Apparently, the Caribbean is more than just a sea or region of islands. It’s also a flavour. But what does it tastes like? Against our better judgement, we grabbed a cup from our local 7-Eleven to find out.
Having survived the brain-freezing madness of the 7-Eleven Slurpee Crawl Challenge, I’ve become something of a connoisseur when it comes to new Slurpee flavours.
But the company’s latest concoction has even given me pause.
Just what the hell kind of flavour is ‘Caribbean’? While “tropical” is often shorthand for pineapple, the islands of the Caribbean Sea contain no concrete food associations.
Could it be rum flavoured? Jamaican curry flavoured? Pirate flavoured? Johnny Depp flavoured, perhaps? The marketing offers no clues whatsoever.
The vagueness of it all reminds me of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s ‘Chutney’ flavoured squishie from an old episode of The Simpsons. Still, I was determined to give this thing a try, if only you so don’t have to.
It turns out that ‘Caribbean’ kind of tastes like a synthetic, syrupy variety of coconut. Kind of like a Bounty bar without the chocolate.
It reminded me of one of those overpriced virgin cocktails that you get roped into trying at tropical resorts: the kind that you immediately regret buying after taking one sip.
While I wouldn’t call the Caribbean Slurpee flat out horrible, it’s not a flavour I’d choose to partake in by choice. On the plus side, it is one of the “healthier” Slurpee options going, with just 1 per cent sugar in total.