The Untold Truth Of SodaStream

SodaStream is the name we associate with homemade fizzy drinks like colas and sparkling water. It is the No. 1 sparkling water brand in the world after all (via SodaStream). With appeal for both the health and eco communities, the brand is known for its reusable bottles and lower calories flavors. Not just a gimmick, SodaStream systems are generally fun and simple to operate and the flavors generally taste pretty good, too. However, our experience with the widespread root beer syrup shortage during the early days of the pandemic proved that some flavors are more popular than others (via Reddit). And while you may think you know SodaStream, we think you will be surprised by some of these details.

While there are still concerns about some waste products from this home system, the net result ranks as highly eco-friendly with one carbonater being the equivalent of 180 beverages can in excess (via SodaStream). In health news, SodaStream syrups have fewer calories than traditional colas (35 calories per serving vs 100 calories on average), but the health benefits are up to you. Mike Roussell, Ph.D., a nutrition consultant and author explains, "If you buy a 20 ounce Coke bottle, you will drink all 20 ounces" (via Men's Health). "If you make a liter of SodaStream cola, you're probably going to drink the whole liter." And while this caution likely does not apply to many of the sparkling waters you can create, many people use their SodaStream for different recipes.

Unexpected uses for your SodaStream

While the SodaStream company makes their own flavorings and recipes, you are by no means limited to the brand name ingredients. Many companies create different syrup flavorings that you can use with your beverage. In addition, it has become popular to "hack" your home carbonation kit by adding bubbles to things besides plain water (via CNET). Some fun ideas to try include carbonating juice, such as orange juice sans the champagne. Just note that the fizz works differently than with water, and pulp or no pulp changes things, too. You can carbonate an iced coffee or a cup of tea for a unique take. However, most fans turn to SodaStream to add bubbles to their booze. Lighter liquors work best, while sugary or heavier liquors, like rum, can fall flat. But, if you wish to carbonate your wine, be sure to proceed with caution

As more people are finding creative ways to entertain and enjoy foods at home, we would expect even more innovations like this — if you can find the CO2 cartridge refills, that is. Users have reported that carbonation cartridge availability remains the biggest ease-of-use issue facing SodaStream owners right now (via WasteDive). As Elizabeth Balkan of ReLoop told the outlet, "There was even a point when I was on Amazon figuring out how to rig my own set-up and fill the tank myself." 

SodaStream isn't as new as you might think

One of the biggest untold truths about SodaStream is that it is not new — in fact it's really, really old. While SodaStream was purchased by Pepsi in 2018 (via WasteDive), the brand was actually founded in 1903 by a London-based gin distiller who started the company after figuring out a way to fizz up his drinks outside of a pharmacists office (via The Motely Fool). The original device catered strictly to the rich, but consumers could purchase a regular home system by 1950. The 1970s ushered in the brand's popular "get busy with the fizzy" campaign and, eventually, we got the sleek modern design we know today.

But you know what is really funny about Pepsi's acquisition? The brand's original outspoken ads actually bashed this drink giant, causing their ad to be banned in 2012 as, "authorities deemed the ad disparaging to big sodamakers such as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola," (via Motley Fool). Fortunately for consumers, all of the old traditions have combined with some unusual and interesting innovations to bring us the fizzy drinks we cannot get enough of today.