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  • Harry: From calorie count to portion sizes,

  • we wanted to find out all the differences

  • between Pepsi in the UK and the US.

  • This is "Food Wars."

  • In the UK, Pepsi comes in a range of portion sizes,

  • but these do vary slightly

  • depending on which type of Pepsi you're buying.

  • We used to be able to get mini cans,

  • but they've been discontinued,

  • so now you can get classic Pepsi in four portion sizes.

  • As a 330-milliliter can,

  • as a 500-milliliter bottle,

  • as a 1.5-liter bottle,

  • and as a 2-liter bottle.

  • In the US, our Pepsi comes in these following sizes:

  • The mini can is the smallest. 7.5 fluid ounces.

  • Next one up, the classic can, 12 fluid ounces.

  • Then we move up to plastic bottles.

  • This one is 16.9 fluid ounces.

  • Then we got the 20-fluid-ounce bottle.

  • And if that's not enough,

  • we go up to 1-liter bottle. Liter of cola.

  • Then moving up a little bit more, 1.25-liter bottle.

  • And then our biggest bottle is the 2-liter bottle.

  • We can also get glass bottles,

  • but like the classic can, they are 12 ounces.

  • Where regular Pepsi is concerned,

  • both countries cap out at a 2-liter bottle.

  • However, in the UK, we can go one step further

  • when it comes to diet and Max Pepsi.

  • Certain retailers, such as Iceland or B&M, stock these.

  • A 3-liter bottle of Pepsi Max or Pepsi diet.

  • We finally have something bigger than America! We did it!

  • I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing,

  • probably bad for the nation's health,

  • but, you know, nice to be different for once.

  • There are some other slight size differences

  • for the sugar and sugar-free options in the UK as well.

  • For example, in the UK,

  • we can get a 1.25-liter bottle of Pepsi Max or Pepsi diet,

  • which we can't get for the classic Pepsi.

  • The size differences are largely down to the UK's sugar tax.

  • It's a tax which raised the price of drinks

  • with more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

  • The higher prices reduce the demand

  • for the full-sugar versions of soft drinks,

  • making it less viable to sell them in large containers,

  • such as the 3-liter.

  • But don't worry, because you can still get sugary Pepsi

  • in bulk quantities.

  • Our largest bulk is the 36-can pack of Pepsi,

  • and that's the 12-ounce cans.

  • That is 432 fluid ounces of soda,

  • or 3.375 gallons, of Pepsi.

  • Now, that pack of cans is at least available at Sam's Club,

  • possibly Costco, I don't know, but I went to Sam's Club,

  • and unfortunately they would not let me buy it

  • without a membership.

  • So, the best I could do are these pictures

  • of me with the packs.

  • That is much larger than our largest option,

  • which is this, a 24-pack of cans.

  • Not only is our multipack

  • only two-thirds the size of the American one,

  • but the cans themselves are also smaller.

  • A can in the UK contains 330 milliliters,

  • while a can in the US contains 355.

  • This means that the total for our 24-pack

  • comes to 2.09 gallons.

  • Even if we had a 36-pack,

  • it would still be smaller than the American version.

  • We need three extra cans to make up the difference.

  • Here are all the Pepsi products you'll find in the UK

  • that you won't find in the US.

  • Here are all the Pepsi products from the US

  • you won't find in the UK.

  • We'll start with the exclusive flavors of Pepsi.

  • In the UK, we have Pepsi Max raspberry.

  • It's got that really comforting,

  • extremely nostalgic artificial blue-raspberry flavor

  • that you're used to.

  • On Pepsi's UK website, it also said they do lime Pepsi,

  • but I wasn't able to find that at any of the stores I tried.

  • Whoops.

  • We have a few exclusive Pepsi options of our own.

  • Starting down here, we have Pepsi real sugar,

  • which is in fact made with real sugar,

  • not the high-fructose-corn-syrup stuff.

  • Not bad.

  • We also have Pepsi mango and Pepsi mango zero sugar.

  • Seems like a weird fruit choice.

  • Whoa, smells good.

  • I'm surprised by how good this is.

  • And they got the mango zero sugar.

  • Ooh, already smells drastically different.

  • It's got a real chemically aftertaste.

  • Not as good as the regular.

  • This one here is

  • Pepsi soda shop cream soda.

  • Mm.

  • Very nice.

  • And the last one, Pepsi vanilla.

  • I'm gonna be honest with you, Pepsi,

  • could use a lot more vanilla.

  • It's, like, vanilla-kissed.

  • [burps] There it is.

  • All right, right now what I want to do

  • is compare the already-tasted real sugar Pepsi

  • to the regular Pepsi, which has high-fructose corn syrup.

  • Regular Pepsi.

  • [coughs]

  • Pepsi's harsher than Coke.

  • Yeah.

  • About to say something somewhat controversial,

  • but bring it, I want all the smoke.

  • Real sugar Pepsi tastes just like Coke.

  • It's just smoother.

  • This is like ... [burps]

  • Yeah, this is, like, harsher.

  • Joe was kind enough to send me some American Pepsi

  • as well as some real sugar Pepsi,

  • so I'm going to do a three-way taste test

  • and see if I can tell the difference.

  • Pepsi No. 1.

  • That's very, like, strong flavor,

  • quite a syrupy texture to it almost.

  • Pepsi No. 2.

  • Yeah, very sweet, but almost in a more gentle kind of way.

  • And then No. 3.

  • More similar in kind of, like,

  • I'd say sweetness and mouthfeel to the middle one.

  • This one is the one that stood out with the strongest taste,

  • in my opinion.

  • These two were very similar, which is making me think

  • that these are the British and real sugar Pepsis.

  • I'm not sure in which order,

  • but they had a more gentle taste,

  • whereas this one seemed harsher and tasted very syrupy.

  • So I'm going to guess British,

  • American real sugar,

  • American normal Pepsi.

  • I'm shocked.

  • These two tasted really similar to me,

  • and this one stood out, like I said,

  • and it wasn't particularly pleasant.

  • Maybe the UK needs to take a leaf out of America's book

  • and just put high-fructose corn syrup in everything.

  • The other exclusive Pepsi item in the UK

  • is this Pepsi SodaStream syrup.

  • For the uninitiated, a SodaStream is a device

  • which lets you carbonate your own drinks at home.

  • Now, as a sparkling-water obsessive,

  • I actually own one of these.

  • So we're going to make our own Pepsi.

  • So, what you do

  • is you get one of your little SodaStream bottles,

  • fill it to the first line, and attach it to the machine.

  • Then you press this button, and the magic happens.

  • According to this bottle,

  • you add about half a cap of the syrup to this.

  • That's quite cool.

  • The first thing I get is just Pepsi.

  • It tastes a lot like Pepsi Max.

  • There is a slightly unpleasant aftertaste,

  • which, I'm not sure where that's come from.

  • Maybe I used too much syrup. Who knows.

  • But I think, yeah, in terms of recreating

  • a fizzy drink at home with not a lot of equipment,

  • it's pretty good.

  • And that's pretty much it

  • as far as Pepsi exclusives are concerned,

  • but we're not stopping there.

  • PepsiCo owns more beverage brands,

  • but it does differ depending on which country you live in.

  • Now, while in the US, Keurig Dr Pepper owns 7Up,

  • in the UK, it's actually owned by PepsiCo,