Posts Tagged ‘Hotlips’

Product Information:

Raspberry Soda has a bright, clear flavor, shouting in all glory of peak Oregon summer. A favorite with kids, it is rich and light at the same time—the radiance of the color matched by the explosion of flavor.

The raspberries for our soda are grown in Western Oregon, picked at peak freshness, and minimally handled before getting into the bottles.

Mixes beautifully with ice cream, chocolate, other juices, tea and vodka. Very nice served with lemon or sweet lime garnish.

Learn more about HOTLIPS Soda on their website.

What I Think:

Generally speaking, I’m not particularly fond of soda.  In fact, if it were not for the fact that my husband enjoys drinking it on a regular basis, it wouldn’t even be stocked in my house.  I am a tea drinker, and for the most part, I drink tea or tisanes all day, every day.  (And while the description above does mention that it “mixes beautifully with … tea …” for the purposes of this review, I chose to drink it straight)

I do, however, on occasion find a soda that I enjoy.  This Raspberry Soda from HOTLIPS is one such example.  I was first introduced to HOTLIPS soda from a store called “Made in Oregon” which is located in the Clackamas Mall (there are other locations as well).  A few years ago while shopping at the Clackamas Mall with my family, we stopped in the Made In Oregon store to browse around, and ended up purchasing a bottle of HOTLIPS pear flavored soda, and I was very impressed with the flavor of the beverage.

This is, however, my first time tasting their raspberry soda.  It is a beautiful color – it’s a deep rose hue and looks very much like a glass of pureed raspberries when you pour it.

And it TASTES like pureed raspberries that have been carbonated with soda water and lightly sweetened. All that’s missing is the seeds, and to be honest, I’m not missing those at all.  The flavor is crisp and sweet, but it’s a fruit sweetness rather than a soda sweetness.  It doesn’t taste sugary or overly sweetened, it tastes to me as though the sweetness of this soda was derived from the natural sweetness of the berry.

My Final Thoughts:

This is exceptionally good.  It is so good, in fact, that it has sparked my interest to try some of the other flavors, including trying the pear soda once again!  And best of all, I don’t have that icky, sticky, teeth-rotting caramel-y feeling in my mouth after finishing the bottle.  This is the way soda SHOULD be!

I received my shipping notification yesterday afternoon, so imagine my surprise when the shipping notification indicated that the package was actually out for delivery!  Yay!  I ended up getting this package much earlier than I expected because I hadn’t gotten my notification … it might be nice if Foodzie delayed the notifications like this in the future, that way I’m not constantly and impatiently checking the tracking to see when it will arrive!

The three box themes that we could select from this month were:  Portland Box, Spring Brunch Box, and Some Like it Hot Box.  I was really tempted by the Some Like it Hot Box (I LOVE spicy food!), and I would have selected it if not for the Portland Box.  I mean, come on!  I’m Hungry in Portland!  You know I’ve got to choose the box that represents my beloved city!

OK, yeah, so I actually live in Vancouver, but Portland is right over there.  Like, a five minute drive.  And usually when I go out to eat, it’s in Portland, and really, I doubt Foodzie will ever have a Vancouver, Washington box … because typically when someone mentions “Vancouver” … people think Canada, not Washington state.

So let’s talk a bit about the Portland Box.  Here’s what Emily and Rob at Foodzie had to say about their inspiration behind the box:

People often make the joke that Portland is the place where young people go to retire.  But if retirement tastes like this, we’re all for it.  For a mid-sized city, Portland’s food scene is packed with food trucks, farm-to-table cuisine, and talented artisan foodmakers.  We rounded up some of our favorites that show off the Pacific Northwest’s finest flavors.  Get ready to taste locally grown hazelnuts, roasted with just a touch of salt.  You’ll also taste the sweet, earthy flavor of the native marionberry, the “cabernet of blackberries,” packed inside tender pâte de fruit.  And you’re in for a treat with Good Food Award-winning, local charcuterie.  No travel required for this tasting trip to Portlandia, dig in and enjoy.  ~Rob & Emily

And you know what?  Surprisingly enough, even though I live there (or very close to “there”), these are all foods I’ve not yet tried!  Inside this month’s box, I received a bottle of Raspberry Soda from Hotlips Soda, a package of Roasted Hazelnuts from Freddy Guys, a Chocolate Coconut Cookie from Sunna’s Cookies, Cacciatore salami from Olympic Provisions, and Marionberry Pâte de Fruit from Willamette Valley Confectionery that’s been packaged in a cute produce basket.

I am really excited to start tasting from this box!  YUM!