There is a new Coca-Cola flavor for a limited time called Starlight and Starlight Zero Sugar. Unlike most cola and coke-related drinks, this one has a red hue, not brown, and a semi-translucent appearance. And the flavor of this Coke is one of a kind. I was curious (like anyone else) what a space-flavored drink tastes like, so I had to give it a try.
Starlight Coke is a limited edition sparkling drink. coca-cola says you will get a “subtle cooling sensation” when you drink it. It’s also nostalgic – in 1985 Coca-Cola was one of the first soft drinks to be consumed in space by astronauts use a space can.
Keep reading to learn more about Coke’s new Starlight drink, including all the different flavors you might come across.
Here’s how my Starlight Coke taste test went
Coca-Cola claims that this new Coke flavor is inspired by outer space. The company also says to try it iced to “feel like you’re among the stars,” so I let it sit in the freezer for an hour before sipping it.
Upon opening the bottle, it didn’t fizz as much as a regular coke, which I liked. Too much carbonation will give me hiccups. The smell was a pleasant mix of ginger and, to my surprise, lemon furniture cleaners, which was not unpleasant. When I took a sip of Starlight Coke, it immediately reminded me of ginger ale. Luckily it didn’t taste like the products I use to shine my furniture, but it’s not something I would buy again.
However, not all taste buds experience the same flavors, so I asked around to see if anyone had the same taste experience. Here’s what my CNET colleagues said it tasted like:
- burnt caramel
- Coke Cherry
- cream soda
- Watered down strawberry soda
Is Starlight Coke flavor available now?
Yes. You should be able to find Coca-Cola’s Starlight flavor at many grocery stores and gas stations. Living in a small town, I had to search three stores before I found them.
However, if you’re interested in trying the Starlight Zero flavor, it may be harder to find. I recommend do a quick search to see which stores sell it in your area.
How long will the Coke Limited Edition be available?
You will only be able to purchase Starlight Coke for six months, so after August you may not be able to find them. If this is still your favorite Coke flavor, you might want to consider stocking up as it’s unclear if Coke will ever bring the flavor back.
What is the difference between Starlight and Starlight Zero Sugar?
Although I can’t speak to the flavor of Starlight Zero Sugar Coke, I can say that the Nutritional intakes are quite different. For example, a bottle of Starlight has 240 calories, 65 grams of sugar, and 65 grams of carbs, while the sugar-free version has zero calories, sugar, and carbs. Starlight Zero Sugar Coke contains more sodium than regular Starlight Coke, and the label lists more ingredients.
Why did Coca-Cola release a new flavor?
Coca-Cola is testing its new Starlight flavor to promote its most popular drink, Coke. Starlight is the first of Coca-Cola Creations, its new hub platform. The giant soft drink company has also in partnership with pop singer Ava Max to promote the launch.
Its new marketing strategy is designed to reach the Gen Z age group through “packaging designs, culturally relevant expressions and creative collaborations”, the company said in a press release.
Coca-Cola will continue to release a series of unexpected drinks, although it has not yet specified what those flavors might be.
Want to know what Coca-Cola’s competitors are doing?, a nitrogen-infused cola, around the same time. It will be available on March 28.