Every so often my husband gets on a “food kick”, where he wants to eat (or drink) the same products over and over for months. Right now his kick is Simply Orange High Pulp Orange Juice. I agree that Simply Orange is a great tasting orange juice, but it comes at a premium price.
59 ounces of Simply Orange retails for as much as $4.30 locally. While I enjoy this 100% pure squeezed orange juice just as much as my husband does, I don’t like the hefty price tag that comes with it. Because of this, I am experimenting with other brands of “high pulp” orange juice. My most recent purchase was the Great Value Country Style Orange Juice.
Great Value Country Style Orange Juice is a brand that is sold at Walmart stores, and the can did not say if this was specifically a high pulp juice. I looked at the ingredients list and read “concentrated orange juice, orange pulp”. That led me to believe that this version of Great Value Orange Juice has a bit more pulp than their regular frozen concentrate. Unlike Simply Orange, the Great Value brand is not freshly squeezed, it is found in the freezer section and is from concentrate. The Simply Orange brand states “Not From Concentrate”.
Great Value Country Style Simply Orange comes in a 12 ounce can, and you add three cans of water to reconstitute it, making a total of 48 ounces. Simply Orange offers 11 more ounces, but the Great Value version costs only $1.62, so it is definitely a much cheaper alternative. Breaking it down, Simply Orange costs 73 cents per ounce, and Great Value costs 34 cents per ounce. That makes Simply Orange more than twice the cost!
Taking a quick peek at the nutritional information, the two are pretty much the same. Both have 110 calories per 8 ounce glass, zero fat grams, 450 mg potassium, 0 mg cholesterol, and 0 mg sodium. There are slight differences in the sugars (Simply Orange has 22 grams, Great Value has 24 grams), and protein (Simply Orange 2 grams, Great Value 1 gram), but not many significant differences here.
Now for the taste. After all, this is why I have been purchasing Simply Orange, my husband loves it and requests it. Do the two taste at all similar? I just did a taste test, and the two actually taste quite similar. I give the sweetness factor to the Simply Orange brand, but the Great Value wasn’t far behind. Simply Orange does have more pulp, you can almost see it as you pour it out, but Great Value has more pulp than ordinary. Almost a wash on this one.
I decided to mix some of the Great Value Country Style Orange Juice into my bottle of Simply Orange, crossing my fingers that my husband would not notice I messed with his stash. You know what? He didn’t! He did not realize that I added another juice to his favorite. Next time I am going to keep the empty container of Simply Orange and fill it with frozen concentrated high pulp orange juice and see if he notices. Honestly, as much as I love Simply Orange, I think I am going to buy it only when it goes on sale, and buy the Great Value brand on a regular basis.