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We Try Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda

Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge soda was dreamed up as a diet aid by one of the executives of the A.J. Canfield Company back in the mid-1970s. This executive, it seems, was a chocoholic who hoped that a zero-calorie fudge soda might stem his cravings and slim his figure. The soda lingered in the shadows of the novelty-drink world until, back in 1985, the Chicago Tribune's Bob Greene wrote in his nationally-syndicated column that "a sip of the stuff is like biting into a hot fudge sundae." Sales went up 5,000 percent. More

Confession: I Like Coke Zero

I was a teenage cashier in the main cafeteria at Texas A&M University. And that's a story in itself. But it's relevant here because that's where I first tried Coke Zero. The hours were long, the work was slow, and I needed a cold pick-me-up to get me through the dinner rush. More

Soda: My Lifelong Fresca Obsession

When a Cheesecake Factory moved into my suburban California hometown at the end of my high school years, there was one thing about it that excited me above all else. It wasn't the 33 flavors of cheesecake, or the choice of about two dozen entrĂ©es from every imaginable cuisine for $12. No, I was excited about their soda selection. Because for about two bucks, they'd give you a stunning 32 ounces of Fresca from the fountain—and then they'd give you free refills. I've always thought Fresca one of the most underappreciated citizens of the diet soda world. More

Soda: Gosling's Diet Ginger Beer is Awesome

I'm always on the lookout for diet sodas that make good mixers. It's a little silly given that I'm just going to dump something caloric into them, but if I take out half the calories, that means I can have twice as many drinks, right? (Or something.) Gosling's Diet Ginger Beer is my favorite diet soda discovery of late. More

Jones Soda's New 'Au Naturel' Line

"Au Naturel" can mean many things. It's handy when we want to make "naked" sound more sophisticated than vulgar. And in the world of food, it presumably means something derived from "natural" ingredients. But when it comes down to it, the definition of "natural" is a fuzzy one. Jones Soda just released their new "Au Naturel" line—three sodas sweetened partially with stevia, with 35 calories and much less sugar (7g) than a standard bottle. We've had a number of low-sugar sodas we've liked recently. How would Jones fare? More

Soda: Any Tab Fans Out There?

As far as I can tell, Tab's primary role in the pop-culture-verse these days isn't as a soda; it's as a symbol of the '70s and '80s. I've been working through a six-pack this week and, when people catch a glimpse, their reaction is always the same: "They still make that stuff?" More

Bad News for Us Diet Soda Addicts

My wife has been asking me to give up diet soda for years, but I've managed to keep her at bay by telling her that, at the very least, drinking diet soda reduces my sugar intake. Well, the Gourmet magazine email newsletter I just received says the opposite may be true. It mentions a recent study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, in which researchers concluded that "drinking diet soda actually causes your body to absorb more sugar. Turns out that artificial sweeteners trigger the same taste receptors in the small intestine that glucose does, releasing hormones that absorb sugar into the bloodstream." I'm afraid I'm going to have to come up with another rationale... More

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