in a zoo bathroom" has to be just about the most poetic beverage review we have ever seen on the internet. A scathing review to be sure, but damn, there's Shakespeare in that. So there you have it: Salted Caramel Pepsi is here. Try it if you dare. We're still getting up the nerve.
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