Review by Cynthia Mosher
With all the negative press about high sugar drinks contributing to obesity in children, parents are looking for something healthier. Honest Tea is attempting to provide just that with their new line of low sugar thirst quencher drinks called Honest Kids.
Packaged in a 6.75-ounce pouch, they are USDA organic, caffiene free, and contain less than half the sugar and calories of other drinks on the market made especally for children. Honest Kids comes in three flavors— Goodness Grapeness, Berry Berry Good Lemonade, and Tropical Tango Punch.
We are a juice-loving family, and while juice can be a very healthful drink, you can easily go overboard with it. I try to get everyone to drink water as much as possible but they often want something with "taste" so trying Honest Kids was a shot at providing a healthy alternative somewhere between water and juice. However, the concept of a water and juice mix is not a new one. Parents have been watering juice down for years. In England they call such a drink 'squash.' We call it 'juicy water' which sounds more appealing than 'watery juice.' The newness is providing it in a pouch with a straw that kids can take with them.
Looks: I'm a sucker for a pretty package but I prefer something a bit more tasteful than the artwork on most juice boxes. Honest Kids hourglass-shaped pouches with white backgrounds picturing fruit splashing into pastel shades of water was deemed "cool!" by my kids. The back of the pouches have a saying or quote at the top, such as "Don't worry if your tasks are small and rewards are few, remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you!" Coming from a long line of cereal box readers, this little extra totally appealed to me. I had to grab the other five pouches and read them before I even offered them to my kids!
Taste: With four of us taste-testing, we all agreed that Honest Kids is a nice thirst quencher drink that would be great in a lunch box, as a treat on a hot afternoon, or packed for a sports game or other outing. All three flavors were delicious. Three of us liked the Berry Berry Good Lemonade the best, though the berry taste is much more prominent than the lemonade.
Cost & Availability: 69-99 cents per pouch or $4.99 to $5.49 per 8-pouch multipack. HonestTea.com offers a local retailers page to help find a store near you that offers their products.
Verdict: As a parent, I like that these drinks contain some juice (6-10 percent) and provide 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. I think they taste pretty good (though a tad too sweet for me) and will appeal to most kids. I will still encourage water as a drink as much as possible and will give juice for breakfast. But Honest Kids is a tasty drink that I feel good about offering my family, especially as an occasional lunch box drink for my children.
Goodness Grapeness: Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic grape juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic grape flavor, organic pomegranate juice concentrate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Contains 10% Juice.
Berry Berry Good Lemonade: Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic cranberry juice concentrate, lemon extract, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), natural berry flavor, purple carrot juice (color). Contains 6% Juice.
Tropical Tango Punch: Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic white grape juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, natural mango flavor, organic orange flavor, organic orange juice concentrate, beta carotene (color), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), organic mango blend. Contains 7% Juice