I have been drinking robinsons squash for a long time now after switching from Ribena. I can't drink fizzy drink or much fruit juice so rely on squash instead.
My favourite robinsons flavour is the backcurrant and apple one or the apple and pear fruit and barley. Other flavours available from supermarkets are: Orange and pineapple, Orange, Summer fruits, and in Asda i've seen a new version called Strawberries and cream, but a bit scared to try it as it sounds very artificial.
I always buy the no added sugar one as i find the "normal" one too syrupy and sweet. I usually buy the squash in 1L size bottles but they've recently brought out the 1.7L bottle which are double concentrated, meaning you need less in your glass and the bottle should last you longer.
The 1L bottles are roughly £1.20 or currently 2 for £2 in sainsburys and the larger 1.7L double concentrate bottles are £3.49. I just pour a small amoung into a glass and fill the rest of the glass up with water.
The normal Blackcurrant and apple squash contains 22Kcal per serving and 4.9g sugar and the no added sugar version contains 5kcal per serving and 0.6g of sugar which is a big difference. It is ideal for people with diabetes or watching there weight!
In the summer months you can also make ice lollys from the squash, but you can to make them quite strong otherwise they will just taste like ice!
Robinons make the best fruit squash in my humble opinion. I have happily consumd Robinsons cordial drinks for as long as I can remember and I doubt I will ever change to another brand.
I only tend to buy the sugar free variety of all Robinsons cordial drinks these days, after discovering that the taste is pretty much identical, and that the sugar free drink only contains 5 calories per 250ml serving, so if you down a pint of this tasty refreshing stuff, it is still less than 12 calories, which is fantastic in my book!! 8-)
My favourite is the Apple and Blackcurrant flavour drink.
** Taste **
From the name 'Apple and Blackcurrant, it is assumed that this drink will taste quite fruity, and it certainly does.
This drink contains 10% fruit juices from concentrate at a ratio of 9% Apple, and just 1% Blackcurrant which is a little surprising, as the drink is very blackcurrant looking in terms of colour.
Also when it comes to the taste, it is the blackcurrant flavour which dominates the flavour, with only a slight hint of apple lurking in the background. This combination does however taste very good, and is delicious, especially when served with ice in a nice long glass on a hot summers day.
** Servings, cost etc. **
The regular 1 litre bottles are stated as having 20 servings per bottle, this is once it has been mixed on a 1 part concentrate : 4 parts water ratio. Having read this statistic Im fairly sure that I get a lot more than 20 servings out of a 1 litre bottle, so maybe I tend to do it on something like a 1:6 ratio, but I will have to count the servings some time.
A 1 litre bottle currently costs around £1:10 at most shops, supermarkets and convenience stores, and these are very often on offer as a multibuy for 2 bottles for £1:50, giving you approximately 40 drinks for £1:50, that is very good value if you ask me!
Robinsons also comes in 2 litre bottles, which generally works out at even better value, but these bigger bottles are quite heavy to carry around the shop, and can be quite difficult to pour into a glass, due to the bulky weight of the bottle, especially when it is full.
Other flavours include orange, lemon and lime, orange and pineapple, blackcurrent, and summer fruits, all of which are very refreshing, and fruity tasting.
When thinking about the Robinsons brand, it always reminds me of the tennis from the adverts some years ago. It is a very reputable, 'British' brand, which oozes grate taste and quality.
Established in 1823 and 'by appointment to H M Queen Elizabeth II', it is a brand that can be trusted to give good quality refreshment to adults, and children, and at the same time the sugar free variety adds to a healthy diet. As you would expect this drink contains no artificial colours or flavourings.
** Overall Opinion **
It is a great refreshing drink to be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, during any time of the day, and thoughout any season, although is especially nice on a hot summers day (what are they??). In the winter it is excellent when served with hot water from the kettle, ( I also like to add a spoonfull of honey for even more flavour) and it really warms up the body.
Each bottle tends to come with a shelf life of at least 12 months, and producing 20 servings for about 1 pound, I think this is an extremely good value drink to keep in the cupboards at all times.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2011
Robinsons has been around as long as I can remember. As a child my mum bought this big squash bottles and we still have them now!
