Sierra Mist Undercover Orange soda review

Sierra Mist Undercover OrangeAren’t movie tie-ins great? It lets a big company do a limited run of a product without too much risk involved. Plus, could get almost any product you wanted in Shrek green! Today, we’re trying out one of those movie tie-ins: Sierra Mist Undercover Orange.

It’s a special promotion for the upcoming Get Smart movie. The “undercover” part of the nomenclature comes from the clear color of the orange flavored soda. It’s a little bit of a throwback to Pepsi Clear. Very ninja! How’s it taste? GREAT! It’s supposed to have a mandarin orange flavor but it tastes more like orange candy. The taste is very sweet, but is well balanced with the carbonation. That gives it a crisp and not syrupy flavor. I could drink this stuff all day! Now if they only had a diet flavor.

Sierra Mist Undercover Orange soda gets 5 out of 5 awesomes today! Amazing!

Rating= 5

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Virgil’s Micro Brewed Root Beer review

Virgil’s Root BeerJeremy, a good friend of mine, gave this one to me for review. Ah, the very reason I started a food website: getting free food and drinks! Jeremy gave Virgil’s very high remarks and I couldn’t wait to review it.

So it sat in my fridge for a few weeks. It’s not that I didn’t want to review it, surely I did. It just seemed too special to drink with my slice of pizza or bowl of rice. I have a weird relationship with food. I get into moods where everything has to be just right. Well, today the stars finally aligned and I decided to give good ole Virgil’s Root Beer a try!

It was worth the wait! Micro brewing must be where it’s at because this root beer is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is definitely there, but not sharp like in some root beers. It has a great rich taste with a slight licorice aftertaste. I’ve had some root beers that have gone way overboard with the licorice and I can’t stand it(I’ll tell you about my experiences with absinthe later). Virgil’s also boasts the use of 100% natural ingredient which I think make the flavor very rich. Virgil’s Root Beer has no caffeine, so no problems drinking it in bed. Which I plan to.

One thing’s for sure, I’ll never look at your average 2 liter of root beer the same again!

Virgil’s Root Beer gets a 4 out of 5 on the awesomeness meter!

Rating= 4

Where to get Virgil’s Rootbeer!

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Recipe- Hot Dr. Pepper

Hot Boiled Dr PepperYeah, I thought it sounded weird and ghetto too. But Angela says her family used to drink this stuff in Alaska on cold nights(and there are alot of those). Well, it took hell freezing over a February snow storm in Texas to finally convince me to finally try it out. I’ve had unconventional hot drinks before, but that’s usually because I left something in the car in August. By the way, hot Gatorade really isn’t too bad!

Enough stalling, let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring Dr. Pepper to a boil in a pot.
  2. Pour Boiled Dr. Pepper into a mug.
  3. Sprinkle a little cinnamon in or stir with a cinnamon stick.
  4. Reflect on why you really needed a recipe to make Dr. Pepper hot.

Impressions:

Wow, this stuff is really good! Those Eskimos really know what they’re doing(and yes I know not everyone in Alaska is an Eskimo or a polar bear. Let me dream, damnit!) Dr. Pepper is made up of a secret formula of 23 different flavors. Somehow, boiling the soda really brings out the fruitiness of the flavors. The cinnamon counters with a really nice spiciness. If you do it right, you can even still taste a little of the carbonation.

You guys have really got to try this! I’m adding this to my list of winter drinks right next to hot chocolate and apple cider. And to a lesser(but very important) extent, mind erasers. I wanted to see how well hot Dr. Pepper fared against hot chocolate in the most important hot drink category: marshmallowability. Here’s my results:

Hot Dr. Pepper with Marshmallows

It looks cool alright, almost fitting. And best of all, the marshmallows actually plump up in the soda! The taste however is a bit confusing. I don’t normally expect my marshmallows to taste fruity. Actually, I’m used to marshmallows tasting like sweet cardboard ala Lucky Charms so I guess this is at least better than that. I’ll have to try it again later and see how I feel. My taste buds were probably still confused about the 23 flavors without having to worry about jet puffed goodness.

