October 18, 2016
The very bottom line on both these drinks is, they’re very similar sparkling sucralose sweetened flavored water with a few vitamins thrown in. For me ICE has a slightly better flavor. However there’s not enough difference between the two that I buy one over the other. When in ALDI I’ll throw a few Frost bottles in my basket and when in another store I’ll throw a few ICE bottles in my basket.
There is a considerable difference in price per bottle, 49 cents for Frost and generally around $1 for ICE. While that’s a 100% difference, the relatively low cost for either and the few bottles I purchase doesn’t break or make my food budget either way. Sparkling Frost, I assume, is ALDI’s store brand under the PurAqua product line. Sparkling ICE is a national brand available in many retail outlets.
Frost vs. ICE
Paler color vs. not as pale color
10 calories (per 17 ounce serving) vs. zero calories (per 8 ounce serving)
Slightly less flavorful vs. slightly more flavorful (opinions may differ)
49 cents vs. $1
No yellow 6 vs. yellow 6 (per label ingredients)
Sugars – 1gm (per 17 ounces) vs. zero gm (per 8 ounces)
2% juice vs. 3% juice
Sodium 10mg (per 17 ounces) vs. zero mg (per 8 ounces)
Selected vitamins (see bottles) – 20% daily requirement per bottle
Green tea extract – 50 mg (per bottle)
No mango on ingredient label
Orange juice concentrate
The difference in serving size accounts for some of the differences in the “Nutrition Facts”. ICE lists its nutrients per 8 ounce serving (about half a bottle), Frost lists nutrients per 17 ounces (a full bottle). Why do they make it so difficult to compare products?
Yellow 6 probably accounts for the slightly deeper color of the ICE drink. Frost lists on the label, “NO certified synthetic colors”. This is important if you have a problem with Yellow 6 or want to avoid added artificial food colors in general.
Both use sucralose as a sweetener. If you have a problem with sucralose or want to avoid artificial sweeteners in general, you may want to look for other alternatives.