“ Brand: Britvic Robinsons / Type: No Added Sugar Double Concentrated Squash Summer Fruit „
Robinsons suggest diluting the original summer fruits squash with 4 parts of water to 1 part squash. For the concentrated version, they recommend using half as much, which is 8 parts water to 1 part squash. I have found, that although the taste of the concentrated version is satisfactory, I just can't make it match that of the original Robinsons summer fruits squash. The 1.25 litre bottle claims to make 50 servings compared to the original which makes only 20. I have not counted how many servings I get out of a bottle, but it does seem to be lasting a long time.
The 1.25 litre bottle is a nice wide bottle, with an ergonomically shaped handhold on the back of the bottle allowing for good grip whilst pouring. Unfortunately, due to the shape of the bottle, I do not find them very practical to reuse as covers over tender plants/ seedlings in the garden (I'm sure most drinks bottle designers are not thinking that someone may want to reuse the bottles in this way when finished with the squash!)
The taste as I have already mentioned is pleasant. It tastes of apples, strawberries and raspberries. Unfortunately I have a tendency to over pour the squash, which makes for a sickly sweet drink- so make sure you don't overdo it for a better tasting drink, and to make the bottle last longer. I have checked supermarket prices and this squash is available for £2 a bottle. That works out at £0.04 a serving. The original is £1 a litre and servings work out at £0.05 a serving. To be honest, once I've finished my three bottles of this squash, I will be going back to the original, as a 1p price difference between them doesn't make up for the difference in taste.
Robinson's has always been my favourite brand of squash. I'm willing to try the supermarket own brands as they're a lot cheaper, but the taste just never seems to be the same. With Robinson's it just seems so much fruitier and juicier! Summer fruits has to be my favourite flavour of squash, with lemon coming in a close second. I personally find it the most refreshing on a hot summer day and it's also brilliant made with boiling water from a mug!
The flavour is made up from apple, strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit juices. Personally, I find that the squash doesn't really taste of cherry. I mostly taste the apple and strawberry flavours which is a good thing since I absolutely detest the taste of cherries when they're on their own anyway! With the double concentrate version of this drink I tend to use around just over a centimetre of squash for a glass which can hold around 400ml of water. I find that this gives me a nice medium strength squash. I don't know about anyone else, but if I'm making squash to put in the fridge, I tend to make the squash a little stronger so you can also add ice to it without it getting too diluted. I always go for the no added sugar variety, as I've tried the sugary version and it's so sweet and seems to leave that weird coating on my teeth - similar to original Coca Cola! You can easily tell if you've got the no added sugar version as it's clearly stated on the label and has a blue lid. The sugary version has a green lid.
I usually get a 1.75l bottle when they're on offer in the supermarkets - you can usually pick a bottle up for around £2. The double concentrate is definitely more economical than the normal version. I find that it lasts maybe 3x longer. The 1.75l bottle suggests that you can get 70 servings out of the bottle but I'm pretty sure you can get a lot more out of it than that. Since the normal bottles are often on offer for £1 each, and 1.75l of double concentrate is £2 for over 70 servings it works out as great value!
To summarise: lovely tasting drink - perfect for summer or winter, great value, and no added sugar! Robinson's really are the only squash brand worth considering.
Ever since my daughter was about 1 and a half she would drink juice like it was going out of fashion. At the time, I was buying cheap no added sugar diluting juice and it seemed to be finished in next to no time and I was probably going through 1 large bottle of the stuff a fortnight and I don't even drink diluting juice. I saw this bottle and noticed it was double concentrate, and also with no added sugar, so I thought I would give it a go, being a lot smaller than than the cheaper branded juice I had previously bought, I expected it to last a little longer before I had to buy a replacement, I was totally surprised with the results.
== The Product ==
This is part of the Robinsons range, which includes 'Fruit Squash' (basically orange juice), 'Summer Fruits', 'Fruit and Barley Water', 'Fruit Shoot' and various others. Robinsons has been owned by the British based soft drink manufacturer Britvic since 1995. The brand also has a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II, so in my book, if it's good enough for Queen Liz, then it's more than good enough for my little princess.
