Inotea Pobble Passion Fruit + Apple
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by Steve Stenzel
5d ago
I grabbed this from Aldi over the weekend: Here are a few of the "popping pearls" in a glass.  Brand: Inotea Pobble Passion Fruit + Apple. Origin: Newark, NJ. Purchase Place: Aldi, St. Paul, MN. Sweetener: Sugar. Review: This was quite good! It was very sweet, and tasted like a "good" apple cider that you might get on the holidays for the kids - like the sparkling kind, even though this wasn't sparkling. It was mainly apple flavored, and then the "popping pearls" had more of the passion fruit flavor inside. Yes, they are little pearls that are liqui ..read more
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Dr. Pepper and Rum Chata
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by Steve Stenzel
1w ago
In more than 1 recent "viral" video, I've heard that mixing Dr. Pepper and coconut Rum Chata is supposed to be delicious. My Mom is a huge fan of "regular" Rum Chata, so I grabbed a mini coconut bottle of Rum Chata before a recent family vacation. I paired that with a Diet Dr. Pepper we got from the convenience store near our rented cabin: On the counter in our cabin. As a mixed drink. It's hard to tell because of the line in the glass, but the top 1/3 is all frothy head! It came as no surprise that this was delicious! I've had regular Rum Chata a few times with my Mom ..read more
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Moneybag's Creme Soda
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by Steve Stenzel
1w ago
I was recently "up north" with family in a cabin, and I brought this to enjoy: Under the bottle cap. Wait... Gene Simmons?       Brand: Moneybag's Creme Soda. Origin: Niagara Falls, NY. Purchase Place: Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, Spring Lake Park, MN. Sweetener: Cane Sugar. Review: First of all... yes, this is put out by Gene Simmons of KISS fame. I enjoyed the design on the front of the bottle, but didn't spot Simmons's name until I took off the cap. It's a pretty smooth cream (or "créme" as it's spelled on the bottle) and it went d ..read more
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Buddy's Strawberry Soda
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by Steve Stenzel
2w ago
I opened this yesterday afternoon:   Brand: Buddy's Strawberry Soda. Origin: Sleepy Eye, MN. Purchase Place: Kowalski's Market, St. Paul, MN. Sweetener: Sugar. Review: This was classically good! It had a strong strawberry flavor (like "candy" strawberry and not "real" strawberry), and it was really creamy - not creamy enough to be a "strawberry CREAM," but nice and smooth. This went down easy and had the perfect amount of sweetness - it was really sugary, but not TOO sugary. This was a treat. Score: 8.5 out of 10 ..read more
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Black Bear Cherry Soda
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by Steve Stenzel
3w ago
I was recently on a camping trip with my boys, niece, and nephew, and I grabbed this from a candy store in Ely: Brand: Black Bear Cherry Soda. Origin: Glendale, WI. Purchase Place: Ely's Old Fashioned Candy, Ely, MN. Sweetener: Glucose Syrup. Review: I took the first sip, and had to look again at the label. It had a more “cola” flavor than just a cherry “soda” (but it was just a “soda” and not a “cola” as the label confirmed). I like cherry cola, so that wasn’t a problem. It had a little bit of a sharp medicinal taste that was less desirable. Flavor was strong, but ..read more
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Diet Faygo Cola
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by Steve Stenzel
1M ago
I grabbed this on a car ride back from a camping trip, and didn't get a photo of it until I was back home cleaning out my car: Messy car... unloading from a wet weekend of camping! Brand: Diet Faygo Cola. Origin: Detroit, MI. Purchase Place: Kwik Trip, Rochester, MN. Sweetener: Aspartame. Review: This was a decent cola, but there was nothing fancy, special, or unique about it. It had decent flavor for being diet as well - not that strong, but also not TOO weak. Very decent and what I expected (and wanted). I'll rank this just above average. Score: 6 out of 1 ..read more
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Lester's Fixins Horchata Soda
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by Steve Stenzel
1M ago
I opened this yesterday as it didn't seem to be too "risky" of a novelty soda:   Brand: Lester's Fixins Horchata Soda. Origin: Incline Village, NV. Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN. Sweetener: Cane Sugar. Review: Something felt "wrong" about drinking a horchata from a guy named "Lester." (It's a drink that originated in northern Africa before settling in Spain and often being thought of as a Mexican drink today.)  The first sip was odd because the flavor was about right on (including a cinnamon-like hit at the end like Mexican ..read more
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GT's Alive Root Beer Ancient Mushroom Elixir
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by Steve Stenzel
2M ago
I knew this was a risk. I still tried it:   Brand: GT's Alive Root Beer Ancient Mushroom Elixir. Origin: Beverly Hills, CA. Purchase Place: Fresh Thyme Grocery Store, Minneapolis, MN. Sweetener: Stevia. Review: "Mushroom Elixir?" I think that means "mushrooms mushed up in water." Umm... yummy?  Maybe not. When we cracked the top (I say "we" because I tried this with my family), it really smelled of pretty classic root beer. I got my hopes up a little! And PART of the flavor of this was root beer, but a lot of it was based off apple cider vinegar. So... no thanks. T ..read more
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Fresh Fizz Organic Soda Sparkling Jalapeno Limeade
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by Steve Stenzel
2M ago
I opened this while in my car waiting for one of my sons' sports practices: Sitting in my car Brand: Fresh Fizz Organic Soda Sparkling Jalapeño Limeade. Origin: Island Park, NY. Purchase Place: Fresh Thyme, Minneapolis, MN. Sweetener: Organic Honey. Review: This was a risky soda. I grow jalapeño peppers and like cooking with them, but I didn't know how I'd like that flavor in a soda... and if they'd be able to CREATE that flavor in a soda. The first time bringing it to my mouth gave me a sniff of what smelled like TRUE jalapeño peppers - I was impressed alr ..read more
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Pop vs Soda: Where in the US
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by Steve Stenzel
2M ago
When I grew up in southern Minnesota, it was always "pop." But over the last 2 decades, I've moved to saying "soda." I'd tend to agree with the gist of this map ..read more
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