Vegetable Juice Comparison: Mott's Garden Blend vs Campbell's Original V8
Introduction and EXPECTATIONS
I have enjoyed vegetable juice for as long as I can remember. The choices were usually very limited. It was V8 or off brand vegetable juice and a few brands of tomato juice which seemed fairly similar and that was about all. There didn't seem to be much difference in taste or color.
As with many other products, today there are many choices and it takes some thought to choose something even as insignificant as vegetable juice. Get out the cell phone and call your other half....UHHH, what should I get? (How did people make choices before cell phones?)
My expectation before doing this comparison was fairly simple. I really did not expect much difference between the two products. I thought vegetable juice is vegetable juice. I thought fruit juice is usually sweet and vegetable juice is always salty. I looked at the label and saw that both had nearly the same sodium level and both were tomato based, so, based on my prior experience with V8, I was expecting two glasses of a somewhat thick, salty liquid. As similar as they are, there are also significant differences.
TASTE RESULTS: SURPRISE
I sampled equal amounts (about 1/2 cup) of each juice.
I first sampled the V8. The juice was indeed thick and the color was reddish with hints of brown and rust colors. The taste was exactly like I expected. It was a tomato flavor and was indeed salty.
The Mott's Garden Blend, however, surprised me. The color was bright red and the juice was not as thick as I was expecting. The taste got my attention as well. My first impression was that it had a more tangy flavor than a salty one. It starts off with a tomato flavor, but a tanginess soon takes over. Next, I experienced a spicy sensation I certainly was not expecting. It reminded me of drinking Bloody Mary Mix without the vodka. It certainly does not seem to have a traditional vegetable juice flavor.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS
Sodium: Motts Garden Blend has 410 mg/serving
V8 has 420 mg/serving. Almost no difference.
Calories: Motts Garden Blend has 45 calories/serving.
V8 has 50 calories per serving. Again, almost no difference.
Vitamins: V8 is the winner in this category.
Vitamin A - Motts 25% DV
Vitamin C - Motts 100%DV
Potassium - Motts 390 mg/serving
V8 470 mg/serving
Both have small amounts of Iron and Calcium but V8 still has slightly more. Both have 2 servings of vegetable per 8 oz serving of juice.
Both products cost exactly the same at the WalMart Supercenter on July 20, 2011.
Looking at the ingredient list, it is easy to see how there can be such a difference in taste. The ingredients for Mott's Garden Blend are rather "lively" or spicy and the ingredients in V8 juice are mostly mellow. Both start out with water and tomato as the base, hence the reddish color in both. Both also contain celery, carrot and parsley juice, but the Garden Blend contains pepper juice, onion juice, onion and garlic powder. V8 does not have these, but it has the juice of beets, lettuce and spinach which would tame the taste.
Just because two products look similar and claim to both be vegetable juice, it does not mean that they will taste the same. Mott's Garden Blend certainly surprised me with it's tangy spiciness and V8 juice delivered the consistently good quality, flavorful yet mellow juice blend I have come to expect. I would purchase both products again.
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