Grandpa Joe’s Sarsaparilla

I am rather excited to try this, what I think would be my first clear sarsaparilla! coming from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, which is a chain of candy stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio. and which I will have to plan to visit with the children sometime soon apparently! I am a huge fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, although less so of the Grandpa Joe character who let the family wallow in extreme poverty while he sits in bed for 20+ years, but who, once he might get some free chocolate, is able to do a big dance routine. this soda is actually made by Natrona Bottling, who make Red Ribbon root beer and birch beer, as well as probably many other sodas. the idea, in any case is one I support, no artificial colors. granted the artificial flavors are not exactly a good thing, but they are pretty ubiquitous so I tolerate their presence a bit more .
the initial taste here is not good. it is just a bizarre combination of a little bit of a lot of things, I think I taste anise, wintergreen, along with just a chemical taste I cannot place. it just does not work. the aftertaste is actually ok, but getting to that point is not pleasant. for sure I have had much worse sodas, I could drink this one and not be too grossed out, if I don’t pay attention, maybe with some pizza or something. yet under real scrutiny it just is not good at all. sorry Grandpa Joe.

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: OH, PA, online

Obtained in: mailorder
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 120 Sodium: 5mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 30g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, artificial sarsaparilla flavor, citric acid

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