“ Manufacturer:Tropicana / Type: Fruit juice „
Do you struggle with your 5 a day? Did you know that a 150ml glass of this juice counts as 1 portion? I decided to try it, as I don't drink fresh orange juice. By the way drinking 5 glasses doesn't help, you can only count 1! ==Tropicana== Tropicana is a Premium juice and is found in the chiller cabinets in the supermarket and must be stored in the refrigerator. There are several varieties and although it is expensive it is often on offer which was another reason how I bought the juice along with some cartons of orange for my daughter and her husband, who we were going on holiday with. Tropicana has an address in Leicester and a website for more information. According to the box Tropicana has been squeezing oranges for over 60 years. They believe the juice you drink should taste delicious, and as if you were biting into the fruit itself. Nothing added and nothing taken away. ==The carton== The carton is made of a waxy cardboard and can be recycled. It is about 9" high, square in shape with a roof top style top with a yellow screw top on one slope. The date for use by is September 11th on my carton which was bought a couple of weeks ago. There is a bright sun at the top of the carton and some lovely colourful mango, peach and papaya fruits as well as the name and of course the calorie chart. On the back of the carton is a section about rewards and there is a number on the base that can be entered on the website. It is available in different sizes but my carton contained 1 litre. ==The juice== I usually buy much cheaper fruit juice than Tropicana, so was looking forward to seeing if it was worth it. I poured a glass and immediately was impressed that it was a bright orange colour rather than a darker, duller colour of other Mango juices. It smelled fresh and fruity and I quickly tasted it. Neither the Mango, Peach or papaya overpowered the flavour, it was well balanced and delicious. Served chilled it was a lovely tasty wake up drink in a morning. It should be used within 5 days of opening. It was easy to drink, a nice consistency, smooth and not too thick. ==Ingredients== Never, it can't be I thought! I don't believe it! Looking again at the front of the box it clearly is called Mango, Peach and Papaya, but the main ingredient is orange juice! Then apple juice! Peach puree and Mango puree both have 12% and 5% Papaya puree. It is not made from concentrates though. I was a little annoyed as I try to avoid Citrus fruits on medical advice and so don't drink Orange juice if I can help. This also explained the lovely colour! Looking at the nutrition information 100mls contains 44 calories, a little protein, 9.8 carbohydrate, which is mostly sugar, no fat, only 0.1grams of fibre but a good 24mg of Vitamin C which is 40% of the recommended daily allowance and if you drink 150ml to count as 1 portion in your 5 a day it is even more vitamin C. ==Cost== A single carton was £2.18 but on offer I got 3 cartons for £5. ==Thoughts== I really liked the juice, but a 150ml glass costs over 30p so it isn't a cheap drink. I was annoyed that the name of the juice didn't indicate that it contained orange juice and I would have thought as it was the main ingredient this should be shown. But overall I was impressed with the taste and will risk buying it again - on offer of course! and hope it hasn't caused too many health problems. I have only rated 4 stars because the contents don't fit the name.
Tropicana is usually very expensive but today a 1 litre carton was on sale for a pound. And i'm afraid its not even worth that. This juice comes in a long thin recyclable carton. The imaging and wording make you imagine that its going to produce something special. Health wise it probably is being 100% and a 150ml glass provides one of your 5 a day. Can't be bad. However the taste dosn't live up to expectations. And to me this is the whole point of drinking juice. Its colour is your average orange juicy type, and its texture is medium thickness. I took my first sip and was very surprised. The first thing to hit you is the mango. It has so much potential to be sweet and juicy but then the passionfruit destroys it. The passionfruit is very sour and takes away the mangos sweet edge. Then at the end is a teeny tiny bit of peach. If they replaced the passionfuit with more peach this would have been the nicest drink. This could have been just this particular batch. Another batch may be sweet and perfect but i'm afraid this mix just isn't for me. I was expecting much more for the origional price of over £2. As it boasts so many natural, environmental healthy credentials , I would have liked some juicy bits. Overall good for your health, but not an enjoyable way of doing so.
My older daughter is a big fan of fruit juices so I thought I'd go for the new Tropicana, Peach & Papaya when I saw them in Iceland last week. They were on offer (2 for £3) which I thought was still a bit pricey, but in my opinion they're well worth the price. The cartons are 1 litre & have one of those round plastic openers which helps the pouring process & helps stop the liquid dribbling all down the sides & they are as seen in the picture. On the front it tells me that there's 100% pure pressed orange, apple, peach, mango & papaya juice - not from concentrate'. It states you should keep refrigerated & the use-by date is clearly marked (some others are difficult to read) & it advise we use this within 5 days of opening. Each 200ml serving has 88 calories, 0% fat, o% salt but a fairly hefty 19.2g of sugar however this is all from the natural fruit. It states the contents should be shaken before pouring & I was really surprised to see how thick it is. It's not as thick as a smoothie but much denser than an everyday fruit juice. The colour, smell & taste is lovely & there's no mistaking the amount of fruit in a glass. It's so much easier than making your own & we don't live in an area which sells papayas & mangos, so I think it's a great idea & a big thanks to Tropicana for finding the perfect blend of fruits here. Although thick it's lovely & smooth & we didn't find any bits in the juice ( I know this puts some people off) & it was surprisingly filling. I think it would be a perfect drink to have anytime of day & any time of year. The carton itself has lots of interesting information about the company & their 'master blenders', 'dedicated growing' (mutual commitment to the environment) & it informs me that the cartons can now be recycled across almost 90% of the UK - good to know! It's also good to know that 150ml of this provides one of our daily portions of fruit & vegetables. I'm giving this product 5 stars because of taste, colour, texture & packaging.
This juice is one of the newer of the range and I really like it. I love Tropicana because they are always so high quality so I thought I would try it. I have seen orange and mango before, but never peach mango and papaya so I was really excited to try it, especially as I love peach nectar which I usually get from Lidl. This product claims to be "100% pure pressed orange, apple, peach, mango and papaya juice, not from concentrate" You get 1 litre in a carton (which is recyclable) and I think this cost me about £1.60. Quite expensive really and I think that was on offer of 3 for £5. Delving deeper into these claims it seems it is mostly orange and apple juice, being only 12% mango, 12% peach and a measley 5% papaya. This is a bit rotten I think but they always do this it just means it is less than 30% what it says in the biggest writing on the front of the carton. I thought this was true though because when you taste it, it has the thickness of mango and peach however the flavours are not very distinguishable, it is more like a generic 'tropical' juice than a "specialist blend" as they claim. The papaya taste is no where to be tasted and I think this really lets the brand down as it is misleading. 150ml of this juice counts as one of your 5 a day which is pretty good! This juice like most is really high in sugars. It has 88 calories per 200ml and it is 21% of an adults daily sugar (19.2g per 200ml). These sugars are naturally occurring in the juice but I still think this figure is pretty hefty. I think for me it is too sweet so when I have it now I have to dilute it a bit with water, this makes it thinner and easier to drink for me too. It also makes it last longer which is good when it is so pricy! Basically this juice is nice but it is a bit thick and too sweet for me. I think I will stick to the plan orange or others from this range and buy my peach juice seperately and perhaps make my own blend if the cravings call. A nice try Tropicana but it didn't really float my boat this time.