“ With added vitamin C. „
I'll admit it, I'm a fussy consumer. I wasn't always. As a student I could get by on tiny amounts of money and flavour wasn't an issue to me; then, I graduated, and I began earning more, and I increased my food budget and taught my taste buds the meaning of quality.
Quality, to my taste buds, meant Ribena. Proper, high-quality, juicy, delicious Ribena. Irreplaceable, perfect Ribena. Now, I need car insurance, and an expense like that requires sacrifice, so I apologised to my taste buds today and trundled off to Asda's 'Cordials and Juices' shelf, where I found their range of High Juice drinks. The range contains approximately ten flavours (or, at least, it does in the Preston store) including blackcurrant, cranberry and tropical juice. I forget the other flavours, but there was certainly a decent selection there.
Still, I love my Ribena, and I was drawn to the blackcurrant (with some reservations, of course - I hate most blackcurrant cordial).
Ten hours later, there's a new phrase on my mind - who needs Ribena? This drink is almost identical in flavour - it's sweet, refreshing, and full of taste. Yet, overall, it's better than Ribena in my eyes. Whereas Ribena has a syrup consistency, noticeable if you've ever left an empty glass on the side for a few hours and watched the development of a thick, dark ring, the Asda High Juice does not. This syrup-like consistency also makes Ribena less refreshing than most cordials, but I'd always accepted that it was a necessary requirement for such a strong flavour - Asda have proven me wrong, and it's so nice to have the same drink, and actually feel the effects instead of still being a bit thirsty afterwards.
Asda are currently charging £1.08 for their juice. Another bonus, considering a bottle of Ribena costs a pocket-burning £2.74. Comparing the two, I don't intend to go back to drinking Ribena as long as Asda exists.
Although we drink very little juice I always like to keep a bottle in stock in case of any `little ` visitors. It is a good job that juice has a long sell by date, most of the time a litre bottle will last us a month or more.
I also have to consider the flavour carefully, I want one that suits those little people that visit and one that we don't mind having the odd glass of. Neither of us mind a glass of blackcurrant juice and something always tells me that it may be one of the better drink options for children.
Asda blackcurrant high juice is reasonably priced at £1.17p a litre, once the bottle has been opened then I store it in the fridge to make doubly sure that it stays as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
The one litre plastic bottle of blackcurrant juice is a plain and simple product, the plastic bottle can be recycled and the labelling is straightforward but minimal.
Blackcurrant juices do vary in strength, I was doing one of my Lidl's stints and picked up a bottle of juice to see me through and I wished that I hadn't! Unfortunately their high juice was very weak and I had to use a really good helping of juice before dilution to get any taste at all, which was a bit of a waste of money.
The Asda blackcurrant juice has a deep curranty smell, the juice itself is fairly thick and it has the depth of colour that we associate with blackcurrant juices.
Pour a generous quantity into a glass before you top up with cold water. I say a generous amount because there is nothing worse than having an insipid fruit juice.
You can ring the changes with the Asda High juice, it is lovely served strong and then topped with crushed ice and it is delicious served in a mug and made with boiling water. If anyone is suffering from a cough or a cold then the hot blackcurrant option is very comforting.
Asda have added extra calcium to the high juice, there are no artificial colours or flavours and there is no aspartame. So the blackcurrant high juice promotes healthy skin and bones and is free of the much talked about sweetener aspartame. We all need a good intake of vitamin C and this is one way of ensuring that we get it.
The blackcurrant juice is good for vegetarians too, a mixture of 45% blackcurrant concentrate, sugar, water, glucose and fructose syrup, natural flavourings, Vit C and citric acid. The juice contains two preservatives, potassium sorbate and sodium metabisulphate.
100 mls provides 235 calories and it is reasonably high in sugars.
Out of each bottle you can expect to get about twenty servings.
There may well be some Mum's reading this who would consider the juice to be too sugary or rich for smaller children, my niece is always quite happy for her toddler to have it in small amounts.
Fruit juices can be very misleading, we have juices with no added sugar, but I would think that they maybe contain a small amount of sweetener. Then we have the many small cartons of juice that kids love but are an expensive way forward or we plump for the high juices in smaller amounts.
If you do often buy the Asda blackcurrant high juice then take note, it is on offer, two bottles for £2 right until the end of the year!
I have searched high and low for a slightly more wallet friendly version of Ribena and at last I have finally found it! After being put off by the Tesco equivilant, I wasn't sure about trying this. But the Mrs pointed out that this is 45% juice and the Tesco one is only 35% which is a far cry from Ribena.
So I agreed to give this a try for £1.10 (think it's £1.20 now) and I'm really pleased I did. This is really thick and juicey with a good strong blackcurrant taste to it. I don't need to use much to get a good strength juice as this isn't watery or anything.
I do love Ribena but it's great that there's a lower priced alternative available out there. I can't really justify spending £4 a week on squash just for me so it's great to now be able to get the same quality for half that price.
If you're a Ribena fan who wants to cut back on the cost then definetely give this a try. It really is much nicer than the very similar looking Tesco own version which I thought tasted cheap and watery.