Gallery Of Generic Dr. Peppers

Naming a generic version of Dr. Pepper requires a special dose of imagination of the supermarket brand specialist not required by other fizzy drinks. You can’t just get away with “Cola” or “Orange.” There are innumerable variations and several websites have cropped up to document and catalog them. Check out postmyportfolio.com/Generic_Dr_Pepper.htm and Dr Kenton’s Generic Dr Peppers Page to get a pretty comprehensive overview. I think my favorite version is “Dr. Radical.”

(Thanks to Amanda!)

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  1. Battlehork says:

    I chuckled at Doc Holiday.

    • mandy_Reeves says:

      Walmart/Sam’s club has Dr THunder. which sounds like a cheesy pro wrestler or chippendale dancer

      • Difdi says:

        Or it could describe the…effect…drinking too much Dr Pepper (or reasonable knockoff) might have on you…

    • tooluser says:

      If you are not chugging a Dr. Pepper at 10, 2, and 4 every day, then you are not a true fan.

  2. Larraque eats babies says:

    Which of these doctors have the PHD?

  3. FuzzyWillow says:

    I always thought Mr. Pibb was a separate brand, not a “Dr. Pepper clone.”

    I mean would someone call sprite a 7-up clone or the other way around?

    • tbiscuit360 says:

      I wouldn’t call something manufactured by Coca-Cola to be generic!

    • diasdiem says:

      Mr. Pibb has always been a clone. You can tell a Dr Pepper clone because they usually have some form of honorific in their name.

      • FuzzyWillow says:

        After researching this a bit, it appears the Coca-Cola created Mr. Pibb in response to Dr. Pepper. When I lived in Florida, Mr. Pibb was everywhere, not so much Dr. Pepper.

        It doesn’t matter because I would pass up the Mr. Pibb for “Tahitian Treat” any day of the week.

        • AustinTXProgrammer says:

          I remember visiting Florida in the 90’s and not being able to get Dr. Pepper and settling for Pibb. It’s just not as good!

        • Coalpepper says:

          From what i read years ago, its also the fact that often Coke or Pepsi will be bottling Dr Pepper under license, which means they have to share the money they make selling it. Mr Pibb was designed to allow them to sell Dr Pepper without having to share the money, simple as that.

    • nbs2 says:

      I’d call the inferior Mr. Pibb a clone of DP, just as I would call the old HFCS-Sierra Mist a Sprite clone. 7Up is too distinct from Sprite and SM to have cloniness called into question (plus I believe that 7Up is pretty old). I would be hesitant to make assertions regarding the clone-like nature of Lemon-Lime Slice versus Sprite, as I don’t know their creation dates and am too lazy to research it. Same for Orange Slice, Orange Fanta and Crush.

      Nevertheless, nothing is better than hot DP with a slice of lemon except for a cold Dublin DP in a glass bottle.

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        Oh God, the perfection that is a Dublin Dr. Pepper. The PX on post near me had “throwback” Dr. Pepper about a month ago. Never in my life would I pay $6.79 for a 12-pack of canned anything but beer, but to taste any likeness to a Dublin Dr. Pepper is an exception. I think I’d pay that price for a 6-pack of Dublin if I could get it.

        (And using DP as an acronym for Dr. Pepper makes me giggle like a 7th grader. I can’t do it.)

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Finding something people like and then creating something similar to compete isn’t exactly a clone. Being brown and bubbly isn’t exactly being a clone. It is just being competitivie. Look at how many root beers there are out there. Who is copying who? (or whom or whatever) “Dr” is just a flavor like “Cola” is a flavor I guess. Many people will find ways to imitate that flavor to get a piece of the market. I wouldn’t call it a clone unless it was exactly the same. All of these have a different flavor just like the generic Colas have a different flavor. Mr. Pibb isn’t exactly the same as Dr. Pepper, but when you go to a place which only serves one major brand and not the other, it is nice to still be able to get something similar to the flavor you are looking for.

