Product Type: Tesco Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... these were not on sale at the Tesco's visited for the weekly shop. So this review is just for the 1 Litre version. The package is similar ... more
A pleasant surprise...
Tesco Value Orange Juice
Member Name: strawberry123
Tesco Value Orange Juice
Advantages: Cheap and great tasting
Disadvantages: Uninspiring packaging and high sugar content
So I've recently switched orange juice brands... Not down a brand but up instead. I recently switched to Tesco standard orange juice from their value range, and to be quite honest with you, I was unimpressed and immediately changed back! I've come to love Tesco's uber cheap food since I've been on a strict budget at university (as they say, every little helps!) and their orange juice is by far my favourite 'find'.
The packaging is quite ugly... and certainly does not stand out next to the brightly coloured cartons next to it! The one litre value orange juice comes in the traditional white, blue and red colours. To open the carton you should lift up one of the tabs at the top and cut a slit with a pair of scissors. Obviously this has its advantages and disadvantages. It saves on the packaging and makes it easier to recycle in the end, but the juice remains open to the elements and it needs to be finished quicker than the screw top cartons. Nevertheless, it is very easy to pour into the glass as soon as you open it. Just be careful not to squeeze the bottle too much to avoid spillage. The cardboard carton is quite sturdy, I have certainly not had a problem with one exploding on me! But at the same time it is easy to squeeze the carton to improve the juice flow.
I like to store my orange juice in the fridge. Of course, you do not have to considering it is not kept in a chilled supermarket isle... its just the way I prefer to drink it. I half expected the juice to be very watered down the first time I tried it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The juice smells quite strong as soon as you open the carton, and the orange flavour definitely comes through! It is a good wake-me-up in the morning because it smells very fresh. It is a dark yellow/light orange in colour, as you might expect and the consistency is the same as any other brand I have tried... not watery thin or milkshake thick! The taste is very fruity and refreshing. I find that I go through a carton of this within twenty-four hours because I keep getting top ups! It is probably a tad more sugary than the more expensive brands. When I switched to the standard Tesco orange juice the taste was quite bland in comparison, which I'm sure is due to the sugar content!
Whilst I'm on the topic... the nutritional content is below (per 250ml):
Cal ... 105 kCal
Fat ... N/A
Sat Fat ... 0g
Sugar ... 23.5g
Salt ... N/A
Clearly I was right about the sugar content. It certainly makes it taste good, but it would be so much nicer to know it was kinder on my teeth!
As I mentioned previously, this orange juice is not in the chilled isles as you might expect. You should find it next to the carbonated drinks instead. It costs 56p a carton, which is great value for money in my opinion. If you compare it to brands like Tropicana and Innocent you will see how incredibly low the price is!
To conclude, this is a great tasting orange juice if you are looking to save a few pennies each week. The disadvantages being the awful packaging and the high sugar content... but it will not stop me buying it every week! I suggest you give this refreshing drink a try before you mock the fact it is value! I give it 4*
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Summary: Great alternative to your more expensive orange juice brands!