Ranking 20 Snapple Flavors From Worst To Best

Did you know that there are more than 1,600 Snapple real facts? Did you also know that some bottles of Snapple don't actually have a real fact waiting for you as you uncap your bottle? That's something about Snapple that we discovered while taste-testing 20 of their most popular flavors (one of the 20 sported a sadly blank bottle cap).

While many Snapple enthusiasts might prioritize reading their real fact before taking their first sip, we'd like to think that it's the refreshing, fruity taste of Snapple's various flavors that has upheld the brand's popularity since its humble beginnings in 1972. Snapple is known for its efforts to use only fresh, all-natural ingredients, and it now carries over 30 flavors, from teas to lemonades to fruit juices. Although we ranked these 20 flavors from worst to best, they were all pretty good, including the flavors made with zero sugar. Read further to find out where your favorite flavor ranks, or discover a new flavor you haven't tried yet.

20. Orangeade

Since most of Snapple's fruit juices are pleasantly juicy and sweet, we had high expectations for the Orangeade flavor. Prior to opening the bottle, we expected a super tangy explosion of orange flavor, like the kind you get from a sip of SunnyD. This, however, was not the case. While the scent of Snapple's Orangeade was very orangey, like that of a carton of fresh orange juice, its taste missed the mark. It wasn't very tangy and was extremely artificial-tasting. If you squeezed the juice of a single orange and then added tons of sugar water and some artificial flavoring, it might taste like the Snapple Orangeade.

We wonder at the artificial hint in this beverage, since Snapple has always been adamant about its natural flavors (hence, the bold "all natural" emblazoned on most bottles). Although we were disappointed by the taste of Snapple's Orangeade, we couldn't have expected it to have the same concentrated sweetness as other drinks like SunnyD, which is made with high fructose corn syrup. In 2009, Snapple ceased the use of high fructose corn syrup in its beverages, in an effort to uphold its au naturale credibility (via The Chicago Tribune).

19. Grapeade

As adults, our go-to grape juice is cabernet sauvignon. We won't claim to drink every major type of red wine strictly for its heart-health benefits, but extra antioxidants are always a plus. We wondered whether child-friendly grape-based juices also offer health benefits, and found that, depending upon the type of grapes used, they should (via Mayo Clinic). Mayo Clinic also reports that even grape extract or grape powders can possibly still contain the fruit's nourishing benefits, so Snapple's Grapeade, made with grape juice concentrate, could offer up something better than just its taste!

And we kind of hope that it does. Overall, neither the scent nor taste of Snapple's Grapeade juice was appealing. The scent wasn't very distinctly grape, but it was reminiscent of an artificial grape jelly. Upon realizing that this beverage is made with the juice concentrates of apple, pear, and grape, we can see why its scent was kind of off. As for the taste, it was super sweet in an unpleasant way. This drink was one of the most artificial-tasting ones out of all of Snapple's fruit juices.

18. Elements Rain

In 1999, Snapple rolled out a line of beverages called Snapple Elements (via Guilty Eats). Despite their popularity, the drinks were discontinued, but in March 2022, Snapple fans were excited to find that the corporation relaunched the Elements beverages, although they've been revamped a bit. According to Guilty Eats, this line of beverages is made with less sugar than other Snapple beverages and is marketed as a beverage that contains no artificial sweeteners.

The new line of Snapple Elements beverages includes the flavors rain, fire, and air. They're very new, but we were lucky enough to track down all three flavors to taste. The Snapple Elements rain flavor is agave cactus. We weren't too sure what rain, agave, and cactus might taste like, but this was a disappointing flavor overall. Though the ingredients include pear juice and agave nectar, the drink itself had an overwhelming smell and taste of cane sugar, but not much else. It wasn't overly sweet, it mostly tasted like sugar water, and we'd suggest skipping this beverage for one of Snapple's tastier flavors.

17. Half N' Half Lemonade Iced Tea

Snapple carries a variety of fruit-flavored lemonades and teas. A well-known combination of the two is the half n' half lemonade iced tea. The flawlessly balanced combination of earthy iced tea and tart lemonade is often associated with famed golfer, Arnold Palmer, who allegedly thought up the concoction himself.

