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Soda: Do You Ever Mix Fanta and Coke?

Just about any kid with an empty tall cup and a soda fountain in front of her has probably tried mixing sodas. (All those options in front of you; how could you not?) But in Germany, soda-mixing isn't just for kids; mixing Coke and Fanta (or their equivalents) is so popular that the mix is sold in bottles (Coca-Cola's is called "Mezzo Mix", Pepsi's a "Schwip Schwap"). Are you a soda mixer? More

Taste Test: Orange Soda

Some orange sodas are made with real orange juice, while others are a delightful combination of sodium benzoate, sodium hexametaphosphate, and wood rosin. But do the natural ones come out on top in a blind taste test? We tasted 12 brands of orange soda—was your favorite a winner? More

In Videos: Japanese Fanta Commercials

The first time I saw a Fanta commercial featuring the overly energetic Wanta Fanta song, I thought, "No, I don't wanta," and "Where's my gun?" Thankfully, not all Fanta commercials give me suicidal tendencies. This series of Japanese Fanta commercials packs the excitement of atypical third grade classes—taught by rockstars, deejays, soap opera stars, and more—into 15 confusing seconds. If I were one of these students, I'd also want to kick back at the end of the day with a cool, refreshing bottle of Fanta. Alas, I don't live in Japan where special flavors like Peach, Tropical Fruits, and Sweety exist, so I probably won't. Watch the commercials after the jump. [via Superpunch]... More

Food-Related Fads from Japan, from Spa Theme Parks to Gelatinous Fanta

Clockwise from top left: wine, coffee, ramen, and green tea spas at spa theme park Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Japan. If you've ever fantasized of loafing in a pool of wine, visit Hakone, Japan and your dream can become reality. Food-themed spas are just one of the trends listed in Adage.com's feature on Japan's latest could-be trends, from ramen-noodle baths to self-cleaning toilets (Madonna is a fan). Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a spa theme park in Hakone with a menu of "amusement baths," is your spot for that wine bath. Not feeling wine? Perhaps you would prefer a soak in green-tea, coffee, or sake. I'd go for a ramen-noodle bath, myself, which is shaped and outfitted like a ramen bowl.... More

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