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Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda Review

Lesters Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda


Brand: Lester’s Fixins
Flavor: Buffalo Wing Soda
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Orange, Spicy
Similar To: Dinner

Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda is an interesting venture into bottling the flavors of recognizable foods into a soda. Buffalo Wing Soda has a nice orange color that’s a mix of orange soda and the color of actual buffalo wing sauce. Open the bottle and take a whiff of this soda and you’ll be greeted with an orange soda scent. The taste? To be quite honest, the taste at first is subtle. It’s almost flavorless. I was expecting an over the top buffalo sauce flavor but that wasn’t the case (which is a good thing). The taste is a little orange-like with a subtle acidity. The finish is a little spicy. The acidity and spicy aftertaste give this soda the Buffalo Wing flavor. I have to admit, after just a few sips I had to stop and was not able to finish Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda. Compared to its sister soda, Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda, I think that Buffalo Wing is an easier flavor to drink over the bacon one. This is an interesting flavor and is worth a try if you’re into the weird or unique.

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Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda Review

Lesters Fixins Bacon Soda


Brand: Lester’s Fixins
Flavor: Bacon Soda
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Bacon, burnt bacon, salty, chocolate?
Similar To: Breakfast…

Lester’s Fixins Sodas are similar to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans from the world of Harry Potter. Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda is more about the experience and novelty and less about a soda that tastes good. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about trying Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda. I love food, soda and heck I even love bacon but that’s for breakfast or as part of a burger – I wasn’t sure how I would react to a bacon flavored soda. The first sip was not what I expected – I swear I tasted chocolate at first – but a fake chocolate, like a Yoohoo!. If you had a similar experience please comment so that I don’t feel I’m going crazy or losing my sense of taste. After the initial taste you do get some bacon flavor but it’s not identifiable at first – in fact, if the label didn’t tell me it was bacon flavored I probably wouldn’t have been able to identify the flavor. The finish is pretty bitter and I can best describe it as a “burnt” taste with a sort of fake saltiness. I think that combination is what constitutes the bacon flavoring of this soda. I was expecting to taste outright bacon or bacon bits but it doesn’t come across that way. I’m not sure why I get a chocolate taste – should probably just ignore that I think that, but once that initial taste passes the main flavor is a pseudo salty and burnt taste which stands for the bacon. The finish is a bit bitter, it lingers in your mouth and you find yourself moving your tongue in an attempt to rid your mouth of the aftertaste. All in all, this is a pretty gross soda, but I say that with a smile on my face because after all, this is BACON soda!! If you’re into Epic Mealtime or obsessed with bacon then you must try this soda! 2-Stars because as an enjoyable soda this is terrible, :) but as an idea, no rating scale can contain the potential that Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda has.

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Lester’s Fixins Sweet Corn Soda Review

Lesters Fixins Sweet Corn Soda

Brand: Lester’s Fixins
Flavor: Sweet Corn Soda
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Corn, Sweet Corn, Corn Pops
Similar To: It’s in a class of one

This review is of a novelty soda and although it will be ranked according to the usual 5-Star scale please know that regardless of rating this is one fun soda and definitely worth a try if you’re adventurous and enjoy novelty sodas! This review is real easy – Lester’s Fixins Sweet Corn Soda tastes like the milk after you’ve had a bowl of Corn Pops or Honeycomb cereal. It’s not a bad flavor by any means, but it is very unexpected flavor from a soda. Some sips seem fine and go down without a problem and with other sips you almost gag, just a little tiny bit; and it’s not because the flavor is unfamiliar, it’s that your mind reconciling a familiar flavor but with an unfamiliar medium. Blindfolded, you would assume you’re either eating a bowl of Corn Pops or Honeycomb cereal or that you’re eating actual corn. The soda has a pleasantly sweet flavor and aroma to it. The color is what you’d expect – a vibrant translucent yellow color. Lester’s Fixins Sweet Corn Soda probably won’t become your favorite soda or be one that you have the desire to drink often, but if you enjoy corn and are feeling adventurous then this soda is definitely worth a taste.

