Crystal Light
Glass of Crystal light lemonade
Product typeDrink mix
OwnerKraft Heinz
Introduced1982; 42 years ago (1982)

Crystal Light is an American brand of powdered and artificially sweetened beverage mixes produced by Kraft Heinz. It was introduced in 1982 to a test market and released to the public in April 1984. General Foods, a now defunct company, were the original sellers of the product, but now it is sold by Kraft Foods. It is available in a wide variety of flavors, such as lemonade, sweet tea, and fruit punch.


Test marketing and introduction

Crystal Light was sold in test markets beginning in 1982.[1][2][3] As of mid-1983, it was being sold in 11 test areas.[4] It was introduced throughout the United States in April 1984.[5] General Foods sold $150 million of Crystal Light during the product's first year on national markets, representing 20% of all powdered drink mixes and 2/3 of all sugar-free drink mixes in the United States.[6]


A 1985 commercial featuring Linda Evans showed her doing aerobics in a women's gym and drinking Crystal Light.[7] Another undated commercial used a similar format, showing Evans exercising and drinking Crystal Light in a women's gym.[8] Her final commercial, airing in 1987 or 1988, featuring her stuck in traffic in a limousine and performing a variety of difficult stunts, ultimately ending up on a boat drinking Crystal Light.[9] Many of her print advertisements for the brand featured her in workout attire.

A 1986 commercial featuring Priscilla Presley showed her practicing karate in a dojo while drinking Crystal Light.[10]

A 1987 commercial featuring Raquel Welch showed her singing and dancing in a blue jumpsuit and, once finished with her performance, shunning a can of Diet Coke in favor of Crystal Light.[11]


Crystal Light is sweetened with a combination of aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, and/or sugar depending on the specific product line and flavor.[12] First packaged in multi-serve canisters, Crystal Light launched single-serve "On The Go" packets in 2004. In 2009, Crystal Light redesigned its multi-serve packaging. On a finished case goods basis, the new design uses 250 tons less packaging than the original.[13] In 2010, Crystal Light launched Pure Fitness, a "naturally-sweetened" low-calorie fitness drink mix[14] which is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It is currently sold in "On The Go" packets.[15] In 2011, Crystal Light Pure Fitness was renamed Crystal Light Pure, and three additional flavors were introduced.[15] In April 2012, several Crystal Light varieties were added to the line of sodamix syrups for SodaStream home soda makers.[16]

Kraft Heinz, the parent company of Crystal Light, offers a product locator on its website to help locate flavors in a desired location. Crystal Light is sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Calories per serving have varied throughout the years; non-zero calorie flavors were once as low as 4 calories in 1990 and now, they may be as high as 15 in 2018, depending on flavor.[17] However, it's not certain if the change is due to the use of new ingredients or if serving sizes have increased.

Some Crystal Light products, notably those designated as Crystal Light Energy, also contain an appreciable amount of added caffeine. The company has even experimented with displaying a prominent "with caffeine" tag below the product name on packaging. "Crystal Light products with Energy positioning contain added caffeine," according to Kraft Heinz. "Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry contains 60 mg caffeine per 8 fl oz serving". In fact, all Crystal Light Energy flavors contain this same amount of caffeine.[18] Certain other Crystal Light flavors have long included caffeine as an ingredient. The label of Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea, for instance, says that the flavor contains "25mg caffeine per serving," or about as much an eight-ounce (240 mL) cup of black tea.


All product information is based on information and products offered by Crystal Light's official website, as of January 2019.[19]






  1. ^ Lazarus, George (May 7, 1982). "GF, Wyler betting sugar free worth cost". Chicago Tribune. p. 88.
  2. ^ Dean, Susan L. (July 7, 1982). "Sugar substitute holds promise". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. 34. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  3. ^ Processed Prepared Food. Vol. 151. Gorman Publishing Company. 1982.
  4. ^ Cook, Winifred I. (1983-05-31). "Aspartame is being used". The Central New Jersey Home News. p. 4. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  5. ^ Beverage World Periscope. Vol. 3. Beverage World Periscope. 1984. p. 29.
  6. ^ Austin, Joanne (November 1985). "The Crystal Light persuasion". Madison Avenue. 27 (11): 20.
  7. ^ "1985 Crystal Light commercial featuring Linda Evans". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  8. ^ "Undated Crystal Light commercial featuring Linda Evans". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  9. ^ "Late 1980s Crystal Light commercial featuring Linda Evans". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. ^ "1986 Crystal Light Commercial featuring Priscilla Presley". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  11. ^ "1987 Crystal Light commercial featuring Raquel Welch". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  12. ^ The packaging of Crystal Light, ingredients list.
  13. ^ "New Crystal Light Container". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  14. ^ "Kraft Introduces Stevia Sweetened Fitness Drink". Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Crystal Light - Refreshing Flavors, Pure Flavors and Enhanced Flavors". Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  16. ^ "Kraft and SodaStream in deal for Kool-Aid". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  17. ^ "1990 Crystal Light commercial". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  18. ^ See the Kraft Heinz comment at,serving%20per%208%20fl%20oz.
  19. ^ "Crystal Light". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  20. ^ "Crystal Light". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  21. ^ "Crystal Light". Retrieved 2019-01-16.