Friday, December 4, 2009

SodaStream {Review & Giveaway} Fountain Jet Soda Maker

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

Although I no longer live there, I was born and raised in good old Minnesota. The land of 10,000 usually-frozen lakes, a game called Duck, Duck, Gray Duck (much cooler than your boring Goose) and tasty pop. Not "soda," not "soda pop," just "pop." I have since been converted to "soda" but there was quite a transition period. As for the Goose, I don't know if I'll ever be able to give up my Gray Duck.

There's something about soda that it just hits the spot sometimes. The tasty flavors, the yummy bubbles, you just can't go wrong. However, the idea of spending a large amount of money on a big case of soda or to have a 2-liter go flat before it gets finished... well, that's just old-fashioned these days. As the only ingredients in soda are just water, fizz and flavor, there should be an easier way.

In fact, there is. It's SodaStream and it is delivered right to your front door.


Using one of SodaStream's home drink makers, it's easy to see for yourself just how simple creating soda can be. By adding carbon dioxide to ordinary tap water, you've achieved the fizz and all that's left? The flavor. Choose any of SodaStream's concentrated syrups, add just the right amount for your taste buds, and the perfect glass of soda awaits.


As there are no batteries, electricity or plumbing required with SodaStream, it was easy to bring along with us to my in-law's house to try our Fountain Jet Starter Kit out for the first time. Have a boat or an RV? What an easy thing to bring aboard to save you from having to lug a ton of soda with you, not to mention you won't have to find as much space to store both the full and empty containers.

I assumed the initial set-up would be complicated, but in fact all that was required was screwing the bottle of CO2 into the back and filling one of the carbonating bottles with cold water. After sliding the water into the slot on the front and attaching it tightly, we were ready to go. Simply press the button on the top of the soda maker to add the carbonation and listen for the loud buzz to let you know it's working (and to make your mother-in-law jump and cause everyone to laugh).

It's up to you how much fizz to add to your soda, as there really is no "right" amount. After one buzz, your soda will be lightly carbonated (recommended for fruit flavors) and after five buzzes it will be strongly carbonated (recommended for colas and other dark syrups).

From there, remove the carbonated water and add the flavoring of your choice. (Note: Be sure to notice that the directions state to tilt the bottle and pour the syrup in slowly, so you don't end up with a small fizzy puddle on the table due to your husband's eagerness in creating your orange soda. Just a thought.) Screw on the cap and gently move the bottle to mix and your soda is complete.

As well as controlling the level of carbonation, you are also able to determine the flavor of your soda when adding the syrup. If you have a sweet tooth, add a little more. If you like your drinks less sweet, don't add as much. If you aren't really a soda fan at all, try making plain seltzer or flavor it with SodaStream's MyWater Flavor Essence for a sparkling drink. Another option is to add your own fresh lemon, lime, orange, berries or juice to your carbonated water for a healthy and refreshing treat. Yum!

In just a few quick steps, we had homemade soda. We tried out the orange and the lemon lime first and were surprised at how similar these taste to store-bought soda. I am definitely a fan of how quick and convenient it is to use a SodaStream machine, as well as the positive environmental impact it makes. Instead of the constant flow of bottles and cans, the reusable BPA-free bottles and concentrated syrups are all that are necessary on a regular basis (aside from keeping this stylish and modern machine handy).

When given an option Big Sister E chooses to mainly drink water and actually would pick it over juice or soda. As she gets older, however, I love the idea of being able to control just how much sugar are in her drinks and the SodaStream will make that a breeze. Plus, there is no high-fructose corn syrup in the regular SodaMix flavors and no aspartame in the diet flavors. Who needs those?

The Fountain Jet Soda Starter Kit sells on SodaStream's website for around $100, making it a pretty terrific gift for any soda or seltzer-lover on your holiday list, as well as anyone who loves to entertain. After that initial investment, bottles of concentrated SodaMix (which contain enough syrup to make around 12 liters/33 cans of soda) cost only $4.99 or $5.99, depending on the flavor. Think it sounds like a convenient, money-saving, eco-friendly, tasty thing you would like to try? Thanks to the generosity of SodaStream...

One lucky person will win a Fountain Jet Soda Starter Kit* of their own!


*The Fountain Jet Soda Starter Kit (ARV $100) includes the winner's choice of black/silver, white or red/silver Fountain Jet, 1 60 liter bottle of CO2, 2 reusable carbonating bottles and choice of 2 SodaMix flavors.

To enter to win your own Fountain Jet from SodaStream: Visit SodaStream and tell me TWO of their tasty flavors that you would like to try. Please do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile. I have to have a way to contact the winner.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted. For example, if you subscribe, leave one comment saying "I subscribe #1" and a separate comment saying "I subscribe #2")

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow SodaStream on Twitter or sign up for their mailing list.
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway. See the list on the top of my right sidebar - there are some really great ones going on right now and coming up!
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

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Giveaway will end on December 18th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to continental U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to SodaStream for providing me with the Fountain Jet Soda Starter Kit (including 9 flavors of syrup and a pack of MyWater Flavor Essence) as well as 1 Kit for a lucky giveaway winner. What a fantastic invention! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Amy said...