    • Jasen says:

      I mean would someone call sprite a 7-up clone or the other way around?

      Depends which came out first.

  4. tbiscuit360 says:

    Although Mr. Pibb is not generic, I definitely prefer it to Dr. Pepper

    • diasdiem says:

      Heretic.

    • zomgorly says:

      “I had a Mr. Pibb. Mr. Pibb is a replica of Dr. Pepper, but it’s the bullshit replica because the dude didn’t even get his degree. Why’d you have to drop out and start making pop so soon?” -Mitch Hedberg

    • Good Cop Baby Cop says:

      So you’re one of them! I was just asking at my mom’s store yesterday if there were people who, when given a choice between Pibb and DP, choose the former.

      PS: Heretic.

    • HippieLawChick says:

      I’m with you! Love the Mr., not the Dr.

  5. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    What’s fascinating to me is that all of the cans have some variation of red or maroon and white lettering, and as root beer is a cousin of Dr. Pepper, generic root beer also has red or maroon cans. So the only way to differentiate the generic Dr. Pepper and generic root beer is usually the “Dr.” part.

  6. savvy9999 says:

    So long as these generic brands don’t have commercials featuring Michael Strahan committing assault and battery on Donovan McNabb at his private residence, all good with me.

  7. Portlandia says:

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  8. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    “Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard”

  9. ubermex says:

    The Dr. Publix can is from like 20 years ago. There’s a new one and they got the actual name of the soda wrong.

  10. CaughtLooking says:

    Surprised there isn’t a ‘Dr. Doctor’.

  11. CaughtLooking says:

    There is a Dr. Lowes but not a Dr. Home Depot!

  12. dp05 says:

    The Dr. Pepper clone I’ve drank that most closely resembles the original? Dr. Duck, a generic not even mentioned at the above link. Check out your local ALCO for this fine rendition…

    Seriously, it’s good.

    • Adam9932 says:

      PepsiCo used to make (and maybe the still do) one called Dr. Slice… It was great!

      The perfect flavor, as good as Dr. Pepper, maybe better in some ways.

      • dp05 says:

        I remember my local small town Pizza Hut used to carry Dr. Slice. Actually, I think it used to be a bit more widely available in general. Shame that they don’t have it anywhere around me anymore. It was pretty good stuff. As you said, tasted a lot like Dr Pepper, but I think Dr. Slice maybe had a bit more bite. My favorite was and still is Dr Pepper, but I wasn’t all that disappointed if I had to have Dr. Slice instead.

  13. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    Sodas I would not drink:

    Dr. Phil
    Dr. Laura
    Dr. Oz
    Dr. Dre
    Dr. Ruth

  14. Mike says:

    My personal favorite is “Dr. Perfect” which we always envisioned as some sort of psychotic Nazi doctor.

  15. RickinStHelen says:

    No Dr Detroit?

  16. El_Fez says:

    Wow – that is the WORST webpage design I’ve seen since. . . well, since I discovered that the Space Jam webpage was still up ( http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm if you’re wondering what 1998 looked like).

    Seriously – I thought Geocities took down all their webpages?

  17. hotdogsunrise says:

    No Dr. W? Or as I like to call it, Dr. Woo? Woo is way more fun to say than “W”.

  18. zentex says:

    I was very surprised there wasn’t a “Mr Dr” (Mister Doctor) or vice versa

  19. Underpants Gnome says:

    I wonder where Mr. Sparkle got his doctorate from? Is Matsumura Fishworks and Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern an educational entity now?

  20. purpleterrapin says:

    my favorite generic is Moutain Dew’s SaveALot generic Moutain Holler. With the yelling sun.

  21. The cake is a lie! says:

    I’m surprised K-Mart doesn’t have a Dr. K. K for Kevorkian. lol

    • owtytrof says:

      Actually, Kroger food stores sell a generic version of Dr Pepper called Dr. K. It’s pretty good.

