The Good: Wonderful flavor, Not as unhealthy as most sodas.
The Bad: Expensive, Slightly less carbonated than most sodas
The Basics: Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is richly flavored, sweet, and well worth trying, even if it fizzes out quickly!
I have been living in Michigan for over four years now and it surprises me how little of the "native cuisine" I have actually tried and reviewed. Northern Michigan is filled with open land, farms, fruit, cheeses and all sorts of delightful foods. Recently, I went out for the day and decided to try something new. The something new and today that took the form of trying Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda. I am a huge fan of cream soda and I have come to love flavored cream sodas. Finding a balance between the vanilla flavor - which is definitive for cream soda - and fruit flavors can be a real tough thing. Michigan gets it absolutely right, though, with the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda!
In fact, what surprised me more than the $2.00/bottle price tag or the perfect flavor balance of the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is that it is less carbonated than most soda pops. Pouring the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda into a glass left it flat in under three minutes, which was surprising. While the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is a satisfying beverage, it is not much of a soda.
Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is a premium soda pop from Northwoods Soda & Syrup Co. and we found ours at a little plant shop that also sells Michigan manufactured products in northern Michigan. Each 11.5 oz. glass bottle houses the dark red liquid that is almost purple in color. The bottles look good, so while Northwoods might be a smaller bottler, it is thoroughly professional in its appearance.
The 11.5 oz. bottle is a single serving of Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda and it is very easy to drink it down in a single sitting.
Ease Of Preparation
Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is a liquid in a clear 11.5 oz. bottle. Preparation is as easy as opening the bottle by popping the bottle cap off and drinking the liquid inside. I recommend refrigerating the bottle first as its full flavor potential is reached by having it cool.
Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda smells delightfully like cream soda. The aroma from the Black Cherry Cream Soda is dominated by the vanilla scent that effervesces from virtually every cream soda. What is surprising is that the fruit scent from the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda only comes out after the soda has breathed for a few minutes and there is virtually no carbonation in the beverage.
On the flavor front, the fruit flavor of the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda immediately dominates the palate. The sweet, black cherry flavor is distinctive and true - without any hint of sourness that comes from real cherries. Instead, the black cherry flavor is sweet and rich and the Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda finishes with a complimentary dry vanilla flavor that one expects from a cream soda. The flavors of the vanilla and cherry blend nicely in the mouth.
The Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda leaves a sweet aftertaste in the mouth, unlike most cream sodas, which have a dry lingering flavor.
As a soda, one might expect this to have many unpronounceable ingredients. However, Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is made primarily of carbonated water, pure granulated sugar, and natural and artificial flavors. There are no unpronounceable ingredients in this and Northwoods seems committed to providing a beverage made from good ingredients.
Nutritionally, Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is not enough to live off of, but it is good. Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda has a whopping 33 grams of carbs. With 125 calories per serving, there is no fat, nor protein, and only 19 mg of Sodium per bottle. Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda has no other nutrients.
Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda comes in a glass bottle and there is no clear expiration date on the bottle. There is a batch code and I was pleasantly surprised that our bottle was exceptionally fresh.
This drink is a translucent red/purple color, so if it gets on light fabrics it will certainly stain them. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect even light clothes will be able to wash the soda right out. As well, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.
Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda is flavorful and delightful, even if it does not sparkle on the tongue unless one is drinking it straight out of the bottle and drinking it fast! But for those looking for the right balance between the promised fruit flavor and the strong vanilla flavor one expects from a cream soda, Northwoods Black Cherry Cream Soda might well be the best coming out of Michigan!
For other soda pops, please check out my reviews of:
Maine Root Ginger Brew
Sodastream Pina Colada
For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for a complete listing of all the foods I have reviewed!
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