What's better than a crisp, bubbly beverage on a hot summer day? A sparkling water tinged with "naturally essenced" flavors that make your taste buds come alive? Yes, we're talking about LaCroix, the trendy beverage that's taken the country by storm with its delicious sugar-free flavors and intoxicating effervescence.
If you constantly have a LaCroix in your hand, you're not alone. In the past few years, it seems as though everyone's gotten on board this fizzy water bandwagon, most likely because its refreshing flavors are free of calories, sodium and artificial ingredients. It's yummy and good for you — what's not to love?
But just how fixated on this refreshing beverage are you? Can you name all of LaCroix's fizzy flavors? Do you know the difference between LaCroix Core, LaCroix Cúrate and LaCroix NiCola? If you think you're the ultimate LaCroix lover, this quiz will tell you if you're right. It will test your knowledge of each and every flavor name, as well as a few other fun facts only a true LaCroix addict would know. So what are you waiting for? Take a sip from that colorful can and answer all of the following questions. Then we'll know just how obsessed you are with this one-of-a-kind seltzer.
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Let's start with some warm-up questions. How do you pronounce LaCroix?
Unlike the last name of the celebrated French fashion designer Christian Lacroix (whose last name is pronounced "Le-KWAH"), the proper way to pronounce the sparkling water is "La-CROY."
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This flavor is as close as LaCroix gets to regular seltzer. What's it called?
When you reach for this gorgeous blue can, you know you're getting simple sparkling water that's crisp, clean and oh-so-fizzy. Of all of LaCroix's offerings, "Pure" is the only one that's flavor-free.
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Tart but refreshing, this popular flavor is the French word for a type of fruit.
Pamplemousse means "grapefruit" in French, which is the delicious, fruity flavor you'll find inside these pretty pastel cans. One of the most beloved LaCroix offerings, there's even a Facebook page featuring Pamplemousse-related memes.
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In addition to LaCroix's Core line of flavors, there are also two alternate lines. Can you name them?
According to the company's website, LaCroix Cúrate (pronounced coo-rah-tay) is inspired by French and Spanish cultures and features stronger flavors than the Core line. LaCroix NiCola drinks are formulated with cola flavoring but are still free of calories and sweeteners. Both come in extra-tall 12-ounce cans.
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LaCroix says this flavor "lies somewhere between a peach and a plum."
This refreshing, fruity flavor was added to the LaCroix Core lineup in 2014. It's a robust and accurate representation of the fruit's tart, juicy taste, and has become a LaCroix fan favorite.
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Offered in a cool, tall can, this apple-cranberry mix has a sharp, fruity flavor.
An offering from LaCroix's Cúrate line, Pomme Bayá's sweet fruit flavor is like a smooth, sparkling mix of sweet apple cider and tart berry. It's the perfect fizzy water for anyone who craves a bold, fruity flavor.
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LaCroix's recent surge of popularity has been attributed to the loyalty of which demographic?
Think hard — have you ever seen a commercial for this trendy beverage? Instead of spending big advertising bucks on TV spots and magazine campaigns, LaCroix has curated a huge following of Millennials by taking advantage of social media.
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This tangy LaCroix flavor pays homage to a popular cocktail.
Tinged with refreshing notes of lime and mint, Cubana is inspired by the mojito, which is a popular Cuban cocktail. The flavor is part of LaCroix's NiCola line of drinks, and according to the company, created to celebrate Cuban, Hispanic and South American influences in Miami.
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LaCroix describes this Cúrate flavor as "ripe cantaloupe essence infused with pink grapefruit."
Crips, fresh and tangy — but also slightly sweet — Melón Pomelo is a popular flavor from LaCroix's Cúrate line of beverages. It was added to the brand's already extensive line-up in 2015.
This popular variety pack contains which three LaCroix flavors?
The three flavors in this 24-can variety pack are among LaCroix's most popular. Crack open this colorful case, and you'll find six Lemon LaCroix, six Pamplemousse LaCroix and 12 Lime LaCroix.
