Iced Tea Nirvana
As inflation hikes the price of seemingly everything at the grocery store skyward, one thing has remained 99 cents for over three decades: big cans of Arizona iced tea and fruit drinks. "I’m committed to that 99-cent price," Don Vultaggio, Arizona's founder, told the Los Angeles Times. "Consumers don’t need another price increase from a guy like me."
But how do the dozens of Arizona drink flavors hold up, decades after the first cans rolled out in 1992? I got my hands on 25 of the big 23-ounce cans — they're only 80 cents at my grocery store! — and tasted them all side by side. What I found was that I had moved on from the familiar flavors of my childhood to some new and interesting favorites.
This story was updated in August 2023.