Schweppes, you are Dead to me!

One of my most treasured memories of childhood would be when I was either sick 1, at my grandparents, or out at a restaurant and I would be served real Schweppes Lemonade. If I was really lucky, I would get to have a ‘pink’ lemonade which was generally good ‘ole Schweppes lemonade with grenadine!

There was something about the sugary sweet drink which I still crave to this day.

So there I was in the supermarket looking for a hit of the good ‘ole stuff. Previously I had made the mistake of buying their ‘SlimLine’ product which contains artificial sweeteners – and when I got home I just had to throw the bottle away.

Why don’t they just put a big sign on the side of the bottle that reads something along the lines;

Hey Fatty! You should drink this one, which isn’t as bad for you Glucose Index-wise, but tastes worse than the original (don’t worry you soon won’t notice the difference2)

So making sure that I picked up the correct (non-‘SlimLine’) bottle this time, I decided to read the label. It said, and I quote:

No added sugars

Odd, I thought, perhaps they were emphasising that they weren’t adding any more sugar than was absolutely necessary???

On further inspection, I read the ingredient list and noticed that they had managed to slip in some Aspartame/Artificial sweeteners.

What-the….????

So, now I have a choice between LOTS of artificial sweeteners and SOME artificial sweeteners.

Perhaps they should now write on their labels:

You cannot be trusted to keep your sugar intake at a reasonable level, so we will decide for you.

Yes, Schweppes, you are dead to me, you have lost my custom – which means little to you, but a lot to me.

Summary

So, to sum up – thanks Schweppes for killing off the memories and ensuring that I never pass on these memories to my grandchildren. I look forward to never drinking your products again 3.

Update

Looks like they have killed of their truly excellent Tonic Water as well!

Footnotes:

  1. being sick was not the treasured memory
  2. In fact it takes about two weeks of drinking the swill for your taste-buds to adjust and you wouldn’t notice the difference
  3. And this upsets me greatly

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