Remember the old Diet-Rite Cola? Diet-Rite has taken the 2-calorie soda on a tropical tour with pink grapefruit, golden peach and red raspberry flavors along with the old standby cola that is now sodium-free. The sodas retail for $1.79 to $1.99 at local grocery stores.
Kay Hadley: "We seldom buy carbonated drinks and never diet drinks, so I'm a little uncertain as to my qualifications to rate this product. We did like the pink grapefruit best. The flavor was very strong and tangy. The raspberry and peach were acceptable, but not something we would purchase again."Don Russell: "Made by the Royal Crown Cola Co., these diet drinks seem just as good (or as bad!) as any other on the market. The beverages rack up all `goose eggs' under the nutritional analysis column, including salt for those who need to watch that. We liked the fruity flavor of the peach and pink grapefruit varieties. Diet-Rite Cola ranks on a par with other diet cola beverages."
Doris Wilding: "We tested three different flavors of the diet soda. The first was a diet cola - thumbs down. We didn't care for it. The second was grapefruit. It was tart and tangy and would probably be really good to add zip to punch, but by itself, it's a little too much. The third was peach and we loved it. It has a mild, pleasant peach flavor, and we recommend it to everyone."
Judy Slack: "I had both the cola and peach flavors. They were good. They're your typical diet drink. I do prefer a couple of other drinks, but if these were on sale I'd probably buy them again. However, they wouldn't be my first choice off the shelf."
Edyth Jensen: "We really enjoyed the pink grapefruit Diet-Rite. We liked the taste of the grapefruit and found it did not have a lot of the artificial flavoring taste. The peach smells good and tastes good also with no aftertaste. The raspberry didn't seem as strong a flavor. I think we'll buy Diet-Rite again."
Conclusion: For the most part, these new fruit-flavored diet drinks are just peachy, but a couple of panelists gave some flavors the (red) raspberry.
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