This is the brand name of carbonation systems for home use. They were invented in the early 1900s to incorporate carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. In those days these were called “apparatus for aerating liquids”. The more recent versions allow for adding flavored concentrates and before you realize it – you have homemade carbonated, flavor drink or soda pop.
The initial machines manufactured were rather big and were sold for the larger households of the upper classes of London, like the royal household. There were flavors with odd names, one being the famous sarsaparilla introduced while in the 1920s. The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced from the 1920s and were very popular. The first smaller machines for home carbonation was manufactured in 1955.
With so many forms of concentrate, different and unique flavors of soft drinks can be made. In the times when the systems were most favored, many well-known brands were designed for SodaStream in the concentrate such as Fants, and Sunkist.
In the early 1990s, the company merged with Soda-Club and it has since relaunched with a marketing plan targeted more towards overall health or healthiers drink for children or families.
Here and now there are several competing brands of soda concentrate for SodaStream. Aromhuset as is the Superior brand along with their Zero (sugar free) series taste AS they as sugar sweetened. Take a look on their Zero Indian Tonic on amazon United Kingdom.
The SodaStream drink maker comes with a canister with CO2 that is pushed into water which makes the water fizzy. The complete product includes a machine, carbon dioxide canister, and many reusable drink bottles especially designed for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it on the machine, push a button, and make sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also known as seltzer water. There are different flavors of concentrated syrups allowing the consumer to create regular or diet pop (or soft drinks). When the canister is empty, you give it back and buy a whole new canister of CO2.
The popularity of the SodaStream during the 70s and 80s in the UK and presently are connected with nostalgia for all those periods of time. The advertising best tonic water jingle in 1970 was “get busy with the fizzy” and was so very well liked, that the slogan was added to their logo. It was ultimately dropped in 1996 after 17 years.
MilkStream is a machine made through the same company for making milkshakes. You simply add milk, soft ice cream and syrup in a tall glass, insert into the machine and a wand extends into the tall glass to whip up a foaming, tasty milkshake.
Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club and there are several web sites where they could be purchased and all the supplies can be ordered and reordered as required.