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Bolthouse Farms’ New POG Juice

Published August 11, 2010 in Shopping - 0 Comments

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I was pleasantly surprised to see a bottle of Pineapple, Orange, Guava Juice in the cooler at Giant today. This concoction was originally called POG by the Hawaiians at Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii.  Bolthouse Farms certainly hit the spot by bringing back an old favorite from Hawaii to the mainland, but with the fresher juices they are known for.  I grew up drinking this stuff and am ecstatic to see a new version without all the high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) in it!  If your grocer carries their juice products, make sure they’re stocking this variety!

You might also remember an old trend back in the nineties where the caps to the bottles inspired the fad game “Pogs.” I did some research and dug up some history behind the game:

“This trend was started by a Hawaiian schoolteacher named Blossom Galbiso in 1991. She started using milkcaps in her classroom, and told her students about an old game she used to play, by flipping milkcaps to be the first one to get the cream off the bottom. Her students began flipping the milkcaps, and the resurgence of the game of pogs began. On the West Coast, however, it’s generally found in half-gallon cardboard Tetra Pak containers, leaving non-Hawaii residents completely confused as to where to find the POG cap. It’s distributed by Orchards Hawaii for Haleakala Dairy.”

I doubt the caps trend will start back up anytime soon, but at least the product that inspired it is back on store shelves and better than ever. I suppose it’s a bit stupid to get excited about this sort of thing, but if you spent any time in Hawaii as a kid, you probably know how much the locals appreciate this drink. Kind of like how Brazilians have an affection for the Guarana soft drink, in my opinion.