Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SodaStream Penguin review and giveaway

We've been using the Penguin soda maker from SodaStream for about three years now, mostly for making sparkling water that we add our own syrups to or for making some fabulous mojitos using the mint from our backyard.

It's convenient because we generally don't have sparkling water or tonic water on hand, so if we want to whip up something besides water, tea or coffee, we've got the penguin to chirp our way into sparkling goodness. Chirp you ask? Well, when you are carbonating the water, you know it's done when the penguin makes a chirping noise. The kids get pretty excited about it too, because it's like a little mini science experiment.

Anyway, we've also been known to make actual soda from it using their flavored syrups, mostly Root Beer, Cream Soda and the like. The cool thing about their soda syrups is that they use actual sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and, if diet soda is your thang, they have that option as well, using Splenda as the sweetener.

They also have a new line of Sparkling Naturals in a bunch of fruity flavors like Orange Pineapple and Apple Mango, that I was able to try out. I normally don't go for regular sodas and diet sodas because I don't like all the artificial ingredients that tend to be in them, but the Sparkling Naturals literally have no artificial colors, flavors or sugars in them. You can check out the ingredients list here.

The reason why I really like the Penguin (besides the cute noises it makes) is the fact that the carafes are made out of glass. You get two with the SodaStream maker so you can have more than one flavor going at a time, plus you don't have to worry about plastics leaching into your beverage. One of the things I was concerned about when getting this product was replacing the cartridges. Well, it turns out we can exchange them at a kitchen store down the street from our place (you can see a map of where you can find their products), so it really ends up being super inexpensive if you tend to drink a lot of carbonated beverages. And you will go through tons less plastic in the process.

Yeah! There's a Giveaway!
SodaStream has been nice enough to sponsor a giveaway of one of their Penguin Starter Kits that includes the:
  • Penguin Sparkling Water & Soda Machine
  • 2 Penguin Glass Carafes
  • 2 60 Liter Carbonators
  • Sparkling Naturals - Pink Grapefruit concentrate 750 ml
  • Sparkling Naturals - Orange Pineapple concentrate 750 ml
  • MyWater Flavor Essence - Variety pack
This starter set plus the soda mixes retail for $280 so I'm really excited about the opportunity to give this set away to one of my readers.

To be entered in this randomly drawn giveaway, please add your name to the comments of this post and tell me what your favorite sparkly beverage is. You have until midnight PST on Sunday, October 31st to enter this spooktacular giveaway. Good luck!

178 comments:

Kim said...

You don't even know how badly and for how long I've wanted one of these! But I just haven't been able to justify buying one (not new, at least) and have yet to find one on Craigslist or in a second hand store.

I will love your random number generator for ever and ever and ever if it picks me! :-D

Such an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

Rosa said...

Well, man - again I have to say I love this product, but I have one, so don't enter me in the drawing!

I swear, I'm immune to "regular" advertising but between you and Beth Terry I have had lots of wants the last year or two. I finally got my Sodastream this summer after she posted about hers so glowingly a long time ago.

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

I rarely drink soda anymore because of all the sugar and crap in it but if I am having a carbonation frenzy then I will drink just about anything. Pepsi has been my favorite since I was little. The Pepsi vs Coke campaign back in the 80's is permanently embedded in my brain for some reason.
Anyways I really do not buy soda because of it's packaging. Aluminum or plastic either way I'm screwed. This would be awesome to win.

meg said...

I have coveted one of these for ages! I love Izze Grapefruit & Izze Clementine, Dry Soda Blood Orange, Gin & Tonics and,sigh,Diet Coke (I'm trying...)

Jenette said...

I could do with out but my husbands soda habit would be improved by this gizmo! He drinks orange soda, cherrie coke, a few of the natural sodas and dr pepper ( I like that one too!)

Willow said...

Oh! I want to play! I don't like soda (too sweet!)but I love bubbly drinks. My favorite thing to drink that isn't beer is the Dry Soda because it is barely sweet. I'd love to win this so I can make soda that isn't too sweet.

Lynda said...

Oh boy...this would be great...I have ten grandkids! And my favorite carbo-drink: Jones Orange Creme Soda: mmmmmmm!

michelle said...

this would be awesome..dont like all the stuff in store sodas anymore
sparkling water would be great

koolchicken said...

I really wanted this, I looked at it for so long. But I can't buy it cause the cartridge exchange isn't available where I live. So I guess I'm sticking with canned soda, at least I don't drink it very often.

Bucky said...

