This orange juice comes in a nice plastic bottle and I like the packaging. Whilst obviously not adding anything to the taste I like the way that it looks when it's in my fridge! It certainly has a better 'look' than the other brands available in my opinion.
This juice is made from 100% pure Florida orange juice, squeezed from fresh picked oranges and never from concentrate. Whether juices are better when made from concentrate or not I'm not so sure about because there has been a lot of conflicting research, however, if there are two products of a similar price I do tend to go for the product not from concentrate.
I like the nutritional benefits that this orange juice provides as I know that my diet is far from a healthy one. This juice contains as much potassium as a banana and a full day's supply of vitamin C, as well as counting towards your 5 a day (usually my only serving of my 5).
Now for the important part - the taste. This juice has a smooth consistency and definitely tastes of oranges, although whether or not it tastes as good as Florida oranges is questionable. I've tasted home made Florida orange juice and this doesn't even come close in flavour. Whilst I like the flavour of this juice I don't favour it over other brands and unless it's on offer I don't purchase it as I believe that it is quite pricey. For half the price you can get Tesco's Value range orange juice and I prefer the taste of that so I would rather spend my money on the cheaper juice.
I never used to really like or enjoy orange juice, however in recent years it has become a staple in my diet. As many people who read my reviews regulary will be aware, I struggled with the eating disorder Anorexia in the past which I am 99% recovered from. As part of my recovery plan I had to incorporate pure, un diluted fruit juice into my diet as a regular alternative to water and diet pepsi/coke, as obviously it is much healthier and has more nutrients. Orange juice is a healthy, nutritious drink that helps to mantain my healthy sugar levels and it boosts my calorie intake up by a little too, as well as giving me a generous amount of vitamin C. I used to just buy the Tesco value orange juice, and was quite content with it, however at my friends house a few months ago she gave me a glass of tropicana. It was gorgeous, as sad as it sounds, and much, much tastier than the value stuff I was used to! Since then, Tropicana has been a regular in my shopping basket. I certianly will never be going back to the value stuff after trying this.
This orange juice can be bought in either a smooth version without bits, or with bits. I drink the smooth version purely because I can't stand orange juice with bits in, however my boyfriend is a fan of the version that has bits in. The bits are quite fine and not chunky or blobby, however I still don't really want to try it! The smooth version that I like is very lightweight in texture if that makes sense, it glides into my mouth and down my throat and it's incredibly refreshing. It's not one of those drinks that is thick which I like as it is much more thirst quenching. Tropicana describe this orange juice as being a great tasting, pure orange juice made with fresh oranges - it is not from concentrate. It is naturally nutritious and each 8 ounce glass of the juice is equivellent to two servings of fruit. The juice obviously has plenty of vitamin C in it too, which is great for mantaining a healthy immune system and it also keeps bones strong. There are no preservatives, water or sugar added either - this is simply pure and fresh orange juice.
The taste is fresh and it's much 'softer' (if that makes sense - it's not got that kind of hard edge to it that some of the cheaper brands have) and less citrussy than a majority of other brands of orange juice, it tastes sweet but not overlly sweet with a subtle citrussy edge. It hasn't got a sour or acidic taste to it at all and it doesn't taste wattered down. It is very rich and flavoursome while not being overpowering, I personally don't think it tastes like an average glass of orange juice - it definetly lives upto its name as a premium brand and the texture is so thin with a silky feel to it. It tastes completely natural and it's really refreshing, especially when I have a glass with my breakfast. It doesn't have a nasty, fake after taste at all. The packaging of it is easy to open, it comes in either large cartons (1 litre), smaller multi pack cartons (250ml) or plastic bottles (330ml). I usaully buy the 1 litre bottle which is made of cardboard. It has a plastic screw top lid which has a seal on it, this is easy to break and the lid can be screwed back on. I like this more than the cartons that you have to cut to open as it keeps the juice much fresher.
