The Bloomberg – the “sugariest drink in the world”

The Bloomberg

Since Friday is a good day to clean up loose ends, we thought we’d finally note the death – or at least the coma – of Mayor Bloomberg’s attempts to ban the sale of mega-sodas in New York City. And the most creative coda to this story  has come from a surprising source, NPR, which invented The Bloomberg – the “sugariest drink in the world.”

For those who haven’t been paying attention to the soda ban tale, some time ago Mayor Bloomberg (New York City) passed a law, designed to fight obesity, prohibiting the sale of sugary drinks in cup sizes larger than 16 ounces. While seemingly simple (and not completely restrictive as you could buy two cups of 16 ounces to get 32 ounces of drinks) the implementation turned out to not be quite so simple. Among the thorny questions were “what is a sugary drink” (the ban eventually included coffee and smoothies) and “who should be allowed to sell them, if anyone.” And there were a number of people who protested the concept of the government telling them what they could, or could not, eat.

However, despite the protests the ban was to go into effect this week, until a judge voided the law rather harshly, ruling it “arbitrary and capricious.” So while the law is now being appealed, NPR’s The Salt created a drink to honor the occasion.  As they write, “To celebrate our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Diabetes, we’ve created the sugariest drink in the world. We call it ‘The Bloomberg.”‘  What’s in the Bloomberg? Here’s the list:


  • 1 part Coca-Cola
  • 1 part Yoo-hoo
  • 1 part Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino
  • 1 part Red Bull
  • 1 part Mountain Dew Kickstart, Mountain Dew’s inexplicable new energy drink
  • 1 part Pillsbury Funfetti cake frosting
  • 1 part Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 part Hummingbird Food (We actually couldn’t find any, due to supply chain issues and a Divine Force protecting us.)
  • 1 part Mrs. Butterworth’s pancake syrup
  • 1 part aerosol whipped cream
  • 1 part Kool-Aid
  • 1 part Cadbury Creme Egg creme (You’ll have to extract the creme yourself, because for some reason they don’t yet sell it on its own. If you’re trying to eat healthy, just use the Cadbury Creme Egg white.)
  • 1 part Nutella
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part Country Time Lemonade Mix
  • 1 part Gatorade (for fitness!)

Since we don’t want to steal their thunder, we’ll let you read the article for the instructions of how to make it and some (rather crude) taste reviews. We’d say “enjoy,” but that wouldn’t be sincere.

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  •  on  May 19, 2013

    Looks great! –But I'd recommend it for people who are following a very strict sugar-free diet. 😉

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