Product Review: Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ in Peach Mango

by Kristen King

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BzzAgent campaign image for Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ in Peach Mango.

As a BzzAgent, I receive free products and coupons/vouchers for free products all the time in exchange for my creating “buzz” about them with honest reviews. I have several reviews ongoing right now, and I will be blogging about all of them. First up is Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™.

According to my BzzAgent campaign info:

Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ contains just a handful of honest ingredients and none of the stuff you don’t want. That means no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup—just simply wholesome deliciousness.

Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ is available in a variety of delicious flavors, including Peach Mango, Concord Grape, Strawberry Raspberry, Orange Pineapple Apple, and Passion Fruit. Find it in 59 oz. bottles ($2.99) and 8 oz. six-packs ($3.49) at retailers near you, including Walmart, Kroger and Publix, for starters. Learn more at Welchs.com.

I was excited about this particular campaign because we’re looking for healthy options for the kids and always interested in variety. The “Refreshingly Simple” name and promise of no high-fructose corn syrup made me think I’d be reviewing 100% fruit juice (Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is concord grape perfection). But to my dismay, when I read the nutrition label on my bottle of Peach Mango, I saw it contains only 15% juice. 

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I’m sorry, did you say FIFTEEN PERCENT? I do not feel refreshed.

I was further dismayed by the ingredients list. Welch’s was very clear that there’s no high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in this product, and the ingredients for this flavor certainly support this claim. But when I see “a handful of honest ingredients” and “none of the stuff you don’t want” on the marketing for my Peach Mango juice, I expect those ingredients to be, you know, peach juice and mango juice, in that order. Because that’s all I want in my juice, and I can’t think of anything simpler than that.

Know what’s not simple? Nine ingredients, the first of which is water, followed by sugar, then apple juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate, citric acid (for tartness), natural flavor (whatever THAT means), and then in the seventh and eighth positions we have mango juice concentrate and peach juice concentrate, and then finally beta carotene (for color). So of my 15% juice, at least half of that but probably a lot more is apple and grape juice, not even the fruits in the name of the product.

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Nine ingredients does NOT mean simple.

I’d like to remind you here that this is Refreshingly Simple™ in Peach Mango. I don’t feel refreshed. I feel misled, and I’m not real happy about it.

Would I recommend this product to another mom? 

Not likely. It’s better than fruit punch with nothing resembling fruit in it, but it sure as heck isn’t what I expected with the name and the promotional language.If I hadn’t received this for free, I never would have tried it at 15% juice with sugar as the second ingredient; I definitely would not have purchased it. This left a bad taste in my mouth both figuratively, because I’m pissed, and literally because it’s fricking sweet and eww.

My kids, on the other hand, didn’t give a crap what’s in it because it was Mommy’s New Juice and was much sweeter than they’re used to, even heavily diluted, and they loved it. They’ve begged for it daily. And when we finish the last serving tomorrow (because despite the fact I’m not thrilled, I hate wasting things and it’s not exactly poison) they’re going to keep asking for it and despite the fact that they’re geniuses I’m not sure they fully grasp nutrition labeling. But they do generally grasp the word no, and that’s what I’ll be saying when they try to put it in the shopping cart at our local Publix.

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Emmett (left) and Miles (right) may not care about 100% juice yet, but this mom sure does!

The Bottom Line: There are worse options out there, but I definitely will not be purchasing Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ in the future.

Have you tried this product? Leave a review in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think.

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Kristen King (aka, Mommy-in-Training) is a red-headed, glasses-wearing, wine-drinking, perpetually undercaffeinated writer and twin mom from the Tampa metro area, and founder of AmateurParenting.com. She and her husband, Jesse (aka, Daddy-in-Training) have fraternal boys born in December 2011, two dogs, and a cat. They are Independent Herbalife Distributors and Wellness Coaches. Meet the whole AmateurParenting.com team on our About page.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bruce December 4, 2015 at 4:27 am

Thanks for letting us know what’s in it. I have an offer for a free bottle, but I’ll probaly skip it, since I don’t need the sugar.

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2 Kristen King December 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm

My pleasure! Juice is generally high in sugar, but at least with 100% fruit juice you get more of the good stuff that makes it worthwhile. This one, not so much. :(

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3 marie May 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Nice review! I had the same bzzagent campaign, and had the same reaction when I saw the ingredients. Just more sugar water passed off as a healthy option. Thanks for the honest review!

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4 casey September 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

I saw you tried the peach mango but I bought the grape juice which doesn’t have the percentage of juice. but it does say filtered water, concord grape juice , “sugar”, grape juice for color, citric acid for tartness, natural flavors. Is this better? sounds a lot better to me.

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5 Kristen King January 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

It sounds better to me too.

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