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2 Liter Bottle Change Long Overdue - Will It Fix Problem?
Posted by Trmn8r on 06/21/2013
The old bottle, with a slightly textured plastic
The old bottle, with a slightly textured plastic
For almost a year, I have been battling a problem with 2 liter plastic bottles of Snapple, in lemon and peach flavors. The symptoms are randomly, and more recent less random, the tea is bitter flavored.

I have called Snapple's 800# on multiple occasions to describe the issue, the lot number, where purchased, etc. The problem was not related to age of the product (using the lot #). At first I thought it was a storage issue related to one particular store's supplier. Then I noticed it in bottles from multiple stores.

About a month ago, the bottles at one store changed to shiny/smooth plastic, whereas all the bitter bottles had a textured feel to plastic. I thought "new plastic - they've found and corrected the problem." The one smooth plastic bottle I bought tasted great.

Then a week later, all the bottles were back to textured. I have five different opened 2 liter bottles in my fridge of bitter tea, waiting to return to the store. I found the 20 oz glass bottles on sale a few days ago, and felt like I was drinking honey relative to the chemical taste out of the plastic.

Today I visited two different stores, and both had total stock with shiny smooth plastic bottles. It may be that Snapple has finally done something. I hope so - the other product would drive customers away in short order. Once I run out of the glass bottles, I will give the new 2 liter plastic a try.
     
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What is inside not always what you expect
Posted by Trmn8r on 08/15/2012
The product
The product
I wrote a compliment on this site several months back, complimenting Snapple for making changes that resulted in a better taste of Snapple in the 64oz plastic bottles.

Everything was going fine until, to my horror, a month ago I bought two 64oz bottles at Giant that had contents that had both a very odd aroma and taste. It is hard to classify, but I would say either chemical in nature. The product so poor is was not drinkable. Mixing it with first quality product from 16oz glass bottles did not mask the odd odor or taste. The manufacturing dates on the two plastic bottles were weeks apart.

Against my intuition, I later bought a 64oz bottle from my usual source - Wegmans. I have never bought a bottle there that tasted bad. On opening, to my relief, the product was fine.

Here is what I have determined, after speaking with a Snapple representative It isn't a question of age - the bottle from Wegmans and one of those from Giant were exactly the same age. There is a chance it was a manufacturing glitch, but two bottles manufactured weeks apart and bought at the same time were both bad. It could also be storage. What if Giant has a warehouse somewhere that is hot? Since I have bought this product at Wegmans for several months without issue, something appears to be different.

Incidentally, the first store I bought this product at, Redner's Warehouse Market, also had inferior samples at times. Not this bad though.

My bottom line is, if the store where you buy it has reliably good product, you should be ok. However, you may run into bottles that aren't palatable. If this happens, try a different chain. I sure won't be buying it at Giant anytime soon.

     
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Posted by MRM on 2012-08-15:
Its good to know that each store may have different bottles. Thanks fot the tip!

PS. Trmn8r, have you register on Justice's forum? I havent yet.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-08-15:
I don't drink Snapple, but thanks for the info, TRM
Posted by ok4now on 2012-08-16:
You did your homework for this post, good review!
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Wouldn't You Like to Be a Pepper, Too?
Posted by Venice09 on 01/18/2012
I'm a Pepper!  How about you?
I'm a Pepper! How about you?
There have been some complaints lately about the change in taste of Diet Pepsi. It's not as good as it used to be. I've always liked Diet Pepsi, but the last few times I had Diet Cherry Pepsi in cans, it tasted awful. And plain Diet Pepsi isn't much better.

My son brought home a two liter bottle of Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, and much to my surprise, it tasted better than Diet Cherry Pepsi. It says on the label that it's "Amazingly Smooth", and that's exactly what it is! It doesn't have that medicinal taste that Diet Cherry Pepsi seems to have taken on.

I don't go out of my way to drink soda, but if it's in the house, I'll have some. I hope my son continues to bring home Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper. It will really hit the spot when I'm in the mood for a soda.
     
