more info here >Caramel colorings are manufactured in several ways. Caramel Color I (may be used in
high-proof alcoholic beverages) and Caramel Color II (may be used in cognac, sherry,
and vegetable extract) are produced with alkali or acid caustic chemicals and sometimes
sulfites (Caramel II), but not with ammonium compounds.
Caramel Color III
(synonyms: ammonia caramel, ammonia process caramel, closed-pan ammonia process
caramel, open-pan ammonia process caramel, bakers’ caramel, confectioners’ caramel,
and beer caramel) is prepared by the controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates with
ammonium compounds. Caramel Color III is often used in baking, beer, soy sauce,
gravy, and other products. Caramel Color IV (synonyms: ammonia sulfite process
caramel, sulfite ammonia caramel, sulfite ammonia process caramel, acid-proof caramel,
beverage caramel, and soft-drink caramel) is prepared by the controlled heat treatment of
carbohydrates with ammonium-containing and sulfite-containing compounds.
drinks colored with caramel coloring generally are made with Caramel Color IV, which is
generally used in colas and certain other soft drinks, and it also may be used in blended
whiskey and general food applications.
A key difference between Caramel III and
Caramel IV is that Caramel III carries a positive ionic charge, while Caramel IV carries a
negative charge. That difference renders them appropriate for use in different categories
I would agree with you SD........and while I don't drink much Pepsi, I do like Root Beer..........and also Creme Soda..........both of which probably have it. (though don't drink much of it) Would guess ANY of the 'brown colas' have it.......Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, etc. Not to mention all the other things in the article Russ posted.........I bet root beer has caramel coloring in it, too.