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Filbert’s Peach Soda Review

Brand: Filbert’s
Flavor: Peach
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: Nesbitt’s Peach Soda

My first impression of Filbert’s Peach soda was not very good. The label on the bottle was crooked and the design on the label looked like it was made in Microsoft Paint by an 8th grader. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed by the presentation. I was willing to give the Filbert’s Peach the benefit of the doubt, though, because I knew that the Filbert’s brand has been around for a long time (since 1926) and is considered by some to be one of the quintessential vintage soda brands. I figured that any brand that has been around for that long must taste at least pretty good, despite the poorly designed logo and label. After my first sip of the soda, I had to double check the label to make sure this wasn’t actually Filbert’s Orange since the taste reminded me of a melted orange popsicle. No, it actually was Filbert’s Peach that I was drinking. Where then was the peach flavor? After a couple more sips, I was finally able to detect a faint hint of peach flavor. It was pretty artificial tasting and was mostly overpowered by the sugary orange taste. After finishing the bottle, I concluded that the reason that Filbert’s has making soda since 1926 probably has nothing to do with this oddly flavored peach soda. I’m looking forward to trying other flavors of Filbert’s since they’re bound to be better than this.

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Reading Draft Sarsaparilla Soda Review


Brand: Reading Draft
Flavor: Sarsaparilla
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Nothing memorable…

Let’s start with the good. Reading Draft does a great job with their logo/bottle design. There are several things to get excited about. However, that’s where it ends – there are subdtle promises that the bottle makes that the soda inside just doesn’t live up to. The flavor I chose to drink was Reading Draft Sarsaparilla. First, the logo states “Handcrafted Since 1921″ and “Premium Reserve Soda” – both of which are pretty good signs. Second, the first two ingredients on the list add some excitement – “Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar”. So, before even popping off the twist cap of this bottle you’ve built it up in your mind and mouth that this is going to be one tasty Sarsaparilla. And believe me – I wanted this one to be a great soda but it just wasn’t. The soda is lightly carbonated and has a mild Sarsaparilla flavor to start. The flavor delivery falls off quickly and the soda finishes on such a weak note. It almost ends on a bitter note – which at times is something that a root beer, Sarsaparilla, birch beer and similar ginger sodas will do. It just doesn’t work in this case. There is nothing memorable about his drink and in fact, it was one that I didn’t particularly care whether or not I finished it (I did eventually finish it by the way). I think there are so many other better choices in this crowded category of root beers/Sarsaparillas and birch beers that it’s hard to fall in love with this one. I wanted to though – I expected so much from that “Triple Filtered Water” and the “Premium Reserve Soda” but it just didn’t deliver. I’m giving Reading Draft Sarsaparilla 2-Stars for the enticing bottle setup but take my word on it – there isn’t much that stands out in this soda that makes it truly something to applaud and rave about.

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Nesbitt’s Peach Soda Review

Brand: Nesbitt’s
Flavor: Peach
Sweetener: Cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Little Dave’s Deli
Similar To: Filbert’s Peach Soda

Nesbitt’s has been around since 1924 and is still made with cane sugar, making it the very definition of old-fashioned soda. The peach flavor of Nesbitt’s soda is the first one that I’ve been able to try. The soda is a pinkish orange color that matches the clean, simple label. Summer is just around the corner which means peach season will soon be here. I was hoping that Nesbitt’s peach soda would be able to tide me over. Sadly, the soda’s peach flavor is mostly covered up by the carbonation. The flavor that does come through the carbonation, however, is sweet and refreshing but a little too artificial. Taking a look at the ingredients, I see the words “artifical flavors” and “contains no juice.” It’s a shame because a naturally-flavored peach soda sounds really great. As it stand, Nesbitt’s peach soda is more similar to Peachie O’s than it is to a real peach.

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Sun Crest Orange Soda Review

Sun Crest Orange Cream Soda

Brand: Sun Crest
Flavor: Orange
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Sweet, Orange, Simple
Similar To: Crush

While drinking Sun Crest Orange Soda I had to remind myself that it is not an orange cream soda because my first impression was a little disappointing with how plain orange this soda was – but I can’t mark it down for that because this is just an orange soda. I was impressed with the vintage-looking Sun Crest label and that’s what enticed me to buy this in the first place. Sun Crest Orange Soda is exactly what it says it is – an orange soda. Unfortunately, there are no frills, no thrills and no surprises with this drink. The label is the best part in fact. I wouldn’t be able to tell that difference between Sun Crest Orange Soda and Crush. That’s not a bad thing, but this had so much promise. The sweet label – the vintage looking logo, the bright orange color is so enticing but the experience is only mediocre. It’s sweet, pretty smooth, and orange-like. There isn’t much more I can say about it. If you’re looking for that then this would be a good fit for you. If this review is harsh it may be because my expectations were unrealistic. I was looking for something more than orange but in the end that’s all this soda is claiming to be orange.

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