What is SodaStream?

It is the brand of carbonation systems for home use. They were invented in the early 1900s to incorporate carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. At that time these were called "apparatus for aerating liquids". The newer versions allow for adding flavored concentrates and before you know it - you've got homemade carbonated, flavor drink or soda.

The initial machines made were rather big and were sold for the larger households of the upper classes of London, like the royal household. There were flavors with unusual names, one being the well-known sarsaparilla introduced while in the 1920s. The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced from the 1920s and were very popular. The first smaller sized machines for home carbonation was produced in 1955.

With so many types of concentrate, various and unique flavors of soft drinks can be produced. In the times when the systems were most popular, many well-known brands were available for SodaStream from the concentrate such as Fants, and Sunkist.

In the early 1990s, the company merged with Soda-Club and has since relaunched using a marketing plan targeted more towards overall health or healthiers drink for children or families.

The SodaStream drink maker features a canister with CO2 which is forced into water which makes the water fizzy. The total product includes a machine, carbon dioxide canister, and many reusable drink bottles especially made for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it on the machine, push a button, and make sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also referred to as seltzer water. There are very different flavors of concentrated syrups allowing the user to create regular or diet pop (or soft drinks). When the canister is empty, you give it back and buy a new canister of CO2.

The popularity of the SodaStream during the 70s and 80s in the UK and currently are associated with nostalgia for those time periods. The advertising jingle in 1970 was "get busy with the fizzy" and was so very popular, that the slogan was added to their logo. It was finally dropped in 1996 after 17 years.

MilkStream is a machine made by the very same company for making milkshakes. You simply add milk, soft ice cream and syrup inside a tall glass, insert into the machine and a wand extends into the tall glass to whip up a foaming, delicious milkshake.

Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club and there are several websites where they could be purchased and all the supplies can be ordered and reordered as required.

What exactly is SodaStream?