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      19.05.2013 13:40
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      a decent brand for drinking cranberry juice!

      I am not actually a big fan of Cranberry juice as I find it really dry and not at all thirst quenching, however I know for things like urine infections cranberry juice is really good. When last month I had what felt like a recurring urine infection, I decided to be healthy and buy a carton of ocean spray cranberry juice so I could cleanse my system a bit!

      I bought it in a a carton and a 1 litre costs £1.39 from sainsburys where I do my weekly shop. I do think this is quite pricey but as a leading market brand you know you are paying for much better quality and so it is worth the few extra pennies!

      In terms of flavours, it is still the similar sharp taste I find from drinking cranberry juice. Personally I prefer eating dried cranberries as they are much sweeter and more enjoyable, and the juice I find really dry and not at all thirst quenching! Ocean Spray classic cranberry juice drink is a lot more drinkable than a cheap version I tried ages ago as it is less bitter and doesn't leave as much of a dry flavour in my mouth afterwards, but really it is not my preferred beverage to drink! It comes out in a thick, dark red colour so it does not feel padded out with loads of additives but feels more natural and closer to actually tasting like the cranberry fruit than other cheap versions of cranberry juices I have had before.

      My favourite way to drink this is with a mixer with disaronno as it tastes similar to ribena! I had this at a christmas party years ago and fell in love with it, so at a house party for my best friends engagement a few weeks ago she had some Disaronno and cranberry juice (specially requested by me!) and it really is a great rich drink and gives lots of flavour and prevents me getting too tipsy!

      Whilst this cranberry juice is full of good things like counts as one of your 5 a day and has antioxidants, and is rich in vitamin C etc it also is quite high in sugar - 33% in a carton is sugars! It is therefore not too good to drink very frequently and so it is something to bear in mind.

      The ingredients are quite simple : Water, Cranberry Juice from Concentrate (22%), Sugar, Cranberry Purée (3%), Vitamin C. So whilst it is from concentrate, it is not full of E numbers and sugars to send you bouncing off the walls lol.

      Overall, I would recommend Ocean Spray as it is one of the more drinkable versions of cranberry juice in my opinion. It is of better quality and flavour and did help ease my urine infection so is cheaper than a prescription and counts towards one of your 5 a days! It is just unfortunate it is not a taste I enjoy so much, so prefer just eating dried cranberries really :p

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        13.05.2013 14:54
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        Ocean Spray Cranberry juice

        Having lived in America for quite a number of years I became a big fan of cranberry juice and in particular Ocean Spray Cranberry juice. Their beginnings is an interesting one. According to an article I read, "Ocean Spray was formed in 1930 by three cranberry growers with a simple love of cranberries. Led by lawyer and grower Marcus L. Urann, the three began coming up with new and innovative products made from cranberries. Since then, the Ocean Spray cooperative has grown to more than 600 grower families all across North America. The cooperative's first product was jellied cranberry sauce, followed by original Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail hitting the shelves in the early 1930s."

        Cranberry juice is extremely sweet and juicy and I think it is quite an acquired taste as I know it can be quite sharp and not every one I know drinks it but I absolutely love it. The juice is a gorgeous deep red colour and is really full of flavour. What I like about the Ocean Spray brand is that it is 100% fruit juice and absolutely nothing else. You can really taste it too as its very thick and fruity and not watered down like a lot of fruit juices can be. Actually, according to the packaging, "a 250ml serving of the 100% juice conveniently contains one of your five a day and 100% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C."

        I also like that cranberry is a very healthy drink and I like to drink it more than orange juice as I think it's even healthier than that. According to an article I read, "Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, raw cranberries have been marketed as a "superfruit" due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities." Cranberry juice can help with bacterial infections in the urinary system and so that's another reason to drink this cranberry juice if you suffer from these problems.

        As an adult I also like to drink cranberry juice in my cocktails, a Cosmopolitan is my favourite cocktail and I can make a mean one at home with Ocean Spray.

        All in all a wonderfully fruity, healthy juice.

