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Capri Sun: 5 Best Flavors & 4 Weird Flavors

Capri Sun’s history dates back to post World War II Germany, when businessman Rudolf Wild created the first ‘all natural’ soda with natural fruit juice — an innovation at the time. In this article we’ll delve into the most delicious and most bizarre Capri Sun flavors.

Capri Sun, which was Capri-Sonne in those days, soon became a hit and took the world by storm. There are many Capri Sun flavors available in over 100 countries across the world today, and the brand has since branched out to include other kinds of drinks.

But which are the best? And, perhaps more importantly, which ones are just plain weird?

We’ll share some fun facts about the popular children’s drink’s history, and their typical ingredients, plus healthier (and less healthy) alternatives to consider.

What to Know about Capri Sun Flavors

What to Know about Capri Sun Flavors

There are plenty of fun facts about one of the world’s most popular children’s soft drinks.

Capri Sun was initially called Capri-Sonne, which simply translates to Capri Sun from German. It’s named after the Italian island of Capri, which was then a popular destination for vacations.

In the US, Capri Sun’s licensees include Kraft Foods, while in parts of Europe they’re produced and distributed by Coca-Cola.

Capri Sun is perhaps best known for their unique packaging, which makes their drinks easy to add to lunch boxes and picnic baskets. There is more to the opaque, fun designs, however, than just pretty marketing.

Origin of Capri Sun

Origin of Capri Sun

Capri Sonne originated in 1969 Germany. It was the first drink to be sold in a stand-up pouch.

Fun fact: the opaque packaging was created because of restrictions on food coloring. These led to less attractive-looking soft drinks, making it more appealing to use the opaque pouches.

Who Invented Capri Sun

Who Invented Capri Sun

Capri Sun was invented by German businessman Rudolf Wild, before being introduced to the (then) West German market in 1969.

The drink soon took off and was quickly marketed across the world – by 1991 it was already available in 52 countries.

Generation Z customers rate Capri Sun especially highly in the US. Many American parents see Capri Sun as a healthy option, which you’ll find isn’t necessarily true.

Ingredients of Typical Capri Sun Drinks

Ingredients of Typical Capri Sun Drinks

When it was first invented, Capri Sun proudly introduced drinks made with natural juices. Capri Sun drinks are still largely made with filtered water, sugar, juice concentrates, sweetener (Stevia) and citric acid.

All of the ingredients of the standard range are natural, though they do contain a good amount of sugar and natural sweetener. The sugar free varieties contain sucralose, which is an artificial sweetener.

Capri Sun’s No Added Sugar and Fruity Water ranges contain these artificial sweeteners. Artificial sugars are deemed ‘safe for some kids’ by experts, though it’s important to ensure children get their nutrients from other foods and only ever consume small amounts.

Sucralose is known to decrease beneficial bacteria in your gut, and may cause other health problems.

There’s also some debate over whether juice concentrates are really as healthy as actual juices. Modern Capri Sun drinks contain juice concentrates, rather than real juice.

The Best Capri Sun Flavors You Need to Try

The Best Capri Sun Flavors You Need to Try

It’s hard to say just how many flavors of Capri Sun there have been over time. Suffice to say, there have been many.

Below are some of the definite best ones out there, with fans raving about them all over the world.

Fruit Punch

Fruit Punch

Capri Sun Fruit Punch gets plenty of rave reviews. It’s described as tasting of pineapples, oranges, and apples, and is made with natural sweetener.

This one’s popular for kids’ parties and lunches alike, and we really couldn’t fault it.

Strawberry Kiwi

Strawberry Kiwi

Strawberry Kiwi has somewhat mixed reviews, with some die-hard fans of the juice and some who detest it.

It’s definitely up there as one of the most-loved Capri Sun flavors, however, and contains real strawberry and kiwi juice extracts.

If you enjoy strawberry-flavored candies, you’ll probably like this.

Orange

Orange

Described by Capri Sun themselves as their most popular, classic flavor, Orange simply has to be on this list. It contains orange, lemon, and lime juice concentrates, sugar, and sweetener.

It’s one of those flavors that’ll remind you of your childhood regardless of how old you are.

Pacific Cooler

Pacific Cooler

This one ranked high on some online polls, as people really enjoy the mix of grape, apple, cherry, and pineapple juice extracts.

It’s a refreshing tropical flavor mix that’s perfect for picnics and field trips.

Just make sure you pack enough as these are fairly addictive.

Grape

Grape

This is another flavor some people just love to hate, though most Capri Sun fans adore it. Grape tastes just like… grape.

It’s sweet and will definitely hit the spot, particularly if you enjoy grape-flavored candies.

The Weirdest Capri Sun Flavors

The Weirdest Capri Sun Flavors

As with other juice manufacturers, it’s hard to find a flavor that truly sounds ‘weird’. There are some that just do not work, however.

Here is our definitive list of Capri Sun flavors which should have been delicious, but ended up tasting more ‘meh’ instead.

Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry

Described as tasting ‘like cherry medicine’, Wild Cherry is a near universally disliked Capri Sun flavor. Fans of this divisive Capri Sun variety only seem to like it if they also actually like the taste of cherry cough syrup.

Mango & Maracuja

Mango & Maracuja

The idea behind this flavor was a sweet, slightly tart beverage tasting of juicy mango and more acidic passion fruit. It is on the sweeter side, however, and just tastes somewhat ‘tropical’ without any real definition.

It does have some fans, but they’re sparse.

Guava Strawberry

Guava Strawberry

The Guava Strawberry Capri Sun is described as tasting nothing like guava and only like artificial strawberry flavor.

