Ingredients in Kool-Aid

I grew up occasionally drinking Kool-Aid in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. My mom never bought it, but I would typically have it over at a friends’s house after we came in from playing outside. I remember seeing it made using a packet of Koo-Aid, a lot of water, and a bunch of sugar. It was super good and I probably begged my mom to buy it, but she refused.

I haven’t had Kool-Aid since the 1990’s, but my young daughter has recently asked about it as a potential drink to make her. This inspired me to look into the ingredients in Kool-Aid to see exactly what it is made of.

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Kool-Aid makes a lot of products beyond the traditional packets that you mix with water in a large pitcher. Below is a sampling of the ingredients in Kool-Aid products:

Kool-Aid Topical Punch


Ingredients: Sugar, Fructose, Citric Acid, Contains Less Than 2% of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Artificial Color, Red 40, Blue 1, BHA.

Kool-Aid Lemon Lime Packets

Ingredients: Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Yellow 5, Natural Flavor, Blue 1, Artificial Flavor, BHA.

Kool-Aid Liquid Drink Mix – Grape

Ingredients: Water, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Sucralose (Sweetener), Contains Less Than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Potassium Citrate, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Red 40, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate, and Potassium Sorbate.

Kool-Aid Bursts Berry Blue


Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contain Less Than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Suralose (Sweetener), Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA.

Kool-Aid Strawberry


Ingredients: Citric Acid, Salt, Red 40, Calcium Phosphate, Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural Flavor.

Kool-Aid Jammers Cherry


Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 2% of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Red 40.

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