SodaStream Review and Giveaway






As a mom to a type 1 diabetic, I may be a bit more carb conscious than your average mom. A product that recently caught my eye was the SodaStream. This awesome little device lets you make fresh bottles of bubbly soda, tea, tonic and flavored water at a fraction of the price of store bought sodas. And at a fraction of the carbs! Not to mention the amount of room you can save in your pantry or the environmental savings of not tossing away bottles of empty soda. I was recently given the amazing opportunity to try out a SodaStream Jet and a variety of flavors with my family.

The Unpacking

The unpacking of the box was a bit like Christmas. The variety of soda syrups covered almost every taste in our house. The set up instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Even for me. 😉 We used this nifty appliance for approximately two weeks and I have to say, I am hooked. I am not a “fizzy” person. My oldest son loves his extra fizzy. We can make our soda right to our individual fizzy level. It is so simple to use. We recently had a BBQ and a friends 9 year old son made his own soda with just me watching. He thought it was “The coolest thing ever!”.

Here is a visual step-by-step of how to make a fresh soda using the SodaStream.

Taking it outside

The very first thing I wanted to highlight was that this requires no electricity. I’m not sure why, but this surprised the heck out of me! The SodaStream can come along wherever you are. Picnic, tailgating, camping. To start with, you take a SodaStream bottle filled with plain water that has been chilled. We keep several ready to go in the fridge now. We purchased additional bottles. The half-liter bottle is shown. The SodaStream comes with a liter bottle. Next chose your flavor. For this demonstration, my son chose Orange Mango.

Attaching bottle

Take the chilled SodaStream bottle filled with water and attach it to the white dohicky thingamabob and screw it on. Not too tight, but have a good seal.

Bubbling it up

Now the fun part. By simply pushing the button at the top of the SodaStream you magically turn your chilled water into a fizzy, bubbly creation! This is my kids favorite part.

Removing our soda water

Now you tip the bubbly water out of the SodaStream and slowly unscrew it.

We chose Mango Orange for today

Now that you have a bottle of cold fizz water, you get to flavor it up. Or not. Your choice! Jon chose to use the recommended amount of Orange Mango syrup for a half-liter bottle. That is half a capful. At that rate each bottle of syrup will flavor 25 half-liter bottles. That’s 50 servings.

Gently pour your flavor choice into the freshly made soda water.

Now slowly pour your chosen flavor into the bubbly water, cap it and gently roll your bottle around a bit to mix it up. (Full disclosure. Jon did not pour slowly and this one bubbled up all over!)

Gently mixed and ready to enjoy. Less than 2 minutes.

Cleaned up and mixed up. In less than two minutes you have a freshly made bottle of Orange Mango soda at a fraction of the price and quadruple the fun.

I figured the helper should get to help with the drinking part also.

As with all the SodaStream flavors we have tried so far, this one was a hit! My personal favorites are the Green Teas.

Mommy Rambles and SodaStream have partnered together to offer one lucky Mommy Rambles reader their very own Fountain Jet Soda Lover’s Start-up Kit (approximately $100 retail value). It includes the winner’s choice of black/silver, white or red/silver Fountain Jet; CO2 which makes over 100 liters of soda; 1 reusable carbonating bottle; a sample pack of flavors and 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice.

Do you want one? Of course you do! One entry per comment please. :)

Mandatory Entry

Hop on over to SodaStream and tell me in a comment below what color you want your Fountain Jet and what 3 flavors of syrup you want to try. (1 entry per person please)

Extra Entries

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This giveaway will end on July 24, 2011 at 11;59 PM EST. Winner will be drawn from all comments by Winner will be posted July 25, 2011 and they will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

Good Luck!

My First Giveaway! Let’s Get This Cooking – The Pioneer Woman Cooks

You know you want it

UPDATE- I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone considering how many times she entered…LOL

Kathy P, you won!!

Ok, I think I made those hints in my last post way too easy! I’ll be sure to be a bit more vague next time. See, I’m already learning.

This cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, has rapidly become my family’s favorite. We have yet to try a recipe that we did not enjoy. My own personal copy of this cookbook is tattered and splattered. I’m not a neat cook. 😉 I hope the winner will love their copy just as much as I love mine. The nitty-gritty of how to enter is below.

Get busy!

Mandatory Entry: Go take a peek at The Pioneer Woman’s recipes and leave a comment below telling me which recipe you love, or would love to try. (Mine is Chicken Pot Pie!)

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This giveaway ends on June 15th, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. will be used to determine a winner who will then have 72 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is open to US residents only. The cookbook offered in this giveaway has been purchased by me. In no way have I been compensated for this giveaway.
Good Luck!!!