First Impressions: Berry-Pom Twilight Smoothie from Orange Julius
As we previously posted, participating Orange Julius locations were giving away a Free 20 oz. Light Smoothie today with a coupon. The choices were between one of the three Light Smoothies: Strawberry Delight-strawberries, bananas and tropical fruit juice; Tropical Sunlight-mangos, pineapples and tropical fruit juice; Berry-Pom Twilight-rasberries, blackberries and pomegrante juice blend. “All three smoothies are blended creamy smooth with ice, non-fat milk, and sweetened with Splenda Brand Sweetner.” I decided to give the Berry-Pom Twilight a try…
First of all, I’m fairly new to smoothies. I have only been drinking them for maybe the past year and a half. When I got this smoothie, I was impressed. 20 oz is a pretty good size. I watched as my smoothie was blended. Scoops of real fruit, Splenda, fruit juices, milk and ice. Then onto the blender it went.
I’m sure we have all had sweet-tarts at some point. Well, when I first tasted this smoothie, it was like drinking a sweet-tart. It was thick and rich, and I was hit with a very sweet berry flavor, but as the taste settled on my tastebuds, the tartness set in. Definitely a mouth watering experience. I wouldn’t mind trying the other two Light Smoothies. It was refreshing but I’m not sure I would make a trip to the mall just to get one.
One of our GrubGrade readers also had this smoothie. Here are his thoughts:
Okay, I picked one up awhile ago. Like I said, I went with the Berry-Pom Twilight. Here’s my mini-review:
Taste/Quality: Pretty good. There was definitely good berry flavor there, but it seemed to be almost watered down. There just wasn’t that rich mouthfeel that I expect from a good smoothie. But, like I said, there was a good flavor. For a light smoothie, about what I would expect.
Filling?: Absolutely! I didn’t eat breakfast (as usual) and decided I would be bold and just have this for lunch. Which is pretty bold, because 250 calories is not a big lunch. Well, about twenty minutes into the thing, I started getting full and figured I had less than 1/4 left. Wrong. I still had over half of the thing to go! I finished it, and I must say, I’m still full. I think it’s going to last until dinner time too. Pretty impressive.
Cost: It would have been something like $4.70 I think without the free coupon. Realistically, I’m probably never going to get one of these again. $5 for a smoothie (especially one with such a small amount of energy in it) doesn’t seem like a good deal to me. However, it did fill me up, and $5 isn’t a lot for a lunch out… so I suppose if I was out and wanted a low-calorie, filling lunch, I would consider one of these, despite the price tag.