When I saw this in Asda I simply knew I had to try some - Fruit Salad and black jacks were two of my favourite sweets growing up when I was a kid. As soon as I got home, I coul wait to open the bottle and I mu say I was disappointed by the smell I was greeted with as soon as the lid came off.
Unfortunately, things went all downhill from there.
The drink isn't bad, it's just a little too overly sweet for my liking - the flavour is spot on unlike with a certain brand of crisps who regularly offer funky new flavours only to fail to deliver on taste when you go to try them. Drinking this is a little like having put a bag of fruit salad sweets in the blender and then pouring it into a glass, and unfortunately the childish appeal quickly wears off.
I am not sure who this drink is supposed to appeal to - do today's kids even know what fruit salads are anymore? Certainly they are still about but they are nowhere near as prevalent as they were when I was a lad!
If it is meant for adults wanting a bit of retrospective nostalgia, then you would probably be better off just buying a packet of sweets!
I really wanted to enjoy this, but for me it just fell short. The drink is reasonably cheap for squash but then it also tastes cheap too. After only a couple of glasses, the novelty soon wears off!
There is an old saying - you get what you pay for - and that is certainly true here.
If you like your squash to taste artificial and overly sickly sweet, then you will probably love this. If you prefer better quality squash though, you should probably think again!
When it comes to squash and juices I'm a bit of a creature of habit really. I usually pick up an orange flavoured one and have done with it without a lot of thinking going into it lol! However I spotted this fruit salad squash the other day in Asda costing £1.50 a bottle and simply fancied it thinking it may make me feel all summery in this horrible cold weather we are having at the moment....well anything's worth a try when a squash is so cheap! Lol.
The juice comes in an oblong, plastic, see-through bottle that holds 1.5 litres of the squash and it has a light blue twist on/off cap to the top of it. Around the bottle there is a blue coloured label with an orange on the front of it and we are told that it is Asda 'Double Strength' Squash 'No added sugar' Fruit Salad and that you only need to use half as much (as other some other squashes) and that it contains no artificial colours or flavours and the size is stated (as I've listed already). Other information on the bottle includes ingredients (it is suitable for Vegetarians by the way) being listed, there is a nutritional chart shown, as is the best before date clearly stamped on, directions for how to make it up are given and contact details for Asda are also listed. Nice, large easy to handle bottle this as it has ripples to the sides of it for ease of picking it up and this is the only size I saw this available to purchase in.
The Squash Itself:
The squash is transparent and smooth looking and a very deep orange colour. To make this drink up you simply add 1 part squash to 9 parts water, basically that's a drop of squash to plenty of water making this a rather economical drink in the long run!
The smell of this is like a natural pineapple smell and the taste of it is superb. It's naturally sweetened and rather sweet but it gets away with that as it doesn't taste artificially sweetened in any way. The flavour is fruity, being that its meant to be and is a blend of orange, pineapple and raspberry squashes. I can certainly taste the pineapple, the orange gives a slight zest to the juice and the raspberry is only slightly there but detectable.
For me this is a lovely summery drink, is easy to mix up, leaves no horrible after taste and of course you can mix this with plain old water but for a slightly more refreshing drink this is great with fizzy or soda water and definitely my preferred option!
Because its double strength it really does work out economical as you don't need to use lots of it and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing this time and time again in the future!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml Serving:
of which sugars: 0.2g
of which saturates: Trace
equivalent as salt: 0.1g
Vitamin C 4.07mg (6.8% RDA
Only available in Asda stores.
I saw this squash in Asda the other week and brought a bottle to try. It's double concentrated so it comes in quite a small bottle but because you don't need to use as much for each glass it will last longer than a bottle of Robinsons.
It smells mega strong when you sniff it out of the bottle and I think it would be a very harsh drink if you put too much into the water, we've nearly finished the bottle now so have kind of sussed out how much to use. It's deffo nicer if you use ice cold water and I think it tastes better when you put some ice cubes in the glass as well. I thought I was going to be disappointed with the taste because the major smell is of plain orange squash but it's loads nicer than I thought it would be.
It's quite a refreshing drink and doesn't taste cheap at all even though it's an own brand squash and they're not usually all that good. The flavour of the squash is quite strong even when it's made up exactly how they tell you to on the bottle, we make it half the strength again for my 2 year old sister because she pulled her face when she had a properly made up glass and I think it was a bit too sour fruity for her.
