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...ramblings of the imperfectly innocent
Still more syrup reviews 
24th-Aug-2006 03:10 am
The next batch:
DaVinci Peppermint Paddy
1/5. Tastes more like chocolate chip mint ice cream than any form of peppermint patty I'm familiar with. Has a bad smell, too, but tastes sorta OK.
Torani Vanilla Bean
4/5. Pretty good. Tastes like vanilla flavoring (a combination of natural and artificial vanilla).
DaVinci Dulce de Leche
3/5. The flavor is good, but very weak. Tastes authentically of caramel, vanilla, and milk, but only faintly.
DaVinci Coconut
5/5. Oooh, I knew that coconut flavor should be pretty easy to replicate, and I was not disappointed. A slight bitter aftertaste, but otherwise excellent.
DaVinci Watermelon
2/5. Tastes like watermelon candy. Meh. (Of course, if you *want* to drink something that tastes like watermelon candy, then this would be very good.)
Torani Black Cherry
4/5. Very tasty, mostly realistic flavor, but with a hint of "cough syrup" in there somewhere. Also a little sweeter than, and not as tart as I'd like.
Torani Orange
5/5. Yummy. Sweet, orangey, and tart, and... yum. The orange is a little over-the-top, and more orange soda than orange juice, but still very, very good.
Stasero Strawberry
0/5. Undrinkable. What were they thinking? I can't get more specific than that tonight...

Though the vanilla was good, I may try a mix of sugar-free Simple Syrup and vanilla extract to see if that would be better than a bottled vanilla flavor. Another experiment will be combining the coconut syrup with pineapple syrup and some real rum to make a very low-cal pina colada.
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25th-Aug-2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Yep, sugar free, one and all. I just run down to the store and pick up whatever I fancy.
24th-Aug-2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
There is sugar-free pina colada mix out in the world that's gotten decent reviews (I haven't tried it, though). The brand is Spice Exchange and I suspect you can find it at Cost Plus, or else online.
25th-Aug-2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Oooh, I'll have to look for that. I live literaly right across the stree from a Cost Plus, too...
24th-Aug-2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
my friend jodi showed me her carbonated water making thingie the other day

i told her the story of your syrup adventures and wondered if you buy bubbly water or make it yourself?
25th-Aug-2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I buy it at the supermarket; it'd be cool to get a seltzer maker, but I kind of want an on-demand one, rather than one that produces it a bottle at a time. Those are much harder to come by, of course.

What kind does Jodi have?
25th-Aug-2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
her's was all nifty

she filled a bottle with tap water, screwed it onto the thingie, pressed the button 3 times

presto - bubbly water

i'm not sure how more "on demand" that could be - tho, it *is* also a bottle at a time

hrm, mebbe you are intending to need many bottles at once?
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