Diet Coke Varieties – Review

Recently, Diet Coke has rolled out a handful of new fancy flavors. Why? I’m still not sure. The new flavors are Feisty Cherry, Ginger Lime, Twisted Mango, and Zesty Blood Orange. I bought one of each of the new cans of soda and tried them out with my in-laws…so you don’t have to! And you should be glad we did as they’re not great.

Here is the formal review:

Packaging: It’s a tall, skinny Diet Coke can. Each of them are color coded based on the flavor in the packaging. They’re consistent, which is nice, but nothing really all that fancy.

Flavor/Composition: Now this is what you came for. You wanted to know how they taste! Well, long story short – they’re not all that great. Let’s go through them one by one.

Ginger Lime – Do you remember as a kid mixing soda flavors and thinking you were a genius with the flavors you came up with? Did you ever mix Coke and Ginger Ale? That’s what this tastes like. There is after drinking a lot of it a subtle lime aftertaste, but it mostly just tastes like someone took a can of Diet Ginger Ale and a can of Diet Coke and mixed them. They may have mixed it a little heavy on the Ginger Ale. Either way, it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t super flavorful or interesting.

Twisted Mango – This and it’s pair Zesty Blood Orange, were super sweet. The Twisted Mango tasted like what I’d imagine someone creating a mango flavored fruit drink (not juice) and then adding some excessive carbonation. There’s kind of a cola aftertaste, but not much The only thing twisted about this flavor is that there is a real person who thought this was a good idea for anyone to drink.

Zesty Blood Orange – My Mother-in-Law summarized this flavor far better than I could when she said, “This tastes like someone dumped a pack of Tang into a Diet Coke.” Yup. I’d say two packs of Tang, that’s how sweet it tasted. It’s not good.

Feisty Cherry – Have you ever had a Diet Cherry Coke? That’s what this is. There’s nothing fancy about it. I don’t see how it’s called feisty or how it really differs from a normal Diet version of Cherry Coke, but there is is. This is the only one that I would consider drinking again in the future.

Conclusion: First of all, big thank you to my in-laws and wife for putting up with these monstrosities. Second, don’t buy them. Third, seriously, they’re overpriced and not good. Third, if you must try them – get the Feisty Cherry. But seriously, just buy Coca-Cola’s normal Cherry Coke Zero instead. It tastes better and is cheaper.

Have you tried the new Diet Coke flavors? Interested? Not interested? Discuss it all in the comments below.

About the Author

Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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