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polar seltzer seasonal sorcery continues

picked up some cucumber melon and blueberry lemonade yesterday. i think there was also raspberry mojito and one more...

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  1. Soon they'll call it Craft Seltzer.

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    1. re: treb

      Someone might, but not Polar. They are unpretentious, for which I give thanks.

      Also, yay Polar Golden Ginger Ale. Best thing ever for an upset stomach.

    2. yay, hotoy! can't wait to try. I settled on Peach eventually, so new flavors would be great!

      1. I just heard about the cucumber melon one. How was it??

        Ginger lemonade, pink grapefruit and the granny smith apple ones are a few of my favorites. I thought the mint mojito one was very plastic-y

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        1. re: foodieX2

          love the grapefruit, think that is all year.

          the ginger lemongrass seems seasonal and i LOVE it.

          the melon cuke is very good. mmmmm.

          will try the blueberry lemonade tomorrow.

          why do they have a lock on all these good flavors?

          although... there was still some mint-chocolate-chip on the shelf from christmas. ick.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Yeah that was gross. I took the leap. That and the coconut. Lesson learned.

            1. re: Small Plates

              I will see your coconut and raise you a fudge brownie cheesecake.

              It was a no.

          2. re: foodieX2

            for me, the cuke melon was actually too faint a flavor. i got no taste ot watermelon, and oddly, only an occasional taste of cuke, which i would have liked stronger. would really love a cuke lime version.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              I would love a plain cucumber version also. I usually put a slice of cucumber in the cuke-melon flavor, but you know, sometimes I am that lazy and would like to skip that step.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                That's actually great to hear, OC. I generally think flavored water is OVERLY flavored. I will have to check out the cuke melon.

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  hi al, i tried the grapefruit last night and it was lovely- just like a whisper of flavor. but i wouldn't mind it and the cuke being a bit stronger either!

            2. The blueberry lemonade sounds pretty darn good.

              1. Oh, good. I loved the cucumber-melon one last year.

                1. I'm allergic to melon and they use natural flavors :-(

                  Blueberry lemonade sounds great though!

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                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Unless the ingredient list says melon, chances are that there's no melon in it. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20... This article details the development and make-up of the potions that are designated as "natural flavorings". Only part of it is available free. But here's a CH discussion of the 60 Minutes piece on the same company: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820023

                    Safe to assume that Polar flavors are the work of these alchemists, or other similar flavor-developing companies.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      That would be really great. I love love love melon but am deathly allergic to it now.

                      Hope my next post isn't from the Brighams ER since I'm gonna try one.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        Honestly though, are you surprised? We are talking about seltzer water here with no other indication that it has the product flavor in them, aside from the taste and label. I think that calorie-free bubbly water is the least of our concerns.

                    2. I like these but I still don't understand what kind of "natural flavors" they use to get these to come out so well...

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                      1. re: Bugsey34

                        me neither, nor do i understand how nobody else has climbed on this flavor-train.

                        not all the flavors work for me, so it's not always a slam dunk.

                        1. re: Bugsey34

                          I too wonder about the "natural" flavors ...

                          1. re: Bugsey34

                            Castoreum is an example of a "natural flavor". If you've had raspberry natural flavoring, there's a good chance they used castoreum. Since castoreum is naturally secreted from glands by the ass of a North American beaver, it can be labeled as "natural flavoring". No raspberry, just all natural beaver ass juice.

                            "Castoreum is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac which is, in combination with the beaver's urine, used during scent marking of territory.[1][2] Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail.....In the United States, castoreum is considered to be a GRAS food additive by the Food and Drug Administration.[10] It is often referenced simply as a "natural flavoring" in products' lists of ingredients. While it is mainly used in both foods and beverages as part of a substitute vanilla flavour,[11] it is less commonly used as a part of a raspberry or strawberry flavoring."

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castoreum

                            1. re: seamunky

                              That Wiki article is equal parts interesting, and things I'd rather not think about. It does not seem possible that all the castoreum used in manufacturing can come from actual beavers. They'd have been trapped to extinction by now, and AFAIK there's no such thing as beaver farming. So I'm guessing that industry combines the individual chemicals of which castoreum is composed and is allowed to call that a natural flavoring.

