KFC South Africa recently gave its Krusher product range an update with the addition of the 'Midnight Mojito Sparkling Krusher'.
The fast-food chain first rolled out a limited range of the blended ice beverages about eight years ago with the Virgin Mojito Sparkling Krusher - an icy, carbonated beverage with a Sprite base, mixed with mint flavoured syrup, garnished with a lemon wedge and mint leaves. It has since expanded the Krusher flavours with yogurt berry, P.S. chocolate and Bakers lemon cream biscuits among others.
The latest offering returns to its roots - it's an alternative to the Virgin Mojito Krusher. We were curious to taste it.
Finding one to taste was harder than we expected. As it turns out, mint syrup is in short supply. The first two KFC's we tried were out of the syrup. In their defence, the past two days were sweltering and there may have been a strong demand for the new product.
The new Midnight Mojito is essentially a photocopy of the original - with the exception that Sprite has been replaced with Coke. A dark mojito is generally unheard of and to our added dismay, the lady at the counter did not pull out a bottle of rum.
The first sip was met with a very faint hint of mint. Too faint, in fact. The majority view of our jury was that the Coke overpowered all flavours, thus creating an imbalance in taste. The pungent minty scent and sting to the palate that one expects from the typical mojito was lacking, thus both the syrup and minty leaves were merely ornamental. One sampler lamented that it was inherently a cup of normal Coke with little difference. Not even the zesty taste of the lemon wedge could be picked up; the Coke pretty much drained it out too.
The original Sprite option worked much better, as its carbonated sugary water taste is not as strong as Coke. Sprite is as a better substitute for (or replication of) club soda - which is an actual ingredient in actual mojitos.
However, the entire panel agreed that the beverage is without a doubt refreshing. It is served at a perfectly chilled temperature with the right amount of ice.
Still, Coke for mojitos is a no-no. A Manhattan Krusher on the other hand is worth considering if KFC is that adamant on attempting to introduce a Krusher with a Coke base.