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Polar Seltzer Unveils Holiday Flavors: Eggnog, Candy Cane, Pumpkin Spice & More

First Posted: 11/09/11 05:13 PM ET   Updated: 11/10/11 10:52 AM ET


We're down with the seasonal offerings of various food companies. Pumpkin lattes? Mint hot chocolate? Yes, please. But we were a bit thrown for a loop by Polar Seltzer's newest holiday limited edition flavors: Eggnog, Candy Cane, Pumpkin Spice and Granny Smith Apple. Like the classic seltzer, these varieties are calorie- and sugar-free. But unlike the original, the added taste comes from natural flavors, aka chemical compounds that mimic the taste of actual foodstuff. For that reason, a lot of them tasted a bit medicinal, but we would certainly consider some of them for cocktail ingredients. In all the flavors, the aromas were a lot stronger than the actual taste, even overpowering at times.

The 1-liter seltzers retail for $0.99 until the end of December. Check out the slideshow below for the results of our taste test.

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Candy cane was actually quite good with nice pepperminty and mint tea notes. It was not as sweet as one may assume, and could work in a holiday cocktail.

Said one editor, "Though the concept of drinking something so similar to mouthwash is disconcerting, it was mild enough to be somewhat pleasant. A boon for those with post-lunch breath."
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