The branding is nice and simple and the packaging is recycable. I really like this brand of orange juice and the only disadvantage that I can think of is the price. For a 1 litre bottle it'll set you back by around £2.30, and a 1 litre bottle doesn't last very long (not in my house anyway!) Most supermarkets have a long term offer on this juice though - buy 2 for £4, which I think is a ridiculous price and I usually buy one 1 litre bottle whenever I really want it - it's not a regular brand that I buy purely due to the price, however I would say that I get through 4 or 5 bottles of it a month - drinking cheaper brands of orange juice after trying this is horrible as I know what i'm missing out on, haha.
I store this orange juice on my kitchen worktop as my fridge is ridiculously tiny and doesn't hold very much at all. The orange juice tastes fine at room temperature as well as chilled, I have even had it warmed up when I was pregnant & feeling run down as it's a very comforting and soothing kind of drink when it's warm. The juice, once opened should be consumed within about a week (although Tropicana state to use within five days after opening), however a 1 litre carton only lasts for around 3 days in my house hold as we all love it! Even my neice loves it and she hates fruit, yet she will quite happily drink a glass of this which I think is good as atleast that way she's getting all the vitamins and goodness that would be found in fruit. If you have a child I certianly would reccomend giving them this to drink as an alternative to suggary pop or cordial as this tastes just as good and it's natural and much healthier. If you're concerned about the high sugar content then you could always water it down a little.
The calorie contents isn't too bad considering how satisfyingly sweet it is and per 100ml serving it has 107 calories along with 22.5 grams of carbs (all of which is sugar) which I guess is kind of high however it has plenty of goodness in it to balance this out. It has no saturated fat, chloesterol or sodium. For anyone who likes the sound of Tropicana but don't like orange juice there are plenty of other flavours - apple, mango, grapefruit and so on. Despite the price, I think this orange juice is brilliant and it's by far my favourite drink and the minute. It's just like drinking freshly squeezed orange juice, without spending 20mins plus juicing them! Overall I would reccomend this brand of orange juice as it's completely natural with no added rubbish and it tastes much better than a majority of other brands that I have tried. To sum it up:
Tasty, natural, healthy, refreshing
Contains lots of goodness including vitamin C and fibre. Not from concentrate
No sodium, preservatives or saturated fat
Range of different versions/flavours
So, as you can see the advantages highly outweigh the disadvantages and I give this juice 4/5 stars, marking it down because of the price. Some people may argue that you're paying for the high quality, which is true - it's brillant quality but I think the RRP is just a little too much, especially in the current economic climate where a many families don't prioritise buying 'premium' brands of drinks on their weekly shops and can't afford to fork out £2.50 or so on a litre of juice. I think if the price was 30-40p cheaper though, or was on offer more I would of 100% awarded it 5/5 stars!
This is the best orange juice on the market - much better than the shop's own versions.
The reason that I love this orange juice so much is because it's so natural and pure. It tastes great too - very smooth and tangy. I would describe the taste as citrusy - very much like orange - of course! The juice is hydrating and it really quenches your thirst. It's suitable to be drunk anywhere and anytime and it's an ideal drink for summer as it helps to cool you down. It does taste better when it's been chilled, it's not very nice drunk when it's warm. Chilled orange juice is the way forward! It's quite filling too. I find that if I have just one 250ml glass of this it's enough to keep me going for an hour or so. I do monitor how much of this that I drink though as the acid in the natural fruit juice can actually rot the teeth. Drinking the juice with a straw can reduce this effect by around 70%, so I usually drink it that way now.
The juice is lovely served simply in a tall glass either on it's own or with ice added. You can also add fresh slices of lemon and/ or orange if you wish - however the juice is such good quality that it's great just served as it is. It's great for kids too as it tickles the tastebuds! It would be healthy for them too - in moderation.
The juice keeps well in the fridge. It can also be drunk with vodka to make a lovely vodka and orange drink. It's great value too as it's NOT from concentrate, so there's no added water in the juice. It's just lovely and pure! There's nothing added and nothing taken away - great stuff!
The best tasting orange juice!
Having been brought up on long life, from concentrate orange juice, Tropicana is miles away. Nowadays I am generally very fussy about the orange juice that I drink and have been served up some aweful drinks when out in pubs and restaurants.
