Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MCO's Holiday Gift Guide: SodaStream

*I received a complimentary SodaSteam in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

SodaStream is the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Home Carbonation Systems.  Their brands are sold in over 60,000 retail stores in 45 countries.  The SodaStream system allows consumers to carbonate water and to flavor carbonated beverages at home as an alternative to purchasing pre-packed bottles or cans.  The SodaStream is convenient, environmentally friendly, and they have over 100 SodaStream flavored syrups including leading regular and diet flavors to choose from.
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I try to avoid buying can and bottled soda and try to stick to drinking water most of the time, but let's be honest; I love to have a soda from time to time.  Since I don't typically keep soda in the house I normally don't get to feed that craving when it comes on, unless I run out to the store to pick some up, and in that case I have a glass and the rest sits in the fridge and goes flat. What a waste!  Thanks to SodaStream being nice enough to send me one of their Home Soda Makers for review this is no longer a problem!

I received the SodaStream Source in Black, along with a ton of flavors to review! The Soda Stream Source comes with a cO2 carbonator, BPA-Free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap, and Soda Mix taste sampler.

SodaStream home drink makers operate without batteries, electricity or plumbing, making them an energy-efficient home appliance! The carbonation in your soda is purely a result of the compressed gas stored in the SodaStream carbonator. The SodaStream carbonator conveniently stays behind the SodaStream's back cover! To replace simply take off the back cover, screw in the carbonator, and replace the cover.

To make your soda you will add cold water carbonating bottle's to the fill line, insert bottle neck into the Snap-Lock by firmly pushing the bottle up and back until it's in a vertical position, and push down on the carbonating block to the desired fizz level. 

Once the bottle is secure in the Sodastream, you will then push down on the SodaStream until you reach your desired level of carbination. The blue LED indicator lets you know the fizz level; the first light is for light fizz, the second light is for medium fizz, and the third light is for high fizz. I have found high fizz perfect for soda flavors and lighter fizz is better for the juice flavors.  Pull the bottle toward you to release it from Snap-Lock and enjoy your carbonated water or add your desired flavor.

When you add the Soda Mix be sure to hold the bottle at a slight angle and slowly add the desired flavor.  Once all of your soda flavoring is in the carbonated water, tighten the cap onto the bottle and mix with a gentle rolling motion.

……and this is what happens when you don't follow instructions LOL!  Alex and I had a bit of a mess to clean up because we poured the mix in a little too fast and it fizzed itself right out of the bottle. Thankfully none dripped onto the floor and it gave us both a good laugh!

Once your soda flavoring has been mixed with the carbonated water, pour into glasses and enjoy!  I haven't had a chance to try all the flavors yet but the ones I have tried taste just like they do when you buy them in the store! One thing I love about the SodaStream mixes is that they are a lot healthier then store bought sodas. They use sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup in their regular flavors, and Splenda instead of aspartame in their diet flavors.

I used to hate that whenever I was expecting company I would have to run to the store to pick up drinks because like I said earlier, I don't normally keep soda on hand, and if company showed up unexpected the only thing I had to offer them was water.  There is nothing I hate more than being unprepared!  Now that I have the SodaStream I can make just about any drink they want in a matter of minutes!

I love my SodaStream Source and would highly recommend it! It is so easy to use and very convenient, the unit itself is not very big so it doesn't take up too much room and it keeps you from having to store a bunch of cans and bottles in your refrigerator.  You can take it just about anywhere since it doesn't have to be plugged in, and it cuts down on recyclables and disposables, making an environmentally-friendly alternative to store-bought drinks.  This would make an amazing gift for the men on your holiday shopping list this year!

Congrats to Jonathon Ebling!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of December 12th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by SodaStream. Mommys Craft Obsession is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only. This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by SodaStream however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. My all-time favorite soda is definitely diet coke!

  2. I love Mountain Dew!

  3. I love that you can pack it up and take it anywhere. No more buying soda's to drag to a picnic or outting. But I just can't imagion this soda tasting like my Pepsi. I'm very particular when it comes to my soda's.

  4. I love Mountain Dew and Cherry Pepsi! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. brought one for Xmas...Ican not wait to try it out with the kids,hope the Pepsi is good.

  6. I usually drink caffeine free coke, and I now drink Coke Zero without caffeine.

  7. Have never try this but would love to have one.

  8. I drink a lot of Coca Cola, but I also like Dr. Pepper too.

  9. my favorite soda is fruit punch soda and or mountain dew

  10. I love cherry soda

  11. I like sparkling waters. Perhaps the Sparkling Naturals may be similar...???

  12. I really like diet wild cherry pepsi.

  13. :/ They use Splenda in most (all?) of their regular flavors, not just the diet ones.


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