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How Much Sugar Do You Put in Kool Aid? The Answer

It’s hot outside, so water is needed to cool off and hydrate. Sometimes, though, water just won’t cut it, and something special and unique is required.

On such occasions, Kool-Aid can be a delicious, non-alcoholic choice for kids and adults alike.

How much sugar do you put in Kool-Aid?

Kool-Aid requires approximately 1 cup of sugar to a half-gallon. However, other popular suggestions use 1.5 cups to the full gallon rather than 2 cups.

Ingredients to make the ideal pitcher of Kool-Aid

Make the ideal pitcher of Kool-Aid

Step 1. Pour ice-cold water into the pitcher

In locations where the water out of the tap is noxious, pour the measurement of water into a water‑filter pitcher and refrigerate.

If the tap water has a noticeable taste, use ice-cold bottled water.

If neither of the two conditions mentioned applies, just use an ordinary jug.

Proceed when the water is sufficiently cold to make a welcome difference on a hot day.

Step 2. Begin with the sugar

Pour a cup of sugar into a half-gallon container.

If making a full gallon of Kool-Aid, use one and a half cups of sugar rather than two, unless the mixed Kool-Aid is to be very sweet.

Despite the instructions above, there’s nothing wrong with sweetening to taste.

Step3. Pour the contents of the Kool-Aid mix into the pitcher

Once the sugar has been added to the drink, open the packet of mix and tear along the top.

Tearing along the bottom of the packet is not recommended because some of the powder is likely to spill, and the resulting drink will probably be quite horrible.

Step 4. Stir all the ingredients together thoroughly

This is the most crucial step. When not stirred enough, the mixture has an unpleasant, bitter, washed-out taste.

It is possible to shake it ala James Bond (shaken, not stirred), but ensure that the container seal is tight and do the shaking upside-down over the sink just in case of spillage.

When done, the drink is ready to go.

The weird and wonderful history of Kool-Aid

Edwin Perkins was only 11 years old when he formed an ambition to be a businessman.

20 years later, he was responsible for marketing 125 products offering everything from toothpaste and perfume to household products and flavorings.

The most loved item was the small fruit-flavored syrup Fruit Smack.

Because of the high cost of transportation and glass breakage, this soft drink syrup was difficult to market.

Perkins decided in 1927 to eliminate the bottle and put the concentrated beverage powder into convenient envelopes.

At first, the mixture was named Kool-Ade. This was later altered to the more familiar Kool-Aid.

The first attempt at a name change was unsuccessful as someone had already invented and patented a lemon-flavored drink with the same moniker.

However, Perkins purchased the patent from its then-owner and created the current Kool-Aid.

Perkins’ company relocated to Chicago a few years later and stopped making other products to concentrate on Kool-Aid instant drink mix.

The Perkins Chicago factory doubled in size by 1939, and more employees were hired.

General Foods Corporation acquired Perkins Products Company in 1953.

Print ads for Kool-Aid mix showed it in large pitchers with a design drawn on top of the condensation. This design included a heart, a 5-cent symbol, or a smiling smile.

Since 1954, the smile has been a popular image on pitchers. Kool-Aid was first produced in Canada in 1954.

Presweetened Kool-Aid was first introduced in 1964.

The package featured an illustration of the well-known smiling face and rounded pitcher, which were both registered as trademarks that same year.

Six original flavors were available: Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Cherry, Lemon Lime, and Grape.

The original six flavors of Kool-Aid have been expanded in response to a great increase in demand.

Sugar-sweetened mixes and sugar-free Kool-Aid mixes sweetened with NutraSweet® are available in canisters and packages.

Nowadays, there are Kool-Aid Koolers ready-to-drink juice beverages in convenient eight and a half-ounce containers.

What goes into Kool-Aid?

There are various flavors of Kool-Aid mixes.

However, the common packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid has salt, natural flavor, maltodextrin, citric acid, calcium phosphate, BHA, absorbic acid, and artificial flavor.

Sugar is an ingredient in some Kool-Aid flavors. All Kool-Aid packets are rated kosher.

Two amazing ways to use Kook Aid powder packets

Kool-Aid powder and packets can be used for more than just assuaging thirst, like fun projects for kids and cleaning hacks!

Here are two unexpected uses for Kool-Aid powder packages.

Scour a washing machine

Clean an empty washing machine with Kool-Aid powder. Kool-Aid packets contain citric acid crystals that help remove rust and gunk.

To clean a washing machine, add a quarter-cup of orange juice or lemonade powder into the washing machine’s washing powder apartment and run a regular cycle.

Color unfinished yarn and wood

Use Kool-Aid powder packets to permanently affect craft projects and color unfinished wood.

Mix a few packets of the powder in water.

Add the craft pieces or woodwork to the mixture and allow everything to sit for at least one night to get the best results.

To color yarn, dissolve a packet of Kool-Aid in water, fully immerse the yarn in the water, and place the entire thing on the stove.

Bring the Kool-Aid and yarn mixture to a boil, turn off the heat, and leave cooling for about thirty minutes.

Bathe the yarn in warmed-up water and let it dry out completely.

Frequently Asked Questions About How Much Sugar You Put in Kool-Aid

How much sugar is in pre-sweetened Kool-Aid?

Pre-sweetened Kool-Aid has ¾ oz. of sugar per 8.5 fl. oz. serving.

Which is better for you, soda or Kool-Aid?

Kool-Aid is similar to soda in that it has a lot of sugar. However, Kool-Aid is lower in calories than soda, is not carbonated, and contains vitamin C. Kool-Aid is, therefore, nominally a healthier choice than soda.

I dyed my hair with Kool-Aid months ago, and it still hasn’t washed out. How do I get rid of it?

Try tomato juice or dish-washing soap, but I suspect the results will be variable at best. In the end, I think the only sure-and-certain way to get rid of the color is to grow and trim it out.


Afterword: How much sugar do you put in Kool-Aid?

In a standard mix of Kool-Aid, using half a gallon of water, I use a cup of sugar.

If, for some reason, I am using non-standard Kool-Aid mixes like pre-sweetened or Sugar-Free Kool-Aid, then obviously, I don’t use any sugar at all.