Light and sparkling (6% abv), Babycham is a 'classic' drink which has continued to stand the test of time.
Babycham - Matthew Clark plc Whitchurch Lane Bristol BS14 0BJ
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Oh dear! The first time I ever tasted Babycham was when I was about 17 years old. I thought I was so grown up and sophisticated. This drink seems to have been around for years. The last time I bought any was the day before Christmas Eve 2012. I bought it not for my own consumption, but for my mother in law, who was coming round to our house for Christmas lunch. She absolutely loves the stuff and she prefers it to wine, sparkling wine or even champagne. Obviously, it's not an expensive as a decent bottle of champagne and if she was happier with the Babycham, then all the more champagne for me to drink!
I bought four bottles (they came in a pack of four) from Morrisons and cost £3.59 for 4 x 200ml glass bottles with a flip off lid. My daughter asked me if she can have some of the 'reindeer pop' every year as she thinks the bottles look cute. I give her a glass of lemonade and she never knows! I always think of Babycham as a Christmas drink, though it's actually on sale all year round, it does seem to be much more popular around the festive season and more popular as a woman's drink, rather than a man's. My husband has had a glass every now and again but he's not very keen and says its far too sweet for him.
Taste-wise, it's nice enough but nothing to get excited about. It's very sweet and reminds me a little bit of Lambrini or Lambrusco. It needs to be very well chilled before consumption, as otherwise it tastes dreadful. It's a little bit like a very cheap tasting weak sparkling wine. It contains only 6% alcohol by volume so you aren't going to get drunk on this very quickly.
I am able to have the very odd glass of Babycham but to be perfectly honest I find it just too sweet to be able to drink any more than one glass. It's a great part or celebration drink but not what I would call 'moreish'. It certainly doesn't live up to or compare with a decent bottle of Prosecco or sparkling wine and I'd personally say that it's not even at the same level as Lambrini. Having said that, I've never seen any youths in our local park knocking back Babycham so I suppose that says something in itself!
It's slightly fruity in taste and very bubbly and fizzy. It is perhaps a little bit too fizzy for my liking and gives me hiccups if I drink it too quickly. I have also used it mixed with orange juice as a kind of cheap version of Bucks Fizz and it tasted fine. Actually, the orange juice too the edge off the sweetness of the Babycham slightly and made it more palatable. Colour-wise, it's pale much like a white wine and it smells pretty nondescript to me - a little like watered down / diluted cheap wine.
Babycham is, I believe, also available in large sized bottles with a cork. This would probably have the advantage of making it look a little bit classier and it's a good drink to take to a party of celebratory event. Personally speaking, I much prefer a mid range bottle of wine to Babycham any day, but I have to say, it seems to be growing in popularity recently as a lot of the younger girls at work seem to be drinking it again, especially over the festive period.
It's a nice enough drink but I'd not miss it if it were ever take off the market as there are a lot better alternatives out there. Price-wise it's very reasonable, the bottles are recyclable and if nothing else, it brings back memories of my teenage years and was one of the first alcoholic drinks I'd ever tasted.
I give it three out of five stars.
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This drink reminds me of my Mother, who used to drink Babycham, sometimes with Brandy in and always with a cherry on a stick, which I thought was the height of sophistication in the 1980's. Recently I picked some up in my local Tesco, 4 200ml bottles of the sparkling perry for £3.99, as it was Christmas.
Babycham is a bit of a retro classic, there is now even a clothing range sporting the well known jumping deer that is the iconic Babycham logo. It has 6% alcohol, is made from pears and is fruity, sparkly and very sweet to taste. It is pale yellow in colour.
The bottles are green and are covered in a crinkly foil design with the information of what the product is and the deer logo, they need opening using a bottle opener, to flip off the cap top, but this is easily done and the glass can be recycled.
Overall, I like the idea of babycham, and will on the odd occasion drink it as it reminds me of my mother, but overall I find it too sweet and sickly, and also although it does not loose its fizz whilst in the glass, it is not a very enjoyable drink, especially if you prefer dry white wines or a good shiraz. So to conclude the idea of it is greater that the taste and although it would be shame to not see it on the supermarket shelves, I'm not sure I will be buying it regularly, those with a sweeter tooth than mine may disagree.
WHAT IS IT?
A perry that is popular at Christmas as an alternative to wine.
Babycham is very sweet and tastes like cheaper wine. It has got a nice taste and it is lighter than most white wines, I like how bubbly it is and how the sweet fruity taste lingers in my mouth after I have drunk it. It is too sweet for a lot of people. My husband does not like it and says to me when I drink it that it is bland but I do not agree with this.