I had an old fashioned soda siphon for many years that I loved. Unfortunately, a clumsy friend broke it and I've been wanting to replace it ever since.

My favorite -- fresh raspberry syrup with sparkling soda over ice. YUM.

flutter said...

I have wanted one of these since I discovered they existed! Thanks for having a giveaway!

My favorite carbonated beverage is probably Jamaica (hibiscus) soda, but I love to drink plain carbonated water too!

Kristina said...

I don't know what my favorite is! I like Coke, and I love all kinds of carbonated fruity beverages. This sounds really cool. Thanks for the chance!

Pursewarden said...

I want one of these so badly! My favorite carbonated drinks are ginger ale and root beer, but it has become almost impossible to find brands that are not sweetened with either HFCS or an artificial sweetener so I go without.

Sparkless said...

I didn't know I even wanted one until you made me want it! I'd say I'm more of a lemon lime type drink person. So any carbonated drink that has a hint of lemon or lime in it is my fave.

Stephany said...

We make a lot of our own flavored syrups to mix with sparkling water. My favorite is lime. I have to be honest, I've never seen this gizmo. It is pretty nifty.

Issa said...

Oh, goodness. I want one of these so badly! I drink lots of Coke, and while I don't guilt myself for drinking it, I really do hate all the packaging. My partner likes all kinds of fruity concoctions, too. What a fabulous giveaway!

Bre@Allergic Adventures said...

Wow, this is so awesome!!! My son has lots of allergies and intolerances, so I love seeing something I can actually make for him! We don't drink lots of soda, but I do like carbonation, which I get from La Croix water. My favorite flavor is grapefruit. While it taste great and is without all the added junk, it's expensive! It'd be way cooler to make your own :-) thanks for having this giveaway and introducing me to this fantastic thing! Breanna at Allergic Adventures

Aider said...

My husband told me about this product a couple weeks ago. We would love to buy one but can't justify the expense. We do not purchase soda at home but I do order it when we go out to eat. Mmmm I love root beer.

Keeping fingers crossed

mali said...

I've cut soda out almost entirely, but this summer was treated to the most delightful mango soda at my parents' place. That's what the penguin would be tasked with making - mango soda!

Sarah Grace said...

I cut soda out also and I just drink the plain sparkling water. I love it!!

yallli said...

We go through TONS of cans of Polar seltzer a week. Having this would be an amazing Eco savings!

The Mom said...

My kids love soda, but I rarely get it for them. We saw a soda machine like this last year and they've been begging for it. Our favorite is root beer.

Amy D said...

I have wanted one of these since I tried my friend's Penguin a couple years ago! I try not to drink soda on a regular basis, but when I do indulge, I cannot resist a good ginger ale. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Heather said...

I love a cream soda.
hnbutler@hotmail.com

hippychick said...

Wine spritzers, hands down!

meeyeehere said...

I like a sparkling pineapple juice but hey that wine spritzer does sound good about now.
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

This would sure indulge the 'sweet & fizzy' desire without the additional packaging!

Tracy said...

I love seltzer with a little juice thrown in! This would be an awesome thing to win.

Celia said...

We have been buying sparkling water all year and mixing it with syrups! They've become my favorite drink, and I would love love love to not have to buy so many cans!

e4 said...

My favorite sparkly drink of late is Dr. Pepper (or one of his colleagues) mixed with rum. Way better than Rum & Coke.

naomemandeflores said...

I have to say that my favorite sparkling drink is: sparkling water!!! Simply the best!


Camila F.
naomemandeflores@gmail.com

klj said...

My favorite sparking drink is cherry syrup/real lime italian soda.

Jennifer said...

Well, usually I'm a sucker for Pepsi Throwback, which doesn't have HFCS but is problematic because of transport of water. But since you mentioned mojitos, I have to say that's my favorite sparkling beverage, with backyard mojito mint and very soon limes from my own dwarf tree!

Billie said...

This would be exciting to win this! I think the kids in particular would be enchanted by the penguin.

My favourite is Dominion's Rootbeer because it is local and they use sugar and not HFCS.

Katie said...

So hard to pick just one-- I've taken to trying to keep regular sparkling water in the house, but I'll be honest-- I have a bad relationship with Cherry Coke.

Judy Nielsen said...

I would absolutely love one of these, but it's too pricey to fit into our budget.

suburban prep said...

My favorite sparkly beverage is pomegranate 7-UP.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Gigi said...

I have been lusting after one of these for a long long time, yes lust not longing, not liking, but actual full fledged lust... silly I know, but it's true!! The glass carafe is awesome - no plastics = no chemicals!! What is better than that!

