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HFCS-free Tonic Water?

rccoppola Oct 30, 2007 01:16 PM

I'm looking for somewhere in the DC area that I can buy non high-fructose corn syrup tonic water. I've tried Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the local co-op; can anyone tell me if there's somewhere I can find this stuff without ordering it online? Thanks.

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  1. MsDiPesto RE: rccoppola Oct 30, 2007 02:56 PM

    Outside of making your own, the only one I know of is Fever Tree, which I've found at Wegman's in Fairfax, as they are the only one of the four or so US distributors of this UK product, and pretty much the only major retailer on the east coast. They make other things too, ginger ale, bitter lemon, lemonade, soda water.
    There's another high end brand called Stirrings, and they are free of HFCS too, but not sure where to find those.

    1. scotcheroo RE: rccoppola Oct 30, 2007 03:01 PM

      diet tonic water has no HFCS, and you can get it in any grocery store.

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        Hal Laurent RE: scotcheroo Oct 30, 2007 04:47 PM

        > diet tonic water has no HFCS

        No, but it doesn't taste the same.

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        hungrybrad RE: rccoppola Oct 30, 2007 05:26 PM

        Fever Tree is by far the best, if you can find it. Stirring's can be hard to come by as well.

        Whole Foods has a house brand of tonic water, sold in cans, that is made with cane sugar instead of HFCS, and their entire line of house brand sodas and mixers is free of the high fructose monster... The tonic water is crisp and a fully acceptable alternative to the more commercially popular yellow-labeled garbage. If your local is out of stock, just ask the staff to get it ordered -- it's definitely available!

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          hungrybrad RE: hungrybrad Oct 30, 2007 05:29 PM

          Oh, and for the record, the chemical concoctions used to sweeten diet tonic water are just as unnatural as HFCS.

        2. alanbarnes RE: rccoppola Oct 30, 2007 05:34 PM

          Hmmm, Whole Foods should have both Fever Tree and 365 Organic--both made without HFCS. Try asking a customer service person.

          You can also order powdered cinchona online and make your own. Definitely a trend these days, and shipping is a whole lot cheaper when you eliminate the 99+% of the weight made up by water, sugar, and packaging.

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            rccoppola RE: alanbarnes Oct 30, 2007 06:31 PM

            Thanks, I didn't see any in the local Whole Foods so I guess I'll ask them to order for me. Are they all supposed to have it in stock, or is there a specific store I should go to?

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              alanbarnes RE: rccoppola Oct 31, 2007 08:35 AM

              My WF stocks both of them, but in quantities small enough that they run out on a regular basis. I'll bet they'll hold some for you if you ask.

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                bacchante RE: alanbarnes Oct 31, 2007 12:55 PM

                Which WF is that? I am so unimpressed with the Arlington WF (their motto: always doing less to serve you). If they carry it and/or would order it (the Fever Tree), I would forgive them for a multitude of sins.

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                  alanbarnes RE: bacchante Oct 31, 2007 01:46 PM

                  I'm in Sacramento, CA. Bit of a drive for you.

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                    bacchante RE: alanbarnes Oct 31, 2007 02:31 PM

                    HA! Although there are times when I would just about drive that far for good tonic. We even have problems around here getting Schwepps. Ain't that a hoot!?!

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