WHAT I THINK
I have liked Babycham for a long time and I always drink some over Christmas even if I do not drink it at any time over the rest of the year. It is very cheap to buy but does not taste like a cheap drink like Lambrini does. There is 6% alcohol in Babycham but it does not taste that strong to me, I would say it is a fun drink because the bubbles get you a little bit giggly and tipsy without making you feel tired like some perrys do.
I like that Babycham is so easy to drink and the small 20cl bottles makes sure that every glass you drink has got the same fresh taste. The bubbles do not go flat either even if you keep the perry in your glass for a while before you drink it, I like that because I think it indicates quality even though Babycham is not thought of as a high quality drink.
Because it is so sweet I think Babycham is quite sickly so I do not drink very much at a time, not enough to get drunk or have a hangover the next morning. It is a drink that can make you have a headache if you start drinking it and then switch to soft drinks so you should be wary of this if you are having just one or two in the pub if you are the designated driver. It is also quite gassy and that made me feel a bit ill on Christmas Eve when I drank Babycham on top of a heavy meal of rich foods.
I like Babycham though and think it is a nice drink when you want to have a change from wine. There is even clothing and shoes that you can buy now that have the Babycham fawn on them because the brand is a bit of a retro classic now.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
After reading a review on here some time ago it reminded me of how much I love this drink! It proper reminds me of Christmas, as when I was younger (I'm talking aged 13 or so,not 5!) and used to go round my aunt's in Bristol where most my family live, I was allowed some of this after my Christmas dinner as a treat. As a a nostalgic treat we stocked some up a few weeks ago, and I enjoy having a bottle of this whilst wrapping christmas pressies in the evening when madam has gone to bed!
- Packaging -
It comes in small green glass bottles and the top is similar to those on a beer bottle that need to be removed with a bottle opener and flicked off. If you're strong you can open it with your hand but I daren't to do so! The bottles have a label on and is rather green in all over with the traditional reindeer design on it. Even more Christmassy suggestion here! The bottles we bought were 200ml and come in a pack of 4 and I think we paid about £3 for this multipack in our local cornershop.
- The Drink -
Babycham is quite a feminine drink in that its a refreshing sparkling perry. It's quite sweet and is subtly fizzy like an alcopop so it's rather easy to down as a casual evening beverage. Although it's an alcoholic drink, it is only 6% ABV so for me it's like drinking lemonade as it really has no effect on me! I tend to drink it out of the bottle with a straw as I am quite lazy, but when younger I used to drink it out of a proper champagne glass to feel nice and grown up! I think consuming it this way is a lovely eloquent way and it gives it a nice edge and makes it feel much more expensive and tasteful than what it actually is.
- Overall -
I really like this drink and I think similarly to Snowball, its a lovely refreshing alcopop type drink but with a little bit more class. It's lovely this time of year as a warm festive treat to lift your spirits a bit and you won't be falling over on the floor out of all inebriated! It's cheap and cheerful, tastes nice, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone stocking up on some christmas beverages this year.
I love BabyCham it was always the drink that I was allowed to have at Christmas when I was a teenager and this carried on to me enjoying it when I was an adult too. Babychamp is most definitely a drink that is designed for ladies though there is nothing to stop men from enjoying it too. It always reminds me of a classier version of an alcopop.
It comes in little 200ml bottles and I love the retro Bambiesque deer that they use on their packaging. This along with the sweeter taste is what probably makes it appeal to women. It might not be very cool but it still tastes good even after all these years.
Babycham is sparkling perry which means that it is made from perry pears. I was a bit surprised by this as I always just assumed it was just a sweet white sparkling wine as this is more what it tastes like to me. It is bubbly and sweet and there is no bitterness to the drink but it also doesn't have the sickly sweet taste to it that most alcopops have.
For a long time I was the only person who I knew that still drunk this but it seems to have come back in to fashion as now loads of my friends also drink it and a couple of months ago when I went to a friend's house for a girls night three separate people brought some Babycham with them.
The alcohol content in Babycham is not all that high as it is only 6% so it is a good drink to be enjoyed with friends without getting really drunk on it. For this reason I also think it is a great drink to have in the summer at bbq's etc. as it is refreshing without being too heavy. The only problem with this is that it tastes much better when it is drunk from a champagne glass than from the bottle although if you do have to drink it from the bottle make sure that it is cold and that you have a straw as it does taste and look better this way than swigging it from the bottle.
