Review: Trader Joe’s Vintage Orange Cream Soda


Trader Joe's Vintage Orange Cream Soda

Starts clean, but results in a muddled aftertaste. You may need a mint to refresh your mouth after a sip.

This Just In: Trader Joe’s Vintage Orange Cream Soda


Trader Joe's Vintage Orange Cream Soda

Trader Joe’s Vintage Orange Cream Soda is a cane sugar-sweetened beverage produced in the same vein as Trader Joe’s Vintage Cola and Trader Joe’s Vintage Root Beer.

Review: Big Red Zero


Diet Big Red vs. Big Red Zero

Big Red Zero lives up to original’s flavor, however the sucralose, Ace-K, and aspartame provide quite a bit of artificial sweetener aftertaste.

Review: Retro Big Red


Retro Big Red

Retro Big Red features a distinctive red creme soda/bubble gum/strawberry flavor, while showcasing a clean finish thanks to cane sugar. Sweet & yummy!

Review: Big Blue


Big Blue

Big Blue doesn’t taste blue or berry. Rather, it resembles a standard cream soda. It’s substantially sweet, but not substantially special. Try it out of curiosity, but then find something better.

Review: Big Red


Big Red

Big Red is a sweet red creme soda with a distinctive strawberry bubble gum flavor. Long established in the South since 1937, the brand is working to grow their visibility.

Review: A&W Float


A&W Float

Take the flavor experience of a root beer float and bottle it. That’s what A&W Float soda attempts to pull off. It’s an interesting innovation idea… and one that comes close, but misses. While it does use sugar and skim milk, the resulting taste is so artificial that you shouldn’t even bother. Great idea, horrible execution.

Review: Barq’s Red Creme Soda


Barq's Red Creme Soda

When you think Barq’s, you typically think about that root beer with a “bite”. They should stick to root beer, because Barq’s Red Creme Soda is nothing unique. Sweetened with HFCS, very syrupy, and way too sweet, this Red #40-colored drink dampens the solid name of its root beer sibling.

Update: Jones Soda Cream Soda (Pure Cane Soda Version)


Clarification regarding Jones Soda’s use of the term “inverted cane sugar” from an e-mail sent by a reader with a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.

Review: Jones Soda Cream Soda (Pure Cane Soda Version)


Jones Soda Cream Soda (Pure Cane Soda Version)

This soft drink review takes a look at the revised Jones Soda line, no longer sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Jones Soda Cream Soda is instead sweetened with “inverted cane sugar”. What is inverted cane sugar? Sweet, but good.