My secret addition, I love fizzy water, no flavors, no colors just lots and lots of bubbles!

Thanks for the chance to win this!!

Heidi said...

Wow, what a neat product. I hadn't even heard of it until this post and just looked a their website. My husband and I like gin and tonics but we NEVER have any tonic at home. I also love sparkling water but can't really justify buying it when I can get regular old water for free!

Adrienne said...

My favorite sparkly drink is club soda with a tiny splash of Torani syrup- raspberry or cherry flavor! Yum. I hardly ever have it b/c I don't need to spend money on it, but I would love one of these!

Emily said...

Wow! What a great product...so cute as well! I love a cold ginger ale. The first sip is the best.

Jenny said...

Right now I am addicted to Diet A&W and would love, love, love to quit it! I think the grapefruit sounds amazing!!
Thanks for the chance to win--I love your blog!!

Kate said...

How cool! I don't care for regular sodas, typically, but I have a great childhood memory of a 50's diner near me that would make cherry coke with real cherries at the bottom. So, so good with a grilled cheese sandwich!

swiggett said...

ooo ooo! Please!! I love sparkling water. Especially sparkling water with a little bit of lime. Something like the Penguin would help curb my plastic bottle and aluminum can habit!

Anna said...

I have a stubborn habit of drinking soda. And I'm allergic to one of my favorites! Reed's Ginger Ale has pineapple in it! I was just about to make some homemade ginger ale, but the penguin would make everything soooo much easier! What a great giveaway!

Suze said...

How cute it that. I have not seen that in Australia. In summer I drink a lot of mineral and bubbly water.

If your generator picks my number please chose again as the postage would be enormous.

Tina Clonts said...

We have looked at these and would love to have one. Our favorites include Fizzy lemonade or fruit limeades. We typically use gingerale but I think this would be a much smarter choice to make our favorite drinks bubble!
Thank you,
tinaclonts@yahoo.com

Tara said...

Oh! My daughter would LOVE this - she is obsessed with Italian sodas and loves penguins!!

Our sparkly drink of choice here is the Italian soda, IF we have club soda. If not, we like Izze drinks and of course, the occasional Coca Cola.

Thanks for hosting such a fabulous giveaway!!

Kimmarie said...

Italian cream soda! Our local coffee shop got me hooked, then so as not to break the bank I googled the recipe; ) It would be wonderful to make the sparking water at home, thanks for this great giveaway!

Rebecca said...

This would be awesome! I rarely ever drink cokes, but my husband loves them and has had a really hard time cutting back, but started getting kidney stones from not drinking anything else. He's just not a fan of water. He'll drink tons of coffee but it's a diuretic, and tea which is heavy in oxalic acid. If I could get him on the sparkling water bandwagon, that would be a lifesaver!

Lisa Under the Redwoods said...

Our favorite carbonated drink is sparkling water. This would be great because it would mean no more bottles to lug home and then recycle/downcycle.

DK said...

We do buy soda here with a fair amount or regularity. Usually we get cans because of the recycling issues with plastic bottles.Recycling is also hard to come by here so the cans get crushed to conserve space until we will be doing things around the area of where the place is that we can recycle.

Maria said...

Where have I been? I have never heard of this before! I would love to try it, as the only soda I drink is seltzer with lemon or lime or cranberry! Thank you!

jessjgh1 said...

Oh, I'd love this as a gift entry!
I love our soda stream, but I do wish we had gotten one with glass and the bigger bottles- we go thru a lot- often one bottle a day. After seltzing it up we put some lemon or lime in it and skip the mixes. We drink it with a splash of juice in it and have pretty much given up soda- except when out (that's my guilty pleasure).
I actually like Dr Pepper, but my real favorite sparkly drink would be fruity with lots of lemon or lime-- like a lime rickey- mmmmmm.

I'll mention I was very disappointed in the sample syrups that came with our machine. All of them had splenda in it- the regular ones seemed to be a mix of the 'sugar' and the splenda to keep them low calorie. But I could taste the splenda- yuck. It wasn't very clear from the packaging that this was the case- so I felt a little disappointed. There was a lot of advertising that everything was 'all natural' but then I kept tasting the splenda. Some were a little too sweet for me anyways. I was very glad to hear about the natural line that just came out and figured that maybe I would try one of those if the store we exchange canisters at has them- but a squeeze of lime or lemon has worked well.

OTOH should we be worried about the CO2 used for making seltzer??

