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      25.01.2013 07:08
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      well worth trying if you like cream soda, and if you don't then this might just convince you

      Cream soda- a somewhat retro drink, like dandelion and burdock it should remind you of family time as a child, some people grow out of likeing it, I never did.

      I don't know who drinks this as I don't know anyone other than me who does, and kids today probably wouldn't buy it.

      I hope they don't stop making it as it is one of my favourite Barr products, and of all the cream sodas I have tried, it beats all but the most expensive brands. Also unlike the budget supermarket brands it comes in a classy glass bottle, and the label and branding is also very retro and suits the product.

      In terms of taste you either like cream soda or you don't- but if you're not tried it in a while this is a good chance to see if you do like it, and they're only 90p for a bottle which you can get 30p back on if you love it or hate it- 60p for 750ml in a glass bottle is an absolute bargain, or as barr themselves would say 'Phenomenal value'

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      22.07.2012 14:54
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      An unusual tasing traditional drink from Barr

      When I was little, I wasn't usually allowed fizzy drinks. When I was ill though, my dad used to buy me some Barr Cream Soda as a treat. I am not sure it was the wisest thing to have had when I had an upset stomach, but I can't remember it ever making me any worse! I haven't seen the Barr brand drink around as much in recent years, so when I saw that Poundstretcher stock it, I decided to snap up a couple of cans. As soon as I opened one, the sweet individual scent took me right back to my childhood. The packaging doesn't seem to have changed much over time either. It is stilll marked with pink and cream coloured stripes, which is what helped the drink leap out on the shelf to me. It isn't fancy packaging but it looks quite retro which suits the traditional drink.


      Barr have been making soft drinks since 1875, and the cream soda is one of their most popular. You can of course buy a similar flavoured drink from other brands including the supermarket own labels, but I haven't tried those for comparison. If you haven't tried it before, the taste is quite surprising because it is really different from other fizzy drinks. This is part of it's attraction for me, but a taste so distinctive seems to divide people in to confirmed lovers or haters. Even the mention of the drink makes my mum's stomach turn over! I would describe the drink as sweet and fragrant, with a hint of vanilla, and a distinct creamy flavour that is hard to place. It is a bit like drinking a sweet icecream, but the texture is thin like a normal fizzy drink. If you don't like sweet tasting things in general, then I doubt that you will like this. I find that even half a can is more than enough for me. Any more than that, and the flavour becomes sickly. I think I must have had a stronger stomach when I was little. Because of the fact I can't drink a lot in one go, I would say it isn't the most refreshing drink. It is more something I would drink when I want to simply enjoy the flavour rather than to rehydrate myself. As a change though, it is delicious and I have enjoyed seeing how well it works as a mixer with other drinks for something really different. The answer is usually that I prefer it on it's own! The taste is too individual to mix with others to my mind, but one of friends enjoys it with coke. I would say the usual advice that a drink is best served cold really applies to this one, as luke warm it doesn't taste anything like as nice.


      I have since found Barr brand soft drinks stocked in several local convenience stores, usually as a can which have the price of 39p printed on them. I only paid 29p in Poundstretcher though, for the standard 330 ml can. I have since bought the drink in a 2 litre plastic bottle for 98p in Tesco which works out at better value per ml. It is also an easier use from a bottle because you can pour out just the amount you want to drink. With a can, some always goes to waste considering how I can't drink it all at once. It is very fizzy when first open but I think that it goes flatter quicker than some other similar drinks do. Perhaps it just takes me longer to sip it down! I used to see a glass bottle version around, but it seems hard to get hold of now.


      As a fizzy drink, I don't expect this to be a healthy option. It contains both sugars and sweeteners, with 22% of your RDA of the former in one can. This is a good reason to limit consumption even if you can drink more of it in one go than I can. Apart from that, I would recommend it to someone wanting a fizzy drink that is a bit more unusual. Buy a small amount first though, as the taste is not for all.

