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.

Nov 272019

HR Popping Snacks Root Beer Float Popcorn Another find at the Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. HR Poppin’ Snacks is a family owned and operated business from Nebraska, which makes sense cause they’re Cornhuskers down there. All they make is flavored pop corns which is distributed throughout a several state radius. They make both a root beer and a root beer float pop corn, which makes sense as their root beer float has a mix of root beer and vanilla kernels so why wouldn’t they sell a root beer, vanilla, and root beer float. Nevertheless, despite being Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, it only had the root beer float variety leaving me to mourn as I type this, realizing there was something else I could have purchased. I’ve only had one other root beer float pop corn before, yet it was very good so the bar is set high.

The root beer flavor is subtle and spicy with a noticible wintergreen flavor. The vanilla flavor is very sweet but not a lot of vanilla. Together it sort of resembles a root beer float, but not really. It’s sweet and salty crunchy, but lacking in its root beer and floatiness.

Yeah, this rather falls flat. It’s not particularly bad, but not really good. I’d pass on this and get the Sprecher one any day if the choice were available, and if not, I’d just pass on this all together. Their other flavors are probably better, but don’t waste your time on this stuff.

Sep 182019

Man Cave Root Beer Brats

Back on the Fourth of July, when I was visiting my parents, we had a big hot dog roast for lunch around the fire pit. My mom had seen these root beer brats and got a package cause she knows me well. Man Cave Craft Meats are ironically from Minnesota, even though I got them in Washington. Their founder is on a mission to bring obsessively crafted meat products to markets. As they are premium products, they do cost more. I was excited and roasted my brat to perfection then topped with some onions mustard and horseradish.

It’s a really good juicy brat. The root beer flavor, however, is very subtle, and when combined with sauerkraut and mustard, you can’t tell it’s there at all.

This is a really good brat, but the root beer flavor is rather lacking. I think you’d be better off getting a plain juicy brat with some root beer mustard if you want that root beer brat effect.