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Homemade & Healthy Cream Soda

Homemade Cream Soda - much healthier than canned soda, and you control the amount of sugar.

Did you know that you can make your own healthy soda at home?

It’s not hard at all!

IMG_0043 Healthy Cream Soda

And it’s absolutely delicious in a cream soda float!

Use your favorite coconut, vanilla, or homemade Healthy Ice Cream.

(S is not a fan of coconut, which gave me a great excuse to try out a cashew-based version for our floats.)

Healthy Cream Soda

Way back in the 1920s, my great grandmother would make homemade soda in her basement, then invite all the neighbors over for a party.

Well, soda is not all she made in her basement. But we probably shouldn’t go into that… 😉

Homemade root beer and ginger ale were her specialties; however I’ve always liked cream soda best, and so I adapted my great grandma’s homemade soda technique for the recipe I’m posting today: homemade and healthy cream soda, high in B vitamins, and much lower in sugar than the cola you’d get from a store.

Homemade Cream Soda

Homemade Cream Soda

  • 1/4 cup warm water (60g) (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or regular sugar or agave (12g)
  • pinch stevia extract, or 2-3 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp brewers or dry active yeast (see below for yeast-free version)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (2g)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 strip lemon zest (2-in or so)
  • 2 cups water (480g)
  • 32oz soda bottle, with a cap

Dissolve the 1 tbsp sugar (not xylitol or stevia) in the water, then sprinkle the yeast over top. Set aside 6-10 minutes, or until it bubbles. (If it doesn’t bubble, either your yeast is bad or your water was too hot.) Meanwhile, put all other ingredients into the soda bottle and shake well. Pour the bubbly yeast mixture into the soda bottle, either using a funnel or pouring through a paper cup with a small hole at the bottom. Shake, then put the cap on the bottle and store it in a warm, dry place. Wait about a day and a half (no longer), then slowly open the bottle over the sink—just in case. Your soda is ready to drink, or store it in the fridge. I’m sure that if you want instant cream soda, you could just use carbonated water and skip the yeast

For Instant Cream Soda: Omit the yeast and the 1 tbsp sugar. Use carbonated water for all the water in the recipe. Stir all ingredients together, and there is no need to wait.

Click for: Cream Soda Nutrition Facts

Healthy Cream Soda  IMG_0043  Homemade Cream Soda

Question of the Day:

Pepsi, Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper… What’s your favorite type of soda?

When I was really little, I loved to buy orange sodas from the vending machine at a park near our house. But I’d never actually drink the sodas, as I didn’t like the sugary sweetness or carbonation. This was always a struggle between my mother and me… she knew the only reason I’d ask for money for a soda was because I liked pushing the button and watching it fall from the machine. The actual drink would end up in the trash after a few sips. Looking back, I tell my mom she should’ve been happy about this; she didn’t have to deal with a crazy-hyper kid on a sugar high!

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Published on April 29, 2013

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  1. Sadye says

    I’m not much for pop, either, but beyond the occasional craving for a Pepsi on a really hot day (??), the most recent ones I’ve loved are the Jarritos Mexican sodas. There are several fruity flavors, and our favorite Mexican restaurant growing up served them — tons of good memories associated with Jarritos!

    • Anonymous says

      I know, I’m so excited. I believe one of the main reasons that Americans are so obese is that we drink a lot of soda (I’m not saying that soda causes obesity, or that if you cut soda out of your diet, you won’t get obese), and we don’t feel like exercising it off. And we drink probably more than one 12-oz can everyday.

  2. Mike says

    You should add the Root Beer recipe to the article if you have it. We love Root Beer Floats but dont’ have them often due to the ingredients…

  3. Amanda F says

    I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade soda. I love cream soda & root beer floats, but rarely order or make them because of all the sugar. I can’t wait to try this receipe.

  4. kathy says

    I gave up soda (pop) in the 90’s, but the recipe sounds interesting and I may try it just out of curiosity, plus I know it wouldn’t be near as sweet as regular soda. Also, is it just my computer, or did your print button disappear? Thanks

  5. Tanner says

    I only like cream soda and its variations, and root beer. I don’t drink any soda with aspartame, though, so I rarely drink soda. I don’t like the carbonation, and I always stir the bubbles out of my soda or wait for it to go flat.

  6. [email protected] OmNom Love says

    Katie, your recipes never disappoint! I am sooooo excited to make this!
    I used to love root beer and we would buy a brand called Virgil’s. Recently, I had a taste and it’s too sweet for me now. :\ I’ll admit I was a little disappointed, but now I can make my own! Thank you so much! 😀

  7. Catherine says

    Oh my goodness, i’m definitely going to try this recipe. I used to LOVE cream soda. I stopped having fizzy drinks 5 or 6 years ago now i think and this looks yummy!

  8. Stacey says

    I gave up soda a long time ago but cream soda always remained a favorite. Do you think you could use sucanat for the sugar?

  9. Amy says

    Really?? It’s that easy? Your grandma must have hosted quite a few parties if her sodas were on the menu — yours looks amazing! My guy goes through almost an entire 2-liter of soda (Dr. Pepper, root beer, Coke, ginger ale, you name it) every day. It got a little expensive, so we borrowed his aunt’s carbon dioxide tank and make our own. It’s really fun, but since I love the smell of yeast, your version of soda sounds even better!

  10. Daniela says

    Root Beer, for me, is the only soda worth drinking. If I have to choose between any soda (besides Root Beer) or water, I will choose water every time!

    Do a homemade version of Root Beer PLEASE! I love your recipes and they always work and turn out AMAZING!

  11. Lisa says

    I’m not a huge soda fan, but I’m super intrigued by this recipe.
    Very interesting! I never thought of making my own soda ever!
    Maybe I’ll have to give it a try.
    I actually always loved vanilla coke, but was sad when they discontinued it, otherwise not a huge pop drinker.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I know :(. It’s a legal thing. I used to post a lot more pictures of friends back when I first started the blog, but I’ve been advised not to post photos of anyone who doesn’t have a website or is family. Sounds dumb, but it’s always better to be on the safe side.

  12. Amanda Nicolle says

    Why is your cream soda brown? Based on your recipe, it should be beige at its darkest. Is the variation you show a different recipe?

  13. Kristin says

    This is awesome! I love every recipe I have tried so far & am super excited to try the soda. I never drink it anymore & cream was always my fav.

  14. Leslie says

    Oh, this looks good, and I don’t even like cream soda! Now if you were to offer us a root beer recipe, I just might have to get up and dance. Thanks for all your fab recipes, Katie. The healthy butterfingers are a staple in our house!

  15. abby says

    Omg! I don’t generally drink soda but love cream soda and root beer ! Also I’m thinking of someone I know who is diabetic… How much sugar would thou say is in a eight ounce serving?

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