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March 20th, 2000

Pop The Soda Shop

I’ve been quoted as saying that if I were to give up any of my vices, certainly soda would be the first to go. It’s not that I’m totally gonzo over things like Coke and Pepsi; I consider myself a beverage guy. I like drinks that taste good, alcohol or not, soda or not; that’s why I like Snapple Elements, for instance.

Anyway, one of my favorite sodas is Dr Pepper. It’s just a great, great drink. I had seen a PBS documentary on junk food and sodas once; it mentioned that the very first Dr Pepper factory, in Dublin TX, still made the concoction the way it was intended: with pure cane sugar. None of this cheap sugar, oh no!

But said drink wasn’t available in this area. What to do? Well, thanks to a great store called Pop The Soda Shop, you can order a wide assortment of sodas and teas from them. They do have a few drinks sold locally, but the best part is that lots of other sodas are available to you. Like the aforementioned Dr Pepper with pure cane sugar!

The overall shopping experience on the site is pleasant. The order took about 10 days to get to me, which wasn’t bad. The actual sodas were packed meticulously, in a box loaded with cardboard protection and styrofoam peanuts. Shipping is rather pricey but is worth it (would you want a cardboard box dripping with sticky soda?)

So, give them a try.

By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with Green River, try it. It’s a drink that’s starting to become hard-to-find in the Chicago area, although it’s made right here. In any event, it’s quite delicious. -pm

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FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday March 20, 2000 -- 1:35:17PM
I basically have cut back on soda alot recently. I just felt like it was another thing that I didn't need to be putting in my body, not that it's bad but alot of times I don't know what is in these things. I haven't had many sodas this school year, and recently I haven't had any in about a month.
I may however order some of these sodas, for the rare treat because I am always a fan of underdog products. My favorite sodas are Mello Yello and RC. I may indulge in some of this Dr. Pepper with Cane sugar.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday March 20, 2000 -- 3:24:23PM
A few guys from work joined me on an order from this place after Paul told me about it. I also avoid drinking overloads of soda (mainly because caffeine can really do a number on my stomach), but I do allow myself some indulgences, like these. :)

My portion of the order included:
Dr. Pepper w/ Pure Cane sugar
Willie's Hemp Soda Black Cherry
Black Lemonade
The Big Co. Egg Cream Vanilla

We'll be getting ours tomorrow...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 21, 2000 -- 2:16:21PM
We got our order today -- and we saw why the shipping is so expensive! The box was 31 pounds... combine that with UPS' tendency to overcharge and you have your reason. :)

In any event, I'll be commenting on specific sodas here after I try them... I'll try to convince the guys I ordered with to do the same.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 28, 2000 -- 3:50:13PM
To start off my reviews of my Popsoda sodas:

Black Lemonade
Sure enough, this stuff is pitch black. It doesn't taste like lemonade, but it is sour and citrusy. The odd thing is, that a few seconds after taking a swig, my throat started to burn. Maybe it's the dozen different herbs (ginseng, ginko, etc.) that they include. Very interesting tasting stuff, but my stomach felt a bit queasy after about half a bottle -- there's a reason there's a skull on the front of the bottle!

Interestingly, it also left a black ring around the inside of my lips.

The Big Co. Egg Cream Vanilla
Pretty good creme soda, but not as thick as I would have expected from the name. It has an interesting color, too -- it looks like milk.

Willie's Hemp Soda: Black Cherry
I'm not a huge fan of black cherry, but the fact this was hemp soda made me try it. I must say, this is the best tasting black cherry I've ever had. But I had the munchies after drinking it... weird. :)

Dr. Pepper with Imperial Cane Sugar
There's only one bottling plant in the United States that still makes Dr. Pepper this way, and boy does it make a difference. This tastes excellent, and is served in 8 oz. bottles, allowing for more carbination. Yum.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday December 21, 2000 -- 9:53:31AM
I don't remember where on the Ping I brought up this issue, but this seems as good a place as any for an update...

