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Taste Test: POMx Iced Coffee

Pomegranates may have been around for thousands of years, but it wasn't until a few years ago that the fruit took off with the launch of pomegranate drinks such as POM Wonderful. Suddenly, the ubernutritious specimen became the world's hottest fruit. Its tart, brambly flavor began appearing in everything from cocktails to salad dressing. When I heard POM had developed a coffee drink, I had to find out what the hype was about. Did this beverage have pomegranate juice mixed in with its coffee? As it turns out, POMx Iced Coffee contains pomegranate extract for its antioxidant benefits, but no actual pomegranate juice. The 10-ounce drink, which is currently only available on the East Coast, comes in two flavors, café au lait and chocolate, and costs $2.99. The drink contains Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee, fat-free milk, and organic cane sugar. To find out my impressions of the drink,


Drinking the chocolate flavor made me feel like a kid again. It resembled chocolate milk, but with subtle coffee undertones. The café au lait flavor had a creamy consistency, a more pronounced coffee flavor, and was significantly less sweet. I almost fell out of my chair, however, when I learned that each bottle contains 170 to 190 calories — at least 20 calories more than a can of regular Coke!

Although POMx Iced Coffee possesses little complexity like a real coffee, the healthy factor makes up for the straightforward coffee flavors. When I learned that it's being marketed as a "sophisticated energy drink" with a focus on health, the flavors seemed to make more sense.

Bottom line: The beverage contains all-natural ingredients, a stimulating 175 mg of natural caffeine, and enough antioxidants to equal an eight-ounce serving of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. If you don't mind the calories and you need an energy boost, it might be a good drink for you.

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Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I found this recently in a discount store and bought a couple of the chocolate ones. Very tasty and I liked it a lot, although the energy buzz was more than I bargained for. I would probably buy POMX again, if it is at the discount store again. :)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'm waiting on the west coast also.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 9 years
these seem pretty cool, when are they coming to the west coast.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I saw this and was curious to know what exactly this was. I would try it now that i know i thought it was juice and coffee
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i have to be honest - that my original thought of this was that it was a BAD idea - cause i don't like to have fruity coffee but if you're saying that there's no juice in it - then maybe it's ok. i think though that i tend to drink coffee because it's lower in cals - and this drink has more cals than even a soda - well that's reason enough for me to really stay away from it. it definitely something new to try producing, i just don't know if POM will see much success since there are a LOT of coffee type drinks on the market already.
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 9 years
Oooh I love POM!
soapbox soapbox 9 years
I love Pom, always had. I'm so going to look for this.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Innnnnnnnnnnnnteresting. I'm on the East coast, so game on! Will definitely try it. I'm a little dubious. But hopefully this will be fun to try, I love LOVE the Pom teas.
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