I love IBC Cream Soda just as much as the next girl, but you know what I don’t love?
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup And/Or Sugar, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA.
Preservatives and high fructose corn syrup? No thanks. Oh, and caramel color? Why is that even necessary?!?
Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I found a recipe for Homemade Maple Cream Soda on Care2 that called for three simple ingredients: Sparkling Water, Maple Syrup, and Pure Vanilla Extract. Pure maple syrup isn’t cheap, but it tastes so much better than Mrs. Butter-worth’s/Aunt Jemima (if you ask me), and it isn’t riddled with HFCS. If you’ve never had it, then I promise it’s worth the splurge. Everyone probably already has vanilla extract in their cabinet, and sparkling water sells for around three dollars for a 4 pack. Easy peasy!
The best part is that this soda is as delicious as it is easy to make! I won’t lie; I added an extra teaspoonful of maple syrup and didn’t regret it. It’s definitely reminiscent of IBC Cream Soda, but it’s less sweet in a way that is tasty and doesn’t make me feel bad about myself.
Filed under: DIY, food and drink, homemade
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