A & W Cream Soda copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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A & W Cream Soda

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Sure, Roy Allen and Frank Wright are better known for the exquisite root beer concoction sold first from California drive-up stands under the A&W brand name. But these days the company makes a darn good vanilla cream soda as well. And the formula is one we can easily clone at home by combining a few simple ingredients. Most of the flavor comes from vanilla, but you'll also need a little lemonade flavor Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix powder. This mix comes in .23-ounce packets and provides the essential citric acid that gives this A&W cream soda copycat recipe the slight sour flavor of the real thing. Once you make the syrup, let it cool down in the fridge, then combine the syrup with cold soda water in a 1-to-4 ration, add a little ice, and get sipping.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits and Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kool-Aid lemonade unsweetened drink mix
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 cups cold soda water
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      A & W®
    • Instructions

      1. Dissolve the sugar and Kool-Aid drink mix in the hot water in a small pitcher.

      2. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and stir well. Cover and chill the syrup until cold.

      3. When the syrup is cold, pour 1/4 cup syrup into 1 cup cold soda water. Stir gently, add ice, and serve.

      Makes 10 10-ounce servings.

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I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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