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        21.07.2012 00:53
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        My sister has always been what seems like a lifelong fan of cream soda and was always badgering me to give it a try, I must admit that I really didn't relish the thought of what could potentially be a fizzy milkshake but one day curiosity got the better of me when I spotted some on the shelves in a newsagents and I decided to buy a can just to see what all the fuss was about. Generally I'm a huge fan of Barr drinks, I adore their Irn Bru and their own coke version is rather splendid too but this?...well in my humble opinion it tastes like bubbly candyfloss, I stomached a few mouthfulls, thinking that maybe the rather unique taste would grow on me but after 3 sips I had to admit defeat and chuck the can away (my sister wasn't in the vicinity at the time or I would of slung it her way)

        Cream soda I think is similar to marmite, you either go nuts for it or you loathe it entirely...me I'm not keen and will probably not try another can for a fair few years, and even then it will probably only be to see if it tastes as vile as I remember! I love most carbonated beverages for their sweetness but this is too sickly sweet even for me, the vanilla is detectable but the main flavour is an artificial creamyness that's just...wrong. Even after having the brief encounter that I did, I was left feeling a bit bloated and I'll be honest, suffering from a bad case of the burps! To say I didn't go a bundle on this is an understatement, I really didn't gel with it at all; I like my drinks to be a bit more "savoury" and refreshing to quench my thirst. I'd say that it might be nicer encorporated in an ice cream soda desert but that on it's own it didn't tickle my fancy. Expect to pay 39p for a can, but on your own tastebuds be it!

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        15.07.2012 23:15
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        A nice occasional carbonated drink

        Some of you may find it surprising that I had never ever even tasted cream soda at all in my life before trying this Barr Cream Soda. Whenever I decided to drink carbonated beverages, I preferred to stick with other more classic drinks such as lemonade or cola, though I had seen cream soda hanging around in the fizzy drinks section and had been slightly curious. However, it seemed a little bit out of my comfort zone at that time to buy cream soda, so I just kept to my old favourites

        It did not really occur to me to try out cream soda until a friend told me that it tasted delicious, like lemonade and vanilla ice cream together, something that I couldn't wait to try out. Having only recently tried out the Barr Lemonade and having been quite pleased with the results, I decided to try the Barr Cream Soda.

        The price from my local newsagent's for a can of cream soda, as was with all the similar cans of carbonated beverages from the brand Barr, was only 39p, which I thought was very cheap for a can of any fizzy drink, compared to the 60p and up prices you have to pay for a can of Coca Cola nowadays. I thought that my buy was very good value for money, and did not really regret handing over my 39p in exchange for the can too much.

        At that kind of price, I was not expecting absolute miracles, but my expectations of the brand overall had been slightly elevated since my pleasant experience with the Barr lemonade. I only hoped that this cream soda would be as nice as the lemonade!

        The can is sturdy, and the ring pull is easy to pull open without problems, revealing a sweet, lemony smell. The metal can has a pinkish hue to it, reminding me of circuses and fun fairs, as well as giving it a pleasant, nostalgic and classic effect. It has all the necessary information and ingredients on it, as well as the Barr logo on the front. The packaging is not as well designed as those designed by other companies, for example Schweppes, but it is what is on the inside that counts!

        The taste did not really fit my friend's description exactly; the creamy taste to it was less like vanilla ice cream than... well, marshmallows. It had a quite sweet creamy taste to it, which is unusual for a fizzy drink. I found that it tasted rather unusual, not what I am normally used to, but quite strangely this suited me! I have others say that the taste is absurd and that they do not like it at all because of this. However, I must say that this does start to taste rather sickly after a few sips, and I normally do not feel like finishing the whole can.

        I find that with Barr drinks, I begin to feel rather bloated more quickly than if I was drinking other fizzy drinks. This cream soda is no exception, and it can start to feel quite unpleasant, but if you do not drink too much in one go then you should feel fine.

        In conclusion, this is a nice treat for occasions, but I do not intend to become a regular customer of it, simply because it can taste a little too sweet and sickly (also because fizzy drinks in general are quite bad for you!). However, in small doses, this Barr Cream Soda can be quite a pleasant and unusual treat. I give this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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          18.04.2012 10:06
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          An enjoyable drink from the Barr's brand...

          I have been a bit run down and unwell over the past couple of weeks and I have found my appetite lacking as a result. This has meant that I've been feeling a bit dehydrated and so my husband brought in a selection of fruit juices and soft drinks from our local grocery store to encourage me to increase my intake of fluids, hoping it would make me feel a bit better.

