Cafe Reviews

Taco Bell's Limeade Sparklers Should Be Called "Sugarlers"

What sparkles? A moonlit ocean, crappy glitter crafts, and Beyonce Knowles' 18 carat diamond engagement ring. What doesn't? Limeade Sparklers, the newest drink offering from Taco Bell. Instead, they sugar, heavily. So why not call them "Sugarlers"? C'mon Taco Bell, truth in advertising.

Available in two flavors, Classic Limeade and Cherry Limeade, Taco Bell describes their new drink as, "a refreshing mix of cool lemon-lime soda, real lime juice and natural cherry flavor poured over ice and garnished with a real lime wedge." Real lime wedge? As opposed to what? A green piece of flavored plastic? And refreshing? I'll get to that.

While they're visually interesting (clear plastic cups revealing a green or pink bottom and lots of fizzy bubbles) Taco Bell's Limeade Sparklers are nothing more than super-sweet Sierra Mist with too much ice, a token lime wedge, and a built-in response to down at least three cups of water after consuming -- that must be the "refreshing" part.

The less offensive of the two flavors, the Classic Limeade, sports 150 calories and 38 grams of sugar for a 16-ounce cup. The Cherry Limeade ups the ante a bit with 180 calories and 43 grams of sugar for the same size.

Wanna try one for yourself? The Bell's offering a coupon for a free Limeade Sparkler from now until July 11, or until 500,000 coupons have been printed.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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