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Posted by MRM on 2012-01-18:
Sure, I'll drink some!
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
I'll pass it around! This is a great alternative for all the dissatisfied Diet Pepsi drinkers. When I was looking for a picture, I also saw Cherry Vanilla and Cherry Chocolate. I want to try those, too!
Posted by trp2hevn on 2012-01-18:
I've tried the non-diet Cherry Dr. Pepper and I couldn't tell any difference with the cherry vs. the regular. I've always liked Dr. Pepper. Have you tried the Cherry Dr. Pepper ice cream syrup topping? It's not bad.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
The Dr. Pepper commercials say you can't tell the difference between diet and regular. I guess it's true. I didn't even know they made an ice cream topping. I don't suppose it's diet!.. haha

I am officially on a Dr. Pepper kick. I need a trip to the supermarket!

I can't vote comments helpful, but thanks for the tip, trp!
Posted by Alain on 2012-01-18:
I enjoy Diet Cherry Pepsi, but it is getting boring. I'll give Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper a try! Trp2hevn, do you know if they have a sugar free Cherry Dr. Pepper ice cream topping?
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2012-01-18:
Here is a much better idea: eliminate any diet drinks from your diet; the artificial sweeteners cause your body to retain more water and fat then the regular sodas; then enjoy a soda in moderation once or twice a week. Supplement your thirst with water.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
The cherry vanilla and chocolate sound good, too, Alain. I don't remember ever seeing them, but now I'm on the lookout.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
MDSasquatch, I don't drink enough soda to worry about it.
Posted by ktisnumeroUNO on 2012-01-18:
I'm personally not a fan of Dr. Pepper but this made it sound really good :-P great review
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
Thanks, ktisnumeroUNO! I haven't had Dr. Pepper in years, so it was nice to try it again. Move over, Pepsi!
Posted by trp2hevn on 2012-01-18:
I haven't seen any sugar free versions. I found it at my local WalMart. I haven't seen it anywhere else. (link for pic)
http://www.chow.com/food-news/55299/ice-cream-topping-insanity/
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
Oooo.. Orange Crush, too! I can dip my Terry's chocolate in that!
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
I don't drink anything diet but I'll try the regular cherry dr pepper.
Posted by trp2hevn on 2012-01-18:
Uh oh... what have we started here? It's the new chocolate orange.
LOL
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
Diet Dr Pepper is the only diet soda I like. I love the Cherry version too. Good review. Now I want one
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
I just gained five pounds. :(

I better stick with diet soda and skip the dessert toppings. I actually like diet soda better than regular. It's lighter and less syrupy.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
I'll have to wash down my Walmart pulled pork sammy with it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
Dang, they don't sell this kind at work. I had to settle for regular Dr Pepper
Posted by Churro on 2012-01-18:
I'd suggest a MGD 40 to wash down a WM pulled pork sandwich. I say that because it works with a McD McRibb.

I'll have to give the D-Cher DP a try. Good review!
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
Churro, do give the WM pulled pork sandwich a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Posted by Mrs. V on 2012-01-18:
Thanks for the info! My hubby is a diabetic and tends to like diet Pepsi. But the last case we got he said that it just didn't tast right. I'll pick up some diet Dr. Pepper and see if he likes that ^_^
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
Mrs. V, when I first noticed the difference in the taste of Diet Pepsi, I thought it was me until I started seeing the complaints. It tastes better in bottles but still not as good as Dr. Pepper.

I may have to try that pulled pork sandwich myself. My Walmart used to have really good rotisserie chickens at a great price. I haven't used the deli since the last store remodeling. Maybe I'll check it out again.

Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'm going to vote them helpful but am not sure it will work.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-01-18:
Great review, Venice. I used to be a Pepper - the biggest. Unfortunately I rotted a few of my teeth in my 30's by drinking soda and not brushing - I'm going for a cap next week, and I don't mean one for the bottle. I can't imagine cherry Pepper - perhaps I will try some one day.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
Try diet. Although I've read that you shouldn't brush your teeth right after drinking diet soda because something in it weakens enamel and brushing makes it worse. There's no winning, I guess.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
I like the Dr. Pepper 10. I think that's what it is called.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
I've never heard of that. I had no idea Dr. Pepper had so many varieties. Does the 10 stand for calories?
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
I'm not sure. One of my friends at work brought it in for me to try. I never read the label (afraid of what might be in it LOL) other than to see what flavor it was.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
"Dr Pepper Ten
Introducing Dr Pepper TEN. 10 bold tasting calories with the same authentic 23 flavors of Dr Pepper. That’s a whole lot of taste in one can. Try it today."

Sounds good!
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-18:
oh! 10 calories! YAY! :)
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-18:
I'm in Dr. Pepper heaven!.. haha
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New 64oz bottles are the bomb
Posted by Trmn8r on 11/10/2011
When I started drinking Snapple, it was loaded with high fructose corn syrup and I could get it on sale at about $4.99 for a 12 pack of 16oz glass bottles.

Flash forward 3 years, and the HFCS has been replaced by sugar, but the bottle caps no longer reseal properly and the cost on sale is typically $6.99.

Seeking cost effective alternatives, I tried Snapple in the 64oz bottle. LOSER - it tasted horrible, barely similar to the same product in a glass bottle.

Recently, I noticed that it appears a new 64oz plastic bottle is being used. I tried it, and voila, the taste was indistinguishable from the Snapple in a glass bottle! Ah, sweet success at an everyday low price.

As they say on another planet, where toilet water goes up in a clockwise vortex, the sun shines at night, and consumers are simultaneously eligible for price matching, BOGO, military discounts and complimentary extended warranties, viva la consumer!
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-10:
I don't drink Snapple, but good to hear you found the size and taste to suit your needs. Good review, Trm
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-10:
Thanks for the info! I'll have to give them another try now!
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-10:
Thanks. It is a really good deal, which is one of the selling points. But I had given up on it as it seemed to take on the taste of the old bottle - or lost some taste. It's only in a few flavors in 64oz at my store, but Peach is all I drink and that's one of them (:
Posted by Churro on 2011-11-10:
Very good review trmn8r.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-11-10:
You finally got what you've been looking for!

It's too bad the big bottles don't come in more flavors. The small bottles are expensive, and it's a waste when you are only drinking it at home and don't need something portable.

Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-10:
That's a good point Venice. I go for big, bold and beautiful right here in my home. Everything I always wanted.

It would look like I have an addiction problem if I wanted to carry it elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-10:
I have never tried tried Snapple, maybe i'll give it a whirl.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-10:
I'm a big tea and iced tea drinker, Wally. I'm not into lots of flavors, bottled tea or tea that is very sweet. The peach flavor is a nice change from plain Jane. I'm fairly sure a person would either like it or not. I tried their "Lemon" flavor for the first time a month ago and it is good also.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-11-10:
This is helpful info. All I ever get Snapple in is glass due to the taste issues when its not in a glass container.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-10:
my fave is the brisk or Arizona iced tea line. I wish they stopped putting HFCS in every damn beverage.
Posted by Alain on 2011-11-11:
Very helpful, Trm! My wife likes Snapple, but she bought it only when it was available in glass, as well.
Posted by GreenstarYT on 2011-12-05:
I know this is old but I LOVE the big bottles too. I always have a peach snapple jug in my fridge now.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-05:
I like the NEW bottles. The old ones gave the tea a horrible flavor.

Since I wrote this post, I've come around to believing that there is a difference in taste between the new plastic and the bottle. The glass have not been on sale, so I haven't been able to do a blind tasted test. When I get some, I'll do it and update this post.
Posted by GreenstarYT on 2011-12-05:
I never tried it in the old style bottle. I haven't had one in glass in a while either but I don't find much of a difference.
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