Laura L said...

I have a thing for CF Diet Coke. I have to have one a day...I don't think it keeps the doctor away though ;)

Leevelyn said...

I'm not a huge soda drinker but do love an icy cold Coke in the summer.

Carolina said...

I have a thing for Diet Coke (and YES, that mortifies me).

I also love a really spicy ginger ale, either alone or with bourbon. ;)

Anonymous said...

OOOHhhh. My chef/bartender husband would LOVE this, and so would I, since I love soda. I have to admit to being a diet coke/coke zero person . . . but I could really get into some homemade soda!

Erin

Carolina said...

HA! Laura L, just read your comment and think it's hilarious that we both described it as a 'thing' for Diet Coke. :D

Jamie said...

My kids and I don't drink soda but my husband does so this would be a very interesting product around the house. Personally, I used to enjoy some lemon or lime sparkly water when I was younger but I haven't had it in years.

Desiree said...

oooooh! I've had my eye on one of these! Awesome giveaway!

My favorite sparkling beverage right now are IZZEs. Yum! We get them as treats at the grocery store sometimes.

Would love to make my own!


-Desiree

Bullwinkle said...

Sparkling beverage? Me? Ick.

My sister, otoh, omg. Yes. I had no idea they made such a thing. The supplier list seems limited in her area (but I called them to be sure!) Excellent. If I don't win, there's her next present.

(I think she's off the citrus kick and moved onto gingery-stuff.)

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

these sodamakers really are a great way to save money and glass/plastic for frequent seltzer drinkers. my favorite thing to make is ginger ale with homemade ginger syrup and sparkling water.

Jenipurr said...

Oh, I would so love to win this! I love soda, but it's hard to find very many flavors made with real sugar (and not HFCS), so to be able to make it at home would be amazing.

My favorite flavors of fizzy drinks are grape and root beer.

Shannon said...

What a fabulous giveaway indeed! The main use of selter water around here? Sparkling apple oro grape juice and of course, OF COURSE, egg creams! We're nycity folk at heart, even out here in the sticks :)

Lizzie Bordello said...

Oh, man, you had me at root beer or cream soda! Lately, Virgil's Cream Soda has been all the rage at my house. Would love to try making our own. And it seems so very easy...

Brad K. said...

Please! I find carbonated water helps my digestion, and I found I don't need sweetening. The water is just fine, by itself, with a bit of bubbly.

This sounds like a great thing to have.

Victoria said...

I wonder if it can make tonic water?
If not, just plain "bubble water" as we call it in our house would be great to have on demand! Here's hoping...long time follower of your blog.
Victoria

dc said...

I've had my eye on one of these at our local kitchen store!

My favorite sparkling beverage is Prosecco! Favorite alcohol-free sparkling beverage is a Green River which I used to get at an old fashioned soda shop. If I win this we can make our own!!

TruthHole said...

sparkling apple cider is the best!

truthhole@gmail.com

April said...

I love orange Crush. It is so sweet and syrupy. I dont drink soda regularly but if I did it would be orange flavor or ginger ale.

ajc1696 said...

I love these things! I have had one in my wish list for ages! My favorite beverage is sparkling cider...we make the cider from our own apples and having this to add the "sparkle" would be perfect!

Amanda Colo said...

I have been wanting to buy one of these forever. I think this will be the only thing that will get my husband to stop bringing soda in to house!

I love sparking cranberry!

Laura said...

Wow! I had no idea there was a way to make your own pop at home. In Canada pop is made with sugar so the HFCS thing isn't an issue but I still try to limit the amount I drink. My favourite is ginger ale. This gadget seems like a ton of fun!

Toronto Girl said...

I've wanted one of these forever! Oh, I hope, hope, hope I win :)

Mrs Mallard said...

Does beer count as a sparkly beverage? :)

We would go bonkers for a Penguin! My husband weaned himself off soda and onto Talking Rain (hooray!) to get away from all the sugar and artificial ingredients. A SodaStream would mean no more hauling heavy plastic bottles of "Bubble Water" home from the grocery store (hooray! hooray!).

Stacey Ho said...

Thanks for this review... we have been so tempted to buy this but I wasn't sure how it really worked. To be honest I don't drink anything carbonated but my husband loves sparkling water mixed with things like pomegranate juice and he always buys the glass or plastic bottled waters so I would LOVE to ditch the extra recycling and just have the glass pitchers!!

Mary said...

