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Cucumber-flavored soda sold in Japan
AP Yahoo ^ | Wed Jun 13, 7:47 AM ET

Posted on 06/13/2007 1:12:42 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan

TOKYO - Japanese are staying cool as a cucumber this summer with "Pepsi Ice Cucumber" — a new soda based on the crisp green gourd.

The soft drink, which hit stores here on Tuesday, doesn't actually have any cucumber in it — but has been artificially flavored to resemble "the refreshing taste of a fresh cucumber," said Aya Takemoto, spokeswoman of Japan's Pepsi distributor, Suntory Ltd.

"We wanted a flavor that makes people think of keeping cool in the summer heat," Takemoto said. "We thought the cucumber was just perfect."

The mint-colored soda is on sale just for the summer and only in Japan, Takemoto said. She said initial sales were brisk, and Suntory aims to sell 200,000 cases over the next three months.

Pepsi trails behind industry leaders Coca Cola (Japan) Company, with about 15 percent of the Japanese cola market, and also faces stiff competition from non-fizzy bottled drinks like green tea and coffee, which are popular here.

Suntory said it sold 20.5 million cases of Pepsi brand drinks in 2006, including its popular Pepsi NEX zero-calorie soda.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: artificial; cucumbers; japaneserfriggnweird; pepsi; soda; yuck
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Ick.

Meanwhile I'm still waiting for trout-flavored coffee.

1 posted on 06/13/2007 1:12:44 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: ElkGroveDan

Blech.


2 posted on 06/13/2007 1:14:29 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: ElkGroveDan

MMM...sounds delicious.


3 posted on 06/13/2007 1:14:39 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Baby steps to the elevator...")
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To: ElkGroveDan

Cucumber tastes like water and chlorophyl.


4 posted on 06/13/2007 1:15:04 PM PDT by SolidWood (3,184 terrorists killed since January 2007)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I dream of the day when garden slug bubble gum hits the shelves.


5 posted on 06/13/2007 1:15:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Wonder if it produces the same level of burps that real cucumbers produce


6 posted on 06/13/2007 1:16:11 PM PDT by sticker
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To: ElkGroveDan

Have you ever tried Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray?


7 posted on 06/13/2007 1:16:34 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: cripplecreek

ROTFL

That beats my idea for kung pao ice cream.


8 posted on 06/13/2007 1:16:52 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

“In your local vending machine, right next to the panties.”

And, no, I’m not joking.
It’s Japan.


9 posted on 06/13/2007 1:17:02 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ElkGroveDan

If you’ve ever been to the Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta you will have seen many bizzare flavors sold around the world.

I’m currently working on a spam flavored drink for Hawaii


10 posted on 06/13/2007 1:17:17 PM PDT by The Lumster (USA - where the innocent have nothing to fear!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Not to be outdone, Coke is going to announce two new products, Diet Coke Zucchini, and Coca-Cola Classic Broccoli.

}:-)4


11 posted on 06/13/2007 1:17:26 PM PDT by Moose4 (Effing the ineffable since 1966.)
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To: The Lumster

12 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:00 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I’d certainly try it out of curiosity.

Who knows, it might be tasty.


13 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:01 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Sushi Ice Cream soon to follow ...

Pralines and Sardines
Mackarel Marble
Tuna Nut
Salmon Swirl
Rainbow Trout Sherbert


14 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:09 PM PDT by clamper1797 (72-73 Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)
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To: ken5050

It is one of my husband’s favorites....

Blah.


15 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:22 PM PDT by birddog
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To: ken5050; stylecouncilor

I can’t stand celery soda.


16 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:26 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: ElkGroveDan

Actually there is a very refreshing iced drink made in the Middle East made of yogurt and cucumbers - it’s really quite good.


17 posted on 06/13/2007 1:18:51 PM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: ElkGroveDan; Thinkin' Gal

Hmm. That might actually be good. Cuccumbers certainly are refreshing.


18 posted on 06/13/2007 1:19:35 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ("I'll see you at the bill signing" - Pres Bush)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I’m holding out for Soylent Cola.


19 posted on 06/13/2007 1:19:55 PM PDT by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: ken5050

Cel-Ray is delicious... Celery actaully has a (IMO very good) taste. Cucumbers however actually taste like nothing... except a certaib “plant” taste.


20 posted on 06/13/2007 1:20:42 PM PDT by SolidWood (3,184 terrorists killed since January 2007)
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To: ElkGroveDan

And you people make fun of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Bean(tm)(c).


21 posted on 06/13/2007 1:20:58 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: ElkGroveDan
It's gotta taste better than this...

Carbonated milk beverage! Saw this everywhere when I lived in Korea in the mid 90's. I actually saw it at the local Korean grocery store today.

22 posted on 06/13/2007 1:21:54 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: ElkGroveDan
MMM MMM GOOD

MMM MMM GOOD

TEN DOGS PENIS SOUP IS MMM MMM GOOD

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23 posted on 06/13/2007 1:22:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Polonius
I’m holding out for Soylent Cola.

