“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Fruits „
I tried Sainsbury's Fruit Cocktail once - and I have to say I don't think I will be trying it again. Don't get me wrong, some of the Basic's range is very good, but some is certainly substandard - and this is one of those products that I just feel it's worth paying a little more for.
I can't actually remember how much I paid for it, but as with the whole Sainsbury's Basic range it would have been really cheap, otherwise I wouldn't have been tempted to try it. The fruit cocktail came in a can (without a ring pull) and had a variety of fruits chopped up into fairly small chunks and bathed in a lightly coloured clear syrup - as with most canned fruit cocktails. On first appearances it looked okay and there were various fruits easily identified - such as peach, pineapple, pear, apple and cherries. It looked nice enough. Once issue was the fact that there was about as much syrup as there was fruit and so there wasn't quite as much fruit in there as I would have expected - and a lot more syrup.
However, my main complaint comes from the taste. it is just incredibly overwhelmingly sweet. Now, I have a sweet tooth and so ordinarily this wouldn't be a huge concern for me in a desert, but it was even too sweet for me and because of that overwhelming sugariness, I found it was actually too difficult to distinguish the fruit by taste alone - which was a real shame. It wasn't so much that it tasted bad, but just that the pear, peach and cherries all tastes of sugar - and not a lot else, although the textures did remain different.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this product. I just think there are better options.
One of our favourite evening treats is strawberries and ice cream drizzled with double cream. Strawberries are no longer in season so we have tried using tinned fruit instead. I don't know why - we just did. Far better I know to just have an apple instead, but there we go. We are frail weak beings and generally unworthy.
So on returning from Sainsbury's the other day we brought with us Fruit Cocktail in Fruit Juice from their hugely popular Basics range. It was less than 30p I recall. We have now eaten it and here's my review:
It tastes sweet and sugary but I expected nothing different. It contains in variable proportions, pear, peach, pineapple, grapes and cherries, but that's what I expected to see. There are never enough cherries, but somehow, as if by magic, they all find their way into my dish if I am doing the serving - funny that?
The chunks are not uniform in size and are less visually appealing than those in premium brands. Maybe these are the equivalent of the factory floor sweepings - little bits of fruit that aren't good enough for the man from Del Monte - he said No.
No matter, I have to report that the fruit cocktail tasted OK and provided my health conscience doesn't get in the way, I would have no problem with buying and eating it again.
The can has 411g of product inside but the drained weight is only 240g. That's a lot of juice as a proportion of the whole but I note that the juice is thinner than and not as syrupy as other brands I have tried. Calorie-wise, there are 101 in half a can so I'll leave you to do the maths yourself.
I like the Basics range and as a consumer, I appreciate having the choice. Some of the products are noticeably lower in quality and if this is a concern, try them and go back to your favoured brand. However, I don't expect I am alone in these troubled times in considering a greater number of purchases from the Basics or Value ranges.
Mixed with Walls Cream of Cornish ice cream and a generous portion of double cream, you don't notice if your peach is a little misshapen, do you?
A well-earned 4 dooyoo stars from me.
Trying to be a bit healthier has seen me attempting to up my fruit intake after my main meals. It doesn't come cheap though if you are constantly buying fresh fruit, so I decided to try a couple of tinned fruits as well, this being one of them.
The Sainsbury's basics range is their no thrills cheap products, with stripped down basic labels. Don't let that put you off though, as this fruit is actually quite good-for the price.
The fruit cocktail contains a mixture of fruits, such as peaches, grapes, pineapple, grapefruit and even cherries, in a light syrup. I must admit, buying the cheap fruit, I did expect there to e a lot of juice and hardly any fruit, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tin is crammed full with fruit, although you might want to mix it up before serving, as the peaches tend to settle nearer the bottom of the tin.
I particularly liked the peaches, as they are very juicy, and make you feel healthy just by eating them. I tended to find the grapefruit chunks a little on the harder side, but still edible and great tasting.
Nutrionally, these are actually quite good to, and will count towards your 5 a day fruit serving. So overall, for the price, I would say this tinned fruit cocktail is a great way of getting extra fruit into your diet, and its nice and convenient too!
I don't eat that much tinned fruit but the other week I shared a tin of this Basics Fruit Cocktail, it doesn't come in juice like the heading says but is in a mega light syrup that tastes a bit like juice only sweeter. This fruit isn't sold in juice and the food and drink guide has told me to write my review here.
