Today, I packed myself a pre-packaged fruit cocktail as part of my lunch. I carefully opened it and managed to avoid the inevitable juice-squirt that usually happens when you carefully open a pre-packaged fruit cocktail. Now, this was one of the more expensive types of pre-packaged fruit cocktail. In fact, it set me back an entire $1. This seems like a lot of money to me, even if this pre-packaged fruit cocktail was 8 ounces instead of the typical 4 ounces.

But, I digress.

I began my fruit cocktail eating ritual that involves eating each type of fruit in order starting with the kind that I like the least and ending with my favorites. As I started eating, I thought to myself that perhaps there was a less-liked fruit in this than pears. Although, I could not think of one, I thought I'd better check the ingredients on the label just in case. And this is what I found:

Water, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Sugar, Cherries.

Wait one second.

Fruit Cups

Now, for those who might not be aware of it, the ingredients on a label are in order from the most to the least amount of that ingredient in the package. Let's review these in order.


Water. It makes sense to me that there is a lot of water in this, after all, where would the yummy syrup that I drink off first come from? I'm okay with water being first.
Peaches. Okay, I don't hate peaches, in fact of all fruits in fruit cocktails; they are probably the most popular. Fine.
Pears. Ugh, I'm not a fan of pears. In fruit cocktail they are okay because they have the yummy syrup all over them, but normally, I am not big on the texture of pears.
Pineapple. Oh, sweet, sweet, pineapple. This is one of my favorites. In fact, I have been known to eat so much pineapple that the inside of my mouth turns into a bunch of ulcers from all the acid.
Sugar. WHAT? Why is there more sugar in this than cherries? This makes absolutely no sense to me. There is plenty of sugar in fruit all by itself! The fact that this fruit cup also proclaims "Natural Fruit" on the packaging and then has more sugar than cherries completely disturbs me.
Cherries. Cherries are the ultimate find in fruit cocktails. Even to those who are not huge cherry-eaters, finding a cherry is exciting! Cherries provide a splash of unique color and are often hard to find and therefore highly sought after.

All of that being said, the following was the actual contents of my fruit cup:

  • 1/2 pears
  • 7/16 peaches
  • 2 small pineapple "tidbits" which could have been one before I was jabbing around looking for all the pears.
  • 5 cherry halves.


I don't think this breakdown is very representative of the order of ingredients. I feel that my fruit cocktail was misrepresented.