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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

It's hard to resist a Slurpee in the summer time, even if you're not a high school kid hanging around in the 7-Eleven parking lot. I'm drawn to the onomatopoeic name and its natural association with Bart Simpson. But does the world need a diet Slurpee? Just in time for the warm months, 7-Eleven has unleashed Slurpee Lite, a sugar-free frozen beverage with half the calories of your run of the mill Wild Cherry Slurpee. Today I sampled the Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango, May's signature flavor.

It's kind of a terrifying fluorescent orange, and tastes like candied mango, with a refreshing buzz of fizziness. Yeah, it's supersweet, and has a bit of diet soda aftertaste, but how often do you get mango in frozen soda form? If you want to try the Mango, you'll have to act fast, since the Lite flavors are all limited release.

Here's the lineup for coming months:

June: Slurpee Fanta Watermelon Lime
July : Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Strawberry Banana and Slurpee Fanta Lemon Crème
August: Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Cherry Limeade and Slurpee Fanta Orange Xplosion

Personally I'm looking forward to Watermelon Lime. Have you tried Slurpee Lite yet?

About the Author: Molly Goldman is half Serious Eats intern, half poet and MFA candidate at the University of Alabama.

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