You get a mix of pineapple, grapes, cherries, pear and peaches and there's loads of fruit in the tin so it's not just a tin of syrup with a few bits of fruit in it! One thing you'll notice once you've eaten a few tins of this is that each tin will have a different amount of fruit in it, like the one I shared with my mate only had 3 cherries and was nearly full of pineapple but a tin I had last night had loads of cherries in it.
All the fruit is nice and soft and it all tastes good of what it's supposed to. The peaches are my faves because they're soft and mega juicy tasting, the grapes are a bit disappointing though because even though they're nice and juicy there isn't that much flavour to them.
You can have this in a dish with the syrup for a quick sweet fix or drain it off and have it with ice cream, my mum said it's dead nice with Nestles milk but I can't stand that stuff so I deffo won't be trying it! lol I reckon it would go wicked with jelly but I've got a weird thought that pineapple does something funny to jelly so that might not be the best advice! lol
The price of this fruit cocktail is going up big time at the minute, last month it was 23p but when I brought some more the other day it was 34p and that's a bit of a big jump for a Basics product!!!
SAINSBURY'S BASICS FRUIT COCKTAILS
When my future son in law came over to dinner the other night with my daughter, he brought a tin of Sainsbury's fruit cocktail as a offering for desert, and i did think oh well at least he has contributed something.
The Can is white and has the usual orangy red stripe across the top of the tin, and does show an illustration of what looks like a little cocktail glass filled with fruit.
I was searching in my cupboard to see if i had a can of evaporated milk to go with it, as i didnt and after our meal we decided to open the can and have some soft scoop vanilla ice-cream with it, yes i know your thinking a nice healthy bit of fruit then a big dollop of ice-cream but we only had a little.
We found inside loads of little pieces of fruit, grapes, pear peach and pineapple but to be honest we only got two cherries and as only two of us were eating this, we had one each, the juice in the tin tasted lovely and the pieces of fruit were really ok, considering they were in a tin and cost less than fifty pence, thats not to bad, we didnt find any bad pieces, but did find a few pieces of fruit that were miss-shapen.
But in all fairness it was ok and we didnt have much cause to complain, considering it was a basic product, the fruit i really enjoyed.
I will rate this product four stars because of the lack of cherries, well just the two halfs, and also for the mis-shapened pieces, but all in all not a bad tin of fruit cocktail.
Fruit Cocktail, made me think of the times when i was a little girl and used to go to friends parties and mums had always got that little plastic dishes with the almost frilly edging to them and put fruitcocktail in the strawberry and orange jelly and left to set in the fridge for a while.
Made me think of the big street party we had, and we got to help with the making of the jellies.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
The other day in Sainsbury's I walked past my usual favourite aisle of snacks and chocolate and got to work at finding some healthy options! I love fruit and vegetables but have never really indulged in canned/tinned offerings before and it was something I have really wanted to try for a while! I get through so much fresh fruit and vegetables that stocking up on a few 'emergency' products so I don't starve seemed a mighty fine idea!
411g silver can with a white and orange label on it and on the front I'm told is is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Fruit Cocktail In Fruit Juice 'All Shapes, All Sizes' I'm told the fruit contains no added sugar and that half a can contains one portion of your 5 a day and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the can ingredients and nutritional information is given, contact details for Sainsburys are listed as it the weight (as I've listed already), I'm told that the fruit is suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians and Coeliacs alike and finally there is a bar-code on there. It is an economy looking offering and my only complaint about the can is that it has no ring-pull to the top of it for ease of opening but other than that the can is informative enough.
Once you open the can up your met with lots of small chunks of fruit and alot of juice. In the main there are chunks of peach and pear, I counted 4 halves of red glace cherries and a couple of triangles of pineapple and then a handful of light green, small looking grapes.
The juice was clear (in this case it's pure fruit juice) and that is really what it is, just naturally flavoured, light fruit juice with some fragments of fruits seeped into it.
The fruit is nice enough. The peach and pear were ok and well formed, smooth and not too fibrous or hard or anything like that, the cherries tasted of nothing actually and the grapes, in my opinion had gone a little too soggy and again didn't really taste of much at all.
Overall though this wasn't a bad can of fruit it's best really well drained before serving in my view and it's best served with yogurt or ice-cream or something to 'pop' the flavours through because served on it's own it isn't so flavoursome.
Not the best quality of tinned fruit I've ever tasted but it is fruity and is natural in sweetness however a little on the soggy side to rock my world... sadly!
Nutritional Information Per Half A Can....
Saturated Fat: Trace
Total Sugars: 23.2g
Only available in Sainsbury's costing about 18p a can.