A woman doing downward dog outside with her dog and her cranberry extract water. Yup, I loved it and you can even see me comment “Adorable!” on their page.
I found it at my Superstore for only $1.99 per 473 mL bottle. I got the cranberry pomegranate.
I found the idea of flavoured water with “the power” or PACs (proanthocyanidins) of 50 cranberries fascinating.
I *heart* cranberry juice very much. I often water it down though because it is so strong. The idea of having it watered down but with all those antioxidants was extremely exciting.
At first I LOVED it! Nice and cold and refreshing on a hot day. Then… the aftertaste. The “wait, what isn’t quite right here?” experience kicked it.
I looked at the ingredients: Purified Water, Erythritol (Natural Sweetener), Cranberry Extract, Natural Flavour, Sea Salt, Stevia Extract (Natural Sweetener).
I was not surprised to see stevia, a sweetener I have never liked especially because of the aftertaste. What the heck is Erythritol? Apparently it is very similar to stevia in that it sweetens without significantly raising blood sugar. It is also similar because it apparently has an uncomfortable aftertaste too.
Bummer. If only they had made it with just a little natural sugar I would have loved this and would buy it all the time. I know that they are trying to naturally sweeten the drink and keep the calories down (only 10 per bottle) but for me it is not worth it. I wish I could just buy the extract and make my own flavoured water with it.
I rolled my eyes when I saw this on their website. Gluten free? Kosher? “Clean” ingredients? Could they have used more health guru buzzwords? I appreciate what Ocean Spray is trying to do but it comes off as more trendy than it does tasty. What a total shame. I really wanted to love this product and did initially but those natural sweeteners ruined it for me.
I give this product three out of five wooden spoons. A noble effort but left me with a bad taste in my mouth…