Posts Tagged ‘ soda ’

Diet Sunkist Has Caffeine!?

So, apparently I’m on a soda kick lately. Definitely odd considering I have made the leap, and stopped buying soda to keep in my fridge during the week (It’s been rough folks). Well, I still allow myself to drink diet soda, but not having it in the house, in theory, reduces my consumption of the stuff.

One of my favorite “usual” sodas that I reach for is Diet Sunkist. I like orange soda, and this one is a better tasting diet specimen. Whenever I was driving late at night, and wanted a drink that wouldn’t wire me too bad, it’s what I’d grab at a gas station. It helps that it’s one of the sodas that Circle K usually offers at two for $2.

Anyways, today I learned that apparently it has caffeine. I really thought that all orange soda was caffeine free. Apparently this one is not. Duly noted soda people, you are off the late night soda list.

Obscure Products: Diet Mountain Dew Code Red

Today I managed to taste an amazing revolution in diet soda. Sadly, it may have well been the last time that I’ll ever taste it again. Without delving into another long “Sorry I’ve been away” message, lets just say that I have started a new job, and have already been introduced to some new tastes by my coworkers.

One such thing is Diet Mountain Dew Code Red. You heard me right folks, diet Code Red. Let gamers, and couch potatoes rejoice, etc… In all seriousness though, it really does stink that all of Mountain Dew’s fantastic flavor creations never court to the diet minded crowd. When I saw my buddy at wok with this, I got really excited. When he gave me one to try, I was even more thrilled. In all honesty, this is one of the best diet sodas that I have ever tasted.

And that’s when the bombshell dropped. Where did he get this you may ask? Ohio… Yeah, he found it on vacation, and in his great wisdom brought 13 cases back with him. Very well planned, and even nicer that he shared one with me, but now what do we do. We have both agreed that this is a dilemma. We need more Diet Code Red. Looking online, so far, all I’ve been able to find is 34 packs on Amazon for $25 plus dollars. This will simply not stand!

So, point of the story? Diet Code Red is awesome if you are a fan of Dew, Code Red, or just cherry-like sodas. I didn’t even think it was diet when I tasted it. Oh, and the crushing disappointment that I may never taste this soda again. Here’s a call to post if any of you know where to get this in the North East. I will pay, and give major props to whoever can get me some more of this tasty liquid.

Recipe: Soda Roasted Root Vegetables

So, it’s been a pretty long time since I’ve had a recipe up heer, much less a healthy one. Well I have been off experimenting in the kitchen, and here is one of the results: Roasted Root Vegetables using soda! More specifically with root beer.

Now before you freak out, it’s not that horrifying. Cooking with diet root beer imparts an extra sweetness when roasted with vegetables I’ve found. In this rendition I used sweet potato, onion, and carrots with some salt, pepper, and garlic for seasoning. Oh yeah, and the root beer.

Now I roasted this for about 35 minutes, and found that I could have actually probably gone for 45 minutes (but I was hungry). The result was the always pleasant taste of roasted vegetables, but the root beer made it special. It gave it a caramelized taste that you really usually can’t get without butter. Using diet soda really is a great way to add sweetness to a recipe when you are trying to keep it healthy as well.

Well, as random as this post is (I’m feeling off my game as of late), give this kind of cooking a try. What else could you cook with diet soda?

What’s New: NOS Sugar Free

So, I like energy drinks, let the wailing and gnashing of teeth commence…Okay, got that out of your systems? Good. Actually, I like sugar free energy drinks the best, and frankly I think that they’re not too bad for you.

Think about it like this. Most of them don’t have the artificial sweeteners in them like diet soda. Also, with the sugar free cans, you’re talking about 20 calories per can. That’s a big old zero on the Weight Watcher’s point scale there. The only drawback is the long term effects of the energy spike from the caffeine in the drink. Since I don’t drink coffee, lets call it square.

I digress. Usually, I’ll reach for Low-Carb Monster, or Sugar Free No Fear, but what caught my eye this past Sunday was the NOS Sugar Free. I have vivid memories of the regular NOS, and it’s cat litter like stench from some friends of mine who love the stuff, so I was slightly hesitant. Still, it was cheaper than all the others, and I could always, you know, not drink it.

Okay, onto the actual beverage. Visibly, and taste-wise, this is an orange drink. It’s actually really similar to an orange soda, but without that distinctive aftertaste that you get from diet ones.  It is carbonated, so there were some foul smelling burps going on while drinking, and a little bit afterward. Walking away from the energy drink, there’s not much  to say. It’s like orange soda with a punch. Actually, it just occurred to me what it’s like: Sparks energy beer, only without the lovely alcohol content.

You know, the more I mull it over, the more I think this might be my new favorite energy drink. It’s orange, which I love,  (Insert Keenan and Kell joke here) and the crash that follows any energy drink was almost non-existent. That could be because there wasn’t too much of an energy spike to begin with. Perfect. If I’m going for a carbonated energy drink, this is my new standby.

What’s New: Diet Pepsi Cherry Vanilla

So, throughout this blog I have mentioned my drinking habits. More specifically my soda drinking habits (I don’t drink alcohol on a regular enough basis to have anything close to a habit there). Well during my week, I am still fighting to tone it down, and at least now primarily drink Waist Watchers version of Cream Soda. It’s pretty tasty, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.

On weekends, I happily rejoin the world of normal soda. Still, this usually is limited to diet sodas, simply because I like the taste better. Well, my friend Kyle grabbed something new while we were at the store: Diet Pepsi Cherry Vanilla.

Luckily for me, he let me try some. I wasn’t sure going in if I would like this new drink. I mean, I love Diet Pepsi, and Diet Pepsi Cherry is always tasty as well. Still, I’m not a fan of creamsicle-like things, even though I enjoy cream soda…I know, I make no sense.

Well, you only live once, and the worst that would happen is my friend might have me spit the drink back in his face, so I gave it a try…and it is a WINNER!!! This new soda somehow combines the cherry and vanilla into something like cherry cream soda instead of a cherry creamsicle, and I love it. Luckily, they don’t stock this yet at work, otherwise my soda problem may face a slight relapse. Still, go out and try it for yourselves, it’s a tasty treat.