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Is the Jamba Juice hype true?

Is Jamba Juice all it's cracked up to be? Every time I'm in DC, which is the closest place to me that has it, the one I find it always closed! Weird hours...so I've never gotten to taste it. Is the hype about it true, or will I finally be let down when I get to taste it eventually.

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  1. Relax, they're just smoothies in the same contemporary style as every wrap chain in the country. Nothing wrong with them but really, if you've had one mango-banana-blueberry smoothie with a scoop of creatine and B vitamins in it, you've had 'em all.

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    1. re: hatless

      i go to jamba juice all the time. i'm vegan so i am very careful about what i ingest. as long as you specify what you want then you won't get a dump of sugar or yogurt or any of the powders you may not need. just be specific, for instance, i ask for carrot and banana juice with a little wheat grass and crushed ice. that's all i get in my drink and i am happy. so, if you don't follow they ad hype in the store and know what you want and don't want you are safe.

    2. they're just like any other smoothie really. and a lot of them taste the same because practically all of them are mixed berries! not to mention the tons of sugar they dump in them.

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      1. re: calypsogirl

        haha thanks. but it is a disappointment. really, from what some of my friends say about it, you'd think they use manna from heaven.

      2. Jamba juice's smoothies are thicker and fruitier than other smoothies I've tried. I also think they have more creative flavor combos than other chains. Not to mention you get a lot for your $4.oo or so compared to other's chains cup sizes. I currently live in an area of the US without Jamba Juice and I'm impatiently waiting for a franchise to open here.

        1. In my area (Marin county CA) the competitor is Planet Juice, which I much prefer as my smoothie source. Planet Juice uses fat-free frozen yogurt as their base. Jamba Juice adulterates theirs with ice. I once ordered their low-calorie version and was tasting artificial sweetener the rest of the day - they don't warn you about this. (There should be a law that anything containing chemical sweetener must carry a warning!)

          1. I love the smell inside Jamba Juice. So cool and fresh with the scent of fresh fruit in the air. Pretty good smoothies too if you don't mind a looooooooooong wait.

            1. Just had one today and eh, it was alright, I guess. Tasted grainy to me.

              1. Jamba Juice is NOT like any other smoothie. I don't think you guys are getting the right smoothies when you go. Try the citrus ones, they're better than the berries in my opinion.

                Also, Jamba Juice, unlike many smoothie chains, does not "dump sugar" into their smoothies. They use sorbet in some of the smoothies which probably has sugar added, but you can easily get it without sugar. I've had many a crazily sweetened smoothie and these are just not. Fresh fruit, juice, sorbet.... mashed up with ice. It's pretty easy to get that right, and Jamba Juice does. I almost think people knock it merely because it's a chain, which is lame.

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                1. re: angelalala

                  I agree, I only get the "enlightened" smoothies and I don't find them to be too sugary. The ones with sherbert/sorbet I'm sure are sweeter. I find they are better than most chain smoothies, but not as good as a deli or wrap place that truly uses fresh fruit.
                  Now I got a free sample of a smootihe at Dunkin Donuts once,now that had tons of sugar and was disgusting!

                2. Jamba is my go to for smoothies, although not every flavor is a hit. I think Robek's (the other chain I've tried) and many standalone places (in malls and such) pale in comparison both in quality of ingredients and flavor. Robek's in particular seemed very two dimensional to me. If you try the sweet and sour jambas, they flavors are a big eye opener. My favorites are the cranberry craze and the (old name I can't remember the new name) strawberry tsunami, which I thought tasted like a starburst candy. The sizes are large, but my family usually gets a power size and splits into three with my husband, son, and me. Cost and calorie effective.

                  1. Jamba has some unique flavors that I haven't been able to find at other smoothie places. I like the Acai Supercharger and the Green Tea Blast. They are all closed on Sundays I believe... or at least all of the ones here in AZ.

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                    1. re: abbefaith

                      The Acai supercharger is my favorite! yummy!

                    2. I like it, but its not like the be all and end all of smoothies. Honestly, people tend to think that they are really good for you, but in fact they are LOADED with sugar! Try to stick to the all fruit juice ones as they have less sugar. I do however like the green tea blast! Way better than the Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino! Strawberries Wild is another favorite flavor!

                      1. I have lunch in Jamba Juice no less than once a week and sometimes three times a week.

                        I dig the place.

                        I get a peanut butter, banana soy milk smoothie and it satisfies me completely.

                        1. I used to think it was pretty good, but not exceptionally better than any other. What always gives me a laugh is the name. "Jamba" in Swahili translates as fart. My wife, an East African, refuses to ever have a smoothie from there.

                          1. I find Jamba Juice to be far superior to any other smoothie outfit I've tried. Their smoothies taste, to me, to be fresher and more like the ingredients, mostly the fruit. I feel good after I've had one, not for some larger universal revelation or any such thing, but physically. I feel similarly after I've had a good sushi meal. Not too stuffed, not lethargic or weighed down but like I've actually put some good fuel in my body.

                            1. It's good for what it is. When you are in DC go to the one in the Whole Foods in Clarendon.

                              1. I work at a jamba juice, and theyre not all the same. They also have "secret" (so called because theyre not displayed) flavors like White Gummy (Bear) and Pink Starburst. They only use juice from concentrate, sorbet/sherbet, and fresh fruit along with the nutritional supplement boosts. They also have lower calorie smooties and "All-Fruit" Smothies that have NO sorbet or sherbet.. My personal favs are White Gummy and Pmegranate Paradise. Generally open 6 or 7 am - 9 or 10 pm.

                                1. Sure they're not over the top gourmet smoothies, but they're pretty good and I like them. I like the idea of one place for smoothies...and it always smells great when you walk inside (you smell the oranges.) As others have said, they do have a lot of flavor combinations, and they do give you a LOT! I ordered the medium (Original) one time and it was the biggest thing I've ever seen. I'll be going back to smalls.

                                  1. NO! it is just like any other smoothie (but I had better)

                                    1. Recently, while in Hawaii, we received a $5 gift card for Jamba Juice. We had wanted to try the "Acai bowl" we had seen in various fast-food/cafes, so we were glad to have the opportunity to try it with our card. Although they said it had no added sugar, between the Acai, granola, and the sliced banana, it was too sweet. I'm glad we tried it, but it was nothing special.
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