If you haven't been living under a rock for the last year, you may have known that weird tasteless "pop" from your Midwestern 90s days has hit its peak. LaCroix — the drink of Wisconsin soccer moms everywhere — is more popular than ever, inspiring everything from T-shirts to hashtags reading "LaCroix over boys."
And it's not hard to see why — the not-too-fizzy carbonated water is lightly flavored, isn't sugary, and it's got no calories. It's a touch of flavor, without the guilt, plus it comes in a brightly-colored and incredibly Instagrammable can — a recipe for success nowadays.
LaCroix has blown up since we've been in Italy (even though I definitely tried it along with the far-inferior Fresca in my tween years, unimpressed because it didn't contain corn syrup), and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a case awhile back, which I finished off embarrassingly quickly. The problem with loving a specific brand overseas, though, is that you never know when you'll see it again — and heavy cans of carbonated liquid aren't the best items to order through Amazon Prime.
Italy has no shortage of carbonated water, but I could not figure out how to replicate LaCroix at home. I bought a SodaStream and got a pack of their "flavor essences," an unsweetened drink mix, but quickly tired of the flavors. As I became increasingly jealous of everyone who was drinking blackberry cucumber and kiwi sandia (whatever that is) at home, I turned to the internet for DIY options, and for the first time in my life, got very few results. How had no one tried to replicate this at home yet?! Surely there were other LaCroix-loving ex-pats out there.
I did find one post on a Reddit thread about a guy who was trying to do the same as me, and he recommended LorAnn candy flavorings. I immediately ordered a 12-pack, carefully selecting my flavors, and anxiously waited for my homebrew LaCroix dreams to come true, via the post office.
Now: full disclosure, I have not had many of the LaCroix flavors that exist. I've basically only been fortunate enough to drink lemon and lime. But I was pretty pleased with these flavorings, and they have a great, diverse selection of flavors. I can't 100% confirm that they're all completely sugarless, so do your own readings if that's important to you. Some of the flavors are a bit off, and it took me awhile to get the amount correct, but all in all, I'm pretty pleased and would definitely order them again to keep doing this — until I can get my hands on some real cans!
- SodaStream (or carbonated water)
- LorAnn hard candy flavoring oils
- Fill your SoadStream bottle up to the fill line and carbonate it with your machine.
- Pour 1/2-1/4 teaspoon (to taste) in carbonated water. Place cap on bottle and gently swirl it around.
- Pour in glass and enjoy!
FLAVORS WE LIKED:
- Pineapple + coconut
- Pomegranate + lime
FLAVORS WE DIDN'T LIKE:
- Key lime
Photos and text © Katie Currid, 2017. All rights reserved.