I love Robinsons apple and blackcurrent squash with no added sugar! It is my all time favourite drink bad when I run out and cannot find it in my local shop I must say I get really quite annoyed.
I am not much one for hot drinks, I like fizzy drinks but I know they are bad for you and so I try to mainly drink squash. I was brought up to drink Ribena as it is supposedly the healthiest squash according to my mum, but I just love the taste of Robinsons apple and blackcurrent no added sugar squash.
I have tried the Robinsons apple and blackcurrent squash with the sugar in. I must say that it tastes nearly exactly the same with or without the sugar, I just choose the sugar free version to save on calories as I literally drink pints of squash a day.
Robinsons apple and blackcurrent no added sugar squash is normally £1.50 a bottle and one bottle lasts me pretty much exactly one week having about 3-4 pints a day. Quite often Robinsons are on offer at £1 or 2 bottles for £2.
This squash is for sale in pretty much all shops, although I have found that occasionally they sell out in my local Tesco's and CoOp.
This Robinsons squash contains 5 calories per 250ml serving, 0.6g of sugar sand zero fat or salt. I'm not totally sure what all that means but I'm pretty sure that's good.
I recommend Robsinsons no added sugar apple and blackcurrent to anyone because it just tastes so good and is really refreshing.
As previously mentioned, with the closure of netto we were looking for a new squash and spotted that these were on special offer. Usually we drink orange rather than blackcurrant, but since it was on special offer decided it was worth a try - it couldn't be that bad!
The bottle is the packaging that you might expect with Robinsons - a clear plastic bottle with indentations up the side. It has a label on with the Robinsons logo and the flavour of juice, and the nutritional values are on the back. We have it in a 1 litre bottle, although you can get bigger sizes in the bigger shops this is the most commonly sold size of the drink.
The taste of the drink is actually quite pleasant, and it provides a nice change from orange. I have to say I've not actually had blackcurrants before but I imagine that I'd like them since I like blackcurrant squash! To be honest the apples not really very strong, the blackcurrant comes through a lot more and I think that fruit is supposed to be the main feature of the drink. You can also get double concentrate versions of the drink.
It is nice mixed with either water or lemonade, or you could add it to spirits in small amounts and it could also be nice like that, for alcohol with a bit of a difference! It says on the bottle 14 servings but I find that the bottle ends up giving slightly more than this - I usually put more water in this squash then I would others, it tastes a lot stronger! Its also a really good point that there's no added sugar so its good for you and your teeth. It is £1.25 in Sainsbury's.
As someone who drinks more fruit juices than hot beverages, Robinson's apple and blackcurrant is on my list of favourite drinks either hot or cold, its wonderful! What this drink has over rivals is that it boasts that it has no added sugar and the fact that it needs diluting with water which means that you don't go through it as quickly. It comes in different sized bottles, we go for the bigger 3Ltr bottle in our house because we all drink it.
The taste is very sweet, the blackcurrant being the dominant taste with the apple there just to give it a tang. Its really refreshing on a hot day with ice. My favourite way to use Robinson's apple and blackcurrant is to pour a bit into a mug, boil the kettle and almost fill the cup. Then I put two tablespoons of honey into the mug and stir well. Its delicious on a cold winters day or if you have a sore throat.
I really recommend this drink to anyone who likes fruity drinks hot or cold, its wonderful.
Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant squash - what a tasty drink!
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-)
** 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
I think one of the best things about this is the fact that it is no added sugar. It means it has hardly any calories in so is a good for drinking every day without having to worry about the calories. I also think it is good for my son to have as it is not too sugary. My whole family enjoy drinking it so I definately think it is suitable for everyone.
I also like the fact that it is quite often on offer in the supermarket and I can sometimes get a bottle for 50p which is great value for money.
This is a squash which you add water too. The apple and blackcurrant flavour is lovely and is a great combination of flavours. The blackcurrant taste is the strongest with the apple flavour helping to take some of the sickly taste out of the blackcurrant. It has a very fruity taste and doesn't taste artificial or chemically. It is a lovely refreshing drink and is perfect when made with ice cold water as it really quenches my thirst.
I buy this all the time as it really livens up the taste of water and makes it a pleasure to drink. The flavours are not too overpowering so I think this drink also goes well with a meal.
I would definately recommend Robinsons as a great tasting squash for the whole family.
