Monday, May 14, 2012

Fanta Sugar-Free Mango Slurpee or (A Slurpee, a Slurpee, my Kingdom for a Slurpee!!!)

I'm not always impressed when it comes Ito new beverage flavors.  The world of sugary beverages is always changing.
    "You like Mountain Dew, right?  Well, try Mountain Dew Red...Same Dew flavor but uh, red with some uh berry like BS in there somewhere."
    "Tired of Dew Red?  Try Dew Blue!!!"  or "Try Dew Blue, Red.  Just like Dew Blue, but in a Red bottle."
      I'm not saying I'm against soda in any way.  I enjoy a cold fizzy beverage every now and then.  I just don't see a commercial for something new and say to myself.  "I'm going to try that."   Then immediately grab my car keys and head to the store with the sole intention of buying that particular flavor of soda.  When it comes down to it, if I have a craving, I just grab what happens to be cold in the fridge.
  Why are you telling us this?  I can hear my readers chant while bathing in a bathtub full of Dew Blue scented Shampoo. (Dew Blue Poo!)

   Because contrary to what I've stated in the previous paragraph I did see an advertisement for a Slurpee.  I haven't had a Slurpee in years.  To be honest, I wasn't sure they still made them anymore.  Then I saw it.  "Try the new Fanta Mango Lite Slurpee at 7/11.  My first thought was, "Oh.  7/11, I won't get to..." then I remembered they just built a 7/11 in the Quad Cities.  A few of them actually.  It's something that doesn't sound to bad on the tongue, boasts 50% fewer calories than the other flavors and it's sugar free.  I grabbed my keys, I headed out the door, I dived over the trip wire just barely getting out of the way of the acid soaked fire net, then somersaulted past an onslaught of acorn tipped arrows.  I dived in through the sunroof of my car and sped off into the sunset in search of this new sugary free beverage.

The Experience.
It felt sort of like this.  Imagine the red bits as frozen cherry ice.
I'll be the first to admit I'm a newbie when it comes to Slurpee ice beverages.  The last one I had wasn't self serve.  I was under the impression that a person needed some sort of training to operate the Slurpee machine. Like baristas at a coffee house (I assumed they had to be trained otherwise why would they ask to be tipped if it was that simple).  I grabbed a cup and held it under the nozzle.  I turned the lever.  I cackled with insane glee which frightened a small child.  I brought my frozen concoction to the counter and then tossed my money at her in a casual way with a smirk that said "I do this all the time."  The first sip was actually quite good.  I was surprised at how cool and refreshing this was.  The pleasant sensations dancing on my tongue were soon interrupted by an intense pain that started from behind my eyes.   My chest felt like it was about to cave in and my neck began to tighten up.  "This is it," I thought.  "The dreaded 'Brain Freeze.'"  I desperately searched my memory for all the remedies that had been invented to sooth brain freeze.  

Tips For Relieving Brain Freeze

  1. Take a sip of warm water.  An excellent idea with only one major drawback.  I didn't have any warm water.  All I had was this Slurpee.  Maybe that will help. *SLURP* Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!  Nope.  That didn't help at all.
  2. Press the tongue to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds:  I'm not sure if this worked of it gave me something to do for the 30 seconds it took for the brain freeze to subside on its own.
  3. Rubbing the back of your neck:  I actually did this while pressing my tongue to the roof of my mouth.  Again, I'm not sure which one actually worked or not.
  4. Just Deal with it:  So far  the best solution that actually seems to work.  Just let it pass.
What are your thoughts about the new sugar free Slurpee?
I'm glad you asked bold faced printed sentence.  Brain freeze aside I think this was an enjoyable experience.  My only question is why hasn't something like this come out before?  Diet Soda's definitely have their place in the market.  Why wouldn't the makers of Slurpee want to cash in on that?  I gave up regular soda years ago and whenever I have a craving I reach for something diet.  The sad thing is, I feel limited when some new flavor comes out and there isn't a sugar free alternative.  Try this out, go to any restaurant that has a soda fountain and count the number of diet options vs. the number of regular.  Most will have Diet Coke and Diet Coke Caffeine Free.  Wow, so many choices, where do I start?   That's why I felt the need to try the sugar free Slurpee.  Something new that wasn't going to throw me into a sugar shock induced coma.  If you have a 7/11 in your area I do urge you to try it.  Even if you don't have to watch your sugar.   If you've already tried this, or if you have a similar story of something new you tried, please let me know.

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