We tend to buy the original orange squash as this is a firm favourite with everyone.
The product comes in a 2L plastic bottle with dark green screw top lid. It has hand holds on the sides for pouring. It has the robinsons logo on the front and a label on the back with ingredient information.
The flavour of the product is great. It does not have that chemically taste that some cheaper brands have. Not the overly tartness either.
I always find in the summer that I am drinking lots of orange juice (from concentrate) but not really getting that much hydration from it. I am not a big fan of drinking water. This is a great way of combining the great taste of orange with quite a lot of water.
Its great for small children, the sweet taste encourages them to drink more in the hot weather.
This product is great for a non-alcoholic adult drink with tonic water or lemonade. A great summer drink.
The product contains no artificial colours or flavourings.
The product has only 28 calories per serving. I think for the sweet taste this is really great. No need to watch your intake of juice!
It contains a trace of fat, no saturated fat and no salt. Great!!
Contains 0.6g of fibre per serving.
This is a great drink to give seriously ill people. It contains quite a lot of sugar without being filling. It also gets lots of water down them. I remember when I was very skinny due to disease, this was all I could manage, but it helped keep my weight on.
Often robinsons have 'offers' and the like on the product to win prizes or send off for children's books. I tend to find robinsons are the best for this sort of thing. We have snipped off lots of coupons in our time and sent off for things!
This product does contains quite a lot of sugar. For the weight conscious it contains 7% of your daily sugar intake in one glass. (250ml)
Does contain (natural) preservatices, acidity regulator, sweetner and a stabiliser.
Great summer drink for hydration. But does have high sugar content.
Robinsons Fruit Squash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a Robinsons label around the middle. Fairly standard for a bottle of squash. Robinsons is a primary sponsor of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and as a result the front of the label gives details about a tennis competition Robinsons are running.
All the relevant nutritional information is on the back, as you would expect, including guidance on calorie and sugar consumption. Helpfully, there is also an information panel on the front of the label which gives the nutritional composition of an average glass of squash.
The bottle, lid and label are all recyclable so you can do your bit for the planet whilst enjoying this drink!
Each 250ml serving provides:
Calories - 4
Sugar - 0.4g
Fat - Trace
Salt - 0g
The label also boasts that Robinsons Fruit Squash has no added artificial colours or flavours and has no added sugar.
I was brought up on Robinson's Orange Squash so it is perhaps unsurprising that I am still in love with it today. Nothing quenches my thirst as well as Robinsons and the taste is the perfect balance between sweet and juicey. At the moment I am drinking the Orange and Mango variety which is just delightful. You can really taste the mango which compliments the orange perfectly.
The instructions tell you to dilute the squash with 4 parts water to 1 part squash. I would say you could even use a bit more water than this and eek out the bottle for a bit longer. It is a full and flavourful drink and, unlike other brands, you only need a tiny bit of squash for a whole glass. This makes it pretty good value. A bottle of Robinsons Fruit Squash costs around £1.30 for a 1 litre bottle. This lasts me well over a week (and I drink about 5 glasses of it per day). I would say that makes it pretty good value!
I can't recommend this drink highly enough, it tastes amazing, is a real thirst quencher and is pretty good value too. A highly deserved 5 out of 5!
I buy two different types of fruit squash for my kids. As a penny-pincher, I prefer to buy Tesco's own double concentrate and this is the one my daughter actually prefers. My son though, just has to have Robinsons, so there is always a bottle of this in my store cupboard too.
Robinsons make a variety of flavours of squash, which make a light, fruity and refreshing drink, especially straight from the fridge. I usually buy the Orange flavour but have also bought Apple & Blackcurrant and Summer Fruits. The only variety I have not tried yet is the lemon. They have no artificial colours or preservatives, but unfortunately the ingredients list is not very appealing.
*Ingredients Of No Added Sugar Orange*
Water, Orange Fruit from Concentrate (10%), Citric Acid, Sweeteners ( Aspartame, Saccharin), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Natural Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Stabiliser (Cellulose Gum), Natural Colours (Carotenes).