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LaCroix uses this adjective to describe the fact that it's free of sugars, calories, sodium and artificial ingredients.
Every can of LaCroix features the following words wrapped around the can: "0-Calorie, 0-Sweetener, 0-Sodium = Innocent!" Its ingredient list simply states: "Only carbonated water, naturally essenced."
A polarizing flavor among LaCroix fans, some online reviewers have complained that it tastes too much like suntan lotion.
While naysayers insist that LaCroix's Coconut flavor has an artificial taste (don't worry, it's still free of artificial flavors), fans of the beach-inspired beverage have described it as crisp, sweet and satisfying. To each their own.
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This brand of sparking water is PepsiCo’s attempt to capitalize on the fizzy water craze.
Pepsi launched Bubly in 2018 in an effort to move beyond soda items and offer healthier carbonated alternatives. Boasting brightly colored cans and pull-tabs with cute phrases such as "psst" and "aloha," Bubly is strikingly similar to LaCroix.
A celebration of citrus flavor, this LaCroix variety is tangy without being tart.
A can of this exotic flavor tastes great on its own, but also makes a delish mocktail (alcohol-free cocktail) when mixed with a half-cup of pomegranate juice and one teaspoon of agave syrup.
LaCroix says that this unconventional flavor has a "rich, graham cracker finish."
This sweet flavor is meant to be a sparkling celebration of Key lime pie. The popular dessert consists of Key lime juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk in a graham cracker pie crust topped with meringue.
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This sharp, citrusy flavor is a variant of the Mandarin orange.
Thought to have originated in Tangier, Morocco, the tangerine is a small citrus fruit with a bright orange peel and a fresh, tangy taste. Though similar to oranges, tangerines tend to be sweeter, softer and easier to peel.
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This retailer almost always has cases of LaCroix on its shelves.
Target sells LaCroix both in stores and online. The sparkling beverage can also be found in some Costco and Whole Food locations; however, it is not sold at Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's sells its own line of sparkling water called Seltzers With A Splash.
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It's hard to believe this flavor is caffeine free.
A member of LaCroix's NiCola line of beverages, this caffeine-free fizzy water is flavored with essences of cola and Sumatra coffee. Sumatra is an Indonesian island known for its coffee's distinctive taste.
The pairing of two fruits makes this LaCroix flavor hard to resist.
LaCroix's popular Peach-Pear beverage was added to the brand's Core line-up of flavors in 2012. At the time, it was the brand's ninth flavor offering. As of summer 2019, there are 24 LaCroix flavors in all.
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The National Beverage Corp., which owns LaCroix, also makes this well-established soft drink.
Founded in 1889, the Shasta brand has been around for over 125 years. It currently features more than 25 soda flavors, including Black Cherry, Tiki Punch, Creme Soda and Cherry Twist.
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This flavor was added to LaCroix's Cúrate line in 2015, alongside Melón Pomelo and Muré Pepino.
A refreshing mix of kiwi and watermelon essence, this fruity LaCroix flavor is excellent to enjoy in the summertime by the pool. Add a tablespoon of lime juice and one fresh kiwi to give it some extra "oomph."
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Due to its all-natural ingredients and emphasis on healthy living, LaCroix became an official partner of this trendy diet in 2015.
Whole30 is a restrictive 30-day diet that prohibits the intake of sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol. LaCroix is one of the few flavored seltzers Whole30 participants are allowed to drink.
A fairly straightforward offering as far as LaCroix flavors go, this drink is great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
This simple-but-sweet LaCroix flavor has been part of the brand's Core lineup for more than a decade. You can use it to make a mean alcohol-free Cosmo by mixing five ounces of the sparkling water with an ounce of cranberry juice and a spritz of lime.
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This zesty flavor is easily recognizable by its bright green can.
If you're a fan of sodas such as Sprite, 7 Up and Sierra Mist, try substituting them with a can of LaCroix's effervescent Lime flavor. It's a great way to cut down on sugar without giving up the fizz and zesty flavor.
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This LaCroix competitor claims to be the first and only sparkling water made with real squeezed fruit.
