A seven- to eight-hour road trip like the one I enjoyed over the weekend results in quite a few stops along the way for refueling of both cars and humans. I love to look for new bottled teas to try when I'm visiting convenience stores. I'm a pay-at-the-pump girl when I'm at home (no temptation to buy junk food and candy that way), but on the road, I'm game to try new foods and beverages.
The first new tea I tried this trip was this Fuze brand "iced tea" (no ice was in the bottle!). This one was a green tea blend with honey and gingseng, and it was a bargain at 79 cents. It had a lightly sweet taste with subtle honey and ginseng flavors. Although it was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which I know some people avoid, it was just 120 calories for the whole bottle, which I didn't think was bad, especially since I didn't drink it in one sitting.
And I actually got a fountain tea drink at the QT store to go along with a slice of pizza (delicious!) for supper one night. That store must have had 10 different tea selections at their fountain, with both sweet and unsweet versions in every combination you could imagine. They had plain sweet tea, unsweet green tea, sweet green tea with pineapple, berry flavored black tea, and more. I got the sweet black tea with mango at the fountain, and I took a sip and liked it so well, I bought the $1.29 bottled version, too, mainly because I admire the clever name: QTea. This tea contains water, sugar, natural flavor, citric acid and black tea, and it's higher in calories, at 200 calories for the whole bottle, but again, I enjoyed it over several meals.
Do you try new things when you are on the road? And do you try new bottled teas when you're on the road?