Flashback: The Sad Story of Mr. Pibb and Pibb Xtra

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17 Responses

  1. Hunter-M3 says:

    I am a huge fan of Pibb Xtra. It has the edge on Dr. Pepper in my opinion because I like the added cinnamon. However, I can’t really compare it to the old version because, although I remember having the old version, I don’t really remember how it tasted compared to the new one,

  2. Jaime Haney says:

    I’ve got a funny story about Mr. Pibb. Back in the day, it was my drink of choice. Way way back. Mr. Pibb and a Zero bar or a Clark bar… hey it was before I discovered the awesomeness of Snicker Bars. I think my mom secretly kept me from knowing how good they were because they were her favorites, but I digress… Go with me back to about 1976-77 or maybe ’78… it’s winter in Evansville and there was a blizzard. Me and my family lived in Executive Manor apartments and my dad talked me into trudging through the thigh high snow to buy him some cokes and I got a Mr. Pibb. I totally did it. Mom wrapped my legs and feet in bread bags for the trip to the coke machine a few apartment buildings away. They were probably about a quarter each back then for a can.

  3. Jaime Haney says:

    Oh and I think it took me about an hour to walk there and back in the snow dressed like an eskimo!

  4. T says:

    I actually prefer Pibb Xtra over Dr. Pepper but I think the original Mr. Pibb was better than the Xtra as well. My love for Mr. Pibb started at Silver Dollar City, my husband bought some warm cinnamon pecans and he went to get a soda for us while I waited on a bench. When he brought it back and I took a sip, I was like “OMG this is the best Dr. Pepper I’ve ever had!” He laughed and said it was Pibb Xtra. Been hooked ever since. It tastes great with warm cinnamon pecans by the way lol.

  5. Who Cares says:

    You Pibb Xtra lovers sadden me!

    Don’t you realize that the only reason a company would switch and later eliminate an original formula is for economics alone. The heavily marketed and extra modern fake PX wasn’t selling well enough, fast enough, so they just dropped the original after “introducing” it at fast food joints and convenience stores (which often were “out” of the original before the final takedown.) I don’t know which ingredient made it so expensive, or how much cheaper or how many more excito-toxins PX contain, but that stuff is SWILL.

    I am supposed to be polite and say to each their own, except their your own eliminated MY own.

    My own take in the flavor differences between Dr. Pepper are that Dr. P has the high, sugar sweetness of a Pepsi type drink with flavors, and original Mr. Pibb had the acidic bite and burn of Coca Cola Classic with the deeper flavors. Real stuff costs, man. I drink Dr. P because I have to, but hold out a little hope that they will bring it back for us old timers, even if only for a little while…

    Signed,

    –Someone who crossed a state line for one last glass bottle of Mr. Pibb

  6. T says:

    I absolutely love Mr Pibb.. Getting so hard to find.. Theres a few places I can get my hands on some but not often. Found bottles at Subway and even office depot. We drive 3 hours to buy a 12 pack!

  7. Melissa says:

    I’ve always liked both Mr. Pibb and Pibb Xtra over Dr. Pepper, and both of those over any other soft drink, although Mt. Dew has grown on me and now I like it too. I always get excited when a restaurant says they have Dr. Pepper but when I taste it I know it is Pibb and so much better! I love that you are holding on to that one last can. Maybe they will bring it back some day, we can hope :)

  8. Kathy says:

    Dear Lord how I appreciate this feeling you have! I am constantly complaining about the difference between Mr. Pibb (yes, I will always call it that) and Dr. Pepper (a doctor in which field exactly?) and no one believes me, the bastards! I want my Mr. Pibb back – hell, even McDonald’s stopped carrying my beloved Pibb and have converted to “Dr.” Pepper!! But wait, I traveled to Washington several times, and living in the whorish state of California I have to travel through Oregon and guess what I was not able to find at all in Oregon? Yup, no Mr. Pibb … WTF?? I will continue my struggle and be thankful that at least WalMart still carries my favorite drink! Kudos to you for holding out with that one can – I don’t know how you do it without cracking it open. Admit it, you snuggle with that can of Pibb at night sometimes don’t you? I know I would!

  9. David says:

    With the resurgence of retro beverages…Surge and Crystal Pepsi, it’s a good time for Coke to bring back Mr. Pibb.

  10. randy c. says:

    Original Mr Pibb all the way! Bring it back Coke!

  11. Daniel Hinton says:

    Mr. Pibb was so good, I have found the closest equivalent to be Dr. Thunder which is Walmart’s store brand. I don’t recommend anything else sold there.

  12. paul tidwell says:

    Personally my family knew that’s what I drank but they knew that I could BARELY tell Dr Pepper apart from Mr Pibb in the Era but everrrr so slightly favored Mr pibb.

    Now if I’m at a restaurant due to the fact that I have a vendetta against anticompetitve contracts that businesses sign to ensure that they only sell ONE companies products on premises so a “coke franchise” will only sell coke and a “pepsi’ one will only sell pepsi and I think this kind of thing is bullshit and it needs to stop.

    So when A Business Only has Pibb Xtra I will often lash out by ordering water, or looking around for near by gas stations with one I can buy a Doctor pepper and ask for a cup with ice to pour it in.

    I will -not- Drink Pibb Xtra.

    Do you hear me coke? And businesses? Ever. If i’m truly desperate I’ll take water.

  13. LaMonica Moorer says:

    These people kill me I have highly upset with Coke, dont they know just because you put xtra on a can doesn’t mean it taste better. I miss my old mr. Pibb (put it in your head) can I haven’t had this drink in over 20 years. It saddens me, really really saddens me that people act as if we don’t care. Most companies state we dont have Mr. Pibb but we have dr. Pepper as if that could substitute mr. Pibb I am highly highly upset. I really want to see my Mr Pibb back the (original mr. Pibb) not pibb extra I’ve heard they pay high price money for a can of the old original but I have yet to find it. someone please please contact coke and tell them to recreate the original mr. Pibb.
    Signed a very concerned customer!!!!

  14. Teresa K. says:

    About 10-12 years ago, I bought a 20oz bottle of Pibb Xtra. I took about two sips of it and threw it in the trash. That stuff was disgusting. I wish they would bring back the original Mr. Pibb because I preferred that to Dr. Pepper. It was a lot smoother going down. You would think the makers would have both to give people a choice.

  15. Erika says:

    You can still find Mr. Pibb in some restaurants! We were at ESPN zone in Downtown Disney (at Disneyland resort) last week, and I was so excited to be able to order a Mr. Pibb! It was SOOOO good. I made us eat dinner twice there. Lol! I miss it! And hate that you can’t buy it in stores. :( Pibb Xtra is good, but not as good as the original.

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