Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bolthouse Farms, Tropical Goodness - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Bolthouse Farms, Tropical Goodness - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ
Even though I love Fall, it's just going to have to wait a minute while I have my end-of-summer-crisis. I worked all summer! I barely went outside! I only went swimming in my own pool twice! It's can't be fall yet! On top of all that, I still have a decent amount of summery products to review, so let's all pretend that it isn't September this whole week, does that sound good? 
Okay, with that out of the way, I'm going to kick back and drink some of this Tropical Goodness and forget that it's technically September right now.

There isn't much to talk about in the way of design, since I've already discussed other Boathouse products and they all follow the same layout, so I'll move right on into the review. 
Inside, the liquid is an opaque peach color, and there are small reddish brown flecks in it from the ground up chia seed. I gotta say, this isn't an appealing color for a smoothie, but it smells sweet and generically tropical, like a piña colada, which is really nostalgic and summery. I used to drink piña colada flavored stuff all the time as a kid! Whenever my mom would take us shopping at K-Mart and we'd get a churro and a piña colada flavored slushy to share on our way home, which was great because it kept me busy and quiet. After a long day of shopping with two small kids, my mom needed the break, and I appreciated the tasty snack, so the smell of this stuff takes me right back to my K-Mart slushy days, which might sound unappealing to some, but for me it's almost like cuddling up in a warm familiar blanket. I love it. 

I took a sip, and it starts out tasting very piña colada-like! (Which isn't really a surprise, there's pineapple and coconut listed in the ingredients.) After the initial sip the guava flavoring starts to settle in, which makes this seem a lot more exotic than it really is. Guava isn't a fruit that's used too often here in the states and when it is, they usually make a big deal about how tropical and interesting that product is because of it. I honestly don't care for guava all that much, but when it mixed with other fruits like this, it's pretty refreshing.

Along with the fancier fruity mix-ins, I can taste less exotic fruits like pear and apple, which aren't listed on the fancy "Feel Good" fruit panel because they aren't tropical and they're being used as filler fruit. Even so, the other fruits add more interest and flavor to the smoothie and the banana adds creaminess. Overall, this Tropical Goodness delivers exactly what it promised. It's a refreshing smoothie that's great for summer, and thanks to the chia seed it's really filling. I still feel full from the two glasses I drank earlier and that was hours ago. 
If you're like me and you're being dragged kicking and screaming into the fall season, this is a way to hang on to summer for just a little bit longer. (Plus it's fruit, so it's totally good for you, right?) 

© Maria Smith
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  1. I think "isn't appealing" is quite a kind description of that color! Between the color and the black bits, it looks pretty gross.

    1. Ha! I was tempted to refer to it as the color of Silly Putty that's been dropped on the ground one too many times, but I nixed it at the last minute. At least it tastes really good.