Dr Pepper vs Sprite – What’s The Difference?

Dr Pepper and Sprite consistently rank in the top ten for the most popular sodas in the United States. It’s difficult not to be able to find these sodas in just about any major grocery store in America.

Given the popularity of these soft drinks, we decide to compare Dr Pepper vs Sprite for readers that are curious about what sets them apart from each other. Here is how they differ:

Dr Pepper vs Sprite


We think it’s safe to assume that most readers have tried both sodas and don’t need an explanation of their taste. Instead, we ask readers to vote for their favorite in our below poll. Please consider voting!


These sodas aren’t too different in their nutrition facts. If you opt for a Sprite over a Dr Pepper, you’ll consume 10 fewer calories, 2 grams fewer carbs, and 1 gram less sugar. Dr Pepper is the better option if consuming less sodium is your primary nutritional goal.

Dr PepperSprite
Serving Size12 fl. oz. (1 can)12 fl. oz. (1 can)
Total Fat0g0g
Total Carbohydrates40g38g
Total Sugars*39g38g
*All sugar is added sugar


You aren’t going to learn a lot about these two sodas since many of their ingredients are proprietary and simply listed as natural and/or artificial flavors.

However, what we do know is that Dr Pepper is made with caramel color for taste and color. Sprite lacks caramel color since it’s a clear lemon-lime soda brand and instead uses citric acid to add a tangy flavor.

Another major difference is the use of caffeine or lack thereof which we discuss below.

Dr Pepper – Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Caffeine.

Sprite – Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate (To Protect Taste).


One of the major differences between these sodas is their caffeine content. Dr Pepper has caffeine while Sprite is caffeine-free. The tables below reflect the caffeine in these sodas for their popular serving sizes:

SodaServing SizeCaffeine(mg)
Dr Pepper7.5 fl. oz.26mg
Dr Pepper8 fl. oz.28mg
Dr Pepper10 fl. oz.34mg
Dr Pepper12 fl. oz.41mg
Dr Pepper16 fl. oz.55mg
Dr Pepper16.9 fl. oz. 58mg
Dr Pepper20 fl. oz.68mg
For comparison, a 12 fl. oz. can of Coke has 46 mg of caffeine and a coffee of the same size has approximately 144 mg.
SodaServing SizeCaffeine(mg)
Sprite7.5 fl. oz.0
Sprite8 fl. oz.0
Sprite10 fl. oz.0
Sprite12 fl. oz.0
Sprite16 fl. oz.0
Sprite16.9 fl. oz. 0
Sprite20 fl. oz.0


Dr Pepper is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP). It was introduced in 1885 with a national presence in the U.S. by 1904.

Sprite is a brand of The Coca-Cola Company. Sprite was actually invented in West Germany in 1959 at a division of Coca-Cola and was called Clear Lemon Fanta. It was introduced in the United States in 1961 to take on the popular 7Up.