This article is from the Kool-Aid FAQ, by Paul and Bess Dawson-Schmidt email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Pre-sweetened Kool-Aid contains 21 grams of sugar in a 250 milliliter
serving. If it tastes too sweet for you, you can always add more
water, or buy unsweetened Kool-Aid and just add less sugar than they
suggest. Or there's Sugar Free Kool-Aid with NutraSweet.
You might not realize it but sugar is a major ingredient in lots of
* Chocolate Milk has 23 grams of sugar.
* Pops like 7-Up, Coke or Pepsi contain about 25 grams per 250
* Orange juice from frozen concentrate has 26 grams of sugar.
* Iced tea mixes have about 26 grams of sugar.
* Cranberry cocktail has 34 grams of sugar.
Milk, on the other hand, has less sugar than Kool-Aid at about 11 or
There are also artificially sweetened diet drinks without sugar.
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SUBSTITUTES FOR SUGAR:
Vanilla Frosting: _tree_ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I once tried vanilla frosting and cherry koolaid, and that tasted pretty
Brown Sugar, Honey: Paul Dawson-Schmidt (email@example.com)
The only things that I've tried other than white sugar are brown sugar and
honey. The honey didn't work very well because it was hard to dissolve.
I suspect that if I'd heated up some water and then dissolved the honey
in there it would have worked ok, but that seems like too much effort,
and the honey has a really strong flavor anyway. The brown sugar worked
just like regular white sugar and it tasted the same. The only
difference was that the Kool-Aid was a bit browner. It was rather
unpleasant looking for the Pina-Pineapple, but it might look good on
some other flavors.
Cyclamates and presweetened Kool-Aid: Bruce Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I remember finding an OLD pack of Kool-Aid in my parents cabinet (c.
1984) dating from the early 1970's (c. 1971). It was labeled as
'pre-sweetened' Kool-Aid, was lemon-lime flavor, and had Warner
Brothers' "Bugs Bunny" character holding a pitcher of Kool-Aid on the
front package art. The interesting thing was the size of the packet -
it was the SAME size as a packet of traditional unsweetened Kool-Aid!!
Yes, no triple-thick, double-sized packet... just one small slim
envelope containing lemon-lime elixir, and the sweetener of death. The
Sweetener in Question was Cyclamate.
The contents tasted GREAT!! Sweeter by far than the later pre-sweetened
Kool-Aid, and with no saccharin aftertaste. It made me yearn for the
days of Cyclamates, and their cancer causing side-effects.
It is unknown how long Kool-Aid was sold in the Cyclamate Pre-sweetened
form. My brother thinks it was either a promotional trial (hence the
"Bugs Bunny" caricature on the packet), or was discontinued once the bad
press on the carcinogenic effects of cyclamates reached a fever pitch
(about the time the Red M&M's were pulled because of fears of the Red