I am currently trying to loose weight and one of my problems is drinking fizzy pop, I have been trying to drink more water but some days water is just too boring and I want a bit of flavour.
I picked this up at my local poundland and though i'd give it a try.
It comes concentrated in a 1 litre bottle, and the back label say's to make up as 1 part concentrate with 4 parts water, although extra water is needed if given to toddlers.
This is a low calorie soft drink and it contains mainly sweetners.
I looked at the ingredients to see how much Apple and Blackcurrant content there was and there is 9% Apple and only 1% Blackcurrant.
Nutritional value information: (this is for 100ml of concentrate)
Energy-37kj/9 kcal, Protein-0.1g, Carbohydrate-1.2g, Of which sugars-1.2g, Fat-trace, Of which saturates-nil, Fibre-nil, Sodium-0.1g.
The flavour is very sweet, but that's ideal for me as I have a sweet tooth and when dieting I need to have sweet substitutes.
It is a very pleasent flavour and it's strong, you only really need a little bit in water to get a strong flavour.
Also i've started make it up and then take it to work with me, I work in quite a hot environment and need to keep myself hydrated and this really did quench my thirst.
I am finding it very helpful because I been drinking it for a few weeks and i've only had a can of fizzy pop 2-3 times a week.
When I finished off this bottle i'm definatly going to try the other flavours in this range.
NB. This review is for the original Apple & Blackcurrant, NOT the 'no added sugar' version. I tried to suggest this to dooyoo as a separate product, but it was rejected as they seemed to think it was the same product. So just bear that in mind.
I have been drinking Robinsons squash since I was young and there is really no other choice in my mind when I've got a hankering for some squash, I head straight for Robinsons. I have tried other squashes which are cheaper but they tend to taste sickly to me after a while.
The squash comes in a simple clear bottle with a dark green lid. There are two stickers on the front and back of the bottle. The front sticker bears the Robinsons logo, which informs you that it was established in 1823. There is a relatively cheesy picture of a child on his father's shoulders reaching for some apples growing under the logo and they appear to be wading through giant blackcurrants! To the side of them is the proclamation 'no artificial colours or flavours' and the flavour is at the bottom.
The back sticker contains all the nutritional information and ingredients.
[Per 100ml of concentrate]
Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrate (Apple 8%, Blackcurrant 2%), Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Colour (Anthocyanins), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Saccharin), Natural Flavouring. Contains a Source of Phenylalanine.
The smell of the concentrate is very sickly. You can smell the fruits and the smell lingers for quite a while. The smell of the diluted product is more mild and you can't really smell the fruits.
For some reason I had a little taste of the concentrate for this review (oh the things I do!) and it is very sweet, it made me wince as I swallowed it down but I could definitely taste the fruits and the taste stayed with me quite a while. Surprisingly, it is the same for the diluted drink. This squash is incredibly fruity and just the right amount of sweetness for me. I usually mix 1 part squash to 3 or 4 parts water, relatively strong compared to most people, but if you dilute this drink even further you can still taste the sweetness of the fruits.
I find this squash is perfect for quenching my thirst and I am never left with a dry mouth after drinking a glass. I find myself instantly going to get a refill after finishing a glass and I don't seem to be able to tire of the taste. Despite my addiction, a 1litre bottle (costing me £1.09 from Tesco) can last me for quite a while, a fortnight or so, and it really does help me get my recommended 8 glasses of water a day. The bottle suggests that you can get 20 servings from the bottle, and although I have not kept count, I think I get a fair few more out of mine!
Even though this is for the 'no added sugar' product I don't find my teeth feel sugary after drinking a few glasses and this product is doing me more good than bad because I drink much more water than when I don't have a bottle knocking about!
I'm not normally a big drinker of squash and tend to generally drink water. However, due to the excessive heat we are currently experiencing, I am finding water is simply not quenching my thirst. Consequently, my kind-hearted hubby offered to go to our local shop to purchase me a bottle of squash and brought back Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant with no added sugar.
The bottle is made from transparent plastic with a blue screw top lid and has the famous Robinsons green, white and gold logo. There is an image of a mother holding her cute little girl, who has her hand outstretched towards a fully laden apple tree. The bottom of the label shows a giant green juicy apple and a mound of thirst quenching blackcurrants. The image makes me think that this product contains natural and fresh ingredients.