Tropicana is a lovely fresh orange juice, I always go for the smooth as I don't like bits in my juice, but there's an option for one with juicy bits or even extra juice bits if it suits you. I think that fact that it is not from concentrate is and important factor in this.
Off all the juices I've tried this is my stable weekly purchase, only occassionally will I go for a different brand if it is on a much better offer. Other juices I would consider are the supermarkets own premium brand (e.g. Tesco Finest & JS TTD) which I find slightly fresher but do have a shorter life and are more expensice than Tripicana, and Innocent have just bought out a juice, which is slightly zingier than Tropicana.
I've always found Tropicana to be very consistent between week to week, which to me is important. With the long life cartons I drank previously there seeed to always be a duff one every so often.
I love orange juice especially in the morning for breakfast, preferably with a nice bacon roll! One of my favourite orange juices is Tropicana although I do not very often purchase it as it is one of the most expensive. But the other day on the way to work I could feel my glands swelling and my throat getting sore so decided that I needed a vitamin c boost so popped into the local shop near work to get some orange juice and thought I would treat myself to a small bottle of Tropicana.
I paid just £0.59 for a small 330ml bottle of the Tropicana pure premium original orange juice with juicy bits. To be fair I expected to pay much more than this but think the lady on the till was unsure of the price so just rang it in for this which I was not going to complain about.
The juice comes in a clear plastic bottle which forms into a slight ball shape at the top with is textured like the peel of a real orange. The bottle has a green screw cap lid which has a seal which can easily be broken the first time you unscrew the cap. The bottle has a plastic wrap around label containing all of the necessary information about the juice.
This juice is a freshly squeezed orange juice and contains nothing else other than 100% orange juice. The 330ml bottle contains just over 2 portions of the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables. It also contains 99mg of Vitamin C which is 165% of the recommended daily allowance and no fat or salt.
I really like this orange juice it has a lovely fresh taste but is not too sharp and sour but still has a nice zing to it. The juice itself it very smooth and although contains the juicy bits they are quite evenly distributed if you shake the bottle before drinking and are quite small and soft so are not really that noticeable. You can also buy this juice in a smooth variety which does not contain any bits, this is the one that my husband prefers but to me it does not really matter as the bits are much nicer than other juices I have tried with bits in. Although I very rarely buy freshly squeezed juice and tend to opt for juice made from concentrate instead due to the price difference I much prefer the fresh juice as it certainly tastes better. I find Tropicana to be a very tasty and high quality juice that although is expensive is nice to have occasionally or if you can find it on a special offer.
Tropicana is for me the best orange juice on the market lately. We did try the Tesco cheaper concentrated variety but there is just no comparison as far as I'm concerned. Tropicana is more expensive but is widely available in all the supermarkets I have been in. It is a popular choice.
I prefer the Tropicana Original which has the fruity pulpy bits in, though my other half prefers the smooth variety (depending on what mood she is in at the time).
We tend to buy the smaller cartons but only because we have such a small fridge and cannot fit the larger ones inside properly without them causing the door to jam.
This is NOT concentrated juice, it is freshly squeezed, and in my opinion, far better for you. Occasionally we have let a carton go past it's sell by date as it has been forgotten about and been left at the back of the fridge. On these occasions we have poured it into an ice lolly mould and frozen it to make ice lollies which have been enjoyed by the whole family.
Tropicana is so nice at breakfast time or if you have hit the drink too much the night before and need a nice refreshing hit of vitamin C. It hits the spot every time in my personal opinion.
This as a great drink and suitable for all the family to enjoy and is the premium orange juice for me.
There are many things I have started buying non-branded versions of just lately, with the country being in the state its in, job insecurity and planning a wedding. However, fresh orange juice is just not something I'm willing to scrimp on, because it's one of the few things I buy where I believe the cheap imitations just don't taste the same.
