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Olipop: The future of soda

Olipop offers 16 healthy different flavors that are available at your local H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Supermarket, or the Olipop website
David Raichman
Olipop offers 16 healthy different flavors that are available at your local H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Supermarket, or the Olipop website

I clicked the can open and watched the bubbles rise. The sweet aroma slowly fills my nostrils. As I took my first sip my taste buds were met with a shockingly familiar taste of all my favorite sodas.

This is not your normal soda.

This is a new kind of soda.

This is Olipop.

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As a soda lover myself, I am always trying to find sodas that taste similar to my favorite brands. Many times, I don’t like sodas like Mr. Pibb and Dr. Pepper because they just taste too sweet and make me feel bloated. Plus sodas such as Coca Cola, Sprite and Pepsi can increase the risk of diabetes to 26% for a regular soda drinker. So, curious to try viral healthy sodas such as Olipop, I began the search for a healthier soda alternative.

That’s when I stumbled across Olipop.

Founded in 2017, Olipop’s mission is to revolutionize the beverage industry by introducing healthier, scientifically-backed alternatives to traditional soda.

With 15 unique flavors, Olipop is packed with vitamin D, calcium, iron, potassium as well as several probiotics that aid in digestion. Each 12-ounce can has anywhere from two to five grams of sugar and 30 to 50 calories. In comparison, Coca Cola has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar. Each Olipop also has nine grams of prebiotic fiber.

Don’t get me wrong. There are “healthy sodas” out there, but most are misleading and taste more like carbonated cough medicine than soda. Even Olipop has some pretty bad flavors like Root Beer, Ginger Lemon and Vintage Cola. So, if you are looking for a new soda to try, you are in luck.

Root Beer (1.5/5)
The vanilla taste floods your tastebuds. The carbonation provides enough warmth in your mouth for the Root Beer to present itself. With only 35 calories and two grams of sugar, this flavor wasn’t impressive. The flavor doesn’t even taste like Root Beer and more like a less tasteful version of Vintage Cola. The aftertaste was also very distasteful and I didn’t even finish the can because I could not stand its taste. On the other hand, the flavor smells really good and it has a perfect carbonation. This flavor did not impress me, but it had a very cinnamon–like aroma, which I thought was a very nice touch.

Strawberry Vanilla (4.5/5)
The strawberry aroma spreads through the air. The perfect touch of vanilla and strawberry leave you thirsty for “just one more sip.” Having 35 calories and three grams of sugar, Strawberry Vanilla is the best flavor I have tried so far. As soon as I opened the can I was hit with the strong strawberry aroma. The carbonation is a little excessive because it blocks a little bit of the flavor from the strawberry, but that’s not even the best part. The aftertaste was incredible. The sweet taste of fresh vanilla still on my tongue made me want to chug the whole can down.

Crisp Apple-Limited Edition (3/5)
The chilled apple flavor highlights the crisp area of the soda. The carbonation just wakes you up after the first sip, and makes you feel like your drinking a cold soda in the summer. Having 50 calories and five grams, this was a great drink but nothing special about it besides the “limited edition” part. This flavor is perfect for the holiday spirit because it reminded me of apple cider. Also, the cover of the can had a winter village behind it, hence the “limited edition.” Besides the front cover and the limited edition, there was really nothing special about the drink. Based on other reviews, it’s a perfect mixer drink, but I didn’t mix the drink with anything else, so all I can tell you is it tastes like guilt-free apple juice that is carbonated to perfection. The sweet apple taste leaves a great aftertaste and the crisp part is really highlighted in the carbonation.

Lemon Lime (4/5)
The lemon dominates the sweet taste. The lime presents itself in the aftertaste giving the perfect first impression. Having 50 calories and 4 grams of sugar, Lemon Lime tastes like a guilt-free version of sprite. As a big fan of sprite, I thought this drink was very good, but at the same time it tastes different from Sprite. If you haven’t noticed a pattern yet, a lot of the fruit flavors have a way better taste than flavors like Vintage Cola and Root Beer because they don’t have to use sweeteners. Lemon Lime is the perfect example because Olipop uses the lemon and lime very lightly but just enough to add a pleasant aftertaste. Besides the great taste, even though it was different from Sprite, it still didn’t give me a very authentic taste.

Ginger Ale (3.5/5)
Having 50 calories and 5 grams of sugar, Ginger Ale matches Crisp Apple in nutrition facts. For all the ginger fans out there, this is the perfect drink for you. The sweet smell of ginger hit me as soon as I put my nose close to the can. This flavor is also a great drink to mix with other soft drinks and is a great substitute for Schweppes Ginger Ale. The problem with ginger ale is it’s hard to perfect the drink because the carbonation is a bit excessive and doesn’t allow you to taste the drink itself. The lemon aftertaste balances out the initial taste and this is one of the few drinks from Olipop I can guarantee everyone will like. Although it had no holiday spirit to it, this drink is a must to me because it was just recently released and is very underrated.

You can find Olipop at your local supermarket like HEB, Walmart and Target, online websites like Amazon and the Olipop website. So if you ever stumble upon a can of Olipop, I say try it. You never know what healthy, tasty alternatives you may be missing out on.

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