I wanted to do a product review of diet cola’s that are sweetened with Splenda or Stevia since this is still my one indulgence. I had been off drinking diet cola for over 2 years before I started drinking them again. At present I probably drink 3-5 cans per day. I am pretty insistent on still not drinking my former vice — Diet Dew — due to its aspartame content. One of my concerns is currently the lack of competitors on the marketplace. These are just based upon my opinion and my local distributor:
Diet Coke with Splenda — (****1/2 out of 5) the grand daddy of all diet colas, it loses a half star for only being distributed in 12-can fridge packs. I have e-mailed my local bottlers multiple times to produce 2-liter as well as individual cans, but so far my local bottler (Atlantic Bottling Company in Waukee) has been unwilling to change.
Diet Rite Cola – (*** out of 5) Caffeine-free as well as aspartame free, so this lends to a rather mild, perhaps more sweet flavor. I fully admit I drink soda to have the caffeine, so I miss the bite of the caffeine. The over-sweetness also affects its usability for using in recipes as well. It just over powers the other flavors with the taste of Splenda. I am not a huge fan, but it does satisfy in a pinch.
Pepsi One – (** out of 5) Tastes like weak Diet Pepsi – which is not necessarily a good thing.
Store-brand Soda – (**1/2 out of 5) The good thing about these brands is the price. They are typically less than twenty cents a can and offer at least a chance if the big names aren’t available.
Hansen Diet Original Cola (zero out of 5) – I just bought this soda today, and honestly this is the reason for the post. I have never had a more weird soda than this one with the exception of perhaps (PERHAPS) the Jones Holiday Stuffing-Flavored or Green-Bean-Flavored Soda. Those sodas at least celebrate their weirdness with their off-world flavors and uniqueness. This diet cola is flavored with NUTMEG(!) and CINNAMON(!). I didn’t know if I was drinking a pumpkin-spice soda or something else as weird. This is what Hansen PR firm had to say about this soda, “We are excited to be releasing the timeless taste of cola in time for the summer,” said Blair Owens, VP Marketing. “It’s naturally the perfect flavor that complements our product line.” Why they thought Cinnamon-flavor perfectly complemented their line I am not sure.