With Tropicana juices, you get a choice of smooth or with 'bits'. When I was little I used to hate the bits because they reminded me of dead flies (I was a strange child), but these days I prefer the juice with bits in because it feels like I'm having real squeezed oranges and I'm sure it's got to inject a bit more vitamin C into my diet.
Tropicana tastes like freshly squeezed oranges. There is nothing artificial tasting about this juice, and you know it's a quality product made from quality ingredients. One litre will cost you about £2, but they are often on offer in the supermarkets e.g. 3 for 2. This is only useful if you intend to get through a lot of orange quite quickly though because once the carton is open you're supposed to finish it within five days.
The thing that draws me to this product over the cheaper alternatives is that it is not made from concentrate but contains actual fruit. Quite often, fruit juices don't contain a lot of real fruit, are made from concentrate and taste a bit artificial. They're also not as good for you nutritionally as you might think because they contain lots of other added ingredients to compensate for the fruit. Tropicana on the other hand is the real deal and provides one of your 5-a-day. If you look at the ingredients it contains 100% freshly squeezed orange juice and nothing else.
Tropicana should be stored in the fridge and used within five days of opening. This happens quite easily in our house because not only do we drink it with breakfast, but we also use it as a base for making smoothies.
Nutritionally, per 200ml serving this juice contains:
The sugars are quite high but they're natural sugars from the fruit so I never feel too guilty about this. It's a great way to kickstart your day and an easy way of increasing your fruit intake.
I enjoy orange juice with breakfast as it's healthy, nourishing, tasty - and it's one of my five a day. However, I am pretty picky when it comes to orange juice, probably on account of the fact that I used to have a juicer and insisted on making my own orange juice whenever possible. However, time constraints these days means that I just don't have time to do this anymore and so I end up buying orange juice in a carton. Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is one of the brands that I have sampled.
The Tropicana I buy comes in a carton and cost me £2.19 from Tescos for a 1 litre carton - but they often have offers on this product, including the present offer which is three cartons for £5.50 - a saving of £1.07. This price is higher than most other brands and I do think that its probably a little overpriced considering the fact that 1 litre really doesn't last that long (usually we get through two cartons per breakfast with my family!). The carton can be resealed but, unfortunately, the shelf life really isn't as long as some other orange juices - although I have frozen this juice before and it really doesn't seem to impact on flavour too much.
Although the image is that Tropicana OJ is "fresh" - an image portrayed mostly from the carton which shows fresh, juicy oranges on the front. Certainly, when it's poured, it looks and smells fresh enough and as its not made from concentrate its 100% OJ. However, I have to say that it really doesn't taste as fresh as I would expect it to taste. While it clearly is all orange juice (without concentrate), it has that processed taste that is present in so many of the orange juice brands. Having said that, its got the right balance of sweetness and tartness that you do get in fresh orange juice. It is a nice flavour but, unsurprisingly is not as good as just squeezed oranges.
I do think this is a decent orange juice and it is one of the better ones. It's best served ice cold (it really does have to be ice cold) - and it's really nice with crushed ice as well.
I have reviewed Tesco Value orange juice. Tropicana is luxurary against that!
Fresh juice and not from concentrate so you know it is just Orange juice in it. I am not keen on the bits so tend to go for the smooth one. I always find the bits just stuck in my teeth and if you dont wash the glass staraight away after, the bits stick like glue to the sides of the glass and they are there forever!
This really is a luxurary item in my house hold and only bought when ther eis an offer or I have been paid some overtime!!
For one bottle you can pay up to £2.20 depending on where you buy it from. The smaller the bottle, the more expensive it is per volume too. A tiny 200ml bottle can be as much as £1.50 which is silly really when you can buy a litre carton of tesco value for 40p. Yeah slight difference in the quality of the two there!
The juice looks nice and bright and it a slightly thick texture. It can be quite acidic so I tend to mix it with a bit of water to take the acid taste out, make it kinder on your stomach and make it last longer!
If I could I'd have a glass of this each morning. It is really refreshing and feels really healthy and satifying too. Too much gives me a stomache ache but that is just the acidity or orange juice not the fact it is Tropicana.
