UPDATE–The winner is Michelle buckyandtux@!

I am a bit ashamed to admit that I used to be a Mountain Dew fanatic.  The addiction started around age 16 and continued until I finally mustered up the strength to give up Mountain Dew completely over four years.  However, I soon replaced my daily Mountain Dew habit with a daily Pepsi habit.  When I began having at least two Pepsis a day, I decided it would be best to ban soda all together, which is what I did over a year ago.  Our home has been soda free since then.

Now that I pay attention to food labels and try to avoid artificial colors, flavors and additives, I am somewhat sickened by how long I put Mountain Dew in my body every day!

I was recently asked to review a copy of The Artisan Soda Workshop, and let me tell you, if you are trying to kick the Coke or Pepsi habit, this book is for you.

Why I Love This Book

Why do I love this book?  It is filled with recipes for natural syrups to add to your Soda Stream or even just a glass of seltzer water.  There are no artificial colors or flavors here.

Whatever fruit you love, you can find a flavor to suit your taste.  My husband loves blueberries and strawberries, so we tried the mixed berry syrup.  He really enjoyed it.  I didn’t care for it that much, but I wouldn’t normally drink a blueberry/strawberry soda.

I used to also enjoy a vanilla creme soda in my day, but now I realize that drink was nothing more than artificial flavors.  The first recipe I tried for myself in this book was Cream Soda Syrup, and it was delicious!  I felt like I was drinking a vanilla creme soda, but with none of the nasty additives.

Use the Syrups in Other Ways Too

This book contains recipes for 70 syrups.  Best of all, the syrups have other uses too.  You could also use them for syrups on pancakes  or over ice cream or stir them into your morning oatmeal.  They can also be used in a smoothie or mixed with vinegar and oil for salad dressing.

I love how versatile the syrups are!  In fact, I am thinking of cooking a banana and pouring a little Cream Soda Syrup over it.

The Giveaway

Ulysses Press, the publisher of The Artisan Soda Workshop, is giving one lucky Mom’s Plans’ reader their own copy of this book.

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment stating what type of soda syrup you would like to create.  (Just think of your favorite fruits or your favorite seltzer drinks.)

Additional Methods of Entry

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-Blog about this giveaway or write about it on Facebook or Twitter

For each additional giveaway entry, just leave a separate comment stating what you did.

This giveaway will end on August 24, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  The winner will be chosen via random.org

I received one copy of the book for review purposes.  I received no compensation.

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