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AriZona's Southern Style Sweet Tea

AriZona brand's fresh-brewed tea with just the right amount of sweetness.

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A Refreshing Alternative to Your Default Iced Tea

  • Feb 22, 2010
AriZona’s iced teas have always been hit or miss with me. Their standard lemon flavored iced tea used to be my go-to, no frills beverage. Once they started coming out with more complex iced tea flavors bombarded with fruit fusions and energy potions (lol), the more I strayed from AriZona’s drinks altogether—with the exception of maybe their Green Tea w/ Ginseng & Honey variety.

Well, it wasn’t until my sister implored me to try their newish Southern Style Sweet Tea that I came running back to their tall $0.99 cans again. Everything I loved about their basic lemon iced tea in terms of simplicity, I found in this iced tea. No frills and straight to the point, even when it comes to the packaging*. It is what it says it is, and that’s an iced tea sweetened with gobs of sugar for a deliciously refreshing, thirst-quenching experience.

For me, that’s what puts this sweet tea above its competition (i.e. McDonald’s $1 Sweet Tea): overall, it’s a refreshment and it owns up to it.

Did I mention how refreshing this sweet tea is? ;P

*An interesting side note about AriZona’s original Sweet Tea packaging, before it was changed due to racial undertones:http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/arizona.asp

Simple & clean brand packaging.

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May 26, 2010
I'm glad you reviewed this tea; I love McDonald's sweet tea, so I must try this "Southern Style" - but I do have a question - is it sweetened with real sugar or do they use fructose corn syrup? Just want to make sure as I try to avoid anything sweetened with the corn syrup. I like the fact that lots of companies are now using real sugar instead. Thank you for the review!
May 26, 2010
I couldn't say for sure, but I'm confident that AriZona uses high fructose corn syrup in almost all of their drinks. I know they use actual sugar in their black and white teas, but I have no idea if their sweet tea variety falls into any of those categories (it's supposed to be a black tea but maybe they categorize their sweet tea differently). You may be out of luck if you're looking for a sweet tea in a can that doesn't use HFCS, so your best bet would probably be to stir one up yourself! Nestea makes a decent sweet tea mix that's a bit on the lemony side, and then you can add sugar as you see fit. I drink that all the time without too much sugar and it's already very sweet, so I can only imagine what adding a buncha sugar will do to it. Good job staying healthy with your diet choices, & good luck on your sweet tea hunt! ;D
February 28, 2010

Oooooh, I wonder what "Southern style" taste like!  Which one's sweet -- the AriZona or the Micky D's one?  And that's really interesting about the Snopes articles.  Thanks for sharing, Ken! :)

February 28, 2010
It's pretty much your standard iced tea mixed with a buncha sugar! I think the AriZona one is sweeter than the Mickey D's sweet tea, but not in a bad way. It's been awhile since I've had the latter, though, so that's a totally subjective statement. =P
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 AriZona changed its "Southern Style Sweet Tea" label after consumers complained that it depicted offensive images.

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