One of the best fresh fruit juices, it really is good quality and only has one ingrediant - oranges.
I love oranges. They taste great, they're good for your health and generally considered a super fruit. However, the taste of oranges can be fickle especially if you don't live in a tropical region; sometimes they can even sour as lemons. Therefore, turned to orange juices to get my daily orange fix. I have tried many different brands of orange juices and none of them even come close to the superior taste of Tropicana.
As for the packaging and appearance, Tropicana juices come in ergonomic shapes that easily fit into your fridge. Tropicana brand has a large variety of flavours including golden grapefruit, ruby breakfast and so on. As for the orange variety, on the carton it has a very juicy looking orange displayed with emphasises the freshness of the juice. The orange variety comes into two types; the one with the pulp and the one without it (i.e. smooth). Also I have no qualms with either of them, I usually tend to go the one with 'bits' in it as I feel as if I'm drinking freshly squeezed juice.
Taste-wise, Tropicana juices are indisputable. The juices taste naturally sweet with a bit of zest, but the richness of oranges can be savoured with each sip. All tropicana juices are 100% pure squeezed juices and not from concentrate, so the taste has depth and freshness. One thing I love about Tropicana orange juice is that it does not taste bitter like the rest (I've tried many and the rest, other than Tropicana, taste bitter). I think this is due to the fact that Tropicana don't use the orange peel when making the juice unlike other brands.
As for the nutritional values, the juice has no 'fats' or 'salts' and just contains naturally occurring sugar from oranges. It can't get any healthier than this. Another great news is that a glass (about 200 ml) of Tropicana juice can be constituted as one of your 5 a day. So it makes a great-tasting healthy drink. Also you get ample supply of Vitamin C for your bones ; 50 mg of vitamin C per 100 ml juice, so drinking a glass would provide enough for a day. As for those diet-conscious consumers out there, a 200 ml glass of juice only contains about 90 kcals and energy comes from natural ingredients. Fab, isn't it?
Nevertheless, the downside to this juice is the price. A normal 1 litre carton would easily cost £2.20 in most supermarkets but sometimes they do an 2 for £4 offer (not much reduced to be honest). If you have space in your fridge, the 1.75 litres ones are usually on offer of 2 for £5 which is much more economical.
Tropicana juices are best served chilled and must be consumed within a week for freshness. To be honest, a 1 litre carton would hardly last me 3 days as the juice can be really addicting. Overall, this is a quality juice worth the pennies.
In general, I do not consume much juice but I seem to want juice more when the weather gets warmer. I am quite traditional and consider orange my favourite flavour.
Tropicana does loads of different flavours including Grapefruit, Ruby Breakfast, Apple, Mango and so on but I am sure that Orange is the best seller.
This comes in two formats, smooth, i.e with no bits in, and original, with the orange pulp in. I imagine the smooth sells particuarly well for kids and this is the one I prefer though I would drink the other.
The juice comes in lots of different formats, a small handbag sized bottle will cost you £1.15, cartons are normally £2 to £3 and you can get really big cartons of it but they are about £5.
This always smells very fresh and full flavoured and if of course a nice bright orange colour. I really dislike the fake orange squash look.
In terms of taste, it is good and is refreshing, it is a tad sharper than some other juices I have tried but I guess it varies from bottle to bottle and orange to orange really.
Though this is nice, and a bit of a classic, I don't think that it is that much better than the supermarket versions, I am not sure that if I blind tasted it, I would be able to point out Tropicana and it is significantly more pricey.
I absolutely love orange juice and regularly have two cartons open at once - something along the lines of Tesco Value concentrate, and a Tropicana or, as we call them in our family, cheap and posh. Lots of people don't understand this, but to me the drinks are both great, but both completely different and having the two is no stranger than having one juice and one bottle of coke open at the same time.
Tropicana was the first and best. Even though most supermarkets now do their own versions, nothing beats the original for me. I will often buy the small bottles when I'm out and about and don't want a fizzy drink or if I'm grabbing a Meal Deal. Over here, you cannot buy cheap orange juice - all the long-life cartons are sugar laden nectars - so I'm back on the Tropicana even at the hideous import price they slap on it.
