Welcome to 2013! It’s a new year so that means it’s time to review new sodas. Of course that’s the philosophy that I live by every day. Why wait for a new year to review new sodas? Why not review new sodas every time you get a chance to? So you see the hidden mantra of The Soda Jerks is a simple one. Live every day like it’s your last day to review sodas. With that said I’ve gone back to a familiar brand of soda and an unfamiliar flavor. The brand is C&C of which we’ve reviewed several with several to go. The flavor is Red Candy Apple and while I’m familiar with all three of those words I’ve never had the triple combo in soda form. The label art is pleasing to my eyes as all the shades of red, mostly pinks, prepare my mind for the taste I’m about to consume. A picture of three candy apples also entices my brain into wanting to try this soda even more. Onward, I say. Onward.
The scent does remind me a bit of apples, but the “candy” essence isn’t found as easily. I was hoping for a very sweet apple aroma. It seems I’ll have to wait and see if the taste of C&C Red Candy Apple will reveal a sugary treat. Enough waiting.
I didn’t get the sugary flavor the coating of a red candy apple would normally deliver, but it seems I did get a decent apple soda. Flavored much like a red delicious apple, C&C Red Candy Apple soda is immediately refreshing and lightly carbonated. With each sip I take a slight harshness begins to build in my throat; it’s not unwelcome as it adds to the overall mouth feel of the soda. For being sweetened with HFCS there isn’t much of a syrupy essence at all. Overall C&C Red Candy Apple is pleasing in most aspects. I would hear the argument that it tastes a bit watery at times, but I think watery works (to a point) in apple sodas. Over flavoring an apple soda may give you a powerfully delicious concoction while removing its ability to be light and fruity, two very important characteristics of apples. C&C Red Candy Apple doesn’t really deliver on its name and for that I’ll have to deduct points. Don’t finish this reviewing thinking it’s not good though, it’s just mislabeled.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
This beverage supplied to us by C&C
Twist was candied once... ONCE!