*Nutritional Value Per Serving*
Energy - 4 calories
Protein - 0.1g
Carbohydrate - 0.3g
Of which sugars - 0.3g
Fat - Trace
Of which saturates - 0g
Sodium - Trace
In Tesco you will pay £1.09 for a 1 litre bottle of Robinsons, which has an average of 20 servings, but I know I get a lot more than this. There is also a 3 litre bottle available, at a cost of £2.99
I decided to taste both Robinsons and Tesco's own orange squash myself. Robinsons has a nice, smooth natural orange flavour, whereas Tesco's has a much sharper, bitter and artificial taste. I can understand why my son has a definate preference for Robinsons. If you have someone in your household, who is fussy about what they drink, Robinsons makes an affordable alternative.
A nice, smooth refreshing drink, at an affordable price.
Britvic Robinsons Fruit Squash
At the age of 50 I consider myself to be far too young to be a granny to 10 .... yes 10 grandchildren, but hey-ho there you go!
Because of our occasional onslaught of pattering little feet we have one staple item in our store cupboards in our house and that is Robinsons squashes. My grandchildren will drink nothing else. And I have to have various bottles of varying colours to appease the more fussy ones.
Thankfully all the Robinsons squashes come in clear plastic bottles allowing the children to be able to choose which colour they want, as the flavours really mean nothing to them, as they are all under 8 years old, so they can choose the colour that appeals to them the most. They choose the colour they want and I find with pouring it into their plastic beakers that a little goes a very long way. You only need a very small amount of the juice as the taste is very strong and it smells really lovely and fruity.
I find personally that it is very good to have in the fridge too as I do try to drink as much water through the day as I can but the taste of water alone can become a little tedious at times so a small amount of Robinsons in it is a very welcome change. My favourite is the peach flavour it really is lovely and peachy tasting.
Anyway back to the kids, this juice is also quite good for them in comparison to others on the market. It has no artificial colours or flavours and no added sugar. It does have quite a high sugar content though due to natural sugars so is not a good idea to let them drink it all day long without brushing their teeth, but it is better than most.
It is widely available in all good supermarkets at a cost of around £1.00 per litre size bottle though I have seen it cheaper than this and is often on offer at various places. It comes in a variety of different flavours too, i.e, Orange, Apple and Blackcurrent, Forrest Fruits, Orange and Pineapple, and Peach to name just a few. We have tried nearly all in the range and have never been disappointed.
All in all it is a great drink to keep in the house for when the kids drop by or for whenever you want a nice cold drink in the summer or a welcome change to plain old water or tea and coffee.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting!
If like me you find consuming your recommended daily amount of 2 litres of water really difficult, I may just have the solution... Robinsons squash. This product comes in a variety of flavours and helps to dilute the plain taste of water. The flavours available include orange, apple and blackcurrant, lemon, orange and pineapple and my favourite, summer fruits.
Due to the volume of squash that I drink, I always prefer to buy the 'no added sugar' variety which also has the benefit of not containing an artificial flavours or colourings.
Out of all of the flavours available, I find the summer fruits version the most thirst quenching and this variety forms the basis of my review. The flavours of apple, strawberry, raspberry and cherry all work in harmony to delivery a sweet delicate flavour. Unlike fizzy drinks you don't experience a build up of sugar on your teeth, so your mouth always feels fresh afterwards.
The drink is also quite versatile in that you can mix it with cold water poured over ice in the summer or make with boiling water in the winter to help thaw you out. You can also mix the squash with vodka for a drink with a kick! You can even freeze the squash using lolly moulds in the summer to make refreshing iced treats.
As the squash is a cordial, it is very easy to make by simply mixing one part squash to four parts water. To be honest, I pour the water into a glass first and then pour the squash in over the top to ensure that the squash and water are well mixed.
The following are typical values based on 100ml of concentrate:
Energy - 39 KJ
Protein - 0.1g
Carbohydrate - 1.1g (of which sugars - 1.1g)
Fat - 0g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - 0.1g
The price of a bottle costs a little bit more than a supermarket own branded squash. I feel that the quality and taste justify the difference in price and you are only looking at a difference of pence instead of pounds.