Tropicana is a fresh orange juice which means it is squeezed and cartoned and that's it: they don't have a concentrate they add water to or anything. The cartons over here show and orange with a straw in them which is literally what you get - it's as if you're sucking straight from the fruit itself. The interesting thing I learnt from the website is that it's not always as 'fresh' as you think. Because oranges don't grow all year round, they keep some squeezed juice in dark, airless tanks, storing it for later in the year.
Tropicana looks like sunshine in a glass. It smells delicious and fruity, as if it really has just come straight from a juicer. The taste is distinctive and sets it apart not only from cheap juices but also from other fresh versions. It is tangy and tart, juicy and sweet, all in the same glass. The flavour is much sharper than with concentrated versions
I always go for the Smooth as I don't like bits (true story: we used to travel with a tea strainer so my juice could be sieved when venturing to juicy bit loving continental Europe). I love how it is thick but still silky, and of course totally smooth. Other varieties in the USA (and, by default, in Colombia) include some pulp (i.e. juicy bits), or extra pulp - perhaps what they sieve out of mine, they put into those ones... They also have a version with added Calcium which is nice.
To me, Tropicana is more than just something you sip alongside a meal. It is more filling and satisfying than normal juices. A problem I have with concentrate is that is slips down like water so I can drink gallons of the stuff, which isn't great because although naturally low fat, any juice has calories and I, like lots of people, cna convince myself that calories drunk rather than eaten don't really count. With Tropicana, a small glass is enough because it has so much flavour. I will also drink a glass in place of a pudding is I want something sweet after a meal. When I am at the gym super early before breakfast, I will have a glass to give me a kick and a burst of sugary energy - because it's liquid, I don't worry about having it right before exercise the way I might with food.
Packaging is not usually worth a mention, but I do like Tropicana's cartons. They have screw on lids which not only keeps the juice fresh but also allow you to lie an open carton on its side in the fridge. My one in my apartment here is tiny so nothing really fits in the door. I can't therefore have normal cut-the-corner-off cartons as they would spill, but Tropicana seals right back up like a bottle. I know other brands have the same design, bu they never seem quite as strong as Tropicana.
Any downsides? Because it's fresh, the shelf life is not that long. If I'm driving to the supermarket and doing a big shop I can buy 30 cartons of cheap juice and know I'll use them up before the expire, but Tropicana purchases are limited by the date on the carton and also fridge space. I went this weekend hoping to get some for when my sister visits in a few weeks, but the supermarket only had stuff expiring before then (this is a bit shorter a shelf life than you'd find in the UK...probabaly because here it's imported from several countries away).
You are advised to drink within 5 days of opening. Sometimes mine goes a little longer here as they only sell the larger cartons (1.5lt not the normal 1lt) but I have never had any problems with it going off. In the UK the standard advice is that however much juice you drink, it only counts as one of your 5 a day. In the USA Tropicana claims it provides two servings of fruit in every glass. Either way, I eat tons of vegetables but not much fruit (except tomatoes if we're being pedantic) and I feel a glass or two of this every day is a good rather than a bad thing.
Tropicana costs more than concentrated because it's fresh, and more than supermarkets' own because it is branded (on its own, and owned by Pepsi), but it's also often on multibuy offers too. Prices for comparison (taken from Mysupermarket.com for April 2nd 2011):
1 litre Tropicana Smooth
Tesco £2.18 or 3 for £5.50
Asda £2.18 or 2 for £4
Sainsburys £2.24 or 3 for £5.50
Ocado £2.18 or 3 for £4.50
Interestingly, Tesco and Asda both have the larger one on offer for less - £2 for a 1.5 litre, great if you have space in the fridge
I didn't try Tropicana for ages, simply because I thought it would taste too tangy! Then one time about 6 months ago, I decided to try my boyfriends.. turns out its not tangy at all. In fact, it's GORGEOUS!!