The drink is a kind of vibrant purple colour, probably due to the blackcurrants and raspberries, it is definitely not as dark as Ribena. The thing that attracted me to this drink, was that it is double concentrate, which basically means that you don't need to use as much of this to make up a glass of juice, so compared to a single concentrate bottle where you would get the same amount of glasses, this bottle is a lot smaller in size.
== Packaging ==
The juice comes in a clear plastic recyclable bottle with a blue lid. The label on the front has the Robinsons logo, which is unmistakeable having been on shop shelves for years. Underneath the logo there is a picture of various fruits such as; apples, strawberries, raspberries etc and the words "Double Concentrate" written in large letters and a little symbol with the words "Use half as much" written inside. It also states on the front label, "No Added Sugar" and "No artificial colours or preservatives", which is a nice thing to see, especially when buying this kind of thing for a child. On the back label there are a set of instructions on how to dilute this, and also a comparison on the single concentrate juice; 1 part juice to 9 parts water for double concentrate, compared to 1 part juice 4 parts water for single concentrate.
The lid its self is emblazoned with the Robinsons logo and on opening you are faced with a nozzle, which ensures you don't pour loads more than you need in the glass, although there have been times where I have managed to accidentally pour too much in, so I don't think the nozzle thingy works very well to be honest.
== Taste ==
Although not a fan of diluting juice, I actually find this quite refreshing on a hot summers day, it's a nice welcome change sometimes. It doesn't leave that horrible after taste that I find drinks such as Ribena do, and it is lovely mixed with lemonade to make a a nice fizzy fruity refreshing drink. I don't know if I have a poor sense of taste, but I couldn't taste a single fruit, just a whole mixture, which did taste really nice and I am sure if I mixed these fruits together would taste pretty similar.
== Price ==
I paid £2.00 for this, as it was on special offer in my local Sainsburys. It usually retails for around £3.50, but it does pay to shop around, as bargains differ from supermarket to supermarket at various times of the year. I would even pay £3.50 for this, as you do get quite a lot of usage for your money.
== Verdict ==
As expected, this lasted longer than the cheaper branded juice, in fact, it lasted a lot longer. I purchased this bottle just before Lily's birthday in the middle of December and I will need to buy another bottle next week, 1 and a half months for a 1.75 litre bottle at £2.00, now that's what I call a bargain! It says on the packaging that you can get 70 glasses of juice out of this bottle, but I am sure I have had more than that, I suppose 70 is just an average and it all depends on how strong or weak you like your drink. I'm going to give this 5/5, as the taste is quite nice and it lasts way longer than cheaper brands in my house.
I personally drink Ribena myself but as it has way too much sugar for my little one, the other diluted juice drink we have around the house is this Robinson's Double Concentrate, No Added Sugar, Summer Fruits Soft Drink! (Whew that was a mouthful!) It is a light, and refreshing summery beverage which is diluted with water and we find this big bottle goes a long long way!
The juice is red/pink-ish in colour and is extreeemely sweet so lasts ages which is great! As it is double concentrate, it can definitely be tasted, and literally we dilute this 1 part robinsons to 9 parts water as advised on the bottle and this gives lots of flavour and packs a lot of punch and flavour in a small dose of juice! The bottle says it makes 70 servings, but as scrupulous as I am, I make this bottle last a lifetime, and as only my daughter mainly drinks this, (I do on occasion with her) which means I make very small cups each time, it lasts us a good 3 months or so!
The description on the bottle is Summer Fruits which is a bit vague I must say, so it is hard to pinpoint a specific taste to the drink, but for me it tastes mostly of apples and raspberries, but has a small after taste like cranberry juice just nowhere near as sharp! The ingredients on the label say fruit juices from concentrate (20%) are Apple, Strawberry, Raspberry and Cherry which are generally listed in order of quantity, so I would definitely say no cherry can be tasted, but the apple and raspberry flavours to me seem to come out the strongest. It is very refreshing, and is not one of those drinks where after 5 minutes of drinking, she asks for more so for both of us it is very thirst quenching which is a good thing as I tend to drink like a fish!
