Soda Gone Freestyle
As I have posted previously, it’s no surprise that I love soda. Even with my cutback to just one a week, I make that soda count. Recently I found out that Coke was expanding their test market for their Freestyle soda machine into Utah. A co-worker was kind enough to tell me where it was located and I took a visit.
This machine is like a smorgasbord of different flavors of Coke products: Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Mr. Pibb, just to name a few. There are over 106 unique flavors that can be made. I decided to try as many as I could, without giving myself a soda overload. Since the Freestyle machine was located at a movie theater, I paid a movie theater price for a refillable cup ($3.25). So I wanted to get my dollar value from this experience. Below are a couple of videos of me testing this awesome machine out.
Making a Grape Sprite
Making a Coke with Lime (the sugar one, not the inferior diet version)
The Coke with Lime was nice to find, since they discontinued the HFCS version of it in cans and bottles [only the diet version remains, which is horrible]. Unfortunately, this concoction was not the right mix. It was good, but overly sweet, drowning out the Coke from the Lime. The Grape Sprite I tried was just right. Not too sweet, a well-induced grape flavor that went down nicely.
In addition to the above, I also tried Fanta Peach, Cherry Sprite and Mr. Pibb. But when all was tasted and sipped, I ended up liking Raspberry Coke the best. The mix of the flavor with real coke with a good mix of raspberry was extra tasty.
I have found another Coke Freestyle machine via their Facebook page with cheaper soda prices and will expand on the different flavors in a sit down setting, giving me more time to experiment. If you get a chance to try this, it’s very cool and for any soda lover – especially Coke products – you will be very pleased. Check the location listing at their Facebook page to see if there’s a Coke Freestyle near you.
Funny I tried the Grape Sprite this weekend at Jordan Commons and it left a horrible taste in my mouth, no maybe it was that I saw Eclipse that left the horrible taste.
Do you get as much pop as you want for $3.25? Or is the cup one of those you take home and bring back the next time for a reduced price?
That’s a sexy looking machine.
breakaway9 – Ha! It might have been Eclipse. Grape Sprite rocks!
delmer – The cup is a paper all-you-can-drink, at least while you stay inside the area. They do sell (for more money) a plastic refill mug that you can bring back to refill for a reduced price. There are multiple eating places, snack shops and other concessions (there are 14 theaters at the Jordan Commons location)
Awesome. I can’t wait to try one of these machines out. I hope they get one in my neck of the woods. Mate, I’d even drive across town to go use it. I’m that sad.
I just wish it dispensed lime JUICE instead of lime SYRUP so that you could make a true “Coke with Lime!” Still, very cool…
That machine is awesome! I want one!
I don’t believe that was you. 😉
(But really, sweet ass machine!)
Awesome! That sounds like so much fun.
My son would LOVE this. Looks like fun.
Wow, that is cool. I was a little surprised to see the facebook page stating this at the top:
now installed at the following California, Georgia and Utah locations:
but then it listed a big section of Dallas (which for those who don’t know – it’s in Texas).
I’m hoping to run into one soon, down here in Austin (also in Texas).
dave2 – You’re right, the lime juice would be better than the syrup.
kapgar – If they put one in Chicago, you need to go try it. It’s cool and fun.
sybil law – I should have shown my face drinking the Raspberry Coke. It had a big ass smile on it.
tori – It was a lot of fun.
finn – Kids were using the other 2 machines and having a blast (I was hogging one machine all to myself for a while)
whall – They should put these in Austin. It’s a hip town. I know two people that live there. 😉
kevin – Not sad at all. I hope they do get one there soon. It’s pretty cool to mix all sorts of different soda flavors.