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Brownie's Caramel Cream Root Beer

Brownie's Caramel Cream Root Beer

Another odd flavor of soda I found at Home Goods. Well, since there's a butterscotch root beer, figures that there'd be a caramel root beer too. Though really, those are two flavors I never really thought would be paired with root beer. Apparently though someone thought of this some time ago since the label says "SINCE 1929."

Anyways, how's it taste? Really, really damn sweet! You taste the caramel and a bit of a cream soda flavor and just a little bit of root beer flavoring and bite. So really it's kind of a cross between a cream soda and a root beer. That being said, it's a little too sweet for my palate. If it had a bit more bite and rooty flavor, it'd be better.

Verdict: worth trying at least once

Sweetened with: pure cane sugar
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O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

O-So Butterscotch Root Beer

Turns out Home Goods is a pretty nice place to check out every few months as they tend to get some . . . pretty out there sodas there. Like this one--O-So Butterscotch Root Beer. Now . . . butterscotch? Never really thought that'd be an additional flavor to Root Beer, but here we are. Plus, label says "Since 1946" so it's apparently been around for a while.

Anyways, how's it taste? As I expected, it's a bit on the sweet side. The rooty flavor and butterscotch flavor hit you fast so for me it's a little overwhelming at first, but after a few sips, I got used to it. It's decent, if a little on the sweet side.

Sweetened With: "cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
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Blueberry Cream Soda Shaq

Blueberry Cream Soda Shaq

Found this at a 7-Eleven near the NJ side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. I wasn’t so taken aback by the goofy picture of Shaquille O’Neal, but by the large can. Looked an awful lot like an Arizona Iced Tea can, and I was right as it has a large Arizona logo on the side of it. Though, just FYI, this is not Arizona’s first foray into the fizzy biz. They tried several years ago to make some sodas with their Soho brand (also in those tall 22 oz cans.) And like Soho, this stuff claims to be “All Natural.” So that’s a plus. No corn syrup here either!

But enough about that. Blueberry Cream soda? As most of you know, I dun like cream soda all that much. Yet, I do like blueberries. And I LOVE blueberries and whipped cream! Now I wasn’t going into this soda expecting it to taste exactly like blueberries and whipped cream, but if it came anywhere near that taste, I’d be happy.

Unfortunately though, it doesn’t. I get a little bit of blueberry flavor, but mostly cream soda flavor when I drink it. Granted it’s not super crazy sweet cream soda, so I kinda like it, but I just wish it had more blueberry flavor. Maybe even a hint of citric acid for some more flavor profiles. Still, not too bad of a soda.


Sweetened With: "sugar, honey"

Verdict: Worth a can or two
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7up (Sugar Sweetened)

7up (sugar sweetened)

Found this at Chuck's BBQ in Ewing, NJ (a neat little place serving up buffalo wings and soul food . . . and owned and run by Egyptians.) Didn't know that 7up had released a sugar sweetened of their lemon-lime soda. Hell, I haven't even been able to find a Mexican version of 7up, but I was happy to find this.

How is it? Well, it's 7up but without that crappy corn syrup aftertaste! Thus, if you like 7up, this will be awesome for you!

Only problem is, it doesn't seem to have wide release. So for those of you who like the clear lemon-lime sodas, keep an eye out for this one. Hope you can find it!

Sweetened With: "sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
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Reading Draft Grape Smoothie

Reading Draft Grape Smoothie

Stopped back at Freddy Hill Farm where I found a few of those varieties of Reading Draft sodas, hoping to find something new. Well, I did! Reading Draft Grape Smoothie. Now, why it's called a "smoothie" and not just a soda perplexes me, but I do like me some grape soda. And since Reading Draft hasn't let me down yet, I looked forward to this one!

Well . . . it's definitely grapey. It doesn't seem to have the citric acid tartness that a grape soda should, as the tartness is only slight. It also seems to have a little bit of what is kind of like a "bubble gum" flavor! I guess they were trying to make it a bit lighter than a regular grape soda, hence the "smoothie" moniker. All in all, it's pretty good, but not what I'd consider a grape soda, if that's what you're looking for.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
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Hey Song Sarsaparilla

Hey Song Sarsaparilla

Found this at an Asian market on Rt 100 in Exton, PA. Never really thought that China would be into the whole sarsaparilla thing, but I shouldn't be too surprised as the Phillippines has a sarsaparilla soda as well (called "Sarsi"--I'll get around to that one sooner or later!) I'm kinda apprehensive about this though. Asian pallettes are a bit different from Western ones (just try a Japanese beer vs one of our American beers and you'll see what I'm talking about), so I'm not really expecting something all that close to an actual sarsaparilla.

Hmmm . . . well, that's different. It definitely has a spice to it like a sarsaparilla should, but also something along the lines of bubble gum flavoring! It's something along the same lines as say the flavoring of Vernor's Ginger Soda. It's kind of hard to really place it. Not sure if I'd really call it a sarsaparilla, but don't really know what to call it. Also not sure if I like it or not. It's best if you give it a shot and see how it stacks up to you!

Sweetened With: "sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup"

Verdict: Worth trying at least once
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Johnnie Ryan's Cherry Soda

Johnnie Ryan's Delicious/Delicieux Cherry/Cerise Soda

Here's another variety of Johnnie Ryan sodas that Wegman's carries. I do love me some Cherry Soda, so the prospect of another cane sugar sweetened cherry pop definitely intrigues me.

It has nice cherry flavoring, not too sweet. They gave it just the right citric acid to offset the sweetness. I like it a lot, but I would have liked just little smidgen more cherry flavor. Still, it's much better than most cherry sodas.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
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Johnnie Ryan's Root Beer

Johnnie Ryan's Root Beer

It's always good to check in on Wegman's soda section since they like to bring in new things every now and then. For yesterday I found this line of sodas I'd never heard of before . . . Johnnie Ryan's. Which is an odd thing since the bottling says "Since/Depuis 1935." Since the bottling features English and French text (as well as being bottled out of Niagara Falls, NY) I can only assume that this is available in the US and Canada. They had several varieties, but wanted to pick this one up first, Root beer! Oh wait, my mistake . . . "Delicious Root Beer/Delicieux Racinette."

As for taste, it's really sweet. Thankfully, just shy of being sickeningly sweet for my tastebuds. Has a okay bite. Would have liked a little more from that to offset the sweetness, but it has a pretty good rooty flavor. Maybe even a little birch-like flavor (kinda like Crystal City Root Beer.) It's definitely above average.

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a bottle or two
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Johnnie Ryan's Cola

Johnnie Ryan's Cola

Another one of the varieties of Johnny Ryan that I picked up from Wegmans. It's always an adventure trying a "premium" type of cola with "cane sugar" and whatnot. Some have been surprisingly good. Others . . . not so much. So let's see where this ends up.

Like the root beer, it's really sweet! Thankfully not overpoweringly so. It's got a lighter cola taste than most and pretty smooth. I do like it! Definitely a taste I would like to have more of in the future. Maybe in an ice cream float!

Sweetened With: "pure cane sugar"

Verdict: Worth a case or two