Maybe I am late to the party, but I just heard about the trial run of Pepsi and Mountain Dew "Throwback" which uses a mixture of cane and beet sugar instead of the standard high-frutose corn syrup (HFCS).
This is an interesting response from the marketplace and I am curious to taste the difference even though I only very occasionally drink the stuff. A very detailed blog, BevReview.com reports:
And just what is that taste? (Yeah, I know, you are anxious!) Well, I'd like you to envision drinking a HFCS Pepsi. Now remove the syrupy residue that enters your mouth during the middle part of your tasting experience, as well as the aftertaste. Replace it with a full-bodied "Pepsi flavor", not just at the end of the drink, but during the entire experience. While HFCS Pepsi starts out a bit watery, with a bit of chemical flavor, Pepsi Throwback is cleaner, producing a consistent cola taste from first sip, while it passes over your tongue, and eventually the aftertaste as it goes down your throat.
Has anyone tried these new formulations? I don't think we need to go out and starting drinking a 6-pack/day of "Throwback", but this seems like good news for people who are concerned about HFCS in the American diet.