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Is there anything better than a glass of cold orange juice to start the day?
It really can be a miracle worker: it will wake you up, cure hangovers, brighten your day and is packed with important nutrients like Vitamin C.
But choosing the right orange juice is as equally important as drinking it.
When it goes right, it’s great but when it goes wrong, it can feel disheartening – insulting, even.
So I decided to put my taste buds to the test and try to find out which non-branded orange juice tastes the best.
As my lovely housemate poured me three glasses of orange juice, I had no knowledge of which was which and had to guess which supermarket each glass came from: Aldi, Sainsbury’s or Marks & Spencer?
The taste test
The first glass I tried wasn’t very nice at all. It was too tangy and too bitter. A good orange juice shouldn’t linger in your mouth but this one definitely overstayed its welcome. I guessed Sainsbury’s.
The second wasn’t much better either. Slightly less bitter but still not great. Must be Aldi.
The first two glasses left me feeling pretty hopeless. Is this what supermarkets really have to offer, I pondered, as I struggled to even bring myself to try the third and final glass.
This orange juice, however, did not disappoint.
It wasn’t too bitter, nor too sweet. The taste of orange did not overwhelm and it felt deliciously smooth. I’d go as far as to say, this was the perfect orange juice. Got to be M&S, right?
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The first two I guessed correctly, just the wrong way around. The first disappointment of an orange juice came from Aldi, and the second from Sainsbury’s.
This means that the best supermarket orange juice you can get comes from M&S.
It may cost more (£1.50) than the Sainsburys (£1.40) and Aldi (69p) versions, but that extra leap in price is reflected in the quality.