Mott’s Apple Mango Juice Packs

The juice pack aisle at the grocery store is boring. So, when I saw Mott's 100% juice apple MANGO juice packs, I ignored the $4.88 price tag and grabbed a box to take home. I smiled pushing my cart through the grocery store thinking "finally, a juice pack my kid will be excited about". Will My Kids Like it? My daughter only likes apple, mango, mango peach and POG (Passionfruit Orange Guava) juices. The others are "too sour". Therefore, I was hopeful when I asked how she liked the apple mango juice. Not surprisingly, her response was: "it's not very good, do not pack it in my lunch again". Juices with mango in the description that my family finds acceptable include: R.W. Knudsen Family Organic Mango Nectar Langer's Apple Peach … [Read more...]

SOBE lifewater Pacific Coconut with coconut water, review

It is good to see a beverage manufacturer providing an alternative to the unpleasant tasting coconut water on the market. Last year I reviewed Zico pineapple & citrus flavored coconut water and although I was impressed with how it refreshed & hydrated me, I could hardly manage to drink the entire beverage. Coconut water can be bitter and have an unappealing rancid fat note. Sweetener Coconut water typically needs some sugar or sweetener to mask the bitter rancid flavor. The team at Sobe beverage must have thought the same thing. Because lifewater with coconut water has sugar and Reb A (a natural high potency sweetner from Stevia extract). Sobe beverage also has less coconut water, 10%. This reduction results in a better taste, but … [Read more...]

Trident Layers Orchard Peach & Ripe Mango flavor review

As a flavor chemist, I have to applaud the flavorist who made this peach & mango flavor. This is a well-balanced, creamy, tropical, crisp, fruity peach mango flavor and would be very difficult to copy. As a consumer and mom, I am concerned about such high flavor load in a product that children would consume. Typically fruit flavors are a "top note" for beverages or fruit fillings that lose some potency during processing. In confection, though, added fruit flavors are the entire flavor system. Chewing gum in particular has an extremely high flavor load, perhaps 2% vs a piece of candy that has 0.2%.  Flavor load is high because it is desired that gum's flavor last 20 minutes. The United States government is very strict about what … [Read more...]