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        12.06.2012 14:51
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        I like it.

        I regularly buy and drink Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink because I do think it is the best cranberry juice that I've tired. A one litre carton of Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink from Tesco costs £1.35 - which I feel is a decent enough price and one that I am more than willing to play.

        The Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink comes in a cardboard carton that is foil backed in order to keep it fresh - and it does taste very fresh whenever I open it. It has a long shelf life until it's opened and then it says it should be drunk within three days of opening. There is a plastic lid which needs to be removed in order to pour the drink into a glass, and obviously the lid can be replaced between uses. It is sealed with a foil seal prior to using it for the first time.

        The juice is a nice deep pink / red colour and there are no bits in it - which I prefer it is. The juice is quite thin and so it isn't gloopy and I find that because of this it is more thirst quenching and refreshing. It tastes freshly juiced and it certainly doesn't taste processed. Like all cranberry juice, it does have a dry taste to it which can leave a drying astringent taste in my mouth, but I quite like this because it leaves me with the same sensation as drinking red wine. I also like the fact that it's fairly healthy for me - with one glass containing about 100 calories and all of the recommended vitamin C for the day.

        Overall, I really like Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink and I will continue to drink it.

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          27.01.2012 10:43
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          I will continue to buy the Cranberry Classic juice and highly recommend it!

          I have recently been suffering from a variety of colds and bugs, which is a fairly regular occurrence thanks to my ongoing health problems and resulting compromised immune system. At times when I am feeling rather under the weather, I tend to try and 'top up' my daily intake of vitamins and nutrients as much as possible, and one way of doing so - that has proven quite successful for me personally - is by choosing to drink more natural fruit-based drinks over sugar-filled fizzy alternatives. I like to think that by choosing drinks that are slightly healthier for me, I am going some way to adding a little nutritional goodness into my daily diet.

          The downside to this however, is that I find I can become quite bored fairly quickly of natural fruit juices. This leads me to seek out alternatives to the orange and apple flavoured drinks that I find can become quite mundane. One alternative that I find offers a welcome change is a cranberry-flavoured juice drink and I have tried out many of these over the years. One brand that I find is of a very high quality is the "Ocean Spray" brand, and I have recently been enjoying drinking their "Cranberry Classic Juice Drink".

          I believe that the Cranberry Classic drink is available to buy from all major supermarkets such as Tesco, although I purchased mine from a local (independent) grocery store and paid around £1.30 for the large carton of juice, which is 1.5litres in size, making the price very reasonable in my opinion.

          It may be worth noting too that there are multi-packs of the juice drink available to buy from larger stores which are in four packs of 1 litre cartons, and I believe there are smaller 'individual' cartons of the juice available in multi-packs too. There are also variations of the "Cranberry Juice Drink" available too - such as a "Lighter" version, although all of these variations are only available in larger supermarkets, in my experience at least.

          The "Cranberry Classic" drink is in a fairly recognisable carton, which is predominately blue in colour. There is an image of some juicy-looking cranberries on the front of the carton, and all in all the packaging is fairly eye-catching when I am scouring the shop's shelves. There is a robustly-made 'opening' on the top of the carton which allows the drink to be poured easily from the carton. The yellow-coloured plastic cap on top of the opening is very effective at keeping the carton airtight and it is not difficult to remove and replace the cap, or turn it to close it. I did find the cap was slightly tricky to remove on the first occasion however, as the seal underneath was so tight and needed a fair amount of strength to break the seal. If you have limited mobility in your hands you may find the cap quite difficult to open and close so this may be worth noting for future reference.

          The drink itself is a gorgeous deep red colour, and it looks very appetising when it is poured from the carton in my opinion. There is very little in the way of aroma or scent evident as the drink is being poured, although I do think that cranberries are not the most robustly-flavoured fruit, so this is perhaps to be expected. The drink is "Free from artificial colours" as stated on the product's packaging, so it is worth noting that the rich-looking colour of the drink is entirely natural. The drink doesn't appear to be at all 'gloopy' or 'syrup-like' in its consistency and it looks to be quite an appetising drink, based on its appearance.

