There are plenty of great commercial soda-makers options out there, but there are also some pretty good reasons to rig your own custom device. It boils down to cost, convenience, and customization.
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Spindrift just released a new line waters, which come in three flavors: Lemon (zero calories), Raspberry-Lime and Tangerine (both 10 calories). It's carbonated water with just a splash of fruitiness, and none of that fakey aspartame aftertaste since all of the ingredients are natural.
Sometimes we're tired of just drinking water, but also don't want a super-sweet soda—whether it's sweetened with HFCS, or sugar, or something artificial and calorie free. So we were curious about R.W. Knudsen's new(ish) line of flavored sparkling drinks. Would they be lightly flavored, refreshing options? Or oddly-infused experiments?
We got our hands on Polar Seltzer's Christmas Flavors: Granny Smith Apple, Candy Cane, and—prepare yourselves—Eggnog. No kidding, Eggnog flavored seltzer.
[Photo: Sodastreamusa.com] More Gadgetry Decorating Pen by Cuisipro » All Gadgets reviews » Growing up, I remember my dad drinking a six pack of Coke every day—sometimes more. When it became a health concern, we switched him to seltzer (all the bubbles, no high fructose corn syrup), and it's been the miracle diet that could. The only catch? Now the rest of my family drinks seltzer with him, and they go through more 12-packs a week than I'd care to count. It's a clear expense, and it would seem you could put bubbles in your water for a lot less than the shelf cost. Enter the Sodastream. For those of you who haven't heard of it yet, the Sodastream...
The Soda-Club Home Seltzer Maker kit costs less than $100, and contains a carbonating bottle with enough carbon dioxide to make up to 110 liters of seltzer. Think about it: that's 110 less liter-sized bottles in the recycling bin, or worse, the trash can.