Drinking Coke is second nature in our house. However, unless it’s on sale I don’t buy it since the price of pop has risen in the last year. My husband does not enjoy this frugal side of me as he’s a true Coke drinker and looks at me with disdain if I were to ever bring anything else into the house! Well try I did and with great success this time. We received a SodaStream machine to try and my husband loves it.
What is a SodaStream? It’s a machine that allows you to carbonate water at home. You can also purchase a variety of flavors to make your own soda or sparkling beverages. We received the Fountain Jet Soda Starter kit and additional drink mixes to try. It is a very simple machine especially since I (usually) have no problems using it. I’m a naturally klutzy person so anything easy is for me. Here’s a rundown of what to expect when using your machine:
• Start with chilled water in your carbonating bottle.
• Insert bottle into your SodaStream machine.
• Push the carbonation button down until it buzzes at least three times. (More or less depending on the amount of fizz you would like)
• Tilt the bottle and slowly add a capful of Sodamix. (More or less depending on your taste)
• Gently turn the bottle upside down and let the carbonation do it’s job mixing the flavor.
• Open and enjoy! (We open with a cloth on top because it will spray out)
We’re still in the process of trying all of the flavors but we started with Root Beer and made floats while the kids were in bed one night. I really enjoyed the root beer flavor over national brands since I don’t like a strong flavor. It’s my favorite flavor of what I have tried so far. My husband is a big root beer fan and liked it but prefers the heavier flavors bought in store. The kids loved it of course. The next night for dessert they made floats and devoured them.
We also bought a mix of Grape soda since the kit did not come with that flavor. My husband loves grape soda but I don’t buy it since I don’t like grape flavoring. Can you tell who does the shopping? My son and husband had fun mixing the grape and trying it out. They loved it and said it tasted great, like others of the same flavor. I was not fond of the flavor but again I’m not a grape soda fan.
We are so happy to have a SodaStream and I have not bought soda since we received the machine. My husband actually takes the bottle to work with him and he can use it for water after he’s done too. His favorite flavors are Raspberry Cranberry, Pear Currant, and Energy. I was surprised when he said the first two but he likes Red Bulls so no surprise there! Each bottle will make 12 liters or 33 cans of soda and they contain no aspartame or high fructose corn syrup.
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