- Pack of 24, eight-ounce cans of The Switch 100% Sparkling Juice–Black Cherry
- Real cherry juice infused with carbonation
- Two servings of fruit in each can
- 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C
- No added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweetners, or colors. Great for home consumption or as an offering at restaurants or cafes.
I’ll drink, but I won’t switch!
Switch is a new, delightfully tasting carbonated drink. I love the equal blend of black cherry flavor–light and refreshing, with the light kick of the fizz of carbonation and the bubble feel in my mouth! In fact, that’s how Switch bills itself: A perfect balance between juice and carbonation. That’s my rave over this new drink.
Now here’s my reluctance to embrace the drink with five stars. I poured the 8.3 fluid ounces into a small glass (I have a huge collection of mismatched, but adorable clear glasses of all sizes, including this little bowl wine glass I removed from a college cafeteria in France many years ago). The glass held the contents of this tall, thin can of cheery cherry drink perfectly. But wait, by the time I quaffed the contents, I held the glass askance and asked: Is that all? I want more!
In comparison my favorite beverage, Zero Sprite, holds 12 fluid ounces, a perfect amount to quench my thirst after a few hours working in the yard. I add ice to Sprite and don’t care if it is watered down, but this Black Cherry Switch? No, one does not want to water down this exotic flavor. It must be drunk straight.
As for its can slogan: “100% of what you want and 0% of what you don’t,” I’m not sure about that. Let’s examine it. “What you want” is “100% juice, 100% RDA Vitamin C, All natural, Carbonated, Great taste and refreshment.” I agree with all of those. So far, so good.
Let’s look at “what you don’t” want: “No sugar added, No corn syrup, No preservatives, No artificial colors, and Gluten free.” True on all those.
Next the label. This is where it gets confusing. Total fat 0g, Sodium 15mg, Total Carbs 35g, Sugar 33g, Protein 0g, and 130 calories. The 33 grams of sugar can be confusing. If none was added, then the 33g must come with the natural juice. And Switch does bill itself on 100% juice.
In comparison my Sprite can contains 38g of sugar and 140 calories. I thought Zero Sprite contained zero sugar. My bad. I didn’t read the label. It is free of caffeine, fat, cholesterol, fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, but no mention of sugar, which I assume comes from the corn syrup.
I’m no nutritionist, but it seems that drinking Switch is much better than drinking a Zero Sprite, except that the can is larger so you get more.
I would change those four stars to five now, except 8.3 Fl OZ still is not quite enough for one drink.
Will I switch? No, but I will add Black Cherry Switch to my fridge for an occasional delightfully refreshing drink when I don’t need more. Or else, I will have to trudge up to the headmaster, hold out my cup, and plead: “May I have more, sir?”
Wouldn’t that be embarrassing at my age?
BLACK CHERRY NATURAL SODA
Better with a splash of vodka
Soda Juice II
And I tasted it, and it was Good! Frankly, I found Black Cherry, Kiwi Berry, and Watermelon Strawberry pretty similar in taste, Orange Tangerine more distinctly tart, but I enjoyed all of them.
In the cans you have 5 other flavor choices: The Switch Fruit Punch, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), The Switch Grape, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), The Switch Kiwi Berry, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), The Switch Orange Tangerine, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), and The Switch Watermelon Strawberry, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24).
Since virtually nothing is added, the slight nutritional differences must be due to the characteristics of the different juices being used. Fruit Punch, Orange Tangerine, and Watermelon Strawberry have the highest calories, 140; Kiwi Berry is next, 135; Black Cherry is next, 130; and Grape has the lowest, 125. Orange Tangerine and Watermelon Strawberry have the highest total carbohydrates, 36g; Black Cherry and Fruit Punch are next, 35g; Kiwi Berry is next, 34g; and Grape has the lowest, 33g. Finally Watermelon Strawberry has the highest sugars, 35g; Fruit Punch and Orange Tangerine are next, 34g; Black Cherry and Kiwi Berry are next, 33g, and Grape is the lowest, 32g.