Britvic Robinsons Fruit Squash
Description: Soft Drinks / Apple, Apple
No Added Sugar, Blackcurrant & Apple, Lemon, Summer Fruits, Blackcurrant & Apple - Pineapple - No Added Sugar.
I paid £1.35 for a 1 liter bottle of the lemon flavoured variety of this squase from my local supermarket. These drinks come in clear plastic bottles with the Robinsons logo on the front. They can be bought in most shops and supermarkets and can sometimes be picked up on special offer too.
As the name suggests, these drinks are concentrated, meaning that all you have to do is dilute with water. This means that yhey can be as strong or as weak as you choose them to be.
I found that the lemon flavour was quite nice, it was slightly tart and not too sweet. It was a pale yellow colour so didn't look too unnatural either.
A 250 ml serving contains around 25 calories and 10g of sugar, so while it isn't high in calories, it does contain quite a lot of sugar, which may not be what you want.
This is a reasonably priced soft drink that lasts well due to it being dilutable. It isn't the nicest flavour (the lemon one) I have ever tasted but not the worst by any means. It is quite refreshing with a decent lemon taste, though I think I will be looking for something with slightly less sugar next time!
We buy Robinsons squash as it contains no artificial flavourings or colourings. The flavour I have sat on the desk beside me at the moment is the Apple & Blackcurrant, and it is a very dark colour, and to be hoenst I'm suprised the taste is all natural as it tastes a bit false. However the taste is less acidic than most own brand squashes.
The 1 litre bottle supposedly makes 20 servings, however I find it stretches to 25-30 comfortably. Each bottle costs about 99p so is much better value than fizzy drinks or premade squash like Oasis.
The bottle I have is normal, and contains about 22cals a glass, however the no added sugar tastes similar and is only 4 cals a glass. The only one I like the sugar in is the blackcurrant ones as otherwise it can be too tart. All the flavours can be drunk hot or cold, and are suitable for vegtarians.
This review relates specifically to the standard 'Apple & Blackcurrant' flavour of Robinsons squash, which I purchased the other day after Tesco's were sold out of my regular 'High Juice'.
Costing £1.07 for the one litre bottle, the drink is described as a "concentrated apple and blackcurrant soft drink with sugars and sweeteners". Let's take a closer look at the ingredients to see what's actually in the squash;
Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrate (Apple 8%, Blackcurrant 2%), Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Coulour (Anthocyanins), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Acidity Regular (Sodium Citrate), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Saccharin), and Natural Flavouring.
The above list seems fairly typical for a drink of this nature, but I'm not sure why Robinson's have chosen to add both sugar and sweeteners - if I wanted a 'diet' drink, I would have purchased one of the 'Special R' range. Unfortunately for me, it's these sweeteners which make this particular squash taste not quite right. Whilst fruity at first, the aftertaste is like saccharine and very chemically - not good. Compared to Robinson's High Juice (which also contains a much higher percentage of real fruit) the flavour of this drink is nowhere as nice.
Under the ingredients, there is a warning which states "contains a source of phenylalanine". I had no idea what this meant, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Apparently phenylalanine is an amino acid which is found naturally in the breast milk of mammals. "Phenylalanine uses the same active transport channel as tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier, and, in large quantities, interferes with the production of serotonin" - so make of that what you will.
Reverting back to the non-scientific aspects of this write-up, the instructions on the bottle suggest diluting one part of the concentrate with four parts water - and doing so seems to create the correct sweetness level, although the squash still tastes nasty!
In conclusion, I really don't like the flavour of this Robinson's squash (can you tell!) and wouldn't buy it again. It's a shame because I used to really like Robinson's standard squash before they started messing around with the ingredients.
Nutritional Info Per 250ml Serving
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Saturated Fat: 0g
If you are confused by the word Britvic in front of the word Robinsons this is because Britvic took over Robinsons in 1995.
Robinsons is manufactured in Norwich where the old Colmans site was.
