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Making your own carbonated soft drinks has a few benefits — from knowing where all the ingredients came from (eg. no brominated vegetable oil) to getting the satisfaction of creating your own custom flavoring. It’s not quite as simple as punching a button on a vending machine, but it’s not exactly rocket science, either. Here are just a few links on being your own soda jerk.
- Sodastream has been around since 1903, but it went public on the Nasdaq in 2010 and started expanding its DIY soda making system to take on the big soft drink makers. But marketing itself as an alternative isn’t always easy, and it had to change its 2013 SuperBowl commercial to remove Coke and Pepsi logos. [url]
- The secret recipe for a can of Coca-Cola isn’t just getting the mixture of caramel coloring and phosphoric acid right; there are also a zillion other details from packaging and distribution that have been optimized. The top of the aluminum can is actually a different aluminum-magnesium alloy from the rest of the can, engineered so it can have a pop-top and still withstand the pressurized contents. [url]
- When making your own soda, be sure to use 100% essential food oils that are rated food grade. Recipes to make Open Cola and the “original” Coke are available, but there’s a bit of set up involved. [url]
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