Ooh, I've been coveting one of these for a couple of years now -- I love the idea of not throwing away plastic seltzer bottles! We've been mixing homemade elderberry syrup with seltzer recently, but any juice is better with a few bubbles!

Thanks for this chance!

Elizabeth said...

I love sparkling apple cider (a close second is sparkling grape juice). It would be great to turn regular ol' apple cider/juice into my favorite sparkler!

Bureinato said...

Oh cool!

Ginger ale ++

Lola said...

count me in! LOOOVEEE carbonated water!

dee dee said...

omg Crunchy, this is so perfect for my husband. he's a huge sparkly water drinker and it makes me crazy how many plastic bottles we go through every week!!! I was going to give him a SodaStream for his 60th birthday, but alas, just couldn't justify the price. Mostly he just drinks the fizzy water plain, but sometimes he'll pop in some berries, fresh when we can, frozen the rest of the year. please enter me in your give-away!!!

Condo Blues said...

Does local craft beer count as sparkly? It sure is bubbly...

I'm just going to say it but my favorite carbonated beverage (besides craft beer) is Dr. Pepper. I don't drink it often because of the ingredients, waste, and not so healthy aspects of drinking soda but if it's available when I'm out or at a family function I'll drink it. Soda Stream has a Dr. Pepper like drink that I've been looking at and dying to try.

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness - I looked at the number of comments already and almost didn't post. But, we love cream soda on special occassions and we can no find Jones Soda in our local grocery store.

Bitts said...

My fave sparkly beverage is lime seltzer. I have sweetened sparkly things, though.

Kelly said...

What a great giveaway! Coke in a glass bottle, definitely my favorite fizzy drink.

Anonymous said...

I haven't had any carbonated drink in over a year. It would be so nice to feel that burn again.

reprince said...

I'd love to be able to stop buying bottles and bottles of soda water...plain old water with a slice of lime.
R

dolls123 said...

My fav drink is Dr. Pepper
Michelle R

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Sue said...

I love the idea of this product. We do tend to buy mineral water to mix with lemonade or grape juice from the neighbor's vines. And I get Jones cane sugar sodas when we get the jones for a soda. I love the waste stream reduction inherent in this product!
sueami at aol (the verizon address is long dead, but I can't figure out how to change it on Google.)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Would love to try making Root Beer with this (my fave fizzy). Sign me up.

Anna Clark (and occasionally Casey Hook) said...

Oh please, let me win this! My husband refuses to drink tap water- he says it's mind meltingly boring- so we keep buying soda water for him. I hate spending money on a bubbly version of tap water, not to mention all the bottles, so I would be sooooo happy to win this.

My favorite is rootbeer.

Hippy Goodwife said...

How cool! We are big time rootbeer float lovers around here!

Bham Meg said...

Ah, my all-time favorite is San Pellegrino Limonata. It saved me during the early weeks of pregnancy. LOL! I don't drink many carbonated beverages, and I have to admit that if I win this, I will give it to my mom, who is awesome. She now has two little granddaughters, and I can see this being a hit at Grandma's house.

Pick me, O random number generator! Pick meeee! :)

Meg

Deborah said...

My favorite is Mtn. Dew, but I've mostly cut it out of my life. The flavoring in it is orange juice...

Anonymous said...

So cool! We love penguins in our house and even more when they double as gadgets! I love the fact that the carafes aren't plastic. Throw my name into the hat, please! Oh, and favorite sparkling beverage - lemonade.
-Melanie in AZ

Mel said...

Please enter me in the contest for the soda maker!!! I love Hot Lips Pizza Raspberry Soda.....it is SOOOOO good.
~mel

JMH said...

Gin! Wait, no...Tonic!

Abi said...

We love sparkling waters here and I have been eyeing the soda stream for a while now but can't justify buying it for myself.

havenera at gmail dot com

Carrie @ Rhubarbsky said...

tonic!!!
I've wanted one of these forever!
rhubarbsky at gmail

Leanne said...

So glad to read your review since I've been curious about this gadget ever since I saw it a year or so ago.

I'm not a soda person, but sometimes I like a little something different to make the water less... boring. So we tend to mix in a splash of fruit juice, or mint leaves, or whatever--but you know we've gone all schmancy when we crack open a can of fizzy water to doll up the juice/water concoctions. A SodaStream sounds like a great solution to my problem with either not enough cans of seltzer around, or bottles that go flat before we use 'em up!

MichL said...

I drink WAY too much Dr. Pepper.

heathermhs said...

Me, too! I've been eyeing these forever but they're so expensive! It would definitely help me kick the diet coke habit...

