The Fanta line from The Coca-Cola Company offers quite a variety of fruit flavors… unless of course you live in the United States. Here we are limited to just a few flavors of the rainbow, including Fanta Strawberry, Fanta Orange, Fanta Pineapple, Fanta Grape, and Fanta Peach. Most of these flavors are pretty fake-tasting and not much to write home about. One exception is Fanta Citrus (formerly known as Citra), which offers quite a light and refreshing taste.
Then the other day Amy and I found ourselves shopping in a suburb right on the edge of the city… and there on the shelf was a 2-liter bottle of Fanta Grapefruit. Having neither seen nor heard about this drink, we picked it up for a taste.
What was interesting about this bottle was that on one side the name was printed in English, while on the opposite side everything was in Spanish (Fanta Toronja – “toronja” is Spanish for grapefruit). This might lead you to believe that this was an imported drink, but all the markings indicate a U.S. product… including the use of high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) as a sweetener.
Upon opening the bottle, there was a clear, clean citrus scent. The color of the drink was rather cloudy, with a hint of yellow. It wasn’t really grapefruity, but it was rather sweet.
As for the taste itself, very good. It reminded me of Fanta Citrus, with a light flavor that had a certain citrus “zing”. I can’t say that there was a definite grapefruit flavor, but you could tell it was from the citrus family of things. The taste was subdued and somewhat weak. It reminded bit a bit of Canfield’s 50/50 drink, but not as edgy. It’s a mild drink, very carbonated… resulting in a strong “burp factor”.
Interestingly, Fanta Grapefruit was involved in a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company that recently got settled. Apparently both this flavor and Vault Zero contained some ingredients that had the potential to form cancer-causing benzene in certain rare situations. The drink was reformulated in September 2006 as part of the settlement.
But aside from possibly killing you, this is a pretty good American Fanta that breaks away from the pack of “blah” beverages. The flavor is unique, light, and complementary. An excellent beverage to drink by itself or with food.
Good luck trying to find it, however!