Founded in 2010, Spindrift's flavor lineup is similar to LaCroix's and includes Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cranberry Raspberry and Blackberry. It also boasts a flavor called Half & Half, which is a combination of unsweetened tea and lemon.
A refreshing fruity hybrid, this LaCroix flavor is another one of the brand's long-term mainstays.
This beloved LaCroix flavor can be used to make a delicious, fruit-infused Champagne mocktail. Simply combine six ounces of the bubbly beverage with one or two ounces of cranberry juice. Garnish with frozen raspberries and serve in a Champagne flute.
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This Core flavor was added to the LaCroix line in 2014.
LaCroix notes on its website that the colors on this flavor's can are meant to mimic the mango fruit, which they describe as "green on the outside with a slightly red hue on top when ripe."
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LaCroix has a section on its website called "Live LaCroix," which allows you to do which of the following things?
Under a tab called "Live LaCroix" on Lacroixwater.com, you can scroll through cool photos posted by LaCroix lovers, as well as upload your own. Needless to say, the pics are liable to make you feel quite thirsty.
Like its can's colors, this LaCroix flavor is bold and bright.
You can tell that Cerise Limón is part of LaCroix's Cúrate line by its slim, extra-tall can. Pronounced “coo-rah-tay,” the word translates to "cure yourself" or "be cured" in Spanish.
LaCroix describes this flavor as "sweet and nutty."
Perfect for Coke or Pepsi lovers looking to cut down on their sugar intake, this flavor was added to LaCroix's NiCola line at the beginning of 2019. It launched with fellow NiCola flavors Cubana and Coffea Exotica.
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Do you know what year LaCroix was founded?
LaCroix was created in 1981 by a small beer brewing company in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Its name is meant to be a mash-up of its city of origin and the nearby St. Croix River. In 1992, the National Beverage Corp bought LaCroix.
This drink makes a great substitute for sodas like Sunkist and Fanta.
This tangy member of the Core flavor line also makes a great non-alcoholic mimosa. Combine four ounces of the sparkling drink with two ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice and one ounce of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Serve in a Champagne flute and garnish with orange peel.
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It may be hard to believe, but it's true — this LaCroix flavor contains cola essence without any calories, sugar or artificial ingredients.
While this staple of LaCroix's NiCola line does make for a delicious and healthy Coke or Pepsi swap, it's not brown. LaCola pours clear, likely because it's free of artificial ingredients such as food coloring.
Which three flavors are in this LaCroix variety pack?
This purple pack of 24 cans features six Cran-Raspberry LaCroix, six Berry LaCroix and 12 Pamplemousse LaCroix. In total, it provides 288 fluid ounces of effervescent LaCroix goodness.
This LaCroix flavor is a sparkling mix of strawberry and pineapple essence.
Naturally, this bold Cúrate flavor makes for a terrific alcohol-free piña colada. Mix six ounces of the fizzy beverage with one ounce of coconut milk and one ounce of pineapple juice. Stir in an ounce each of mashed strawberries and pineapple and enjoy!
Here's an easy one — this simple flavor is a yellow fruit.
You can use LaCroix Lemon to create a delicious sparking lemonade. Combine one can with one-quarter cup of lemon juice and one teaspoon of agave syrup. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.
You can make your own LaCroix-like concoctions with this fizzy-water maker.
Along with their easy-to-use seltzer maker, SodaStream sells all-natural, zero-calorie fruit drops that can be added to your homemade sparkling water. Flavors include Cucumber, Watermelon and Grapefruit.
This unique flavor combo was added to the Cúrate line in 2015.
This crisp, fizzy mix of blackberry and cucumber launched alongside fellow Cúrate flavors Melón Pomelo and Kiwi Sandía. LaCroix lovers have described the flavor as fruity, sweet and sour.
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This chemical compound is what makes all sparkling water, including LaCroix, fizzy.
When carbon dioxide gas is combined with flat water under high pressure, small air bubbles form and give the liquid its fizzy, effervescent quality. This process is called carbonation, and thank goodness for it!
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