Nothing says “It’s Winter” quite like an orange soda. Actually several things purvey that it’s winter much better than an orange soda, but that doesn’t work very well as an introduction. Who knows, maybe this review will inspire so many citizens of the Carbo-Nation that orange soda sales will skyrocket through the roof, setting a new trend in the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/ Ramadan/Holiday market. The soda I’ll be reviewing today is from Sarzec, that’s not the company that’s the name of the gentleman who gave it to me. He handed me a bottle of HEB Orange Burst Soda and said “have at it!” What he really said was “I left you an orange soda in the break room fridge”, but “have at it!” seems so much more adventurous and free. HEB as you may remember from earlier reviews is a grocery store chain in Texas. They have their own soda brand, as so many stores do, but theirs is of a higher grade using “Pure Cane Sugar” instead of our old nemesis HFCS. With that said let us now dive into HEB Orange Burst Soda and winter simultaneously.
Sweet, sweet orange. The aroma this gives off when inhaled is that of a juicy orange combined with a glass of Tang. It’s not a 100% natural smell by any means, but it still got my mouth to salivate. I guess it’s the anticipation of that first orange soda to signify that winter has arrived.
HEB Orange Burst is a very gentle orange soda. When you first take a sip the orange flavoring is fairly weak and has hints of tangerine. You can obviously taste that it’s an orange soda, but the BURST is definitely missing at this point. It’s a fairly smooth soda with the carbonation level being a few strong attacks of tiny bubbled magic... like the kind reindeer use to fly. Only after you finish consuming your sip does the orange really go to work. As soon as the swallowing process begins the carbonation kick in and tickles the back of your throat disappearing as quickly as they arrived… like elves. Then your mouth is left with nothing for a brief moment before a fantastic orange aftertaste takes over. The aftertaste reminds me of a candy I had when I was a kid, but I haven’t be able to remember the name of it as of yet. Let me just tell you that it’s a wonderful note to end a soda experience on… like carolers on a snowy night. HEB Orange Burst soda is tasty, but some might feel the weak intro hurts it. As for me I enjoyed the experience and leave you by saying, “HEB Orange Burst to all, and to all a good night!”
Verdict – Buy a Pack
There are a few things that I never got from Santa growing up that I’m going to go ahead and put on my list here at the bottom. Some of these might be a bit dated, so bear with me.
Crossfire – (You’ll get caught up in the Crossfire, Crossfire, CROSSFIRE! YEAH! YEAH!)
Power Wheels Jeep – I’m a bit large for this now, so I’ll take the adult version
Super Mario Bros. 2 – America’s fake version, not Japan’s real version
Baseball cards – Only the valuable ones though, thanks.
Grubby – of Teddy Ruxpin fame
Boglins and Blurp Balls – I had both of these, but I lost ‘em. Promise I’ll take better care of them this time!