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Pepsi Preps for Holidays With 2 New Flavors

Salted Caramel in the US, cake-flavored Christmas Cola in Japan
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2017 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – You can now have your cake and drink it, too. Food & Wine reports on a new limited-edition dessert-flavored drink from Pepsi, though you'll have to travel to Japan to sample it. Christmas Cola, which goes on sale there Nov. 21, is a white soda that Kotaku describes as having a "sweet and tart strawberry aroma" and that's modeled after Japan's seasonal Christmas cakes, which are sponge cakes covered with white whipped cream and strawberries. If Tokyo isn't in your immediate travel plans, Pepsi is also pushing another limited-run soda here in the US: Salted Caramel Pepsi, which, despite its apparently cloyingly sweet taste, is said to have less sugar than original Pepsi.

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Food & Wine is already playing favorites, deeming the cake-flavored pop "intriguing" but noting that caramel "belongs on brownies and cookies, not in a bottle." Ad Age notes that, as pumpkin spice season comes to a close, holiday-themed food and beverage items are taking over the shelves, and PepsiCo isn't hesitating from embracing that holiday spirit: The company is also offering a red-and-green version of Cap'n Crunch cereal, chocolate-dipped Lay's potato chips, and snowflake-shaped Cheetos, per a release. (Read more Pepsi stories.)

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