Happy Friday! Shonen Soda Fam,
Cream soda, a sweet carbonated drink, originated in the United States in the mid-19th century. It typically features a combination of vanilla flavor and is often clear or colored, usually in shades of brown or pink.
In Japan, cream soda, known as "クリームソーダ" (creamu soda), is a beloved beverage, characterized by its vibrant green color and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a staple in Japanese cafes, symbolizing the fusion of Western and Japanese beverage cultures.
I think cream soda in Japan is more than just a drink; it’s a representation of cultural diversity, blending the Western concept of soda with Japan’s love for aesthetic and unique flavor profiles. I personally love that Japan opens up to American culture by adopting foreign culinary concepts and making it personal and uniquely Japanese.
(FYI: Japan has incorporated many American/English words to their dictionary due to the American influence. They call Hamburgers, “Han-baa-gaa”)
Whether enjoyed as a refreshing beverage in the States or a delightful dessert drink in Japan, cream soda continues to be a sweet testament to the universal love for flavorful innovations. So, next time you sip on a can of Shonen Soda, remember, you’re not just enjoying a beverage; you’re experiencing a fizzy fusion of cultures.
Cheers to the universal love for cream soda!
The Shonen Soda Team.