      Their Mtn Dew clone is called Citrus Drop and has the slogan “Pop the Drop” on all of the packaging. It also comes in an “Extreme” variety that tastes slightly different, and I’m guessing maybe has more caffeine or something.

  22. psychometrician says:

    I was glad to see my old favorite Dr. Riffic from Eckerd Drugs.

  23. Kevin says:

    I do have a favorite generic drink name. For those of you not from the east coast, from PA to FL there’s a chain of grocery stores called Food Lion. Of course, they carry generics of various sodas. Their Dr. Pepper clone is called Dr. Perky, which is pretty good, but their best naming job is for their clone of the Dew. It’s called Mountain Lion.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I LOVE Food Lion’s generic soda names. Yes, Mr. Perky is fantastic. I didn’t know about Mountain Lion, though. I haven’t been in a Food Lion for some time.

  24. Alvis says:

    I named my kitten Dr. Rocket.

  25. anime_runs_my_life says:

    Supervalu’s brand is Super Chill (used to be something else, but I can’t remember what now), and I think theirs is Dr. Chill.

  26. NatsuMatto says:

    I wonder if Ted Danson was the spokesman for Dr. Becker?

  27. pirate_panda says:
  28. Jennlee says:

    Seriously, Dr Thunder is awesome. Even better than Dr Pepper. Pretty much the only reason I ever go to Walmart is for the Dr Thunder. If I was marketing my own brand of fake Dr Pepper, I think I’d call it “Pepper, PhD”

  29. Erika'sPowerMinute says:

    H-E-B —-> Texas grocery store chain named for the founder, H.E. Butt.

    I wish that H-E-B would go ahead and name theirs Dr. Butt, instead of Dr. B.

    Because I am, in fact, nine years old.

  30. markrubi says:

    I just visited the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco, TX last Friday. There was a display of this very topic there.

  31. yessongs says:

    I like Dr Radical, it’s so radical! Dr Lynn sounds like a talk show, Dr Fizz sounds like a porn star, and Dr IGA just sounds like garbage.

  32. Baxterjones says:

    H-E-B’s Dr B with real sugar is the best! I have serious addiction issues with that stuff.

    My inner 12-year-old giggles because H-E-B was founded by Howard Butt, so when you’re drinking Dr B, you’re drinking “Dr Butt”.

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  34. stevenpdx says:

    I didn’t see my favorite clone version, from Safeway. Anyone else like Dr. Skipper?

  35. kajillion123 says:

    This reminds me of the generic I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butters.

    link

  36. Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

    Oh, Dr. Thirst, how I have missed thee.

    What has it been, 10 years? 12, maybe?

  37. photodesign says:

    There used to be a great site called fakedrpepper.com, which I think is now recreated here: http://fakedrpepper.wordpress.com/

    Very, very comprehensive, with taste rankings.

  38. Mudilo says:

    How about : “Doctor? I hardly know ‘er!”

  39. LastError says:

    Probably all made by Cott, and all with the same formula. Bleah.

  40. JulesNoctambule says:

    No Dr Who? I’m disappointed.

  41. Midnight Harley says:

    Pibb :S

  42. shthar says:

    Drank a lotta Dr Schnee in field school.

  43. jp7570-1 says:

    Actually, the correct spelling is Dr Pepper (no period after the Dr), not “Dr. Pepper”. See the Dr Pepper website (www.drpepper.com) for the correct image.

  44. gman863 says:

    This is an old list; many of the “Doctors” long since passed away:

    * Dr R – Now owned by Safeway, Dr. Select has taken over residency at Randall’s stores.

    * Dr Delight – Choked to death on debt when Jitney Jungle/Delchamps went bankrupt and shut down about eight years ago.

    * Dr Riffic – Stopped being ‘riffic when CVS ate Eckerd’s.

  45. Azagthoth says:

    They didn’t list the Shasta version…. Dr Diablo, which is my favorite rip off.

  46. creative differences says: