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Originally launched in 1998, J2O is a juice drink made of exotic fruit combinations.

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      18.04.2013 16:08
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      J2O

      When you're in a pub and don't fancy an alcoholic drink but also don't fancy a fizzy drink my favourite thing to drink is a J2O. I think nearly every pub I go to has a big stock of these in their fridge and it's always a welcome change from the usual fizzy soft drinks that you can buy off tap and apparently, according to an article I read, it was developed with just that in mind, to provide an alternative solution for people who were going out to bars and clubs but weren't drinking alcoholic beverages. J2o's were first brought out in 1998 so they have been around for quite a long time now.

      A J2O is basically a fruit juice drink that comes in a number of interesting different flavours such as orange and passion fruit and apple and mango. I do find the name quite clever as according to an article I read, "The name 'J2O' is a pun on the chemical formula forwater, H2O, chosen due to the drink's 50% fruit juice content."

      Apple and melon, or the green one as I like to call it is my favourite as I find this one really smooth and mellow and not too acidic or citrusy like some of the other flavours can be. This was one of the first flavours Britvic brought out and I think I have probably been drinking it since then. Luckily my local pub still stocks this one as most places just seem to have the orange one nowadays so I'm glad I can still get it. The drink is smooth and does not have any fruit bits in it which is nice and I think these flavours really compliment each other. The melon definitely calms down the apple and the drink is smooth rather than sharp like some apple based drinks can be.

      The drink comes in a 275ml glass bottle, much like a beer bottle and when it is served to you it always comes with a nice pint glass of ice to really cool it down. This is my favourite way of drinking it.

      Per 100 ml there are 39 calories so a lot you drink a whole bottle you are well over 100 calories just for one drink, a bit calorific but then fruit juices usually are and I don't think about that when I am enjoying a nice refreshing j2o.

      Something to consider next time you are in the pub!

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      02.07.2012 23:40
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      A great drink no matter the weather!

      J2O was always my choice of drink when I went to the pub as a child with family, the fruity deliciousness combined with an icy coldness was just perfect in my young eyes.
      J2O comes in a variety of flavours; these include Apple & Mango, Orange & Passion Fruit, Apple & Raspberry, Apple & Blueberry and of course Apple & Melon.
      A limited edition was also available - Orange & Pomegranate.

      Flavour- Apple and Melon-
      Although I have only tried this flavour once it definetly stuck in my taste buds memory, the delicious contrast between the apple and the melon is one that is not easy to forget.
      The apple in no way overpowers the melon and vice versa, both flavours are of equal importance and both tastes explode in your mouth, fantastic.

      The outside-
      J2O's are known for their glass bottle and J20 sticker, and the display of the brand name Britvic along the side. Britvic are also known for Fruitshoot and Tango.
      J2O's come in a variety of different amounts, and are sized at 285ml.
      How something looks is usually very important to me, and J2O never lets me down, the signature design is known all around.

      Cost-
      Unfortunately J2O can be quite expensive if there are no deals available, this is the only downside to this drink but in most stores deals on J2O are always available as the popularity of this drink is sky high.

      Inside-
      Values per 100ml;

      Energy (kJ) 164
      Energy (kcal) 39
      Carbohydrate (g) 9.1
      of which sugars (g) 9.1
      Protein (g) 0.1
      Fibre (g) 0.1
      Fat (g) trace
      of which saturates (g) trace
      Sodium (g) trace
      With a percentage of apple and melon thrown in!

      Overall this is a very delicious fruit drink and one that I always enjoy no matter what flavour or weather, so go buy a pack or two, you won't regret it!

      All these years later, J2O is still my drink of choice, I guess you never fully grow up.

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      11.09.2009 18:09
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      A good alternative to coke when buying soft drinks

      J20 in apple and melon, is a refreshing soft drink. I would drink it as an alternative to other fizzy soft drinks such as coca cola.

      The packaging
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      J20 comes in glass or plastic bottles(usually if you buy them in clubs they will be in this format). The bottles are clear and has a bottle cap which you need a bottle opener to remove it, in the case of the glass bottles, anyway. There is a circular lopsided oval shaped sticker with the J20 logo on the middle of the bottle, and some paper sticker round the neck reading BRITVIC and then the flavour. Nutritional information is on the back of the neck.