Note: all of these are fruit juice blends so those with fruit juice health concerns need to be aware of more than just the title juice. All contain acerola, apple, and grape juice. In addition to their title juices Kiwi Berry contains raspberry and strawberry, and Fruit Punch contains cherry, lemon, and pineapple. Orange Tangerine also contains soy.
Compare and Contrast: a similar product is worth considering: Izze All Natural Sparkling Juice, Apple, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), Izze All Natural Sparkling Juice, Blackberry, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), Izze All Natural Sparkling Juice, Clementine, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), Izze All Natural Sparkling Juice, Grapefruit, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24), and Izze All Natural Sparkling Juice, Pomegranate, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24). The difference? The Izze products are fortified with vitamins: B6 and Niacin in addition to C and have roughly three fifths the calories, total carbohydrates, and sugars of The Switch products.
Ugh, too sweet
It’s a small, skinny can – just 8.3 ounces, compared to a typical soda can at 12 ounces. It’s all juice and there’s no sugar added, as promised. But there’s still 33 grams of sugar, compared to 35 grams in a full sugar version of regular Coca Cola. They also aren’t kidding about not full carbonation. It’s not exactly flat, but it’s close to it, and it actually needs the carbonation to cut down on the sweetness. This is some seriously thick-tasting juice to my palate.
This is something like an amped up Welch’s, according to my taste buds – slightly more complex tasting, but not as interesting as a Snapple or any one of the similar individually bottled fruit drinks out there. It’s hard to describe, but with a less sweet juice, you can pull the flavors apart and say, tell the kiwi and strawberry apart in the drink. This isn’t that kind of juice.
The “black cherry” is made up of apple, grape, acerola and cherry juices – reconstituted – with filtered sparkling water, so it’s not particularly bad stuff, but aside from the 100% daily dose of vitamin C you get, there’s nothing here to recommend it over a glass of orange juice either.
Sorry, if I want a carbonated fruit drink, I’d rather add ginger ale to a Snapple or Sprite to CranApple or something – this is just way, way too syrupy, even for a kids’ drink. Maybe it’s being targeted as something convenient and fun for kids, but it’s an awful lot of sugar for an alternative to soda.
Anyways, there’s not much to describe as it tastes exactly like you are probably imagining. Cherry flavored juice with added carbonation. I admit I was curious to see what 100% carbonated juice would taste like as opposed to something like a lemon-lime soda that contains almost all water and almost no juice. My first impression is that they made a good decision in keeping the carbonation lighter than the average soda (still enough for a belch or two). My second impression is 100% juice just doesn’t taste good carbonated. I think I would have preferred the juice just by itself. Finally, at approximately one dollar per can I would most likely skip this for a sixteen ounce bottle of juice at roughly the same price if I were in the grocery aisle.
Not for me.
I sat down with my laptop and my switch ready to take a break. I took a nice long drink and found that this tasted nothing like black cherry to me. I reminds me more of Robitussin cough medicine. Another flavor might be more tasty, but I won’t be purchasing this product for myself. I will stick to the much for refreshing and flavorful IZZE beverage.
Wow! Better than I expected!
The color of the drink was quite pleasing. We joked that it looked like a sparkling rose’ with a hint of amber. We swirled our drinks and inhaled the bouquet. We noticed there were no artificial odors. It smelled faintly like a fruit juice of some sort–though no distinct whiff of cherry.
The carbonation was light, but not too light. For us it was just right. The flavor reminded me of the black cherry sodas we had at home when I was growing up–just a tiny bit lighter and a bit less sweet. All in all, this was a pleasant drink, tasted fine, and contained nothing more than some fruit juice concentrates, water, and ascorbic acid. We both enjoyed it.
