Cream soda

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Hand-crafted cream soda
A bottle of Sanyo, a brand of green Japanese cream soda, next to a glass of ice topped with ice cream

Cream soda (also known as creme soda or creaming soda) is a sweet soft drink. Generally flavored with vanilla and based on the taste of an ice cream float, a wide range of variations can be found worldwide.

History and development[edit]

A recipe for cream soda written by E. M. Sheldon and published in Michigan Farmer in 1852 called for water, cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate), Epsom salts, sugar, egg, and milk to be mixed, then heated, then mixed again once cooled with water and a quarter teaspoonful of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to make an effervescent drink. It was suggested as a temperance drink preferable to those of "Uncle Bacchus" and in compliance with the recently introduced Maine law.[1]

Alexander C. Howell of Vienna, New Jersey was granted a patent for "cream soda-water" on June 27, 1865. Howell's cream soda-water was made with sodium bicarbonate, water, sugar, egg whites, wheat flour, and "any of the usual flavoring materials—such as oil of lemon, extracts of vanilla, pine-apple, to suit the taste". Before drinking, the cream soda-water was mixed with water and an acid such as tartaric acid or citric acid.[2] In Canada, James William Black of Berwick, Nova Scotia, was granted a U.S. patent on December 8, 1885, and a Canadian patent on July 5, 1886, for "ice-cream soda".[3][4] Black's ice-cream soda, which contained whipped egg whites, sugar, lime juice, lemons, citric acid, flavoring, and bicarbonate of soda,[5] was a concentrated syrup that could be reconstituted into an effervescent beverage by adding ordinary ice water.[4]

International variations[edit]

North and South America[edit]

United States[edit]

Zevia Cream Soda

In the United States, cream soda is often vanilla-flavored and is either clear or colored a light golden brown or pink. Red, orange, and blue colored variants of the plain soda are also made.[citation needed]

Popular brands include:

Another variety is referred to as Italian cream soda. Despite the name, this drink originated in the US, not in Italy. The name is due to it being a form of Italian soda. Italian cream soda is usually made of a mixture of carbonated water, vanilla syrup, and added half and half or cream. Ratios vary widely, but the taste is usually that of sweetened, flavored milk.[citation needed]


In Canada, cream soda is mostly pink, although clear versions can be found in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Some brands, such as Fanta, market clear cream soda nationwide. Many brands have a long-lasting, foamy head.

Brands include:

Some American brands are available in Canada as imports.

Caribbean and Latin America[edit]

Cream soda is usually served as a "red pop", particularly Fanta's Red Cream Soda. Champagne cola (also spelled "kola"), a soft drink similar to cream soda, is ubiquitous across the region. In the Caribbean there are several popular brands of clear, vanilla-flavoured cream soda.

  • Bigga (Jamaica) [6]
  • Crema Soda (El Salvador)
  • DG Soft Drink Cream Soda (Jamaica)
  • Frescolita (Venezuela) – a bubble gum-flavored soda
  • Inca Kola (Peru) – sometimes considered a champagne cola, sometimes considered its own drink
  • Old Jamaica Cream Soda (Jamaica) [7]
  • Solo Beverage Company (Trinidad)
  • ToniCol (Mexico) – a naturally flavored vanilla soda



Bundaberg Burgundee Creaming Soda

In Australia, two distinctly different coloured sodas exist, red and brown, both usually called creaming soda, although some brands such as Bickford's,[8] use the term creamy soda. Both red and brown creaming sodas are predominantly vanilla based, but Bundaberg Burgundee creaming soda is based on red grapes. Another local variant produced by Golden Circle is vanilla and fruit-flavoured, and coloured yellow to distinguish it from existing brands.[9] More traditional brown varieties are also available, but less common. Brands include Kirks' Sno Drop (only available in South Australia, Victoria, and the Northern Territory), Tarax, River Port, Hartz, Saxby's,[10] Bert's Snowette (the original recipe of Shelley's Snowcap (Snowcap Champagne) before the line was acquired)[11] and Schweppes, which also produce a red variety as part of its "Traditionals" range.

The term "creaming soda" is generally used to refer to the drink itself, whereas the combination of soda and ice-cream is called a spider.

