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  • Post #211 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm
    Post #211 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm Post #211 - January 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm
    Puckjam wrote:Same, rare to drink soda anymore but when I do it is a coke.

    I'm closing in on a year without drinking even a sip of pop thanks to Covid changing my shopping habits. Formerly I drank about 2 liters a day.
  • Post #212 - January 26th, 2021, 4:53 pm
    Post #212 - January 26th, 2021, 4:53 pm Post #212 - January 26th, 2021, 4:53 pm
    Coke with coffee has arrived. https://www.foodandwine.com/news/coke-w ... ee-release
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #213 - February 9th, 2021, 3:45 pm
    Post #213 - February 9th, 2021, 3:45 pm Post #213 - February 9th, 2021, 3:45 pm
    Sprite is ditching the green bottle =
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90602485/wh ... en-bottles
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #214 - March 14th, 2021, 8:20 pm
    Post #214 - March 14th, 2021, 8:20 pm Post #214 - March 14th, 2021, 8:20 pm
    Thanks to Jewel-Osco's Saturday Sampler, I tried Coffee Coke. At first blush, the combo was pretty good. There wasn't much coffee and what was there had sort of a flat, dark, espresso-y flavor. Inoffensive, not much different from regular Coke. Foamy like regular, too. It did have an odd herbal aftertaste, which I assumed was coming from the coffee.

    Then I read the nutrition facts and ingredient label. First up, 70 cals for a can. That's about half normal, so I figured they had mixed half no-cal coffee with regular Coke and carbonated to the normal level. Unfortunately, no. It's partly sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame. To me that's the worst of both worlds. It lacks the advantage of being sugar free and it has the aftertaste and wrong mouthfeel of artificial sweetener. It's also obvious why the coffee taste is flat: They use coffee powder, which I assume is another term for instant coffee.

    Final thought: I would buy this if it were fully sweetened with sugar (preferably not corn syrup), but only if it were the same price as regular Coke. Or I might mix my own with brewed coffee and recarbonate.
  • Post #215 - April 12th, 2021, 7:01 pm
    Post #215 - April 12th, 2021, 7:01 pm Post #215 - April 12th, 2021, 7:01 pm
    Due to a Jewel Monopoly freebie coupon, I acquired Dr. Dynamite soda. It is clearly a Dr. Pepper knock-off, though one my Dad thought was better than Dr. Pepper.

    We do not have any Dr. Pepper at home to make a side-by-side comparison. I felt it was not as fizzy as I normally expect.

    It was good enough, I would not avoid it. Faint praise perhaps, but some knock offs just don't come close. Dr. Dynamite was close enough to work.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #216 - April 12th, 2021, 8:52 pm
    Post #216 - April 12th, 2021, 8:52 pm Post #216 - April 12th, 2021, 8:52 pm
    A free 2 liter of Dr. Dynamite? That beats any of the coupons I've got so far. Seems like unopened 2 liters lose their carbonation relatively quickly. If Dr. D isn't a big seller, that may explain why yours was a little flat.
  • Post #217 - April 16th, 2021, 5:48 pm
    Post #217 - April 16th, 2021, 5:48 pm Post #217 - April 16th, 2021, 5:48 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:... I would not avoid it. Faint praise perhaps...

    That reminds me of Calvin Trillin's "I wouldn't throw rocks at it ..."
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #218 - August 11th, 2021, 10:40 am
    Post #218 - August 11th, 2021, 10:40 am Post #218 - August 11th, 2021, 10:40 am
    Boozy Mountain Dew is coming in 3 flavors.
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/10/business ... index.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #219 - January 7th, 2022, 6:57 am
    Post #219 - January 7th, 2022, 6:57 am Post #219 - January 7th, 2022, 6:57 am
    Coca-Cola is tapping into the canned cocktail craze with a boozy version of its Fresca soda.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/06/business ... 1556035229
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #220 - February 18th, 2022, 8:08 am
    Post #220 - February 18th, 2022, 8:08 am Post #220 - February 18th, 2022, 8:08 am
    Coke's new flavor is out of this world. At least, that's the idea behind Coca-Cola Starlight, a new limited-edition version of the classic soda that comes in regular and zero sugar. After deciding to discontinue half of its portfolio a few years ago, getting rid of outdated but beloved drinks including Tab and Odwalla, the soda giant has been focusing on promoting its core product, Coke. Starlight is the first beverage from Coca-Cola Creations, a new innovation platform.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/17/business ... index.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #221 - February 24th, 2022, 3:53 pm
    Post #221 - February 24th, 2022, 3:53 pm Post #221 - February 24th, 2022, 3:53 pm
    In what the brand is billing as "the first-ever nitrogen-infused cola," Pepsi has announced the forthcoming nationwide launch of Nitro Pepsi — an innovative new soda that will arrive this March in two different canned varieties: Draft Cola and Vanilla Draft Cola.

    https://www.foodandwine.com/news/nitro- ... rogen-soda
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #222 - March 16th, 2022, 9:10 pm
    Post #222 - March 16th, 2022, 9:10 pm Post #222 - March 16th, 2022, 9:10 pm
    Finally tried Gingerbread Snap'd Mountain Dew. Seems like a great idea: blend strongly citrusy MD with a bold ginger beer flavor, like Goslings, or a clear but peppery one, like Vernors. Unfortunately, that's not quite what happened. It turns out to be pretty sweet with a somewhat gingery taste in a sugary but not very citrusy base, with some added sort of perfumey notes. I think those are supposed to be cinnamon or vanilla, maybe. Not horrible but certainly not an improvement or even a complement to the original. Much like Major Melon and Voodew Mystery 2021, it's just too sweet without enough tartness or strength of flavor. Still need to try Thrashed Apple just for the experience.

