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Which Calypso Drink Is the Best? [Flavors Variety]

Which Calypso Drink Is the Best

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Calypso lemonade, but I was wondering what flavor is the best.

I did some research and here’s what I found.

Kiwi Lemonade and Black Cherry Lemonade are considered the best Calypso flavors.

Calypso has said that Black Cherry is one of their best selling flavors.

People have also commented that both these flavors taste very good.

Other flavors that are especially good are: Southern Peach Limeade, Ocean Blue and Sweet Cherry Limeade.

Calypso also makes limeades which taste slightly different to their lemonades.

In this article I explain what Calypso flavors there are, who owns Calypso, and what’s in it.

How Many Calypso Flavours Are There?

How Many Calypso Flavours Are There

Calypso has come a long way since they first started with 1 lemonade flavor in 1985.

However, how many flavors total do they have?

In total there are 20 Calypso flavors.

But, of those 20 flavors, 4 are a duplicate flavor but are a ‘light’ version.

Which contain zero sugar, and hardly any calories.

Also, 4 of their flavors are limeades rather than lemonades.

The remaining 12 are all lemonade flavors.

Here’s a list of all of their flavors separated out into their different types:

Lemonade flavors

  • Ocean Blue
  • Strawberry
  • Original
  • Southern Peach
  • Island Wave
  • Black Cherry
  • Triple Melon
  • Paradise Punch
  • Kiwi
  • Grapeberry
  • Coral Blast
  • Tropical Mango

Lemonade light flavors

  • Ocean Blue light
  • Southern Peach light
  • Original light
  • Strawberry light

Limeades

  • Pineapple Peach limeade
  • Jamaica limeade
  • Sweet cherry limeade
  • Cucumber Limeade

The main thing about Calypso sodas is that they are quite sweet.

Most people really like how sweet they are.

But, some people think it tastes too sweet and dont like it.

I would say it’s very likely you’ll find that Calypso tastes really good.

Especially, if you try the best flavors like Black Cherry and Kiwi.

However, at the end of the day, it depends on how much of a sweet tooth you have, and whether you’re in the mood for such a strong and sweet flavor.

For example, if you just did a hard workout you may prefer to drink something a bit lighter tasting.

Who Owns Calypso Lemonade?

Who Owns Calypso Lemonade

I always find it interesting to find out who owns what sodas, and what company makes them.

So, I looked into who owns Calypso.

Calypso is owned by King’s Juice Company which is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

They began in 1985.

The owner was experimenting with making a lemonade made from real fruit juice and bits of lemon.

The drink he created was very popular and later it was named Calypso and became its own brand.

Calypso has an island influence from the Caribbean Islands located SouthEast of the United States.

Calypso is the name of a dance famous in the country of Trinidad and Tobago and has a heavy African influence.

On a side note, a lot of well known soda brands are produced by multiple large soda companies.

For example, Schweppes is made and distributed by both Coca Cola and Pepsi Co.

However, it doesn’t appear that this is the case with Calypso and it remains privately owned by King’s Juice Company.

What Is in Calypso Drink?

What Is in Calypso Drink

Some sodas are high in both sugar and caffeine and therefore you shouldn’t really drink too much of them.

But, how does Calypso compare, and what’s in it exactly?

Calypso Lemonade (original) contains:

  • Filtered water
  • Lemon juice concentrate
  • Citric acid
  • Natural flavors
  • Lemon fruit pulp
  • Modified food starch
  • FD&C Blue #1
  • EDTA to protect the color

The original idea behind the Calypso brand was to make a lemonade that contained real fruit juice and real sugar.

Therefore, it doesn’t contain corn syrup or artificial flavors.

I saw the last two ingredients which stuck out to me as being a bit odd, so I looked into them a bit further.

FD&C Blue #1 is a widely used food coloring, and according to Drugs.org, it is deemed safe to be used in food and drink.

EDTA is also a common ingredient used in food and drinks and is used to preserve both the color and the flavor of food.

Does Calypso Drink Contain Alcohol?

Calypso Lemonade

Calypso is a flavorful soda with a strong and sweet taste.

But, do any of their drinks contain alcohol?

As a whole, none of the Calypso drinks contain alcohol.

The ingredients in Calypso are made up of carbonated water, lemon juice and pulp, coloring, and other natural flavors.

There are currently no plans for Calypso to make any alcoholic drinks in the future.

King Juice Co the company that makes Calypso doesn’t produce any alcoholic beverages, and interestingly the only brand that they make is Calypso.