The packaging --> Tropicana drinks stand out from the rest. This one is in a creamy coloured carton, with a blue plastic screw cap. The design is striking, yet glorious. It has the logo in green, and then different colour texts for the certain flavour you have chosen. This one is blue writing. It then has an orange as its main image, which looks juicy itself! Very appealing graphics.
The product --> What makes this product stand out is that this juice is 100% pure squeezed orange juice, not from concentrate. So this really is all fresh, pure orange juice. Lovely! Much healthier, which is what I love. I enjoy the orange smooth one more than the one with pulp in, as I don't like the bits as much. It tastes it completely refreshing and smooth, unlike other ones I have had before. I like that there aren't other ingredients in it, even preservatives to keep it fresher for longer.
The drink is to be drank within about 5 days, but if you have a sip its completely addictive I think, so fresh and good for you that it won't last that long! I always keep this in the fridge, because it loses some of the flavour if it goes warm! Not nice!
The cost --> It is noticeably more expensive than other brands, so it is for me a luxury product. In Asda is costs £2 for 1.5l, but there are usually offers like 2 for £3, or the other sizes on offer. I do like to mix and match because they have some gorgeous flavours!
Nutritional values in 100ml serving-->
no fat, no salt, no salt
There is also 50mg of RDA of Vitamin C, in 100ml, which is fantastic. If you need more Vit C in your diet, this really is great as so much (30g) is in there already. To build up the immune system, especially during a cold, I would recommend this drink!
Fantastic quality, the others just don't match up.
I love to drink pure orange juice as I find it a great way to contribute to one of my 5 a day, in the past I have tried and tested cheaper brands of orange juice but have always been disapointed with the product. Orange juices from concentrate tend to be rather sour in taste whereas Tropicana tastes like a freshly squeezed orange straight from the tree. As you would expect from a premium product you do have to pay quite a considerable amount more so I tend to opt for Tropicana as a treat, I would love to always have it in my fridge but at over £2 a litre I just can't afford it, especially the amount I seem to go through!
The juice in question is thicker than other brands as it isn't mixed with water like juice from concentrate, the juice is rich and zingy with a sweetness that can only come from real oranges, there is nothing synthetic about the flavour at all. I prefer to drink mine cold from the fridge and it especially goes down well on warm summer days. There are different varieties available - the smooth one and the stuff with bits in, my personal preferance is the smooth version. As with all orange juice you get vital vitamin C, one of the only drawbacks I can think of about the actual product is the fact that a 200ml serving has nearly 100 calories, though in the grand scheme of things this isn't much.
Tropicana orange juice is regularly on offer in various supermarkets and it is only when it is on offer that I really buy it, though if you are suffering from a cold I find it really helps to perk you up. If the price was cheaper I wouldn't hesitate on buying this juice on a weekly basis, you do get what you pay for though, a quality pure orange juice that is just that, orange juice and nothing else.
Out of all the fruit juices Orange is pretty much a weekly shopping staple. The other flavours can come and go and be given or taken from week to week, but orange juice has to be there everytime. if you want good quality orange juice then Tropicana is the best brand you can get and the nearest to freshly squeezed that there is in a carton on a supermarket shelf.
They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and you can even get some as part of Macdonalds meals. From a supermarket a 100ml carton should cost approx £1.70 and £2.99 for 200ml, double the size. You can also get it in a wide variety of smoothness levels, completely smooth, + pulp, or somewhere in the middle. There should be something to suit everyones tastes.
The next thing I am about to say is a real sticking point with me. Juice drinks are often sold to be healthier than the really are, but not this one, it really is just oranges, it is not made from concentrate, or previously dried down juice, or whatever, it is fresh! It is so much more healthier than the average juice, so not only are you having a drink you really like, but you are doing something really good for you at the same time. It's not often that good food tastes good!
The orange juice has a really tangy, acidy zest to it, really alike to freshly squeezed orange juice. The taste is really supreme and unlike any other. I know the price is a little more than supermarket own brand juice, and there are less frequent special offers on it, but even if you can't afford to buy it everytime it is nice for an every now and then treat, and then you appreciate it even more if it's more of a one off thing.