Babycham is a Christmas must for me and my Mum, it just wouldn't be the same without it.
Babycham was first launched in the UK way back in 1953. In its 57 years it has seen it popularity rise and fall and start to rise again. The Babycham trademark is a cute brown and white fawn wearing a blue bow around its neck.
Although Babycham can be found in supermarkets its not sold in pubs and clubs anymore. There are various campaigns to change this but I personally think that alcopops are more popular with young people now. Babycham has always been marketed more at the female customers where as alco pops are aimed at both male and female.
Babycham is a sparkling Perry. Perry is made by fermenting pears. It is always sold in a green glass champagne style bottle that had changed little over the years. It still has a pale blue label with the words Babycham Sparkling Perry written on the front. It also features the little bambi character that has always been the Babycham logo. There is a further label around the neck of the bottle also with bambi on it in gold colouring. There is gold foil around the neck and top of the bottle and the cork, which is now plastic, is held in place with a little wire frame.
In my opinion the bottle looks quite dated, personally I think its the pale blue colour of the label that gives it the dated image, but in a strange way its nice to think that Babycham is 57 years old and still retained its image.
I got my Babycham from Netto it cost me £1.99 for a 75cl bottle. Great value in my opinion. It can also be bought in smaller bottles, 4x200ml bottles will cost approximately £3.00.
The taste and appearance of Babycham is very much like sparkling wine. It smells like wine too. Its not too sweet so for those who like sweetish drinks, this wouldn't be the best, but its in no way dry either. Despite being a Perry I can never taste pears in this drink.
Babycham is best drunk the same day ( no problem in our house) it does tend to go flat quickly.
Today the Babycham name has been can be found on shoes and clothes as well as the more traditional Babycham glasses.
Of course there's no way Babycham can compete with the real champagne but it does make a lovely sparkling drink and is a nice alternative to spirits.
Babycham is 5.5%vol, and as we are all advised, drinking should always be done responsibly and in moderation.
When we used to drive past Shepton Mallet there was a famous landmark that we always looked out for, on top of the Showering's factory stood a life-size statue of a fawn ( like Bambi), this little `Bambi` deer was the trademark of Babycham, the champagne perry drink that used to be so popular.
A glass of Babycham was the first alcoholic drink that ever passed my lips and at that time it was considered chic, sexy and daring to drink the perry.
Babycham was served in a special glass, the glass had a long stem, a cocktail style top and the Babycham deer was pictured on the glass.
The chilled Babycham was poured into the glass and a cherry on a cocktail stick was then balanced on top of the glass, the drink was an art form in itself.
Babycham was launched in 1953 and it seems that Showering's ( brewers for over 200 years ) were in for a shock, the sweet perry became a best seller and all the girls wanted to be seen holding that cute glass that was filled with the sweet perry. In 1953 the price of a small bottle of Babycham was the equivalent of 7p in todays money
It may be a while since I last drank a glass of Babycham but that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy it, for a while it almost seemed that the drink had vanished off of the face of the earth but I have noticed that the small glass bottles are back on the shelves again.
I know that I have seen litre bottles of Babycham in the supermarkets too. Tesco and Sainsbury's stock Babycham and in Tesco you can expect to pay around £3.20p for four x 200ml bottles.
The glass bottles appear to have the same labelling that they had all those years ago, the paper label is summer blue and gold and `Bambi` dances across the label with that smart blue bow around her neck.
Babycham ( ABV 6% ) is a sparkling perry. The sweet drink is quite `syrupy` and I am going to stick my neck out and say that it is one for the females !
The glass bottles have tops that need to be removed with a bottle opener and the small bottles hold just enough perry to fill a small wine glass.
You need to chill the Babycham and you don't usually put ice into it. The sweet liquid is not meant to quench a thirst, if you want that you will need to order a pint !
Babycham has an unusual but very pleasant taste, I for one wouldn't want to overindulge with this one because I think it could make you feel a bit `icky`.
Don't be fooled into thinking that the drink has no power behind it, Babycham can pack a punch, have two or three and you can feel the alcohol coursing your veins ( Nice feeling though )
If you are going to drink Babycham in style then you will need to go out and buy a tub of cocktail cherries and some cocktail sticks, failing that then just enjoy the moment.
Showering's like to buy fruit from the UK and they try their best to buy as many home-grown pears for the perry as they can but the company do have to resort to buying some continental pears to keep the production lines rolling.