      The drink
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      All flavours of Britvic's J20 bottles are particularly sweet, but have nice flavours. Sometimes, in my personal opinion, I find the sweetness of the drink a little overbearing. The drinks are brightly coloured.
      Britvic claims the juice drinks to be 50% fruit juice.
      Flavours come in Orange & Passion Fruit, Apple & Mango, Apple & Melon, Apple & Blueberry and Apple & Raspberry, and also a limited edition Orange & Pomegranate.
      The drinks were originally meant for soft drinks in bars and restaurants. If you weren't drinking alcohol that evening it is a nice change from coke. I like to think of the drinks as being the adult's soft drink. Since 2002 however, the drinks are now sold in supermarkets, usually in four packs for around the £2.35 mark.

      Nutritional Information
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      The J20 apple and melon contains (per 100ml)
      39 calories
      9.1g of carbohydrates (all of which are sugars)
      0.1g of protein
      164kj of energy
      0.1g of fibre
      trace of fat
      trace of sodium

      The drinks are great because they combine interesting fruit combinations.
      According to www. Britvic.com, they are the second most sold bottled drink in bars in the UK after Budweiser.

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        08.07.2009 11:52
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        a tasty & unusual refreshingly good drink

        I think there's something a bit special about Britvic's J2O bottles of drinks which include several flavours (all, in my opinion delicious) including orange & passionfruit, orange & pomegranate & apple & raspberry. My favourite drink at the moment though is the Apple & Melon one which has a great blend of flavours & is very unusual so makes a nice change.

        The bottles are made from a thick & heavy glass & have the metal tops which have to be undone with a bottle opener which make them a bit more of a treat & both the glass & tops can be re-cycled. They are smart & stylish with their green labels & each bottle is 275ml which is enough, I'd say, to quench the thirst when drunk straight from the fridge.

        I like Britvic on its own but they act very well as mixers with alcoholic drinks as none of the flavours I've tried have been too overpowering.

        I've found you need to give the bottles a pretty good shake before opening as the drinks themselves are fairly thick (obviously thinner than a smoothie but thicker than average fruit juice) otherwise the contents may settle at the bottom.

        Each drink of Apple & Melon contains only 39 calories - the ingredients & nutritional information table is clearly marked on the label around the neck of each bottle - shame there's sugar in it but I must say that they're not too sweet - just delicious.

        Sometimes I think the blends of more than 1 fruit are mismatched but, in my opinion I think Britvic have got the combination of apple & melon perfectly balanced in this upmarket, stylish drink.

        Supermarkets charge around £1 per bottle but Costco sell 24 bottles (at time of writing) for around £9 - worth every penny for a treat I'd say.

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        - a lovely change from usual run-of-the-mill drinks.
        - great colour, good textue.
        - lovely blend of flavours.
        - bottles & tops can be recycled.
        - recommended for a treat on its own or as a mixer.

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          29.04.2009 20:09
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          **Introduction**

          Looking around for my next review I spotted the picture of a bottle of J2O Apple and Melon. As I am rather fond of this drink I thought I would share my view in the form of a dooyoo review. I normally drink Pepsi Max or water but I do like to drink fruit drinks from juices to squash. One of my favourites is J20 Which have a wide range of different varieties. Since they started in 1998 there have been a number of flavours. These are Orange & Passion Fruit, Apple & Mango, Apple & Melon, Apple & Blueberry and Apple & Raspberry. It is currently also available in a limited edition - Orange & Pomegranate.

          **Apple and Melon**

          I first tried this particular flavour in my local Rileys Snooker club. I was under 18 and the Pepsi pump machine was out of order so after glancing at the fridge I decided on the green bottle. At that point I was not aware of the flavour and had only chosen this one as I liked the look of the green drink in the Bottle. After paying for the bottle I picked it up and realised it was cold. I was pleased as I prefer my drinks really cold. I took a sip and was rather pleased with the taste. The blend of Apple and Melon was excellent as the combination was equal and neither overpowered the other's taste.

          **The Bottle**

          How something looks is one of the biggest aspects of the value of a product to the customer and As I have already mentioned, I was attracted to the Apple and Melon even before I knew what flavour it was and had even tasted it. All J20's come in a Glass bottle and feature a green sticker which says J20 and at the top of the bottle there is the brand name Britvic logo. Britvic also make the likes of Pepsi, Drench, Fruit Shoot, Gatorade and Tango amongst others. J20 Comes in packs and without an offer on they can actually be quite expensive compared to other similar fruit drinks. They come in 330ml bottles and the larger packs are often of plastic bottles.

