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Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla

Every now and then something new comes along and completely changes everything forever. Coca-Cola’s new Orange Vanilla flavor is not one of those things, but it is still worth talking about. I like Coke. I like Cherry Coke. I like Vanilla Coke. Now I like Orange Vanilla Coke. It tastes like how it sounds it would taste. It’s like someone melted a creamsicle into Coke. It’s delicious and refreshing. It’s not for everyone, but you’ll probably enjoy it if you like Coke and trying new things. Get a bottle or can of it and join the revolution.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water Original

So apparently almondade is a drink, and Victoria’s Kitchen makes the original almondade. I had never heard of it before, so I was intrigued when I saw a bottle of Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water Original. It’s all natural, vegan, and is dairy/gluten/GMO free. And it still manages to taste good. It’s almond water with vanilla and rose extracts, which sounds kind of weird but the flavors go together and mesh well. It has a slightly sweet and nutty taste from the almonds, and the vanilla makes it creamy and smooth, while the rose extract gives it a subtle floral boost. I can’t really describe the flavor. It’s like drinking the milk from a bowl of healthy cereal, but watered down. You have to try it for yourself. I think Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water will be the next trendy drink for all the wannabe hipsters out there. Try it before it goes mainstream.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Coca-Cola Vanilla

Coca-Cola Vanilla is exactly what it sounds like. It’s Coca-Cola with Vanilla flavor added to it. Coca-Cola already has a little vanilla in it to begin with, so adding more really compliments the soda. It makes the world’s best soda more creamy and smooth. People have been adding vanilla to Coke in ice cream shops and soda parlors for decades, so it was just a matter of time before it would become mass-produced. And in 2002, Vanilla Coke was introduced to the world as a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company. It was a big success when it was released, mostly because of the huge advertising and marketing campaign to promote it. But sales dwindled over the next few years and they eventually replaced it with Black Cherry Vanilla Coke in 2006. The allure of Vanilla Coke could not be denied however, and it was brought back in 2007 and rebranded as Coca-Cola Vanilla. I don’t know why they had to change the name. Vanilla Coke is easier to say and sounds more casual and cool. Coca-Cola Vanilla is a bit of a tongue twister and makes you sound pompous and old fashioned. I didn’t order a Vanilla Coke. I ordered a Coca-Cola Vanilla, you imbecile! All in all, Coca-Cola Vanilla is a good twist on an already great soda. I don’t know if I like it better than Cherry Coke/Coca-Cola Cherry/Whatever they call it now, but I’ll grab it from time to time just to mix it up, and I’m never dissatisfied with my purchase.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Vanilla Oatis

            Vanilla Oatis is an oatmeal stout made with vanilla. It’s made by the good people at the Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon. It has a great aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel malts, with a touch of vanilla and a hint of smoke. It tastes like it smells. It’s very malty, and I can taste bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, smoke, and maybe some toffee. It’s a solid stout, and that hint of vanilla brings a kind of smoothness to it. The alcohol content is 7.2%, which is average, but this beer is not. It’s pretty damn good and I would recommend it for any fan of craft beers.

            Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Coco Café Vanilla

Coco Café Vanilla is a blend of all natural coconut water, reduced fat milk & espresso with a taste of vanilla for hydration and caffeination. It’s gluten free, it’s best served chilled, and you need to shake it before you drink or it will get all lumpy and clumpy and gross at the bottom. It was so lumpy that I had to check the expiration date to make sure it wasn’t expired. So shake it hard, like it’s a baby that won’t stop crying. It tastes like drinking an iced coffee from a coconut. I’ve never actually experienced an iced coffee in a coconut, but I imagine it would taste like this. It has a rich coffee flavor with hints of vanilla, but the taste is slightly skewed by the coconut water. It’s an acquired taste, it takes a few sips to decide if you like it or not. I am completely on the fence about this one though. I don’t really like it, but I don’t dislike it either. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different. I don’t think I would buy this particular flavor again, but I’d be willing to try other Coco Café flavors.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Creamsicle Orange ‘n Cream

Sometimes you feel like dessert on a stick. And on one of these occasions you might try Creamsicle Orange ‘n Cream ice cream bars. It’s made by the same guys who make Popsicles. These are vanilla ice cream bars coated with orange sherbet and stuck on a stick. They are pretty good, despite having a terrible name for a phallic-looking treat you suck on. Why not just call them Cumsicles and get it over with?

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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