Everyone loves an orange dreamsicle, right? Right? It seems like soda makers have two tactics when it comes to orange sodas; 1) super sweet, artificial somewhat orangey (Crush, Fanta, etc…) or 2) Replicate the orange dreamsicle (Stewarts). Thankfully, Thomas Kemper takes the second (and higher) path, and they hit a big homerun with this soda. Made with all natural ingredients, the care and quality really comes through. While almost every other orange soda I’ve ever had leaves me wanting a glass of water afterward because of the thick, cloying sweetness, this soda was clean and refreshing.
The soda was thick and rich without being “too much” with a beautiful, opaque orange color. The lack of clarity I believe comes from the milk it’s made with to give the element of cream. Other flavors that were noticeable and well balanced were honey and vanilla.
If you’re a fan of orange and other fruit sodas, definitely seek this one out. You won’t be sorry!
Monthly Root Beer Rating: 9
- I need international Fanta!! (ask.metafilter.com)
- Maria Rodale: Orange Cream Float: The Taste of August (huffingtonpost.com)
- Katy S: Tequila-Orange Ice Cream Sodas – Fine Cooking Recipes, Techniques and Tips (finecooking.com)
So, due to the majority of responses to the recent poll responding that I should expand scope on this blog, I will begin reviewing some non root beer/sarsaparilla sodas on here as well! First up will be a Thomas Kemper Orange Cream, so don’t expect to see reviews of your standard off the shelf sodas here. I’ll continue to try to find oddities and rarities, mainly because I prefer them and they’re much more fun.
Thanks for reading and voting!
- SodaStream – go green, make your own soda at home! (techburgh.com)
- Medicinal Benefits of Sarsaparilla (brighthub.com)
I’ve always been a fan of Boylan’s packaging, and their intent to preserve some classic flavors, but frankly, I’ve never been that big a fan of their root beer. For all that I wanted to like it, there was always something off about it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I haven’t had any Boylan’s for quite some time as a result, but for you, loyal readers, I needed to brave the storm and review it.
It was better than I remembered. Memory is funny that way, right? However, the first impression I got was: “medicinal”. Thankfully, it was sweetened with cane sugar instead of industrial sweeteners, and that smoothed out the flavor a bit. There were underlying hints of wintergreen and a nice, lighter carbonation that stayed throughout the whole bottle.
They claim to have been family run since 1891, and their distribution makes their products pretty widely available, at least in the south, where I live. I would say that this is a better than average every day drinker.