Feb 172021

Sonic Root Beer Float Instant Pudding

I was browsing through Amazon trying to find some root beer stuff to write about and I noticed this. Root beer float pudding? That’s a new one but at the same time, it makes perfect sense. A rich vanilla pudding with root beer flavor could make a great root beer float. This is made by Sonic, a drive-in chain that sadly doesn’t feature their own brand of gourmet root beer in frosty mugs, despite their roots (pun intended) as a root beer stand. Honestly the more I think about it the more I’m just utterly disappointed in them as a company. Abandoning their past root beer glories. Oh well, as penitence they’ve made me a pudding to write about so I suppose I shall begrudgingly give them a pass, for now. Honestly, I’ve never eaten at Sonic, largely because of their utter lack of original root beer. Anyways, how is this pudding of theirs?

There’s a nice creamy vanilla flavor with a mild generic root beer taste. The Aftertaste is mostly vanilla with a little root beer. Overall it pulls off root beer float pretty good, but still has a rather cheapish instant pudding underlying flavor and texture though.

I like it. I must say I’m not a pudding snob in any way, but I find this just yummy as any instant pudding. I really think they nailed the root beer float flavor, which as I’ve seen before, isn’t a given. That said, not all people want a root beer float pudding, and half my family didn’t like it, but if you do want a root beer float pudding, this should satisfy your desire, especially if you only have 10 minutes to make said pudding.

Jan 202021

Milk Magic Root Beer Float Straws

A while back I was going through the grocery store and saw these. I think it was a HyVee, but it’s been awhile, I must confess. Anyhow, Magic Straws have been around for over a decade and are supposedly a great way to get kids to drink their milk. They’re extra thick and crimped at the ends with flavor crystals/balls filling them up. So the idea is you stick the straw in the glass of milk, take a sip, and the milk gets flavored as it travels through the flavored … filter? Interesting concept. It says on the package that it’s made in Hungary, which isn’t where I think of when I think of quality root beer float flavored things, but hey, maybe I’ve been missing the robust Hungarian root beer scene. There were four straws in the pack so I let the whole family share in the experience.

The flavor is weak on the first drink. It’s sorta like root beer, but very diluted. If you do small sips, and like I mean, really small sips. It gets sweet and tastes like watered (milked?) down root beer float. The whole process is difficult and unsatisfying.

Okay, why? Why is this a thing? If you want anything out of this at all, you really need to slowly sip. Even still, it’s hard to get a very good root beer float flavor out of it. This whole process seems so unnecessary. Why not just have single serve tubes that you add to 8 ounces of milk and use the straw to stir it up? That would simplify the process and could potentially give a nice root beer float milk. This whole product is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist, and doing so in the least practical way possible. To their credit, my kids did think it was rather neat, but I bet they would have thought it neater if you just dumped it all in, got a better tasting product, and then drank it through the straw, but what do I know?

Dec 162020

Fresh Thyme Root Beer Drops
Last Christmas my son gave me some different root beer candies that I hadn’t ever had. He found them at Fresh Thyme, a sort of organic “farmer’s market” that sells the sorts of things you’d expect from that type of place. In their candy section they have several types of old fashion candies including these root beer drops. As far as I can tell, they are actually made for Fresh Thyme, so that’s what I’m saying the brand is. They are only my second root beer drops ever, so I wonder just how different they are from the first.

The nice sugar dusting flavor gives way to a rather generic, minty root beer flavor. The more you suck on it, the stronger the wintergreen flavor grows, to almost overpower the root beer. It’s not bad though, just not as good as it could be.

They’re slightly different, I would say, not as good. But it’s really hard to have a standout or an utter failure amongst root beer hard candies. That said, I probably would never buy them again, but at the same time if someone gave me some, I wouldn’t be upset.