Two summers ago I found Arizona Chocolate and Vanilla flavored cola at a deli in Richmond, VA. After much searching between then and now (including the inaccurately-named Total Beverage) I was not able to find it ever again. Some time yesterday I emailed Arizona and asked if they still made it or what (it was not listed on their site). You'll be happy to know the Soda Shop series was discontinued, and that all my efforts were in vain. I will now move on to getting that fancy French lemonade they sell at Total Beverage.

FROM: Ammon
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 4:05:24AM's the story: In 1986-88, I lived in South America. Of course, there was little water ever that would be consumable by us, the spoiled of the United States, so...I got addicted to Pepsi and Coke products. A whole huge gut later(225 pounds now), I am struggling in a big way to fight off the daily desire for a carbonated drink with caffeine. Any suggestions?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 9:21:16AM
Uhm... well... don't buy anything at Pop the Soda Shop.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 9:44:49AM
Of course my suggestion is to substitute tea... no carbonation, but less caffeine and infinitely healthier (especially if you drink green tea).

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 10:47:22AM
Diet Dr Pepper is the only way to go!

FROM: people
DATE: Sunday November 30, 2003 -- 5:43:07 pm

FROM: Jason K
DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 5:56:21 pm
Actually, I think that
is a much better place to get soda. The shipping is a lot cheaper and they have a better selection than that pop stop place

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 10:18:37 am
That store looks like nothing more than a place to buy the same old stuff you can buy at 7-11. Pop offers much more variety.

DATE: Sunday June 20, 2004 -- 1:43:14 pm
Nice self-plug Jason

FROM: stepahnie
DATE: Monday June 21, 2004 -- 10:21:04 pm
Where the hell can i buy mello yello soda thats close to massachusetts?????

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday June 22, 2004 -- 9:26:48 am
This is obviously the place to ask.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 22, 2004 -- 12:07:49 pm
Soda is liquid candy. It rots your teeth, makes you fat, hypes you up quick and lets you down hard.

Diet soda? Lord, don't get near it. What's in there?

Many sodas used to be made with carbonated water. But many contain phosphoric acid now because it's cheap industrial waste that is cheaper than water. Some scientist determined that it's weaker than stomach acid, so it must be okay to drink. Kill two birds with one stone and make millions! Charge industry for waste disposal and sell it to the soda companies!

Of course, besides those long nights of drinking in college, when was the last time you bathed the ivories in stomach acid. I still bet you didn't do it on a dialy basis. Ever see an anorexic's teeth? Think soda.

If you do choose to drink sugared soda, here's some advice from my dentist. Have it with lunch, don't take tiny sips all day long--don't nurse it, you just keep bathing your teeth in acid and sugar (which bacteria "converts" to acid (by eating it and pooping out acid all over your teeth)). Yum!!

Is it me, or did the carbonation in two litre bottles used to last longer than two to four hours? I think the soda industry has invented a way to make soda go flat faster in order to sell more soda.

That's another reason I've given up on soda. Besides being really bad for you, it just goes flat too fast.

We should all really just drink beer instead, especially at lunch time. Soda was invented during prohibition when you couldn't get beer and people missed fizzy drinks. Now that beer is back, soda should go.


FROM: phx [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 28, 2005 -- 8:53:26 am's way safer to drink beer at lunch than soda...hah... anyway is a scam, pop the soda shop is not.

FROM: GeorgeStebbins
DATE: Sunday August 14, 2005 -- 11:45:52 pm
Yep, is a scam. Check out how I scam people here

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Monday August 15, 2005 -- 12:45:45 pm
I got Coke from Holland for my mom for Christmas. If it DOESN'T use the pre-1985 formula, they sure know how to make it taste like it DOES.

Sammy Reed April 16, 2007, 8:01 pm

First it was…
“Due to the threat of litigation from PepsiCo, we will no longer sell Pepsi!”
And now it’s…
“Due to the threat of litigation from Coca-Cola, we will no longer sell Coca-Cola!.”

No more Coke from Holland, I guess.

Sammy Reed November 20, 2008, 5:09 am

I just found out, after looking that page up for the first time in a dang while, that now they’re selling Coke products again – including Coke from Holland!

Sammy Reed November 24, 2008, 6:42 pm

It should be pointed out that they don’t offer Coke from France, 500ML Coke, or Coca-Cola Light on their website yet.

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