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January 22, 2012

New flavor sweetens the day at The Soda Shed

(Pictured from left: Kim Hanna, Brandt Elledge and Amanda Elledge)

Warmer weather Sunday brought a steady stream of customers to The Soda Shed for a thirst-quenching home-made soda.

The business began by Cheri Elledge and her husband, Larry, who created and perfected the recipes inside the kitchen of their Cleburne home.

Now in its second year at the Stock Show, sales are sound but family members working at the business said last year’s totals are going to be hard to beat because of Super Bowl crowds.

New this year, the classic flavor of cola. But also on the menu is an orange cream and a cream soda, which is oh-so-sweet but surprisingly light and refreshing.

Vanilla spice is The Soda Shed’s version of Dr. Pepper with a little more vanilla and a hint of bubblegum aftertaste.

By far, the best-seller remains root beer and root beer floats made with classic root beer flavors,  said Amanda Elledge, daughter-in-law of the owners.

But two other kinds of root beer await the thirsty—sarsaparilla, a stronger version with more spices such as wintergreen and clove; and birch beer, which has a milder flavor.

When asked about all the hype that homemade soda machines received during the holiday, Brandt Elledge there’s no comparison to his family's specially crafted secret recipes.

“You can’t beat these flavors,” he said. “My dad used to have one of those machines ... he ended up making his own syrups.”

The Soda Shed is located in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall. 

--Susan McFarland



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