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Hard to swallow

I loved grape soda as a child, and more than once have lamented the lack of diet options.

How about a liquored up one?

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Henry’s Hard Grape is all grown up — 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, as you can see — with cool retro branding.

I appreciate both.

I was curious enough to buy a six-pack, and it’s pretty tasty. But my diet soda sensibilities are offended by the cane sugar.  To this day, it’s hard for me to drink anything with calories.

Those six hard sodas are gonna last me a good long time.

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Carbonated cake?

I’m not much of a cake eater, but this ‘recipe’ has put me in the baking mood.

I found it on the Interwebs. Rumor has it if you have a favorite boxed cake mix on hand, all you need is a can of soda — instead of the usual eggs, water, oil, etc. — to make a perfectly yummy dessert.

Here are the suggested combinations:

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Game on.

Florida clan — this is on my list of ‘suggested dishes’ for our beach trip later this month. We gotta try it!

Perfect pair

AMC

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Sweetarts

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I love you both.

How many matinees have I enjoyed with popcorn in one hand, Sweetarts in the other, and a large diet soda in the seat’s cup holder?

But, alas, that’s only memory now.

For some reason, you two have parted ways, and my favorite movie candy is no longer available at the AMC concession counter.

I have expressed my disappointment at the theatre. I have requested Sweetarts’ return in online surveys. But today —

I’m takin’ it to the tweets.

Resolve your differences.  Bring sweet and salty together again. The weekend is here…

And the Egg wants to see a movie.

Squint to sip?

Bloomberg isn’t in this ad for Pepsi — trust me, I’ve watched it several times — but the former New York City mayor’s fingerprints are all over it.

Mini cans of Pepsi?  I drink two cans of Diet Pepsi with a meal.  Going smaller is so…so…

Un-American!

#showmethemega

Underwhelmed

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Do you play your numbers? Does anyone?

I drink a lot of bottled beverages, and I find these secret codes to be less than compelling.

I’m not even sure I know how to play. Do I visit a website? And what do I win? Is it worth the micron of effort that it will take?

Maybe if the code itself were more entertaining. This mis-mash of numbers and letters is random, no doubt, but enthralling? Exciting? Filled with possibilities?

I’m know I’m not bubbling over…except perhaps with carbonation.

What a ride

I saw Cosmopolis this weekend.

If you’ve seen the extended trailer, you’ll be fairly well-prepared for the film to come.

Slick.  Stylized.  Bizarre.  Yet surprisingly funny — in that dark, ‘the audience is almost scared to laugh’ kinda way.

Robert Pattinson is in every scene — the camera can’t seem to look away — and the state of the world is reflected in the state of his expensive suit:  pristine at the start of the film, a rumpled mess by the end.

And what an end!  His meeting with Paul Giamatti — the final 22 minutes of the film — is worth the entire price of admission…plus popcorn, soda and Chewy Spree.

It’s not like anything you’ve ever seen.  And if you didn’t think so before, you’ll leave the theatre convinced…

Pattinson can act.

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And now for something really important…

Grape soda.

It’s one of my favorite drinks from childhood.  The taste is sweet and sharp, so unlike that of a real grape.  The same goes for its intense purple color that smacks of artificial dyes.

Unforgettable.

So, why isn’t a diet grape soda readily available in supermarkets?

It’s easy enough to find diet orange soda; Crush and Sunkist both make tasty versions that are distributed nationwide.  But those same brands — which produce grape sodas — do not make a diet grape soda.

Why not?  Doesn’t it stand to reason that people who drink grape soda might also drink a diet version if it were available?

Has some special focus group or secret research revealed that our grape taste buds wither and die once we reach a certain age?  I know mine certainly haven’t…and I’m old.   The only thing that has changed is my willingness to swallow all the calories in full-strength sodas.  If I’m gonna drink grape soda at all, it’s gonna have to be diet.

So, Crush, Sunkist — I’m appealing to you because you are the national brands with the widest distribution.  Create a diet grape soda and put it out on the market.  Heck, my consumption alone will make it worth your while.

Remember, all grown-ups were kids once…and its our ‘inner child’ who still decides what we drink.