The main taste is deffo orange like I thought it would be but there is also quite a strong pineapple taste that comes through as you're drinking, I have looked on the bottle and there should be a taste of raspberries in there as well but I can't taste them. It's like drinking a mix of pinapple and orange squashes and they're mixed together good so that they taste tropical and refreshing. I don't know why they didn't call it tropical squash actually because it's more that kind of taste than fruit salad! lol
I deffo recommend this squash for a change. I wouldn't drink it too much because it can make you feel a bit thirsty like most squashes but the flavour is yummy and I reckon it will be a wicked choice when the weather starts getting really warm. I noticed Asda have got a good selection of flavours in their squash so am going to experiment a bit with the rest of the range because this one was so yummy and completely unlike anything Robinsons have got out.
As I mentioned in my Asda bottled water review, the hot weather recently has had me ditching the teabags, and buying lots of fruity squash, for long drinks, over ice, in the garden (bliss!). I went on a bit of a squash buying frenzy, as Asda had a 3 for £3 offer on their double strength squash range.
The 1.5 litre bottles usually retail at £1.38 each, so I stockpiled! One of the flavours that I bought was Fruit Salad flavour, which sounded nice and summery, and I hadn't tried it before.
The first thing that struck me when I saw it, was the rather lurid orange colour of the squash. It was a really strong colour, a lot more vivid than the paler, orange squash you can buy. I was relieved though, that a small box on the label assured me that the product contained no artificial colours or flavours. In fact the orange colour is derived from Carotene. The label had a picture of an orange, raspberries and pineapple, which was the flavour of the squash.
When you smell it, the squash has a really overpowering smell. I suppose this is because it is double strength and you only need a tiny amount before diluting. The squash itself had a lovely fruity flavour, and the pineapple really shone through, though I couldn't taste raspberries at all.
This squash is a really nice alternative to plain orange squash, and a bottle lasts over a week because you don't need to use much. I have really enjoyed it diluted with sparkling water! Asda offers to refund your money if you are not happy with the product.
Looking at the ingredients, I noticed that the actual juice content was very low. 14% Orange juice, 4% Pineapple uice and 2% Raspberry. And although the flavourings were natural, the product contained sweetners and preservatives. There is an allergy warning on the bottle that the squash contains Sulphur Dioxide. I think as long as you drink this occasionaly, rather than all the time, you should be OK. On the plus side, the squash contains extra vitamin C, but again, when you check the label, it is only 4.07mg per 100ml.
The nutritional information is as follows per 100ml:
To store, keep the bottle in a cool dry place. The bottle is recycleable after use.
This is a pleasant squash that offers something different to mainstream squash. My only warning is that may not be as healthy as it looks, and should be consumed in moderation as a treat. I think Asda could work on making this product a bit healthier, seeing as the target market for this product is children.
As someone who doesn't like fizzy drinks, but easily gets bored of drinking plain old water, I'm always looking for new squashes. So, when I noticed this fruit salad variety in Asda, I decided to try it.
I've tried Asda squashes before and enjoyed them, but never in the new 'Double Strength' variety, which seems to be the new fashion with supermarket own brands. I'm always wary of things that shout out to you in bold, black capital letters, but in this case, the thing they're shouting about doesn't seem to be a gimmick. Admittedly, I like my squash on the weaker side and generally put less in than most, but I definitely put less in than I normally would. In fact, the first time I made it up, I had to pour half of my drink away and top it up with more water because it was just too strong.
So at £1.50 for 1.5 litres (which the bottle recommends to be 60 servings) it is very good value, but is it a taste sensation?
Well, I've got to say, it is pretty good. By fruit salad, it means orange, pineapple and raspberry, which is not exactly the most extensive of fruit salads - but I don't think that is why it is so named. I think it's because it smells and, more importantly, tastes just like those little penny chews of the same name that you used to buy from the corner shop. And that, right there, is the reason why I like this squash so much - it's a fruity, juicy blast from the past.
You can taste all three of the fruits that it contains in a perfect mixture. It's sweet, but not overly so (probably due to the fact that it is 'no added sugar') and it is the perfect drink for summertime (that's assuming we get a summer this year!).
So I have to conclude that it is good value for money as well as being quite delicious and I would definitely recommend it. Give it a try - if you aren't completely happy, Asda will give you a full refund and replace it for you at the touch of a (phone) button. So, what have you got to lose?!
I'm not going to go through all the lists of ingredients and nutrition information, but here are the main points that may be of interest to you:
*It has no added sugar
*It has no artificial colours or preservatives
*It has added vitamin C - a 250ml serving gives you approximately 17% of your recommended daily allowance
*It is suitable for vegetarians
*For allergy advice, it contains sulphur dioxide