Not A Bad Alternative To Soda, But Not A Great One Either
Now coming in at 8.3 ounces, the calories in this drink are reported at 130 calories per can. By comparison, a 12 ounce can of Pepsi comes in at 150 calories per can. So, on the calorie front I wouldn’t say that there is much of a difference between this drink and Pepsi, although if you do the math, this drink would actually have more calories than Pepsi if you compared them in equal amounts. However, if you look at the list of ingredients in both, you can see where this product is far better for you than your traditional sodas, although obviously not as good for you as drinking an actual 100% pure fruit or vegetable juice.
To put in plainly and succinctly, this is a fairly good tasting beverage and is definitely one I would consider drinking over the more traditional sodas that are currently available. However, the one primary detractor to this is the size of the can compared to the price.
The one thing that I had not quite decided on whether it is a negative or a positive is the size of the can, which as I stated earlier comes in at 8.3 ounces compared to your traditional cans of soda that come in at 12 ounces. In addition to the size of the can, there is also the consideration of price, coming in at roughly $1.00 per can which is considerably more expensive than your average can of soda. Therefore, when you take the size of the product combined with the price, I would have to say that it is a definite negative and would probably keep me from purchasing this product.
If they created 12 ounce cans and lowered the price, then I would be more apt to purchase this product.
Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.
Not enough Black Cherry, too much filler juices
A healthy and refreshing drink
Sweet and tart – The Switch Black Cherry is a yummy treat, but it’s soooo sweet.
Better than Soda but NOT Better for you.
BUT – this drink is not healthy by any means, the amount of fruit juice required for it’s tastiness results in a HIGH sugar and calorie content for a fruit juice. You would not want to drink 5 of these in a day and the better option would be a piece of fruit with less calories and sugar.
I do love the black cherry flavor best!
Switch Black Cherry – 8.3 Ounce Can
Switch Black Cherry tastes exactly like cherry Juicy Juice, only lightly carbonated. So I imagine people who like JJ will appreciate Switch. Unfortunately, like Juicy Juice, it is extremely sweet. I almost didn’t finish the can because it was so sweet. For kids who love soda, this may be a good alternative – it does have 100% daily Vitamin C. However, I prefer IZZE Fortified Sparkling Juice, Apple, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24). Not because it is healthier being “fortified” (with 10% of C, B6, niacin) but because with only 70% juice and 30% sparkling water, it is a little tart and far less sweet.
Overall, might be good for kids and adults with a sweet tooth.
Very refreshing, but not a flavor that I liked
I’ve tried three flavors of this product so far: Black Cherry, Watermelon Strawberry, and Kiwi Berry. My favorite so far is Kiwi Berry that I thought was very good. Watermelon Strawberry was second, and Black Cherry was a distant third.
This product has a lot going for it, in my opinion. 100% fruit juice, so healthier than soda, but with added carbonation to make it different than just plain juice. To me, the amount of carbonation was just right – I was able to drink it quickly and found it very refreshing. The serving size is good, too.
I do wish that it was available in larger sizes, even if someone didn’t want to drink it all at once.
My rating for the flavors, based solely on my personal opinion, is:
Kiwi Berry: 5 stars – would buy again
Watermelon Strawberry: 4 stars – would drink again, but probably won’t buy again
Black Cherry: 3 stars – would drink again if very thirsty, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it
Wild Cherry Beverage
This “Black Cherry” Switch hits the flavor just right. It tastes somewhat like a Luden’s Cough Drop, which I used to eat like candy in my younger days.
If you’re crazy about a heavy cherry flavor, I recommend this drink. But the flavor is not subtle, by any means – I tend to prefer a bit less conspicuous sweetness.
Good-tasting soda, Nice for a Special Treat
I enjoyed it very much, although I must say that the black cherry flavor is not really dominant. It tastes fruity, and it has no chemical taste like some fruit-flavored soft drinks. Overall, I think it tastes better than Juicy Juice, which it kind of reminded me of. Actually, “black cherry juice” is the third ingredient listed — apple and grape juices are listed first.
