Hy-Vee's cashier offered this to me the other day. We're giving them away, she said.
I thought Timing is good. I'd been hankering for some ginger ale at the same time putting it off because of its huge amounts of sugar. I figured I'd drink half, throw the rest away.
It sat on top of the fridge for several days. Each time I looked at the bottle I saw the Ten Great Tasting Calories...per 8 fl oz.
I saw the 20 calories per bottle only when I turned the bottle to look at the ingredients. ( I'm getting all nerdy these days about reading food labels.) Then I noticed the amount of the bottle's contents 20 fl oz. That's when the art major in me began wondering about the numbers.
If the bottle contains 20 fluid ounces and there's Ten Great Tasting Calories...per 8 fl oz ...then the there are 25 calories per bottle. The promise of 20 calories per bottle...does not add up. But, being the art major, maybe I am missing something.
Let's do the math.
How many units of 8 fluid ounces are there in a 20 fluid ounce bottle? 2.5
20 / 8 = 2.5
If there are Ten Great Tasting Calories...per 8 fl oz and there are 2.5 units of these Ten Great Tasting Calories per 20 ounce bottle...then there are 25 calories per bottle not 20 calories per bottle.
2.5 x 10 = 25 not 20.
With this information at hand, I ran through possible scenarios.
Maybe my math is wrong and I am destined for a huge embarassment. Won't be the first; won't be the last.
Maybe it is not an error. Maybe it is a misspoke, like when James Clapper misspoke to Congress. If a government official can have a misspoke with our elected representatives then surely a global brand can have one with us, it customers.
Maybe it is the printer's oversight. It happens. That plays well with the freebie that started this conversation. On the other hand, there were a lot of displays in the store for this new product.
Maybe Canada Dry counts its calories like the Bureau of Labor Statistics counts the unemployed. If you're not filing for unemployment then you're not unemployed. And if we have the lowest labor participation rate since 1978 then that means unemployment is dropping. (Wait, what?) Link.
Or maybe like most companies 70% of Canada Dry's stakeholders have no clue what their purpose is. I have no clue what the purpose of this label might be.
Back to the title: So Canada Dry....is it 20 or 25 calores?
Either way, my thirst for ginger ale is sated and the bottle remains unopened.