Robj98168 said...

I have been using my soda stream for about a year now... Love it- No plastic bottles for recycling (or glass either)

If I win I will give as a christmas present!

Lisa T. said...

I would love to win! My gadget-minded 9 year old would be crazy about this. My 6 year old loves to help in the kitchen so it would be fun for him too.

Spiffypaws said...

My absolute favorite carbonated beverage is homemade rootbeer. You must try it with some really good vanilla.

My low sugar fav is fresh lime juice and cranberry juice.

dmarie said...

actually, when I started reading your post, I immediately thought about how much my daughter, whose family is growing, could use one of these. Thx for the chance at a SodaStream Penguin!

brendad87 said...

oooh, I LOVE Izze grapefruit and a diet coke zero now an then....

MajaBee said...

I LOVE that penguin! Thanks for sharing. (Dear random generator, I think you're very sweet...)

My favorite main stream soda is the Pepsi Throwback with real sugar.

When I try to be good and stay natural I buy lemon lime soda and add organic lemon juice and agave for sweetener. It obviously doesn't give me the caffeine kick, but the healthier flavor and carbonation I want.

Sonya said...

I think my favourite soda lately is a raspberry soda that I got before we moved away from our little hippie town in Western NC. I don't remember the brand but it was from Earthfare. It might have been Izze, but I don't think so. The new Sierra Mist naturals are probably full of unsavoury chemicals, but it is nice to have another option without HFCS.

Tigerlily said...

I have been totally wanting one of these for a long time. I love soda (sparkling) water, and I hate buying it b/c its just water with carbonation. Would love to be able to make it at home!

Nikki said...

I don't drink soda anymore because of the junk that is in it, but I did consume massive quantities of Josta in high school...

cdevin73 said...

I have had the Penguin on my want list for a long time - ever since Beth on Fake Plastic Fish reviewed it. I haven't been buying seltzer because of the plastic bottles but I would love to be able to add bubbly water to my juice. Thanks!!

Christina said...

I'm not a big pop drinker, but I guess I'd have to say my favorite is root beer. My husband, on the other hand, loves all manner of fizzy drinks.

Mackenzie said...

Gin and tonics or just fizzy water in general. I'm saving up for the penguin cuz I would love to stop the plastic madness with my addiction to the "Trader Joe's" waters army husband calls them.

andrea said...

Cute noises - that's one way to describe it! :)

As for my fizzy drink of choice, it would be Prosecco! Do you think they'll be introducing that flavor any time soon?

Anonymous said...

I've really been wanting one of these. This is a great give away!

Becca

Anonymous said...

Oops--forgot the part about adding our favorite sparkly beverage. I love the Italian sodas that we can get at our local indie movie theater. Worth every penny of the $3.50 they charge.

Becca

Sisley said...

I really like Izze, any flavor will do. Between the Penguin and my juicer I think I could come up with some pretty great concoctions.

Tadj said...
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Tadj said...

I would be pretty excited to add this to my crew of kitchen gadgets. I love sparkling water but I never buy it because of the expense and waste. I would be content without much flavor, just some nice fizz please!

novemberjuliet said...

mmm now I really want a cream soda. I might need a treat tomorrow!

PhDork said...

Very cool product. I'm trying to wean myself off my favorite (it rhymes with "Riot Smoke"), by using seltzer with fruit juice. Pomegranate is very tasty.

Jonalynn said...

I used to love cherry soda that my grandparent's got in cute little glass bottles. I've never seen them anywhere else,but they always had a stash in the garage fridge just for us kids! I could make my own cherry soda with one of these!!

zip said...

We bought a similar product from SodaStream some time ago to replace all the bottles of carbonated water my husband was going through. The kids use it with orange syrup.

Anonymous said...

What a neat thing. I love Dr. Pepper, but don't drink it very often any more. Thanks,
masonjunk6772@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to have this! My favorite is Dr. Pepper, but I hardly ever drink it any more.
masonjunk6772@yahoo.com

Q said...

We have been looking at these for months. I want one so very badly.

That said. Sparkling water with a huge dash of bitters over ice is the best drink known to man.

Love
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Jane said...

I'm a big fan of sparkling water and port. Weird combo but tasty.

CalCandide said...

I love sparkling water or club soda mixed with a bit of juice.

Thanks for letting me know about this product! I'm getting really tired of constantly buying sparkling water at the store.

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

I love diet sodas mainly Diet Coke and I love grapefruit soda as well.

Anonymous said...

