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PurAqua Black Raspberry Sparkling Frost Sparkling Water Beverage (Aldi)

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Purple when full, and a pretty tasty beverage, especially considering its price. Having just tried PurAqua’s Orange Mango Sparkling Frost, I was ready to toss in the towel on this one before I even tried it.  But I had already bought it, it was taking up valuable space in my pantry, and so there was really no reason not to drink it.  So eventually I just sucked it up, and figured that no matter how bad it would turn out to be, there was a very good chance that I've had worse.  That’s not too reassuring when that’s the mindset you go into when trying a beverage for the first time! But on the other hand, that can also work to its benefit, because expectations are so low that, as long as you don’t hate it, it pretty much exceeds expectations and can be considered a victory.  Well I’ve got to say that not only is this not gross, but this is a drink that I would gladly get again. For starters, even though this is also a zero-calorie drink, it doesn’t have that disgusting bitt

PurAqua Orange Mango Sparkling Frost Sparkling Water Beverage (Aldi)

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Bright orange when full, a letdown when consumed. My wife had given these a go a little while ago, and dismissed them as being “too sweet”, which is actually what drew me to them.  I was also intrigued by the “sparkling” aspect of these--I don’t drink much soda these days, but am always open to the occasional soda substitute, and thought maybe this would satisfy me.  Even better: these things retail for a scant $.69, which honestly puts them in “you have nothing to lose” territory (though, to be fair, technically all of their products fall into that category, thanks to Aldi’s money-back guarantee), so I grabbed two out of the three flavors--I had to omit the “pink grapefruit” because I’m on cholesterol medicine that reacts to said fruit, and while I’ve broken that rule for a previous review, I don’t like to do it at all. First we’re going to be taking a look at the Orange Mango, whose bright orange glow makes it look delicious and refreshing.  I must admit, once again, that

Deutsche Kuche Apfel Schorle Sparkling Apple Juice Drink (Aldi)

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Almost tastes like an apple wine, only without the alcohol. One of the cool things about Aldi are their “German Weeks”, where they offer a bit of German culture, through a series of food Special Buys in their U.S. stores (in case you weren’t aware, Aldi is a German company).  While some of the things they offer during these times seem to be Americanized takes on German tradition (like their Bavarian soft pretzels), others legitimately seem to give Americans a unique taste of their culture (such as Peanut Puffs, or some of the “crazy” breads and desserts).  Either way, I enjoy it because it gives me a chance to try things that I otherwise would completely ignore. Perusing the ad for the latest German week, I saw a “sparkling apple juice drink” as one of the highlighted products, and I knew I had to try that.  Apple juice is one of the greatest juices on the face of the planet, and it’s pretty much common knowledge that carbonation makes just about everything taste bet

PurAqua Juicy Peach Sparkling Water (Aldi)

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Now THIS is more of what I was expecting from this line. Well we’ve already experienced the White Grape version , which we found less-than-satisfactory; how does the Peach flavor stack up? For starters, the smell is inviting, in a super-artificial kind of way; it does remind me of a juicy peach.  However, I must confess that I tend to like fake fruit flavors moreso than the average person (I can eat those terribly fake banana-flavored Runts all day).  There’s a good amount of carbonation here that I find refreshing; I sometimes get these as a cheap replacement for soda (and it can’t be any worse from a health standpoint). As for the peach flavor, I love it.  It’s really on par with just about every unnatural peach flavor I’ve ever had, but as I said earlier, I don‘t mind my fruits fake.  It’s very sweet, courtesy of the supposedly cancer-causing sweetener aspartame, so if you prefer the more natural-tasting sparkling waters, like my wife does, then you are totally not going to

PurAqua White Grape Sparkling Water (Aldi)

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Meh...not much to get excited about inside this bottle. I think I might have mentioned this before in a previous review, but I hate water.  I absolutely abhor it.  I drink it, simply because of the little fact that I will die if I don’t get it, but unless I’m dripping sweat, I literally have to force it down.  Literally.  My body cringes just thinking about it.  Sometimes I like to put in the little flavor packets, but I’m sure those have so many chemicals in them that they’re probably bad for me, so I keep that to a minimum. Another thing I rarely buy is the flavored sparkling water.  I’m not talking the bitter stuff that tastes like someone just put a teaspoon of actual fruit juice inside a large container of sparkling water.  That stuff is even worse than normal water.  I’m talking the artificially sweet, completely artificially-flavored, calorie- and vitamin-free sparkling water.  Even though I don’t buy them very often, I really enjoy them, and at 59 cents for a 33.8 oz bottle

Landshut Riesecco Sparkling Wine (Aldi)

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Not too shabby, this one. This should come as a surprise to no one who knows me, but I do not have a refined palate when it comes to anything, but especially alcohol.  My taste definitely skewers toward the sweet side--as in, the sweeter the better.  This is why I still refuse to drink beer (and on a non-alcoholic note, coffee), and instead go for anything with tropical fruits, umbrellas, and sweet and sour mix.  Wine is typically not my thing, but my wife also enjoys a sweet wine every now and again (her favorite kind is Moscato), and I’ve been known to have a glass with her, though usually it’s only when no other alcohol is present in the house and I’m too lazy to leave the house to get some.  Moscato is definitely something that’s down my alley, but I also tried a Riesling a while ago and really enjoyed it. Well lo and behold, we noticed Aldi was offering a Riesecco in a recent ad.  Of course, this is a combination of Prosecco and Riesling, which is something I figured I’d

It's Pumpkininny! Nature's Nectar Sparkling Pumpkin Cider (Aldi)

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Sparkling pumpkin cider? Hmm...interesting. My wife and I actually stumbled on this at Aldi, simply because someone put it in the wrong space.  Since we were in a hurry, I don’t know that we would have seen it otherwise, but after a brief discussion, we decided to give it a shot, not really knowing what to expect.  After all, my only previous experience with pumpkin in liquid form was a six-pack of limited edition Woodchuck Pumpkin cider that we bought a couple years back, the first year they offered it.  We still have two bottles in our refrigerator, if that tells you what we thought of it. The bottle is rather coolly designed, with a nifty little pop top that can be resecured to seal in freshness.  Honestly, it reminds me a lot of a wine bottle, and I’m wondering why more wine bottles don’t use this technology.  Instead of a cork, it’s a little piece made of plastic and rubber that fits right in the bottle top, and it’s secured shut by pushing down on a piece of metal, which i

Stars & Stripes Cola 3-Liter Bottle (Dollar Tree)

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Stars & Stripes Cola, available at all Dollar Tree locations. The price of soda is absurd.  Twelve-packs of the major brands have climbed up to about $4 (maybe more) for a 12-pack when not on sale.  Even two-liters, which seemed to be much more affordable when I was younger, are approaching $2.  This is why the wife and I buy mainly only private-label offerings, indulging in the national brands only when a local store is running a 4/$10 sale (and when we have an extra $10 to blow, which is far less frequent than it probably should be…we’re talking once or twice a year). On top of this, my wife and I have also decided to try to cut back on the carbonated stuff, simply because it really serves no purpose--outside of sugary deliciousness, of course.  But having a hankering for some on a recent trip to Dollar Tree, I decided to grab some Stars & Stripes Cola, which is offered in gigantic 3-liter bottles.  And yes, like everything else in the store, it's only a buck.