Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
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Diet Cherry Coke
Member Name: Holland1
Diet Cherry Coke
Advantages: None in my opinion (although if you do like it, the calories are low)
Disadvantages: It tastes artificial and leaves horrible taste in your mouth
I tried this drink at the weekend as I had a hangover and on the way back from picking up a chippy tea on Sunday we stopped to get something cold and fizzy to go with it. My fiance actually recommended this to me, on the basis that you can really taste the cherry compared to the full fat version. I gave it a try but was sorely disappointed, and didn't even finish the can.
I bought this in the form of a can, which cost 49p from our local newsagent. It also comes in bottles (small and large) which will cost around £1 for a 500ml bottle, and nearer £2 for a 2 litre bottle. It is available in supermarkets, newsagents and discount stores, but to be honest, I just wouldn't bother.
Diet cherry coke is basically cherry coke stripped of any flavour apart from the cherry, and it has a very strange almost metal taste to it. I found it was fizzy which was what I was after, but the taste was so strange I'm having trouble even describing it! You can definitely taste the fruity cherries, this isn't the problem. The problem I think is the fact it's diet coke means it doesn't contain anything substantial enough to give the drink any actual taste. So this means you're drinking something fizzy and carbonated which vaguely tastes of cherries but tastes like it's been watered down to the point I'd rather go thirsty than drink this.
The drink also leaves a really bitter and horrible aftertaste in your mouth after drinking it. Actually, it leaves an awful taste in your mouth as soon as you start drinking it. It tastes really sweet, even though it doesn't actually contain any sugar, so you feel like you're coating your teeth in rubbish. Looking at the ingredients though, even though the nutritional information makes good reading, there are some very strange sounding ingredients in this drink which probably account for the awful taste.
The nutritional information is the best thing about this drink, although in all honesty I'd rather drink water which has no calories in it than put myself through drinking this! The can I had contained around 3 calories, no sugar, no fat, and a trace of salt. As for the strange sounding ingredients, the phosphoric acid and potassium benzoate probably explain why this drink tastes artificial and sugary despite the lack of sugar.
I usually don't mind diet coke but this version with cherry in is just awful, and that's not even down to the cherry taste. Looking through other reviews on this drink, I see there is a lot of divided opinion and you either love it or hate it. There is definitely divided opinion in our household, I hate it and my partner loves it. In fairness, he did offer to swap his drink with mine when he saw how little I was enjoying it, but I tried to persevere for Dooyoo research purposes. The things I do for this site.......
Summary: Don't. Just don't.