A Lack of Synergy
This new Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper is exactly the sum of its parts. Which is disappointing; other flavored classic pops have managed to transcend themselves, at least a little. In particular, Cherry Coke and Diet Coke with Lime operate on a level above the mere addition of cherry-ness and coke-ness and lime-ness and artificial astringency. If you remember the brief error that was Diet Coke with Lemon, that also was not just the sum of its parts; it was considerably worse than either of its components.
And much as I love Vanilla Coke, or better yet Coke with vanilla extract thrown in, it’s just the goodness of vanilla with the okayness of Coke, nothing more. This new Dr. Pepper is the same damn thing: the goodness of vanilla, the goodness of cherry, the okayness of Dr. Pepper. It’s not noticeably different from the vague fruity sweetness that you get from pouring all the different kinds of pop at the fountain into your cup.
Super-special update: If you’re here looking for the “manamana” song, you’re not alone. But it’s actually spelled “Mahna Mahna” or “Mah Na Mah Na”, depending on the version. The song is available on both the Muppet Hits and Muppet 25th Anniversary albums.