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Drink packs a punch too sweet for some

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Country Time's sugar-free lemonade sippers now include Lem'n Berry flavor. The 1.6-ounce container of strawberry lemonade will make 8 quarts at a cost of $2.99.

Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "If you've tried one, you've tried 'em all. These artifically sweetened and artificially flavored punch bases all taste the same - like aspartame. They could've at least put in some vitamin C to give them some food value. But they're good for a quick drink for the kids."Edyth Jensen (married, one daughter and two grandkids at home): "Our family has tried the `Lem'n Berry' flavor once before several months ago. We enjoyed its tangy flavor. The lemon is stronger than the strawberry, but it is still tasty."

Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 6-16): "The aspartame (NutraSweet) in this beverage is so overpowering that it's really hard to remember much else about it. Kraft does add a wee bit of strawberry juice solids to this beverage, giving it a very modest five calories per serving. Unless you need to restrict calories and sugar from your diet, I'm confident you'll enjoy the sugar-sweetened summer beverages much more."

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, two teenage boys at home): "Bravo for sugar-free drinks that are good! Some have quite an aftertaste, but not this one. It's very convenient, and I like to take it to work because it doesn't go flat like soda pop."

Rich Firmage (married, four children, oldest 12 years old): "This was so easy to make, even the kids fixed it. Everybody loved it. It's a great, easy-to-fix drink for summer."

Bill Allred (single): "Well, this drink mix doesn't taste very strawberry and it doesn't taste very lemonade. It's just a slightly too sweet, indistinctly flavored beverage with very little to recommend it. Ah, there is one thing: it mixes up easily. I won't bother with this again."

Conclusion: It's quick and easy, but some of our testers weren't very impressed with the flavor of the Lem'n Berry drink. Some didn't like the taste of aspartame; some felt the lemon overpowered the strawberry. On the other hand, it is low in calories!