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If you are from Texas, you probably know that Dr Pepper is a Texas original, but why does Dr Pepper get all of the soda love in Texas? What about Big Red? Big Red is also a native Texan soda and has a massive cult following of loyal fans, including myself.  My drink of choice is Big Red out of the fountain at any corner store. I mean, have you ever had a Barbacoa Taco and Big Red? Talk about a match made in heaven. 

Like Dr Pepper, Big Red was also born in Texas, actually, the same city, Waco.  Dr Pepper was invented by a Pharmacist, Big Red was invented by a Chemist. They both have iconic status in the State of Texas, but why does Dr Pepper get all the love? Unpopular opinion: Big Red is better than Dr Pepper! While I am at it, here is another unpopular opinion. Mi Tierra in San Antonio is mediocre Mexican food.   Below are a few fun facts about Big Red and Texas.

WHAT FLAVOR IS BIG RED?

The unique taste of the soda has been compared to everything from bubblegum to cotton candy. The real flavor is a combination of lemon and orange oil along with vanilla. Pretty simple, huh?

BARBACOA AND BIG RED FESTIVAL:

One of my favorite combos has its own festival in San Antonio. This is something that you would only find in San Antonio.   We can't wait for the Barbacoa and Big Red Festival to return next year (2022).  Click for more information.

THE ORIGINAL NAME WAS WHAT?

Big Red started life as "Sun Tang Red Cream Soda" and then later, "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda" before finally being shortened to Big Red.

 WEDDING TOAST:

in San Antonio, Big Red is sometimes referred to as "East Side Champagne." In fact, it has even been used in place of a champagne toast at weddings.

BIG RED IS NOT JUST FOR DRINKING:

People have used Big Red for many different purposes including baking, curing hangovers, and attracting deer when hunting. Who knew the soda pop could do so much?

Which is better Dr. Pepper or Big Red? Let us know in the Facebook comments of this story. 

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