They’re Not Just For Kids! These Are the 6 Best Juice Boxes

Yes, you can drink juice out of a glass—but why would you want to when you could drink it out of a cute tiny box or squishy little pouch? It just tastes so much better that way! Not to mention the portability factor.

We gathered the most nostalgic, most purchased, and highest rated juice boxes on the market to figure out which are the best. For this taste test, I really tried to think like a child (which wasn’t hard). These are the juice boxes that we feel are worth your time, money, and lunchbox space.

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Best of the Best

Kool-Aid Jammers Cherry

Kool-Aid Jammers Cherry is worlds above anything else we tried. I can’t believe how good this sweet, tart juice is. If you’re doubting its deliciousness, know that I don’t even like cherry-flavored things—in fact, I hate them. This flavor of Kool-Aid Jammer changed my mind. It’s so flavorful and the cherry isn’t medicinal tasting. Plus, these are pretty big for juice pouches. Kool-Aid Jammers Cherry tastes exactly like cherry Kool-Aid. Whether you’re filling a kid’s lunchbox or looking for a drink to make your sad desk lunch a little less sad, this is a wonderful option.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Fruit Punch

Apple & Eve Fruit Punch

You would think a company that has “apple” in its name would have the best apple juice. Wrong! Apple & Eve makes our favorite fruit punch. Apple & Eve fruit punch took the top slot out of all the fruit punches we tried because it has a wonderful blend of fruit flavors. No one fruit flavor is too prominent, and everything melds together perfectly, which is what I’m looking for in a fruit punch. It’s sweet but not too sweet. This is the perfect punch to pair with your lunch.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Alternative Fruit

Kool-Aid Jammers Grape

I am and always have been a grape Kool-Aid fan, so it’s no surprise that I love the Kool-Aid Jammers Grape. Like the cherry, it’s super flavorful. The pouch is nice and big. Plus, you don’t have to make Kool-Aid yourself! If you’re a freak for grape flavoring like me, get these ASAP. You’ll be thrilled to not have to pour out the powder and do a ton of stirring every time you want a little Kool-Aid.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Most Nostalgic

Capri Sun Strawberry Kiwi

Strawberry Kiwi Capri Sun was always in my lunchbox growing up. It’s sweet, a little tangy, and super fruity. I’m not a fanatic for kiwi flavor, but it just works in this context. Drinking one of these immediately sends me back to a time when I’m eating pizza Lunchables in my elementary school cafeteria while Michael M. tells me I cannot play soccer with the boys (heartbreaking). Don’t worry, though—my memories of the Capri Sun itself are solely positive.

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Rating:

9/10

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Most Surprising

Hawaiian Punch Lemon Berry Squeeze

I did not have high hopes for Hawaiian Punch after trying the “Fruit Juicy Red” flavor, which didn’t taste good and has one of the worst product names I have ever seen. Luckily, Lemon Berry Squeeze surprised me. It is tart without being too acidic and it doesn’t taste super artificial. You get notes of berry and lemon. If you’re a lemonade fan, I think you’ll be happy with these juice boxes.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Apple

Juicy Juice Apple Juice

Every juice box brand makes its own version of apple juice, and Juicy Juice’s take on it is definitely the best. It tastes fresh and light and full of apple flavor. Nothing about it is artificial and it doesn’t have a weird aftertaste like some of the other brands we tried. The boxes are cute and little, perfect for a child’s lunchbox. If you’re an adult, you might need two or three to satiate your juice craving, but that’s totally doable.

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Rating:

8/10

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Other Products We Tried:
365 Apple Juice, Apple & Eve Fruit Punch, Apple & Eve Apple Juice, Minute Maid Apple Juice, Kool-Aid Tropical Punch, Little Hugs Fruit Barrels, Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness, Honest Kids Apple, Honest Kids Berry Good Lemonade, Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch, Juicy Juice Berry Strawberry, Juicy Juice Fruit Punch, Juicy Juice Grape, HI-C Orange Lava Burst, HI-C Fruit Punch, Hawaiian Punch Orange Ocean, Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red, Capri Sun Fruit Punch, Capri Sun Pacific Cooler

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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