We Try The New Snapple 'Lightly Sweetened' Teas


Let me say this: it's rare for a bottled iced tea to work, and even rarer for a bottled white tea to work. White tea is delicate and subtle, and adding any other flavor can cover it up to the point that there's really no white tea flavor. Why not just have a water base?

Unfortunately, these feelings were only reaffirmed by Snapple's newest release, two 'Lightly Sweetened' flavored white teas. They're made with real sugar and clock in at 80 calories per 16-ounce bottle.

The Peach Passionfruit Tea is the better of the two, with a vivid peach flavor that reminded us of melted peach Jolly Ranchers (a personal favorite, though not sure you want to drink them.) The passionfruit adds a little tropical touch, but just intensifies the sweet and syrupy side of this drink—serve it on ice with a lemon wedge, though, and we could be convinced.

The Cherry Pomegranate Tea is a riskier attempt at flavoring. Fans of fruit punch (especially kids) and those who like cherry-flavored juice blends might like this stuff, but we found it a little lacking in tartness, so you're left with cherry candy flavors reminiscent of fluoride treatment.

Have you tried this new line from Snapple? What did you think?

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.