Guilty Pleasures

Coca-Cola's Freestyle Machine Lets You Customize Your Drink in Amazing Ways

The Guilty Pleasure: A new app for Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines Where to Get It: A handful of Freestyle machines, at least for now. Price: A couple of bucks, give or take. Depends on the restaurant. What it Really Costs: A potential sharp uptake in high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweetener.

By now, you may be familiar with The Coca-Cola Company's next-generation soda machine, Coca-Cola Freestyle. If you haven't seen one yet, I think they're worth seeking out just for the gee-whiz factor.

You use a touch screen on the machine to select what kind of beverage you want (of 26 different base varieties, including Sprite, Dr Pepper, and of course several versions of Coke), then add optional flavorings (orange Sprite? Sure! Raspberry Coca-Cola Zero? It's mighty fine!). Between the 26 sodas and all of the flavor variations, there's about 150 different drinks available from one soda machine.

But for some, yours truly included, somehow even that isn't quite enough.

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