Having enjoyed AriZona's Arnold Palmer half iced tea & half lemonade in the past, we were excited to try Snapple's take on the combination. We were also skeptical of how similar it might taste to the lemon tea. While Snapple's lemon tea smells discernibly lemony, the half n' half lemonade iced tea does not. Its scent actually reminded us of Lipton's powdered iced tea mix. Taste-wise, this reminded us more of a juice than a tea. It didn't boast that classic lemonade tartness, and it was way, way too sweet.

To compare, Snapple's half n' half lemonade iced tea contains a whopping 51 grams of sugar per 16-ounce bottle, while a 16.9-ounce bottle of AriZona's half-and-half has 44 grams. As for its similarity to Snapple's lemon tea, the two don't compare. While Snapple's lemon tea is sweet, it's also refreshing and lemony, with 36 grams of sugar swirled into each 16-ounce bottle.

16. Zero Sugar Raspberry Tea

Even if you aren't one of America's many diet-beverage drinkers, you may have heard some controversy about aspartame, the go-to artificial sweetener in most manufactured diet drinks. While aspartame has been loosely linked to various health complications like cancer and seizures, it has been approved and upheld as safe for consumption by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Snapple, alongside other beverage industry giants, uses aspartame in their sugar-free beverages — which, by the way, are now called "zero sugar" instead of "diet." Snapple's zero sugar raspberry tea certainly has an artificial smell and taste to it. We had this taste-tested by a seasoned diabetic who's consumed more than their fair share of sugar-free beverages, and she wasn't impressed, claiming that this was one of those diet drinks that leaves a sort of chemical aftertaste in your mouth. The tea gave off a weak raspberry scent, and tasted pretty watery overall. The verdict? This isn't Snapple's best zero sugar flavor.

15. Honey Sweet Tea

Is there a difference between sweet tea and iced tea? Sure, sweet tea is just regular old "tea" for many of those living in Southern states, but sweet tea and iced tea are technically made differently. As per Food Network, sweet tea is distinguished by the fact that it is sweetened while it's being brewed, not after it's already cooled. When sugar is added during the brewing process itself, it blends more directly with the tea, which gives sweet tea its distinctly sugary taste.

Snapple's honey sweet tea certainly boasts a flavor that is wholly different than any of their other iced teas. When sipping the drink at room temperature, the overwhelming scent and taste of honey was at the forefront of our palettes. When poured over ice, the taste of this beverage immediately reminded us of McDonald's controversially sweet sweet iced tea. Snapple's honey sweet tea pretty much tastes like liquefied honey, and you can base your personal Snapple ranking off of that information. For us, the beverage was a little too sweet, but if we were specifically in the mood for a sweet tea, this would hit the spot.

14. Fruit Punch

Here's an interesting fact that you'll actually find on the outside of your Snapple bottle: The ingredients listed on Snapple's fruit punch and Grapeade juices are exactly the same. As per the Snapple website, both drinks are made with "filtered water, sugar, apple, pear and grape juice concentrates, citric acid," and "natural flavors."

When we gave the fruit punch a sniff before sipping, we expected a strong whiff of citrus or apple or some other fruit shown on the bottle's label, but while the scent was certainly fruity, we couldn't really distinguish any specific fruit. In fact, the punch's scent had a very distinct similarity to that of Hi-C fruit punch. Despite having been made with the same ingredients as Snapple's Grapeade, the fruit punch didn't taste very grape-y, but it was super sweet. Overall, Snapple's fruit punch isn't spectacular, but tastes like what you'd expect from a bottled fruit punch, so we'd consider it just fine.

13. Watermelon Lemonade

If you're an avid fruit juice drinker or candy fanatic, you may be well aware of the distinct taste of watermelon-flavored products. You likely know that watermelon as a fruit and watermelon-flavored foods provide two very different tastes. This isn't to say that watermelon-flavored beverages or foods taste bad, but it's noticeably harder for companies to emulate the taste of watermelon than it is for other fruits, like strawberry or banana. According to the Los Angeles Times, this is due to the unique breakdown of the compounds that give watermelon its distinct fragrance.

