How Much Does Soda Syrup Cost?
Soda syrup is hooked up to the soda machine and combined with carbonated water to form popular brands of soda.
How much is it?
- On average, the syrup can cost anywhere between $4 and $20 per gallon. The more you purchase at once, the more you’re going to save. The costs will depend on the quantity, the brand and where it’s purchased.
- Sam’s Club, for example, sells a five-gallon box of Dr. Pepper syrup for $77. A one-gallon box, on the other hand, retails for $20.
What is going to be included?
- The average soda syrup will contain high fructose corn syrup, a coloring agent, caffeine, and other assorted extracts. It is also common for some syrups to use sucrose made from cane sugar. Basically, it is the same ingredients used to make your favorite refreshments.
- Popular brands that you can purchase syrup for include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Cherry Coca-Cola, Barq’s, Pibb, Mellow Yellow, Hi-C, Minute Maid, Fanta, Fuse and more.
- Each type of syrup will have its own special recipe that will make it taste unique.
What are the extra costs?
- There are a couple things you need to buy in order to start making your own drinks. For example, an A tap valve is useful for bag-in-box syrup. Essential for draining small amounts of syrup into your drinks, this tool can cost anywhere from $15 to $20. Make sure you find the right one to fit your specific soda syrup.
- You will also need a way to carbonate your beverage. You may have to buy a CO2 tank and a couple of hoses to get that crisp carbonation. The tanks can range from anywhere between $40 to $60, and the hoses should not cost any more than $5. Some systems need a replacement cylinder instead. Although they are generally the same thing, the replacement cylinders are a bit pricier. These cost around $60 to $70.
- If bought online, additional shipping fees can apply.
- There are machines that can be used at home to make your own soda, such as the popular Sodastream, that can easily fit on your kitchen counter. These are usually a lot easier and more manageable than purchasing a bag-in-box syrup and CO2 tanks.
Tips to know:
- The most important thing to remember is to be careful with the syrup you use. The soda syrups can vary in concentration levels. Some have a 23:1 ratio, While others may have a 5:1 ratio. It is also a good idea to start with less if you are not sure. You can always add more, but you can hardly ever subtract. So for example, if it had a 5:1 ratio, that means you would have to mix 5 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of syrup.
- Depending on the ratio and the size of a cup, the average 5-gallon bag should yield about 640 7-ounce cups and around 320 12-ounce cups.
How can I save money?
- The most practical ways to save money is to shop around and buy in bulk.
- If you are purchasing soda syrup for a business, make sure you find a supplier and remain loyal. Repeat and frequent customers will usually get special offers.
- There are many brands of soda syrup that are not one of the name brands such as Coke or Pepsi. Purchasing these lesser known brands can save you a lot of money and will still prove to make a delicious drink.
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