Did you know Capri Sun was the FIRST to sell a drink in a stand-up pouch?
Capri Suns were basically the currency of childhood — everyone was always trading flavors at lunchtime — but the real question is: Do they actually hold up now?
As an adult (kinda), I will be trying the most popular Capri Sun flavors from our youth and ranking them based on two factors:
- Taste (obviously).
- Nostalgia factor — the more nostalgic I get, the more points I award the drink.
Capri Sun lineup:
- Fruit Punch
- Wild Cherry Waterfall
- Strawberry Kiwi Surf
- Pacific Cooler
- Grape Geyser
Which Capri Sun flavors are good?
Let’s do this from best to worst:
Best flavor: Grape Geyser. In a shocking twist — grape-flavored things objectively always taste like cough medicine — this was the most normal flavor.
Nostalgia factor: This made me think about going to lunch and knowing I had gym class next, which I loved at the time because I was ignorant of how weird it was that I had to sit in my sweaty clothes for the rest of the day.
Fine flavor: Strawberry Kiwi. It’s too sweet!
Nostalgia factor: This made me remember the times my mom would write an embarrassing love letter on a napkin in my lunchbox, and people at my lunch table would laugh at it. Now, at [redacted] years old, I would love it if I got at least one love letter a day.
Fine flavor, but no nostalgia: Wild Cherry Waterfall. Cherry, like grape, reminds me of cough medicine, so I never had this growing up, and thus it unlocked zero memories.
BAD flavor: Fruit Punch.
Nostalgia factor: Fruit Punch made me think of the times where our class would have to do popcorn reading — where random people took turns reading passages from a book out loud — which I hated doing because I would either get bored and read ahead or I would stumble over my words.
WORST, AWFUL flavor: Pacific Cooler. Basically like a spicy Fruit Punch, if that makes sense.
Nostalgia factor: I hated this, and therefore it brought up the moments I hated the most as a kid: Being separated from my friends during a bus trip. They were making memories and inside jokes without me!
After sipping on my childhood trauma, I learned when it comes to nostalgia, some pouches are best left unpoked.
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