Controversy Over New Diet Coke (Video)
Looks like the folks at Diet Coke are changing things up
This week Coca-Cola announced they're launching a sleeker design for Diet Coke cans and some new flavors. The goal is to compete with trendier, more sophisticated drinks like LaCroix and Izze.
The cans are still 12 ounces, but they're taller and narrower than normal soda cans. And the new Diet Coke flavors are Ginger Lime, Twisted Mango, Zesty Blood Orange, and Feisty Cherry.
Business Insider got to do a review of the new flavors and here is the verdict on each one.
The Twisted Mango is the most bizarre new flavor — and the worst. While it tastes strongly of an unplaceable fruit upon first sip, the flavor quickly fades to that of Wrigley gum. Basically, drinking this is like chomping on a stick of gum while chugging Diet Coke.
Zesty Blood Orange — or Zesty Blood as I like to call it — also falls short. The "blood orange" flavor tastes like simple orange soda, meaning this drink tastes pretty much like someone got a little too creative at the soda fountain. Pass.
Coca-Cola has better luck with less absurd options. Feisty Cherry is the most conventional new flavor. If you like Cherry Coke and Diet Coke, you'll like this one. We don't know what is "feisty" about it, but it's quite good.
The one Diet Coke that is both intriguing in concept and follows through with an actually tasty drink is the Ginger Lime. Fans of Coca-Cola with lime will appreciate the drink, which is accompanied by a nice snap of ginger flavor.
Even though the folks at Business insider were not impressed with some of the flavors, millennials seem to love it.
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Serious soda aficionados may notice a new ingredient on the product’s label—acesulfame potassium, or Ace-K. and this had led to some controversey.
The artificial sweetener will be included in Coca-Cola’s new Diet Coke in ginger lime, feisty cherry, twisted mango, and zesty blood orange varieties.
Ace-K, like aspartame, is what’s known as a high-intensity sweetener: It’s 200 times sweeter than sugar, meaning a very small amount is needed to reach the same level of sweetness as sucrose. The sweetener was discovered in the 1960s and is often paired with aspartame, especially in diet sodas.
All of these new cans and flavors will hit stores later this month.
Don't fret if you are not into the new flavors, Coca-Cola is still planning to sell the traditional Diet Coke cans.