I'm not who usually drinks orange juice (or any kind of juice) in the morning, but I know plenty of people who can't start their day without it. My boyfriend is somewhere in the middle: he buys OJ but drinks it sporadically, usually on weekends. Luckily for me, he's always up for sharing, so I was able to try out some of his Tropicana Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry juice.
Tropicana Trop50 Pulp Free Orange Juice was reviewed here, and here's what Lizabeth had to say about it: "PureVia is a stevia-derived natural no calorie sweetener. Note that this is not orange juice - it is made from orange juice and only contains 42% juice. When you start adding water and sweeteners to lower the calorie count, which is what Tropicana did with Trop50, well then, it's just an orange juice flavored beverage."
The same is true with this stuff - although it tastes great, it does taste a little watered-down. Still, with flavors like pomegranate and blueberry, more might well be too much! I thought the blueberry flavor was perfect, and the pomegranate added something special. Just in terms of taste, this was great (and strong).
Each 8 ounce serving of Tropicana Trop50 (Pomegranate Blueberry) provides 50 calories, 11 grams of sugar, no fat, protein or fiber. There is also 100% of the daily value for vitamin C, and 10% of the DV for vitamin E.
Tropicana Pink Grapefruit Fruit Squeeze got rave reviews, and I'm here to tell you that the Tropicana Summer Lemon Fruit Squeeze is just as good.
While it tastes similar to watered down juice, it is better than that. The lemon component of the drink really ups the flavor profile with its sweet and tart nature. Overall, the drink is over-the-top refreshing and reminds me of a homemade glass of lemonade that is not too sweet. BevNet says, Summer Lemon is the best flavor in the Tropicana Fruit Squeeze lineup
Years ago, Tropicana launched an orange "juice" drink called Tropicana Light, which had half of the calories and less than half of the sugar in normal orange juice. As wonderful as that sounds, the results were more than disappointing - it was downright sour. Recently, they decided to re-launch the line as Trop50, by using Purevia as the sweetener.
PureVia is a stevia-derived natural no calorie sweetener. Note that this is not orange juice - it is made from orange juice and only contains 42% juice. When you start adding water and sweeteners to lower the calorie count, which is what Tropicana did with Trop50, well then, it's just an orange juice flavored beverage.
While three varieties exist (with pulp, pulp free, and fortified pulp-free), my store only carried the Pulp-Frree variety. Being a no-pulp OJ fan anyway, that was the one I brought home from the market. I gave the carton a good shake and poured up a glass of juice - and was surprised to see what looked like pulp. I did a double take; the carton was definitely marked "no pulp." Drinking mysteriously chunky orange juice is not a good way to start the day off! However, taking a sip proved all of my doubts wrong - this tastes like the regular Tropicana I know and love. While visually separated, the juice is smooth, sweet, tangy, and, of course, orange-y. There's no off sour or metallic flavors, and I didn't detect the bitter aftertaste that some people have noticed with Stevia. To be honest, if it weren't for the way this looks, I'd never have thought I was drinking anything other than 100% OJ. Check out the review from New England Bites and the snarky comments from Russ Thoughts.
There are 2.5 servings of fruit per bottle of Tropicana Fruit Smoothies, which is certainly admirable - except for the fact that the smoothies are made mostly from fruit concentrates, which means that the nutrients are removed. But, I was curious, so I picked up the Tropicana Strawberry & Banana Fruit Smoothie to try it out.
I'm totally guessing here - but what makes this seem like a "smoothie" is the fact that it has a thick consistency - thicker than fruit juice. Otherwise, this was very similar in taste to fruit juice, and it definitely has the *yum* factor. It's sweet and fruity with a strong strawberry taste, and not too much banana which can be very overpowering. Still, the most noticeable thing about this was it was very sweet - too sweet in fact.
The price of an 11 ounce bottle was $2.29 so I could easily have bought a bag of apples for close to that amount, and it would have given me more fiber plus lasted longer than the 2 minutes it took me to drink this.