Review: Olipop Orange Cream

Posted: May 05, 2021 at 9:15 AM (Last Updated: May 05, 2021 at 10:42 AM)
Olipop Orange Cream

Covers Products: Orange Cream 2021

For its latest seasonal limited edition release, Olipop has chosen a classic flavor that’s a throwback to the days of soda shop-style CSDs: Orange Cream. It’s a modern version of the timeless orange creamsicle soda that used to be a part of many premium CSD lineups.

The first noteworthy thing about this product is that it is made with 12% juice, which is something you won’t find in their other SKUs.. These juices -- from clementine and mandarin oranges as well as apple and lemon -- provide both flavor and sweetness in addition to added cassava root syrup and stevia. 

The end result is a product that has 50 calories and 5 grams of sugar, which is ever so slightly higher than the 35 calories and 2 grams of sugar that you’ll find in their core line. The product also has 9 grams of prebiotic fiber thanks to their proprietary “OLISMART” blend that’s added to every flavor.

Orange Cream’s increased sweetness is definitely noticeable -- as is the juice content. This product drinks much more like a full calorie CSD than their flagship offerings and the juices do an amazing job of masking the stevia all the way through to just a faint note at the finish. The orange and “cream” flavor is spot on, with notes of clementine and mandarin oranges as well as vanilla and caramel. It’s arguably one of Olipop’s more crushable flavors and we honestly wonder if other flavors at this level of sweetness would be a good thing for the brand.

Visually, we think that Olipop has done a really nice job of creating some curb appeal for this product. At front and center you’ll find an image of an orange cream pop, which both whets the palate and gives the product an intuitive and nostalgic vibe. The layout otherwise follows the rest of the Olipop family, with a large “OLIPOP” logo going across the center, the flavor name directly below the logo, and a variety of product attribute callouts throughout the front panel. 

Fortunately, these callouts aren’t too heady in terms of functional claims. They’ve focused on things that are pretty well known like probiotics, plant fiber, and plant-based. The only functional statement is “supports digestive health” and that, too, doesn’t require much in the way of education.

In the end, Olipop’s Orange Cream is a fun and clever limited edition line extension. They’ve definitely created some of their best liquid with this SKU and we think it’s the type of product that could earn its place in Olipop’s permanent lineup -- or at least serve as a framework for future limited edition flavors. 

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