Have Your Soda and Cook With It, Too!

The kitchen is a land of creativity. A place where you can experiment with ingredients, try new techniques, taste test—like an adult playground! One way to spice up dinner tonight (or dessert, because of course we are including desserts) is to add soda. Yes, you read that right. Soda in cooking can add a little pep to any recipe's step. It adds a bubbling zing of flavor that can only be gleaned from a can. Whether it's ginger ale, cola, root beer, or even orange pop, soda is a great additive to your family favorites.

Ham Balls with Cherry Cola Glaze

Offer appetizers that are ready to party! A mix of ground ham and pork, these savory meatballs are covered in a celebration-worthy glaze of cherry cola, black cherry preserves, and Dijon-style mustard.

Orange Soda Chicken Wings

Talk about a party! The orange soda added to these hot wings makes all the sweet difference. Grab the recipe from The Cookie Rookie here.

Root Beer Slow Cooker Chicken Sammies

Life doesn't get easier or more delicious than these Root Beer Slow Cooker Chicken Sammies from Wine and Glue! Put a little pop in your slow cooker chicken by finding Lisa's recipe here.

Cocoa-Cola Cake

This rich chocolate cake is hiding many sweet surprises. It has a cup of cola mixed into the batter, and gooey marshmallows too! A drizzle of cola in the frosting guarantees this cake will please any soda-lover.

Spicy Pulled Pork

The sauce for this smoky pulled pork has a secret ingredient: Dr. Pepper soda! As it slow cooks, the tender, juicy pork gets coated with a mouthwatering combo of spicy barbecue sauce and fizzy soda.

Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatos

Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes = heaven. Can you guess the secret soda ingredient in this awesome recipe from Nutmeg Nanny? Get the recipe here.

Make It Mine Soda Pop Jelly

Turn your favorite fizzy drink into a spreadable jelly for cookies, cake, or even ice cream! Just make sure you don't use diet soda—it doesn't have enough real sweetener for this jelly to set properly.

Cream Soda Toffee Cupcakes

Adults and kids alike will love these moist cupcakes with creamy brown butter frosting. Add a splash of cream soda and a handful of toffee pieces, and watch how quickly they disappear!

Cherry-Cola Ham

This recipe blends two flavor favorites: ham and cherry! The cherry cola brings out the ham's sweetness.

Chinese Coca-Cola Wings

How can you make chicken wings even more delicious? Cook them in cola, of course! These chicken wings owe their flavor to a delicious sauce (and marinade) made from cola, soy sauce, and fresh ginger.

Cola-Chipotle Pork Tortas

Cola and chipotle flavors blend so well! These Cola-Chipotle Pork Tortas are an instant favorite! 

Cherry Cola Slab Pie

How creative and beautiful is this Cherry Cola Slab Pie from Sugar Dish Me? It looks and tastes like perfection! Get the recipe here.

Skinny Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

These Skinny Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes have a soda secret! Leave out the fattening ingredients and add soda; it's that simple. Get the recipe here.

Margarita Ice Cream Float

Soda can also be used to turn a normal cocktail into a dessert cocktail! These Margarita Ice Cream Floats are just what the doctor ordered and are easily made in mocktail form. Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie here.

Cherry Cola Pie

Cherry Cola Pie. Can this be real? Looks so delicious from The Cupcake Project. Grab the recipe here.

Two-Ingredient Soda Cake

That's right, all you need to bake this delicious cake is a package of cake mix and a can of your favorite soda! Make up your own flavor combination, or try a few of our favorites, like orange creamsicle, chocolate supreme, or very cherry.

Cola Ice Cream

As if these recipes couldn't get any better, we also have ice cream! Cola Ice Cream is the perfect way to end the day, any time of year. Grab the amazing recipe from The Cupcake Project here.

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