The bottle is handy, as although it is so large, it has a dent in the rear where my hand fits easily making it for easy pouring and carrying of the bottle. It has a blue screw top lid, which I have never had any problem un screwing and closes back with ease, leaving the drink secure and uncontaminated.
Only downside is that it does contain sweeteners, but the label states these are naturally occuring sugars, nonetheless this has a lot less sugar content than ribena does and is still suitable for toddlers just dilute it even more! It still doesn't lose any flavour!
Disappointingly we used to get the 2 litre bottle for £2 in Iceland but clearly with the recession and everything else I have now noticed the bottle is slightly smaller coming in at 1.75 litres for the same price. I never pay more than the £2 for this and can get it on offer in Tesco or Sainsburys at this price but it is always £2 in Iceland so definitely hunt it down there! I would definitely recommend this drink as it really goes a long way, giving good value for money and not cutting back on quality!
We've fairly recently trained the offspring to drink squash and water more than fizzy drinks, it was a bit of a battle especially as they are young adults not little ones where you can occasionally get away with a bit of subterfuge. To cut a long and bloody story short they finally accepted that it was more economical and much better for them to lay off the fizzy stuff so much. They are a picky bunch and there are very few squashes that they will tolerate, so my dreams of being able to slash the budget by buying Tesco or other supermarket own brands were quickly dashed. Their current favourite is the Britvic Robinsons Summer Fruits double concentrate and they can tell this from any other brand in the same flavour or even the Robinsons non concentrated, with one sniff.
Until the 6th march 2012 the larger 1.75ml bottle is selling at Tesco for half price and at the £1.82 that comes too it's quite a bit cheaper than the 1.25l bottle which is at the time of writing selling for £2.69. I think my mother in law has found it more cheaply at Farm foods in the past (we don't have a farm foods near enough to justify the petrol unless we happen to be passing).
You make this up much as you would any other squash. The instructions suggest you shake the bottle well and dilute it as one part squash to 9 of water. We usually judge by personal taste and eye, the youngest preferring it a little stronger than the rest of us, but that is one of the pleasures of squash you can personalise the taste more than with ready made drinks. Britvic say that you can get 50 servings and 70 servings respectively from their 1.25l and 1.75l bottles. We haven't counted but the bottles do seem to last us quite a long time approximately just under two weeks for the larger size.
The company are also proud of their packaging; they have made it quite compact and say that it saves 693 tonnes of CO2 per year. They say that their bottles have a unique pour control feature which allows you to pour easily without spilling a drop. We don't like this feature very much as the spokey wheel thing in the top of the bottle obscures the view of the contents as they reach the mouth of the bottle and I always feel hesitant when pouring as I can't see if there's a flood or a dribble on its way. It does however seem to limit the amount of squash that can be poured and there has never been a flood alert yet. The company also states that the bottle is easy grip for anyone to be able to pour the drink easily, while this is true of adult hands, as the indentations in the bottle while not quite a handle do function almost as such, I have noticed my little niece tends to need both hands as the bottle is rather big and heavy. Though this is to be expected with 7 year old paws I suppose, with any large bottle, and this design does seem to afford her a better grip. There is more information on the ecological costs/savings of the actual material of the bottle on the Britvic website: www.britvic.co.uk .
Of course the more compact design is also meant to make it easier to carry and store, also we like the wide based nature of the bottles as it's far less likely that one of the many cack handed people in the house will knock it over while open.
Although drinking this kind of soft drink is much better for the teeth and general health than acidy fizzy drinks this is not as neutral as pure water. There are 'naturally occurring sugars' in the concentrate it also contains artificial sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame which are still fairly controversial health wise so we do try to limit this drink somewhat. One thing I like about this squash is that there is 20% fruit juice included from the relevant fruits. I find a too high a percentage of juice doesn't taste nice in a squash when water is added, but that is just personal preference. The calorie content is good with only 19 calories per 100ml of concentrate, so when diluted the calorie content will be almost as good as fresh air.
This is the only squash that the whole family like, even in the Robinson's range none of the other squashes are liked by the whole family, so I hope they never discontinue this flavour, or tamper with it! As it contains only natural colouring and flavours it is good for people who have reactions too the artificial versions of these things, the wife and 1 daughter react badly to many squashes (not rolling on the floor badly, but itchy throat and wheezieness badly) but not to this one.
