My Complicated Relationship With La Croix

My Complicated Relationship With La Croix

Delicious, pretentious, or just plain unnecessary?
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Our friendship started out on the wrong foot.

Mom wanted to try a carbonated beverage that wasn't soda, so she bought a case of grapefruit La Croix. I was just an innocent tween that didn't know the difference between flavored soda and "essenced sparkling water." I saw the word "grapefruit" and thought I would be enjoying a sweet, tangy drink like Fresca or Squirt.

So, I innocently selected a can from the fridge, popped the top, and took a sip. Needless to say, I was disappointed by the unsweetened, intensely carbonated liquid that left such a funny aftertaste in my mouth.

Flash forward to college. I begin to notice La Croix all around me with increasing frequency. The preppy kids at school all drink it. Youtubers post taste-test videos of the different varieties. And, one fateful day, a well-meaning professor brings a couple cases into lecture for refreshment to accompany an in-class movie.

I chose the most exotic-sounding flavor (mango) and popped the top. Immediately, a cloud of delightful, tropical mist rose from the can. I took a sip. Still not sweet, but it was as if it no longer needed to be. I kept taking sips, and when I had finished it all, I reached for another. Thus began a love affair with mango-flavored La Croix which continues to this day, and has since expanded to include flavors like the infamous "pamplemousse" that I initially found so repulsive.

Now, I am of course aware that La Croix carries a bit of a stigma in our postmodern society. Millenials have adopted the beverage as their own, and get a constant bad rap for spending the money they could be saving and investing in a house or retirement, instead wasting it on fancy sparkling water in a pretty can. It's expensive, overrated, and often a bad financial decision, I get it. For this reason, I rarely buy it (myself; thanks, Mom), and I don't like to be seen with it for fear of being labeled as immature, or worse, basic.

But despite the cultural connotation it carries, I can't stop liking it. It is just so delightfully refreshing! And such a good alternative to sugary juice and soda! So what's an average, poor college kid that doesn't want to seem too pretentious supposed to do? My solution: off-brand sparkling water. First I tried Deer Park's lemon and watermelon-lime flavored sparkling water, and before I knew it, I was drinking Kroger and Wegmans-brand sparkling water. It's the same idea, without the fancy can or painful prices. Economical. Unpretentious. Health-conscious. Delicious.

Since I've warmed to the concept of "essenced" sparkling water after sampling it a second time, I continue to enjoy a La Croix whenever I can, having proven to myself that I don't really need it. Even though I can finally appreciate its merits, I can easily do without, or substitute with an off-brand sparkling water.

Hopefully, the fact that I can enjoy a can of La Croix without becoming dependent upon its refreshing properties keeps me from being seen as a bandwagoner and a subscriber to the "hype." But even if it doesn't, I won't be ashamed the next time I reach for a can.

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Though I don’t understand it, there are a lot of people who don’t like coffee. Many people still want to have the coffee to wake them up, learn to like coffee, or want to hop on the bandwagon of enjoying a coffee treat from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Wawa (the overall best). So, here’s a list of seven drinks that include coffee, but don’t taste like it, to help you transition from a non-coffee drinker to an active one.


1. Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts

A Coolatta is basically a frozen flavored drink. Most of them contain coffee, so getting that boost of caffeine without the coffee taste is easy with this treat. It comes in caramel, vanilla bean, mocha, Oreo, and more.

2. Any kind of Mocha Coffee (or caffe mocha)

A mocha coffee tastes like subtly coffee flavored hot chocolate. One of my favorite mocha drinks around the holidays is a peppermint mocha, because it tastes like a chocolate dipped candy cane, which is perfect to get anyone (even a Jewish girl like me) into the Christmas spirit. If you like hot chocolate, a mocha is a good way to transition into drinking regular coffee.

3. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is one of my personal favorites. They can come hot or iced, and though they contain a good amount of coffee, it tastes like you dipped a sugar cookie into coffee.

4. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

After going to Starbucks with a friend, she forced me to try this when she ordered it, and it was fabulous. She described it to me as a drink for people who don’t like rich chocolate. It’s a really creamy drink that tastes kind of like white hot chocolate.

5.Starbucks Frappuccino

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6. Chai Latte

A chai latte tastes like tea with milk, infused with spices. It is definitely something people either love or hate, but if you like that spiced flavor, I would recommend it.

7. Caramel Macchiato

I have never tried one of these, but people LOVE them (not to mention the drink is beautiful). In simple terms, it is steamed milk topped with foam, topped with espresso to create a luscious, caramel, layered coffee drink.

So to those crazy people out there who don't enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or a mid-day iced coffee in the summer, try these drinks and soon you'll wake up craving a cup of coffee like me.

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