Hawaiian punch is a – 5 percent fruit and 95 percent preservatives – fruit juice. The Hawaiian punch, created in the year 1934 by A.W. Leo, Ralph Harrison, and Tom Yeats, is a mixture of tropical flavors such as pineapple, guava, papaya, and passion fruit. Created as an ice-cream syrup, now the Hawaiian punch is a popular drink owned by the Keurig Dr. Pepper Company.
Does Hawaiian Punch Need To Be Refrigerated?
Is it necessary to refrigerate a bottle of Hawaiian punch?
A bottle of Hawaiian punch is 95 percent added sugar and preservatives. Only a small 5 percent is fresh fruits and fruit flavorings. Thus an unopened bottle of Hawaiian punch can be stored inside a pantry unrefrigerated for 6 to 9 months. 6 months if the storage room is fairly warm and 9 months under perfect conditions.
This is why carbonated drinks like Coca-Cola which are 100 percent processed sugars and preservatives last for a long time.
So we can safely conclude that a Hawaiian punch that is not opened does not require any sort of refrigeration.
An opened bottle is different from an unopened Hawaiian punch bottle. An opened bottle has to be refrigerated because once opened, bacteria and other microorganisms living in the surrounding environment will have a chance to insert themselves through the opening.
Two types of bacteria will live inside the juice bottle once it’s opened, pathogenic bacteria and spoilage bacteria.
Spoilage bacteria are less harmful because their purpose is to spoil/deteriorate the Hawaiian punch. They are also bacteria that will cause your fruit punch to develop an unpleasant odor, taste, and texture. But the spoilage bacteria are not harmful, they will only turn your drink into a disgusting mixture of smell and filth.
There are a ton of pathogenic foodborne bacteria but only two will live inside an opened juice bottle.
E Coli and Bacillus cereus, the two pathogenic bacteria are not deadly but will cause a lot of pain and suffering. Bacillus cereus when ingested can cause diarrhea that lasts for 6 to 15 hours and vomiting that lasts for 30 minutes to 6 hours. Drinking E Coli infested Hawaiian punch will cause even more damage because ingesting E Coli causes severe diarrhea that lasts for 5 to 10 days.
Pathogenic bacteria aside from causing severe mental and physical trauma are also unidentifiable. The pathogenic bacteria, unlike the spoilage bacteria, don’t produce any sort of unpleasant odor because they are completely odorless. Which is why it’s necessary to refrigerate your Hawaiian fruit punch after opening.
An opened bottle of Hawaiian fruit punch when refrigerated will only last for 5 to 7 days maximum. Because pathogenic bacteria inside your Hawaiian punch will become inactive when subjected to fridge temperatures that are lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. But spoilage bacteria can still thrive even under these low refrigerator temperatures, and as a result, will spoil your bottle of Hawaiian punch. So it’s necessary to finish your Hawaiian punch bottle under 5 days.
Read the USDA’s research article on the importance of food refrigeration if you want to understand more about foodborne illnesses.