Weird flavoured Sodas from around the world

There has always been a strange need to create weird soda flavours at least in North America over the years. But the rest of the world has its own weird flavoured pop that you can sometimes find in the shops.

The crazy soda flavours (some would say nasty soda flavours but to each his own) include meat flavours, salad dressing, pickle and more interesting flavours such as lavender and rose. The flavoured pop market has been growing steadily as consumers want something non-alcoholic to refresh them. You can find flavoured coffee soda, tea sodas and a multitude of fruit flavoured sodas but here are some crazy soda facts and flavours.

shelves of flavoured sodas or pops as we Canadians call them. Bacon, Poutine, Sweet Corn, Buffalo Wing, Ranch and more

Definition of soda pop

A beverage consisting of soda water, flavouring, and a sweet syrup

Wikipedia says:

While the term “soft drink” is commonly used in product labelling and on restaurant menus, in many countries these drinks are more commonly referred to by regional names, including carbonated drink, cool drink, cold drink, fizzy drink, fizzy juice, lolly water, pop, seltzer, soda, coke, soda pop, tonic, and mineral. Due to the high sugar content in typical soft drinks, they may also be called sugary drinks.

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What do other countries call pop?

Wikipedia says that while the term “soft drink” is commonly used in product labelling and on restaurant menus, in many countries these drinks are more commonly referred to by regional names, including carbonated drink, cool drink, cold drink, fizzy drink, fizzy juice, lolly water, pop, seltzer, soda, coke, soda pop, tonic, and mineral.

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Who invented Soda Pop?

Joseph Priestly was the first person in 1767 to infuse water with carbon dioxide, creating the first carbonated beverage. Back then people believed carbonated water cured illnesses so “soda” was sold in pharmacies.

Coca-Cola was invented in 1986 by a pharmacist in Columbus, Georgia, who began selling it to soda fountains, the History Channel reported. Six years later, the Coca-Cola Company was founded. Pepsi was also invented by a pharmacist, who invented his own sugar drink in 1893.

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What’s the oldest soda?

Dr Pepper is the oldest soda and was first served at the 1885 Louisiana Purchase Exposition a full year before Coca-Cola was introduced to the market, making it the oldest soda still available in the world.

22 Flavoured Sodas from around the world

Meat Flavoured crazy Sodas

Poutine Soda

Jones Soda has always been an inventive company and recently they have released a soda that they believe Canadians will love and it is, of course, our national dish in flavoured pop – Poutine Soda.  They describe it as having a nice balance of rich, savoury gravy over a starchy potato base. Accented with those fatty, cheesy notes you expect in a plate of poutine.”

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 Buffalo Wing Soda

Lester’s Fixins has been creating weird flavoured sodas for years including several meaty flavoured sodas such as its Buffalo Wing soda. The colour is bright orange and the flavour is said to be almost like a very spicy fiery ginger beer. 

Bacon Soda

Jones Soda worked with JD Foods to create this Bacon Soda drink. It even comes in a gift package with bacon lip balm, bacon popcorn and bacon gravy.

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Bacon and Chocolate Soda

Yes, Lester’s Fixins does do a plain bacon soda but they have also added a Chocolate Bacon soda but I’m not sure of a salty bacon taste mixed with sweet chocolate.  

Meat Maniac Bacon Soda

This Dallas based company manufactures a vegetarian Bacon soda that doesn’t contain any animal products. This Bacon soda is described as sweet and fizzy with a distinctive bacon taste which tastes great with whiskey. 

Teriyaki Beef Soda

The smell of soy sauce emanates from the bottle and this weird soda is full of those familiar teriyaki flavours with an added sweetness.

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Vegetable flavoured Sodas

Onion soda

The onion-based soft drink is made with water, Smile Ball onions, lemons, and honey. Describes as fruity with a citrus aftertaste, Onionade can be consumed as is, or with soda and alcohol, as part of a refreshing cocktail. According to the guys at SoraNews24, who’ve had the chance to try at a recent event in Japan, Onionade smells just like an onion but tastes more like an apple.

