Does the soft drink Dr Pepper contain prunes?
Dear Straight Dope: Since my youth, I have enjoyed the soft drink Dr Pepper. During that time friends of mine have often mentioned a popular rumor which claims Dr Pepper is composed mostly or partially of prunes or prune juice. One even went so far as to suggest that the 10-2-4 slogan was the times one should drink it “to keep one regular.” Personally, I have always been skeptical of this. The few sources I have managed to find about the soft drink or its parent company have stated, sometimes specifically, that there are no prunes in Dr Pepper. However, none of them elaborate much, if at all, on this point. More aggravating yet, my friends have persisted in clinging to their ignorance even in light of these facts. Having exhausted these other avenues of inquiry, what other recourse could I have but to turn to the one irrefutable source, the Straight Dope? — Jacob C. Haldeman, College Station, Texas Nope, no prunes, never were. There is also no period after Dr in Dr Pepper (it was dropp