Sunday, March 22, 2015

Together. A New Coke Commercial

I must say that this is one of the better Coke commercials that I've seen in a long time. It's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic Coke Bottle. And it's doing it in a very cool and unique way. David LaChapelle and Coca-Cola have come up with a great concept and carried it off very well.



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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Big Red One

Big Red In A Bottle
One of my local BBQ joints (City BBQ) is in the very good habit of carrying glass bottled, premium Soda's. This is a good thing, in my mind as these Soda's are complimentary to good BBQ. One of the few that they carry and that I decided to pick up a visit or two ago, was this Big Red. This is a Soda with a back story and is a Texas favourite, but this is the first time I had run across a premium version of it, so I knew I had better give it a try. Just looking at the bottle you'd almost think it had to be a cherry flavoured Soda, as red as it is, but that is certainly not the case.
   The first thing that hits you is the aroma. Initially it's a hit of Sugar, followed up by a Bubble Gum-like aroma. Altogether a pleasant sign of what is to come.
   The Soda is very effervescent. It bubbles up quickly and subsides just as fast. The initial taste is still one of Bubble Gum, (it reminds me a bit of Super Bubble Bubble Gum) and Cream Soda, with a very slight woody undertone to it. Not unpleasant, at all. It's a very sweet beverage and would pair well with some vinegary BBQ. I can also see why this is a kids favourite. It is very sweet and the sweetness lingers on your tongue. Altogether a decent Soda, if a bit too sweet. I couldn't see being a regular drinker of Big Red, but I can see where some folks might really like it, if they're in to super sweet Soda's and Bubble Gum.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Natural and Artificial Flavor
Red 40
Citric Acid
Caffeine

Caffeine Content: 38mg/12 fl.oz.

Big Red gets a 5.5 out 10


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A New Dew

Well, it looks like the folks at Mountain Dew are going to gift the Soda drinking public with a new, Sugar based, premium Soda. It's called Dew Shine and should be available later this month. I'll be keeping my eyes open for this one and will certainly give it a try. I, like the authors of the article, wonder whether it will be caffeinated. I do like that added kick to my citrus Soda's.

Here's the article from the good folks at The Consumerist.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Change For The Sake of Change?

Well, the folks at Pepsi-Co have gone and done it again. They've changed the sweetener for Sierra Mist. Where we once had a nice sugar sweetened beverage, we now have a sugar and stevia sweetened beverage. There are lots of complaints rolling in about this unannounced switch. I can't say I've indulged, myself, as I usually only drink Sierra Mist from the fountain and there's no word yet on that having undergone a change. Here's hoping they take the well earned criticisms to heart and change back. If they want a stevia sweetened version then they should follow Coke's lead and make a specific version of the drink and let the market decide if it survives.

Here's a piece from the folks at The Consumerist on the whole matter.


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