Costco Smoothie Packs - Flavor Tips + Deceptive Label?
Clovis Farms Organic Super Smoothie Packs at Costco
Each package of Clovis Farms Smoothie Packs come with 6 individual bags containing 8 ounces of frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, and bananas.
Clovis is a small city in California and with the name Clovis farms, I think it’s fair to assume that the fruits are grown on a farm in Clovis.
In actuality, Wawona Frozen Foods, located in Clovis, is the company that produces these Costco smoothie packs, but they don’t use 100% locally or even American grown produce.
The smoothie packets are packed in the USA and most likely in Clovis, but the ingredients appear to be imported from other countries such as Belgium, Ecuador, Argentina, and Serbia
I’m always for American made items, and I’m really disappointed that Wawona Frozen Foods decided to save a couple pennies and import the produce from other countries.
I also have no doubt that Wawona Frozen Foods wanted to do everything they could to hide the fact that not all of the ingredients used in these smoothie packs are American grown and instead imported from around the world.
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Do The Smoothe Packs Cost at Costco?
Costco will sell the Clovis Farms Organic Smoothie Packs for $12.49. Each of the 6 packets weighs 8 ounces and in total there are 3 pounds of frozen fruit and vegetables.
Each individual smoothie packet will cost $2.08 and the per pound price for these smoothie packs will be $4.16.
This is a fairly normal price for frozen fruit as most of Costco’s other frozen fruit options also sell in the $3-$4 per pound range.
$4 per pound is more than fair considering the convenience of the individual packs and the variety of included fruit and vegetables.
Costco vs The Competition
It doesn’t appear that Clovis farms sells their frozen fruit smoothie packs outside of Costco, but other retailers will have their own versions.
Walmart sells their Great Value Red Smoothie pack for $1.78. I can’t judge on quality, but purely on price, their packet beats out Costco’s smoothie pack.
Costco Smoothie Packs - Taste Test
Equal Amount of All Ingredients
Costco’s frozen smoothie packs are super convenient because of their individual 8 ounce bags and their good variety of frozen fruits. You simply need to combine the fruits and vegetables in a blender with a liquid of your choice.
I’ve tried a few of the packets and I’ve noticed the amount of each fruit/vegetable were pretty consistent with one another. None of the fruits really jumped out to me as significantly outnumbering the rest.
If there was one thing, I would say that there were only a few kale/spinach combo pieces. I may have only noticed because they are green and stick out, but a few more of those would have been nice.
Clovis Farms Recommends Apple Juice
Clovis Farms does recommend using apple juice with the smoothies, but I didn’t have any on hand.
Instead, I made two smoothies for my test, one with regular whole milk and another with acai berry juice.
Mixes Well With Milk - But Lacking in Flavor
Everything blended well with the milk, the smoothie came out as a nice pinkish color. The consistency was great and all the fruits were in the smoothie, but my big problem is just how bland the flavors were.
All the fruits were there that should be providing the flavor such as banana, strawberry, blueberries, but the smoothie was just flavorless.
There was a slight tartness from the berries which I like, but other than that, the smoothie needed more flavor and an infusion of sugar or sweetness.
The milk may have diluted some of the flavor, but after trying a second smoothie with juice, it was clear that the fruit just doesn’t bring the flavor.
Smoothie With Acai Juice
Even with Acai Juice, it felt like the smoothie pack didn’t bring a lot to the table. The acai smoothie was overrun with acai flavor which was just fine, but I would have liked some of the banana or strawberry to shine through.
I had no problem finishing either smoothie, but I’m not necessarily chomping at the bit to have another one.
I’m sure if I went with the recommended apple juice, the smoothie would taste great, but It feels to me like a cheap way out to artificially flavor the smoothie. The apple juice is going to be sweet and also doesn’t much nutrition wise.
Maybe if the fruit was locally grown, it would be a little more potent.
Overall, the smoothie pack was a big disappointment. The concept of having a variety of frozen fruit on hand that is ready to be blended into a smoothie is great, but the flavors just weren’t there.
The smoothie can be salvaged with some enhancements and is almost going to be a must if you want to truly enjoy the drink.
How to Prepare Clovis Frozen Smoothie Packs
The main selling point of the frozen smoothie packs is going to be their convenience. The fruits and vegetables come pre packed and are individually portioned.
All you essentially have to do is pour the frozen fruits and vegetables into a blender with some liquid.
- Combine the contents of (1) Clovis Farms Super Smoothie Blend Pouch and 1- 1.5 cups of water or your favorite juice or milk in a blender.
- Blend on high for 60 seconds or until desired texture is achieved.
- Pour into a tall glass, garnish as desired and enjoy
Smoothie Improvement Tips
These Costco Smoothie packs are not the most flavorful and they do need some help.
Here are a few easy additions that I have that can add a lot of flavor to these bland smoothie packs.
- Greek Yogurt
- Protein Powder
- Additional Fruit
- Chia Seeds
- Vanilla Extract
Clovis Farms Smoothie Pack - Nutritional Information
How Many Calories In Each Smoothie Pack?
Each 8 ounce pack of Costco’s Smoothie Pack will contain 100 calories. Those 100 calories will come from 1 gram of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates (0 grams of added sugar), and 3 grams of protein.
Considering this is an all fruits and vegetable smoothie, this is a normal and expected nutritional label. There isn’t going to be a lot of fat nor is there going to be a lot of protein either. This also does not include any additional liquid such as milk or apple juice that they recommend.
To make a more full, complete and balanced smoothie meal, I would recommend adding in some protein powder as well as granola.
Costco Smoothie Packs Review
Product Name: Clovis Farms Organic Super Smoothie Packs
Quantity: 6 Smoothie Packs
Location Within Costco:Frozen Food Aisles
Price Per Pound: $1.78
The Clovis Farms Smoothie Packs from Costco had a lot of potential but fell quite short. The frozen fruit is imported from around the world and was significantly lacking in flavor.
The price is fair, and the nutritional label is solid, but there is just no flavor. To make the smoothies taste good, you will have to add your own additional flavorings.
Value - 8/10
Convenience - 8/10
Taste - 4/10
Nutrition - 7/10
CFDB Score - 7/10
- Great idea
- Easy to make
- Bland – No Flavor