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Irn Bru takes me back right to my childhood, spending the whole of the 6 weeks school summer holidays in Scotland with my Scottish relatives and drinking Irn Bru the whole summer long. I'm surprised I didn't turn orange with the amount I used to drink as a kid! I've loved Irn Bru ever since those childhood summers spent in Scotland, I especially love Irn Bru floats, basically a coke float but made with Irn Bru instead of coke. You should try this, believe you me you will thank me, they are absolutely delicious. I've introduced my husband to them, and even he likes them. I used to have them all the time as a kid, when the ice cream van came around I'd be sent off with a tupperware dish to get the scoops of ice cream. I'd run right back with the ice cream, and my Auntie would then make me an Irn Bru float, mmm. I find that the Sugar Free Irn Bru makes perfect Irn Bru floats, you don't need to use the regular Irn Bru at all. If you want to make a fantastic alcoholic Irn Bru float then just add a good slug of Aperol to the bottom of your glass first, this makes an absolutely divine grown up Irn Bru float! I don't drink Irn Bru very much any more, just very occasionally, and when I drink it now I always opt for the sugar free version. I find that it is an absolutely brilliant hangover cure, a couple of bottles of Irn Bru and some ibuprofen and I'm as right as rain! This is probably due to the preposterous levels of e-numbers, caffeine and other weird things that it contains! Irn Bru is a Scottish fizzy soft drink. It is bright orange in colour and contains a whole host of flavourings and colourings, it's probably best I don't know what these are, as I'd probably never drink it again! I don't have it that often, but I do still like the odd Irn Bru float, and if I can drag myself to the corner shop with a hangover I'll definately buy it then. You can get Sugar Free Irn Bru in the corner shop, supermarkets, Boots, Poundland, loads of places. It's available in 330ml cans, 250ml, 500ml, 1 litre and 2 litre bottles. I've left the taste to the end as it's really difficult to describe. It's got a slight citrusy flavour, mainly orange, but there's definitely something else there too that's difficult to describe, vanilla maybe? I think that it is really tasty and refreshing though, and it tastes best when served chilled and poured over lots of ice. It's certainly not to everyone's taste, my husband isn't too keen on it as a drink, although he will have it as an Irn Bru float. I think that the sugar free version tastes just like the original version, and is obviously better for you. It contains just 3.5kcal per 500ml bottle. I still love Irn Bru even after all these years, and just the one glass of it, or better still an Irn Bru float has the ability to take me right back to my childhood summers!
I am a huge fizzy drinks fan, but they must be sugar free. I find sugar drinks just too sweet, and I don't like the idea of sugar sticking to my teeth. This is where Irn Bru, sugar free comes into its own. The can is exactly as pictured above. However mine came in a multi pack. I find paying for individual cans expensive, especially the amount I go through. So I always buy in bulk, usually in multi packs, when on special offer. This can came from a pack of 8. It was on special offer at 8 for £2.00 from Tesco. But you will also find many other supermarkets, with similar offers. So time for me to fill my trolley. Well not exactly, but a few packs go a treat. So what am I getting for my hard earned 25p a can. Well I'm getting 330ml of pure joy. Very fizzy and orange in colour, I get the original secret recipe. The secret recipe that has been around for 100 years. Made by Barr in Glasgow, this Sugar Free drink is simply delicious. Well that might be so, but what does it taste like you ask? Well a quick slurp tells me that it has a subtle fruity taste, but no particular flavour of a fruit. I guess that is what makes it so special. It has a nice taste, and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed. It is also a favourite with the children in our house, so it obviously isn't specific to me. Well for those on a diet, this has a whopping 3 calories and 0 grammes of fat. It also has no sugar and only a trace of salt. So you don't need to feel guilty whilst swigging away. I usually have mine cool, but not out of the fridge, just a cupboard under the stairs. Nothing worse than warm pop. I also use a straw, but that is only after the advice of my dentist, who said that the cans I drink are causing the enamel on the fron teeth, to wear a little. But the fact I don't drink sugar drinks, mean other than that and one filling in 20 years, they aren't doing my teeth much harm either. So not a lot more to say really. They do have a website www.irn-bru.co.uk but you won't get to know the secret recipe, just the history of how it came about. Highly recommended Copyright - Stebiz 2012 - Also on Ciao.co.uk
I bought eight cans of this drink in a multipack from Tesco for £2. The usual size of the multipack is six cans so I got two cans for free! The drink tastes exactly the same as the normal Irn Bru, to be honest you can't really tell the difference. The taste is really refreshing and tangy with the genuine Irn Bru bite to it. As the drink is sugar free it is much better for the waistline (and the teeth). One 330ml can contains just three calories so you can consume this drink without worrying about ruining your diet. This is a really refreshing drink as it is but I personally think that it tastes much better when it has been chilled. I have tried adding fresh ingredients to the drink before, such as lemon and lime slices, but I think it just tastes nice on it's own when it's been chilled for an hour or so. After drinking this drink I am left with a pleasant aftertaste in my mouth and the drink really freshens my mouth up. My mouth feels as fresh as a daisy after drinking this drink and it's a great drink to cool you down when you're hot and bothered. I can grab a can after work and the drink really helps me to unwind at the end of the day. The drink doesn't leave me feeling bloated either and I can drink the drink with food too as it helps to wash my food down. It doesn't keep me awake if I drink it before bedtime either. I would recommend this drink to everyone. It tastes great.
