Celebrating a Taste These Broken Wings milestone with Buffalo wing soda

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By: Michael Tomko
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I’ve set a goal for this blog. I’m planning to write a total of 100 articles sampling different wings around Michiana, and I figure that twice a year or so I can take a break to do something a little different. My last article was number 25, so that makes this the First Quarter Quell.

(Yes, I know it’s a Hunger Games reference, but this is a food blog, after all, so it fits).

I have really enjoyed writing this blog the last half year. It will be a hefty goal to complete, as there are only so many places in the area to get wings, and only so much time in the day, but I’m pretty confident I can stretch it to 100.

That is, of course, if they keep letting me write on here. If you are a regular reader of Flavor 574, you may notice the influx of vegetarian articles. Don’t get me wrong, vegetarianism is great. It’s healthy, and it doesn’t harm animals.

Being Catholic, I’m slightly familiar with vegetarianism. A handful of Fridays a year I stay away from meat, but I don’t think cheese pizza or grilled cheese is really what those healthy vegetarians have in mind.

Anyway, I feel guilty sometimes when there are two or three good articles about going to drink a kale smoothie at the new health bar, visiting the new bistro to sample the bean tacos or making a tofu sandwich at home, and then — BANG! Here’s a picture of some greasy, sugary wings in which six chickens had to die for me to eat a snack before chugging my beer and stuffing fries down my gullet.

I guess it is what it is.

For the next 25 posts, I do have some local places scouted out. Now that I’m working in downtown Elkhart, it will be even easier if those places are open for lunch.

I have a couple more out-of-town chains that I’ll be aiming to visit on some road trips, too. I’m trying to convince my wife to take our vacation to stop in Buffalo, N.Y., which is having its National Buffalo Wing Festival. And in a couple weeks, I’ll be in Vegas. I’ll do something special for that one.

So, let’s get to the Quell.

My wife and I took a weekend trip to Indianapolis over the New Year holiday. Right downtown on the circle, we stopped at this place called Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop.

As well as having all kinds of vintage candies, Rocket Fizz has a whole selection of rare sodas, including one called “Buffalo Wing Soda.” Well, that’s what I’m trying tonight. Though it’s not an actual chicken wing, it will suit the purpose of a “special edition” post.

I could write about it, but I’ll just let you watch it in the YouTube video below.

Yep, it’s pretty awful. It has some sweetness, and the ginger soda heat at the end wasn’t too bad, but the chicken flavor and bad smell really make this one of the worst things I’ve ever tried to take down.

I believe it’s vegetarian, though, so for some of the Flavor 574 readers it may just be the closest thing to an actual chicken wing they will ever get to try.

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