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Take a gulp. It's Diet. Crazy, right? That's the cool thing about Snapple diet teas - they're made from the best stuff on earth. Natural fruit flavours. Tea from natural green and black tea leaves, with the sweetness you'd expect from us and only 5 calories. So go ahead... take five gulps!
Easy to make directions:
• Pour one sachet of Snapple Diet into a 500ml bottle
• Fill with water and shake well with the cap on
• Tea will take approx. 2 minutes to fully dissolve
• Use a 600ml bottle for a milder flavour if preferred
Think Green - Enjoy your Snapple Diet in a reusable bottle.
Snapple is an absolute favourite of mine and after having tried the other diet snapple flavours, lemonade and green tea and peach I was looking forward to trying out the raspberry as I was pretty sure I was going to love it just as much as the others.
Being Summer the timing of receiving these delightful diet Snapple sachets couldn't have come at a better time as I am currently trying to up my daily water intake and so adding a sachet of snapple to a bottle of water makes the drink so much more enjoyable and tasty. Each box of Snapple contains 6 individual sticks of powder, these are very compact in size but you will be amazed at just how much flavour each one provides you with, as I was. The size of these makes them so convenient to have on hand you can easily pop one into your handbag without taking up any room at all and then you have a convenient drink on the go, when or as you need one.
Mixing up a sachet is simple simply pour the contents into 500mls of water, pop on the lid and give it a good shake, as it is mentioned on the box it will take about 2 minutes for the powder to completely dissolve so don't be alarmed about any "floaties" in your drink. The drink itself is quite brown in colour, due to the tea and is not red like you would usually expect from a raspberry flavoured drink.
The taste is amazing but very, very sweet that I found to provide my ideal taste that I need to mix the sachet into a litre of water. The raspberry taste is dominant with just a faint taste of tea, Miss 3 loved it as did my partner and other family members, it proved such a hit that I prepared up a large jug of the Snapple on Christmas day using sparkling water and throwing in some fresh berries and ice, this was delightful and really hit the spot on the hot day, everybody raved about it and couldn't believe it was made from such a tiny sachet.
I would totally recommend buying this, and if your not a raspberry fan luckily there are other such yummy flavour options available for you. This is now a staple along with the other flavours in my pantry and I have been enjoying them all regularly especially with the heat we've been experiencing. I was happy to recently learn that these are stocked in Hamilton which means no needing to wait for an online order! The fun facts on each packet are interesting to, did you know that Beavers have orange teeth? I sure didn't!!!
Having tried the peach tea first and liking it, the kids and I were all keen to try this variety of iced tea. I have never had raspberry as I've been happily settled in with my peach iced teas, so this was a step out of comfort zone. The kids were a little confused as to the end colour, when mixed with water, but happily accepted my explanation as to what was the predominant reason for this. I decided to make this with 500mls of water and 750mls for the drink, just to see which way would taste better in the end.
At 500mls of water I found that the flavour was just too strong, especially the sweetener used, it was just to overpowering and left an aftertaste in my mouth that I just didn't like at all. With 750mls of water I found that it diluted the sweetness a bit more but it still was a little to much for my tastes to handle. Despite not liking this drink with either amount of water, my kids actually really liked the drink and were quite happy to not only finish off their own drinks but finish mine as well. I won't have this again but it's such an easy to transport drink that I think I will get it again for the kids to pop one in their bag when they go out and about.
So, Raspberry tea. Tea is probably the important part to remember. When you look at the packaging and see raspberry, you can't help but expect to get a pink drink. But as was the case of the 'Lemonade Iced Tea' I ended up with a fine brown powder, that turned into a brown drink that may (depending on the light) in fact have some subtle red hues to it.
But looks aren't really what you are all interested in, right? Flavour and calories are probably the two big aspects that we need to talk about. Let's start with the calories as this is advertised as a 'diet' snapple. Each packet makes 2 servings (approximately 250mL per serving), and 5 calories per serving. So each little sachet contains 10 calories. A little bit of a trick with the nutritional information, as they say it's 5 calories per serving, but there is no way that you can actually use only half a sachet. You have to make the whole thing. So 10 calories. That all being said, it is still a very small amount compared to regular Snapple drinks (approximately 150 calories) or Lipton iced teas (approx. 120 calories).
The dark colouring of the drink comes from the black and green tea that makes up a part of the ingredients, but have very little to do with the actual flavour. They provide a bit more of a full body to the flavour, but the main taste comes from the "natural flavours". The raspberry flavour is very strong and concentrated. As with the other flavours, I opted to use a bottle/glass that holds more than 500mL, so that I could have a weaker drink, but still the flavour is very strong.