The words "No Added Sugar" are displayed prominently on the lower part of the label together with the advice that there are no artificial colours or flavours. In my opinion, Robinsons has been extremely clever with marketing this product as the advertising clearly tells the buyer that the squash is fresh, natural and good for you.
The bottle purchased for me contains 1 litre and on pouring the deep red squash after giving the bottle a good shake, I could distinctly smell the rich aroma of blackcurrants with a subtle scent of apples. I couldn't pour the squash quick enough as it was making my mouth water! I don't like my squash too sweet, so unlike the manufacturer who states dilute 1 part concentrate with 4 parts water, I tend to use half the required amount.
Robinson's advise that a 1 litre bottle will provide 20 drinks and obviously, they've based it on their directions of 1:4. If you're like me and prefer weaker squash, obviously the bottle will last you considerably longer.
I added my water and a few ice cubes and drunk the whole glassful. It was absolutely gorgeous. There was an extremely fruity taste of both the blackcurrants and apples and I found it very refreshing, so much in fact, that I had to have another glass. It most definitely quenched my thirst and has to be the best squash I have ever tasted.
The problem I always find with blackcurrant squashes is that I always end up with a mouth like the joker from Batman!
As for the nutritional information per 100ml of concentrate:-
Energy 37kJ, 9kcal
of which sugars 1.2g
of which saturates Nil
As you can see from this information, the squash is perfect for anybody. If our weather continues like it has been this weekend, I think I'll be drinking gallons of this gorgeous squash!
The squash is suitable for vegetarians and the empty bottle can be recycled before use.
As for the price - my husband purchased my bottle from our local shop that tends to charge extremely high prices. However, as the recommended retail price is stamped on the bottle, my hubby paid £1.19.
I've checked out Tesco website and could have kicked myself when I saw that this product normally retails at £1.09 for a 1 litre bottle, but you can buy two for £1.50 until 1 June 2010!
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
==Britvic Robinson's Special R Apple and Blackcurrant Squash No Added Sugar==
This product is something that is always on offer and I wouldn't ever buy it at the full price which is around the £1.20 pence region. I picked up my last batch from Morrison's when it was on a brilliant special offer for 50 pence per 2 litre bottle which is probably the cheapest I have ever purchased it for.
Because my little man Jack is the main squash drinker in our house I will always opt for the "No Added Sugar" variety of the juice and I find this is suitable for all the household and doesn't differ too much in taste from the sugared one.
There is a variety of different flavours available from the Robinson's squash range but the Apple and Blackcurrant one has got to be one of my top choices. The packaging is the same as all the other squashes from Robinson's apart from the picture on the label and of course the main difference which is the colour of the liquid inside the bottle.
The juice is clearly visible through the clear tough plastic of the bottle and the blue plastic screw cap lid is fairly easy to remove although doesn't work that well as once the bottle has been opened the first time the bottle can then not be laid down in the fridge as the squash will leak everywhere.
However the packaging overall is pretty standard but the main draw to buying Robinson's over any other type of squash would be the drink itself. The taste is really second to none as the blackcurrant doesn't leave the mouth dry like cheaper versions of this squash tend to do and the apple taste is just enough to give the squash an added kick but doesn't overpower the blackcurrant flavour.
The squash is easy to make up and really the amount that is needed to be diluted is entirely up to the individual as some people like their squash strong and others don't but I personally tend to use around a two finger width for a guide when mixing in a half pint glass.
The squash is best made up with ice cold water and a few cubes of ice always make for a more refreshing glass of drink for anything but especially this juice.
The taste of the apple and blackcurrant squash is very nice and refreshing and certainly quenches my thirst. A bottle can be bought at a very cheap and competative rate and can be found in most places and more often than not on some sort of special offer. A 2 litre bottle does last for a good amount of time and I would say it was well worth the money I paid for it.
I think only a top score of 5 stars out of the 5 and an exceptionally high recommendation from me. I will continue to buy this squash over all others as it has the quality that you just don't get with other brands.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
While I've been sitting around all day for the past forever working on my dissertation I've been trying to drink a lot because it keeps me hydrated and having a big drink on the table is good for when I need a tiny break for an inspiration burst. My drink of choice at the moment, having got a bit bored of water, is this; robinsons no added sugar apple and blackcurrent suqash.
