The Laidback Gourmet: The Great Dr. Pepper Clone Experiment #1: Diet Dr. Dazzle

Hello, and welcome back to another edition of the Laidback Gourmet, you’re one stop shop to learn what foods you shouldn’t be eating that you should eat anyway.

Out of all the soft drinks out there, there is one who’s flavor really has no description. It’s this soda that seems to inspire more clones than any other soft drink as well. I am of course talking about the 23-flavored Dr. Pepper.

I don’t know what exactly it is about Dr. Pepper that is just so enjoyable, but it’s one of my favorite drinks. (though I usually enjoy the diet variety.) I also cannot think of any other drink that has inspired more clones with wacky names than Dr Pepper either, a joke that has been made popular by the great men and women at

In this edition of the Laidback Gourmet we take the first step of a long journey. I shall make it my mission as the Laidback Gourmet to try as many Dr. Pepper clones I can find. I cannot say how often I will find them, but I give my word, I promise on my chef’s hat (Yes I DO own a chef hat, I’m just lucky I guess), that anytime I find a Dr. Pepper Clone, it’s going in my shopping basket and it’s going up on Superfriends for a review.

So the first clone we take a look at is the wonderfully named Diet Dr. Dazzle.

Just look at that can. If any can has the right to call itself “Dr Dazzle”, thats certainly the can. By the way, you remember Dazzler, don’t you?

From the X-men arcade game? Since no one ever wanted to play as her I assume she quit being a superhero, settled down, got her doctorate in mixology and sold her secret recipe to the good people at Aldis. And if that is not the story behind the drink I hold in my hand, I would prefer to live in ignorance.

By the way, just to be ironic, I’ll be using my authentic Coke class to review this non-authentic Coke product. Oh, I’m just so clever!

Ok, lets give this a sip. I hope this sucks, other wise I won’t be able to taste it…

…get it? Cause I’m using a straw? HA HA! Ok, ok, let me go ahead and take a taste.


Hmm, that’s not bad… that’s not bad at all! Hey, let’s have some fun with the rating, how about we base the review off how much of this I drink! Ok… GO!!!

Well, looks like I drank about 80% of it, so let’s give this one an 8/10, using the scale that the original Diet Dr. Pepper is the control test of 10/10. That’s not too shabby for a 12-pack clone I picked up at Aldi’s for $1.99. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try if you’re a fan of Dr. Pepper. Admittedly, it’s not a perfect clone, but no Dr. Pepper clone ever is, but this one’s actually pretty close. Perhaps a bit less sweet and maybe slightly weaker in flavor, but over all I give this one my approval. I just wonder if Diet Dr. Dazzle tastes more like regular Dr. Dazzle though… hmm. (I hope SOMEONE remembers that old catchphrase)

So that concludes yet another Laidback Gourmet. Remember, you can email me at my brand spanking new email address for comments, suggestions for reviews, or just to lavish thy praise unto me. Well, until next time, I encourage you all to get fizzy with it.

…yea, I’m still looking for a catchphrase, it’s harder than it looks.

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