What did I think of Pepsi NEXT? Here are a few thoughts...
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However, I have to acknowledge that I liked the taste of Pepsi NEXT better than regular Pepsi, mainly because it tasted less acidic to me. If I drink regular Pepsi, it kind of burns going down. This didn't do that for me and I could focus my attention on the cola taste instead.
If I pitted Pepsi NEXT against Throwback Pepsi, it would be a close call. Throwback has more of a natural sugar taste, but the Pepsi NEXT has more of a cola taste. The blend of the sweeteners doesn't come across as too sugary, yet though there's aspartame, I didn't taste that diet soda after taste I normally can discern in diet sodas.
Pepsi NEXT sweeteners: Pepsi NEXT is a "diet" soda (60% less sugar), and it does contain aspartame, so the normal warning for Phenylketonurics appears on the label. There are actually three sweeteners -- aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium -- listed in the ingredients. You can view all the ingredients by product on Pepsico's beverage website here and compare. The blend of sweeteners does seem to be a winning combo, since I didn't have an after taste, other than cola.
Pepsi NEXT taste testing: Walmarts across the country will be offering Pepsi NEXT samples so you can test drive this new soda yourself. Check the Pepsi NEXT Facebook page for details on when a sampling event will be at a Walmart near you by inputting your zip code.
Calories: You'll consume 40 calories (or less) per 8 fluid ounces of Pepsi NEXT, according to the label. Regular Pepsi has 100 calories per 8 fluid ounces. With less calories and a good taste, Pepsi NEXT could be a good alternative for people like me who don't like the after taste of diet sodas, but don't want all of those empty calories that a traditional soda contains.
Disclosure: As stated, I purchased Pepsi NEXT on my own. This review was not solicited by Pepsi and is not compensated. The opinions are my own.