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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I Tried it So You Don’t Have To: The New A&W Float Soda

posted by on April 9 at 11:30 AM


Don’t do it. I should’ve know better. I know. Don’t tell me I’m stupid for thinking it could be good. I never thought it’d be good. I just… had to try it anyway.

The added vanilla flavor, which is far too strong, tastes like cheap vanilla extract. After one gulp I felt like I was drinking up the mixture of melted ice cream, flat soda, and backwash that’s left in the bottom of someone else’s old root beer float.

If you see it, stay away.

Giant Chewy Nerds, on the otherhand, are my new best friend.

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Thank you for this advice. Mwah!

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 9, 2008 11:48 AM

Thanks for the tip... This reminds me of the pre-packaged rice krispy treats that taste overwhelmingly like corn sweetener. Making your own float is as important as mixing your own cocktail!

Posted by Joe M | April 9, 2008 11:48 AM

What the fuck happened to my Oompas?! Was I the only douchebag buying those?!

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 9, 2008 11:52 AM

do they have a diet version ?
...just axin..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | April 9, 2008 11:57 AM

Sigh. I remember in the 80s driving up to my family's cottage and stopping at the A&W in some tiny Indiana town to get some grub. And we would get root beer floats. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Michigan Matt | April 9, 2008 12:02 PM

Thanks for the tip Megan! I will definitely try out the Giant Chewy Nerds - I do love the Nerds on a Rope.

I hate that artificial vanilla flavour, it tastes like over-fermented liquor.

Posted by Mab | April 9, 2008 12:07 PM

Agreed, my girlfriend bought some of this the other day and it was the grossest shit I've ever had.

Posted by chicago | April 9, 2008 12:12 PM

Giant Chewy Nerds ... are those like the giant Sweet Tarts they used to have, but with a candy shell?

Best place to get an A&W root bear float is in Nelson BC after driving to it for half an hour. I like the orange floats better, but ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 12:16 PM

You can get a REAL A&W Root Beer float from the A&W/KFC near the Wal Mart in Renton.

Posted by Mike of Renton | April 9, 2008 12:21 PM

Thanks for taking one for the team. I would have totally got suckered into this, had I seen it w/o your review.
Though, in truth, if I came across this on a road trip - I'd have to get it.

Posted by AW | April 9, 2008 12:40 PM

Thank you. Because otherwise my boyfriend would've tried it.

Posted by squidoo | April 9, 2008 1:22 PM

There might be one person in the world who would like it, and that would be my boyfriend. I can't even be in the same room with him when he has a rootbeer float because he stirs it until the ice cream melts and only then does he drink it. That's just wrong. Truly unAmerican. Anyway, he's in Iraq right now and won't have a chance to try it for awhile, but I'm pretty sure this will be right up his alley. Maybe I'll mail him a bottle...

Posted by DanFan | April 9, 2008 1:30 PM
Posted by Coincidence! | April 9, 2008 2:15 PM

I'm not even a little bit surprised.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s & 1970s, back in the midwest, we used to go out maybe once every month or two to an A&W drive-in (yes, I'm that old). My very favorite thing in the world was a real A&W root beer float.

This abomination should be outlawed.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 9, 2008 2:43 PM

Artificial vanilla flavouring is a byproduct of the industrial papermaking process.

Posted by Thisbe | April 9, 2008 2:52 PM

@8-they still make the giant sweettarts. i buy mine at city market.

Posted by matt | April 9, 2008 5:12 PM

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