          When I raise the glass to my mouth to taste the juice, I can detect a faint aroma coming from the drink at this point. It is a fairly under-stated scent as expected, although it has a rich fruitiness to it. The taste of the drink is one that I find is really quite refreshing, which was a surprise to me the first time I tasted the juice for myself: I think I had been expecting the drink to be rather disappointing as it has no fizz, and the flavour is quite subtle, but this is not the case at all. I find that the rich cranberry taste is very evident in the drink and it makes a pleasant change from other drinks. There is a definite element of 'sharpness' in the taste of the juice but I do not find that this is overly so, nor is it at all unpleasant. I think this comes as a result of the drink being free from any artificial flavourings or sweeteners, and the fact also that cranberries do have a fairly sharp, "tartness" in their overall flavour anyway.

          I find that the taste of the Cranberry Classic Juice Drink is one that I fully enjoy and I think the drink offers something a little different, and a pleasant change from other fruit juices. One point that I would mention however, is that I find the drink is best served chilled, as I find that the taste can be quite sickly if it is consumed when warm or even at room temperature. To be fair, there is advice to this effect printed on the packaging, and I definitely recommend adhering to it in this case!

          The Cranberry Classic juice drink contains juice from concentrate (25%) and I can see from the reverse of the carton that each 250ml glass of the drink "Gives you 100% RDA Vitamin C" and "Unique cranberry antioxidants" so I do feel that I am buying a fairly healthy drink when I make this particular purchase. I can see from the nutritional information on the carton that 250ml of the drink will provide 115kcal and 0g fat.

          I would wholeheartedly recommend the "Ocean Spray" Cranberry Classic Juice Drink and I will continue to buy it for myself.

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            14.06.2011 22:24
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            Ok but nothing special in comparison to supermarket own brands

            So I heard recently how great cranberries are for you and decided that despite not really liking them - I would try and drink a glass of cranberry juice a day. First off I bought a carton from a local shop - it was an own brand from the local shop - something I'd never heard of before. After one mouthful the carton ended up down the sink...

            Not to be put off by that, I went to the supermarket in search of Ocean Spray but they were out of stock. So not having learnt from the first time around, I bought some of their own brand cranberry juice. Didn't taste too bad and I finished the carton. Next visit to the supermarket - all out of their own brand and only Ocean Spray in stock. So I bought a carton and I'm about halfway through it. It's ok but I think overall I would purchase the supermarket own brand over Ocean Spray. Purely for the reason I don't think I could tell them apart in a taste test and the own brand was £1 whilst the Ocean Spray carton was double the price at £1.98.

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              21.02.2010 15:40
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              There are reasons why brands like these become popular - they are worth it.

              ~~What is it?~~

              It is a fruit drink/nectar made with cranberry juice by the company Ocean Spray. It is the original of a range of cranberry based products.

              ~~What does it taste like?~~

              Cranberry juice drink has a lovely dry, 'grown-up' taste to it - that same tartness you get with wine with none of the alcohol and less of the calories.

              It is still sweet enough for most children to enjoy - I have not found a kid that dislikes it yet, although it may not be their first choice.

              It mixes very well with sparkling water, other fruit juices, smoothies, and some alcoholic drinks (I have heard Vodka goes well with it).

              ~~What is good about it?~~

              Apart from tasting nice, it is good for you. Please take a browse around oceanspray.co.uk, there is a plethora of information on the benefits of cranberry juice.

              Apparently, it is choc-full of goodies such as Vitamin C, natural compounds, PACs, and antioxidants. These can if combined with a healthy lifestyle help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and also keep your urinary tract free from infection.

              ~~Why Ocean Spray?~~

              I took a quick look at a popular supermarket's own brand version to see what differences there were in the ingredients. The biggest difference I saw was that Ocean Spray contains a whopping 25% juice whereas the own brand contained only 10%. There may be not much difference in taste but there are probably considerably less health benefits from the slightly cheaper choice.