Babycham was the `in` drink of the 60s and 70s but towards the end of the 80s people wanted a change and started drinking wine and spirits and mixers.
If you like brandy then a brandy mixed with Babycham makes a lovely drink.
Times change and now the shelves are filled with all types of bottled alcoholic drinks, look how popular the alcopops have become .
But it is good to know that Babycham is still widely available, not only in the UK but abroad as well.
After scribbling all of this I am beginning to think a walk down memory lane is on the cards - just adding Babycham to my shopping list. Memo to meself - check the price of the cocktail cherries.
Whilst browsing my local Somerfield's the other day I came across 'Babycham' and was rather attracted to the 'fawn' on the front. Babycham cleverly uses the cute fawn to attract women...well it is classed as a 'woman's drink'. The four 200ml bottles were excellently priced at £1.49 so I decided to add them to my basket.
In recent years I have taken a fancy to wine and it is now my drink of choice when I go out. I purchased Babycham thinking it was a cheap version of wine and I wasn't far wrong although in comparison it is more of a cider. The product was marketed as a pear champagne and was very popular amongst women, becoming one of the most popular drinks for women in the 60's.
The Showering Brothers ran a small brewery in Shepton Mallet, Somerset and were looking for ways to improve their cider. They used Perry pears to create Babycham and decided that this was a great alternative to their cider. In the 40's Babycham was created.
Babycham is available in the multi-packs of four small (200ml) dark green bottles with a metal lid. These were a little annoying as I spent most of the time searching for a bottle opener...only to find that the lid was impossible to get off. As Babycham is so cheap anyway I find that a few packs of these bottles can go down great at a party and fit nicely in a fridge/wine bucket.
Babycham is also available in 750ml bottles with a screw top lid which is obviously better at a dinner party as it can be shared out and then resealed. Babycham is also available in 'popping cork' variety for special occasions and I find this is almost as good as champagne...obviously not in taste but in cork-popping style - or as far as the neighbours are concerned anyway.
On opening the lid the bubbles leap to the top and the drink inside can be rather feisty. I don't get a particular smell although it has a similar aroma of a cheap fruity wine but is very similar to lemonade. The colour is slightly paler to that of a white wine.
The taste is also very similar to the smell, nothing really stood out as being particularly special. In fact it tasted much like a watered down wine mixed with very fizzy lemonade. Unlike wine however the taste is very sweet, despite this it is not sickly kind of 'sweet. To an avid wine taster the taste is likely to disappoint, as it is to a professional alcohol taster in general.
The drink unfortunately is nothing special but it is easy to drink and is a cheap substitute to champagne with some of the cheaper ones being priced at £20.
Babycham is a very 'drinkable' drink and by this I simply mean that it is so easy to drink and at only 6% alcohol by volume (ABV) it's not going to get you legless quickly, in fact the only thing that made me stop drinking it was the fizz and the uncontrollable urge to burp after every mouthful.
Whilst the taste was quite disappointing there is also the famous Bucks Fizz...and if you can make your mind up which one to choose (boom boom) then this one offers a better flavour as it is blended with orange juice.
This drink is available from most supermarkets at a really cheap price of about £3 for the multi-pack 4x200ml bottles or about £2.75 for the 750ml bottles. I would say that this is a great value if you are not fussy about the stuff you drink. This time of the year however (Christmas) Babycham is on offer at excellent prices.
Overall this is a great drink to serve at a celebration especially if you have a cork popping bottle. On the other hand if you are having a girly night in then this drink is perfect. I did offer some to my other half who wasn't keen on it...the drink seems to be marketed as a girly drink for a reason and its not my partners first...second or even 30th drink of choice. In his words "it's bearable but not great".
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My wife and I enjoy going out for meals and for many years my wife was able to enjoy a glas or two of Babycham. We live in Winchester, in the county of Hampshire, eat and drink locally. We are unable to enjoy those eveings out so much now because none of the restuarants or public houses sell Babycham any more. Why is this? My wife suffers with migraine and this is the only drink that she can safety have without having problems. I understand that there are no demand for Babychams any longer, certainly not in this area. Your positive comments please.
Light and sparkling (6% abv), Babycham is a 'classic' drink which has continued to stand the test of time. Babycham - Matthew Clark plc Whitchurch Lane Bristol BS14 0BJ United Kingdom. Telephone 01275 836100. Facsimile 01275 836726 E-Mail : info@MatthewClark.Co.UK