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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 22nd day of Swimming, Yr 26
The Neopian Times Week 36 > Articles > What's In Your Can?

What's In Your Can?

by reeberry

"A can of Neocola may be just the thing to get your pet ready for a new day."

"Achyfi is the biggest competitor to NeoCola! It is the great new sparkling drink with root extracts to give your NeoPet energy!"

NeoCola was once the indisputable champion of Neopia's beverage world. Lupes and Chias alike scrambled to buy the drink that would start up their day. Then came Achyfi, the "new sparkling drink" for Neopets, and soon it was war between the two.

So the question is, what's in your can - NeoCola or Achyfi? Whether you prefer the "choice of intergalactic crimelords" or the energy boost that Achyfi gives is a great debate here in Neopia. The debate can go for ages, so let's take a look at seven key areas of each beverage, and see how they measure up to one another:

1. History

The undocumented birth of NeoCola remains a mystery, but many experts say that it has been around for as long as Neopia has. Achyfi is barely more than a year old, having made its appearance on March 2nd of last year.

Winner? NeoCola is the original classic and a symbol of Neopian tradition, but as the saying "Out with the old, in with the new" goes, a younger generation might prefer Achyfi. Then again, first is first and second is second, so NeoCola wins.

"NeoCola is more Neopian than anything else!"
- A green Blumaroo

2. Branding

NeoCola is catchy and to the point. On the other hand, Achyfi - does anyone even know how to pronounce this correctly? It sounds like something sold at Grundo's Cafe.

Winner? Anything with "Neo" is sure to be a hit with NeoPets everywhere.

"Achyfi? Isn't that the new NeoPet that's being released next week?"
- A Neopian citizen

3. Price/Rarity

Both drinks are available at Neopian Fresh Foods and at many stalls in the Market Place. A can of NeoCola, at a low rarity index of 15, costs a mere 57 NP*, while a Raspberry Achyfi, the Achyfi with the lowest rarity index of 83, is priced at a whopping 362 NP*. (*Both can be found at the marketplaces, so prices may vary.)

Winner? Depends. If you are one of the few millionaires in Neopia and like to flaunt your wealth, the rarer and more expensive Achyfi might suit you. NeoCola and its lower price are targeted for the average consumer.

"Only the losers at the Soup Kitchen drink NeoCola!"
- Nigel the Chia

4. Taste

Achyfi comes in six-fruit flavored varieties - Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Lime, Elderberry, and Banana, with Banana being on the Gourmet Food List. NeoCola has only four fruit flavors, Apple, Grapefruit, Cherry, and Raspberry, but you can choose from Caffeine Free, Diet, or Regular. Bonus - NeoCola Bottles and Fizzy NeoCola Bottles are sold in the Chocolate Factory and NeoCola Chia Pops can be found at the Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop.

Winner? Again, this depends on your individual preferences. NeoPets who prefer a fruitier and more exotic taste might like Achyfi, and those trying to slim down might like the Caffeine Free and Diet alternatives of NeoCola.

"Yes, yes, I want another Blueberry Achyfi, pleeeease!"
- Plummotion the purple Kau

5. Packaging

The NeoCola can comes in a clean, attractive abstract design with a traditional red, white, and blue color scheme. Fruit flavors come in their appropriate colors, along with a small picture of the fruit. Achyfi sports a similar swirl pattern in alternating colors.

Winner? NeoCola - the design's color scheme and aesthetic value contribute to its familiar image.

"I like the color green and green apples, that's why I always drink Apple NeoCola!"
- Ticklemint the Green Kacheek

6. Ingredients

Achyfi - "...with root extracts...!"
Neocola - "Now with extra sugar!"

Winner?It's unclear what "root extract" is exactly, but extra sugar is never good for your NeoPet. One point for Achyfi!

"You drink some more of that Achyfi, you do more sets on the Clean and Jerk!"
- Trainer at Grundo's Gym

7. Image

NeoCola's advertisement shows Dr. Frank Sloth, evil scientist and leader of Virtupets Corp., mistreating a little Usul and happily drinking a bottle of NeoCola. Achyfi has no official sponsor.

Winner? Achyfi. It is important for any product to have a sponsor, but in this case, Achyfi has the advantage. Dr. Sloth, a scientist bent on destroying Neopia and all its innocent creatures, would not be ideal for a product marketed for Neopia and all its innocent creatures. Now that you think of it, maybe NeoCola's a part of his evil plans? But that's another story...

"Pull up a keg of NeoCola, and set a-spell."
- Cap'n Threelegs, head of the Swashbuckling Academy

As you can see, there's really no use in comparing which is better. To drink one or the other is all about taste, and that depends on your Neopet's individual preferences. So whether your can says Achyfi or NeoCola, drink up and enjoy!


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