Soylant Cola ad slogan: Look for the green can!
24 posted on 06/13/2007 1:23:46 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: al baby

25 posted on 06/13/2007 1:24:23 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: clamper1797
Lived in Japan. The #1 ice cream flavor is Green Tea. No joke. Personally I like Japanese food, but they do eat some weird stuff. Had pizza from Pizza Hut there with scalloped potatoes, ham and corn with some kind of white sauce. That was nasty!!!
26 posted on 06/13/2007 1:24:44 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Anyone but Hitlery)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Sounds horrible but I LOVE Julia Child’s cucumber fool.


27 posted on 06/13/2007 1:26:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SolidWood

It depends on what type of cucumber you have. I was in Romania recently, and their cucumbers are amazing. Frankly, the kick the daylights out of the ones we have here. They look very different, as well. Bumpy surfaces...

But very, very good.


28 posted on 06/13/2007 1:27:01 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: cripplecreek
Would you settle for some Clam Jerky until that day comes?


29 posted on 06/13/2007 1:27:31 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: CheyennePress

Do not google cucumber & amazing


30 posted on 06/13/2007 1:29:21 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: ElkGroveDan

wadda bunch of Jadrools.....


31 posted on 06/13/2007 1:31:35 PM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: verum ago

Soylant Green is people feeding people.


32 posted on 06/13/2007 1:32:15 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Tokra

Tzatziki Soda!


33 posted on 06/13/2007 1:33:05 PM PDT by Verloona Ti (Jesus says, Forgive your brother 70x7 times. Mo says, Kill your brother if he leaves islam.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Ick.
Cucumbers belong in salads.


34 posted on 06/13/2007 1:33:16 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: cripplecreek
Be sure to have this for desert ...


35 posted on 06/13/2007 1:33:17 PM PDT by clamper1797 (72-73 Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Yikes. I can’t stand the genuine article, much less the artificial one.


36 posted on 06/13/2007 1:33:27 PM PDT by JamesP81 (Romans 10:9)
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To: Anti-Hillary

There is a fine line between a Japanese gameshow like Endurance where contestants eat things like cockroaches and a Japanese gameshow like Iron Chef...


37 posted on 06/13/2007 1:34:08 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

yuk. There are just some things that should not be messed with and Coke is one of them.


38 posted on 06/13/2007 1:35:01 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: SIDENET

Mmmmmmm, pickle pop...!


39 posted on 06/13/2007 1:36:27 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: ElkGroveDan

Betcha it’s good.

Try cucumber and either mint or lime in a glass of water for a refreshing drink.


40 posted on 06/13/2007 1:37:10 PM PDT by Uncledave
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To: ElkGroveDan

41 posted on 06/13/2007 1:39:37 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: Tokra

I had a yogurt drink in Turkey that I believe was called “Ayran”. It didn’t have cucumbers in it, though.


42 posted on 06/13/2007 1:46:53 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Baby steps to the elevator...")
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To: Uncledave

( actually , this is just a FR *bookmark* )

but you’re correct-a-mundo Uncledave , ...

ask me if you’d like me to FReepmail you with some of what I’ve learned , .. and my dietary intake , as of late

no , I’m not a goofy healthNUT , my wife scolds me , “DON’T eat the kids’ snacks!”


43 posted on 06/13/2007 1:46:58 PM PDT by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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To: Moose4

Japanese chicken ice cream.
Japanese shark fin noodle ice cream.
44 posted on 06/13/2007 1:48:15 PM PDT by angkor
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To: ElkGroveDan
Cucumber soda, banana Twinkies... where does it all end?
45 posted on 06/13/2007 1:50:03 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: ElkGroveDan
Meanwhile I'm still waiting for trout-flavored coffee.

I'm with you. I think it can be accomplished by adjusting a few settings on the amazing "Bass-O-Matic".


46 posted on 06/13/2007 1:52:35 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: Verloona Ti

You lika da sauce eh?


47 posted on 06/13/2007 1:54:38 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (THOMPSON NEEDS TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION ON THE SPP BEFORE I SUPPORT HIM.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I’ve tried a few weird things in my life, but that just sounds gross.
48 posted on 06/13/2007 1:56:20 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Don't forget this one...

This is a staple at a lot of delis. It's an "acquired taste..."

Mark

49 posted on 06/13/2007 1:57:35 PM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Japan is beverage heaven. The variety is mind-boggling. I still long for the taste of CC Lemon and Calipis Water. Haven't found anything at all like them stateside.

Don't get me started on the health drinks. I had a miserable head cold one winter and one of the girls at the office asked me to give her 200 yen to buy something guaranteed to cure me. She brought back a little brown bottle that tasted like dredgings from a bilge tank. But damn, it worked! I still don't know what was in it.

50 posted on 06/13/2007 1:58:01 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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