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Meet Cherry Vanilla
We don't know who needs to hear this…but "good for you" should taste good, too. Enter: Cherry Vanilla — we pinpointed the cherry pie flavor we were craving with a careful combination of tart morello cherries and the sweet tang of rainier cherries, then rounded things out with the soft and sumptuous taste of vanilla bean.
With natural ingredients, unreal flavor, and as sweet as pie, Cherry Vanilla lets you have your pie and drink it too!
Cherry Vanilla’s Inspiration Story
Our co-founder and formulator, Ben Goodwin, crafted Cherry Vanilla to taste just like a cherry pie. Like our Strawberry Vanilla variety, Cherry Vanilla is a creation inspired by his childhood and his favorite sweet indulgences. Born in August, Ben always craved a fresh cherry pie on his birthday. Unfortunately, cherry season peaked before his special day rolled around, so he couldn’t enjoy this sweet and tangy treat on his special day.
Now, he can! Because Ben was able to formulate the taste of his favorite pie in a better-for-you, more delicious (if you can believe it), and significantly fizzier form. Despite being inspired by a deliciously sweet dessert, OLIPOP's Cherry Vanilla is neither too sweet nor too rich. It hits the nostalgia of cherry pie without overpowering it, allowing you to get a taste of the cherry pie flavor you remember—or, if you haven’t tried cherry pie, a flavor you’ll now never forget!—but even better. If that doesn't put a smile on your face, we don't know what will!
Cherry Vanilla Nutrition
Like all of our delicious sodas at OLIPOP, Cherry Vanilla feels as good as it tastes. All of our ingredients are plant-based and serve a function. Together, our ingredients support healthy digestion by feeding the microbiome that exists within all of us. We use something called OLISMART to turn our drinks from just delicious to functional. OLISMART is our in-house, proprietary blend of eight unique botanicals, plant fibers, and prebiotics (the primo food source for beneficial bacteria), each hand-picked for their biome-supporting benefits.
As a part of their biome-supporting benefits, the fiber and prebiotics in our soda aid in slowly dispersing nutrients over the digestive tract's length, which consequently feeds the important good bacteria that live there. Fiber is also a key ingredient for digestive health, and it’s a macronutrient that we can all benefit from getting more of, as 95% of Americans don’t meet the recommended daily intake. Our botanical extracts, on the other hand, serve to promote nutritional diversity. The number of plant types you eat plays a big role in the diversity of your gut microbiome. And as you might already know: a diverse microbiome is a healthier, stronger microbiome. In fact, The American Gut Project—the largest study to date of the human microbiome—found that those who ate more than 30 plant types a week had more diverse gut microbiomes than those who ate 10 or fewer plant types a week. With 8 botanical extracts and plant fibers in OLISMART, OLIPOP can help you increase the diversity of your diet in just one can.
In addition to the OLISMART blend we use in all of our sodas, our Cherry Vanilla formula also adds tart cherry varieties (duh, that’s how we got the taste!).
And like all of our beverages, Cherry Vanilla is certified non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-diet compliant. Plus, we flavor all of our drinks with stevia instead of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Derived from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant (read: plant-based!), stevia has been used for over 200 years to sweeten foods. Because stevia is calorie-free, we can keep our soda to 5 grams of sugar. In comparison, cherry soda from other "big soda" companies can have up to forty-two grams of sugar, and are also made with artificial flavors and colors. Talk about an OLIPOP win!
Cherry Vanilla Food Pairings
Cherry Vanilla is a flavor you can drink alone or enjoy with food. The truth is soda can pair with just about any of your favorite eats, spanning a variety of different cultures and cuisines. But here are some classic suggestions that you'll love.
Burgers & Cherry Vanilla
The tang and tart of our sweet fruity concoction balance burgers (and steak) perfectly! Cherry Vanilla adds the perfect touch of sweetness and just a little note of acidity.
Pancakes & Cherry Vanilla
Soda? For breakfast? Well, when it's as supportive of your digestive health as Cherry Vanilla, why the heck not! Pair your favorite buttermilk pancakes or waffles with some fresh strawberries for a whole food source of sugar and fiber and round out those berry notes with our effervescent Cherry Vanilla. It’s a perfect pairing!
Sandwiches & Cherry Vanilla
Whether your sandwich is made with meat or packed with veggies, Cherry Vanilla is the perfect compliment. With a little bit of fizz and a sweet fruit flavor, Cherry Vanilla adds a crisp taste that brightens up any kind of sandwich you're chowing down on! We particularly like how it pairs with condiments like roasted red peppers.
Salty Snacks & Cherry Vanilla
Light and satisfying, Cherry Vanilla is a match made in tastebud heaven for salty treats and snacks. With a touch of fizzy refreshment, you can happily wash down the salt and awaken your taste buds.
Cherry Vanilla Reviews
Alright, we've done a lot of talking about Cherry Vanilla, and it might not mean anything, coming from us, seeing as we created it and all. We get it; we might be slightly biased. Instead of taking our word for it, take some of our reviewers:
"The Cherry flavor is so authentic! It really is like eating cherry pie. I drink it when I'm craving something sweet and don't have to feel guilty about drinking it every day!"
"It's literally drinking a Cherry pie or cobbler. I don't know how they craft it, but it's awesome!"
"Love trying a new flavor- this one didn't disappoint, it's the perfect mix of tartness and sweetness with a hint of vanilla that really reminds me of a slice of cherry pie with ice cream!!"
"I love the flavor of cherry vanilla. You can taste the tartness of the real cherry juice balanced by the smooth and sweet vanilla. Next to root beer, it's an absolute favorite!"
Where to purchase Cherry Vanilla
Did the reviews convince you? Good! You can buy all of our flavors at several stores near you, and we're still adding more! The best place to look is here on our shop page if you want to ship a pack directly to your door. But if you're into the grocery store experience, look for OLIPOP in the refrigerated drink section in stores near you here.
- McDonald, Daniel, Rob Knight, et al. “American Gut: an Open Platform for Citizen Science Microbiome Research.” MSystems, vol. 3, no. 3, 2018, doi:10.1128/msystems.00031-18.
- Our co-founder and formulator, Ben Goodwin, crafted Cherry Vanilla to taste just like a cherry pie.
- In addition to the OLISMART blend we use in all of our sodas, our Cherry Vanilla formula also adds tart cherry varieties.
- Like all of our beverages, Cherry Vanilla is certified non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-diet compliant.
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