I often leave the soda I’m reviewing up to my fridge. What I mean by that is sometimes a soda is sitting awkwardly alone on a shelf and I feel it needs to be reviewed to feel love one last time before an overwhelming emptiness overtakes it. Ok, so I’m not that crazy, but my fridge did seem to guide my hand toward the C&C Strawberry soda that now sits in front of me. What can I say about the design of this particular bottle? It’s fairly generic looking and in no way (other than a tiny picture of strawberries) would tell me at a glance that this was a bottle of strawberry soda. Sure I could guess “red label, red fruit”, but cherry, cranberry, and watermelon might get angry. Honestly I didn’t have much to write about in terms of the way this looks. I’m pretty much just padding this review with words right before I hopefully enjoy this soda.
The scent that leaves the top of the bottle is a level of sugary that reminds me of cotton candy. If you’re a long time reader of the site and have a memory for things I type then you’ll remember I don’t like overly sweet strawberry sodas. Strawberries are a complicated fruit and too often their soda counterparts are just red sugar nonsense that tastes like an over powered strawberry Jolly Rancher. Hopefully my nose is lying to me as it’s been known to do.
While not as sweet as it could have been C&C Strawberry soda does fall into the category of sugar nonsense with a red hue. The carbonation level is high which I fell is helpful in darting past some of the negative traits of an overly sweet soda. Bubbles tend to take your mind elsewhere when sipping on a beverage and in this case distract you from the syrupy mouth feel for at least the first half of your journey. Now the taste is fake strawberry all the way, but honestly I’m far from surprised as I haven’t seen anything that would make C&C Strawberry soda stand out from the norm. My comparison to Jolly Ranchers seems right on the money so I don’t feel there’s any reason to continue.
Again I must mention that the strawberry is a complex fruit, more so than an orange, apple, or grape in my opinion and so many soda manufactures take the easy way out when it comes to producing a quality strawberry soda. Does this soda carry a poor taste? No, not at all, but it’s not hard to make a soda “consumable”. C&C Strawberry soda doesn’t deserve all the flak I’m giving it right now, but it just entered my life at a time where my patience with this particular flavor of soda has run thin.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
This beverage was supplied to us by C&C.
Don't worry, Twist calmed me down with his rousing rendition of Let it Be.