          Typical values per 100ml

          Energy (kcal) 39
          Energy (kJ) 164
          Protein (g) 0.1
          Carbohydrate (g) 9.1
          of which sugars (g) 9.1
          Fat (g) trace
          of which saturates (g) trace
          Fibre (g) 0.1
          Sodium (g) trace

          **Overall**

          This is a very enjoyable drink that is perfect for mild summer nights. It always needs to be drunk cold otherwise you will not get the best taste that you can from this. I have tried most of the other J20's and I have to say that the Apple and Melon is still my favourite. If you like fruit drinks and have not tried this then give it a go and why not try some of the others. You can buy them individually or in packs. This is a very nice drink indeed.

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            29.04.2008 21:58
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            They do look pretty cool and taste great

            The J2O soft drink is very popular among kids. It has been around for 10 years now so I thought that I would right a review about it.

            The drink itself originally came in one flavour, this was apple and mango, which is my personal favourite. Since then another 5 flavours have been released to the public, these are: Apple and Melon, Orange and pomegranite, Apple and rasberry, Orange and passionfruit, and finally Apple and blueberry. I have never personally tried apple and blueberry or orange and pomegranite, but I have heard that they are very, very sweet. The apple and melon tastes alot like apple and mango, except with a weaker flavour. Orange and passionfruit on the other hand is very strong and almost tangy, it normally takes me about half the drink before I can drink it properly because of the strong flavour. The reason why the drinks are so sweet is because they have a high sugar content, which unfortunately will rot your teeth if you drink too many.

            One of the reasonsthat have made the drinks line so popular, other than obviously the great taste, is the bottles they come in. These bottles seem to replicate the beer bottle which can give children and teenagers not old enough to drink alcohol feel more grown up. I have two little sisters, one is 10 and the other 12, they both enjoy the bottles.

            There is not much else that can be said here as they are drinks after all. They cost around a £1 each if you order one at a restaurant, £4 for six in a supermarket, and can also be bought in bulk from places like Costco for a meager £10 for 24, this is a brilliant option for under age parties. If you still have not tried one of these in their ten years as a superior juice drink, then I suggest you have a try. But beware, if you have too many your teeth will rot!

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              02.08.2006 13:07
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              J2O - a refreshing fruit drink

              J2O is a branded soft drink made by the drnks giant Britvic, and was launched in 1998.
              It is currently available in 5 different flavours but this review is about the Apple & Mango flavour.

              Apparently Britvic sells 7 bottles of J2O every second - the majority of which will be drunk in pubs up and down the country by office workers at lunchtime.
              I have seen J2O in the pubs many times but never tried it, preferring instead to quaff vast amounts of lager instead with my mates.

              You can buy J2O in most supermarkets including Tesco which is where we bought 4 bottles for about £3 or thereabouts
              It comes in a glass bottle with a green/yellow label, simply emblazoned with the words "Britvic" and "J2O".
              Each bottle contains 275ml of juice, made up of juice concentrate (40% apple and 10% mango), water, sugar, preservatives, stabiliser and antioxidants.

              Nutritionally, 100ml provides 48 kcal, 0.1g protein, 11g sugar, 0.1g fat - doesn't look too bad until you remember that the bottle contains 275ml and not 100ml. So multiply these figures by 2.75 and you get a whopping 29g sugar per bottle - and that's on top of whatever is in the fruit already.
              On the plus side though, there are no additional "E" numbers which can potentially have unexpected reactions in some people.

              On levering off the metal bottle cap, you can immediately smell the fruity aroma, particularly the mango which I absolutely love.
              As the juice is non-fizzy, you do not have to worry about it erupting all over the work surface. In fact you need to shake up the bottle to mix the contents before opening it as you can clearly see the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

              I poured the juice into a glass and it had a thick consistency - not as thick as milkshake but definitely thicker than other fresh juices that I have had in the past.
              I added some ice cubes to cool it down (Britvic advise to serve chilled) before taking a mouthful.

              The taste is everything you could expect - a rich fruity mango flavour with a hint of apple which excites the tastebuds so that you have to take 2 gulps at a time.
              The aroma adds to the experience and because the juice is not fizzy, it is easy to swallow.

              I found J2O Mango & Apple to be a thoroughly refeshing, tasty drink - ideal for a hot summers day.
              If I had any criticism it would be to say that you can't really taste the apple but as I really like mango that didn't bother me.
              Some people may find it a little sweet too but compared to coke or other fizzy drinks it wins hands down on the health front.

              I'll definitely be drinking this in the pub instead of coke or any other soft drink in future.

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