You’ll find regional favorites here at our soda pop shoppe!
One of the easiest ways to determine where someone spent their early years is what they call the drink that we in the West Jefferson, North Carolina area call soda pop. You’ll hear people call it soda, a soft drink, coke, pop, fizzy drink, or any of another regional versions with even more unique names in other countries. Some of them make sense, such as soft drink to differentiate from a hard drink, aka an alcoholic one, but we aren’t going to change course and call it anything different than soda pop around these parts!
At Hole Lotta Doughnuts, our soda pop shoppe is operated just like everything we do – with a focus on keeping things simple. You won’t find a long, complicated list of options, but you’ll definitely find regional favorites, such as cream soda, Cheerwine, and Orangeade.
- Cream Soda– What we enjoy as cream soda in the United States is quite different than other areas of the world. While ours varies from a clear to golden brown color depending on the manufacturer, you’ll find a cornucopia of colors elsewhere, including pink in Canada, red in the Caribbean and Latin America, bright yellow or an opaque white in New Zealand, and green in Pakistan and South Africa. When you consider that the original recipe for cream soda said to add your favorite flavoring, it makes sense that it might turn out to be vanilla here, yet a different flavor elsewhere. Want to kick your cream soda up a notch? Take it home and add some heavy cream and butterscotch sauce to it for a rendition similar to Harry Potter’s butterbeer – or you can find more recipes here.
- Cheerwine– It is not surprising that Cheerwine is so popular in our neck of the woods, since it has been being made in Salisbury, North Carolina since 1917. This delicious cherry-flavored soda pop has become a household favorite not just for drinking but for using in a multitude of recipes including a decidedly Southern BBQ version of pulled pork. Their claim to fame is that they are the oldest continuing variety of soda pop still run by the same family. It was no easy feat to be a soda pop maker back then as our nation was in the midst of a sugar shortage, but we are sure glad that L. D. Peeler followed his dream so we could offer Cheerwine soda pop in our soda shoppe.
- Orangeade– Nobody can say that we don’t have a colorful soda shoppe when you factor in the bright orange color and delicious flavor of Orangeade soda pop. Although it used to be that orangeade was enjoyed as just a well-sweetened glass of orange juice, it is now a favorite soda pop. Ever since its first appearance at drugstores in the late 19th century, few could resist a soda pop with the refreshing flavor of oranges. If you want to try something unique, mix together equal portions of Orangeade and cream soda and add a couple maraschino cherries and some grenadine syrup for a drink that will remind you of an orange creamsicle.
Stop by and see us when you get a chance and share with us which soda pop is your favorite and which you prefer as an accompaniment to our amazing handcrafted yeast doughnuts and fritters!
At Hole Lotta Doughnuts, we serve soda pop to those in the West Jefferson, Lenoir, Boone, Blowing Rock, Fleetwood, Yadkin Valley, Morganton, Wilkesboro, Hickory, and Granite Falls, North Carolina areas.