As such, Snapple's watermelon lemonade gives off that notoriously artificial watermelon scent, one that we likened to that of a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. As for the taste, the lemonade aspect captures our tastebuds' attention first, foremost, and deliciously. We like that this lemonade is wonderfully tart, but not overly sweet, and the hint of watermelon is light and refreshingly, well, watery, but in the juicy way that makes a ripe watermelon so appealing.

12. Mango Madness

When craving something sweet and tropical, mango is usually a foolproof fruit of choice. As such, the Snapple Mango Madness flavor tastes like the tropics, meaning that it tastes like the actual nectar of a fresh mango. The Mango Madness flavor was one we decided to try in a blind taste test, and upon cracking the bottle's seal, we could instantly identify its flavor. This beverage has an overwhelmingly strong and unmistakably sweet mango scent, which reminded us of the Minute Maid fruit juice cartons we used to have as kids.

As expected, Mango Madness tastes just like mango, and in a pleasantly non-artificial way. As was also expected, this is a super sweet juice, swimming with a whopping 45 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces. Interestingly, we noticed that on this bottle's ingredient list, after water and sugar, kiwi juice concentrate is listed before mango puree concentrate. Though we didn't initially distinguish a kiwi flavor in this beverage, we can appreciate how its slight tartness — almost like that of a lime — complements and balances the overwhelming sweetness of mango.

11. Raspberry Tea

After enjoying more than a decade of success selling natural fruit juices, the higher-ups at Snapple began producing their now-famous teas, due to pressures from the ever-changing beverage market (via New York Times). Sticking to their all-natural promise, Snapple makes their teas with real tea leaves, according to its site, although the first flavor wasn't perfected until years of work were put into the recipe. Founder Arnold Greenberg told the New York Times, "We made the first ready-to-drink iced tea that didn't taste like battery acid," and consumers have loved the stuff ever since.

Although there are Snapple tea flavors that we'd never known of, like the strictly sugar-free Trop-a-Rocka Tea, there are staples like the lemon tea and raspberry tea that have been around all our lives. As such, the taste of Snapple's raspberry tea is one we're used to, but once we started to compare this flavor with Snapple's other beverages, we found that it wasn't anything stellar. The Snapple raspberry tea tastes exactly like you'd imagine a raspberry tea to taste: light, slightly tart, and appropriately sweet. While it wasn't necessarily bad, we can readily agree that Snapple's other tea flavors are more appealing.

10. Elements Fire

In March of 2022, Snapple relaunched its Snapple Elements line. After tasting all three flavors, we concluded that the Elements fire, which is dragonfruit flavored, ranked as second-best. The Snapple Elements line is supposed to be associated with, obviously, the Earth's natural elements, and as such, the drinks don't contain anything artificial. With 20 grams of added sugars per 15.9-ounce bottle, the drink can't necessarily be considered healthy, but it does contain less sugar than similar Snapple beverages, like the fruit punch juice drink, which packs in more than 40 grams of added sugars per bottle (via Snapple).

Accordingly, the Elements fire beverage certainly tastes less sweet than other Snapple juices, though it smells a lot sweeter than it tastes. Upon giving the dragon fruit-flavored beverage a sniff, we were reminded of the sugary sweet scent of our favorite '90s treat, the Baby Bottle Pop. This Snapple flavor was light, refreshing, berry-like, and not too sweet, so we give it a thumbs up.

9. Go Bananas

We are probably not alone in the fact that when we discovered a banana-flavored Snapple, we were highly skeptical. It's no secret that banana tends to carry an overpowering and distinct flavor when it is included in juices or smoothies. Most Snapple juice flavors have a fruit base comprised of berries, like strawberry or blackberry. Since berries and citrus fruits have a higher water content than bananas do, according to My Food Data, they tend to taste more refreshing, which is what people usually expect when they grab a Snapple.

Because of that, our expectations for a banana-flavored fruit juice were low. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the Snapple Go Bananas juice. Surprisingly, it didn't really smell like banana, and we couldn't exactly identify the smell aside from it being kind of tangy. As for the taste, a room-temperature sip lent a tart banana flavor, which might sound weird, but tasted pretty good. After refrigerating the beverage and tasting it again, we felt that the banana flavor was certainly there, but not in a smack-you-in-the-face kind of way. It's a sweet, smooth drink that doesn't warrant the adjective "fruity," but it is still a satisfying and refreshing treat.

8. Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade

According to the Snapple website, the brand currently offers four lemonade flavors in addition to their half n' half lemonade iced tea. We tried the strawberry pineapple lemonade and the watermelon lemonade flavors, and can confidently say that we were pleased with both. In terms of ranking, we decided to base our rating off of the lemonade aspect of the beverage. When you're in the mood for a lemonade, you typically want something that is decidedly tart, sweet, and refreshing. You're not necessarily looking to sip something that's prominently fruity or sugary — the tanginess should be the star of the show.

Snapple's strawberry pineapple lemonade was certainly very tart, but we wouldn't use the word "sour." Upon opening the bottle, we noticed an appealing strawberry smell, similar to that of the Snapple kiwi strawberry juice. The taste was lovely; you get the tartness and distinct acidity of pineapple, tangy lemonade, and a pleasantly fruity strawberry flavor in the background of each sip. There's a great balance of all flavors, and the pineapple comes through strongly, but not in an overpowering way. Pour this drink over ice and you've got the perfect refreshing summer beverage.

7. Kiwi Strawberry

We tried 20 of Snapple's most popular flavors, which meant seeking more coveted flavors at a few different stores. Despite the array of shops we visited and flavors we tried, we somehow only came across one Snapple bottle that looked different than the rest. Most people will probably recognize that this bottle looks a lot more like the original Snapple drinks that used to be manufactured in glass bottles. A very with-the-times kind of company, Snapple has continually evolved as a brand to meet the needs of the ever-changing world in which we live, and one major change was the evolution of its bottle materials. According to the Snapple website, its newly plastic bottles are far more sustainable than its glass predecessors were.

We'll give Snapple bonus points for its environmentally-conscious choices, but this particular bottle is the only one of 20 that we tried that didn't sport a quirky Snapple real fact inside its bottle cap. Despite being slightly disappointed by this, we were certainly satisfied by the rest of the bottle's contents. The kiwi strawberry juice had an unsurprisingly sweet strawberry scent. It tasted sweet and tart and like strawberry, and while there was clearly another underlying flavor, it didn't scream of kiwi. In fact, there was almost a hint of zingy lime in the beverage. Either way, this would be a hard flavor to dislike.

6. Takes 2 to Mango Tea

We'd like to give this tea bonus points for its fun, quirky name. If you visit the Snapple website, you'll find that most of their tea flavors (and juices) boast fairly generic names, like the all-telling raspberry tea or the fruit punch. However, the notoriously quirky, non-stuffy branding that Snapple consumers love is upheld by their fun wordplay, as seen in drink names like Go Bananas and Trop-a-Rocka Tea.

We know that Snapple makes both fruit juices and teas, and that the two are differentiated by the inclusion of tea (we know, duh). The distinction likely influences consumer patterns: When you want something refreshing, you lean towards lighter beverages like iced teas, and when you're craving a fruity and sweet treat, you'll snag a fruit juice. The Takes 2 to Mango Tea confused our tea cravings, as it was pretty darn sugary for an iced tea. With 38 grams of sugar per 16-ounce bottle, it's got more sugar than some of their other teas, but not as much as the peach tea or honey sweet tea, each of which pack 40 grams of sugar per bottle.

Aside from its unexpected sweetness, the Takes 2 to Mango Tea had a pleasant taste that made us feel like we were under the summer sun on a tropical beach. The mango flavor was distinct, and it wasn't artificial-tasting in the slightest. This is one of Snapple's beverages that validates its "all natural" claim for us.

5. Elements Air

After tasting all three flavors of Snapple's new Elements line, we have a clear and easy winner. We think that Snapple's claim that their Elements drinks are "impossibly light and refreshing" is a bit of a reach, but the air flavor fits the bill most closely. The Elements air flavor is labeled prickly pear & peach white tea, and that's exactly what it tastes like. While most of Snapple's tea products are made with black and/or green tea leaves, this is the only flavor thus far that is made with white tea. According to Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company, white tea has many similarities to both green and black tea, like the fact that they all contain a hearty amount of antioxidants and caffeine. As such, Elements air is the only one of the three Elements flavors that contains caffeine — approximately 18 mg per 15.9-ounce bottle, according to Snapple. 

