Everyone loves Snapple not just because of its fruity flavors but also because of its stylish container. The classic Snapple bottle has changed over the years, but its dimensions and capacity have remained somewhat consistent.
The classic Snapple bottle contains 16 ounces of a fruity drink. The bottle itself measures 2.5 inches in diameter at the base and 8 inches tall.
In this guide, I’ll talk about the different Snapple bottle sizes and how the bottles have changed over the years.
A Quick History of Snapple
Snapple is widely recognized as a fun beverage business, but there was also a lot happening behind the scenes. Snapple, like any company, has faced difficulties, some of which may come as a surprise.
In 1972, Snapple was founded by three close friends. The three friends, Leonard, Hyman, and Arnold, all had the same goal: to sell juice to health food stores. When it first launched, the Snapple company was known as Unadulterated Food Products, which doesn’t have a ring to it. Luckily, the company decided to opt for a more fun-sounding name just a decade later.
While Snapple was in direct competition against beverage behemoths Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, this company continued to grow in popularity and market shares. The ad lines with the motor “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth,” helped the company grow as a fruit-based beverage maker and not just another sugar-filled drink you can get off the shelves.
Snapple Bottle Sizes
But what size bottles does Snapple come in?
The original Snapple bottle was 16 fluid ounces and measured 2.5 inches wide at the base and roughly 8 inches tall. Nowadays, you can pick up Snapple bottles in a variety of sizes, from 8 ounces all the way up to 64 ounces.
Here’s a quick rundown of what Snapple sizes you can get:
- 8 ounces
- 11.6 ounces (cans)
- 16 ounces
- 20 ounces
- 24 ounces
- 32 ounces
- 64 ounces
What Happened to Glass Snapple Bottles?
One of the most devastating changes to happen to Snapple beverages was the decision to change its container from glass to plastic. This happened back in 2018, and it took the world by storm.
The reason for this is quite simple: Snapple wanted to use recycled materials for their products.
The PET plastic used in Snapple and other popular beverage bottles is comprised of 100% recycled materials. In addition, it takes roughly 80% fewer materials and 75% less energy to produce a single PET plastic bottle than it does plastic. So, there’s an environmental reason for this huge container and design change.
Other changes to Snapple containers include changing the metal caps to plastic caps and printing the product’s description on the bottles rather than on paper labels.
How Long Does Snapple Last in the Bottle?
If you flip the PET plastic bottle over, you won’t find an expiration date printed anywhere on it. So, does this mean Snapple remains drinkable indefinitely? Not exactly.
Snapple may not expire, but they do have a finite shelf life. A Snapple drink will usually last for up to 6 months after its production date, but after that, its flavors will begin to dull. That’s not to say it won’t be drinkable, but it won’t be as delicious as cracking open a fresh Snapple bottle.
The shelf life reduces significantly the moment you twist off the cap. If you want to preserve a bottle of Snapple for longer, close it tightly with the original lid and stick it in the fridge as far away from the door as possible. This is a handy trick to follow if you get the massive 64-ounce jug; 16 and 20-ounce containers can usually be finished in a single sitting.
Is Snapple Good for You?
While Snapple claims to be “made from the best stuff grown on Earth,” that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you per se.
Here’s a breakdown of the nutrition facts of a 16-ounce bottle of Apple-flavored Snapple:
- 200 calories
- 10 mg sodium
- 48 g total carbs
- 42 g added sugars
- 47 g total sugar
- 60 mg potassium
- Made of 10% juice
Let’s see how it compares to a 12-ounce can of OLIPOP Vintage Cola, one of its “healthier” alternatives:
- 35 calories
- 25 mg sodium
- 16 g total carbs
- 2 g total sugar
- 0 mg potassium
Here’s a head-to-head comparison of the 2 beverages when adjusted to 16-ounce serving portions:
|Snapple||OLIPOP Vintage Cola|
|Sodium||48 mg||33 mg|
|Total carbs||48 g||21 g|
|Total sugar||42 g||3 g|
Are All Snapple Facts True?
One way Snapple broke apart from the beverage herd is by including random facts underneath the metal caps. Every time you twisted off a cap, you’d receive a nugget of information that you probably didn’t know about before.
But are all Snapple facts true? Maybe.
There are at least 928 random facts you can learn about from drinking Snapple, but Snapple has never made any claim that their facts are true in the literal sense. In fact, some of them are considered factoids, which are things that sound like facts but actually aren’t.
For instance, Snapple once printed that the average person accidentally eats 8 spiders in their lifetime while sleeping. This turned out to be false. In fact, the original publisher made a point with this factoid: people will believe whatever they see or hear.
Why Do Drinks in Glass Bottles Taste Better?
The fact of the matter is that drinks in glass containers taste better because it’s more difficult for the CO2 to escape. Of course, Snapple is a non-carbonated beverage, so its flavor shouldn’t be affected by the material used for its container.
Perhaps people miss the old days when Snapple was sold in glass bottles. Some people may have collected classic Snapple bottles, whose price will probably go up after the drink’s container changes.