          Many of the juices that he bought were fruit based, and slightly more 'natural' in their content, but there were a few fizzy and soft drinks in the selection too. One of the fizzy drinks in the selection was from the well-known 'Barr' range of soft drinks, namely the "American Cream Soda".

          My other half paid only 37 pence for the 330ml can of fizzy pop, a price that is printed across the top of the can, and one that I thought was fairly good value for money given some cans of fizzy pop in the same grocery store are priced at around the 70 pence mark.

          For anyone who is unfamiliar with the brand, Barr is a Scottish Manufacturer of fizzy drinks, with their most famous being the original "Irn Bru" which is extremely well-known in Scotland and something of a Scottish Institution. The company offers a variety of flavoured soft drinks such as Cola, Limeade, Ginger Beer and of course American Cream Soda.

          The can has a very 'retro' feel to it, thanks to the candy-coloured stripe design in pink and cream. The coloured can instantly reminds me of ice cream and this is reinforced when the can is opened, allowing the vanilla-laced aroma of the drink to escape.

          Pouring the drink into a glass, the clear-coloured liquid looks very refreshing thanks to the abundance of fizzy bubbles contained within. It would be easy to mistake the clear liquid as something boring or generic, but the strong, sugary, vanilla-like aroma soon puts this theory to rest.

          Taking a sip of the American Cream Soda, the first taste that I am aware of is something that reminds me of vanilla ice cream, which is fairly unsurprising as I know several people that actually call American Cream Soda "Ice Cream Soda", presumably as the taste is quite similar. Whilst not at all unpleasant, I find the vanilla taste to be quite strong. The sugary sweet flavouring of the drink goes some way to offering a bit of balance to the vanilla, although I do find this soft drink is particularly sweet, even for my own (rather aggressive) sweet tooth. I would most definitely say that this is NOT a drink that would be enjoyed by anyone who is not a fan of extremely sweet, sugary drinks... take my word for it!

          For my own tastes however, I am happy to consume a glass (or in most cases, a can) of the Barr's American Cream Soda as I find it offers something a little 'different' to other, more 'generic' (and to my mind, more boring) fizzy drinks. I couldn't honestly say that I could consume a large quantity of the drink as I think it would become rather sickly due to the vanilla taste and the sugary flavouring, but a small glass or a can is enough to offer a refreshingly-different soft drink with a rather unique taste that I really do enjoy from time to time.

          According to the side of the can (which can of course, be recycled after use) 100ml of the Barr's drink will provide 29kcal, which is surprisingly low to my mind given the sweet, sugary taste evident in the flavour of the drink.

          As at the time of writing (April 2012), the Barr's American Cream Soda can be bought in cans in all good grocery stores and newsagent shops. According to the Tesco website (www.Tesco.com), the cans can be purchased in a six pack for £2.59. I have also seen two litre bottles of the drink available to buy in a variety of shops and supermarkets, and I believe that prices start from around £1.30.

          For the reasons mentioned above, I can only award the Barr's American Cream Soda top marks as it is a drink that I really enjoy from time to time. It comes with a high recommendation from me!

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            02.04.2012 23:49
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            4/5

            BARR soft drinks, or 'BARR's' as they're known in Scotland, have been making soft drinks since 1875 with their biggest seller being the national drink of Scotland; Irn Bru! The company have a good share of the UK drinks market but have history - and were set up - in Scotland.

            This particular beverage makes a nice ice cream float; fill a glass with cream soda and scoop in a dollop of your favourite ice cream and voila, ice cream float.

            With this in mind you'll be hard pressed to go into any shop in Scotland and not see the BARR brand in the fridge. The cream soda comes in three different formats; 330ml cans (around 29-35p), 750ml glass bottles and 2 litre plastic bottles.

            The glass bottles have a 30p return on them, if you bring back the bottle and the cap :). When I was younger I'd collect a few bottles and then take them to the 'icy' (ice cream van) and get money off my sweeties and crisps ;). I'm quite happy that the 30p return still remains of the caps - it's a nice little tradition :D.

