It was in 1903 that the first SodaStream carbonation maker was invented.
In the 1970s and 1980s, when there were different concentrated syrups available, versions were created to add concentrates to create carbonated drinks in popular flavors. The company merged with Soda-Club and relaunched as a way to make healthy drinks for kids.
The SodaStream drink maker is a small device that forces carbon dioxide into water, making it have a taste like soda pop. The system includes: a machine; a canister of carbon dioxide; and reusable beverage bottles suitable for pressurizing. The bottle, when filled with water, is screwed on to the machine, and with a push of the button ejects compressed CO2 from a canister into the bottle, making sparkling water (also called ). There are a number of flavors which can be used to create regular soft drinks by adding a slight amount to the bottle of carbonated water. When the canister is out of CO2, you return it to the market and purchase a carbon dioxide (CO2) refill.
With so many kinds of concentrate, different and unique flavors of soft drinks can be made. In the years when the systems were at the height of their popularity, many well-known brands were available for SodaStream in the concentrates – such as Fanta, and Sunkist.
MilkStream, is a variation of the SodaStream, and was invented for turning out milkshakes. By combining ice cream, milk and Crusha syrup in a glass, and utilizing an extended wand into the glass, a frothy, delicious milkshake is made.
The first machines made were large pieces of equipment, and were sold to the upper classes of London, including to the royal household. There were many flavors with odd names, including the famous sarsaparilla introduced in the 1920s. In 1955 the first machine for home carbonation was produced.
SodaStream’s super popularity in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and 1980s has helped stimulate its current association with nostalgia for that era. The advertising jingle in 1970s was, “Get busy with the fizzy.” The slogan was so popular that it was added to the company logo. In 1996 it was dropped after 17 years.
Commercially successful, there was a perception by some that the soft drinks made by these machines were a poor imitation of their commercial counterparts. One of the noted differences was that in addition to slightly different flavors of the produced drink, the bubbles made by SodaStream machines are larger and shorter-lived. Today this has changed, partly because of Aromhuset flavors for carbonated water, and Sodastream now is the leader in sparkling water.
Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club; there are a number of websites where their products can be purchased, as well as supplies ordered and reordered as needed.