It was a dreary night with a slight drizzle. I walked to my Campus convenience store; about a minute walk from my apartment, to get a snack and maybe a drink. I perused the small selection of chips, cookies, and other treats until I settled on popcorn. Then I went to look in the vending machine to see which beverage I would wash it all down with. I went through the classic options: Dr. Pepper, orange soda, Arnold Palmer, etc. Then it hit me like the angry fist of justice: the magnetic glow of Fanta’s new berry soda flavor.
My initial reaction was that of great surprise. I never thought I’d ever see such a flavor for soda. This sense of surprise quickly transitioned into one of excitement. I knew what I had to do. I went up to the register and swiped my card as hard and with as much glory as I have ever felt. I got home and immediately twisted the bottle cap open.
The soda is a shade of blue unfit for the human body. It radiates a light blue that would make you nostalgic for your high school chemistry class. It’s clear enough to make out objects on the other side of the liquid, but dark enough to appreciate the second secret ingredient, Blue 1 (the first is love). (After further testing, I discovered that Windex and Berry Fanta are the same color so be wary).
There was a sense of euphoria as I drank the liquid disco light. My mouth has never felt the sensation of such a strange drink touching my tongue. The fizz to soda ratio was slightly unnerving but in a good way. Usually I have trouble drinking a lot of soda at one time, as the carbonation is usually coarse on my throat. However, the fine innovators at the Coca-Cola Company managed to make the amount of carbonation lower, making a more balanced fizz to soda ratio. As I mentioned earlier, this was an odd sensation for my tongue as it causes the soda to take on a strange texture akin to the feeling you get when your arm falls asleep.
Another fantastic part of this drink is not the drink itself, but the bottle. If computer generated images of berries didn’t give off a sense of fun, then they have you covered with a flower stemming out of the “F” in Fanta – true craftsmanship. And thank heavens for Fanta’s inclusion of definitive fine print clarification that this is a berry-flavored soda.
The drink is caffeine free and low on sodium, clearly a beverage for one on a diet. However, the bottle clearly notes that it is not a significant source for your fat calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, or iron. However, I should note that this drink has 270 calories per serving, a notable 30 less than grape soda (one of my favorites). So if you’re looking to cut down your calorie count, this could be a great way to squeeze some out
Overall, I’d give this fine chemistry experiment a 9.3/10 best new beverage. It’s nice to see a large corporation like this continue to push its boundaries and hopefully this level of innovation will push its competitors too.
**Photos by Jackie Squire