Friday, April 25, 2014

Bolthouse Berry Boost Smoothie - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Bolthouse Berry Boost Smoothie - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ
Sometimes Aldi stocks Bolthouse Farms smoothies, but they are one of the elusive "unicorn" special buy items. "Unicorn" is a term I use for Aldi items because it basically means that you'll never know when it will be there, or what flavor they will have in stock. (They only carry one at a time.) I love Aldi, but that's it's one fatal flaw. You can find a product one week, fall in love with it, and it can disappear never to be seen again.

I don't go to Aldi expecting to find these smoothies, so when I do it's a real treat, and this time the shelves were stocked with my favorite, Berry Boost.

Before we go any further, I have to say that this isn't my first time trying this drink. (Which is kind of obvious since I already admitted to it being my favorite.) The red-berry based smoothies were easily found on my college campus, and they were my go-to item when I wanted to get more fruit in my diet, so I already know and love this flavor.

But this time, my smoothie was a bit different.
See that big lump? It's a chunk of frozen smoothie. I like my drinks ice cold, so I stored this in the back of my fridge, but it turned my smoothie into a slushie. I had never had this happen to a bottled smoothie before, but it was pretty awesome.
After a few minutes in front of my photo lights the ice bits melted and it returned to it's typical smoothie consistency. Thick, juicy, and velvety. (Giggity.)

The taste is pretty easy to describe, like all fruit smoothies there is a healthy dose of apple (the go-to filler fruit), but there are also some nice berry notes and a hint of the smoothness that can only come from bananas. The taste is pretty similar to Red Machine and all the other red-berry based fruit drinks on the market, but this one is my favorite because it has a decent amount of tartness. If I had to guess, I would think there was a hint of cranberry juice in there somewhere, but I don't see it listed in the berry mix. 

I've tried quite a few strawberry and red-berry themed smoothie drinks, and I keep coming back to this one because the tartness keeps my palette from getting over saturated with sweetness. I love sweets, but drinking a ton of fruit puree can sometimes feel as if I am chugging baby food, and this tangy fruity beverage keeps my taste buds interested long enough for me to finish the bottle.

If any of you have been curious about trying this brand, or you love red-berries, I recommend giving this one a try. (Most convenience and grocery stores carry this brand year round, I'm just cheap and prefer to buy mine at Aldi when it shows up.)
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