I want to try orange and grape! amythomas at gmail dot com

Amy said...

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shopannies said...

lemon lime and diet cola

NL6369 said...

We are Cola and Root Beer lovers in this house
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NL6369 said...

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Tj and Amy said...

would love to try cream soda and diet cola. amypugmire@live.com

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The Penny-Pinching Mama said...

Yey you got one! I bet you don't want to part with it now eh? FIL will have to get his own LOL

LV said...

I want to try the diet root beer and Energy drink flavors!! I've been coveting one of these for years!!

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Daniel M said...

cranberry raspberry & cream soda - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

peg42 said...

I would really love to try the Diet Root Beer and the Diet Orange flavors. I'd love to win this. We go through so much soda in our house.
Thanks so much and Happy Holidays.

peg42 said...

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Missybeez said...

I Would Try Grape and Lemon Iced Tea!


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Toby said...

I would try diet cream (my favorite flavor) and diet pink grapefruit. Great prize!

Missybeez said...

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Anonymous said...

I would try diet cola and lemon iced tea. Nice contest.
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Missybeez said...

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Courtney said...

i like diet grapefruit and orange

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cookiert said...

I'd like to try Pete's Choice and lemon-lime.

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Melissa said...

I would love to try Diet Pete's Choice and Diet Root Beer!

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Owen's Mom said...

I would love to try the Cream Soda & MyWater Berry flavor. Yum!
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Owen's Mom said...

I am following Soda Stream on twitter (notimeMom)
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cariboucake said...

grape and ginger ale



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Dawn said...

I would like to try cola and energy.

Dawn said...

I follow sodastream on twitter @dawn408

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Robert Lamb said...

Root beer Cream soda
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christine said...

This is so cool...I would love to try Diet Cranberry Raspberry and Diet Pink Grapefruit...

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theconners4 said...

I want to try cream soda and orange! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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vrtish55 said...

Grape and Orange would be the two I'd want to try. vickers_73460(at)yahoo(dot)com

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singermagic1 said...

I would like to try the Diet Pete's choice and the diet grapefruit
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ANNE S said...

Sure would like to try Diet Cola and Diet Pete’s Choice. Thanks.

Lori Taube said...

I would love to try the cranberry raspberry, or the cream soda!

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Owen's Mom said...

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Heidi Gail said...

The diet pink grapefruit sounds delicious. I would also try the ginger ale.

Linda said...

I'd like to try Cream and Lemon Lime

Tegan said...

I would like to try cream soda and diet cola.

sharonjo said...

How about Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry Raspberry?! The Ginger Ale sounds good too. I haven't had ginger ale in a long time!

Thanks for the chance!

sharonjo said...

I follow Sodastream on twitter.
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Veronica said...

I would love to try the Cream Soda & Orange. Thanks for a great giveaway :)

Wendi P said...

I would really love to try the cream soda and root beer flavors. Thanks so much for the chance!

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Wendi P said...

I follow you on twitter (WendiP) and tweeted:

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Wendi P said...

I follow you on google friend.
thanks for the chance to win this cool soda maker!

Tracey said...

I'd like cream soda and ginger ale.
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Lori Taube said...

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clc408 said...

I'd li8ke to try Ginger Ale and Cola flavors. Thanks!

sharonjo said...

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stephhov said...

I'd like to try the Diet cola and the regular cola. (and a lot of the other ones!)

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Sondra said...

I would like to try the root beer and energy drink flavors!

Sondra said...

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Owen's Mom said...

Tweet!
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sphinx63 said...

Root Beer and Ginger Ale. Thanks!

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Wendi P said...

12/6 tweet. Thanks again for the chance to win!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6412876614

Chris said...

I like Orange and Pete's Choice

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Nikki57 said...

Cranberry Raspberry and lemon lime both sound amazing

mandala said...

Lemon lime and diet grapefruit would be the first 2 flavors I would try! :)

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mogrill said...

Id like the cream soda and cola. Thanks for the chance.
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kanaha said...

would like to try the cola and cream soda

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Mommy 2 Bears said...

I would like to try Energy and Diet Pink Grapefruit.

Mommy 2 Bears said...

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EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

id love to try fountain mist and cola! my email is littleheathen9109 at yahoo dot com

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Saph said...

Would love to try Cranberry Raspberry and Orange Mango.

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Heather! said...

Oh, yum! Root Beer and Cream Soda are two flavors I'd love to try! This is such a great giveaway, thanks!

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Heather! said...

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sharonjo said...

Today's tweet
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Lori Taube said...

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mmentor said...

sign me up

Wendi P said...

12/7 tweet, thanks!!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6436914869

Owen's Mom said...

Daily tweet!
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Celeste said...

cream soda & root beer :)

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Kristie said...

I would love to try Diet Cream Soda and Diet Cola!

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Christina Hidek said...

I'd like to try root beer and orange.

Ruth Savard said...

I would love to try Grape (my favorite) and Cream Soda (my husband's favorite)!

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Mijal Photography said...

I would try the orange and grape!
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Lo said...

Orange and cola!

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Lo said...

I follow Sodastream on Twitter (I'm @prizealert)

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Lo said...

Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/prizealert/status/6452530889

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