Robinsons fruit squash comes in 4 brand ranges. These are Fruit Squash, fruit and barley, high juice and barley water but it is the fruit squash I like best and what this is about.
It makes a real refrshing change from all the fizzy drinks that are around.
water, glucose-frutace syrup, orange fruit from concentrate, citrid acid, preservatives, acidity regulator, natural flavouring sweeteners and stabilisers.
nutriion information per 100ml of concentrate
of which sugars 12g
of which saturates nil
How to make
Firstly shake the bottle.
Put 1 part of orange to 4 parts of water in a glass. You can add ice cubes if required.
Now there is a big BUT.
If you are like my family we all like this with different amounts of water. I like mine very weak but the rest of the family like it a bit to a lot stronger. With this drink from one bottle everyone can have the strength that they want.
A bottle serves about 20 drinks. and is 1 litre.
The bottle is plastic.
It has no artificial colours or flavours so it is good for children and well anyone of any age.
I must admit Robinsons is my favourite fruit squash as even though I like it weak you can still taste the orange in it.
Most bottles on it somewhere will mention tennis, Wimbledon. This is because they are sponsers and have been since the 1930s when Robinsons made sure that there was a bottle of barley water in the players dressing rooms. I think Wimbledon have been good to keep them and vise versa.
A pure drink that refreshes you and you can make to your own desire.
Thank you for reading x
Robinsons Fruit Squash does exactly what it says on the tin (bottle!). It's a strong fruity drink, which the drinker dilutes with water to taste.
It comes in a 1 litre bottle, and a variety of flavours. The most popular being Orange, but there are also a number of 'orange mixtures' - orange and mango, orange and pineapple etc, and a blackcurrant variety. My favourite is the orange and mango variety, it has a nice sweet taste, and is very thirst-quenching.
The liquid in the bottle has quite a thick syrupy consistency, and is horribly sweet (who can hold their hands up and say they've never taken a little drink straight from the bottle, just to see what it tasted like?!) due to the fact it has to be diluted.
I like the idea of diluting the juice, as it gives you a greater freedom to select the strength of the squash - I like it quite strong, so put more juice than recommended on the bottle, but I can also make it fairly weak, with still a strong enough taste for the little ones to enjoy it and not think they're drinking water!
The bottle does give you recommendations for diluting I believe, but as I say, these can just be used as a guideline - go for your own tastes!
Robinsons isn't as expensive as many of the similar squash juices around, although it is a big brand name. I'd expect to pay around £1.00 for a 1 litre bottle, and when you think this is diluted to at least 2 or 3 litres, you are getting good value for money.
Overall, I think Robinsons is a great choice of juice drink, slightly better for you than the fizzy canned counterparts, and just as thirst-quenching. It's the only way I can feel I'm drinking enugh water each day, and actually enjoy drinking it, so I think it's great! If you're not a big water drinker, it is great for a change - try it, you don't realise just how much you'll drink!
Robinsons is a British soft drink company which has been owned by Britvic since 1995. It has a royal warrant by Queen Elizabeth II. They have actually been established since 1823.
According to Britvic, Robinsons is the most popular squash brand in the UK, worth £185 million, having sold over 215 million litres in 2005, and represents a large share of the UK soft drinks industry.
Squash in our house is drunk like it is going out of fashion (I blame my husband) and one of our favourites is Robinsons Fruit Squash, Orange and pineapple flavour. In my opinion the company offers a high quality product compared to the other squash drink bottles out there. Generally, each bottle costs me 98p in Sainsburys so quite a cheap alternative to fizzy drinks or wine/beer.
Robinsons fruit squash is classified as a concentrated orange and pineapple soft drink with sugars and sweeteners. It is basically a concentrated juice that you mix with water to make a really refreshing drink. You can vary the strength of the drink by the amount of concentrate you put in, quite a lot if you like it strong and only a dribble if you like it weak. I would say each 1 litre bottle probably lasts for about a week in a family household. On the side of the bottle Robinsons actually state that you mix one part squash to four parts water and that this will give you 20 servings per bottle but obviously if you vary the strength you will get more than 20 servings out of the bottle.
