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Chris Pastrick

Why not? Some states have rather strange official symbols — Mississippi has an official toy: the teddy bear; Maryland has an official exercise: walking; and Utah has an official snack: Jell-O.

So, when Dr Pepper started a Change.org petition to become the official soft drink of Texas, it really doesn’t seem that crazy.

And yet …

According to the company’s website, Dr Pepper was created by pharmacist Charles Alderton in 1885 in Waco. The company claims it’s the oldest major soft drink brand in America.

“Like any Texan, Dr Pepper has only the deepest pride and appreciation for its home state,” the petition states. “Now Dr Pepper is calling on its passionate fans to support its quest to become the first Official Soft Drink of the Lone Star State. Dr Pepper has a rich, storied history in the great state of Texas and being named its official soft drink would mark a new milestone for the beloved brand to celebrate for generations to come.”

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 7,000 people had signed the petition.

It seems the push for officiality is mostly a marketing gimmick. As such, Dr Pepper will be releasing a collection of 15 special edition labels that will only be available in Texas. The labels will feature artwork “depicting some of the state’s most iconic landmarks and landscapes.”

The company isn’t seeking donations, just petition clicks.

If Dr Pepper’s mission succeeds, it wouldn’t be the first time a state took up an official drink. In 1988, Nebraska declared Kool-Aid as its liquid refreshment of choice.


Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at 724-226-4697, cpastrick@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CPastrickTrib.

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