As for why corn syrup is cheaper? Corn subsidies. Our tax dollars are going toward the crapification of our diet.
Take a stroll down the soda aisle, and you'll see a slew of products taking a more natural approach to sweetness. The selling point: "Made with real cane sugar."
Cane sugar sodas are meant to be an antidote to soft drinks that are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. The idea is that cane sugar offers a more balanced and natural taste than its corn syrup counterpart.
Think of it as the difference between Mexican Coca-Cola, which is made with cane sugar, and its American sibling with high fructose corn syrup. To Aaron Moreno, who writes the Sacramento Food in the Hood blog, it's Mexican Coke that's the real thing.