I am not surprised that you did not care for Polar’s premium vanilla creme soda. I never did care for Polar’s regular or diet vanilla creme soda, either. This just bolsters my contention that these premium sodas are more marketing hype than anything else. We never really find out who the beverage technologists behind these “premium” products are. Maybe Polar just switched liquid cane sugar for HFCS in their regular vanilla creme soda recipe? Or maybe the technologist’s last job was formulating transmission oils for Quaker State.
It is possible for a low-cost soft drink company to put out a good vanilla creme soda. If I run out of Barq’s vanilla creme soda sold in the Philadelphia area, I buy the ShopRite supermarket chain’s house brand diet creme soda at 89 cents for a two liter bottle. Last time I checked, it was made by Cott Beverages, the big private label soda maker.
Edited to correct name of ShopRite’s soda manufacturer.