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At least a year ago, a blogger I follow posted that she would treat herself to Olipop — a healthy, plant-based soda. She was buying individual cans from Whole Foods to try their different flavors.
It sounded yummy, so anytime I went to a health food store, I would look for it but never found it. Enter: COVID where I’m looking for anything fun to be shipped to my doorstep.
Here’s the scoop on Olipop:
Our natural ingredients work together to promote healthy digestion by feeding the microbiome that exists within all of us. A combination of plant fiber, prebiotics, and botanicals creates a sweet and healthy taste that even a sugar-loaded soda can’t compete with.
Olipop is canned, plant-based soda that’s vegan and low in sugar. While most cans of soda have 39g of sugar, a can of Olipop has about 2!
The flavors are: Vintage Cola, Classic Root Beer, Ginger Lemon, Strawberry Vanilla and Cherry Vanilla.
I ordered the sampler pack which has at least two cans of each flavor (3 cans of some). I wasn’t sure about some of the flavors, but that’s why getting a sampler pack is so handy.
Editor’s note: I wrote this in 2020, before Olipop came out with its newest flavor: Orange Squeeze. At the time of this writing (March 2021) the sampler pack includes two cans of each flavor, including the Orange Squeeze… which I recently tried!
Here’s what I thought of each flavor:
Vintage Cola: This was my favorite of the bunch and it’s really the reason I wanted to try Olipop! I used to drink diet soda all the time (this was like… 10 years ago) but I still enjoy a good diet soda about once a month. If there’s something out there that can replace that, then I want to know, and this is it. It tastes just like a classic soda and I don’t feel guilty for drinking it.
Classic Root Beer: This was the first one I tried and it was DELISH. It definitely has a lighter feel than regular root beer — I am assuming from the lower amount of sugar — but I enjoyed that part about it. It still gives you the root beer flavor but you don’t feel weighed down afterward.
Ginger Lemon: I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one, since I don’t really like ginger… but it is just like a very crisp, flavorful ginger ale! I would definitely buy an entire pack of this 🙂
Strawberry Vanilla: This is the sweetest one of the bunch and has the boldest flavor. It was my least-favorite, but it wasn’t bad. I think it could replace a dessert though!
Cherry Vanilla: I was hesitant about both of the vanilla flavors, just because I was thinking about Big Red or cream soda… I don’t know. This one was good! I do like cherry and cherry-flavored things, and this wasn’t over-powering. I drank it while I ate a meal and it was good!
Orange Squeeze: I bought an individual can of this at Sprouts, so I could try it. It tastes like a milder version of Orange Crush (I think that’s what it’s called). It’s not overly sweet — I liked it. I don’t know that I would buy a whole case of it, but I’m also not someone who craves orange soda like I crave regular cola or ginger ale.
All-in-all a total win. As far as price, yes, it’s more expensive than regular soda, but it’s a little less-expensive than most kombucha I’ve seen. I haven’t been drinking one every day — just when I’m craving a soda or if I’m eating something that would really lend itself to a soda, like pizza or popcorn.
I’m so glad I tried this and I’m looking forward to keeping it stocked in my fridge!
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