Although a fine example of 1980s product design, SodaStream became a victim of discounted multi-packs of Coke and other sugary beverages.
Yet like the Lava lamp, a retro resurrection could be afoot. In these tough economic times, spritzing your Sprite-alike and turning your kitchen into a bottling plant could save some cash.
Reading the back of the “Best of British” selection of four concentrates (Dandelion and Burdock, Cream Soda, Cherry and Sugar Free Blackcurrant), I was reassured to recognise almost all of the ingredients contained within. There’s no evidence of laboratory-inspired concoctions like in some big-name brands.
The celebratory Union Jack-festooned SodaStream I am testing is a sizable brute and after screwing in the CO2 canister and filling up the one-litre bottle with Edinburgh’s finest tap water, I was ready to inject a welcome dose of fizz into proceedings, to get busy with the fizzy as SodaStream would have it.
The instruction manual recommended three brief presses of fizz. After popping in a capful of Blackcurrant concentrate, the bubbles were only minor tongue ticklers – disappointing. I wanted more.
The hissing of escaping CO2 should have sounded alarm bells after a further five excitable and elongated presses.
As my girlfriend unscrewed the bottle, the hissing serpent within unleashed a blackcurrant release of volcanic proportions. She was temporarily transformed into a Smurf, while the starboard side of the dining room looked like a jam factory had blown up.
Despite losing half a bottle to the dining room walls, the remainder tasted delicious, with a handsome fizz, and at a fraction of the price in shops. Just remember to follow the instructions.
Union Jack SodaStream
£58.20 from.qvcuk.com; the Best of British Selection is £19.75
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