General Foods International On the Go Cafe Mocha (Sugar Free) Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Jun 17, 2008

General Foods International On the Go Cafe MochaHi. My name is Tanya, and I think I might be addicted to coffee. I know I'm supposed to say I AM addicted - but I'm not quite there yet. In the past few months, I have cut down drastically, but then I had to go purchase General Foods International On the Go Cafe Mocha. I was attracted to packaging and since it's supposed to be sugar free, I thought I would write a review. Little did I know that this would end up being the delicious delight that it was - see it's even causing me to use alliterations in my writing. Luckily this is not strictly "coffee" - more of a coffee beverage - so it doesn't count ... right?!

At first flance, it doesn't look like anything special just brown powder. I heated some water in my fancy-schmancy electric kettle (very 21st century), and then proceeded to add water to the mug. The first sign that General Foods put a lot of thought into this beverage was the sizzling... shhh sound that I heard when the water hit the cafe mocha powder, giving off that coffee shop vibe (how very 21st century of General Foods). One sip was enough to send me searching for a blanket, a good movie and a comfy spot on the couch to vegetate in. Something about this coffee made me want to get comfortable and enjoy every sip. The flavors are well balanced between light coffee taste and slightly sweet - very good especially for a packaged food product and not something made by a barista. And this is perfect for people who are not heavy coffee drinkers.

A box of General Foods International On the Go Cafe Mocha (Sugar Free), which has 6 packs, cost $3.12. Each pack provides 60 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat (5% of the RDA) and 15% of the RDA for saturated fat (3 grams), plus 7 grams of total carbohydrates - no sugar or fiber. The sweeteners used are aspartame and acesulfame K.

I'm not happy with the saturated fat in this - there shouldn't be any, which is caused by the use of partially hydrogenated coconut oil - the first ingredients (I'm speculating that the amount of trans fat must be just below the reportable limit (0.5 grams) since this the 1st ingredient). The complete ingredient list can be found at Amazon.com (where you can also purchase this).

Overall, I thought General Foods did a good job with this product, and it will definitely be on my grocery shopping list - although probably not as a regular purchase because of the saturated fat content.

Taste: 5
Nutrition: 4
Price: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
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