Is There a Dr Pepper Shortage in the Lone Star State?

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Is Dr Pepper, every Texan’s favorite drink, experiencing a shortage? According to the official Dr Pepper Twitter account, there just might be a Dr Pepper shortage. On August 10, the popular soda company tweeted, “We know it’s harder to find Dr Pepper these days. We’re working on it – hang tight!”

No word yet on the exact cause of the difficulty, though a shortage of aluminum for cans of Dr Pepper has been suggested. Others have suggested it might be due to Dr Pepper fiends hoarding the beverage much in the way that toilet paper was stockpiled during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic… or perhaps the news of the shortage is exactly what will cause that panic-buying to truly kick-off now. Will die-hard fans of the beverage have the patience to make it through the Dr Pepper shortage or will they be brewing up their own bootleg version of the good doctor?

Is There a Dr Pepper Shortage in the Lone Star State?

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The company also noted in the tweet that the Dr Pepper shortage includes all brands of the drink, even the newest one, Dr Pepper & Cream Soda. In a humorous reply, the toilet paper brand Charmin tweeted, “Welcome to the club. We feel your pain.”

Dr Pepper (that’s “Dr” without the period… at least since 1950, anyway, when the period was removed from the logo) was invented right here in the Lone Star State. The Texas elixir was concocted in the 1880s by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas. Can you imagine being the first person to ever taste a Dr Pepper? It was marketed nationally in 1904.  Since then, this Texas drink has gone on to become loved by fans all across the world.

Is There a Dr Pepper Shortage in the Lone Star State?

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You can even visit the Dr Pepper Museum in the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company building at 300 South Fifth Street in downtown Waco, Texas. The museum opened in 1991, and it has three floors of exhibits, a working soda fountain, and a gift store chockful of Dr Pepper memorabilia.

Is Dr Pepper in short supply in your area? Will you be buying extra to stock up? Let us know!