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Old 07-06-2010, 11:04 AM
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Best Store Brand Soda?

Hi all,

Like most of us, I'm having to cut back a little. For our RPG games (also a cheap hobby) everyone brings some kind of food item. I usually bring sodas and maybe chips.

So my question to y'all is, what's the best store brand soda (overall or specific flavors)? I figure it's useful info for us all.

Oh, and any recommendations for the best chips in 'classic' (BBQ, Salt-n-Vinegar) flavors would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:07 AM
Cat Whisperer Cat Whisperer is offline
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Super Store's President's Choice brand potato chips are unbelievably good and cheap. The Greek flavour and Barbecue Back Ribs flavours are delicious (the rib chips actually taste like ribs - holey moley!). I think they also have regular flavours; we've been too busy trying all the exotic flavours.

I'm not a huge fan of Safeway house brand sodas, and I don't really buy sodas anywhere else. You might just have to use trial-and-error for that.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:14 AM
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I don't know what supermarkets you have available, but I have always found that Kroger's store brand "Big K" is pretty good, even the diet. Meijer's store brand is also good. Wal-Mart's house brand seems to be hit & miss on the sodas.

When in doubt, you can always buy Faygo (if it's available). It's usually priced substantially cheaper than other major brands, but it's not a store brand.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:15 AM
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I was going to suggest Big K also. The Big K knockoff of Coke Zero is particularly good, IMO.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:37 AM
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Avoid Sam's Choice. Like the plague.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:41 AM
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Since the OP asked us for location-specific ideas and didn't include his location, I just assumed he was in Calgary.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:20 PM
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Meijer Brand Diet Root Beer is excellent.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:22 PM
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I'm not sure if the chain even still exists (I think Stop & Shop or Waldbaums bought them) but Finest Cola was THE shit. 10x better than the name brands.

Key Food also has surprisingly good ginger ale, orange and cream soda. Their cola blows though.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:07 PM
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Price Chopper has really good soda, especially their grape and root beer. Their root beer is better than several brand names. I like it better than Barq's, Polar, and Adirondack, and it's on par with Mug. Pales to any "high end" root beer, like Stewart's, IBC, or Virgil's, but is one of the best of the "plastic bottle" root beers.
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:49 PM
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My friends swears by President's Choice "Dr. Smooth".
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:11 PM
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Actually, I'm in Fort Worth but there are Dopers from all over so I suggest we list any supermarket choices.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:04 PM
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I wholeheartedly second Cat Whisper'sPresident's Choice.. choice.
The Piri Piri chips are lovely, but Russian Roulette in a bag. The first one is delightfully piquant, the next one mildly savoury, the next one OMG I'M EATING FIRE, the next one is a gentle and slightly sweet heat...
President's Choice pop is also pretty good. I like how there's two kinds of generic store brand cola - "red" and "blue"
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:38 PM
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I'm going to ring in on the Kroger Big K brand as being really great (drink the caffeine free-diet cola). If you are looking for cheap chips, Aldi's Clancy's BBQ chips stand up to any other brand name I have purchased, and they are only $.99 per bag!
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:24 PM
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I think it's the Kroger Big K brand because I shop at Smith's, but I get the Cherry Cola and the Deep Red, which is a kind of light cherry soda, kind of like Cheerwine.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:36 AM
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I wholeheartedly second Cat Whisper'sPresident's Choice.. choice.
The Piri Piri chips are lovely, but Russian Roulette in a bag. The first one is delightfully piquant, the next one mildly savoury, the next one OMG I'M EATING FIRE, the next one is a gentle and slightly sweet heat...
President's Choice pop is also pretty good. I like how there's two kinds of generic store brand cola - "red" and "blue"
I've gotta go with the Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese; AMAZING

( the loaded baked potato kind isn't half bad either though)
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:23 AM
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The H-E-B (Texas store) Dr. Pepper knockoff Dr. B is one of the few that I've ever found to be nearly worthy of the original. H-E-B's "Big Red" soda has a major local following too, which I don't believe is a knockoff of anything, actually. Not a fan myself.

Dr. B also had a starring role in ending a police standoff here in San Antonio last month. The brand isn't mentioned in this story, but it was widely reported.
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:38 PM
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Whotta slogan that must be.

"Dr. B, good enough to go to prison for!"

Thanks to all for all of the replies...
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:44 PM
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When she was in school, my little sister did a taste test between various colas. Publix Cola came in very first, topping out over Coke and Pepsi by a healthy amount. Sam's Choice came in dead last.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:29 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of Safeway house brand sodas, and I don't really buy sodas anywhere else.
I have to agree with this. My husband of 13 years suddenly blurted to me "You have bad breath!" out of nowhere after a week of drinking the Safeway diet soda. There is something ooogy and "not right" about it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:36 PM
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We love Walmart's Twist Up - a Sprite/7-Up knockoff. It's only 66 cents a 2-liter.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:21 PM
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Another vote for the Big K brand Diet Sodas sold at Kroger. The root beer is especially good, and I'm ok with the diet Lemon Tea too. The plain sparkling water is excellent.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:26 PM
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Big K peach soda is great. Tastes like a light, refreshing peach schnapps. No cans though- only in 2 L bottles.
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