Category Archives: Drinks

Culinary brewing

pizza beer

Beer isn’t normally one of my top choices for a post, although it might get a mention here and there as a good choice of beverage to accompany a certain dish, but because pizza has gotten a few mentions I thought I would bring up the subject of pizza beer. As the name suggests, pizza beer is a combination of the two products: pizza-flavored beer. The reddish-brown ... Read More »

Soda makers switching to sugar?

In the 1980s, most major soda producers (and many food manufacturers) switched from using sugar as a sweetener to using high fructose corn syrup because it was both sweeter and cheaper than sugar. Due to the rising price of corn syrup, as well as increased consumer demand - primarily in the name of health - for sugar sweetened drinks, some manufacturers are considering a switch back to sugar. Others, ... Read More »

How to make a root beer float

root beer float

 Although it was nothing in size compared to the record-setting Coke float, I guess you could say that I was just a little inspired by the giant ice cream soda because I decided to make myself a – much smaller – root beer float. Floats, and ones made with root beer in particular, pair perfectly with hot dogs, hamburgers and just about any other summer ... Read More »

The world’s largest ice cream float

On May 25th, Coke officially relaunched Vanilla Coke – now renamed Coke Vanilla – by making the world’s largest ice cream float at the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The record-setting float used more than 2,850 gallons of soda and 7,200 scoops of ice cream. All totaled, it weighed in at about 10 tons! Hopefully after the main event was completed, the guys ... Read More »

Can I store coffee in the freezer?

fresh beans

Storing food in the freezer will generally prolong its shelf life, so at first glance, it seems like a good idea to store coffee beans there to keep them fresh. But the freezer affects different foods in different ways and really isn’t the optimal storage unit for all foods, coffee included. Consider a loaf of bread. When fresh, it should be relatively moist/soft and tender, ... Read More »

Bloom Energy review

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Bloom Energy is a new, fruit juice-based energy drink from Del Monte. Each lightly carbonated beverage has 100 calories per 10.5-oz can and delivers a full serving of fruit, as well as Vitamins B, C and D, calcium and a boost of antioxidants. They are also naturally caffeinated using white tea extract and guarana. Every can has about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee ... Read More »

Self-heating drinks back on the market

Months ago, Wolfgang Puck released a line of shelf-stable coffee drinks that were packaged in self-heating cups. The heavily insulated plastic containers had a button on the bottom that, when pressed, caused a small amount of water to be released and mixed with calcium oxide stored in a compartment within the package. Long story short, the reaction between the two caused the temperature of the ... Read More »

Diet Coke Plus, reviewed

new diet coke

Have you heard about Diet Coke Plus? It is regular, zero-calorie diet coke that has had vitamins and minerals added to it. The soda is Coke’s newest offering and is designed to turn diet coke into a health drink in the minds of consumers. The company has no plans to change or replace regular diet coke, but merely to give consumers another (healthier) option when ... Read More »

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