    If you want some, Continental Sales has pint bottles, slightly out of date, for 10 cents and 12packs in date for $1.49.

    Oh, and Starlight Coke is the Saturday Sampler 3/19/22 at JewelOsco. Could be worth every penny, or maybe it'll be great. Regular or diet available.
  • Post #223 - March 21st, 2022, 6:27 am
    Post #223 - March 21st, 2022, 6:27 am Post #223 - March 21st, 2022, 6:27 am
    Starlight Coke: The regular soda for people who really like diet soda. Taste is fairly similar to regular Coke with a little less cola flavor, more of the unique Coke spicy flavor, and a sort of minty/bitter/chemical flavor slightly like Tab. It seems less sweet, like the light-on-the-syrup Coke served at McDonalds. It's an interesting slightly brownish red color, much darker than Big Red or strawberry soda. Label says vegetable juice coloring. That's likely to be beet juice, and it does look a little like borscht.

    Overall, not an improvement over the original. Possibly useful if there's a need for a unique colored highball that's like 3 parts rum and Coke, 1 part gin and tonic.
  • Post #224 - March 21st, 2022, 10:07 am
    Post #224 - March 21st, 2022, 10:07 am Post #224 - March 21st, 2022, 10:07 am
    HI,

    Starlight Coke reminded me of Kvass.

    I was really tickled by the statement, "Space flavored." Such an wonderfully imaginative ambigious statement, it reminded me how Tang made me feel one with the space program.

    I like Coke, I cannot say I really like Starlight, though it just made me want to laugh. Not much to laugh about lately, so I guess that is a good thing.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #225 - March 21st, 2022, 11:28 am
    Post #225 - March 21st, 2022, 11:28 am Post #225 - March 21st, 2022, 11:28 am
    We tried Starlight just last night, and thought it was a perfect rendition of cotton candy in liquid form.
    Bill-Plainfield
  • Post #226 - March 21st, 2022, 10:15 pm
    Post #226 - March 21st, 2022, 10:15 pm Post #226 - March 21st, 2022, 10:15 pm
    Starlight Coke reminded me of Kvass.

    a perfect rendition of cotton candy in liquid form

    These descriptions don't sound like the same beverage. Is it possible Starlight contains a flavor that, like cilantro, tastes different to different people?
  • Post #227 - March 22nd, 2022, 8:28 pm
    Post #227 - March 22nd, 2022, 8:28 pm Post #227 - March 22nd, 2022, 8:28 pm
    Mountain Dew Thrashed Apple: Once again, Continental Sales comes through on the obsolete pop. $1.49 with 10% discount for a twelver.
    It's pretty good. In fact, this might be my second or third favorite MD flavor, behind Voltage (far and away favorite) and maybe Throwback/Real Sugar. It's a fairly straightforward apple flavor with enough citrus. A considerably better apple soda than the slightly cloying Manzanita Sol. Sort of like drinking a Granny Smith, or a good cider minus the alcohol plus a jolt of caffeine.
    And why is there a Kroger-logo K on the drumset on the box?
  • Post #228 - March 29th, 2022, 2:36 pm
    Post #228 - March 29th, 2022, 2:36 pm Post #228 - March 29th, 2022, 2:36 pm
    tjr wrote:It seems less sweet, like the light-on-the-syrup Coke served at McDonalds.

    Here's Why the Coke at McDonald's Is So Good

    Not every cup of Coke is created equal. If you're a McDonald's customer who can't resist ordering a large Coke with your Big Mac and fries, you may suspect that the soda from the fast food chain is superior to versions found elsewhere. It's not childhood nostalgia warping your taste buds: McDonald's takes steps to ensure their Coke really does taste better than the competitor's.

    Coca-Cola is serious about preserving its secret formula, and the drink you get at McDonald's is made from the same ingredients that you'd get in a can from a vending machine. The difference lies in the way McDonald's treats those ingredients right up to the moment they fill your cup.
    ...
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #229 - May 10th, 2022, 6:03 pm
    Post #229 - May 10th, 2022, 6:03 pm Post #229 - May 10th, 2022, 6:03 pm
    tjr wrote:Mountain Dew Thrashed Apple: Once again, Continental Sales comes through on the obsolete pop. $1.49 with 10% discount for a twelver.
    It's pretty good. In fact, this might be my second or third favorite MD flavor, behind Voltage (far and away favorite) and maybe Throwback/Real Sugar. It's a fairly straightforward apple flavor with enough citrus. A considerably better apple soda than the slightly cloying Manzanita Sol. Sort of like drinking a Granny Smith, or a good cider minus the alcohol plus a jolt of caffeine.
    And why is there a Kroger-logo K on the drumset on the box?

    It’s a Kroger brands exclusive. They’ve done that with a lot of stores and restaurants ( Applebees, BW3, Circle K, KFC, Bojangles)

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