              ~~Good Value?~~

              From tesco.com it is 89p per litre at present which is, in my opinion, very reasonable for a branded item. It is often on offer, working out at approx. 70p per carton, so I stock up whenever I get the chance.

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                12.11.2009 21:31
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                Very refreshing, all-round drink!

                Cranberries are fast becoming known as the 'super fruit' of the commercial world because of their fantastic taste and health benefits: the fruit is bursting with antioxidants (which can help build up the immune system) and pytochemicals (which can help prevent cardio-vascular disease).

                So, with this information intact, when i recently came down with the sniffles, rather than reaching for some quick-fix, symptom-solving tablets I took a trip down to Lidl, pulled out a £1.00 coin for a carton of cranberry juice that promised to be 50% bigger than normal AND had just removed any added sugar. It was also the 'Light' version of the classic cranberry juice.

                The carton
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                The juice comes in a large white carton with the red colour of the cranberries and the brand across the front. The red juice can be poured out easily because of the unscrewable lid at the top of the carton. This is also handy because it means you can store the drink flat in the fridge when you're running out of space.

                The drink
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                Normally I drink juice at room temperature or just slightly chilled as I learnt that this prevents drinks from sapping the body's natural energy. But...cranberry juice is best served chilled. So, after being in the fridge for a good few hours, I tried it out and was immediately impressed:

                The taste is very distinct. It's very sharp and has a slight dryness to it. It's not too sweet but just sweet enough to tantalise the tongue and there is an even sharper after-taste which lingers on the palate for quite a while. it's also one of those drinks that are strangely addictive. I'm not sure if it's because the taste is so sharp or because it's a little dry towards the end but I find it very difficult to limit myself to just one glass!


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                This drink is great to have first thing in the morning- a surge of antioxidants and natural berries kicks the day of pretty deliciously. Yet, as indicated on the carton, it can be drunk just on its own or used as a mixer in cocktails.

                I've also done a bit of 'experimental cooking' and found cranberry jucie to be useful just to sharpen something up a little when I don't want anything quite as sweet as sugar. Say in sauces for desserts.

                Cranberry juice has been shown to help out in the bloaty feeling some women get during menstrual cycles and to help with kidney problems.


                The smallprint
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                Each 250ml serving contains:

                Energy: 83kJ/20 kcal
                Carbohydrate sugars: 3.2g
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                80mg of Proanthocyanidin (PACs) which help to maintain health by acting on harmful bacteria in the body

                Conclusion
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                Served chilled this drink is extremely refreshing and although I usually drink cold drinks towards the beginning of the day with meals, and hot drinks towards the end, this juice can be drunk with almost anything because the taste isn't too over-powering. It's as food-compatible as water and a lot tastier with lots of great health benefits chucked in at the same time.

                Not bad for just a pound!

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                  23.10.2009 22:58
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                  A very well crafted beverage

                  This is definately my all time favourite juice. It comes in many differnet varieties but my preferred is definately the classic. This juice is sweet, yet not to sweet. There are rich cool flavours that are wrapped in this crimson liquid that just leave you wanting more.

                  One of my favourite things to do with this drink is to add it to malibu. The combination of the coconut rum and the malibu are divine. Don't just take my word for it. Give it a go.

                  One of the main things that will determing whether or not you enjoy the juice is wether it is chilled on not. If the item is not that cold then you may find it very difficult to enjoy it.

                  It is best served after being refrigerated for at least 3 hours and being poured over ice. You need to be careful though to drink the juice before the ice melts too much and makes it too wartery

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                  08.10.2009 14:38
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                  Worth the extra money, it is lush!

                  Ocean S Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink

                  I am a huge fan of this drink. It is refreshing, slightly tart and delicious. I have tried other (cheaper) varieties of cranberry juice but sadly, none compare to Ocean Spray. I have also tried the Ocean Spray Cranberry light version, but though it has less calories in it, it just doesn't taste as nice.

