Sunday, June 25, 2006

Still Making For "Good Vibrations"

While making our way back from our recent vacation to the Outer Banks, (where I managed to score more than a couple of Soda's which you'll be hearing about) we stopped at a small gas station just north of Knoxville, TN. I wasn't expecting to find a premium Soda there, but I looked anyway. Well, I must say that I was quite surprised when I did find a premium version of Sunkist Orange Soda. Yes, indeed someone in the marketing department at Dr. Pepper/7Up in Plano, TX (otherwise known as Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages) has been paying attention. In the middle of nowhere I came across this glass bottled beauty of an Orange Soda and promptly grabbed a couple up, one for immediate consumption and one for later.

Well, now it is later and here we have it. This is what a good orange Soda should be and people at other companies should pay close attention. Yeah, it's bright orange and has caffeine. Get over it. It's a Soda and it's a darned tasty one at that. Best of all it contains NO High Fructose Corn Syrup! They produced this one using plain, old fashioned sugar and that's always a good thing in my book. This Sunkist, (do not confuse it with the other mass produced version which contains HFCS) is a thirst quencher and tastes like it's supposed to.

The aroma that first hits you is easily ID'ed as Orange Soda smell and the taste is nice and clean. There is nothing cloyingly sweet and the carbonation boosts the citric acid bite to just the right level without making it tart. This is good stuff and it should be the flagship version of Sunkist, not the hard to find premium beverage. I don't mind that they have added caffeine to this Soda, since any boost in the day is a good. My wife consumed more than a bit of Sunkist during her first pregnancy for just that reason. Our firstborn caused his momma to develop a dislike for coffee early on and since she needed caffeine she chose Sunkist. It worked and she was a very grateful grad student!

This version of Sunkist is definitely worth going out and finding. I wish I'd picked up a few more bottles of it myself and I'll certainly be on the lookout for it from now on.

Carbonated Water
Citric Acid
Sodium Benzoate
Food Starch (Modified)
Natural Flavors
Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin
Ascorbic Acid
Yellow 6
Red 40

Sunkist Orange Soda gets an 8.5/10

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