I love lemonade. To me it is the most refreshing summer thirst quencher ever concocted.
If I have my “druthers,” I’d rather have my lemonade with a few bubbles. For that reason, I usually use dehydrated lemonade packets in sparkling Perrier water.
Of course, there is the whole sugar issue. I’m against it – – sugar that is. Although I get the whole chemical dilemma involved with sugar-free options, it seems if one thing doesn’t kill you the other one will. So make a choice!
I prefer to go with a little less sugar in my bloodstream. Therefore I opt for sugar-free products whenever possible.
One of my favorite sugar-free drinks is Ocean Spray’s Cran-Lemonade. I buy it in the .11 oz packets, which come 10 in a box. One packet in a 12 fluid ounce bottle of Perrier is perfect and it represents only 5 calories.
This delicious drink mix is made up of both natural and artificial flavors. It provides 100% of the daily requirement of vitamin C in a single packet.
Let’s talk nutrition. According to Ocean Spray, ½ of a packet represents a single serving. However, that depends upon how much “juice” you really want to taste.
If all you want is a hint, then ½ packet in an 8-ounce glass of water will suffice. On the other hand, if you want a deeper fruity taste, I suggest using a full packet in a 12 to 14 ounce glass of water.
To the positive, Ocean Spray’s Cran-Lemonade contains no carbs, fat or sugar. However, it does contain 10 micrograms of sodium. This is important information to those who are watching their sodium intake.
Unfortunately, the drink offers no protein or vitamin enhancement other than vitamin C. That may be a deal breaker for those who are searching for a vitamin-enriched option.
Ingredients contains acesulfame potassium, blue 1 (dye), calcium silicate, citric acid, magnesium oxide, malic acid, maltrodextrin, potassium citrate, red 40 (dye), sodium citrate and vitamin C.
Ocean Spray Can-Lemonade is available in the juice isle of most grocery marts. One box retails for between $1.50 and $3.99, depending on the retailer. A good average is $2.49 per container of 10.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. It is light, refreshing, not too sweet summer thirst quencher.
Appearance: 5 stars: It is a pretty pink color; just like pink lemonade.
Reputation: 5 stars. Ocean Spray enjoys a well-deserved solid reputation. The company produces premium drinks that actually taste good.
Nutrition: 4 stars. I could do without all the acids and chemicals but I guess that is what you get in exchange for sugar elimination. Plus I love the infusion of all that vitamin C.
Ease: 5 stars. You open, pour, mix and drink. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Packaging: 5 stars. The packets are pink to mirror the color of the drink itself. They are airtight and secure and come with an easy to tear opening. The box is white with the Ocean Spray blue logo and a pink band across the center to indicate the pink lemonade flavor. It is colorful and easy to find on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The packets are tiny at 5 ½” by ¾” so they can be stored almost anywhere. I usually remove the packets from the box so that I can store them in a sugar bowl or small canister.
Availability: 5 stars. Ocean Spray products are available at most grocery marts and many discount department stores like Target and Wal-Mart.
Price: 4 stars. The price, unfortunately, varies greatly from store to store. Some of them are a bit pricey at $3.99 for a packet of 10 or $.39 a packet. Still, that is a lot cheaper than a bottle of soda and much better for you.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I love this stuff. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Final rating: 4.8 stars. This one is a sure fire winner.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor