Glad there’s only one of: Cel-Ray

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a week between posts. I like to try to update this more often but since I was laid-off it’s been crazy trying to get my life in order. So please bear with me.
Cel-Ray is one of those things that is a an occasional treat for me at the deli. I seem to have it in my mind this can only be consumed with a Ruben or a nice whitefish salad sandwich with homemade pickles and coleslaw.
That I know of, Dr. Brown’s is the only brand that makes a celery flavored soda. I have no idea why anyone would even think of creating this flavor for a drink but I think it’s one of those things that people either like or really don’t like.

I like that at soon as the can is opened it smells like opening a container of celery seed. This tastes like sweetened celery, yet almost like a cousin of gingerale.
There’s just something so oddly appealing about this to me. The only thing is that it is just a smidgen too sweet, and I wonder if it were sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, if that would make it perfect.
Ethan felt the taste of this seemed borderline alcoholic in some way. He also thought the celery flavor was too strong and he just didn’t like it. He ended the evaluation with the description of “gross”, so he’s just not a fan of the Cel-Ray.


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6 thoughts on “Glad there’s only one of: Cel-Ray

  1. My father (who has passed away) was a HUGE fan of Dr. Brown’s Diet Cel-Ray Soda. Whenever we went to a kosher deli, that’s what he’d drink. I was always partial to their diet Black Cherry which is, IMHO, one of the best sodas on Earth!
    Thank you for bringing back those memories!

  2. Sorry to hear you were laid off! ?
    I’d love to try the soda even though i hate celery. I guess it’s that unique-ness.

  3. I’m hoping for other Dr. Brown’s vegetable beverages. Like Spin-Nach, or Asper-Aggus. I’d like to go to the kosher deli and get a six-pack of salad.

  4. I haven’t had Cel-Ray in ages, and I’m a bit afraid that I’ll be disappointed when I try it again. I LOVED it when I was a kid, and wonder if HFCS or sugar was used circa the 1960s. Following on Dave’s idea, I’d go for O-Kra. Now with 10% more slime!
    And hating celery is just wrong.

  5. I like Cel-Ray, but I’m angry that after a “bad batch,” a few years ago, all of the local delis stopped carrying the diet Cel-Ray, my staple. I know I can/should get the real stuff, but now it is just the diet Dr. Brown’s cherry.

  6. Are there cans of Cel-Ray made with sugar for Passover? I bought a six-pack of Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda today because it was made with sugar even though the one-liter bottle beside it was made with high-fructose corn syrup.

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