Let me explain… we drink *a lot* of KoolAid in our house. Like ‘*a gallon a day*‘ type of ‘a lot.’ It sounds like a lot. (It’s really not.) 128ozs. 16 cups. But there are four people in my house, and even though we make a gallon of KoolAid every day, we don’t exactly follow instructions. Instead of the presweetened stuff, we use the packets, and mix two flavors – one regular and one lemonade, which we like on the tart side. They say to use one cup of sugar per packet; **we use** **one cup of sugar for the entire gallon**. We use *half the sugar* called for.

Moving on to why I’m writing this in the first place… I often comment that we don’t drink a lot of pop in our house – just a lot of KoolAid. I often (almost always from parents who let their kids drink 3-4 cans of pop a day) get the incredulous, *but that’s no better than pop!* line.

Today I crunched some numbers. *Oh no! Not the maths! I hate the maths! *But now I have the numbers to back me up. I’ll start with the basics. We already know there are **128oz in one gallon**, and **pop is 12oz/can. **A quick Google search informed me that **1c of sugar is 200g**. Now for the math part.

*128oz divided by 12oz = 10.666 cans of pop (or soda/cola if you prefer)*

*200g divided by 10.666 = 18.75g of sugar per “can” of KoolAid*

For comparison, I looked at a can of Caffeine Free Pepsi I drank (some of) yesterday. **41 grams of sugar** in 12 ounces of liquid. Let’s put that in perspective: That’s **2.18 **times as much sugar in the pop as the KoolAid.

For a little added comparison, here are some numbers I found on other cans/boxes still in the house, from least to most:

Squirt: 38g (2x what’s in my KoolAid)

Vanilla Pepsi: 39g

Caffeine Free Pepsi: 41g

Cherry or Vanilla Coke: 42g

A&W Root Beer: 45g

Mt Dew Voltage: 46g (the baddest of the bunch)

What’s in *your* can?

PS: In a 20oz bottle of Glacial Freeze Gatorade, there are 34g of sugar, which is 20.4g/12oz of liquid.

PPS: Don’t even get me started on the cost difference – I haven’t crunched those numbers. But darn it all, if I’m not off to do that right now! GRRR!

**UPDATE**: While I was chatting with a friend on Google Chats, I did crunch those numbers. Here’s what I found:

A 10lb bag of Great Value brand sugar from Walmart is $5.44. Packets of KoolAid are $.29 regular price (also at Walmart)

A 12-pack of Pepsi currently costs $4.88 at Walmart. That’s $.40 per 12oz can.

There’s more math involved in calculating the cost per on the KoolAid, but here it is anyway.

A 10lb bag of sugar measures out to 4535.924 grams. If you recall, there are 200 grams in a cup, so I divided that 4535.924 by 200 and got 22.6 cups.

5.44 divided by 22 = (rounded up to) $0.25 + $0.58 (the cost of 2 packs of KoolAid) = ** $0.83/gallon.** Now I get to divide that by my original 10 (# of whole 12oz portions in a gallon) and got $0.08/12oz “can” of KoolAid. That’s $0.0066 per ounce of KoolAid, VS $0.033 per ounce of Pepsi. **One gallon of Pepsi at that cost is $4.26**, a whopping **5.13 times more than a gallon of KoolAid** costs.

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