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You can’t buy these sodas in stores

February 27, 2014 - Nikki Younk
Have you ever wondered what an orange Coke would taste like? How about a vanilla Sprite? A peach Mello Yello? I imagine they would taste pretty gross.

Thanks to Coca-Cola’s touch screen soda fountain dubbed the “Coca-Cola Freestyle,” you can judge for yourself. The machine allows customers to choose a base drink, such as Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Barq’s Root Beer, Mello Yello, Fanta, Powerade, or lemonade, then combine it with flavors like vanilla, lime, raspberry, cherry, orange, lemon, strawberry, grape, and peach.

Apparently, the Freestyle was introduced back in 2009. I guess I’m a little late to the game here, since I first heard about it last week when I found one at a local fast food restaurant. Trends always arrive late in the Upper Peninsula.

Anyway, I was thrilled with the discovery. I’ve always loved vanilla Coke, and the idea of experimenting with different (though potentially disgusting) flavors was exciting.

I tried a raspberry Coke, which was pretty tasty, though a little too sweet. The raspberry flavor would probably go better with Sprite or lemonade.

So what’s the overall verdict? I like the novelty and the wide variety of choices. On the downside, I imagine that lines can get pretty long during rush periods as customers slowly browse through the selections. In addition, other blogs I’ve read have mentioned that customers’ flavor choices can “contaminate” subsequent customers’ drinks. In other words, if the person before you chooses a cherry Sprite, your grape lemonade might also have a touch of cherry.

For a fun review of all, yes ALL, 127 possible flavor combinations, check out this blog post. I admire the writers’ determination, but I don’t think I’d ever be tempted to replicate their experiment.



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