With the announcement that Jones Soda was not rolling out any special Halloween-specific flavors this year, our eyes (and taste buds) shift to Cott Halloween Orange Cream Soda to see if we can get a scary beverage fix.
For those not familiar, Cott Corporation is a large supplier of private label beverages, both carbonated soft drinks and juices (with their recent acquisition of Cliffstar). That means that you probably aren’t going to see the Cott’s name on anything, but instead branded as a store label or some other off-brand.
In this case, I found a 6-Pack of 8 oz. cans at our local Aldi. There was nothing specifically Halloween about the flavor description, other than the themed packaging. Basically, you can probably assume this is a general orange cream soda in a flashy can.
Upon opening the can, it smells like orange soda. Heck, it’s even orange in color when you pour it. Upon tasting it, it starts out like a typical orange soda, when a bit of the cream flavor comes in… and then it all falls apart. Just a gross aftertaste.
Looking at the can, I noticed that it proclaims “33% Less Sugar”. Quickly scanning the ingredients, I figured out why the aftertaste wasn’t what I was expecting. Along with the inclusion of high fructose corn syrup, we also have our diet drink sweetener friends sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K). That would explain the aftertaste!
Cott Halloween Orange Cream Soda
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, potassium benzoate (preservative), gum acacia, natural & artificial flavor, citrus pectin, ester gum, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, Yellow 6, Red 40
This 8 oz. can contains 70 calories, 25 mg of sodium, 20 g of carbs (20 g sugars)… and the can glows in the dark! (Well, it says it glows in the dark, but after testing, I’m not convinced.)
Overall, Cott’s Halloween Orange Cream Soda is underwhelming. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for the holiday packaging. Now that I did, I regret that decision. While it’s lower in calories, it’s also quite a bit lower in taste.