                  On a less healthy note, I also love to drink this juice with vodka. It is great for helping me feel less hungover the next day too. I suffer horrible hangovers (even with just a couple of drinks - which is very unfair!) and find that if I stick to vodka with cranberry juice, I feel okay the next day - result! Having said that, it also makes a lovely mixer for virgin cocktails so you can be as virtuous as you want. :-)


                  I believe that a serving of fruit juice also counts towards your five a day (maybe not with vodka though) so not only does this juice taste fab, it is good for you. What more can I say?!

                  If you haven't tried this drink yet, give it a shot, you will be glad that you did - enjoy!

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                  05.10.2009 11:15
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                  Good fruit juice

                  I found this drink when my girlfriend said it was "good for me" and that I should try it. I must say since then I have been drinking it on a regular basis and it is a great alternative to apple or orange juice. The carton I have currently in the fridge is 1.5L, which it states as being "new 50% bigger!" on the front. It is not as sweet as some fruit juices and has a refreshing taste to it.

                  Not only is it good in a glass at the start of the day, I also find it works well as a mixer for parties. I have had it with vodka and soda water, both which make a very good combination. You can have it at room temperature but I find it best when it has been chilled.

                  Nutritional Information per 100ml:
                  Energy: 209kJ/49kcal
                  Protein: 0g
                  Carbohydrates: 11.6g
                  Of which sugars: 11.6g
                  Fat: Trace
                  Of which saturates: 0g
                  Fibre: Trace
                  Sodium: Trace
                  Vitamin C: 75mg

                  Ingredients: Water, Cranberry Juice from concentrate (25%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Vitamin C.

                  It does contain relatively a lot of sugar, so those who are worried about that might want to limit their intake. A 250ml glass of the juice contains 80mg of Proanthocyanidins (PACs) act on certain harmful bacteria on the body to keep yourself fit and healthy. The juice is also fairly rich in vitamin C with 125% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA).

                  The packaging is in the form of a terra pack carton. It is white and blue in colour and has a large Ocean Spray logo on the front with juicy cranberry's to encourage you to buy. It has a white plastic lid which is resealable by just screwing back on. The packaging is not widely recyclable however, if you go online you can often find places where you can recycle the carton.

                  It is available from all good supermarkets and is currently on offer at Lidl stores.

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                  02.10.2009 18:23
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                  an acceptable product

                  Ocean Spray loves their cranberry products and this is perhaps the ORIGINAL product from them!

                  ~~~CARTON DESIGN~~~
                  The carton is a rather generic foil plasticated alligned carton with a plastic lid. This plastic lid is rather good, as it really gives it a good close, unlike some other Supermarket own brand juices, where the lid does not close successfully and the juice goes bad, and the top moulds...

                  Thankfully this does not happen to Ocean Spray products. One criticism is that the metal peel is sometimes hard to peel off and can rip the card, in which it is more susceptible to mould forming.

                  ~~~APPEARANCE~~~
                  The juice is a nice deep raspberry colour, and comes out as a smooth liquid that is translucent. It looks very crisp and clear and pure.

                  ~~~TASTE~~~
                  The juice itself has a nice sweet taste, with a tang to it. At first, it may taste a bit sour but once you get used to it, the taste can be somewhat addictive. Not everyone will like cranberry juice, but Ocean Spray does the best they can to excentuate the taste of their cranberries!

                  There is a slight aftertaste which some people dislike, and make your teeth and gums abit grindy and strange... which I presume is normal, but some people are not used to this... It is the same feeling after eating lots of sweet things!

                  I personally am not a massive fan of cranberry juice on its own, but mixed with blueberry or pomegranate it is DIVINE (variations also sold by Ocean Spray).

                  ~~~PRICE~~~
                  This can be purcased for less than £1 at most supermarkets and stores. Variations can be purchased for around £1.

                  ~~~OVERALL~~~
                  I really like the brand and this juice is acceptable. If I could choose between this and Orange Juice (Tropicana), I'd go for the Tropicana. However, the variations available by this brand is attractive, and out of all the different brands of cranberry juice, Ocean Spray are perhaps one of the best.

