What is SodaStream?

It is the brand name of carbonation systems for home use.  They were invented in the early 1900s to add carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. At that time they were called “apparatus for aerating liquids”.  The newer versions permit incorporating flavored concentrates  and before you realize it – you’ve got home carbonated, flavor drink  or soda.

The initial machines manufactured were rather large and were sold to the larger households of the upper classes of London, like the royal household. There were flavors with odd names, one being the well-known sarsaparilla released while in the 1920s.  The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced from the 1920s and were very well liked.  The first smaller sized machines for home carbonation was manufactured in 1955. 

Because of so many forms of concentrate, different and exclusive flavors of soft drinks can be produced.  In the times when the systems were most popular, many well-known brands were available for SodaStream from the concentrate  such as Fants, and Sunkist.            

During the early 1990s, the business merged with Soda-Club and it has since relaunched using a marketing plan geared more towards health or healthiers drink for children or families.

The SodaStream drink maker comes with a canister with CO2 which is forced into water that makes water fizzy.  The total product includes a machine, carbon dioxide canister, and many reusable drink bottles specially made for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it on the machine, push a button, and make sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also known as seltzer water.  There are different flavors of concentrated syrups which allows the user to create regular or diet soda pop (or soft drinks).  When the canister is empty, you return it and buy a whole new canister of CO2.

The buzz of the SodaStream throughout the 70s and 80s in the UK and currently are connected with nostalgia for those periods of time.  The advertising jingle in 1970 was “get busy with the fizzy” and was so very popular, that this slogan was included with their logo.  It was ultimately dropped in 1996 after 17 years.

MilkStream is actually a machine made through the very same company for making milkshakes.  You simply add milk, ice cream and syrup inside a tall glass, insert in the machine and a wand extends in the tall glass to whip up a foaming, tasty milkshake.

Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club and there are several websites where they can be purchased and all sorts of the supplies could be ordered and reordered when needed.

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