The Best and Worst Juice Boxes Slideshow
This juice box was the smallest out of the bunch and got the smallest amount of positive votes. No one gave this juice box more than a 60 percent, with one staffer even ranking it as 59 percent! The diluted flavor — it’s mixed with water — was responsible for the low score, as well as an artificial, non-fruity taste. One editor even commented that it was "the only one I spit back into the cup." The other tasting notes didn’t get much better with, "rubbing alcohol," "offensive," and "bad grape," being some of the tamer comments. If you want watered-down juice, it might be better to do it yourself. Our editors certainly didn’t want to swallow this juice box!
RW Knudsen Sensible Sippers Fruit Punch
1 box (4.23 ounces): 30 calories, 7 grams of sugar
While this one also ranked pretty low, it wasn’t quite as reviled as Sensible Sippers. The highest mark it received was a 75 percent. The main issue was its cloudy, artificial appearance. While the neon orange color might not be an issue in a box, no one could properly guess the taste, with ideas ranging from pear to banana. Even if you’re eager to sneak some vegetable servings into your juice consumption, there are tastier vegetable juices to choose from. As one tester summed up, the juice "smells awful, looks awful, very artificial." Guess this won’t be making the tyke’s lunchbox.
V8 Fusion Apple
1 Juice box (6.75 ounces): 60 calories, 12 grams of sugar
Courtesy of V8
Honest Kids ranked quite a bit higher than V8 Apple and Sensible Sippers, but its watered-down taste was its downfall. The editors didn’t appreciate the diluted flavor, calling it "creepy diluted," and complained about a strange sweetness that "tastes vaguely like bubblegum." Some taste-testers also commented on a tropical flavor with hints of coconut and pineapple. In addition to the low calorie count, this juice box contains the lowest amount of sugar, along with a variety of fruit juices.
Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch
1 pouch (6.75 ounces): 40 calories, 10 grams of sugar
Courtesy of Honest Teas
Scoring quite a bit higher than V8 Fusion apple juice, V8 fruit punch got an average of a 64.5 percent score. With a taste that wasn’t as sweet as the other V8 — several tasters noted a salty flavor — it’s a better choice if you’re looking for a fruit-vegetable juice hybrid. There was a moment of redemption for V8 Fusion fruit punch with the note "tastes like a lollipop." Still, editors commented on its cough medicine, "Robitussin flavor," which caused V8 fruit punch to lose major points.
V8 Fusion Fruit Punch
1 Juice Box (6.75 ounces): 70 calories, 17 grams of sugar
Courtesy of V8
Landing in the middle of the pack, Capri Sun (the drink of many editors’ childhoods) earned points for its notably fruity flavor. Some editors thought it tasted almost grape-like, while others noticed a hint of cherry. People found this one pretty inoffensive and "middle of the road"; it’s a safe bet your child won’t mind finding this in their lunchbox. A word of warning: the straw is tricky.
Capri Sun Super V Apple
1 box (6 ounces): 70 calories, 14 grams of sugar
Courtesy of Capri Sun
Trader Joe’s just surpassed Capri Sun to break into the top five in our taste test. Its watery taste lost it quite a few points with our editors, who were looking for a more robust flavor, but its lack of sweetness made it relatively easy to sip on. There was still a slight artificial, "fake-ish," twinge to this juice that "left a metallic aftertaste."
Trader Joes Reduced Calorie Fruit Punch
1 box (6.75 ounces): 50 calories, 12 grams of sugar
These mini boxes were sweet but didn’t hold any surprising flavors, like the ones that scored in the bottom of the pack. With a pronounced apple flavor, it prompted editors to comment that it "tastes like apple juice should." Some even noted that it had a candy-like taste, which might increase its appeal to children. The diminutive size makes this box great for parents who want to give fruit juice in a small portion to a younger kid.
Earth Wise Orchard Reds
1 Juice box (4.23 ounces): 60 calories, 11 grams of sugar
Apple & Eve’s Very Berry juice box broke the top three with a score of 71 percent. Editors found it to have an inoffensive flavor that was sweet, without being overkill. With comments like "decent," "meh," and "middle of the road," this juice box won’t be winning any flavor contests, but it also won’t make you sick. It’s a safe bet that your kid won’t complain if this is in their lunch box.
Apple & Eve Very Berry
1 box (6.75 ounces): 100 calories, 21 grams of sugar
Courtesy of Apple & Eve
This was one of the high-scorers, and our editors enjoyed a flavor that was more potent than the ones they had previously tasted. Despite the more powerful flavor, our editors still complained that this juice was too sweet, describing it as "sugar water," and "pretty sweet but tasty." Two people gave this juice box a score of 90 but some low scores in the 60s brought its average down. While it had a more powerful taste, many editors also noted that it was still a bit too sugary. (And with a whopping 19 grams of sugar, we can imagine why.)
Back to Nature Fruit Punch
1 pouch (6 ounces): 80 calories, 19 grams of sugar
The clear winner, with two staffers scoring it well in the 90s. Even among the lower votes, no one ranked this juice box lower than a 65. As one editor astutely phrased it, "The first one that tastes like fruit." The only thing editors couldn’t agree on was what kind of fruit. Two testers noted a prune-y flavor, while others tasted apple-cinnamon, cherries, cranberries, and grapes. If you’re a fan of juice that tastes like fruit and isn’t too sweet, this is the juice for you. However, if you’re trying to cut back on sugar, it might be one to skip: the juice box is also the clear winner of the most grams of sugar per box. Twenty-five grams? We may have unlocked the secret to the juice box’s success.
Whole Foods 365 Fruit Punch
1 box (6.75 ounces): 120 calories, 25 grams of sugar
Courtesy of Whole Foods