Frostie Vanilla Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Detroit, Michigan
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Frostie Vanilla Root Beer and I have a history. I first had Frostie Vanilla Root Beer as part of a New Year’s Eve root beer taste test. As I recall, Frostie Vanilla Root Beer was far and away my favorite of the lot, although admittedly there were some pretty bad root beers in the competition. Needless to say, I was excited when I set my eyes upon this brew again for my official review.
The hallmark of Frostie brand sodas is their Santa Claus mascot. I imagine this cartoon figure has remained the same since the 1970’s. He is a very jolly Santa who looks like a mix between Santa and a wizard. I don’t think this Santa needs reindeer. He should be able to fly from chimney to chimney by flapping his long, upward-turned mustache. There was some confusion in my house over the red circle covering Santa’s ear. I thought it was likely an earmuff, although I wouldn’t think Santa would need earmuffs, but my daughter commented that it looks like a cookie. We may never know the truth. Regardless, the cartoon Santa does work well with the snow-capped letters that spell out the name of the soda – Frostie.
Big surprise, Frostie Vanilla Root Beer tastes like vanilla. Unfortunately, I did not find the heavenly vanilla flavor capable of soothing you straight into a coma, that I had remembered. In fact this time, I liked the vanilla version slightly less than the original Frostie Root Beer. However, Frostie Vanilla Root Beer is not a bad drink. The root beer flavor is not very strong, as you would expect from a vanilla root beer, and the vanilla is fairly creamy. If you like vanilla, you should enjoy this. Perhaps my expectations for this drink based on my satisfying memories were unrealistic and unfair.