When a friend of mine who currently lives in Canada drove into the States a few months back for a visit, I asked him to bring down some soft drinks that could only be found there. One flavor Henry provided was a unique version of Coke‘s Fanta line — Fanta Wildberry.
This somewhat-translucent pink beverage smells fruity, almost like the powder used to make Crystal Light before mixed with water. I was looking forward to a different Fanta flavor, as here in the U.S. we’re stuck with just Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, Fanta Pineapple, and Fanta Grape for the most part.
Unfortunately, Fanta Wildberry is a pretty nasty drink. It has a flavor profile that I most similarly associate with Crystal Light’s Raspberry Ice flavor… but with carbonation and a not-nice aftertaste. It’s very syrupy and in no way represents any berry flavor I’ve ever experienced. The approach is typical of Coke’s North American Fanta line, which we’ve criticized heavily here at BevReview.com. It’s pretty much very fake-tasting soda no matter what the flavor.
Carbonated water, sugar/glucose-fructose, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate, colour.
A 355ml/12 oz. can of Wildberry will set you back 100 calories, 45 mg of sodium, and 51 g of sugars. This drink is caffeine free.
Rumor has it that Coke Canada is replacing Fanta Wildberry with a different flavor. Personally, I have no problem with that decision.
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