What is in Kool-Aid Jammers? Ingredients and Review

May 28, 2017   6 Comments

What is in Kool-Aid Jammers? It might surprise you that Kool-Aid has cut sugar in half.

What is in Kool-Aid Jammers? Ingredients and Review

The reason why I stopped to take a look at these in the supermarket is that upper left corner – 50% less sugar!!

I spend a lot of time evaluating different juices (see Naked Juice and Is Orange Juice Healthy?) and I get a thrill when I believe a company has improved their offering.

Kool-Aid was my favorite drink as a child. My mom would buy it and I would “make” it in the pitcher. It was basically sugar colored water and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Here are the ingredients in Kool-Aid Jammers Tropical Punch:

As you can see, they use high fructose corn syrup (no surprise there). What did shock me was the sucralose. Is this simply like giving Diet Coke to kids?

This drink tastes so sweet. Not only that but there is an artificial color. When you drink it through a straw, you can’t even see the drink so I am not sure why that is necessary.

My kids poured it out and decided it looked like Windex. They are excited about April Fools day next year so they can prank their friends.

The package is super cute and inviting. I love how there are drawings of fruit but there isn't any fruit juice in the product. 😠 I was hoping, of course, that Kool-Aid simply cut the sugar in half and gave kids a lighter option.

Another company makes this product – Juicy Juice:

It also advertises 50% less sugar than the leading juice but it does it in a different way.

Here are the Juicy Juice ingredients:

water, apple juice from concentrate, pear juice from concentrate, vitamin C, citric acid, natural flavors, pineapple juice from concentrate

Concentrated juice is basically sugar but this drink is juice cut with water.

It is so simple! All you have to do is add water, cut the juice, lower your costs and parents will love it.

But what about kids?

My children took one look at the Juicy Juice packaging and went for the Kool-Aid (of course). After tasting the Kool-Aid, my daughter said, “This tastes like chemicals.”

She tried the Juicy Juice and liked it. She pronounced the packaging “boring” but the juice “good”.

Why can’t we have something that looks fun has less sugar? Why does the healthier stuff have to look so dull? oh well.

These two packages cost almost the exact same amount. Next time go for the Juicy Juice.

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I remember when Juicy Juice first hit the market.. Advertising more juice and less sugar...

It's nice to see JJ still available. When we moms talk about healthy alternatives to our kids, it truly sinks in over time. Your children are smart to recognize good flavor over a fun label. I remember when the big cans of juicy-juice had kid-appeal labels. Bought it a lot back then. Are these beverage pouches replacing juice boxes now? I wonder why JJ doesn't have more ''fun'' on their labels, maybe they want to appeal to our mom-sense? Keep up the good fight, Lisa, its working! [oh, if kids like ''making'' juice in a pitcher, maybe they'd like TrueLemon products, made with real fruit juice coloring, real sugar, truly natural. I use it sparingly to enhance water. ].

I'll have to keep an eye out for those! I usually go for the Capri Sun Roaring Waters. They have sugar, stevia, flavor, and no food coloring. They are touted as flavored water. (But I guess all drinks are water with flavor added, eh?) With only 30 calories per pouch (if I remember right) those are a usually better choice than most, also.

We do the Juicy Juice pouches or our ABSOLUTE favorite, Honest Kids...We love the entire Honest Kids kine

Koolaid packets are horrible and they already had HFC in it so what was the need for the sucrose?

Im so confused on what drinks to give my granddaughter...I look at labels on different juices and all have alot of sugar..

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