Wow, we learned a lot today! Let’s recap:

  • Hot Dr. Pepper and cinnamon is awesome.
  • Marshmallows are (very) optional.
  • Strange white precipitation is not a sign that the sky is falling, even though Texas drivers seem to think so.
  • Angela is awesome too.
  • Marshmallowability is a sweet word and is now trademarked by ME!
  • Not everyone in Alaska is a polar bear or an Eskimo(only about 95%)
  • Roatha can write an awful lot about making Dr. Pepper warmer.
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Egg cream recipe

Egg cream chocolate sodaWhat’s better than a chocolate bar and a can of soda? That’s right, a threesome. But what do you drink after the threesome? Chocolate soda!

That’s basically what an egg cream is. It originates from New York and is usually made with U-bet chocolate syrup. The name is misleading because there’s no eggs or cream in the recipe. I’ve seen it a couple of times on food network- once on an episode of unwrapped and once Kat Kora made it on Iron Chef America. The origins of the name are unclear- Unwrapped said it may have been named because the foam you get after mixing the drink looks like egg whites. It looked simple enough to make, so I decided to give it a shot for you guys.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces of milk(traditionally whole milk)
  • 3 ounces of seltzer water
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup(U-bet brand traditionally)

This is probably going to be the easiest recipe you’ve ever read. First, mix the chocolate syrup into the milk. Then, mix the seltzer water into the chocolate milk. Tada! Egg cream!

OK, so I half-assed my way through the entire recipe. I used 2% milk(expired 2 days ago), sparkling water and Kroger brand chocolate syrup. Who cares, still tastes good :)

For you hardcore egg creamers(tee hee) out there, I’ll try it later with the legit stuff and update this recipe accordingly.

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Sunkist Float in a bottle- will it float or sink?

Sunkist Float in a bottleWell, since kaboomgurl reviewed the A&W Root Beer float in a bottle, it’d be only fitting to review it’s counterpart, Sunkist Float. So, I’ve heard of root beer floats, Coke floats and I’m pretty sure I once got a Sprite float at a McDonald’s once (blegh). But for some reason, I’ve never thought to add ice cream to orange soda. Once you give it a thought, it seems like a natural marriage. Think Creamsicles!

Unfortunately, I don’t like creamsicles that much. Strangely though, I like orange juice paired with vanilla. The difference is in the acidity level. I don’t like how sweet they always make creamsicles and other orange cream flavored products. Herein lies the problem with Sunkist Float. Of the orange sodas they could have used, Sunkist would have been pretty low on my list. Other orange sodas have more “orangey-ness” to them. This probably would have been good with Fanta Orange or Minute Maid(I don’t even know if they made MM soda anymore). Don’t get me wrong though, I do drink Sunkist. Sunkist is the only orange soda with caffeine! But for some strange reason, they removed the caffeine from the float…

So, as you would expect, the Sunkist float is pretty sweet. And staying consistent with it’s root beer counterpart, the ice cream flavor was a miss. It’s a little better than the root beer float in my opinion, but still tastes like they made a float, left it out for 30 minutes and then bottled it. The cream steals carbonation from the drink.

Overall, the Sunkist Float is less of a float and more of an orange cream soda. If I could change it, I’d add a little more carbonation and a little more orange flavor. It’d be great if you like the taste of melted ice cream and flat soda. As a float drink, it misses it’s mark. Change the name to something else, like Orange Creamy Soda and I think you’d sell alot more of these.

Who loves orange soda? Maybe Kel does, but I’ll pass on Sunkist Float.

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Pepsi RAW with all natural ingredients

Pepsi Raw with natural ingredients

Using ingredients like apple extract, cane sugar and coffee leaves, Pepsi is rolling out it’s newest product in select cities in Europe right now. This stuff is supposedly less fizzy, lighter in color and saves you about 10 calories. They’re going for a healthier soda, but at what cost?

From DailyMail UK

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