New Zealand[edit]

This is known as creaming soda, ice cream soda, chill drink, or cream soda, though the flavour changes are negligible. It is usually a bright yellow colour or a white opaque. It is one of the many flavours sold by Foxton Fizz. It is also one of the many carbonated drink-flavours offered by Golden Circle.



A brand called UGGO is sold in the Netherlands, which offers several different flavors of cream soda. The Surinamese soft drink brand Fernandes, widely available in the country, sells cream soda under the name Green Punch; as the name implies, it is green in color.

Asian (especially Chinese) supermarkets also sell Schweppes Cream Soda, which is imported from Hong Kong. A&W is sold in some supermarkets.[citation needed]

Old Jamaica Cream Soda (Jamaica) is also sold in the Netherlands.[12]


Ireland has a brand of clear vanilla-flavoured cream soda called Country Spring.[citation needed]. Country Spring was a soft drink brand made by the Gleeson Group[1], a company which was in turn purchased by C&C Group in 2012 [2]. Cream Soda made by A.G. Barr is also widely sold and consumed there.

United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, A.G. Barr (the Scottish company that makes IRN BRU) and Ben Shaw's (a Cott brand), manufacture their own brands of cream soda, which are both clear and vanilla-flavoured and some supermarket chains sell it under their respective own brands.


A brand called Sun'n Cream Soda is made by Finnish brewery Nokian Panimo. They also have a variation called Orange Cream Soda, with a hint of orange taste.


Hale's Blue Boy Cream Soda Syrup

In Hong Kong, the Swire Coca-Cola Company markets a yellow Schweppes Cream Soda. Some people enjoy cream soda in a 1:1 ratio with fresh milk.

In Japan, "cream soda" (クリームソーダ) is a term used for an ice cream float made with melon-flavored soda (メロンソーダ) topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Japanese style cream soda

In Malaysia, the F&N or Fraser and Neave brand makes a clear ice cream soda.

Pakistan's popular brand is Pakola Ice Cream Soda, which is green in color.

In Sri Lanka, Elephant House Cream Soda is the most popular soft drink. Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka launched their newest flavor, Fanta Cream Soda, in July 2009.

In Thailand, Hale's Trading produces Hale's Blue Boy Brand Cream Soda Flavoured Syrup, a green colored, rose/floral flavored cordial. This is mixed 1 part water to 4 parts soda water to get a cream soda drink, very similar to the South African Creme Soda, or can be used as a flavoring in shaved-ice desserts. This syrup is sold worldwide in some Asian food stores. PepsiCo's division in Thailand produces a green, cream-flavored soda under their brand name Mirinda.

In some Arabian countries, Canada Dry offers a cream soda flavor.


Sparletta Creme Soda

In Mayotte, Comoros, South Africa, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe, cream soda is sold under the label Sparletta Creme Soda, a product of the Coca-Cola company. It is green in color.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Receipts". Michigan Farmer. X (6): 183. June 1852.
  2. ^ US 48405, Howell, Alexander C., "Improved Beverage", issued June 27, 1865 
  3. ^ CA 24012, Black, James William, "Ice Cream Soda", issued May 10, 1886  (Patent information at CIPO).
  4. ^ a b US 332134, Black, James William, "Ice-cream Soda", issued 1885-12-08  "This invention relates to a new confectionery composition or sirup for conveniently and economically making, as desired, a refreshing beverage called "ice-cream soda." The ingredients used in the beverage, except the ice-water, are combined in a concentrated form and bottled for use, so that as occasion demands it may be quickly mixed with ice-water to form an effervescent, refreshing, and healthful drink."
  5. ^ Mario Theriault, Great Maritime Inventions 1833–1950, Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2001, p. 19.
  6. ^ "Bigga". November 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Old Jamaica Cream Soda".
  8. ^ "BICKFOrd's AUSTRALIA--- Products - Old Style Sodas". Archived from the original on October 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "Golden Circle Creaming Soda". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Saxbys Food and Drink Recipes". Saxbys Soft Drinks.
  11. ^ "Snowette".
  12. ^ "Old Jamaica Cream soda bestellen | Albert Heijn".