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Brilliance in a Bottle--A New Asian Drink Sensation: Marble Pop

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As day one of the 2008 Summer Fancy Foods Show drew to a close, one thing stood out in my mind: Marble Pop.

Marble Pop is a brilliant product that I can’t keep out of my mind. This drink is so darn inventive, I just had to write about it.

The carbonated beverage features a marble “cap” that actually keeps the drink fresh. It’s held in place by the bottle’s carbonation, and only released once plunged with the detachable compartment in the top. The marble then rolls around in the upper contraption of the bottle, letting soda flow out freely while rolling around with a delightfully tinkling noise.

Perhaps the site’s own description will best aide your understanding:

“Marble Pop is the name given to the more than century old Asian carbonated refreshment "Ramune". The name ‘Marble POP’ comes from the drink's unique bottling, in which a glass marble is held in place by the carbonation of the beverage. The marble serves as the cap of the drink until it is ‘popped’ open with the special stopper. The dimples in the neck of the bottle allow the drink to flow out while the marble stays in place. And now this classic drink with it's amazing Codd-neck bottle shape can be enjoyed here in America. Get ready to POP IT! POP to DRINK!! and POP for FUN!!”

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Okay, so perhaps it’s not the most grammatically correct website explanation you’ve ever seen, but I think it explains it better than I can. According to the sales representative I talked to there, James Kosuge, the technology was actually invented by the Germans in the late 1800s. Imagine that! It’s just now coming to the U.S. The mother company of Marble Pop, Nishimoto, apparently carries thousands of items they’re planning on selling in the U.S., but they’ve decided to concentrate on this one. Good choice, my friends. It’s going to pay off! The U.S. has never seen a fun drink quite like this.

I know what you’re wondering. What the heck does it taste like? Does it even matter? The drink is so much fun that I bet you kids and adults alike couldn’t care less. But it actually is tasty. It comes in four flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Green Apple, and Original. The Strawberry is probably my favorite. The sodas definitely don’t taste “American.” They’re rather strongly carbonated and really pack a punch. They’re still sweet enough and cool enough that the soda itself is good, but the way it’s packaged is outstanding. Even the marketing of their booth is absolutely brilliant.

Marble Pop was my favorite new product at this year’s Fancy Foods Show, and even though I haven’t seen everything there, I’m pretty certain my decision is firm. Go to Hopefully you’ll soon be able to find this ingenious product at a store near you.



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