This is one of my favourites in the range which is pretty wide itself, and I mix it with water about 10:1. I think you could make it stronger but I want to drink mostly water and think the flavour comes through at this concentration. the bottle suggests 4:1 water:squash so perhaps I am a little wierd, I would just say dilute to your taste realy.
This version is the no added sugar but there is a sugary version available. I choose this one as I know sweetners aren't great foryou but I think they are better than sugar and they are less likely to make me rot my teeth or gain loads of weight. As it is 'sugar free' the squash only has 9 calories per 100ml of concentrate, so nothing really.
The squash also has no added colours or flavourings and it is suitable for vegeterians (why wouldn't it be!?!). Which is good!
I think the blackcurrent flavour overpowers the apple somewhat but I really dont mind this. It gives my water a sweet, fruity taste and it is really refreshing so I like it.
Another way I like to have it is mixed with soda water or lemonade which is also tasty and if you use cold soda water or lemonade, it makes it more refreshing and yummy!!
This is also on offer in a few places for about half price (50p a litre) at the moment which I think is pretty good!!
*** Packaging ***
The drink comes in a 1 litre plastic bottle, the bottle is mainly clear with a single paper label wrapped around it. On the front of the label is the Robinsons logo and then a picture of a girl picking apples.
On the back of the label you will find information about the product, this includes key points about the products and what ingredients it has in it. It also includes nutritional information for the drink.
*** Product ***
The drink is obviously a liquid that has the consistency of water and is a very dark red colour.
For adults I would recommend adding part juice to every 4 parts water, this gives you a very strong tasting flavour of blackcurrant and a hint of apple coming through.
Be very careful with this juice as if you spill it, it's quite difficult to get the stains out.
I also find that there is a nice fragrance to the juice, although it is apple AND blackcurrant it smells a lot like blackcurrant, this goes the same for the taste as it tastes just like blackcurrant.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per 100ml of concentrate:
Energy - 9cal
Protein - 0.1g
Carbohydrate - 1.2g
Sugars - 1.2g
*** Conclusion ***
I originally bought this product for my daughter as a different taste to water or milk, she immediately took a shine to it as you can make it as strong or as weak as you like. For babies or young children I would recommend that you use only half the amount of concentrate that you would for yourself as it can be quite strong.
The product costs usually about £1 a bottle although at the moment you can pick 2 up for £1.50 making them 75p each. The flavour is really tasty and makes a welcomes change to plain water, like I stated before it tastes a lot like blackcurrant thought as you can't really taste that much apple in it.
The bottle usually lasts me about 2 weeks but it depends on how much you drink but the good thing about this product (especially for kids) is that it has no added sugar unlike a lot of other concentrates so it makes it a little better for them to drink. I wouldn't recommend you give it them all the time as it still contains a bit of sugar but it's certainly a lot healthier than some ive had in the past.
I buy robinsons squash usually when they are on offer in asda, 2 1 litre bottles for £1.50. They come in so many different flavours, i love the blackcurrant and apple one, it is very fruity, sweet and refreshing. There is also strawberry and kiwi, peach, pear, orange and summer fruits flavour.
I cannot taste the difference between the no added sugar and one with sugar so i always go for the no added sugar one. I like mine to be very weak as it can be a little too sweet if not diluted enough. It is a great choice if you want to try and cut out drinking fizzy drinks throughout the day. I get sick of drinking water all day at work so i always take a bottle of blackcurrant with me aswell.
I have tried many supermarkets own brands of squash but i just dont like it as much as robinsons! i think the price is reasonably cheap when they are on offer, otherwise i think they are about £1.10 for a 1 litre bottle. This is quite dear especially if you have kids and go through squash very quickly!
I usually get roughly 20 servings out of this bottle of squash. Each serving only has 4.5 calories! So you can drink as much of it as you like and dont need to worry!
This squash is free from artificial colours and flavourings. You need to store it in a cool dry place and it is suitable for vegetarians. Once you have opened the bottle, you need to consume it within 9 months.
Occasionally in lidl, they have this squash on offer for 50p a bottle!! I rarely go in lidl though, so when i do pop in i love to stock up on this!
Overall, i like most of the robinson squash drinks, but this one is deffinately my fave.
With two young children in the house we get through at least a bottle of squash a week. My son likes blackcurrant but my daughter isn't too keen but loves apple juice, so I thought this Robinsons apple and blackcurrant might be a compramise.
