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Cheribundi Review {AND GIVEAWAY!}

Full Disclosure: I was given an assorted case of Cheribundi Refresh to try and review free of charge.  They are also supplying the giveaway item free of charge.  I am not being compensated for this post and as always the opinions are completely my own.

Last year when I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge for the Healthy Living Summit, I was not only exhausted from having multiple travel delays and arriving much later than I anticipated, but I was also quite hungry and thirsty.  Luckily for me, I was greeted by some awesome blends (blog friends) who had just finished filling up the awesome swag bags.  When I got into the swag room, it was like they read my mind as we were looking at all of the goodies because they showed me to stash of extras was and told me to help myself if I wanted any of it.   Um, yes please! I grabbed a couple of snacks and then curiously checked out the bottles of Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice.  I asked around to see if anyone had it before and there were mixed reviews, but the majority liked it so I decided to try it.  (Side note: Anyone else feel like they are more likely to try new things if they are super hungry/thirsty??) Good news: I really liked it! I had several bottles of Cheribundi throughout the weekend and couldn’t wait figure out where I could buy it back in Madison.  It took a bit of searching, but I did eventually find it at my local co-op. (In my searching I also found a couple of local(ish)  brands that use Door County cherries, but sadly they just are not as good!)

Summit Breakfast

Not only is the original Cheribundi Tart Cherry juice tasty, but it has some other great benefits as well.  Each small bottle of Cheribundi Tart Cherry juice has been pressed from 50 cherries, and only has a splash of apple juice added as a sweetener – it is all natural and not from concentrate. Tart cherries are filled with antioxidants that can help with all kinds of things including muscle recovery and getting better sleep. (source) I can say that personally I feel like I am less sore after running when I am consistently drinking tart cherry juice.  I honestly wasn’t so sure about the claims when I started drinking it, but I really do think it helps!

Fast forward to this Spring.

In February 2013, Cheribundi released a new line of drinks.  The Refresh line consists of tea and juice blends that are meant as an alternative to sodas and other artificially flavored drinks.  These are juice blends and therefore don’t have quite the cherry super powers as the original Cheribundi line, but they are still all natural and fruit juice based which is nutritionally better than many beverages out there that we might be drinking.

When I heard about the release of these new flavors I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.  I knew it might take a bit of time for them to make it to this area of the country, so I tried t0 be patient as I checked my co-op each time I went to see if they were there yet.  Months went by and I still hadn’t found them.  I pretty much gave up, with hopes that I would get to try them at this year’s Healthy Living Summit.  Then one day I was on tweeting with others about how much I wanted to try them, and the nice people at Cheribundi chimed in and offered to send me some coupons.  However, once they found out where I lived they informed me that nowhere near me carried them so they could just send me a case of them to try and review on the blog. I was both kind of bummed but also super excited. That meant that I should stop searching around here to find them, but it also meant that I was going to get to try them after all! (If the Cheribundi Refresh line is not in your area yet, you can buy them on Amazon!(affiliate link))

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So, was the Refresh line all that I had imagined it would be? Pretty much! My favorites right now are the Tart Cherry Raspberry and the Tart Cherry Cranberry.  Really I enjoy all of the fruit based line.  I’m not as big of a fan of the tea line, but I don’t really like iced tea to start with so that wasn’t really a surprise. They are super refreshing and not super sweet.  Also, for those of you that might not like the tart cherry juice, the flavor of these is much less intense, similar to other fruit juice drinks.

bluebcherryingredients(Cherry Blueberry Refresh)

Would I buy it for myself? Absolutely.  I hope that my co-op starts carrying it soon so that I don’t have to order it on Amazon! I really like the Refresh line as an alternative to other juices when I am craving something fancier and more flavored than water. While I have seen other all natural fruit juices out there, I haven’t seen anything quite like these with the tart cherry juice.

I know a lot of people who want to try the Refresh line are having a hard time finding it in their area as well.  Well, you’re in luck –

Giveaway time!

The nice people at Cheribundi offered to let you try the new flavors, too! They are going to send one lucky winner a mixed case of the Cheribundi Refresh line! Enter through the Rafflecopter Widget below.  You must be a resident of the continental United States to win. Giveaway ends next Wednesday June 26th at midnight. I will draw a random winner on June 27th.  If I do not hear from the winner within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner.  Good luck!

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37 Responses

  1. Ooo love Cheribundi! I haven’t had it since HLS! My favorite fruit is a toss up! I love fruit! I think I like strawberries the most though. 🙂

  2. My fave fruits are the berries I pick at my mom’s house. She has strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Last year the harvest was abundant, that I am still enjoying them from the freezer!

    • That is awesome that you have pick-your-own fruit so readily available! Fresh off the vine is definitely the best.

      I’m hoping to go pick strawberries myself this weekend!

  3. My favorite type of fruit is raspberry! Would enjoy trying the Cherry Black Tea too!

  4. There are very few fruits I don’t like, but my absolute, all-time, most favorite is probably fresh picked strawberries.

  5. I have always wanted to try this! My favorite fruit(s) would have to be raspberries, watermelon and cherries.

  6. I’m not a big fruit person…although this week I’ve been putting craisins in my salad…does that count?! I would love to try cheribundi! I haven’t seen it at any of my local grocery stores yet, but I like iced tea so getting to try all the flavors would be awesome!

  7. I love cherry and grape. Looking forward to trying this

  8. Cherries for me. Cheribundi drinks sound great – thanks!

  9. I’ve never tried cheribundi! The cherry cranberry sounds interesting. Favorite fruit = PEACHES!

  10. what a great write up about one of my favorite products of recent years. I LOVE this stuff!! My favorite fruit changes with the seasons, for certain – currently I’m loving red grapes, strawberries, and nectarines!

  11. blueberries

  12. raspberries from the garden!

  13. Raspberries are my favorite!!

  14. Cherries are my favorite fruit and also tea. I would love to win this!!!

  15. I love most all fruits yes it’s to hard to choose just one but I guess Peach………..

  16. Mangos and watermelon!

  17. I love fruits, so it’s hard to choose a favorite! But I guess for the summer right now…I’ll say blueberries. 🙂

  18. Peaches are so sweet and juicy in the summer!

  19. watermelons

  20. oh i so want to try these. woodman’s in sun prairie carries the original cheribundi – hopefully we get these soon!

    my favorite fruit is actually cherries! i eat frozen (well, thawed from frozen) cherries on my yogurt for breakfast almost every day!

  21. Cherries!

  22. Strawberries

  23. I love love love grapes and cherries!

  24. Cherries and peaches are my favorite!!

  25. bananas and cherries!

  26. I love cherries and bananas. And super tart apples. Mmmm!

  27. I haven’t heard of this before!! Fav fruit: Honey crisp apples and bananas!

  28. Kiwis are great!

  29. Big fan of the blackberry

  30. I love guava and cherries! 🙂

  31. My favorite fruit would have to be a mix between pineapple and blueberry 🙂 I love the richness of both flavors.

  32. I love all summer fruit…cherries and strawberries are my favorite!!

  33. I love all sorts of fruits mainly apples.

  34. Champagne grapes are the best.

  35. […] side, the juice that I drank had to be sweet.  (there is no way I would’ve even tried tart cherry juice back then.)  Of course, most juice (especially lots of those that are aimed at children) are pretty […]

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