                              1. re: greygarious

                                am dying laughing about a beaver farm, lol.

                                however, from here:

                                http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blog...

                                "Kidding aside, beaver butt oil is being used for vanilla flavoring, but it isn’t coming from beavers directly. Scientists have planted the gene for making castoreum into bacteria. We grow the bacteria in large vats crushing them when the bacteria are screaming that they can’t take anymore of life as a stinking anal juice producing factory.

                                After we crush them we try to “purify” out the flavorful stinky stuff, but it’s very hard to do (it’s a large molecule/molecules). but we get a good enough concentration to make an acceptable vanilla flavoring substitute… OMG, really?!?!… yes Virginia, shut up and eat your beaver."

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  Ugh, this is why I can't bring myself to buy this stuff.

                                  1. re: Bugsey34

                                    don't overthink it. no beavers were near your drink. i think, lol.

                          2. Pomegranate sangria and mango papaya are the other 2 for the summer.

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                            1. re: catsmeow

                              does anyone think the mango papaya has a distinct coconut overtone?

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                Yes. Drinking it right now and my first thought was "this tastes like tanning lotion".... I'm still drinking it, but it's definitely not mango-y or papaya-y...

                            2. The cucumber melon one is what I had imagined the bath and body works spray to taste like.

                              1. Raspberry mojito was yum, but the bottle of blueberry lemonade I tried was too blueberry and not enough lemonade. Not bad, but not what I thought it would be. Might benefit from liberal squeezes of lemon.

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                                1. re: pinehurst

                                  I tried the blueberry lemonade and you hit the nail on the head. I was wondering where the lemonade was. I think if i hadn't gone into with the expectation of lemonade I would have liked it more.

                                  www.hungrytommy.com

                                2. they also have pear vanilla. by bil is a sales rep for them. i think i saw about a billion flavors at his house on mothers day on sunday

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                                  1. re: eLizard

                                    Vanilla Pear is a standard year-round flavor now -- one of my favorites and a standard shopping cart item.

                                    My favorite of the seasonal flavors is the Mango Papaya. The only one I didn't dig much was the Pomegranate Sangria; when I was sipping it, I was reminded of something from my childhood that I couldn't place, until I realized that it smelled just like Luden's cherry cough drops.

                                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                                      Funny, I had a similar experience in search of lost time, but I was thinking cherry gumballs.

                                      1. re: deglazer

                                        Very very similar flavor. For those who haven't had them, Luden's cherry cough drops are literally just cherry candy, with no menthol or any 'medicine' to them, so you and I are probably imagining exactly the same nostalgic flavor :)

                                  2. So far, raspberry mojito was too minty and not fruity enough for my taste. Blueberry lemonade was ok but needed more lemon and not good enough for me for a second purchase. The pomegranate sangria didn't taste like cough drops to me, it might be a do again.

                                    Haven't tried the cucumber melon (up in the air about that flavor). Don't like mango flavor so will probably skip that one.

                                    Will probably stick to the basics I prefer, although I am willing to try the seasonal flavors at least once (or some of them anyway).

                                    1. Wegmans had a whole end cap display of these seasonal flavors last Saturday afternoon, which I almost didn't see since I was headed for the shelved Polars.

                                      1. Polar is actually quite a giant. USAs largest indy bottler, plus, they own:

                                        Adirondack, Waist Watcher and Clear ‘n’ Natural and National brands 7Up, A&W, Sunkist, Seagrams (sodas), Royal Crown and Diet Rite along with new-age brands Snapple, AriZona, Fiji Water, O Water, HyDrive and Nantucket Nectars in addition to retailer private-label brands (e.g supermarket brands) and finally home and office water.

                                        I love that they're so creative with all those flavas.

                                        Where else can you easily get Birch Beer these days?

                                        And their Dry Orange is the best Orange on the market... it's even got pulp in it!

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                                        1. re: cringle22

                                          To be clear, they only own Adirondack, Waist Watcher and Clear n' Natural. The other brands you mentioned are ones they bottle and distribute, but don't own.

                                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                                They do! A friend who worked there managed to finagle me case of the ginger lemonade seltzer when it first came out and was hard to find. I paid retail and was happy to do it.

                                          1. I drank the cucumber melon and im still here. Tasted pretty good.