So far Honest Fizz is one for two in my book. Their Professor Fizz stevia sweetened soda wasn’t all that great, but Lemon Limey had promise. So let’s follow that same citrus vine as it takes us to today’s soda, Honest Fizz Orange Pop. Now many of the orange sodas I’ve reviewed have been chock full of sugar, so today’s installment of a stevia sweetened orange soda will be a first for me. Will it be dry but still flavored appropriately like Lemon Limey, or will the stevia take over and make me wish I was eating orange rind instead?
The scent seems safe enough. I’ve opened enough cans of Sunkist Orange to know what a “by the book” orange soda smells like and Orange Pop is just another chapter in said book. Hopefully the flavor has studied the curriculum. It’s a loose reference to the previous sentence, but it works well enough for me. Moving on.
Much like Lemon Limey, the mouth feel of this soda is indeed a little dry but it works. There’s not a burst of sugary taste, there’s not a film coating my mouth, and there’s not any of the terrible aftertaste that stevia is known for. Honest Fizz Orange Pop is like orange soda graduated from college, bought a town home, and adopted a dog. It has its life in order and no longer has time for the crazy parties it used to throw back at Berkeley. That’s right, orange soda went to Berkeley. Sure, he’ll let loose and play with his dog, but he’s focused on giving you an orange flavored soda without all the nonsense. Some of his friends may not like him anymore because of what he’s become, but Honest Fizz Orange Pop won’t have a hard time making new friends.
The carbonation levels are a little high which is probably masking some of the stevia taste and as the liquid inside heats up a little it’s becoming harder to hide. Even with the stevia taste showing through a little, I’m ok with mature orange soda. I may not visit him as often, but he’s still an ok guy. So I like my orange sodas sugary, there’s nothing wrong with that. I can still appreciate what Honest Fizz has done here. This is a legitimate zero calorie orange soda and if that’s your thing then you won’t be disappointed.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
This soda was supplied to us by Honest Fizz