The History and Origin of Soda
Some call it “soda,” some say “pop." Depending on what part of the country you’re from, a soft drink can be called many things. Nowhere is that more prominent than in Florida.
Cultural diversity shows itself merely by how a Floridian orders a soft drink. There’s even a map depicting just how much it varies based on region. With northeast and Latin influences on the east coast of Florida, Midwesterners on the west coast, and southerners in the panhandle, you could hear three different names for the same drink in the same state.
One thing is for certain, whether you call it pop or soda or something entirely different, we can’t get enough of it.
The History of Soda
A soda contains three basic elements: carbonated water, flavoring, and sweeteners. Back in the 18th century, Joseph Priestly, an Englishman, created carbonated water, which over time was improved and evolved to the soda water we are familiar with today.
Flavors and spices were added, as well as sweeteners like sugar, fruit juice, and high-fructose corn syrup to give the soda water a better taste and to offer a wider variety.
Believe it or not, many popular sodas got their start in pharmacies, and soft drinks were often prescribed by pharmacists for certain ailments like headaches. In the United States, soda fountains were the major source for people to get their soda fix, and a number of fountains were found in drug stores and eventually soda shops.
Throughout the early 20th century, soda rose in popularity in America thanks to several factors, one being the Prohibition Era. With no alcohol, soda was the de facto beverage of choice for many for much of the century, both in the United States and all over the world.
Fast forward to the present. Today, soda is widely available and is as popular as any other beverage in Florida. It is served in bottles, cans, and from fountains featuring some of the latest technology. Some argue the only way to really enjoy soda is over ice from a soda fountain. Regardless of how it’s consumed, soda and pop has remained a consistent favorite over the years for our taste buds.
Find the perfect ice to pair with your soft drinks in your Florida foodservice operation.
No soda is complete without ice. An efficient ice machine that creates both clean, pure, and aesthetically pleasing ice is the key to a successful beverage program. Read the Ice-O-Matic Ice Guide & Brochure to learn about how ice is just as important as the beverages that go with it.