Congratulations Tia! You’re the drawing winner in our Soda Club Giveaway! Please E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your prize selections (Cream Soda, Ginger Ale, Cranberry/Raspberry, Fountain Mist, Orange, Lemon/Lime, Cola, and Pete’s Choice) and a Fountain Jet in the color Black. We will make arrangements with Soda Club for your kit to be shipped after we receive your confirmation email! Everyone Stayed Tuned for our next Busy-at-Home Giveaway!
Pfffffffffffff….I love that sound — the slow release of carbon dioxide as a soda can or bottle is opened. It signals something cool, refreshing and delicious. It beckons to me. And yes, as my daughter so eloquently puts it, “Mom, you have a problem.” 🙂 If I could get David to agree to installing a soda fountain in my house, you can bet it would be open for business in a heartbeat! Well actually, that’s not quite true, because I have found something even better. It’s a fraction of the cost, doesn’t require electricity or all the space that would be necessary for a tap-style soda fountain. It’s my Soda Club Edition 1 homemade soda maker!
It’s convenience, instant gratification and delicious refreshment made to your specific taste all rolled into one. No more bags of aluminum cans or plastic bottles. It doesn’t need batteries or electricity and it has only a small footprint on my counter. This is my dream appliance!
I’ve had mine long enough that my particular model has been retired, but it’s still compatible with all the supplies and it is going strong after more than three years. The new models come in 3 different styles, are beautifully contemporary and available in three designer colors. They would look amazing on any kitchen counter or wet bar. And I promise you, when you start making sodas to the personal tastes of your guests, it will definitely be a conversation piece. It’s fun, it’s economical and it’s ecological, plus the best part — yup, it’s healthier than store bought soda.
This wonderfully simple little machine carbonates water from your tap and allows you to make soda at home, using concentrated syrups and reusable bottles. No trip to the store, no hauling cans or bottles to the recycling center, it tastes great and it’s better for you. What’s not to like?
I recently saw a statistic that said there are 40.5 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can of soda, which means we consume about 10 tsp per can. That’s 150 calories per can and they’re all from sugar. I would like to tell you I only drink the equivalent of one can per day, but I know some of my family will be reading this and the laughter would echo nationwide. Apparently, at one can a day, that computes to about 32 lbs of sugar a year. Wow! Now, I’m not going to check the math, for fear they are being generous, but I definitely needed to consider the impact that was having on my poor bathroom scale! It’s one of the reasons we made the switch to Soda Club.
Soda-Club regular syrup flavors contain sugar (sucrose) and Splenda (sucralose), not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You may run across a syrup bottle now and again that lists it, but Soda Club has actually chosen to formulate without high fructose corn syrup. They just haven’t gotten all the labels updated, yet. There is one exception, their Energy Drink ,which does contain fructose and dextrose, in addition to sucrose.
So, I decided to do some math of my own and calculate the calories and sugar in 12 oz of my Soda Club soda. The cola syrup has 35 calories for an 8 oz serving, meaning 52.5 calories in the equivalent of a 12 oz can. That’s only about 1/3 the calories of pre-packaged sodas! I also checked the grams of sugar. 8 grams in an 8 oz serving equates to 12 grams in 12 oz. That’s even less than 1/3 of the sugar! My bathroom scale is heaving a sigh of relief! Keep in mind that this is for the regular flavors. Soda Club diet flavors have 0 calories and 0 sugar. They are sweetened with Splenda.
Do you like variety? Then you’ll love all the flavor choices with soda club. It’s one of my favorite things about this convenient product. I can mix the flavor that suits my mood at the moment. This picture is a sampling of our personal stock, but soda club currently carries more than 25 regular, diet and caffeine free flavors! There are more new flavors currently under development, as well.
So, is it cheaper? That was the kicker. We’re about saving money, or at least not spending more than we already do. What does it cost for (33) 12 oz cans of soda in your area? Here in Southeast Nebraska, a 24 pack of name-brand soda is now regularly priced at $6.98. Occasionally near a summer holiday, it has gone as low as $4.98, but that is not the norm. So, how does soda club stack up when compared to the regular price of name-brand soda in our area? Oy! More math! — lol
Okay, a bottle of syrup will make (33) 12 oz cans. A bottle of syrup is only $4.99. That would be about 15¢ per can or $3.63 per 24 pack.
A carbonator tank can carbonate up to 110 liters of water and we pay $23.33 for one of those. Good grief how many oz in a liter? : ) Just a sec — I’m going to Google it. Okay, that’s roughly 33.8 oz per liter x 110 liters =3718 oz or (309) 12 oz cans at a cost of 7½¢ per can for carbonation. Hey, this homeschooling thing is paying off!
So our cost to produce the equivalent of a 12 oz can is .15 +.075 or about 23¢ per can. At $6.98 for 24, those cans purchased at the store cost me just about 29¢ each. So, the savings is about 6¢ per can. Over the course of a year, that can add up. I don’t have to wait for a sale or clip coupons. I get the convenience of being able to make it fresh at home any time I want it, the healthier alternative of dramatically cutting sugar intake, the ecological benefit of no more cans and bottles and the fun and creativity that sparks the interest of every guest who witnesses it. I love my Soda Club machine!
And now here’s one more reason to love Soda Club! Because of their unbelievable generosity, one of our Busy-At-Home readers will be making their own soda for Thanksgiving! That’s right! It might be you!
Soda Club is providing one of their Fountain Jet Value Kits with 8 syrups to our drawing winner. You can read more about the kit here. If you’re 18 or over and you’d like to enter the drawing, here’s all you need to do. Visit Soda Club website; look around the site and then, come back to our comments section below and answer the following three questions.
- The company’s history dates back to 1903, but when was their Soda Club/Soda Stream division founded? (Hint: Check the FAQ’s)
- If you are the drawing winner, what eight syrup flavors would you like included in your prize package?
- If you are the drawing winner, will you select black, red, or white for the color of your Fountain Jet machine?
- You must be 18 or older to win
- One entry per person, please. Duplicates will be omitted.
- The contest is over at midnight (Central Standard Time) Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. A random drawing from all entrants with the correct answer to question #1 will determine the package winner.
- Be sure to include your email in the comments form (We won’t publish it.), so we can contact you for an address to ship your prize. Soda Club will be shipping your Fountain Jet Value Kit+ 8 Sodamix Flavors directly from their warehouse.
Woohoo! Good luck everyone! I’ll post the winner sometime on Friday morning!