KOOL-AID Water Enhancer

10 Jun

Okay folks is going kray-kray over these “water enhancer” things.  It seems like every company is racing to get one out.

When you was a kid, or me last Saturday afternoon, nothing was better on a hot summer day than guzzling down some kick-ass Kool-Aid.  To this day, Kool-Aid reminds me of good times…and my best friend laughing so hard he snarf’ed  it through his nose by accident.   Like I said.  Good times.

So when I see the miniature Kool-Aid man on the shelf as a ‘water enhancer”

wow…can someone come up with a better term?  I mean can this sound any less fun and any more corporate?

Anyway Kool-Aid is here to the rescue.  So I snatched up the most likely of winners – GRAPE. I mean how can you mess up grape?  It’s everywhere it’s strong and full of flavor.

I like the idea of these products.   You buy a 16 oz bottle of water and mix in the flavor to your desired satisfaction.    Sounds all JETSON-y, huh?

Well at the store I was thinking…..portable Kool-Aid???  OH YEAH!!!! and I was ready for him to come …him being Kool-Aid Man….to come busting through the aisle to congratulate me on discovering this product.

Back at the crib, I made up a batch per exact directions and squirtage.

Oh boy.

It was an instant “hey…grape!….followed by …what is this …cough syrup?”    Maybe my taste-buds are wonky or something.  It just tasted like synthetic-sweet-cough-syrup.

OH YEAH>>…. quickly turned into….oh no.

Now I gotta figure a way to get this aftertaste out of my mouth.  I have matchbooks around here somewhere.


5 Responses to “KOOL-AID Water Enhancer”

  1. Philip James September 16, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    Wow, I was all set to dig this review, and share it, until it was ruined. I LOVE these drinks (especially since there’s no sugar), and find they taste EXACTLY like I remember Kool-Aid from my childhood (I’m almost 49, and it’s probably been 25-30 years since I had it), and I find absolutely no “bad after-taste”! Sorry you didn’t like it, but this stuff is crazy-good!

    • junkfoodcritic September 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      TRUST and BELIEVE me Philip, nobody wanted me to like that Kool-Aid more than ME. I had visions of carrying it around with me 24/7 and giving up soda pop for the classic taste I craved as a tot.

      Unfortunately I can taste sucralose and other “fake sugars” with such distinction, it’s quite the turn off.

      I am incredibly happy to hear your story though. I absolutely love the fact that tiny little bottle could flip-on memories for you and bring you such joy. I hope that stays with you from now on…and by all means keep drinking it!!! I’m envious!

      and also thanks for reading and commenting!!

      • Melodie LeRoy February 9, 2015 at 1:49 am #

        Grape was not that good. I too thought “oh yeah” so we opened the blue one. I am hooked it is so good maybe because we didn’t have blue raspberry when I was a kid in the 60’s….. Always pick other flavors. We now buy 5 different brands and only the flavors we like. It is hit and miss until it’s a hit very time, Now!

  2. Barbie January 25, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    I grew up on Cherry. I love the cherry flavor, it reminds me of childhood and some good times. It’s better than soda!

    • junkfoodcritic January 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

      great story, Barbie. Glad it keeps those memories vivid!

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