Oh, the dollar store. How kind of you to sell me four cans of Shasta Orange for $1. This could be acid, but I only paid 25 cents for it… so who cares?! The bright orange can tells me that Shasta Orange also has Vitamin C in it. I’d pay 25 cents for some Vitamin C in my life, who wouldn’t? People with scurvy that’s who.
Shasta Orange is chock full of chemicals and (as mentioned prior) has 15% of the Vitamin C you need in it. Who cares? I cost me a quarter!
You know how when you open a can you hear the “hiss” of the carbonation escaping the can? That didn’t happen when I opened it. That’s a little concerning for me, but the best buy date says I’ve got 8 more months before my concerns should become reality.
The scent of generic orange soda punches me in the nose. It’s one of the few times I actually like to be punched in the nose. I’ve said it before, but when it comes to Orange or Grape sodas I like the absolute cheapest variety around. I want an overly flavored can of sugary nonsense that burns going down. Let’s see if I got my wish.
Shasta Orange has a burning mouthfeel throughout the entirety of each sip. From lips to tongue to uvula to throat there’s some sizzle in this soda. Flavor wise the orange is actually closer to a natural orange taste than I expected it to be. I wouldn’t ever get this confused with a real orange, but I felt that worth mentioning.
Looking at the nutrition label this only has 33 grams of sugar in it. While that’s plenty to qualify it as a dessert, it’s still less than your normal colas and root beer. This “lack” of sugar probably helps in Shasta’s creation of a somewhat realistic orange.
The downside to Shasta Orange is that it seems a bit watery at times. While this keeps the beverage from being overly syrupy it also detracts from the experience. Kind of a danged if you do, danged if you don’t.
Well there you have it, I was pleasantly surprised by my dollar store find of Shasta Orange. Considering everything about it I can certainly suggest that you should buy multiples of it. So go out to your local Dollar Tree and give it a go.
Verdict - Buy a Pack
This was purchased at Dollar Tree