I like the can size (which is less beverage than a regular 12-ounce soda) because I constantly find myself opening a Coke and then not finishing (and thus wasting) the remaining soda. So this 8.3 ounce size is perfect for my taste.
Switch soda is advertised as being more healthful because it has no added sugar, but that’s not quite the case if you read the product’s ingredient list. The juice used has sugar, it’s just not artificially sugared, and it has no artificial colors. So it’s all juice, but those juices have sugar. It’s more healthful than a regular soda, though, since it’s all-natural.
Switch is a little pricy. I buy it for a special treat for myself or my daughters since it is something different from the regular soft drinks, and it has doesn’t contain artificial ingredients. We also like the Tangerine/Orange flavor, but are not crazy about the Grape.
tasty, all natural, but NOT low-calorie
First of all – the taste. While supposedly Black Cherry, I tasted a hint more grape than black cherry. And, the ingredients label confirms that the primary juice is Apple, then Grape, and THEN acerola and black cherry. It’s not a bad taste, but not one I was expecting.
Secondly, if you’re looking for a dietary drink, look elsewhere. Although the label would lead you to believe with “no sugar added”, the nutrition facts give the real story for all this juice: 130 calories in the tiny 8.3 oz can!
For comparison, that’s MORE calories than Coca Cola Classic (97 calories in 8 oz).
To be fair, this can of Switch should be better for you in moderation – it has 100% of your daily Vitamin C, and no corn syrup (unlike Coke).
One final note – the label claims “100% juice carbonated”, but this is juice from concentrate, reconstituted with sparkling water.
Ultimately for me, the small portion, high calorie count, and just-ok taste will leave me with other choices. (Honest Tea has some FANTASTIC low-calorie, no artificial sweetener choices).
Great flavor and healthier than sodas
Guilt Free Flavor!! (With no Soybean con attached!)
The way the drink was promoted wasn’t a lie! It worked for me:
1. “100 % of what you want. 0% of what you don’t want.”
2. “Make The Switch to a great tasting, all natural beverage that’s the perfect balance between JUICE and CARBONATION.”
3. The logo has “THE” placed upside-down and reversed, atop “Switch,” with a swirl designed around the words, the swirl imitating the symbol for reversing something.
4. The ingredients read: “100% juice (filtered sparkling water sufficient to reconstitute juice concentrates, apple, grape, acerola* [I added the asterisk; see below]and cherry juice concentrated), natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C)”
5. 100% juice carbonated.
6. The can is smaller than the norm for soda pops, which I also liked, because when I used to drink sodas regularly, I usually opened a can and left half of it to get too warm (and fizzed out), so the remainder went down the drain (after I returned it to the fridge for a few days hoping I might drink it). I drank the whole can of Black Cherry!
I decided I liked the near slush state of a short stint in the freezer… leaving it too long, though, might cause too much separation of the fruit concentrate from the fizz water… and, of course, makes it undrinkable from the can until it melts enough to flow through the hole in the top.
In the past, when I had begun wanting something more natural than most soda beverages (with phosphates, etc., added), I had used frozen orange juice concentrate added to Club Soda or Ginger ale. It didn’t take long to feel that the process was too much trouble (and it was more expensive than the cost of the Switch product). Also, I like the types of fruits Switch is using.
At first I was confused at the acerola* ingredient, not knowing what it was. Since my Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) was at hand, as always, I looked up acerola in the onboard dictionary. The word wasn’t in there, so I pushed the curser to the right, on the arrow for more types of searches, and used my standby, Google, and found several listings of acerola.
Briefly, I found that it’s thought to have originated from the Yucatan, and is known as Barbados cherry or wild crape myrtle, a tropical fruit-bearing shrub. Reading into the variety of praiseworthy qualities of that cherry, I was impressed! It has 32 times the amount of vitamin C as Orange juice, and many other healthful assets. If you’re interested in details, feel free to go Google.