I have been drinking this juice off and on for years. It isn't my most favourite drink as I would say that Diet Coke is definitely my favourite, but I do really like this and reach for a drink of this now and again. There is a bit of a downside to this Juice, but I will get to that later on. A juice that is very famous in Scotland. I do know in the past that this Juice wasn't available in England but I think this is now widely available elsewhere (but I may be wrong certainly.) You can get this in a few different ways - eg single 330ml can approx 60p, 500ml bottle approx £1, 6 can multipack approx £2.80, 24 can multipack approx £7, 1 litre bottle approx £1.20, and 2 litre bottle approx £1.70. The colour of this juice is a bright orange colour. I know a few people that have been put off by the colour, but it's just a colour at the end of the day. Yes, it's probably full of sweeteners and other bits and pieces, but what juice isn't? This has not long been rebranded as Sugar Free instead of Diet. Not really sure why this has been changed, but nothing has changed taste wise. This tastes nice. I would say it has a slight fruity taste to it, and perhaps a slight metallic kind of taste, but overall it is a nice tasting drink. Best drank nice and cold though as I don't like the taste of this when it is warm. The only problem I have with this drink is that it gets flat pretty quick. It is a fizzy drink when you first open it, but the fizz goes quickly, and I know if I buy a 1 litre bottle of this then the fizz will pretty much be out of it on the 2nd day. Just wished that it stayed fizzy for longer. Calorie wise this is good and has less than 3 calories per 330ml tin. A nice drink that tastes so much different to the other drinks out there.
Irn-Bru Sugar Free has recently been rebranded by Barr from the old name 'diet' Irn-Bru for some reason or another, maybe the word 'diet' wasn't very popular or they simply wanted to be a bit different from the normal diet drinks that are available. I believe the latter is the case, Barr Irn-Bru advertising has always been slightly wacky and quirky and this new name, same product is another example of their humour. Irn-Bru is the best selling soft drink in Scotland and is a national prodigy, before I moved to Edinburgh I hadn't tried this pop drink too many times as it is not as widely available in England as it is up here and it is a shame because I really love the taste of this drink and the adverts are amazing! The creator is A.G.Barr of Glasgow and the Scots are very proud of this regional product. Its name comes from its origin being originally made for the workers in a local iron and steel factory, initially spelt Iron Brew. So the drink comes in the standard pop sizes, a typical 330ml can and 500ml bottle with larger sizes available which never taste quite as good as the can version. The background is matt silver coloured and quite plain and simple. The Irn-Bru man silhouette is still subtly present on the product packaging and of course the chief item is the name, in huge bold letters across the front of the can Irn-Bru Sugar free in large blue and orange lettering covering virtually half of the can. The drink colour is the well known bright orange colour and almost unnatural looking! It is most comparable in colour to Lucozade I suppose, however this has a great shine or metallic glow to it. This is due to some of the colouring ingredients (E110 and E124) which are to be banned shortly by Barr as recommended by the food standards agency. I find the bubbles in the carbonated drink look great when poured out with ice in the bright orange irony colour. The drinks taste itself is very unique, which is what makes this drink so special and a competitor for Coke and Pepsi. As the name suggests this has an almost metallic flavouring to it, I find the normal Irn-Bru very thick and syrupy but this Sugar Free version is very different to it, being light and metallic without the loaded sugar texture. There is a slight twang of fruit flavour in this drink, but the main flavour is the irony, metallic goodness. There is nothing else like it on the market. And the iron taste is present, because it actually contains iron its secret recipe. The Irn-Bru recipe is a very closely guarded secret that it is supposedly held under lock and key in a vault in Switzerland. Allegedly only the chairman Robin Barr and an unknown board director know the recipe. There are a total of 32 flavours in every sip or Irn-Bru. The fizz quantity is just right, I find when I drink Diet Coke it is a bit too carbonated and I have to leave it to rest and settle before I can drink it, but Sugar Free Irn-Bru is light and very more-ish. There is no sickly film left in your mouth from sugar because there is none in the drink, it just flows down your throat. Ingredients Carbonated water, citric acid, flavourings (including caffeine and quinine), sweeteners (acesulfame K, aspartame), preservative (E211), colours (E110, E124), ammonium ferric citrate (0.002%). This is best enjoyed like all carbonated drinks, chilled straight from the fridge with ice. One of my favourite treat drinks that is also sugar free and so a bonus! A can of this is about 50p and 500ml bottle up to a pound in just about every shop in Scotland, and most major supermarkets in England. For the taste and of course their adverts this has to get 5 out of 5 stars!