            On Saturday it was unusually hot in Scotland and after a shopping trip I went into our local corner shop and spotted a 2 litre bottle for 99p! Bargain and a perfect drink on a roasting hot day. This is a definite treat for me as it is so steeped in sugar (7.1g per 100ml, to be exact.) The other ingredients are:

            Carbonated Water

            Flavourings

            Citric Acid

            Preservative (Sodium Benzoate)

            Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Aspartame)

            I suppose the good thing about this drink is that has no fat in it - big deal, though, with that amount of sugar contained in it! The taste of this drink is almost like an ice cream - with a faint vanilla taste to it, it is sweet and sharp. It leaves behind quite a nice after taste, too ;).

            This definitely isn't a drink to those who value their teeth or figures, but as an odd treat I have no issue in drinking it myself - plus it is pretty tasty :).

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            16.02.2012 21:11
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            Its lovely if its chilled.

            I tend to buy a few fizzy pop drinks for my grandchildren when they come around.

            One of my old time favourites since I have been a little girl is cream soda, and my dad used to buy it for me, so ive carried on a family tradition and now buy it for my grandchildren.

            You can buy this in 2litre bottles for £1.00 or alternatively you can buy a packet of six cans and then you can pop them into the fridge to chill, they are always nicer chilled. Cream soda has a really frothy creamy taste and if you are like me have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy a creamy tasting fizzy drink with a difference.

            This drink contains sweetners and sugar and contains 98 percent calories. sugar 23.4. fat 0.0grams, saturates 0.0grams. and a trace of salt.

            This drink is made in Scotland. It is widely available in most supermarket stores and you will find it in the fizzy drink section.

            I think this drink is nice to chill in the summer and pop into a cool box, as it is a very sweet drink you dont need to drink it along side too many sweet items as I find one glass full is enough for anyone, or a whole can full, my little grandaughter calls this creamy drink, as it is really creamy but with a fizz, when I was little my dad used to pour this into a large glass and then add a scope full of icecream into it. It is really good.

            I would recommend this if you fancy a fizzy drink with a difference.

            Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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              04.05.2011 17:18
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              brings back memories of my childhood

              Barr is a range of soft drinks from Scotland. The most common drink from Barr is Irn Bru with others such as Lemonade, Limeade and even Pineapple being available.

              ~~~American Cream Soda~~~

              American Cream Soda is a fizzy soft drink from Barr. It is described as being "sparkling cream soda flavoured soft drink with sugar and sweeteners". It is available in can, glass bottle and a plastic bottle. The plastic bottle can be recycled. It is clear and offers a pink and yellow label around it offering the relevant information.

              ~~~Ingredients~~~

              Carbonated water, sugar, flavourings, citric acid, preservative, sweeteners.

              ~~~Nutrition~~~

              100ml contains 29 calories, 0g of fat and 7.1g of sugar.

              ~~~Availability and Price~~~

              The 330ml cans are price marked around 35-39p. The 750ml glass bottles are around the £1.10 mark but offer 30p refund when the bottle is returned to the shop. The 2l plastic bottle is priced around 99p.

              ~~~My Thoughts~~~

              Although I try and eat and drink fairly healthily, I do like my fizzy drinks. Barr drinks have always been a favourite of mine, mainly because I live quite near to the factory making the drinks and they are widely available in my area. My favourite, regular drink is Diet Irn Bru which I buy quite alot. I sometimes dabble in the other drinks from Barr but I need to be in the mood for them. The only ones I am not keen on are Ginger Beer and the Cola they offer.

              American Cream Soda is a drink I buy occasionally. Whilst I believe it tastes best out a can or glass bottle, when its myself and my fiance drinking it, it makes better sense to buy the plastic 2l bottle. I buy this from my local shop and they always seem to be marked at only 99p which is a great price for 2l bottle of pop. The design of the label is quite retro and old fashioned but it works well and gives a fare ground type feel about it.

              ~~~Refreshing The Nation~~~

              American Cream Soda is definently best served cold so I pop my bottle into the fridge before pouring a glass. The drink is very fizzy on first opening and almost crystal clear with hundreds of fizzy bubbles present in every glass. This drink is like no other I have tried but sipping it brings back fond memories of my childhood. A gorgeous, creamy sweet aroma wafts up from the bottle and glass and it certainly has a heady, old fashioned appeal about it with a touch of American in it which is to be expect..it doesn't smell Scottish if that makes sense!

