Saturday, April 17, 2010

Knott's "Berries" Pack a Punch

Yep, they still serve Berry Punch at Knott's! They even sell the bottled concentrate now. The photo below was taken in the Berry Market on Grand Avenue just a couple weeks ago. I don't know how long this product has been available to the public, but they weren't selling it when I was working at the Farm back in the eighties. I was very happy to find that it tastes exactly how I remember it tasting twenty years ago!

Take a look at this vintage menu posted yesterday on "Stuff From The Park" and note how it was actually listed as "Boysenberry" Punch back then. For the past twenty-plus years now it has been listed on park menus simply as "Berry" Punch. Just as blogger "Lets Talk Knott's" speculated yesterday, I do believe at one time it might have been a better product. Perhaps it was once made with real boysenberries (Boysenberries are not one of the listed ingredients today.) I do know that back in the day, most of the older customers would tell us how it used to taste much better. Funny how at the time, we would always just smile at them and say, "Really?" We didn't know if that was true, or if maybe their memories were just fooling them. Now I believe each and every one of them!

Maybe they'll be serving Berry Punch at the "Knott's Preserved" buffet dinner tomorrow!!!

Oh, and for those of you wondering what the ingredients of the Berry Punch Concentrate are, here you go: Corn Sweetener, Water, Orange Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Red & Blue Dye, & Sodium Benzoate (a preservative.) It doesn't even list ANY type of berry as an ingredient! Unless that's what the "Natural Flavor" is. And remember, the most prevelent ingredient in any food product is always listed first. Mmmmmmm, cooooooorn sweetener!


Darrin.. said...

Ha! Too funny. Do they still have Boysenberry punch? Or was it juice? I remember my parents getting a kick out of it, when I'd ask for "Poison Berry" juice when we'd go to Knott's.

TokyoMagic! said...

Hey Darrin! No, they no longer sell "Boysenberry" Punch, just the "Berry" Punch. They served it today at the Knott's Preserved event and it tasted kind of watered down....but when you buy the concentrate to take home, you can mix it to whatever strength you want.

Major Pepperidge said...

Hey Chris, I had a great time seeing you and the other bloggers yesterday! Some fun, huh?

Meanwhile, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the "berry punch". I can tell you for certain that it used to have a very prominent boysenberry taste back in the day. The stuff we had yesterday was just kind of "eh".

Davelandweb said...

Next time I'm up there, I'll be picking up a bottle of the concentrate; can't believe I missed it yesterday! Thanks for being a top-notch tour guide.

jedblau said...

Great to meet you over the weekend! Thanks for the fun conversation.