Thursday, January 04, 2007

SODA SHOWDOWN: Sprite vs. 7UP

Category: Citrus Soda
Ratings (out of 5)
Taste: 7UP 3, Sprite 4
Fizziness Factor: 7UP 4, Sprite 4
Bottle/Can Design: 7UP 3, Sprite 3
Availability: 7UP 5, Sprite 5

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the beverage battle royale between The Uncola and Lymon! Since 7 comes before S in my alphabet, first up is 7UP, which, if you have a moment, has a pretty quirky history. Highlights include the fact that it was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda" and that its first formula contained the mood-stabilizer lithium citrate. Sadly, the lithium is gone, but 7UP has recently been reformulated so that it can carry the "100% natural" label—though it still contains the dreaded high-fructose corn syrup. I have to admit that, until today, I hadn't had a 7UP in a long time, and I found the first sniff of it alluring in a Lemon Pledge sort of way. The taste, however, was a bit of letdown. It's fizzy and citric acid-y, but even though the new bottle design features both a lemon and lime wedge, the contents of the bottle don't taste like either one. Given a choice between 7UP and plain seltzer, I would take the 7UP by a nose.

Sprite has less fragrance but more flavor than 7UP, thanks mostly to a limey (the fruit, not the Brit) aftertaste. Although the two citrus contenders are nearly identical in every other nutritional category, Sprite has a lot more sodium—110 mg per bottle versus 65 for 7UP. Sprite's history is not as compelling as 7UP's, although it did come from Germany and give birth of the word "lymon," which as an English major I find perplexing because it's supposed to be a combination of "lemon" and "lime," neither of which contains a "y." Oh well, maybe Fergie used to work in their ad department. Both sodas are light, caffeine-free, and refeshing, but your winner by a TKO is Sprite, for now the World Champion of Mass Market Citrus Sodas. Please proceed to the exits in an orderly fashion, and join us next week for the Root Beer Rumble. (Total Score 7UP 15, Sprite 16)

17 comments:

Mr. Hayashi said...

Sprite is too sweet and syrupy. 7 Up clearly rules.

Max said...

I agree with Mr. Hayashi. 7up tastes more fruity. (imho of course) ;-)
(BUT it seems like Sprite's calories are lower: 40 vs 45)

Matt said...

I think that 7up has more flavor and tastes a little better than Sprite, but Sprite is good to..

Matt said...

Plus 7up is killer for a hang over.. Haha

Anonymous said...

In India 7up is the sweeter one among the two. 7up a terrible mix with vodka!

Jacob said...

I noticed you said "the dreaded high fructose corn syrup". Even though hfcs is completely natural and the exact same thing as sugar. The only difference is that its made from corn. The only reason people say its bad is because of its weird name. Another reason is that some group (cant remember which one) wrote a story about it being linked to obesity, but it was later falsified. Just saying this because "Knowledge is Power!"

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Brett said...

there both really good!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

7 up is a disgrace to sprite lovers around the world. Sprite all the way

Anonymous said...

love 7up not joking love it

Prince Vasquez said...

Sprite ALL THE WAY!

Anonymous said...

.... i need sprite history... but i dont trust wiki sites... help?

Anonymous said...

7up is king ...sprite is a 7up wannabe ..before we lost our minds and started buying water it was 7up ..and still is. .I think it is much (crisper with a bite) its like this coke and sprite have the bite folks like ..Pepsi and sprite are syrupy for people who don't want umph (the bite) ...7up is for us who remember why you got cable TV? ....no commercials!

Anonymous said...

Sorry lol have the flu drinking 7up right now typo-..I meant coke an 7up have the bite people like. ..Pepsi and sprite are syrupy

Anonymous said...

7UP is Best...Sprite is an abomination. Thumbs up 7UP!

Anonymous said...

7Up and Sprite barely have any differences, though I still like the taste of 7Up better. 7up is the original ;)

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