We love fizzy water in (especially in the summer), either plain, with a bit of lemon or lime in it, or mixed 2/3 with 1/3 juice. I've been eyeballing one of these for a long time, so I hope we get chosen (otherwise, I guess I'll add it to the list for grandparents...)

Jen M

Heather said...

Heather here! I like any bubbly fruity or spicy tasting drinks. If I had to pick a favorite...hmmm...maybe grapefruit.
hcrummer@hotmail.com

Mary H said...

I'd really love to have one these. My favorite bubbly is San Pelligrino and I've developed a bit of a jones for it. I drank quite a lot during this past never-ending summer we had here in the South and as the glass bottles started overflowing in the recycle bin I began thinking about getting my own soda maker.

Q said...

My husband and I have been looking at these for about a year, but can't justify the cost... We don't drink much soda but my fave is Dr.Pepper and Ginger Ale. But only the good Ginger Ale that burns your throat.... Mmmmm.....
Thanks for this opportunity!!!

Jill said...

Ummmmm, this is an awesome giveaway! I remember having a SodaStream when I was a kid (25+ years ago) that my parents got from the Schwans' man of all people! Anyway, my husband has been whining about getting one of these for years! He'd be so thrilled if I surprised him with this!

Rechelle said...

Give me the penguin now.

Maria Elena said...

I love Italian cream sodas...sparkling water, syrup, ice and half n half! so excited about this one!

ColleenJ said...

Oh what the heck, I will admit my favorite sparkly beverage is Fresca - - which I don't let myself indulge in but for every few years because of the aspartame. Next to Fresca I'm a Dr. Pepper fan, but again rarely drink it. I have enjoyed the "dry soda" rhubarb and lemongrass, but only a couple of times.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

sparkling grape juice is def. a favorite. I just love it.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

cpcable said...

Holy cow, this is awesome! I've been coveting one of these for the longest time. My husband drinks lime Mendota Springs like it's goin' out of style and I would love the chance to switch us over to a homemade option. When I was a kid, we had a Soda Stream machine and got our canisters and syrups from the Schwann's man. Many, many happy childhood memories.

simply_complicated said...

this sounds fab! we use bottled carbonated water or club soda to make our beverages at home... my favorite is blackberry concentrate mixed with lemon juice and club soda. very refreshing!

Sarah C said...

I've very interested! I've seen them at work and have always coveted one.

We love sparkling grapefruit in this house.

Ang said...

I've never heard of this product, but it would be cool to use!

Lane' Richards said...

Oh how this product would be awesome to have in our home! We try to not drink soda, but it's my boyfriend's weak spot. We love Hansen's cherry vanilla soda - of course made with organic cane sugar so we feel a little less guilty.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara said...

I would love to have a Penguin. I drink seltzer water all the time. It satisfies my craving for carbonation with not calories. My children will use the seltzer mixed with cranberry juice to make their own soda. Just the other day my husband asked how we could reduce the number of seltzer cans that come through the house. I turn them in for the deposit but they accumulate quicker that I can return them. This little machine would be the answer to the question.

Peace!

Barbara said...

I would love to have a Penguin. I drink seltzer water all the time. It satisfies my craving for carbonation with not calories. My children will use the seltzer mixed with cranberry juice to make their own soda. Just the other day my husband asked how we could reduce the number of seltzer cans that come through the house. I turn them in for the deposit but they accumulate quicker that I can return them. This little machine would be the answer to the question.

Peace!

Judith said...

I'd love one of these. Actually, my favorite sparkling beverage is champagne, but my husband doesn't drink alcohol and likes sweet sodas. I'd like to help him by winning something that makes it easy for him to drink his fizzy stuff without getting the HFCS.

Leah said...

Um, White Wine Spritzers...please don't judge...it's hot here in AZ and we need to stay hydrated while we enjoy a little wine on the patio! I've always wanted one of these...

Cindy said...

My family goes through so much sparkling water! I have been looking at getting a soda machine but wasn't sure if any were worth the cost. it is nice to hear from someone else that they use theirs all of the time and like it. i love just plain sparkling water as i can drink way more than my eight glasses a day if it is sparkling :) My kids also love the Izze drinks. Would love to start making our own at home.

Nic, SD said...

I have been lusting after one of these since I read about it at the fake plastic fish...
My favorite (and not even remotely heatlhy) sparkly beverage is cherry coke... the kind made with grenadine.
Anyway, how awesome to be able to give one of these away!

Katie said...

That is so cool!! My kids would think they'd died and gone to heaven yet I would know better...

