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This is the REAL difference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola



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Coke or Pepsi? It's a question for the ages.


Most cola drinkers fall into one of two camps, and some of them even swear that they can tell the difference at 100 paces... but what is the real difference between these two popular drinks?

Malcolm Gladwell addresses this question in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005).

While conducting extensive tests and comparisons (which would have made any Bordeaux wine maker proud) he determined that it comes down to this:


Citrus vs Vanilla


According to Gladwell, Pepsi has slightly citrus flavor, whereas the taste of Coca-Cola leans towards vanilla and raisins. 

As well as affecting the flavor, the citrus notes of Pepsi make it more recognizable in a blind taste test, leaving the smoother taste of Coke less identifiable. 


Not convinced? Try it for yourself!

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VIDEO: Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are easy to make and super delicious!


  • 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
  • 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
  • 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup / 150g of flour
  • 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
  • Salted caramel
  • Melted dark chocolate


  1. In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.

  2. Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.

  6. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.

  7. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool.

  9. Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.

  10. Enjoy!

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