7-11 Takes the Sugar & the Fun Out of New 'Diet' Slurpees

slurpeeBig news, Slurpee fans: 7-11 has revealed the new "Slurpee Lite." It's sugar-free, and it comes in mango or wild cherry. Oh man, the 20-year-old me would have flooded all of Provo, Utah with tears of gratitude at the sight of that Slurpee Lite.

I kicked sugar my junior year in college. It wasn't for reasons of skinny -- I just felt like sugar was making me crazy. Too many mood swings and crashes, not enough sleep at night. So I stopped and I felt amazing. Then one fateful day I got a craving for Slurpees. I was overcome with amnesia, forgot all about my sugar ban, and had myself a tall frosty one (Coke, if you must know). An hour later the realization of what I'd done along with the horrific sugar crash sent me into a colossal shame spiral.

If only they'd had sugar-free Slurpees back then. Or maybe they had those saccharine Slurpees already? Anyway, what I'm wondering is which artificial sweetener are they using for Slurpee Lite now?

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Because you know it matters. Some artificial sweeteners suck, and some artificial sweeteners are not so bad if all the other ingredients are working. 7-11 is using Splenda, which so far it doesn't look like it'll give you cancer today but it has given lab rats the runs. So maybe restrict yourself to one Slurpee Lite a day.

As for the taste -- I'll leave that up to you artificial sweetener aficionados. All artificial sweeteners taste off to me, but I hear Spenda is "better than the others" and "you get used to it." I guess is this great for all the diabetics out there.

Otherwise, as far as I'm concerned this is just junk food doing a different dance. But we already knew that, right? No one is drinking a Slurpee Light and mistaking it for a fresh, vitamin-rich mango smoothie with no added sweeteners at all. It's for when you're on a road trip and it's boiling hot outside and you're in the mood for something quick, cold, sweet, and crazy-flavored. Guess what I'm totally craving right now.

Are you going to try the new Slurpee Lite?

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