Product Name: Mogu Mogu
Type: Juice Drink
Local Flavors: Coconut, Grape, Lychee, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry
Price: PHP 25.00 – 30.00
Where To Buy: In 24-hour convenience stores and most major supermarkets (?) nationwide
Review In A Nutshell:
Mogu Mogu’s unique selling point — the nata de coco bits — is worthy enough of a post and honestly speaking, I am having a why-did-I-not-try-it-before moment so this is me making amends… through a product review.
First off, I’d like to apologize for this distraction post. Distraction in the sense that I still have a lot more to blog about as previously shared but I’m choosing to make a post about this product for three reasons.
One, more for variety since my recent reviews are either about books or movies… or movies about books… or books about movies… Whateven! Hahaha. Two, I shelled out enough money in trying almost half of the flavors enough to make a verdict. Three, I just wanted to see if this post can rival my lone product review which happens to be my top blog post on the site at 1,442 views to date (and still counting six months after I published it)! That’s like almost a quarter of this site’s total views and the next most-viewed blog post only clocks in at 327 only, not even half. Okay, enough with the stats, more of that when I make a year-end post. 🙂
And why not blog about it? I think Mogu Mogu’s unique selling point is worthy enough of a post and honestly speaking, I am having a why-did-I-not-try-it-before moment so this is me making amends… through a product review. 😉
I’ve been seeing Mogu Mogu in the cold storage shelves of the nearest convenience store at my former office almost two years ago. I was curious when I saw it but not enough for me to try it. Not because I thought the product was bad but it was odd for me. Imagine this, your favorite juice drink with nata de coco bits. Hmmmm, nata de coco… How would that taste like? I guess the oddness won me over that I never tried even a bottle… until about a few weeks ago, when a couple of my friends were arguing about which is the best flavor. That got me curious enough to buy one… and I haven’t looked back since.
Mogu Mogu Juice Drink with Nata De Coco Bits is manufactured by Sapanan General Food Co. Ltd., a company based in Bangkok, Thailand. It is perhaps their most exported product since it also sold in the rest of Asia, Middle East, Europe and US. Mogu Mogu was first produced in 2003 but in the Philippines, it was launched in 2010. I didn’t realize that there was a craze back then — which is not surprising since Pinoys generally like to try something that’s new to get into the trend. But trends often come and go, and in a country as fickle-minded as mine, a product’s popularity lasts for a month or two if lucky. Case in point: several years ago, stalls selling ice blended drinks with tapioca pearls sprung up like mushrooms; now, it’s milk tea shops. It makes one question about a product’s longevity and I think it became obvious to me why Mogu Mogu is still in the shelves since it was introduced in the Philippine market: the product targets the health-conscious Pinoy.
Drinking fruit juice alone is healthy enough but if you add nata de coco in the picture, it doubles the benefits. Nata de coco, for those who do not know, is a chewy, gel-like food product that is sourced from coconut and is known for its high fiber, low fat and zero cholesterol content. It’s a quick sweet fix and very inexpensive too. So imagine drinking a 320 ml. bottle of Mogu Mogu that’s loaded with nata de coco bits… and I do mean loaded since you get a good mouthful of it in one sip… it’s like giving yourself an apple a day. The generous amount of nata de coco bits doubles as a snack so one bottle can easily fill you up. Also, what’s good about Mogu Mogu is that the nata de coco bits do not affect the taste of the fruit juice; if anything, it somewhat makes it better. And for its price, it’s a healthy option to all the sodas and green tea drinks out there that have caffeine. The only downside: I hardly see them in major supermarkets; I have only bought what I drank so far from 24/7 convenience stores and a locally famous bread shop.
Seven bottles and three flavors after, Mogu Mogu Juice Drink has definitely won me over. So far, there hasn’t been a flavor that I didn’t like but my favorite to date is the grape one. And I do not see myself stopping anytime soon; I still have to try out four more flavors. So dear wallet, prepare for a Mogu Mogu shopping spree. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars
Buy a bottle… or two… or more… and pay it forward! A product this good and this healthy is meant to be shared with family and friends especially those who have yet to try one. I may not be a super health-conscious person — even though I should be — but I doubt I would stop on having a Mogu Mogu fix as often as I could afford it.
All images featured in this post are courtesy of Mogu Mogu Manila’s official website. If you’re a fan, like their Mogu Mogu Manila Facebook page and you’ll be treated to interesting suggestions on how to best enjoy your Mogu Mogu drink aside from their regular updates. You can also follow them on Twitter — @mogumogumanila — and be treated to their cute (dancing) avatar. 🙂