It is the brand name of carbonation systems for home use. They were invented during the early 1900s to incorporate carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. In those days these were called “apparatus for aerating liquids”. The newer versions allow for adding flavored concentrates and before you realize it – you’ve got homemade carbonated, flavor drink or soda.
The initial machines made were rather big and were sold to the larger households from the upper classes of London, like the royal household. There were flavors with unusual names, one being the well-known sarsaparilla introduced in the 1920s. The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced in the 1920s and were very popular. The first smaller machines for home carbonation was manufactured in 1955.
Because of so many forms of concentrate, different and unique flavors of soft drinks can be produced. In the times when the systems were most favored, many well-known brands were available 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 using a marketing plan geared more towards health or healthiers drink for children or families.
Now there are considerable competing brands of syrups for SodaStream. Aromhuset as is the Premium brand along with their Zero (sugar free) series taste like they as sugar sweetened. Take a look at their Zero Indian Tonic at amazon UK.
The SodaStream drink maker features a canister with CO2 which is pushed into water which makes water fizzy. The total product features a machine, co2 canister, and several reusable drink bottles especially designed for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it to the machine, push a button, and make sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also known as seltzer water. There are very different flavors of concentrated syrups which allows the consumer to create regular or diet soda pop (or soft drinks). When the canister is empty, you return it and purchase a whole new canister of CO2.
The popularity on the SodaStream during the 70s and 80s in the UK and currently are associated with nostalgia for all those time periods. The advertising best tonic syrup jingle in 1970 was “get busy with the fizzy” and was so very well liked, that this slogan was included with their logo. It was finally dropped in 1996 after 17 years.
MilkStream is a machine made through the very same company to make milkshakes. You simply add milk, soft ice cream and syrup in a tall glass, insert into the machine and a wand extends in the tall glass to whip up a foaming, delicious milkshake.
Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club and there are many websites where they can be purchased and all the supplies can be ordered and reordered when needed.