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Nestle have done it again. Not content with the bad press that they get for feeding formula milk to undernourished kids in Africa they seem set on taking over the UK food and drink market. What's more we are promised a heatwave at the weekend and our thoughts will be turning to cooling and refreshing drinks. Is the answer ne of the newest additions to the Nestle range of drinks? Nescafe Ice. Available in coffee or mocha flavours this is essentially an iced coffee (cross between coffee milkshake and cold coffee) - sound appetising? My mother (always one for a bargain) spotted a tray of these in Poundland not so long ago and decided that at, you guessed it, £1 for 24 bottles, they were going to be OK! So, armed with two trays, one mocha and one coffee, away she came. Both varieties tasted about the same and so the points that follow apply to both. COLOUR The milkshake is a brown colour - rather like an overly yellow milky cup of coffee. Almost tan. SMELL It smells, well, like weak coffee. You can tell that this is going to be a sweet drink when you smell it. TASTE I thought it was OK. There is a distinct milky coffee taste to the coffee variety (funnily enough) but the mocha version lacks the chocolatey taste that one would expect. Both are very smooth on the palate and not too strong. I was suprised not to find artificial sweetners on the list of ingredients as that classic dry aftertaste was present which one would normally associate with aspartamine. PACKAGING This drink comes in a 280ml glass bottle with a "fitted plastic jacket" in royal blue with a rather appetising picture of an iced coffee being splashed about in water! The cap is silver and is designed to "pop up" if the bottle has been opened (rather like a jam jar or baby food jar). This is a good feature as the drink must be refrigerated after opening. PRICE This is so
ld in most outlets for just over £1 a bottle! I can honestly say that I would not pay this for it! INGREDIENTS The boring bit (mocha variety): Water, whole milk (27%), sugar, soluble coffee (1%), glucose, modified starch, fat-reduced cocoa, skimmed milk powder, acidity regulators (E500 and E332), flavorings and salt. It provides you with 158Kcals per bottle and a wacking 3.2g of fat! THE BOTTOM LINE: This drink tastes OK but is far too expensive and comes in far too small a bottle for my liking. It is fairly high in fat content and I would rather get more drink for my money and my fat! DIY Last summer I got the iced coffee bug but resented paying good money for cold coffee. If you have a coffee machine at work that vends espressos then try this: One shot sweet espresso in a mug and top with ice cold milk (assuming that your company supply this!). Ideally this should go into the fridge for half an hour or so to cool properly but adding a couple of ice-cubes does the same thing! Miles cheaper (even free!)
very soothing - Advantages: Refreshing , Soothing - Disadvantages: Hard to open
It seemed like such a good idea at the time - heading back to London on the M6, I was flagging a little and in need of some refreshment, something to perk me up. Having overdone a bit the previous evening, I decided to avoid any Red Bull-style beverages, and this drink caught my eye. This is my chance to say something positive about it, I suppose - Nescafe Ice comes in a proper glass bottle, with a nicely designed label that gives you the impression of concealing a tasty and refreshing milk and coffee beverage. If that's what you're looking for, stop right there, go to the next shelf and find a coffee or mocha flavour milkshake, as Nescafe Ice will only leave a strange taste in your mouth. The coffee is quite creamy, but has been sweetened with something so artificial that the taste is almost sickly from the first sip, and then leaves a fairly unpleasant aftertaste on your tongue. The mocha flavour itself is not that bad, but the excessive underlying sweetness ruins it completely - I used to take sugar in my coffee, then tried to switch to Sweetex and the like before finally giving in and ditching sweeteners altogether, for precisely this reason. You can tell a mile off if a drink has been sweetened artificially or not, and this stuff hasn't even had a sniff of sugar cane. In many ways, this drink does exactly what it says, but probably not in the way that Nescafe try and tell you! It will wake you up a bit as it's made with normal caffeinated coffee, but you'll wish that you hadn't tried it because you won't be able to get rid of the taste for quite a while. In short, avoid.
The great tasting, refreshing iced coffee drink from Nescafé. Available in two variants, Mocha and Vanilla.