BOSTON (CBS) – Phantom recently purchased four bottles of grape juice from a local supermarket.
The fruit filled contenders were Juicy Juice, Old Orchard, Santa Cruz, and Welch’s.
See if you can guess which refreshing brand ended up at the top of the food chain.
Old Orchard finished in last place. This low calorie, low sugar brand was just plain bad. Sweetened with Splenda and made from only 15-percent juice, this grape cocktail tastes so unpleasantly artificial, Phantom couldn’t stomach more than a couple sips. If you need to drink a grape juice that’s low in calories and sugar, Old Orchard is for you. But if you want one that you’ll actually enjoy, you’ll probably need to look elsewhere.
The good news is that this kid favorite is made with 100-percent juice with no added sugar. The bad news is that a lot of that juice is actually from apples, rather than grapes. It’s smooth, mellow, and goes down easy, just like apple juice, which is not what Phantom is looking for when he buys grape juice.
This is the runner-up. This big brand delivers exactly what you expect when it comes to grape juice. Its dark purple color, classic scent, and juicy taste give this drink an obvious mass appeal. And while it’s certainly a safe choice to satisfy most palates, Phantom found it too boring to take the top spot.
At the top of the food chain is Santa Cruz. With its small glass bottle, this organic offering pours out thick and cloudy. It’s got a deep, dark color, and a rich, juicy, full bodied flavor to match. Made exclusively with Concord grapes, this juice has depth and complexity more often found in a fine wine. It’s a bit more expensive than the other brands, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That’s why Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice is at the top of the food chain.