I find the squash to have quite a sweet taste to it but obviously the more you dilute it the less sweet it will taste. It is quite fruity and has a pleasant taste to it. It's very refreshing and thirst quenching and a nice alternative to just water. It's good for you as well which is always a great benefit. In a one litre bottle they say a 250ml serving contains only 26 calories which is good and 11g of sugar and only a trace of fat.
It has no artificial colours, no artificial flavours and is suitable for vegetarians.
The bottle is very easy to spot on the shelves. It comes in a plastic litre bottle and has Robinsons written on the top of the label. On the bottom of the label is a picture of a slice of pineapple and also a slice of orange. Definitely a product to always keep in your cupboard.
My daughters don't drink tea or coffee so I'm always on the look-out for something other than water for them & (their ever-increasing number) of friends to drink!
It's the time of year when there's not a huge amount of different fruits on offer which can be juiced so mostly I'm stuck with having to buy cartons or bottles from the supermarket.
My 17 year old likes to take a bottle to college with her each day which can be very expensive.
I usually buy Vimto as a first choice, other backcurranty drinks & cartons of fresh juice to incorporate some extra viamin C but I saw a good offer for Robinsons orange & decided to try this.
The offer was good - 3 x 1 litre bottles for £2 - noramlly each litre costs £2.25.
The label isn't hard to miss with it's bright colours & it's VERY orange liquid showing through the see-through plastic bottle.
When I say orange - I mean orange - it's so orange that I thought it might have a very artificial taste but no, I was wrong.
It has a strong taste ( you're supposed to use 1 part juice to 4 parts water) but I used more water & it still had a strong flavour.
It doesn't taste at all like fresh orange which I expected, but does actually have the taste of orange - a bit too strong for me but everyone else seemed to like it. The Tesco offer finishes on 11th Nov so I guess I'd better stock up!
There are no artificial colurs or flavours but it has sugars & sweeteners added. I usually buy drinks with 'no added sugar' - mistake on my part as the offer does include these.
The ingredients & nutritional info are clearly marked on the reverse of the bottle - I must admit the ingredients made no sense to me apart from citric acid - but are there if you are interested.
Calorie-wise 100ml is only 54 & there's only a trace of fat - so good for those on a weight-reducing diet.
- a great deal at the moment from Tesco.
- a little goes a long way.
- a change from other fruit drinks.
- good hot or cold or for making ice-lollies (bbbrrr)
- worth a try.
- tasty drink but a bit sweet for me.
For many years now, Robinsons have been at the top of the pile in terms of squash cordial drinks. They have played the market very well, and it's not just by clever selling, it's by providing the best product. The majority of Robibnsons products I hold in high esteem, and these are no exception. I'll admit, I haven't tried the majority of them, as I do tend to stick to one or two flavours in total and not experiment. Maybe I will.
Robinsons were an independent company until 1995. Britvic bought the company then and still own it today. This is mentioned in small print on the back of the bottle, obviously realising that the Robinsons name was by 1995 a good selling point and a marker of quality.
There are a number of different flavours in the Robinsons Fruit Squash range, most notably for me the orange one and the blackcurrant one. At the moment, we have the orange one at home, and it is nearly empty, so maybe it is time for me to experiment with another flavour. The orange fruit squash has no artificial colours or flavours, which is good as the company came under fire a few years ago for using such ingredients. If you go to a supermarket and look at their own brand of squash, yes, it will be considerably cheaper, but the top of the bottle will have a dark rim of, in this case, orange around it, where a lot of the chemicals have rested at the top of the liquid where it has been static for a while. I find this is always a good sign of how 'chemically' the squash is. I'm pleased to say that Robinsons rarely has such a distinctive rim.
In terms of taste, again, in comparison to other brands, Robinsons is far superior. There is a whole taste, where you can taste fruit, although the drink is made from concentrate, and you don't get the feeling you're just drinking flavoured water ocne you add the water to the concentrate mix. You feel like you're drinking a full drink, with flavours and something to it.
Robinsons Fruit Squash is a good product. Sure, it costs a bit more than the average squash, but if it's quality you're looking for, then go no further than this product.