There is a smoothness and refreshing quality to this drink which is often missing with others of the same flavour and this is much better in our opinion than any other brand of this flavour that we have tried. That is not to say the other brands are terrible but for us this has everything that we like about a squash drink, in that it masks the fact that you are really (as with all drinks) just drinking water with something in it. I don't like the taste of tap water as I feel there is a metallic taint to it and this unlike many squashes we have tried covers that completely.
Not the cheapest concentrated squash drink out there but in my opinion it is at least one of the best.
My mother recently gave me a big (1.75L) bottle of Robinsons Double Concentrate, Summer Fruits flavour. Normally my reaction would have been to thank her sweetly and shove it to the back of my cupboard to be thrown out a few years down the line. If there's one thing I hate in the soft beverage world it's squash. This type of drink evokes memories of allergic reactions involving itchy swollen throats, a feeling akin to drinking gravel, and warm sticky muck in yucky leaky plastic 'flask' type things on gritty summer days at the beach. However I was interested to try this because as a family we drink way too many fizzy drinks (which strangely don't set off the itchy throat and asthma). Though our fizzy quotient consists of mainly low calorie drinks it is not only the calorie content which is relevant. They are of course packed with tooth eroding acid, and all sorts of other 'not good' things. I wanted to see if we could wean our selves off at least a proportion of fizzy stuff and on to something less harmful.
The instructions on the bottle tell us to shake well and dilute one part concentrate to 9 of water. I never bother following the dilution instructions as I'm sure most people wouldn't judging by eye and taste, but I would say that the approximate proportions stated seems to be how it tastes best.
The drink contains naturally occurring sugars but it does also contain some sweeteners - Aspartame and Saccharin. The ingredient list seems to be fairly natural, for example 20% fruit juice from concentrate Apple, strawberry, raspberry and cherry, with natural colouring plus the usual stabilisers etc. The concentrate contains 19 calories per 100ml so when made up the calorie content of each drink is negligible.
On trying this I was surprised how smooth it tasted, none of that tickly wheezy throat and chest effect, so that was the first plus point for me. I think this may be because this concentrate contains only 'natural' flavourings and colourings. I was more surprised at just how little of this product you need to make a full flavoured tasty drink. It really is at least double the strength of other similar products. We tried the co-op version in the same flavour (when we ran out of the Robinsons our co-op didn't have the Robinsons) which we found insipid and was definitely not genuinely double strength and compared very poorly with the lovely Robinsons.
For taste and genuine depth of flavour the Robinsons beats any other brand of a similar fruit mix that I have tried hands down. My younger daughter loves it and now drinks it in preference to the acidic fizzy drinks she was pretty much addicted to which is a great improvement health wise. The colour when made up is a pale purply pink, rather pretty. At first I assumed because it was so pale it wouldn't taste very nice, I was totally wrong on that score. The smell is not particularly strong about on a par with other fruit drinks.
Although a large volume of liquid is contained in the bottle it is quite ergonomic in design, being short and squat rather than tall and easy to knock over. There are recesses in the plastic to make holding the heavy bottle (when full) comfortably with a good grip. The packaging is recyclable as is most plastic these days.
One thing I'm personally not keen on is the easy pour top, the opening has some kind of blue plastic disk fitted attached by a few plastic 'spokes' in the mouth, the concentrate doesn't pour out through this but between the 'spokes'. I'm not sure what this is meant to achieve, perhaps preventing too much sloshing out in one go. It does give a fairly smooth pouring action, but when pouring slowly it seems to dribble down the outside of the bottle just as much if not more as with a normal opening.
One 1.75L bottle lasts us just over two weeks, it is mainly my youngest daughter who drinks it but we all enjoy a cold glass at least once a day. We usually buy the 1.25L bottle unless the other is on offer as we don't always have the budget to cover the higher price of the larger one in an individual shopping expedition even though it is more economical to buy the larger size.
At Tesco this sells for £2.59 for 1.25L., or 1.75L on offer at £2.00 until 2nd August 2011 (normal price £3.49).
This is a very good value drink which we now buy regularly.