Pepsi Next, the line of Pepsi sodas with 60 percent less sugar than standard cans, has released two new limited-edition flavors for Summer: Paradise Mango and Cherry Vanilla. Considering our generally unfavorable opinion of the new wave of "semidiet" sodas, we were skeptical, but wanted to give the flavors a fair try.
It wasn't easy. We weren't that impressed with Pepsi Next when we taste tested the soda a few months back. To make matters worse, when the new flavors were shipped to us via a sand-filled plastic box, one of the cans exploded inside the box during transit. The YumSugar team shrieked upon realization that the sandbox was seeping, and soda was inches away from our precious laptops. We made a sincere, three-person effort to carry the soaked sandbox to the trashcan without leaving a Pepsi trail.
Despite it all, we cracked the cans anyway and entered into taste-test mode with willing palates and open minds. Find out if the sodas were a hit or a total letdown by reading the taste-test results.