I bought this 1 litre bottle from Sainsburys, it costs £1.09 a bottle but they had a promotion offering 2 bottles for £1.60. You could mix and match the different flavours.
The bottle is clear plastic so you can see the squash through it, it is a deep, dark purple colour. There are clear ingredient and nutritional information on the back of the bottle. It has a screw top lid that is easy to open and close.
To make a glass of squash according to the instructions on the bottle you simply add one part squash to four parts water. My son and I found this a little to strong and so needed to add more water to suit our taste, although my husband liked it like this so just try experimenting until you reach a strength and flavour you like.
Taste test - To me it just tasted like Robinsons normal blackcurrant (without apple), I couldn't really taste the apples in it apart from a slight twang. My daughter still didn't like it as she couldn't taste the apples either. My son however noticed a difference but couldn't tell it was apple flavour. He liked it but said he preferred the 'normal' one.
I did find it refreshing and thirst quenching, lovely with a couple of ice cubes.
I don't think I will buy this again but purely because it didn't suit the tastes of my family. Whilst it is a little more expensive than some squash, it is a lot stronger than other squashes I have bought in the past and therefore lasts longer so may work out better value in the long run.
You can buy this is 1 or 3 litre bottles from most supermarkets and convienience stores nationwide.
It has a lot of ingredients so won't list them all but whilst in huge writing it has NO ADDED SUGAR all over the bottle, they are not so excited about telling us it contains Sweeteners, aspartame, saccharin and phenylalanine.
I am constantly being moaned at for buying cheap things. I am like any parent I have to try and make money stretch that little bit further and prefer fresh juices or water to drink because I think it is healthier. I have bought the cheap dilute juice from asda but have been convinced into buying the more expensive.
Robinsons apple and blackcurrant has been the latest one that I have had to buy. I will admit that this is a very tasty juice and do not like the asda version of it so I have been proved wrong that cheap is not better. The one I bought was a 2 litre bottle which I found on a special deal 2 for £3. This was a good price because this juice has lasted us over a month. The orange in this range seems to go down a lot faster though.
I find these an easy hold bottle due to the shape you can get a good grip on it. The cap is stiff to open at first but adults will be able to open this once it has been opened without a problem, although children find it difficult still which is good in my house due to my children messing all the time.
There are no artificial colours or flavours in this and no added sugar which is good due to having children. It does state on the back to use 1 part dilute to 4 parts water and if young children are having it to use more water and less juice due to the acidity in the juice it makes it better for them.
They state all the information on how to contact them on the back of the bottle just in case there is a problem or any other questions and queries. There is a lot of ingredients in this too which are interesting to know. There is nothing of danger in this juice but I can see why they say to dilute the children's more. There is no added extras in the ingredients so I find this a good bottle of juice to buy.
The taste of this is very strong when just adding a little to water which is good. I have found that unlike other dilute juices it does not leave a nasty taste in my mouth. It is really nice chilled and my children have made me make ice cubes with it (diluted first) and have found it fascinating that they are different colours in a glass of water. This is a long lasting product due to not having to use as much in a glass and would recommend anyone to buy this. Expensive is better sometimes.
5 months ago, I decided to quit my extremely unhealthy diet of a ridiculously large amount of Pepsi Max and switch to water. After several weeks of nothing but water, it got boring and I decided to opt for a more flavourful drink. However, with a strict diet to follow, I couldn't just switch to anything. A friend of mine recommended Robinsons No Added Sugar and for the past 4 months, I've made it my primary beverage of choice. I've always enjoyed apple and blackcurrant drinks and this is no exception. However, if I had one criticism, it would be that the drink is distinctly more blackcurranty than appley (ok, I know they're not real words but you get the idea. I'd even go as far as to say we're probably 75% blackcurrant. However, with that in mind, it is a truly delicious alternative to water
From a price perspective, it's a reasonable price. The juice to water ratio is extremely good so it lasts quite a while. I've saved a fortune in comparison to fizzy drinks. It prices between £1 and £1.50 and I've seen several offers in Sainsburys for 2 for £2 so its extremely good value for money.
Oh and along with a healthier diet, and a little exercise, I've lost over a stone and a half and still going, so for all you people out there looking to lose a bit of weight, ditch the fizzy drinks and spend a pound on this. Your stomach and your wallet will both thank you