Crystal Light Pure is the low calorie "naturally" sweetened alternative to the other Crystal Light drink mixes, which are normally sweetened with aspartame & acesulfame K. I've had mixed feeling about the different flavors of Crystal Light Pure that I've tried so far - I didn't like the Tropical Blend, and thought the Lemonade was okay - but not without some tweaking. This week, I tried the Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry to see if there was finally a variety that I would enjoy.
I have to say that this is short on any sort of berry flavor and long on the characteristic tart, citric acid taste ... but it was okay to drink, and maybe the best of the 3 Crystal Light Pure flavors that I've tried so far. A 1/2 packet serving of Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry Drink Mix provides only 15 calories from 3 grams of sugars. The sweeteners used are sugar and rebiana (Truvia brand sweetener).
I LOVE the summer and I love hot temperatures. One of my favorite things to do is set up in a nice shady spot with a drink and a good book. That's exactly what was on my mind after putting in some long hours a few days week. I had a Crystal Light drink to review - Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea (thanks to my advertising network, Glam Media), and I was almost finished with the AMAZING book, Kindred by Octavia Butler.
This low calorie peach iced tea was just the thing for a hot summer day. The flavor is spot on - sweet, peachy and not too tart. One packet makes a tall glass, or 16.9 ounces, and I ended up using a few packets and making a pitcher for the afternoon. I haven't looked back Luckily, each 8 ounce serving of Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea (half of one packet), provides only 5 calories.
The sweeteners used are aspartame and acesulfame K, and it also contains a few artificial colors - Red 40 Lake, Red 40, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5, Blue 1 Lake and Blue 1 - why so many Crystal Light?!
I received samples of Crystal Light limited edition sugar-free and alcohol free cocktails, aka "Mocktails", just in time for summer. So far I have tried and loved the Crystal Light Appletini and Margarita mixes, and now it was time to test out the Crystal Light Mojito.
This was my favorite of the three. There was a subtle minty undertones that is absolutely necessary for all mojitos, alcoholic or not (as in this case), and it wasn't as tart as the other two. The husband even agreed that this was mighty tasty and he doesn't like anything with artificial sweeteners (Crystal Light mocktails are sweetened with aspartame, acesulfame K and a little sugar. There are 5 calories per serving of 1/8th of the packet - which makes about 1 cup of drink.
After enjoying a pitcher of Crystal Light Appletini the other day, I decided to try another "mocktail" flavor, Crystal Light Margarita.
After a long day of work, I sat out in the back yard - good book in hand (Dime Store Magic), and a glass of this non-alcoholic margarita. The husband was a grilling and I was a chilling! Well, my neighbors must have smelled something good because before you know it, there was a party, and more Margaritas had to be made - a good indication that this was a hit! It's not as tart as the Crystal Light Appletini, but it's still just tart enough ... and those who made it an alcoholic beverage also seemed to think highly of it.
Crystal Light put out some limited edition sugar-free (and alcohol free) cocktails, aka "Mocktails", just in time for summer. Have you seen Crystal Light Margarita, Mojito or Appletini yet? I received a few samples to review, and first up was the Appletini.
I followed the package directions and emptied the contents of a packet into a pitcher and added 8 glasses of water, and then poured it into a glass with crushed ice. Well, if you've ever had Crystal Light, you knew to expect a tart flavor and it's also strongly "green apple" flavored. I really liked it ... and if you choose to make a real appletini with this (meaning add vodka), it's pretty darn good too.
A serving of Crystal Light Appletini (1/8th of the packet or about 1 cup of drink) provides 5 calories. The sweeteners used are aspartame and acesulfame K, plus the ingredients list also contains citric acid, maltodextrin, natural flavor, modified cornstarch, and less than 2% of magnesium oxide, yellow 5 and blue 1.
Crystal Light Pure is a low calorie drink mix that has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. The Lemonade is sweetened with a combination of sugar and rebiana (Truvia brand sweetener).
I followed the directions on the packaging and added 2 cups of water to a packet of Crystal Light Pure Lemonade. After shaking vigorously, the result was a very tart flavor of lemonade, but I much preferred this to Crystal Light Pure Tropical Blend. In my mind, this was a good starting point, but needed tweaking. Ironically I added a pack of Splenda and a little more water and got something that made my taste buds more happy. But - adding Splenda defeats the purpose of an "naturally sweetened" drink mix, but just adding less water didn't work for me.