Walgreen’s Nice! Soda Drinks
Last month, Walgreen’s launched its new store brand Nice!™ that offers array of products in grocery and household categories nation wide. So far the products I’ve seen under the Nice!™ brand were soups, Sauces and other food items, but the other day I saw different flavored soda drinks. I grabbed Refreshing Cola and Naturally Flavored Lemon Lime to try out and see if they tasted good. The designs on the cans were attractive and appealing. At the check out place, the casher asked me if they taste good with doubtful look on her face.
Upon lifting the led, there’s a refreshing cola aroma coming out from the can and it’s similar to your regular cola soda drinks. The subtle difference between your everyday cola drink is that the Nice! Refreshing Cola scent is lighter than your normal cola drinks. The color and texture were the same as your regular cola drink as well. As for the taste, it tasted similar to regular Coca Cola drink, but not as rich as the Coca cola drink. Also, the aftertaste wasn’t pleasant either. When your mouth processes the sip, the sweet taste didn’t was lighter than usual and sort of watery after you swallow it down. Even though Nice! Refreshing Cola and Coca Cola both had the same ingredients, but it’s just different in terms of the taste.
The aroma coming out from the can was very light and the lemon lime scents were difficult to recognize unless you put your nose around the can opening for couple seconds. The color and the texture were both looked same as Sierra Mist Natural Lemon-Lime Soda drink with real sugar. As for the taste, the first couple sips taste nothing but carbonated sweet soda drink and there was no sign of lemon lime flavor in the taste. After couple more sips, you could sense the subtle lemon lime flavor in the taste. When your mouth processes the sip, you first greeted by the not so convinced lemon lime flavor and then end with the not so good sweet taste after you swallow down the sip. The sweet taste reminds of the taste of MSG ingredient that’s used for cooking. The aftertaste was not pleasant at all.
The ingredients for this Walgreen’s Nice! Refreshing Cola include: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Phosphoric Acid and Caffeine. It contains 160 calories, 10mg of sodium and 42g of sugar.
The ingredients for this Walgreen’s Nice! Natural Flavored Lemon Lime include: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate and Natural Flavors. It contains 140 calories, 60mg of sodium, and 36g of sugar.
Overall, I didn’t expect both flavors to be awesome and if I have to choose one out of these two flavors, I will pick the Refreshing Cola. The label design and the brand name were attractive, but the taste just wasn’t there. They have other two flavors available: Orange and Grape. I’m looking forward to try them out and hope they are good.
Price: $.99 for four cans
Size: 12 FL OZ / 355 ML
Aroma: Cola/ lemon lime
Taste: Cola / Lemon lime
Calories: 160 / 140
Where to buy: Walgreen Store