                  I would recommend this to anyone who likes cranberry juice, and if you haven't had this before and like to try, perhaps start with Ocean Spray, but I emphasise again, that this isn't for everyone.

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                    Not a bad product.

                    One day I woke up and decided I was going to become healthier and try to sort out my horribly fatty diet. Cranberry juice was the first step. I figured that having a couple of glasses a day would be an easy way to get some nice nutrients inside me. Plus I am quite partial to vodka cranberry! There the healthy living went out the window. Anyway cranberry juice is contains high levels of organic acids that are supposed to help emulsify those fat cells and aids the cells in preventing bacteria from sticking to them (therefore aiding in unrinary infections). So being in France I looked around for a familiar product and that was where i found Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic.

                    The packaging is identical to the UK version, except obviously the nutritional information and description is in French. The splash of the Ocean Spray logo makes it look extremely refreshing and the juicy cranberries on the front make you want to rip open the carton there and then. The white colour also makes it look fresh and healthy and reminds me of sitting by the sea somewhere having a nice cold glass of the stuff, even though this is highly improbable as I would most probably be working my way through a cocktail...

                    On the packaging it tells me that it has no added colouring or presevatives. It also tells me that it is made from concentrated cranberry juice and only contains 25% percent fruit and that the rest is water, glucose syrup and fructose syrop with some sugar for good measure. Per 100ml there is actually 12g of sugar. That is not so good but similar to other brands. Maybe this added sugar is due to the bitterness of cranberries but with the sugar content already found in fruit I think I would have preferred no more to be added. Yet still this was definitely an improvement on my morning can of diet coke. It also tells me that it is naturally rich in antioxidants. At 49 calories per 100ml you have to be a bit careful with this because you may think it's just juice but if you have a few glasses of this a day you may soon be wondering why your diet isn't going so well after all. But this is the same with most juices as they contain high amounts of sugar.

                    So wit the nutritional stuff out of the way, what does it taste like? Well it is quite sweet and it does leave that aftertaste of tannin. However all cranberry juices leave this taste so if you don't enjoy it then you won't be drinking cranberry juice anyway! You can definitely taste the sugar but it slides down easily just the same. When served really cold straight from the fridge it is lovely and hard to stop yourself from drinking the entire carton. However I find that the tannin residue enables me to avoid this as it dries your mouth out a bit unlike if you had a mango juice or something similar, which I would find mightly difficult to resist. I have added water to this juice as a squash substitute, as I can't find any in France and it seems to do the job as well as reducing calories and increasing my water intake (and helping my purse as i don't go through the carton so quickly!).

                    In all I would buy this again but I would be interested to compare the sugar content to other brands that are a little cheaper. It was very enjoyable but the sweetness put me off as one of the reasons I enjoy cranberry juice is for the slightly more bitter taste than many other juices. On the whole a refreshing product at a reasonable price but when I am back in the UK I will probably be back onto the Tesco brand.

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                      20.09.2009 21:24
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                      Worth the money to stay healthy

                      I first started to drink this cranberry juice when I was much younger and kept suffering from numerous water infections. Someone recommended to my mum that she should encourage me to drink this, as the antioxidant properties of cranberries are a natural way to help try and prevent this kind of infection.

                      Drinking lots of water also helps to flush your system through and guard against infections, however I for one can't stand the taste of water! This is a brilliant alternative. Any woman who has ever suffered from a water infection will know that it's extremely uncomfortable, not to mention the complications it can have if it spreads to your kidneys!

                      Drinking this definitely works for me, and as long as I continue to drink a glass of this every day or so it keeps me nice and healthy in that department!

                      I am not usually one for fruit juices, give me a cup of tea any day, but there is just something about this juice!

                      I always find this is best served chilled, and upon pouring it out of the carton you notice the colour, a rich, deep red. The taste is initially sweet with a sharp, dry aftertaste which puts some people off, I however love sharp, sour tastes so this juice is great for me. My mum however can't stand the stuff, each to their own I suppose! I have tried other brands over the years however nothing even comes close to the rich, crisp taste of this.