As you may know, soda companies and brewers differentiate between drinks that are alcoholic by referring to them as either ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.

A soft soda or soft drink doesn’t contain alcohol but a hard soda such as a hard root beer contains alcohol.

Is Calypso Nice to Drink?

Is Calypso Nice to Drink

All this talk about Calypso sodas, however, is it nice to drink? And is it as good as other lemonades?

As a general rule, people who try Calypso think it’s nice to drink.

Calypso original is similar to other lemonades like Sprite or 7Up.

But, because they use real lemon juice, and bits of lemon it has a more natural and pleasing taste.

However, Calypso makes over 20 flavors, and you might not necessarily like all of them.

For someone, who hasn’t tried Calypso before I would recommend getting the original, as well as Black Cherry Lemonade, or Kiwi.

The main distinguishing factor of Calypso is that it tastes really sweet, and has a strong flavor.

Which can be a bit overpowering for some people’s taste.

How Much Sugar Is in A Calypso Drink?

How Much Sugar Is in A Calypso Drink

Consuming too much sugar can be bad for your mood and your health.

So, then how much sugar is in Calypso soda?

In total, Calypso contains 53g of sugar per 16 fl oz (473 mL) bottle.

This is the same amount of sugar that’s found in virtually all other sweetened sodas on the market.

For example, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper.

The odd soda out is Coca Cola and has on average 7 times as much sugar as other sodas.

But, this is not necessarily bad for you as long as you don’t drink too much of it.

Here’s a table that shows a comparison between the amount of sugar in Calypso compared to other well known sodas.

Soda Sugar content per 3.4 fl oz (100 mL)
Coca Cola 77g
7Up 10g
Pepsi 10g
Calypso Lemonade 11g
Dr Pepper 16g

Calypso also makes a light version of some of its soda flavors.

They contain zero sugar and 5 calories

They the following light versions of their lemonade soda flavors:

  • Ocean Blue light
  • Southern Peach light
  • Original light
  • Strawberry light

However, they don’t make any light limeades.

The general recommendation from medical professionals is to consume a maximum of 37g of sugar for a male adult and 25 grams of sugar for a female adult per day.

As you can see to reach the daily sugar limit, you would need to drink about 1 cup or 1.5 cups of Calypso soda in a day.

Another concern with sodas is how much caffeine they contain.

Looking through the ingredients list of the Calypso flavors I found that none of them contain caffeine.

Where Are Calypso Drinks From?

Where Are Calypso Drinks From

Calypso is an unusual name, and it’s not immediately obvious what language it is.

So, you may be wondering where Calypso soda is from.

Calypso Drinks originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The name Calypso is the name of a character in Greek Mythology.

However, it’s also the name of a style of dance in the Caribbean Islands.

Calypso states on their website that they have an ‘island influence’ referring to the Caribbean Islands.

The Caribbean Islands are known for their warm weather, and their climate is well suited to grow a wide range of delicious fruit.

The Caribbean is also a popular travel destination for folks that live in the USA because it’s very close by and is well known for its tropical white sandy beaches.

Therefore, anyone from the USA that has traveled there may recognize it as being Caribbean influenced.

Another famous Caribbean soda is Ting from Jamaica.

I recently wrote about what it is, and how it tastes. You can read it [here: link, what is the Jamaican Drink Ting].

Where Can You Buy Calypso?

Where Can You Buy Calypso

Since some flavors of Calypso are known to be very good, I was interested in where I could buy it.

I looked around the internet and here’s what I found.

Calypso can be purchased from most large supermarket chains in the USA.

As well as, on Amazon, and other specialty soda websites.

You can also typically buy it online on the website of the large supermarket chains and have it delivered or ready for pick up.

Here’s a list of the stores that sell Calypso soda.

  • Walmart
  • Safeway
  • Winco
  • Wawa
  • Vons Pavilions
  • Town Pump
  • Sunoco
  • Terrible Herbst
  • Speedway
  • Smith’s
  • Ralphs
  • Royal Farms
  • Pick n Save
  • Quiktrip
  • QFC
  • Kum & Go
  • Krogers
  • Good Lion

But, the stores that sell it are updated from time to time.

The Calypso website has a great tool that will show you if stores close to your location sell it.

You can also put it in other locations for example if you’re out of town. You can access it here.

If you live outside of the USA, there are some specialty soda websites that will sell it.

However, it usually costs a little more than a standard soda because of the cost to import it.

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