Food & Drink » Flavor

Dr Pepper Starts Petition to Become Official Soft Drink of Texas


  • / Dr Pepper
Texans drink Dr Pepper like no one's business, but should it be the Lone Star State's official soft drink?

Officials behind the sweet soda certainly think so and have created a petition to get Texans' love of Dr Pepper in writing.

"Like any Texan, Dr Pepper has only the deepest pride and appreciation for its home state," reads the petition. "Dr Pepper has a rich, storied history in the great state of Texas and being named its official soft drink would mark a milestone for the beloved brand to celebrate for generations to come."

At publication time, the petition is just a few hundred signatures shy of its 10,000-signature goal. That should come as no surprise given Dr Pepper's starring role in numerous very Texan memes.

So how did Dr Pepper gain the reputation of being Texan as heck? The soda originated in Waco, first made by a pharmacist named Charles Alderton in 1885. It's considered one of the oldest soda brands.

As part of the petition drive, Dr Pepper announced the release of 15 special edition labels that will only be available in Texas. The collection will showcase artwork of the Lone Star State's iconic landmarks and landscapes.

So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest San Antonio dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.