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STEPHEN’S TANGY ORCHARD TWIST IS A BIG HIT BUT A BIT HIGH-PRICED

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Locally produced by Stephen's, Orchard Twist is a "gourmet, powdered fruit-flavored blend" that comes in tropical fruit, strawberry-kiwi, orange-raspberry and orange-peach flavors. The 1 pound 1.6-ounce can retails for $3.49.

Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 4-14): "I've seen this beverage at local grocery stores. In fact, I bought a container (which seemed too large for the amount of powder it contained) of it a while ago but have yet to open it. Our tropical fruit-flavored beverage was satisfying and sweet although it didn't seem to dissolve very well. It's a healthy and pleasant change to see fruit juice powders among the main ingredients; however, I think it's a wee bit overpriced. You're paying about $2.80 a gallon for a powdered drink. I wish the local manufacturer success. I'd be happy to sample some of their other flavors."Edyth Jensen (married, three children and two grandchildren at home): "Stephen's, you've done it again! We tried the strawberry-kiwi drink and really enjoyed it."

Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "The label says: `At last a fruit-flavored drink mix powder for adults." We made a big mistake and left our strawberry-kiwi Orchard Twist out where the kids could get at it. The adults were lucky to get any to taste. The whole family thought it was excellent - almost better than real fruit juice. And leave it to the Salt Lake-based company to go the extra mile - `110 percent Vitamin A and 120 percent Vitamin C added'!"

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, four teenage boys at home): "I think Stephen's has another hit on its hands. This is a very refreshing drink. It takes a time or two to figure the scoop out; I use a more rounded scoopful. It's definitely at its best using either chilled water or a lot of ice cubes. I had the raspberry-orange flavor and it was a perfect blend of the two fruits. Not too sweet and not too tangy - just enjoyable. I like the idea that you can make it on demand, and I also like buying things produced here in our state."

Rich Firmage (married, three children, oldest is 8): "We had the privilege of testing the orange-peach flavor. This stuff is really good. The only thing I don't understand is some of the information on the side of the package. One serving size is 3 tablespoons, but the scoop inside the container hold only 2 tablespoons. One scoop makes an 8 ounce drink so apparently a serving is a 12-ounce serving or 11/2 scoops.

"So why aren't the serving size and the scoop the same size? They also say it is one-half the price of liquid juices - a serving (12-ounces) costs about about 17 cents each. Not too bad, I guess, but $3.49 for the whole container is a bit pricy. But the bottom line is it tastes great."

Bill Allred (single): "This is a very good drink mix. It dissolves quickly in cold water from the refrigerator without any problem. It's not too sweet, either, which can be a problem with these drinks. One could get the feeling that this instant beverage is actually real fruit juice. Tasty. A good alternative to carbonated drinks and great to take camping."

Conclusion: The directions may be confusing, the price a bit much - but the twist is, who cares! It's delicious!