March Madness Day 11: Orange Crush vs. Dr. Pepper & Salt & Vinegar vs. Cheese puffs

Orange is the new snack

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We're elite eighting it up over here, not letting April Fool's or the excitement of hearing the snow melt hinder our momentum. Chips versus pop rages on. I refuse to believe you don't know what this is by now but if you insist, here's our first post where we ease you into it like a warm bath. And look at the mastery of our bracket!

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Today's "matchips" are "poppin" off and I can barely wait to get to them, but first, yesterday. Because those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

Root beer rightfully trounced Mountain Dew with 62 percent of the vote. I agree with this choice. This is democracy in action. But what is the flavour of root beer supposed to be? What is sarsparilla? Is it the same thing? What about birch beer? No one bother answering because I sort of don't care.

Crunchy Cheetos edged out he whose chip name must not be spoken (ok, ketchup) with 52 percent of the vote and this is personally wayyyy too close of a call for my liking. What the hell, everyone? KETCHUP? It's the worst condiment of all anyway! Are you all five years old or something?

This week offers some chance at redemption. The pop side offers two perfectly good and sugary concoctions: Orange Crush and Dr. Pepper. Orange Crush is solid, but I am always team Dr. Pepper because first of all, I respect a PhD, and secondly, WHAT ARE ALL THE FLAVOURS? They say there are 23. Here's the best list I can come up with (your suggestions are welcome in the comments):

1. Cola
2. Caramel
3. Chocolate
4. Cherry
5. Cinnamon
6. Vanilla
7. Coconut
8. Orange
9. Cream soda
10. Root beer
11. Liquorice
12. Sugar
13. ummmm, maybe every other fruit flavour? Does it even taste like fruit?
14. and then I tap out

One summer I got pretty hooked on Diet Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cherry and I'd get one from Salim's every evening at 5pm. I think they were just testing this sweet abomination in NS because after about two months they stopped stocking them and I went through a terrible withdrawal period. Rest in power, Diet Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cherry.

And today salt & vinegar face off against cheese puffs. Though it may have "puffs" in the name, I don't think cheese puffs should be counted out early here. Once you get going, it's hard to see the flaw in these lil orange guys. Salt & vinegar, on the other hand, is a little more divisive. My dad used to buy plain chips and put vinegar on them which thoroughly disgusted me and scarred me as a child, so I am a hard pass on these. Even with fancy malt or balsamic vinegars, no thanks. But enough about me, what do you think?

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