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Dueling Restaurant’s: Tropical Smoothie vs. Jamba Juice

Dueling Restaurants: Tropical Smoothie vs. Jamba Juice

Smoothies are a delicious staple in anyone’s diet as they are a healthier alternative to a sweet refreshing treat to satisfy one’s taste buds. Tropical Smoothie and Jamba Juice are two very popular smoothie places with a variety of options to satisfy any smoothie lovers craving. 

Tropical Smoothie originated in Florida in 1993 and rapidly expanded to over 1,300 locations in the United States spanning from the east to the west coast. 

My drink from Tropical Smoothie (Karissa Murdoch )

Jamba Juice originated in California in 1990 and was originally named Juice Club but adopted the name Jamba Juice in 1995. Jamba Juice now has around 770 locations in the United States with Las Vegas being home to the most locations of any city. 

I first tried Tropical Smoothie and immediately upon arrival I was met with the weirdest shaped drive through ever but that is location specific. They also take orders inside where there are tables and chairs making it perfect for anyone who wants a quick smoothie or to take their time. 

When I went to Jamba Juice their drive through was nicely shaped with no rogue curbs. They also offered a place to order inside however they don’t have nearly the amount of tables as Tropical Smoothie. Either way, both were very pleasant service wise and had very respectful employees. 

From Tropical Smoothie I got a Bahama Mama but substituted the pineapple for banana and I paid $8.33 after tax and the portion sizes are pretty big. However, there is only one size meaning there is one option for price as well as no choice in size other than the kids menu which does offer a smaller size. Tropical Smoothie does also offer food options and they range from wraps and salads, to flatbreads.  

My drink from Jamba Juice (Karissa Murdoch )

From Jamba Juice I got a large strawberry banana smoothie and I paid $7.99 before tax. Jamba Juice does offer multiple sizes however their large size was comparable to the size of the Tropical Smoothie option. They also offer other food options such as acai bowls and more. 

When I first tried the Tropical Smoothie option I was instantly satisfied as the flavor was absolutely delicious. I was a big fan of the fact that they use real fruit and it tasted great. The texture was creamy and it was a very refreshing drink that I would drink any day of the week.

Jamba Juice was very good, however it tasted more like they used puree instead of the real fruit as it was sweeter and had a slightly artificial flavor. I would still drink Jamba Juice but if I had to choose I would definitely take a tropical smoothie. 

Overall I think I would give Jamba Juice a 7/10 and Tropical Smoothie a 9/10. 



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Karissa Murdoch, Co-Editor in Chief
Karissa is a junior at Shadow Ridge. This is her second year writing for The Lariat. She is excited to take on a bigger role and to write all things Shadow Ridge yet again. In her free time she can be found playing ice hockey as a member of the San Diego Angels Hockey Team. She can also be found at her job at the Las Vegas Ice Center, spending time with her one of a kind friends or in the kitchen cooking and baking. Karissa also enjoys watching TikTok or jamming out to some tunes. Karissa couldn't be more excited to be part of the Lariat family for another year.
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    ShippDec 16, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Tropical Smoothie it is! I will have to try it. Thanks Karissa!

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