Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2017
Update March 2019: I have been a regular subscriber of 3 cases a month of Sparkling Ice for a few years. I LOVED the stuff. It was plenty diabetic/keto-friendly with its 3% real juice and it tasted not merelt great, but REALISTIC. Then, sometime in the last year or so, I just stopped wanting to drink it as much. The flavor was no longer exciting. The mock mulled cider I made with it this Christmas fell flat. I thought I’d just lost my taste for it until I saw that another reviewer had noticed that the juice content went from 3% to 1%. I looked at my bottles and all the flavors indeed now say 1% juice.

The company said it was to conform to its zero-sugar claim but I don’t believe it - 3% of 179mL (one serving) would be about 5g of juice, which would contain about half a gram of sugar, which can legally be labeled as 0 grams. They could have replaced the aromatics and maintained the flavor but that would probably have been more expensive than just using real juice.

Now these drinks taste about the same as any other diet soda. The flavors are now flat instead of complex and realistic like they used to be.

I AM CANCELLING MY SUBSCRIPTION FOR ALL THREE CASES PER MONTH. ARE YOU LISTENING, TALKING RAIN INC?

I also intend to complain to Amazon about allowing Sparkling Ice to keep its past high ratings for what is no longer the same product. It is very misleading if reviews don’t all refer to the same thing being reviewed.

Old review: Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice tastes almost exactly like Martinelli's sparkling cider

Being on a carb-restricted diet, one of the things I miss most is the taste of fruit, and especially the intense flavor of fruit juices. To my palate (accustomed as it is to most artificial sweeteners), Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice tastes almost exactly like Martinelli's sparkling cider.

Crisp Apple, Coconut Pineapple, and Pink Grapefruit are in my opinion, the most realistic flavors of Sparkling Ice.

At $1 a bottle, it's not quite cheap but it is an affordable treat.

Update: at Christmastime, I used Crisp Apple as a base for zero-carb mulled “cider.” Lacking proper mulling spices, a Constant Comment tea bag with its cinnamon/orange peel/clove flavoring did the trick nicely. A touch of malic acid restored the tanginess lost from heating the fizz (carbonic acid) out of it.
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