Despite their similarities, white tea tends to have a lighter, less bitter earthy taste than green or black teas. This sentiment is proven in the crisp, very lightly sweet taste of the Elements air beverage. With a lovely aroma of peach with hints of apricot, this refreshing tea tastes of both peach and pear without feeling too much like a heavier fruit juice.

4. Snapple Apple

Did you know that the first ever Snapple flavor was apple? When three friends got together to start a beverage company centered around using fresh ingredients, crisp apples were the first choice, hence the company's name, which is a portmanteau of the words "snappy" and "apple" (via The New York Times). As such, they still produce a widely popular apple flavored juice today, and it's the only flavor of theirs that actually includes the company name in its title.

Snapple Apple isn't your average apple juice, and we mean that in the best way possible. Snapple Apple is certainly on the sweeter side, but not in that sickly-sweet way that bottled apple juices typically are. A sip of Snapple Apple tastes like a crisp, refreshing bite of an apple freshly picked off the vine, and it smells like an orchard in the best way. We think it's great, but it could be a tiny bit less sweet.

3. Zero Sugar Half N' Half Lemonade Iced Tea

Despite newer tensions surrounding the word "diet," diet drink industry continues to boom, says TODAY. In fact, Snapple recently took heed of society's growing disdain for diet culture and rebranded all of their sugar-free beverages as "zero sugar," rather than "diet." The change is only in the name, as Snapple cites that their zero sugar beverages are made exactly the same as diet Snapple flavors were.

Having already tried a few of Snapple's zero sugar flavors, we felt that we knew what to expect from the zero sugar half n' half lemonade iced tea — a distinctly artificial smell and taste that defines the beverage more than its flavor does. And yes, this particular beverage did give off a distinctly artificial scent. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how good this zero sugar flavor tasted. It was the least diet-tasting of the sugar-free options, and thanks to its delicate hint of lemon, we think it's even better than its full-sugar counterpart, the half n' half lemonade iced tea. Poured over ice, this Snapple flavor earned a 10 out of 10 rating from us.

2. Zero Sugar Peach Tea

On Valentine's Day in 2020, Snapple tweeted, "Real Fact #1017: The phrase, 'You're a real peach' originated from the tradition of giving peaches to loved ones." The tweet was cleverly festive, but we checked the Snapple website and found that Real Fact #1017 no longer exists. As per Snapple, they do retire a "fact" if it's disproved. At least they're transparent! 

Of the 33 flavors listed on Snapple's website, seven are made with zero sugar. Of the three sugar-free flavors that we tried, the zero sugar peach tea was easily the flavor that tasted the best. This popular flavor was so good, in fact, that it tasted better than many of Snapple's juice and tea drinks that are made with sugar. Snapple's zero sugar peach tea has a nice, peachy scent that isn't totally natural-smelling, but isn't overly artificial either. It tastes simply like a quality peach-flavored tea, and while it does have a hint of that fake-sugar flavor that is reminiscent of most diet beverages, it still tastes refreshing and not overly artificial. Pro tip: We've discovered that any Snapple flavor will taste infinitely better when poured over ice, especially the sugar-free ones!

1. Lemon Tea

When life gives you lemons, create a lemon-flavored sweetened tea beverage, bottle it, and watch your company's sales increase by 60%, says Funding Universe. In the late 1980s, that's exactly what Snapple's founders did, having spent years perfecting their bottled iced tea recipe after strictly selling fruit juices and sodas (via The New York Times).

When you want a refreshing beverage, there's nothing better than iced tea. And, when you want an iced tea, there's nothing better than a simple hint of sweetness and a squeeze of fresh lemon. The iced tea experts at Snapple clearly knew this, and lemon tea, a now-staple flavor in their lineup, certainly doesn't miss the mark.

With a nice, citrusy scent, there is, of course, a distinct lemon flavor in this beverage. However, unlike the fruit aspect of the raspberry tea or peach tea, the lemon's flavor doesn't overpower the tea — it complements it. Likewise, the tea itself smooths out the tartness of the lemon, making this Snapple flavor much more enjoyable than the sweeter, tangier half n' half lemonade iced tea. Snapple lemon tea is refreshing, smooth, and timeless, which is why it's our number one Snapple flavor.