Planet Fuel is an all natural, organic juice. The ingredients are simple: Water, Juice and (in some flavors) natural cane sugar. No preservatives, no dyes, no artificial ingredients. The aluminum can is easy to recycle, good for our environment and easier to carry than juice pouches that puncture or spill!
Last week we threw a Minecraft themed party to celebrate J’s birthday. I spent weeks trying to come up with little touches that would bring the game to life for J and his friends. Near the drink station I posted a “Potion Chest” sign, but we went back and forth over what to put there. Bottles of water were the obvious choice, but we wanted something a little more fun. Soda was out because we just don’t drink it, and neither do many of the families we know. I also avoid drinks with artificial sweeteners and dyes.
That’s when we discovered Planet Fuel. We requested a few cases to sample just in time for the party. The first thing the kids noticed were the aluminum cans. Planet Fuel says they package the juice this way because cans are easy to recycle, good for the environment and free of the chemicals found in most plastic packaging. Juice is a can is a pretty novel thing, so the kids immediately wanted to try it. The older kids said it looked like an energy drink, which was cool to them (this is not carbonated by the way, although years of Red Bull made me think initially that it was).
So, what did they think of it?
The Organic Apple Grape tastes exactly like you would imagine an apple grape juice should taste. Refreshing and sweet (no added sugar by the way). The kids loved this flavor, polishing off the two cases we had pretty early on. The ingredients are: water, organic apple juice concentrate and organic concord grape juice concentrate. Yep, just water and juice, no sugar, dyes or additives.
The Organic Cherry Lemonade is my favorite, and most of the adults agreed. It is really refreshing, just a little tart with a fruity flavor. I would definitely drink this myself. The ingredients for this flavor are: Water, Organic lemon juice concentrate, organic cane sugar and organic cherry juice concentrate. That’s it. Literally just cherry juice and lemonade (lemon+water+sugar).
Now I just want to take a minute to compare Planet Fuel to another popular juice box we normally buy for our kids. In a box of Apple Juice these are the listed ingredients: 100% Apple Juice (filtered water sufficient to reconstitute apple juice concentrate), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Lactate, Calcium Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin E Acetate. I’d have to google at least three of those ingredients to know for sure what they were and why they were in my juice.
I already love the simplicity of Planet Fuel. And my kids love the way it tastes. Now I’m not the kind of person who buys only organic food., we are a family of five and organic produce is expensive. But I do buy it when I can, especially for produce like grapes which have high concentrations of pesticide, so knowing that the juice is entirely organic is really great.
Planet Fuel is also a member of 1$ for the Planet, which supports non-profit groups working to protect wildlife and habitats around the world. They are also family owned and operated – right out of Fairfield, CT. For me, living here on the East Coast, this is also a huge plus as I love to support local business when I can.
Overall, my kids love the juice, and I feel good about giving it to them. The can appealed to the older kids (and by older kids I mean my 7 year old and his friends who are suddenly way too old for juice boxes and prefer bottles or cans now). I love supporting a family owned company that gives back. And I get to give my kids something a little healthier without sacrificing taste. And the cans are just easier to carry. I don’t have to worry about puncturing a juice pouch in my purse anymore!
Plant Fuel was a big hit at our party. I was happy to have the opportunity to share it with my friends and their children.
Suggested retail: $1.69 a can or $8.00 for a case of six.