Following the news that the Lilt tropical fizzy drink as we know it will be discontinued, shoppers have been looking for drinks with a similar flavor profile to satisfy their sweet tooth.
I think I managed to find one that is almost identical AND a third of the price.
It was reported on Monday that the citrus soda will no longer be found on our supermarket shelves, but will instead be rebranded as a new Fanta flavor, joining fan favorites like Lemon and Fruit Twist in the Coca-owned brand. Line.
But do not worry. Those who simply can’t live without the pineapple and grapefruit flavored carbonated drink can find solace in the aisles of Aldi.
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In the budget German supermarket, known for its range of brand-inspired products, coined ‘dupes’, there’s a two-litre bottle of fizzy drink called Tropical Blast, and it retails for just 59p.
Meanwhile, at Sainsbury’s, Lilt, one of the few remaining bottles on the shelves, was priced at £2, meaning customers could save £1.41 if they made the switch. But only if they really taste the same, right?
I picked up both bottles of the supposedly low-calorie, sugar-free drinks side by side, resembling each other, from a light blue background to the pineapple-grapefruit flavor listed on the front of the bottle.
I had never tried Lilt before, so at least I wouldn’t be blinded by brand bias in this comparison. I have no loyalties to Lilt or her rivals, so it would all come down to that all-important fizz and flavor.
When pouring the drinks into identical glasses, Lilt appears a bit lighter than Aldi’s Tropical Blast, almost like a weak orange juice, while Aldi’s seemed more vibrant. Checking the ingredient list on the back, they’re nearly identical, each with five percent fruit juice in the mix.
My first sip of Lilt was pleasant enough, quite smooth, fruity but quite light, it’s very girlish, making you feel like you should be sitting somewhere much warmer than Manchester.
However, when I had a shot of the Aldi alternative, I was blown away. The cheaper drink is more carbonated than the Lilt version, feels more bubbly in the mouth, but also tastes a bit stronger, the grapefruit offering a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not unpleasant.
The fact that Aldi’s version of the tropical drink costs less than a third of the cost of Lilt, makes it a no-brainer when it comes to which one to enjoy on a hot summer day. They may not taste exactly Same thing, but in my opinion the Aldi tastes even better.
However, if you’re a Lilt loyalist, Vice President of Business Development Martin Attock at Coca-Cola has assured customers that “absolutely nothing has changed” in the Fanta rebrand.
He added: “It’s still bursting with spicy tropical flavors. It just got a new name.”