Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Honest Fizz Review and Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! 

A few weeks ago the folks from Honest Tea offered to let me try out their new line of Honest Fizz, a "naturally sweetened soda with zero calories and zero sugars." Usually when I'm offered things in exchange for a review on the blog (which happens once or twice a month) I say thanks, but no thanks - I don't want my blog to become a billboard for different companies, and I'm pretty picky about the things I'll consume. However, I decided to make an except for Honest Tea. I'm on board with the company's mission and ethics (organic, eco-conscious packaging, and over half their bottled teas are Fair Trade), plus I liked the idea of a healthier soda option - especially since I'm trying to cut back on booze. (Though I have to admit - my first thought when I sampled these was that they would make excellent mixers. Sigh.) 

There are four flavors of Honest Fizz, and I tried them all. Here's my honest opinion about each. 

Lemon Limey – a tangy taste of all-natural, lime flavor. This is the one that made me crave a cocktail most of all - it's begging for gin! But even if it's not five o'clock, this is still a refreshing soda. The lemon-lime flavor was subtle, yet sweet - kind of like a grown up lemonade. 

Orange Pop – a classic taste that may seem retro, but the recipe is naturally modern! Do you remember going to McDonald's as a kid, and ordering a happy meal with an orange soda, and how awesome that orange soda was? This Fizz reminded me of that delicious sugar drink, except without the sugar or the moral depravity of McDonald's. 

Root Beer - A zero-calorie Root Beer that's also organic. Definitely my favorite of the bunch. I've never been a huge soda person and once, when I was in first grade, I cried at a birthday party when I was served a cup of Coca-Cola. That said, I do like an occasional root beer, and this one satisfied that craving. Plus: root beer floats! 

Professor Fizz has a unique, all-natural spiced cherry flavor. I'm not usually a big fan of cherry, but this soda was surprisingly tasty. I didn't get too much spice from it - it reminded me of a more mellow cherry coke. 

Nathan also tried the sodas and didn't like them as much as I did, which is surprising, because he's usually the one who drinks soda in our house. He's not a fan of stevia, which is the sweetener used in Fizz, and said it threw the taste off. I have no problem with stevia myself, and didn't notice anything off about the sodas, so you'll just have to decide for yourself. 

Now for the giveaway! I didn't want to subject my readers to a review without giving them something in return, so Honest Tea has offered one lucky reader a case of each Honest Fizz flavor (that's four cases in all!). To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and tell me which flavor of Fizz you'd try first. I'll randomly choose a winner one week from today, and Honest Tea will send you your prize. Good luck! 

Disclaimer: Honest Tea send me four free cases of Honest Fizz in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own.