                      Ocean spray also make a squash version which you dilute with water, however I don't find this is strong enough to help prevent infection and doesn't taste nearly as nice, it's just like a watered down version of the carton and doesn't have that crispness to it.

                      My only problem is that due to the plastic flip catch opening, you sometimes get a few drops of splashback when closing the carton, so you have to be extra careful not to splash your clothes when doing this.

                      For a fruit juice this is on the more expensive scale, (currently 90p for a 1 litre carton on Asda, but there are always multibuy offers to be had) so if you are purely drinking this for something to drink perhaps it's best as an occasional treat, for me however it's worth the money to be pain free and not have to keep visiting the doctors!

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                      25.07.2009 14:59
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                      A sharp, crisp juice to drink on its own or as a mixer

                      I dont particulary like fruit juices but Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice is the exception. Its the one juice that I do drink everyday at breakfast time instead of Apple or Orange that the rest of the family eat.

                      The carton hold a full litre of juice and is quite eye catching with the distinctive Ocean Spray Logo and a bunch of cranberries on the front. The new cartons are easy to open as it has a flip lid of white plastic and a small silver foil pull strip underneath. It can be difficult to pour the first glass without slipping it, but I think that tends to be the case with most cartons of drink and is not just this particular brand.

                      The drink is a deep red colour as you would expect and is transulcent rather than opaque and thick.

                      The one thing I've found is not to drink this immediatley after cleaning your teeth - the taste then is awful !! It is quite a cleansing taste - not sweet but not sour either - its quite a clean sharp taste, but is porbably an aquired taste. Neither of my children will drink it although they will happily drink orange and apple.

                      There has been much talk of the health benefits of cranberry juice and that a glass a day helps prevent things like cystisis. I don't think that this true and in fact in the last couple of weeks this has been disproved. Drinking a glass a day adds to your 5 a day total and obviously has health benefits in that respect.

                      Cranberry Juice can be used as a mixer (so I am reliably informed) with Spirits and also drunk as a long drink with the addition of ice and sparkling water or soda ( which I ahve drunk).

                      Ocean Spray not only produce Class Cranberry, but a lighter version which I actually prefer, as well as Cranberry mixed with other juices which I haven't tried.

                      This drink is a worthy rival to Orange or Apple juice and is worth a try. It is quite often on offer at major supermarkets but otherwise it retails at around £1 a litre.

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                        23.05.2009 19:45
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                        Decent fruit juice drink

                        I'm not normally a fan of Cranberry Juice, but I found myself quite liking this drink. It's been in the fridge for a few months now, since my mother in law bought it a pack of 6 small cartons of it and drank four.

                        I thought my son liked them, but I got confused between that and Pmegrate, the pomegranate juice drink, which he does like. Neither my wife nor my son like this cranberry juice. However, I didn't want to waste it, and so I had one just now. I was actually surprised by how refreshing I found it. Before, whenever I have had cranberry juice, it has left me with a 'dry' sensation in my mouth, almost as if something has stripped away a surface of my teeth or coated them in something that increases friction. However, this drink didn't at all.

                        It uses 25% of cranberry juice, albeit from concentrate, as well as water, syrup, vitamin C and sugar. Other than that, there are no artificial colours or preservatives or anything like that, so it's not bad for you in terms of healthy drinking. This 200ml carton gives you just under 100 calories, so it's not the greatest in these terms, but it also contains something called Proanthocyanidins, which are supposedly good for your health, and provide help on acting against harmful bacteria.

                        All that aside, it's a good product as far as I'm concerned. I certainly liked it. A 1 litre carton of this costs just over £1 from Tesco, although I couldn't tell you how much the smaller cartons, such as the one I had, cost. Either way, I do recommend drinking this for its taste as well as the healthy nature of the drink, and the fact that there are no artificial sweeteners, flavourings and colours.

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