As much as I hate to admit it, we are big soda drinkers in this house. Spending way more then I’dlike on soda every month. Like a lot of people I’ve seen the commercials for Sodastreamand wondered if the Sodastream really made soda at home that tasted like its manufactured counterparts. This past week I was lucky enough to get to sample Sodastream and several of their flavor mixes.
“Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you'll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any décor”.
We were sent the JetBlack/Silver Fountain Soda Starter Kit. Which retails for $99.95, the fountain soda kit includes: Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker, 1 60 liter Carbonator, 1 Carbonating Bottle, 3 Soda Mix flavors (your choice) - each bottle makes 12 liters of soda, Sodamix Variety 6 pack.
We received a variety of the flavors and types of carbonated beverages that the Sodastream has to offer. The first that we tried out were from their Regular Flavor Selection. In this category there are every soda flavor you can think of, Root Beer, Lemon Lime, Fountain Mist, Cream Soda, Cola, and so many others. I have to say that I’m not crazy about these because they are sweetened with Splenda rather than High Fructose Corn Syrup. Which is great because it makes them a little better for your health, but I am sensitive to Sucralose (Splenda). Artificial Sweeteners give me the worst headaches.
All is not lost though; Sodastream has a Sparkling Naturals Selection. Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners. Sweetened with Cane Sugar. Yes, while the flavor selection for Sparkling Naturals isn’t as large as the Regular Selection it has all my personal favorite flavors, like Root Beer, and Lemon Lime. More flavors coming in this month (June 2012). They are delicious!
We also tried the Energy Drink which tastes exactly like Red Bull. Another that we really enjoyed was the Sparkling MyWater Essences, which was a great way to entice my son to drink more water on hot days. We are really enjoying our Sodastream and will be purchasing more liters as we all enjoy different flavors.
Prices for Regular and Natural flavor mixes range from $4.99 to $6.99. MyWater Essence for Sparkling Water is $9.99 for a 3 pack of flavor essences. Sodastream can be purchased on the Sodastream website as well as many stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, and Kohl’s. If you and your family are soda drinkers I highly recommend the Sodastream it makes delicious soda right at home and it is so much cheaper than buying from the grocery store at about 25 Cents a liter.