This was another evaluation with my sister Elaine, and bro-in-law, Zac. Elaine and I grew up with limited access to soda and Saturday nights were “soda night”. Most times we chose Fresca as our weekly indulgence. Although Squirt comes in regular and diet, I picked the latter because Fresca is only offered as a diet soda.
Fresca seemed to have particularly big bubbles and had a very nice grapefruit smell. We all agreed the taste was a nice balance of sweet and tart and seemed “full-bodied” because it actually tasted like fruit and not just artificial sweetener that sometimes diet sodas tend to do. This was light, refreshing and very grapefruity.
We found this to be more sour tasting than Fresca. The flavor seemed more muted somehow, but it did smell pretty good. Zac thought it was very watery and we felt the aspartame was a little too much since it wasn’t offset by much fruit flavor. It was almost like watery, sour, lemonade (with bubbles) and tasted harsh.
Even with Elaine and I’s history with Fresca, we really went into this with an open mind and were interested to see if there was another option for this drink but we really felt Squirt wasn’t as good, this was confirmed by Zac too. This was our evalaution and clearly enough people like Squirt enough to keep it in production, but these really seemed different enough to be able to tell the difference. Fresca seems to be more balanced and smooth, which (for us) makes it more enjoyable to drink.