Kendra said...

What a cool thing! I'd love one of these as we go through several liters of seltzer a weeK, and all that plastic drives me insame! But at least it's better for us than soda. Very cool blog by the way!

Kay's Spot said...

I have such fond memories of homemade pop as a teenager on my neighbor's farm. I tried it with my kids last week, using bottled sparkling water. They really enjoyed it, and I decided to try it more often for them. I'd LOVE this little guy - he is cute and right up our ally for healthier versions of treats in our house.

Londa said...

The sparkling beverage that tops my list right now is root beer. I have been trying several different ways to make this at home using yeasts. I have not been totally pleased with the results yet but came close this week with a different type of champagne yeast and the additional of a vanilla bean to the brew. I still can't get it sparkly enough. Almost flat root beer isn't really root beer. I would love to use something like this rather than milk jugs and yeast:)

Jusbeth said...

This would be so wonderful to win. My daughter tells me how unhealthy soda is, and I have been wanting to stop drinking soda. This would give me a great reason to change my ways! No excuses.

Lesli said...

My favorite healthy sparkling drink is kombucha, which I make at home. Of course champagne comes to mind as a favorite sparkling drink, too, but doesn't warrant the healthy label. ;)

I'd love to win one of these, I bet my family would love it, as well.

:o) said...

Oh, this is such a fab giveaway…my kids would go nuts!!! Anyway, my favorite sparkly drink is Blue Sky cola and vodka.

Sarah said...

It would be nice to have something to give my little one when Daddy is drinking "black water" and a better alternative for him as well!

Sara M said...

I have been coveting a SodaStream for quite a while now!! I love soda, especially fruit flavored ones like lemon lime or grapefruit. I'm happy to read that your family has enjoyed it so much!

Dana said...

My absolute favorite sparkly drink is a blackberry italian soda with extra syrup. It's just soda water with blackberry torani syrup. SO GOOD!

Veronica said...

I didn't even know such a thing existed, but that's so cool! I really love Diet Dr. Pepper as far as store bought, but I also really like to mix lime carbonated water with sour cherry syrup!

Haven said...

I love the blood orange soda from world market. Mmmmm.

Jimmy Erickson said...

Mt. Dew is probably my favorite carbonated drink, but lately I've been cutting back and drinking just carbonated water, so something like this would be perfect, and probably save me some money.

Laura said...

Oh. Oh. Oh.
Lemon bubble water is out of this world.
Laura

Sarah said...

I have a obsession with Root Beer.

Jenifer said...

I have a secret addiction to Diet Coke, I keep trying to kick the habit especially as my little one is now three and soon will be asking for it too but it's my guilty habit!

colenic said...

This is on my Christmas list for this year.....I would love to win them...

mimi said...

Please pick me...I want this for my mom...she loves soda water....my favorite would be the apple mango....please pick me for my mom...you'd save the earth too, because she buys so many plastic bottles of soda water.

hoorayparade said...

I am totally down for winning this. My favorite sparkling beverage is a glass with half carbonated water half juice. Yum!

Amy Ashton-Keller said...

My favorite is fizzy lemonade because I really don't want to have any tooth enamel left by the time I die.

Love your website, it is a breath of fresh air.

Summer said...

My favorites are blood orange italian sparkling soda, and ginger ale. I also do enjoy regular Coke. I would love to have a Penguin. Since our town stopped recycling glass I feel bad everytime we polish off an italian soda bottle.
Since I can sign up for the drawing, I'll sign up for the freeze challenge like you asked instead of just playing along. There shouldn't be more comments on the giveaway than the challenge...

Mitty said...

I add soda water to my home-canned grape juice for a yummy sparkling drink. This SodaStream would also be awesome for mixing up a cola drink for queasy tummies during the flu season. My husband drinks a lot of cola when he is sick--all of it in plastic bottles.

~ RuRu ~ said...

Oooh! I've been wanting one of these for myself since I heard about them last Xmas. My favorite sparkly bev is currently Hansen's sparkling juice. I also really, really love Gosling Ginger Beer, but does my favorite "mixer" qualify?

Thanks for the opportunity. Your blog rocks!
Cheers,
Shannon

Kathy M said...

Looks like a great alternative to the commercial sodas we've given up! Fun giveaway.

Ronda said...

I love diet coke. Thanks for a great giveaway.

rrudnick@netnet.net

CodyGirlScout said...

We love root beer, but I rarely buy it because it has junk and the bottles make me crazy. But there really is something about a root beer float that makes everyone smile!

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