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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.