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Bolthouse Farms:  A Smoothie That Changed My Mind

I first tried a Bolthouse Farms Smoothie a few years ago at a golf tournament I was playing in.

I can remember the flavor to this day — Berry Boost — and how it came alive in my mouth.  The flavor was outstanding.  It was thick, and rich, and full of color.

I had to have more.  So I went to our local store and found a bottle.  It was expensive, at least in my mind and at that time.  About $5 for a bottle that might have been a quart in size.

So I bought a bottle, came home and shared it with my wife.  We both agreed that it was good, but expensive.  And because it was good, it was even more expensive.  I could never limit myself to the 8-ounce portion size.  I wanted the whole bottle.  It was a $5 drink, and that’s a lot for what I considered to be fruit juice.

So, I got busy with life.  I forgot about Bolthouse Farms and the Berry Boost Smoothie.

Until tonight.

I decided it was time to review Bolthouse Farms Smoothies for this site.  So I ran over to the store and grabbed three varieties to try.  First, I was surprised how the line had grown (or perhaps the store was just carrying more of their products.)

Bolthouse Farms offers, not only Smoothies, but juices, “refreshments”, protein drinks, and a line of Acai-based drinks they call Bom Dia.  I was excited!  Lots of stuff to try.

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Berry Boost, Strawberry Banana, Mango Lemonade

My local store didn’t carry the entire line, but they carried enough.  I walked to the store, so buying too many was out of the question.  I grabbed three flavors that I thought were all Smoothies.  What I ended up with was:

  • Mango Lemonade (from the Bolthouse Farms Refreshment product line)
  • Strawberry Banana (from the Bolthouse Farms Smoothie product line)
  • Berry Boost (my old favorite from the Bolthouse Farms Smoothie line)

I tried all the flavors, and here’s what I found.

Bolthouse Farms Review

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Mango Lemonade

Mango Lemonade

I was a bit disappointed with this drink.  I’m not so sure, but I think I’m comparing it to the McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie that I reviewed recently.

Where the McDonald’s Smoothie was thick, Bolthouse Farms was thin. Of course the difference is that one is a smoothie, while the other is a “refreshment”.  I didn’t notice that at the time of purchase.  To be fair, Bolthouse does have a Mango Smoothie.  I, unfortunately, didn’t buy that.

The Mango Lemonade had a good taste.  It has a noticeable Mango flavor, although not as tasty as the McDonald’s Smoothie was.  The lemonade part of the drink seemed to take a while to arrive.  I noticed it best after about 15 minutes.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana

Again, I was a bit disappointed with the thickness of this smoothie, and it wasn’t because it was a juice.  This one really is called a smoothie by the folks at Bolthouse Farms.

The flavor was pretty good on this smoothie.  One thing I may try doing later is to use this drink as the liquid in a smoothie I blend myself.  Maybe I’ll add some frozen banana chunks and ice (before blending) to see if that helps.

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Berry Boost Smoothie

Berry Boost

This smoothie pretty much performed as I recall it doing years ago.

The flavor was outstandingly berryish.  The texture was thicker than the Strawberry Banana smoothie they make — although not as thick as I remember it being.

Again, using this as part of a thicker drink, via adding ice or another thickener, may help in my satisfaction.

If you’ve had an experience with Bolthouse Farms, I’d love it if your added your comments below.

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