DIY Homemade SodaStream SodaMix Fruit Punch Syrup Flavor – 17¢ per Liter
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SodaStream is a kitchen appliance that charges water with CO2 to make it soda water and features many yummy mix-in flavors such as cola (Coca-Cola), diet cola (diet Coke) and Fountain Mist (Mt. Dew). SodaStream has a cola that features cane sugar, so it’s better for you with no artificial sweeteners. Read more about artificial sweeteners after my recipe. Optionally, you can use real cane sugar in your DIY Homemade Soda Stream syrup. I’ll go over the cost breakdown so you can compare the two.
Buying SodaStream Sodamix: I compared the cost savings in my SodaStream review last year. You can spend as low as $0.33 per liter on Sodamix when you use coupons as I recommend. At regular price ($4.99 – $6.99 per bottle), each bottle of Sodamix makes approximately 12 liters of soda for 42 – 58 cents per liter.
DIY Homemade Sodamix Cost Breakdown:
Sugar: A 5 lb bag of Great Value sugar at Walmart is $2.68. There are 32 teaspoons in one pound, or 160 teaspoons in 5 lbs. There are 2 1/4 cups in one pound of sugar. In five pounds of sugar there are 11 1/4 cups (or 22 1/2 half cups). Therefore, a half cup of this sugar costs approximately 12¢.
or Sweetener: I bought a 9.7 oz bag of Stevia sweetener at Aldi’s for $2.69. Since Stevia is lighter than sugar (but measures the same cup-for-cup), it doesn’t equate quite the same. The bag says it contains 550 teaspoons, and there are 24 teaspoons in a half cup. That means there are almost 23 half cups in this bag of sweetener, which makes each half cup cost approximately 12¢. They also sell it in liquid form which would be much easier to add to this Sodamix flavoring than powder and is concentrated so you use much less.
Fruit Punch: you can use Kool-Aid brand, or a store brand. I got mine 10 for $1 and used half a pack per liter of soda. Therefore, my investment in fruit punch flavor was 5¢ per liter.
Total = figuring that sugar and sweetener cost about the same at 12¢ per half cup, and the fruit punch flavor added 5¢ per half pack, I spent approximately 17¢ to make this liter of fruit punch soda.
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More about artificial sweeteners
Most of the SodaMix diet options contain aspartame, known as NutraSweet, which some say causes lots of problems. Some evidence suggests it actually promotes weight gain, and is linked to a higher risk of diabetes, headaches, vision problems, high blood pressure and heart disease. [source Mercola] Aspartame advocates argue that it’s perfectly safe and is the most thoroughly studied food ingredients ever, with more than 200 scientific studies supporting its safety. In addition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization, the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union (SCF), and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have reviewed aspartame and found it to be safe for use. [source: Aspartame.org]
Aspartame is certainly not the only artificial sweetener on the market. Saccharine was previously accused of causing cancer, although since then they’ve decided it doesn’t. Additionally, it’s known for having an aftertaste, especially in high concentrations. [source: Wikipedia]
Whatever you believe about artificial sweeteners, there are natural sugar substitutes. My favorite is Stevia. I use it in place of sugar since it’s no calorie and tastes really good. Stevia is natural, it’s made from the Stevia plant. Stevia is also low in carbohydrates and is a good alternative for diabetics. Stevia has been approved by the FDA as a food additive but not as a food ingredient.