I’m beginning to think that many of the flavors available from Switch will include equally intriguing tropical fruits.
Though the can is appealing and fine, this beverage is good enough to deserve a designer bottle to appeal to the gourmet crowd who want flavor without true health issues… don’t get me started on the myriad of heavy promotions of pseudo health issues. I have a book in progress to be published on KINDLE, which will debut with steam hissing out of Kindle’s ears, at no extra charge! (I’ll add a comment to this review about why I had quit drinking soda pops, which will explain why I will be happily able to welcome Switch into my diet.)
My thanks to THE SWITCH for providing a healthy, gourmet quality drink… WITHOUT, thank God, SOYBEANS added!!
Author of several Kindle books and Amazon Shorts
Good taste, right size
As a point of reference my favorite soda is Sprecher’s root beer for its mellow, creamy taste, plus it uses honey and cane sugar instead of corn syrup. My least favorite soda is Coca-Cola because of its overly sweet taste, corn syrup, and caffeine. Most people love Coca-Cola so if you do you probably won’t like this soda.
I would definitely try this soda again.
The Switch vs. Soda
The Switch Black Cherry (Per Serving)
1.8 mg Sodium
4.2 g Carb
4.0 g Sugar
100% RDA Vitamin C
National Brand Black Cherry Soda (Per Serving)
3.3 mg Sodium
3.7 g Carb
3.4 g Sugar
Besides less sodium, the addition of vitamins and no added sugars, The Switch Black Cherry didn’t really stand out as a winner based on nutritional facts alone. So when it came to drinking it I was hoping for a nice flavor with this one and I got it. Even with the main two juices used in this drink being Apple and Grape, the cherry flavor came through very well. Much better than the Orange Tangerine version.
Overall when comparing the two beverages although I was not impressed with the nutritional facts, the taste of The Switch Black Cherry, 8.3 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24) was preferred! The only complaint would be the obvious price difference ($.03 per ounce vs. $.11 per ounce), but I could see buying this as a treat to have around in addition to other sodas.
I’m Ready to Switch!
The carbonation level is not like that of a normal soda. It is about the same amount of carbonation as a Red Bull. In other words, just right, especially on a hot day when you’re really thirsty.
Buy this now!!!
130 calories, 35g total carbs, 33g sugar
Sorry, I “Switched” back!
When I first saw “The Switch” I was really energetic to find a good tasting and healthy alternative to drinking regular soft drinks, although I am normally a diet soft drink drinker.
Upon first opening my can of Black Cherry I could immediately smell the scent the black cherries. With my first taste, it was diffidently real juice and it went down very smooth. It was not until I started tasting the effects of that wine-cooler after taste that my taste buds started to dislike it. Within a few seconds of my first drink, I could sense the taste of a fermented beer like taste. Because I am not much of a wine drinker, nor do I like the taste of beer that has had a chance to sit idol for some time, I believe I will pass on further purchases of anymore “The Switch” drinks. It just doesn’t fit the taste of what I’m after in a soft drink replacement.
I give the Black Cherry flavor a 2 star for its true black cherry flavor, but the stale beer taste forbids any score higher than that.
Like a juice box, but in a can with bubbles.
The Switch basically tastes like a kiddie juice drink, but carbonated. Personally, I can only drink a can or two of anything carbonated in a day without suffering digestive tract issues so I’d rather just drink some lemonade, orange juice, or even Gatorade (it’s got electrolytes!) if I’m on an anti-soda crusade. If you crave a bit of the bubbly and are on a health kick or nostalgic for your childhood,then give this a try. It ain’t half bad in my opinion. Hell, if you’re a vegan it will probably be the best thing you’ve tasted in years. I applaud the concept of all-natural soda, but I don’t see “Switchaholic” entering the American vocabulary anytime soon. Give it a shot if you’re curious, but remember our American motto: if it’s not going to kill you, it probably tastes like crotch.