              Sipping some of the Cream Soda, the bubbles lightly dance on my tongue. It offers an acquired taste and if you aren't keen on sweet drinks then this certainly not for you. It takes best when really fizzy and chilled as the flavour seems to come through more apparent. There is nothing to compare this too. It is very sweet..no fruitiness or anything to break it up. It is kind of like a piece of pure American candy has been melted and mixed up with fizziness and put in a plastic bottle to be devoured!

              I can't drink more than a glass of this at any time. I also cannot drink it with anything sweet to eat as it gets a bit sickly so definently one to have in moderation. It doesn't lace my teeth in sweetness like Irn Bru but does leave a creamy trace within my mouth. The fizz seems to evaporate before the drink reaches my throat allowing it to slide down smoothly and leave me satisfied. It doesn't leave me quenched though so not ideal for nicer weather where Fanta or Sprite would be more appealing.

              ~~~Conclusion and Recommendation~~~

              American Cream Soda keeps well in the fridge but tends to lose its fizz but still remains drinkable. It is an ideal treat for when I want something very sweet to drink and different from diet Irn Bru but due to the amount of sugar, I am glad I do only drink a small amount each time! Priced at 99p for 2l, it is well priced for families and the quality is well worth it.

              Barr American Cream Soda comes with a full recommendation from me and I thank you for reading :)

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                19.11.2009 21:07
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                n my local area, as well as a milk man, we have a pop-man, who comes around once a week on his little float , knocking on the door and asking what fizzy delights me and my sugar crazed daughter would like to drink!

                One of our favourite drinks is Barr Cream Soda, which (from the pop man) comes in a sturdy, slightly curved clear bottle, embossed with the barr logo round the neck, which you can then hand back the next week to be washed out and re-used . If you don't live in area that has a pop delivery man (poor you!) don't worry, you can pick up this fabulous fizzy pop from many corner shops, usually in 2 litre bottles, or in cans. I don't often see it in supermarkets though, I assume because they prefer to flog their own brand.

                From the popman, I pay about 80p for a 750ml bottle .

                The drink itself is totally clear, with lots of bubbles . Taking a sniff, there is a really nice smell, sweet, a little like vanilla ice-cream. Taking a sip is wonderful - the bubbles dance delightfully across your tongue, leaving behind them a trail of sweet vanilla flavour, that fades into a slightly creamy taste .

                It is very fizzy though, and I find I can't drink more than half a glass without becoming incredibly burpy - and I'm not the only one. It is a very gassy drink!

                I also like to use this for ice-cream floats, just sticking in a dollop of ice cream and then enjoying the resulting freezing cold drink. It's perfect for a hot day, although sadly I don't expect we'll have many more of them this year.

                I'd give this drink 4 stars out of 5. I'm knocking one off for it not being as easily available as many other branded drinks, which I think is a real shame.

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                  28.09.2009 15:57
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                  A delicious summer drink that should be sold throughout Britain.

                  Barr Cream Soda is made by AG Barr, the same people who make the world famous Irn Bru.

                  What not a lot of people outwith Scotland know is that the makers of Irn Bru do a whole range of fizzy drinks, but sadly they are not generally available elsewhere.

                  Ocassionally, in England, you will find AG Barr fizzy drinks in Farmfoods, who as far as I am aware are a Scottish company, which may explain why their shelves have a number of products from well known Scottish food producers on their shelves.

                  Barr Cream Soda is a delicious drink which as far as I can make out has a vanilla flavour to it. Like all Barr products it comes best in a glass bottle, but to be honest, I am not too fussy which bottle it comes out of.

                  I find when drinking it straight, it is best NOT to have it in the fridge, as you will get the vanilla flavour best if it is not chilled, however....

                  The best way to drink Barr Cream Soda is in a pint glass, just over three quarters full and topped with as much ice cream as the glass will hold without spilling. This 'Ice Drink' is the most delicious summer refreshment that might have passed my lips over all these years.

                  I urge anyone living outside Scotland to seek out a Farmfoods and stock up on Barr fizzy drinks (if they have them in), especially this Cream Soda, Pineappleade and Limeade.

                  Don't forget the tub of ice cream!

                  ...and as a P.S. if anyone else knows where to source Barr's fizzy drinks outside Scotland (apart from Irn Bru of course), let us all know.

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