09 July 2009

Orange You Glad?

You probably rely on my Apples To Apples blog post every time you go the grocery store and size up which apples to buy. (Braeburn in case you are too lazy to click on the link.) But have you ever faced the same conundrum when choosing orange juice? There are so many brands and they all describe their products with words like “Premium,” “Fresh Squeezed,” "All Natural," etc. Who should you believe?!?!

Is this you in the orange juice aisle?

Oh Pepper? is now bringing you the results of the first ever Orange Juice Blind Taste Test. No such test has ever been attempted anywhere in the world at any time and the results are posted exclusively here on Oh Pepper?




The specimens.

I blindly tasted eight different orange juices (all pulp free) two separate times, each time in a different order--Florida Natural, Tropical Pure Premium, Odwalla, Naked, Safeway, Organics, Simply Orange, and Minute Maid. Only three of these were from concentrate—Minute Maid, Safeway, and Organics. The rest were “fresh squeezed.” I gave each a score from 1-10. In between drinks I ate a pretzel and drank water to rid my buds of the previous taste.


Careful consideration.


Cleaning the pallet.

Using a complex formula full of algorithms and quantum equations which are too difficult explain, I calculated which juice is the best value when factoring in cost and taste. I don't think anyone will click on my notes but here they are anyway:


If money were no object you should buy Simply Orange. It's the best.


But factoring in the price, the best value per ounce goes to Minute Maid Premium Original. This is surprising because it's actually from concentrate. So, now you know that "Fresh Squeezed" doesn't necessarily mean better taste.


Other notes: Odwalla tasted like bark and Safeway made me want to wash my mouth out with soap.


Safeway Orange Juice is poison!

I hope you appreciate this information. I spent like $40 on all the stupid orange juice and then had to drink it all in two weeks so it didn't go bad.

15 comments:

Ben said...

Next up, MAYONNAISE taste test!!!

two forks said...

you owe me $40!

david & michal coombs said...

boy am i glad your equations confirm what i swear by--simply orange is simply perfect!

the aaron monsons said...

I greatly appreciate this test. I drink orange juice with every breakfast meal. Its the best...and the worst.

Your sample size was too small though. I get Tropicana with extra pulp. That is the best orange juice out there. The tropicana oj you got had added calcium in it. Barf...calcium in orange juice? Next week try the Tropicana OJ with extra pulp. Your Minute Maid conclusion will have to change.

CaliZona said...

I think we'll be sending you an orange tree.

Yaj said...

Can I get Simply Orange around here? I have never noticed it, favoring the convenient small bottles of Tropicana at Costco. I buy them buy the quarter dozen and they sit on the garage shelf until consumed. Don't have anything to compare them against, so they seem fine, BUT... do I really KNOW that?

I am sure your co-worker had the highest co-efficient rating.

Yaj said...

Knock, knock.

Yaj said...

Who's there?

Yaj said...

Orange.

Yaj said...

Orange who?

Yaj said...

Orange you glad I don't have another post following this one?

Maggie May said...

so I always like tropiciana medium pulp but now I'll have to branch out maybe and give simply orange a try.

the guitarist from hell said...

Now I feel even worse my taste buds don't work!!

Bri said...

NICE WORK! I am excited to go try out the best orange juice!

azlabrat said...

Simply Orange IS the best, but I prefer pulp, I like to chew my orange juice.