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Grass Soda

American Soda and Candy makers have a range of soda drinks including Grass Soda, Buffalo Wings, Bacon and Ranch dressing Soda. Grass soda is said to be sweet and fizzy with a grassy scent. Like most American sodas the main ingredient is sugar but the drink doesn’t contain any

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Sweet Corn Soda

Another one of Lester Fixins triumphs is a sweet corn flavoured Soda. Said to taste just like peaches and cream corn in a bottle.

Pumpkin Pie Soda

I know the trend for Pumpkin Pie Lattes is out of control in North America but here comes another Lester Fixins soda pop said to chase that trend right into summer with a cold pumpkin pie tasting soda.

Grandpa Joe’s ketchup soda

Pennsylvania and Ohio-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop and Amazon sell this ketchup-based soda. The producers say the drink, which is bright red, isn’t just some gross soda flavour but a “serious craft soda with the unique taste of ketchup”.  

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Horse Radish and Curry Flavors

In Japan, outrageous soda flavours have been the norm for years Ramune makes several interesting soda flavours such as wasabi soda and a curry-flavoured soda as well as the sweeter lychee and melon sodas.

Celery soda

Dr Brown’s Cel-Ray has been around for more than a century, first appearing sometime in the 1860s. Very popular in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and South Florida it can be very hard to find. The Soda has a herby peppery flavour which leaves a bitter flavour on the tongue.

Pickle Juice Soda

Pickle lovers adore Grandpa Joe’s Pickle Juice Soda. Made in Pennsylvania which has been home to pickle juice soda since mid-2017, and the soda is made of pickles and real cane sugar, instead of corn syrup.  

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Mauby Fizz

Generally found in the Caribbean Mauby Fizz drink is made from boiling tree bark with herbs and spices, and is said to have a variety of health benefits, like lowering blood pressure and fighting diabetes. It tastes sort of like root beer, to begin with, but soon turns bitter and awful. It is definitely an acquired taste.

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Bird’s Nest Soda – China and Vietnam

Edible bird nests are very popular in many Asian countries since they find them to be high in nutritional value and very tasteful. The nests are extremely expensive, being sold for $3,000 per lb.  These drinks are made from the solidified saliva from Swiftlet nests.

Ranch Dressing Soda

Lester Fixins is known for creating unusual soda flavours and the Ranch Dressing soda is one of them. According to one courageous taster, the soda smells like blue cheese and smelly feet. However, it tastes like sugar and coconut.

Rivella Red – Switzerland

Rivella Red has a rather herbal, gingery flavour and you would never guess it contains unique ingredients such as lactose, lactic acid, and minerals that give the soda a unique taste that the Swiss love. This is pretty much Switzerland’s national drink and upon tasting it you’d never know it had milk products in it.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda

Lester’s Fixins peanut butter and jelly soda isn’t your typical summer soda. According to this review, the drink tastes like nuts and has a slightly fruity taste. However, it doesn’t have a distinctive taste and doesn’t impress those who drink it

Irn Bru – Scotland

All my Glaswegian friends drink Irn Bru which is generally considered the national drink of Scotland. This orange coloured fizzy soda contains  32 flavouring agents including caffeine and is said to taste like orange mixed with cream soda.

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Rose and Lavender Sodas

The original rose petal soda pure cane sugar and carbonated water are flavoured with a gentle sweet taste of rose petals. And the Lavender Soda has the aroma of lavender with a hint of that perfumey taste. Made by Sweet Blossom Sodas.

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Fentimans Rose Soda

 This Rose Lemonade is made with pure Otto rose oil from the world-famous Rose Valley in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. This rose oil is one of the most valuable essential oils on earth and is used in some of the finest perfumes on the market. We blend a small amount of this oil with lemon juice to add an unrivalled depth of flavour.

I have to be honest I’m not much of a pop drinker – I just find them too sweet for me but I’m not tempted in any way shape or form to try any of these flavours except maybe the floral ones. What about you – which ones have you tried?

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