REVIEW: International Delight Original Iced Coffee

Written by | April 4, 2012

Topics: 8 Rating, Coffee, International Delight

International Delight Original Iced Coffee

I’m gonna find me a long straw and make me a sessanta coffee with this half gallon of International Delight Original Iced Coffee.

What’s a sessanta?

What? You don’t stick random words into Google Translate when you’re bored? For those of you too lazy to click this link and then hit your browser’s back button when you’re done, here are a few hints to help you figure out what sessanta is. If venti is Italian for twenty, trenta is Italian for thirty, and a half gallon contains 64 ounces, then sessanta is…

That’s right, you guessed it…a bladder-filling amount of coffee.

Well, the International Delight Original Iced Coffee isn’t just coffee, there’s also dairy…lots of dairy. If you like your iced coffee as black as I like my iPads, you will not enjoy this.

There’s possibly an udder’s worth of dairy. How much dairy is that? Let’s just say when you’re drinking it you shouldn’t be around one of those people who might say in a douchey tone, “Would you like more coffee with your cream?”

Actually, it shouldn’t be surprising it tastes like it’s mostly dairy since International Delight is known for making the poor excuse for coffee your damn co-worker makes every morning taste better with their liquid coffee creamers that come in flavors like hazelnut, French vanilla, Cinnabon, and Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream.

But what about the coffee?

It’s made with 100 percent premium Arabica coffee, which is known for its never-bitter flavor and it’s the same variety of beans Starbucks uses. So if the International Delight Original Iced Coffee uses the same coffee as Starbucks, it must have a Starbucks-like price. For a half gallon, you’d think it would cost about a kigillion dollars, but a carton is around the same price as a trenta-sized Starbucks iced coffee.

As I said earlier, International Delight went heavy on the dairy by adding skim milk and cream to the coffee, both of which gave the iced coffee a pleasing creamy consistency. Or it could’ve been the ingredients gellan gum and carrageenan that gave it its viscosity. The iced coffee is also very sweet, thanks to the sugar and corn syrup added.

International Delight Original Iced Coffee Closeup

A cup of International Delight Original Iced Coffee tastes like I’m drinking melted coffee ice cream. But I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing. Because while this stuff is really yummy, I can’t help but think how unhealthy it would be to drink this creamy beverage regularly.

Yes, regularly.

International Delight is hoping you drink their iced coffee instead of visiting Starbucks, which for some of you is a daily ritual. Sure, by not going to Starbucks you avoid long lines, easy listening music, and the possibility of having your name horribly misspelled on your cup, but a 12-ounce sweetened Starbucks iced coffee with whole milk has 90 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 18 grams of sugar, while a 12-ounce glass of International Delight Original Iced Coffee has 225 calories, 3.75 grams of fat, and 34 grams of sugar.

Also, the carton says nothing about its caffeine content. I need to know how much caffeine it has because I need to supplement if it has too little, and if it has too much I need to make sure I don’t do any spontaneous parkouring to burn off the excess energy. After drinking it, I did feel a slight energy boost, but I’m not sure if it was the caffeine from the coffee, the sugar, or both.

Again, the International Delight Original Iced Coffee is damn good. It’s so good that will hold an open carton above my open mouth and bang the carton’s sides with my other hand to get every last drop of it. However, because of its high sugar content it would be a horrible idea to stick a straw into one and make it a sessanta iced coffee.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 cup – 150 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, 15% calcium, and 4% iron.)

Item: International Delight Original Iced Coffee
Price: $4.99
Size: Half gallon
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: My goodness, it’s yummy. Creamy. Smooth. It’s like drinking melted coffee ice cream. Cheaper than Starbucks. It’s a frickin’ half gallon of iced coffee. Google Translate.
Cons: Too easy to drink. Lots of dairy. Lots of sugar. Don’t know caffeine content. It’s like drinking melted ice cream. Your co-worker not knowing how to make coffee.






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  1. evelyn says:

    Love this, but could you make it Sugar Free?

    • john says:

      This stuff is horrible…..if you want to try a really good Ice Coffee you need to try Cool Java 3L in a box. Dispenses just like a box of wine in your fridg! This product blows away the crap that ID is pushing!

  2. evelyn says:

    Love this, could you make this Sugar Free?

    • lola88 says:

      They do make “light” versions of this delicious stuff. If you’re not averse to artificial sweetners. I wish they would make it non-sweetened so I could use my Stevia or Mung bean sweetener!

  3. Melissa says:

    according to their FB faq :

    International Delight Iced Coffee has 76 mg of caffeine per 8ounce serving, compared to 50 mg in other leading iced espresso drinks, 47 mg in brewed tea and 2330 mg in leading soda brands (per 8-ounce serving).

    agree..super delicious but won’t be a regular buy :( too much cream and sugar. a light version would be amazing!

  4. Linda says:

    I started out drinking Starbucks Iced coffee in the little glass jars, loved the taste but had stomach issues. Eventually got addicted and was drinking 4 a day, despite my stomach problems. I also gained a ton of weight after being a size 3 all my life. Seems like my stomach has been bloated for years. Anyway, I tried the ID regular coffee flavored. OMG it’s so good, much better tasting than the Starbucks and so much cheaper. However the bad part is I have actually drank a whole half gallon in one day. Half gallon of ID is equal to 6 small Starbucks!

    I will have to stop drinking them though because like the Starbucks, I get a bad headache and stomach issues afterwards. I also think it is the cause of most of my weight gain.

    If I could resist the wonderful taste and drink in moderation I would but it looks like I’m going to have to go cold turkey! :(

  5. Cindy says:

    Love this very much, however due to my many health problems is there (in the near future) of you making this Sugar Free and decaffinated?

  6. judy says:

    I WAS addicted to Starbucks, and had to have a Venti coffee frap EVERY day UNTIL I tried this beverage. I drink 12 Ounce glasses each morning (1gal a wk). Ive got my oldest son drinking his favorite blend also which he was a big fan of Starbucks in the bottles. Im not gaining weight as it suppresses my appetite, Im actually losing weight it, get that!

  7. Rhonda Moore says:

    I love this stuff,but I like the original international iced Coffee! I purchase approximately 6-8 cartons a month. I buy it @ Krogers. They carry Starbucks brand & GREENVILLE?OR?GREENTREE AND THEN THERE IS THE SILK ICED latte that is like watery & gross. SO MY QUESTION IS WHY DON’t the stores make sure they carry the original so If an individual wants 2 get a cup of ice coffee they do not have to drink mocha or vanilla flavor. It only makes sense that since they are constantly running out of the original flavor and they have 4 brands of mocha and vanilla in all different kinds that they would keep the original in stock. So please check out the situation



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