Monday, September 21, 2020

Channel 45's Dr. Chuck Ells Orange/Banana Soda

So... a local TV station's "mascot" has his own soda (and yes, I'm jealous):

Channel 45's Dr. Chuck Ells Orange/Banana Soda

So there's no info on the bottle as to who makes or distributes this, but I wondered if it wasn't Blue Sun Soda. And when I found this video, my suspicion was confirmed as he standing in front of the old Whistler bottling machine at Blue Sun:


Click here to see the video on the Channel 45 website if it doesn't work above.


Brand: Channel 45's Dr. Chuck Ells Orange/Banana Soda.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This tasted like an extra creamy orange soda. The "first" part of each sip is very orange, and then it "ends" with more of the creaminess of a banana. I can't really taste the banana, but there's a sensation of it there. For being a "funny" soda, it's not bad! I'm ranking it just a bit above average.

Score: 6 out of 10.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Raspberry and Basil Serenity Soda

Honestly, I haven't been looking forward to trying this:

Raspberry and Basil Serenity Soda


Brand: Raspberry and Basil Serenity Soda.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: I was ready for an "odd" flavor, but that didn't happen. The first sip was quite good. I would definitely call it "raspberry," but the other flavor didn't seem like basil. It had another little "bite" of something, but it paired well with the raspberry making it a very drinkable soda. I'd almost call this more of an "adult" soda, but that implies that it's not sweet, and it's still quite sweet. Just a unique flavor that's totally worth a try! So far, I'm 2-for-2 with Serenity Sodas

Score: 8.5 out of 10.

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Root Beer Popcorn at Remix!

I stopped by Remix yesterday to see if they had done it... and they had!!

Root Beer Popcorn at Remix!

The last time I was in, the owner was telling me that her husband was working on the "formula" in the back at the moment, and we would occasionally get whiff of root beer in the air. Yesterday, she said it's still not perfected, but it's for sale!

It's a very subtle flavor, but the real root beer flavor hit me just after I chewed it up. Suddenly, my mouth tasted like old-school root beer barrels! And when I shared it with my boys last night, they said the same thing. Nice work, Remix!

(Here's my first post about Remix, and here's a post right after they started making root beer cotton candy.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Serious Bean Co Baked Beans with Dr. Pepper

So I just HAD to grab this from Aldi a few weeks ago:

Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

The boys and I cracked into it recently. The beans were just OK, and then they had a ZING of extra flavor at the end that was reminiscent of that Dr. Pepper. I'm used to having "doctored up" baked beans, and these straight from the can couldn't hold up to that. But they were OK. Just worth a fun try.


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Lemon Billy's Bubble Pop

I opened this with lunch today:

Lemon Billy's Bubble Pop


Brand: Lemon Billy's Bubble Pop.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: Billy's sodas are meant to be goofy so they are not the color you'd expect them to be based on the flavor.  But I swear I can taste the red! It's like a soft, smooth lemon flavor with some sweet grenadine added. I kept sipping this to confirm - it TASTES "red." Really. All that being said, it's not horrible. It's a real subtle/gentle lemon flavor that has no bitter "punch" like lemonade. It was just OK.

Score: 5 out of 10.

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Pulled Pork Root Beer Sliders

This past weekend, I defrosted a big pork roast. I threw it in the crock pot with some seasoning salt, an onion (fresh from my Mom's garden), and most of a bottle of Frostie Root Beer. (We had an extra bottle left from the 4-pack of Frostie my wife bought me back in July.)

After about 3 hours on high, I took out the pork, trimmed off the fat, saved the liquid and onions, and shredded the meat.  Here's what it looked like when it was done, with the extra liquid on the bowl at the back, and the fat on the tray:

Pulled Pork Root Beer Sliders

My wife and boys made some wheat rolls, and also some coleslaw with a cabbage from my Mom (her last of the year). So I made pulled pork root beer sliders with coleslaw for supper:

Pulled Pork Root Beer Sliders

The great thing about doing it this way is you can add just as much liquid back as you'd like. So you can make it juicy and sloppy, or drier and cleaner. We leaned a bit towards the sloppy side. So good!!

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Whistler Lime Rickey Soda

I opened this with lunch just now: 

Whistler Lime Rickey

Whistler Lime Rickey


Brand: Whistler Lime Rickey Soda.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is SUPER neon looking. And it was good. The lime flavor was very smooth verging ALMOST on "milky" (but not quite). It nearly had a "grasshopper" quality to it (talking about the adult beverage). It wasn't overly sweet, and went down easy. A solid soda!

Score: 8 out of 10.


Monday, August 24, 2020

Bedford's Creme Beer

It was hot today, so I cracked into this tonight:

Bedford's Creme Beer
The labels weren't facing the same direction. Awkward.



Brand: Bedford's Creme Beer.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This was VERY smooth and creamy. I couldn't put my finger on the specific flavor: it wasn't vanilla, but it had a hint of something floral. It was just a real decent cream soda. I'll rate this a little above average. Give it a try!

Score: 7 out of 10.

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Twig's Orange Soda

I opened this after a big day of working in my basement today: 

Twig's Orange Soda



Brand: Twig's Orange Soda.

Origin: Shawano, WI.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: The unique thing about this orange soda is that it had quite a sharpness to it. It was like a sharp carbonation. I prefer a smoother orange soda (it's no secret that I tend to lean towards "smooth" on the "smooth-to-sharp" scale). It was unique, but just OK - it was definitely a sipping soda, because I couldn't drink a ton of this at one time. Nor horrible, but not great.

Score: 5.5 out of 10.