The folks at Hansen’s have rolled out a new line of drinks which they describe as a “refreshing taste of fresh fruit and real cane sugar lightened with the perfect amount of bubbles.” Did you get all that? The line, which they brand as Sparkling Sleek, consists of 4 core flavors & 2 green teas — with Sugar Free versions of those also available. Up for review this time around is Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Valencia Orange.
The packaging design on this line features 10.5 oz. cans, bundled in 4 packs, similar to the trends we’ve seen with Tava and Nutrisoda. The shape and design of the can convey a light drink with nutritional/healthy overtones. The primary flavors come in silver cans, the green teas in green cans, sugar free flavors in light blue cans, and sugar free green teas in light green/yellow cans. They all follow a simple, restrained design that is prevalent in “Web 2.0″ visual trends these days.
Upon opening the can, Valencia Orange had a “bubbly” tingle on the nose, similar to other sparkling waters. As for the taste, I can confirm that it was rather dry, in the sense that it didn’t feel very syrupy or heavy in context. This is probably due to emphasis on it being a “sparking water with flavor from pure fruit.” There was a slight hint of orange there, though if it was Valencia, who knows!
The sweetener of choice is cane sugar (23 grams), which provides 90 calories to a can. The drink also claims that it provides your full day’s supply of Vitamin C. Be aware that there isn’t any real fruit juice in the drink, however.
A full ingredient list is as follows:
Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Valencia Orange
Pure triple filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural fruit flavors with extracts of California oranges, citric acid, ascorbic acid
The can also proclaims the following: “No High Fructose Corn Syrup”, “No Preservatives”, “No Artificial Colors”, “No Caffeine”, and “All Natural Flavors”.
Overall, while I’m not a die-hard sparking water drinker, I must admit that Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Valencia Orange provided a nice change of pace. It was light, but flavorful, and the carbonation was just about right. I’d probably try it again.
We also took a look at the “diet” version of this drink, Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Sugar Free Valencia Orange. It has the same basic makeup as the original flavor, but uses sucralose and Ace-K as the primary sweeteners. This gives the Sugar Free version of the drink 0 calories.
Hansen’s Natural Sparkling Sleek Sugar Free Valencia Orange
Pure triple filtered carbonated water, natural fruit flavors with extracts of California oranges, citric acid, acesulfame potassium, ascorbic acid, sucralose
The can design is similar, though the Sugar Free version uses a light blue background color vs. the silver scheme used by the regular edition.
Even though I’m not a fan of diet beverages, I have to say that the Sugar Free version of Valencia Orange was actually pretty good. Yes, you could detect the artificial sweeteners, but the rest of the flavors still shown through, making it a tolerable experience. Overall, not a bad substitution.
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