There are so many new beverages on the market that look good. I’ve been trying many of them. This review is comparing Arizona Diet Blueberry Green Tea with Diet Snapple Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink.
In the past I’ve had Diet Arizona Iced Tea without any flavor and enjoyed it. This particular flavor I had in a cafe with lunch. It came in a 20-ounce bottle however it also comes in 16-ounces, 42-ounces and 128-ounces.
Arizona beverages started out you might say as a beer! Owners John Ferolita and Don Vultaggio started distributing beer in 1971. They were successful but saw that consumers wanted ready to drink iced tea products. In 1992 Arizona Iced Tea was born.
The ingredients are premium brewed green tea using filtered water, sorbitol, natural flavors, citric acid, black carrot extract, sucralose, acesulfame potassium. With only five calories per eight ounces and no sugar Arizona Blueberry Green Tea is a nice alternative to diet soda for me. I like to think it’s almost healthy!
Please note: sucralose is made from sugar and sorbital is a sugar substitute as well.
The taste was really pleasant. I can’t say that I tasted any blueberries. In fact looking at the ingredients I see natural flavors so they add sugar free syrup I imagine. It was warm in the café and warm outside. This was a refreshing drink with my wrap.
The cost of this 20 ounce bottle was in the $2.00 range.
Diet Snapple Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink was delicious. I had this over the weekend. It was warm outside; this was very refreshing. It was slightly tart. It put a pucker on my face but was sweet enough to satisfy my tooth!
I took a second look when I went to pay the $1.65 for 16 ounces for it because it says Diet on the bottle but then it says low calorie. I assumed previously that Diet meant no calories. With only 10 calories per serving it is certainly a diet beverage but it not a no calorie drink. Sixteen ounces is considered two servings which is still a nice low number of calories if you drink the whole bottle which I did and which is easy to do.
The company tries to get funny with the following on the bottle “One more name and it would sound like a law firm.”
I also found a “real fact” under the top and when I went to the website www.snapple.com there was a link for real facts.
It has 2 grams of sugar; no fat and 10 mg of sodium. The first ingredient is water and unfortunately it contains aspartame which I am trying to get away from. The printing is so small that you may have to get out your reading glasses to see them.
Which one do I prefer?
Snapple is a much larger company than Arizona. They are in Europe and Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and The Caribbean. If one product is decidedly better than another I wouldn’t go with the small guy just because the company is small. However if these two products are similar I would go with the smaller company.
Both drinks were very good. Snapple had a bit more flavor but I’ve had other Arizona Iced Tea products and found them flavorful
They are both in similar price ranges and both come in glass bottles rather than plastic. Arizona is known for its pretty packaging so if you collect bottles and are like I am and tend to get caught up in marketing you too will reach for Arizona Iced Tea. Snapple has aspartame which is an ingredient many people want to stay away from. There is quite a bit of controversy around the safety of aspartame.
My final thoughts
I will vote for Arizona Iced Tea. I liked the Blueberry White Tea and wouldn’t hesitate to try others in their line.