When it comes to mixing, it is best to use warmer water, and then to cool it down afterwards, otherwise it takes much longer than the advertised 2 minutes to dissolve. Overall, it is enjoyable, but definitely doesn't taste natural. You can taste the artificial sweeteners, and that in itself will probably turn off a lot of people. But for those that want a strong flavour, to motivate them to drink more water, and consume less calories, this could certainly be the product that helps.
I get quite bored with drinking water during the day so was keen to try the Raspberry diet Snapples, especially as it contains B vitamins and caffeine so would hopefully give me a tasty energy boost! There are 6 'sticks' in a box which are easy enough to rip the top off and add to a bottle of water. These would be convenient to stash in your bag to be used when convenient.
When I added the sachet of tea to the water, it did go a muddy brown which, even though it's raspberry tea, I wasn't really expecting. I did have to shake it thoroughly to mix and had to leave to stand for a couple of minutes before shaking again and even then there was powder that hadn't mixed. After a final shake it was good to go and even had some bubbles on top!! I mixed it with 600 ml of water (it's recommended 16.9 fl oz to 20 fl oz depending on strength) and found it a lovely sweet, raspberry flavoured tea. It does contain Aspartame and there is a faint taste of artificial sweetener but considering this drink is made from natural black and green tea leaves and only has 5 calories per drink, I think this is a minor flaw!
Personally, I really enjoyed this tea and as I have a sweet tooth, 600 ml to one 'stick' is a perfect combination. I'm already looking forward to making some up and leaving overnight in the fridge so I have some ice cold tea for work. I will definitely be buying more and looking to sample different flavours in the range.
Miss four was so excited when she saw this little box of Snapple. She seemed to be fixated on the pink colour and kept on at me with "I want some, I want some, I want some". When we got home, she asked me where the pink box was. Then she cracked it open, took one of the sticks of flavour and got herself a tiny glass. The glass holds 100 ml of water. I told her she would need a much larger vessel for the powder but she didn't believe me. I'm not surprised though because the powder in the stick was very minimal.
I made the drink up with the recommended 500 ml of water and then I gave her some of the drink in her little cup. She drank the cup up and I asked if she liked it. She said it was yummy, but when pushed she didn't want any more. I tried a little bit of it, and I could see why. The drink was very sweet. Almost too sweet. Even the berry flavour was almost overpowered by the general sweetness from the sweetener in this.
I watered it down to 600 ml, and still I found it too sweet. In the end I stretched it to 750 ml and that seemed to be good. I reckon I could have gone as far as a litre and still been okay with the sweetness level too. I think it would depend on how sweet you like to have your drinks.
Later when my daughter came back for more, I made the drink up again with 750 ml water instead. I poured her out some and she again said it was yum. However, she also asked for more and had about half of the liquid over the next hour. So I suspect that this is a winner for her, but that even candy-mad her found the original mix just that bit too sweet.
This is the first time I have tried a product like this, so I was interested to see how it would be different from a brewed tea. Generally I don't drink tea unless it is made from 100% fruit so I was not sure how I would react to it. I followed the directions exactly. This is something I would not normally do (I am notorious for putting my own slant on instructions) but on this occasion I wanted to give it a fair trial.
I found the flavour quite strong, but not unpleasantly so. The description on the packet indicated that it was raspberry flavoured, but I actually found it was closer to my home-grown boysenberries. It was quite sweet but berries probably need that extra sweetness as they can otherwise be pretty tart. I noted on the packet that the mix contains B vitamins and caffeine, so it would certainly provide a good summer alternative to my habitual coffee, and the low calorie count is a plus! It is also free of fats and sodium, another plus for me as I have to monitor my salt intake.
I mixed two sachets into a litre of water (after first converting the quantity listed on the packet which asked for 16.9 fl. oz. per sachet - say what??) and then gave several people a small serving apiece to get their reactions. These were quite varied. The children who tasted it all gave it the thumbs up and wanted more. Because of the caffeine content I did not want to give them a top up, but Mr Six sneaked his father's glass and took another swig while I was not watching. Miss Four said she liked the fresh taste and thought it was a fluffy because I had shaken the bottle and her glass had ended up with all the foam.
The adults were less receptive. One said he found it far too sweet and would not drink it by choice. He complained that it stuck to his mouth. (It was his glass that his son emptied!) A second adult said she did not like to drink products containing aspartame, although I think there was a very small amount present as it is not among the first ingredients listed. The third adult said she would prefer a less sweet version. I offered to water hers down but she thought that would dilute the fruit flavour too much; she thought the balance between fruit and sweetness needed to be adjusted.
So - you can't please them all, but it did seem to be related to the ages of those who tried it. The children really liked it; the adults were not so keen (apart from myself - I did enjoy it). But as a summer thirst quencher it would be a pleasant alternative to plain iced water. Next time I am going to try floating some fresh berries in each glass as that will add to the flavour without noticeably increasing the sweetness.
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