Crystal Light has introduced three new varieties to its line of low-calorie drink mixes, which now totals 28 flavors. The new flavors are the latest additions to the increasingly crowded nutrient-fortified beverage category.
We sampled Crystal Light’s new trio of mixes in The Food Channel test kitchens.
The three new varieties are part of the brand’s On The Go lineâ€”small mix packets designed to be added to a standard 16.9-ounce bottled water for convenient on-the-go flavor and nutrient enhancement. Using the brand’s own marketing language, these convenient little packets are meant to â€˜Take your water from pale to pumped.â€™
The new flavors
- Focus Citrus Splash is enhanced with caffeine for mental energy and also contains a good source of zinc and Vitamin C.
- Metabolism+ Peach Mango Green Tea contains a blend of natural green tea antioxidants and caffeine for a short-term boost in metabolism. It’s also a good source of Vitamins C and E.
- Red Tea Mandarin is another newcomer to the brand’s enhanced tea portfolio, which includes a variety of green teas and white teas. The Red Tea Mandarin is fortified with antioxidant Vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, and has 55mg of natural rooibos polyphenols. It’s the first herbal tea mix from Crystal Light and is naturally caffeine-free.
The products retail for $3.29 for a 10-count package.
The taste test
Although all three had a hint of “artificial sweetener” flavor, the taste was generally pretty good. The Peach Mango Green Tea had a genuine fruity peach flavor, not overly sweet like some peach teas can be. The Citrus Splash was another favorite of our panel. It has just a lightly sweet lemony-lime taste—very refreshing. The Red Tea Mandarin was unanimously chosen as the third place finisher among the three new flavors, while the panel was split between the Peach-Mango and Citrus Splash as the panel’s top choice.
If you’re one of those who wants to drink a lot of water each day, but finds plain water “boring,” Crystal Light on-the-go packets are certainly a convenient, low-calorie way to “pump up the flavor” and get some extra nutrients while you’re at it.
For more information, you may wish to visit the Crystal Light website.