There’s not much else we can say about this one, sadly, and it’s certainly one to avoid. If you do like strawberry candy flavoring, you may find this one alright.

We’d suggest you skip it and have the Strawberry Kiwi variety instead.

Fruity Waters

Fruity Water

Some people do like these, but we found that the majority of reviews found them bland and artificial-tasting. They have this ‘sugar free’ taste that comes with sweeteners and tends to just linger.

Essentially, these taste like water that splashed past some artificial fruit on its way into the packet. Avoid.

The Original Capri Sun Flavors

The Original Capri Sun Flavors

Capri Sun packets are likely part of at least some of your childhood memories. Interestingly, there were just two original Capri Sun flavors when they were invented post World War II.

Below, we cover the two flavors that started it all.

Original Orange

Original Orange

Capri Sun Orange is probably still the most universally bought and liked flavor. It’s naturally flavored with orange juice concentrate, and tastes like a refreshing orange popsicle.

It’s the best-known flavor of Capri Sun in the world, and has been a firm fan favorite since it was first brought to market.

Lemon

Lemon

The original Capri Sun lemon is no longer made and appears to have been off the market for a long time. We couldn’t find much on its history or its taste, so presumably it just wasn’t that popular.

There is a Capri Sun ‘Fruity Water’ with a lemon flavor, though it’s really not recommended, see the section above.

Types of Capri Sun Drinks

Types of Capri Sun Drinks

When Capri Sun was first created in the 1960s, there were just two flavors and both were sold in the iconic, opaque pouches. Modern Capri Sun offers a little more variety.

Here is a list of their most current products on offer.

Original

Original

The original Capri Sun pouches are available in over 100 countries worldwide. Recently, Capri Sun have changed their recipes to reduce their sugar content.

This move has led to some people praising the brand for being more ‘health-conscious’, while others have lamented the new taste and addition of less desirable ingredients.

Stevia, for instance, may cause bloating, nausea, lowered blood pressure, and even hormone disruption.

Big Pouch

Big Pouch

This is just what it says on the tin, or rather the pouch. Capri Sun Big Pouches come in a larger-sized format and include resealable caps.

These come in original orange flavor and a rather strange orange and lemon with no added sugar.

The latter is made of fruit juice concentrates and sucralose, so you have the added slightly chalky sweetener taste.

No Added Sugar

No Added Sugar

This new range includes many of the classic Capri Sun flavors but with sucralose replacing the sugar in the recipes.

If you don’t mind the taste of sweetener, these are a good option for reducing your sugar intake while still enjoying a Capri Sun.

If you dislike the lingering flavor sucralose adds to beverages, you may want to steer clear.

Fruity Water

Fruity Water

Capri Sun label this as ‘water fun’ on their website, though most reviewers tend to disagree, hence its mention on our ‘weird flavor’ list above.

These are made with sucralose, ‘3% of fruit’ and water, which really says all there is to say about the Fruity Water range.

It looks like it wanted to be a Vitamin Water competitor, but without any of the added benefits Vitamin Water may potentially have.

Bubbles

Bubbles

Capri Sun Bubbles is perhaps the brand’s newest innovation, merging the original flavors with satisfying fizziness. It essentially turns Capri Sun Orange into a kind of Fanta that’s marginally healthier than the real thing.

Interestingly, the Bubbles range does not seem to be available everywhere yet at time of writing.

Tasty Alternatives to Capri Sun

Tasty Alternatives to Capri Sun

Capri Sun still has some firm fans across the world, though their recent recipe changes have made some people hesitate or move to other brands.

Below are some of the most popular alternatives to Capri Sun which you may wish to check out.

Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray offer a range of juices in various pack sizes, including small lunch box sized ones.

They’re mostly famous for their cranberry juices and juice blends.

They include 100% juice options, which don’t seem to be made from concentrate. This makes Ocean Spray a nice, healthier alternative to Capri Sun.

SunnyD

SunnyD

SunnyD isn’t a healthier alternative to Capri Sun at all, but it is popular.

The original contains water, high fructose corn syrup, and ‘2% or less’ of concentrated juices, as well as a range of artificial ingredients, sweetener, and even cornstarch and canola oil.

So it’s not the best, but still remains one of the most popular ‘juice’ options in the US today.

Sunny D does contain vitamin C, but that’s about all there is to say for this drink’s goodness.

Hawaiian Punch

Hawaiian Punch

Another popular alternative that doesn’t offer any health-boosting benefits is Hawaiian Punch.

Their brightly-colored punches contain very little concentrated juices, high fructose corn syrup, and a range of artificial colors and ingredients, sweeteners, and preservatives.

In short, these are just plain bad for you, even if they may be delicious. You should probably only enjoy these as an occasional treat, rather than as a regular addition to lunch boxes, meals, and snacks.

Minute Maid

Minute Maid

Minute Maid are perhaps best known for their orange juices. Refreshingly, these contain 100% orange juice without any added extras other than filtered water.

These make a really great alternative to Capri Sun when it comes to healthy lunch box drinks or picnic beverages.

Minute Maid don’t just produce orange juice either, they also have other varieties including kiwi strawberry, watermelon, cranberry apple raspberry, cranberry grape, lemonade, apple, and more.

Mott’s

Mott’s

Mott’s are well-known for their 100 percent juice range, which includes a delightful range of flavors. They even have a 100 percent Fruit Punch Juice option made with a mix of apple, grape, cherry, and orange juice concentrates.

They’re not made with added artificial ingredients, sugar, or sweeteners.

They also have a special range aimed at younger kids called Mott’s for Tots, which includes more added purified water and added vitamins. These are less sweet and offer some potential health benefits.

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