When Capri Sun was introduced in 1969, its iconic packaging made headlines. The idea of “juice in a straw pouch” was not only innovative but also practical and travel-friendly. Over the decades, the brand has grown by leaps and bounds. The business expanded to 119 countries and even became a favorite with astronauts at the ESA. Due to its no spill, no mess design, and sugary taste, Capri Sun is also a big hit with young children.
All the while, Capri Sun has been continuously improving its packaging design and product range. From starting the business with just two flavors, orange and lemon, Capri Sun has over 14 flavors now.
So, which of these flavors is best? Read on to find out our favorites in reverse order of preference.
7. Wild Cherry
Of all the different single-fruit Capri Sun flavors, wild cherry is one of the best. Nonetheless, it is not as “wild” as the name suggests. The fruity taste of cherry is unmistakable. It is pleasant and sweet. Now, it is impossible to create a complex flavor profile without other ingredients. But Capri wild cherry tastes like real fruit and is a good flavor.
Because of its extreme sweetness, this flavor is rarely liked by adults. However, children love it for the same reason. Wild cherry is thus a regular lunchbox staple for most kids.
6. Tropical Punch
If you have picky kids, you cannot go wrong with Capri Sun Tropical Punch. The zesty flavors of pineapple, lime, and orange in this drink are balanced by the sharp zing of strawberry and apple. This tropical punch is different from the regular fruit punch because of the strong summery flavors in it.
Although the tropical punch is very sweet, there is a hint of tartness. This element creates an exciting flavor profile. The tropical punch flavor tastes best when chilled. You could even freeze it and have it as a slushie.
Do you like the taste of freshly squeezed lemonade? Capri Sun lemonade is the next best thing as it is neither too sweet nor too sour. This drink has just the right balance of sweetness and tartness. The lemon has a refreshing, citrusy flavor.
It is a perfect drink for hot sunny days on the beach. Although it has added sugar, it does not taste like candy. It is just decent-tasting lemonade with just the right amount of sugar.
4. Strawberry Kiwi
Capri Sun Strawberry kiwi is a unique flavor—you either love or cannot stand it. Now, strawberries and kiwis have bold, strong flavor profiles. Hence, it is not surprising that their combination is an unusual one. Although it is an odd combination, Capri Sun has done a good job blending and balancing the zest of kiwis with the sharpness of strawberries.
Capri Sun strawberry kiwi is sourer than most of the other flavors. Nonetheless, it has many takers. While kids will also enjoy it, this flavor combination is more suited to mature taste buds.
3. Fruit Punch
Just like the tropical fruit punch, here is another Capri Sun flavor that everyone likes. Capri Fruit punch is one of the classic flavors. It contains concentrates of pear, grape, orange, and pineapple. The medley of all these fruity flavors makes it a delightfully sweet drink.
If you observe the taste, you can distinguish all the fruits. You can distinctly taste each of them as they tingle in different parts of your mouth. One of the best things about Capri Fruit punch is that it is deeply satisfying. While most of the other flavors are light and watered down, this drink has a thicker texture and fruity taste.
Capri Sun orange is an original flavor from the brand that has remained the same throughout the decades. This juice does not remotely resemble real orange juice. However, it is a decent drink. It lacks the thick, pulpy taste of OJ and is lighter and watered down. Be warned that this drink can sometimes create an unpleasant and bitter aftertaste.
You can taste the citrus in Capri Sun Orange. However, it is very subtle and does not stand out. Choose Capri Sun orange if you are not looking for anything exciting. It will not disappoint, nor will it thrill you. It tastes best when chilled.
1. Pacific Cooler
The Capri Sun Pacific cooler blends some exotic flavors to create an impressive drink. You will find pear, grape, orange, pineapple, and apple concentrates in the ingredient list. These different flavors are well-balanced, and none of the fruits overpower the others. So, you should be able to enjoy this drink even if you are not particularly fond of pear or grape juice.
Capri sun Pacific Cooler tastes best when chilled. It is a good choice for the warm weather when you do not want to load on sugar.
Capri Sun is an iconic brand that continues to grow through generations. It is a good choice when you want a drink that is not too strong but keeps you hydrated. The flavors are fruity. Some fruit mixes like Tropical punch, fruit punch, and Pacific cooler also give you something exciting to look forward to.
Nonetheless, it is wise to keep in mind that Capri Sun is not entirely healthy. The brand claims that they use 30% less sugar than most other brands. Nonetheless, each serving still has a significant amount of sugar. Some of the Capri sun flavors also use sucralose or high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar.
So, moderation is key. Control your intake of Capri Sun and limit it to a pouch or two only to keep it safe. On the positive side, Capri Sun is a brand that is consistently committed to sustainability. It never ceases to impress with its offerings. From stand-up pouches to resealable pouches, paper straws, and squashes, Capri Sun has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable packaging and is a brand to admire.