I recently got a shipment from ZICO Premium Coconut Water to try their Natural (i.e. just coconut) and Chocolate flavored coconut water. I’ll admit, I was kind of skeptical because I’ve had coconut water in the past and I’ve HATED it. But I was open to trying this brand because I’d read some good reviews and their tagline– ZICO. Crack Life Open–is pretty catchy. For some reason whenever I see that tagline, the lime and the coconut song starts going through my head. ha! Do you know which one I’m talking about?? Anyway…
I tried the Natural flavor after a hard run and it was actually pretty refreshing. It was definitely better than any other brand of coconut water I’ve tasted in the past, but nothing holds a candle to the chocolate flavor…
The Chocolate coconut water…oh man…this stuff is freaking delicious. I’m not generally a big fan of chocolate milk (almond milk in my case since I can’t have dairy) because it’s too thick and overly sweet but this was perfect. Not too thick and not cloyingly sweet.
Before I figured out I was lactose intolerant, I would have chocolate milk after my long runs and I’ve missed that so I will definitely keep this on hand to have after long hard runs. It’s a perfect treat after a workout. Or after dinner. Or after lunch. Or taken as a roadie when walking the dog. Because, um, seriously, I’ve had it in all those instances. 🙂 I’m sure my neighbors think I’m sipping beer…no sir, this is coconut water in my red solo cup. The bottles do have twist tops so you can reseal it, but it’s more fun to pour it into a wine glass or a red solo cup.
So, bottom line – would I spend my own money on ZICO Premium Coconut Water? The chocolate flavor, absolutely. I’ve actually already bought more since I only got one bottle of it sent to me. The Natural flavor? I don’t think I’d buy it just to sip, but I think it’d be tasty in a smoothie because I love all things coconut flavored. Or…maybe the natural flavor would be good with a lime! hahaha. But seriously, that might be really good in it.
What are your thoughts on coconut water? I swear it’s a love/hate thing.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ZICO through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about ZICO, all opinions are my own.
The chocolate Zico is amazing. Keep drinking it. Especially if you’ve had a little bit too much to drink the night before — you will be even more in love. SO hydrating. I love it.
Polly @ Tasty Food Projectat
I love Zico coconut water and drink it everyday! I prefer the original one and don’t like any flavored ones. I buy it in bulk from Costco and I’m hooked! It’s so perfect to help me keep hydrated in this hot summer weather!
Hi there! I’ve had coconut water before and haven’t really enjoyed it either. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews on blogs recently about Zico though so now I’m curious again. Is the chocolate flavored one still good for you or is it an “only after a workout” type of thing?
I always have Zico coconut water in my house. I had read a few years ago that they were one of the few brands that actually had the right value of potassium etc. on the label and in the water.
Anyways, I don’t often drink it straight, but it’s AMAZING with my protein powder.
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Outat
I love coconut water! It’s such a great & tasty drink for refueling!
we don’t have zico out here (i live overseas), but when i’m back in the states to visit family or friends, they always stock up for my visit by making a costco run for huge boxes full of this stuff. i love it. but then, i love coconut water, so it’s not a hard sell. but i think zico’s one of the best of the slightly more processed types! the best coconut water i’ve had (from a bottle) is one i found at a whole foods. i can’t remember what it was called, but it had no preservatives or anything. it was super fresh and tasted like it was straight out of a coconut!
Great post! Have you tried ZICO Watermelon Raspberry? So good! http://www.obsessedbyportia.com/fresh-off-the-vine-zico-watermelon-raspberry/