Juicy Juice, Libby's 100 percent juice drink is now available in punch, cherry, tropical, berry and grape flavors. The 46-fluid ounce bottle retails for $1.73.
Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 4-14): "As a fruit juice fan, I've been enjoying Juicy Juice for quite a while. We were asked to try the cherry version, which is flavorful and palate pleasing. It is a mixture of grape, apple and cherry juices. Juicy Juice is a blend of pure fruit juices not to be confused with the many fruit drinks on the market today containing 10 percent juice. This product is a welcome alternative to carbonated beverages."Edyth Jensen (married, two children and two grandchildren at home): "We really liked this drink. With no sugars added, it isn't real sweet. It is quite refreshing. We tried the punch flavor and it had a good taste. It really is nice to have a good fruit drink without a lot of sugar and carbonation."
Nihla Lake (married, four children at home): "We attempted to test the grape flavor, but the children had it all drunk before the adults could even get a sniff.
"After buying another bottle and putting an `Adults Only' label on it, we had better luck. The juice tasted much better than Kool-Aid, but not quite as rich, flavorful and full-bodied as Welch's grape juice. The kids really loved it, but they love Kool-Aid, too."
Linda C. Tingey (single mother, four teenage boys at home): "This is the best fruit drink I've ever had. The tropical juice was absolutely wonderful, very refreshing. This all natural, 100 percent fruit juice drink gets a thumbs up from me."
Rich Firmage (married, three children, oldest 8 years old): "When I received my bottle of Juicy Juice and read that it was juice that was actually made with juice, I couldn't believe it. Who would have guessed - juice made of 100 percent real juice. What an interesting idea! Who knows, this type of thing just might catch on!
"Now, down to business. We had the tropical flavor and I quite enjoyed it. It had a real pineappley taste that was very good. My family was split - some liked it and some didn't. I then went out and bought the berry and punch flavors. We all really liked the punch but thought the berry was a bit strong. My wife thought mixing it with some Sprite would mellow the taste. (We also liked the bottle shape with the hand grip for pouring)."
Bill Allred (single): "This seems to be a kid's product, very sweet with a nondescript flavor. I sampled the `berry' flavor juice and I wondered, `what berry is this supposed to be?' The juice doesn't really taste like raspberries, grapes, cherries or any other berry. It's closest to watered down grape juice. The good thing about Juicy Juice is no added sugar. Your kids will probably like this stuff."
Conclusion: This all-fruit juice revue danced across our tester's palates and received four standing ovations and two quibbles. Looks like the real thing to us!
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