SodaStream is a Home Carbonation System which allows you to carbonate and flavor your own carbonated beverages at home. SodaStream offers more that 100 flavors of syrup, which include: regular, diet, natural, fruity, ice tea, energy, sports and tons more. No more having to lug in a ton of soda bottles every week. The SodaStream not only saves you time and energy but it is also better for the environment.
Sweet Southern Lovin had the opportunity to review the SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit. I love drinking carbonated drinks. I say carbonated because it is not just soda I like to drink, I like the fruity carbonated drinks as well. I hate when a drink starts to taste flat so the past year I have wasted so many bottles half full of soda. I was so excited to get to have the chance to review the Fountain Jet. I have been wanting to try this for a while, but with not knowing how the drinks would compare to the sodas and all on the market, I have been a little scared to buy one. I was so surprised when I opened up my box. In my box I received: The Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker, 1 60 liter Carbonator, 1 BPA-free Reusable Carbonating Bottle, and a Sodamix Variety 6 pack. I also received the bigger sized bottles of: Naturally Sweetened Cola , Black Currant Pear , Ginger Ale. I also received the smaller sized bottles of: Ocean Spray Cranberry, Crystal Light Fruit Punch. Cola Free, Diet Lemon Lime, Diet Pink Grapefruit, Kool-Aid
Tropical Punch, Cranberry Raspberry , Root Beer, and Country Time Pink Lemonade. I also received the MyWater Flavor Essence Variety 3 pack . I was surprised reading how many liters each bottle would make. They make 12 liters (considering the smaller sized bottles cost $4.99-$6.99 and if you can catch a Liter drink on sale for around $1.25, you can save as much as $10.01 using the bottles that make 12 liters). The UPS guy came just as I was heading to school to pick up Aubreigh, so I was so anxious and couldn’t wait to get back home so I could play around with my new SodaStream Fountain Jet. Finally what seemed like an eternity later we were back home. The Carbonator that is comes with is a 60L carbonator, which is enough carbonation to do up to 120 liters of water (that is roughly about 10 bottles of syrup). It was really easy to get my machine set up. I thought the machine had to be plugged in or required batteries. I looked everywhere for the spot to plug it up or to put the batteries in until I realized… It didn’t require either of them. The SodaStreams do not require any energy to run. The carbonator just slips right into the back and it is ready to go. It also comes with a carbonating bottle. When you are ready to carbonate your water make sure to add chilled water to it (I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes so the water would be icy cold) and twist the bottle into the machine. Then you ready to carbonate it. All you do in this step is push the button on the top of the machine down until you hear a loud buzz. When you hear 3 loud buzzes that is usually standard for carbonation. I have found that the perfect carbonation for me is between 4-5 buzzes. When you are done doing that you take a capfull of your syrup and tilt the bottle a little sideways and slowly pour in the syrup. To get the syrup mixed up good, I will slowly turn the bottle upside down and back up.
Now I bet you are wondering how it tasted. Do you think it lived up to being as good as “Cola”? I am very happy to say YES it does. It is even better than Coca-Cola in my opinion. Unlike bottled drinks you buy from the grocery store, the ones you can make at home are always fresh and never flat. It took me about a week, but I went through and tried every flavor. My girls loved the cola, they call it “hot drink” because of the way the carbonation slightly burns your throat. My husband loved the root beer (he loved making the soda as much as he loved drinking it). I was surprised with which one I loved the most. My favorite was the Black Currant Pear and Country Time Pink Lemonade. The Black Currant Pear I could drink all day. It has just the right amount of sweet fruity taste that balances perfectly with the carbonated water. The Country Time Pink Lemonade surprised me. I was thinking to myself when I was pouring it, now how is carbonated pink lemonade going to taste good, and about that time my husband walked into the kitchen and asked the same thing. It taste just like pink lemonade but with a little extra bang.
I went to Walmart the other day and ended up getting 2 new flavors to try. I got the Country Time Half & Half and Fountain Mist. These were only $4.98 at my Walmart. I am addicted to Mountain Dew, so I had it in my mind that the Fountain Mist wasn’t going to taste great. I have to admit, the Fountain Mist out does Mountain Dew by 100%. I love the refreshing taste you get when making your own soda only minutes before drinking it.
Are you interested in purchasing a Fountain Jet? They are only $79.95, and you can use code FREEFRIZZ to get free shipping on ALL Home Soda Makers. They also carry other Home Soda Makers including the Genesis (starting at $99.95), Pure (starting at 129.95) and the Fizz (starting at $129.95). To see all available Home Soda Makers visit here. There are also tons of Soda Mix Flavors, Caps & Accessories, and more you can check out on their site if you visit them here. When you are all done with you Carbonator Bottle, you can also take it to your local Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Target and get it refilled for about $15. I have been using mine 2 weeks and made tons of drinks and I am still not out yet.
If you and your family only drink 1 liter of soft drink a day (not counting juice or anything) you spend roughly $45 a month on soft drinks, and with the SodaStream you could only spend $29.97 which includes 3 bottles of syrups (36 Liters) and refilling your carbonator (you might not even need too). So what are you waiting on?
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