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On our recent trip to the zoo for my daughter's birthday there were 6 kids altogether and looking to cut costs down we brought drinks, crisps, sweets and other snacks etc from home. One of the multi-packs I picked up to bring was 10 pouches of blackcurrant capri-sun juice which was a great bargain at only £2!
Each pouch contains 200ml of juice and whilst they are fun they are a bit awkward for little ones to use! The pouch is almost a triangular shape, larger at the base and then goes in towards the top and has a small hole with which to pierce. Attached on the back is an orange straw in plastic wrapping which can be separated from the pouch and then used to pierce the hole so the straw goes through. My daughter is 3 years old and of course has a bit of difficulty doing this as sometimes it is quite fiddly to get it just right! She can use other cartons such as ribena by herself and finds it very straightforward but the design of these is just a bit more than she can comprehend! In addition, even with my wisdom a few times I have somehow had the problem of I pierce the straw through the pouch straight through to the other side! Oops! Meaning I just suck the juice straight from the hole itself and toss the straw in the bin ;)
The juice itself is lovely and blackcurrant is definitely our favourite from the capri sun range. It is a purple-ish juice and personally it has a much more authentic and refreshing taste and flavour of blackcurrant in comparison to ribena. It really tastes fruity and thirst quenching and I enjpy having one, it's a shame one of these 200ml pouches just never seems enough for me personally and I always end up wanting more! For my daughter on the hand, I think it is the appropriate amount and she loves it and is always picking it up if she spots it on the shelf when we are out shopping in the supermarket!
It should be noted that they are quite high in sugar as one 200ml pouch contains 29% of daily guideline of sugar...yikes! So bearing this in mind, having one of these is definitely a treat for my daughter and she never has more than 1 a day.
Overall I do like these capri-suns and from time to time when they are on offer I will pick up a box. They were great for days out like when we went to the zoo as they do not need refrigerating to be cool so were great for on the go thirst as they can be served as they are and will be perfect!
==Blackcurrant Capri Sun==
Since Jack has started going to preschool two days a week I have been making him up a packed lunch for both of these days and continually trying to find different items to give him is already becoming a task each week. Drinks are especially difficult because I was giving him a juice bottle and filling it up but it was coming back always nearly full and said that he didn't like drinking from it. So I went out and got a few supermarket own juice cartons but after drinking one myself found that they were not that nice.
After seeing these Capri Suns in Poundland a few months back I have been buying them in the various flavours that they get in and he seems to enjoy drinking these and having them in the fridge often means that even himself and I can have a carton when we feel like it and enjoy them too. For £1 from Poundland you get yourself a box which has five of the Capri Sun's inside. They don't often have any other flavours other than the Blackcurrant flavour or the Orange one but a few weeks back they did get in an Orange and Pineapple variety which I promptly snipped up.
At 20 pence per carton of Capri Sun I feel that this represents a fairly good value for money when compared to a lot of other branded carton drinks and like I say we all enjoy drinking these as they are really tasty. I do try not to drink too many as they are not light on the calories as each carton has around 180 calories per 100 ml which is half of the drink which is not very good at all and even some drinks such as the apple have closer to 200 calories per half of the carton.
The blackcurrant flavour of the juice is really rather nice and not too drying as I find some blackcurrant drinks can be this one is very refreshing and leaves you feeling hydrated. The flavour is sweet and fruity and a whole carton can be drunk in one go on my part. Out of all the flavours I have tried I think this has got to be my favourite one with the Orange and Pineapple one coming in at a close second.
The drinks themselves are not in the same league as drinking a juice such as an Innocent smoothie as these Capri Suns are made from concentrate and have only 12 % of natural fruit juices. Also having had a look at the Capri Sun website I am shocked to see that a whole carton has 25% of a child daily sugar intake which is really scary and has now somewhat put me off the drinks!
I guess in a nutshell these drinks are very handy and they do taste pretty good too. They are cheap to buy per container and perfect for lunch boxes or to take out when on the go. However the fact that they are high in sugar is not ideal and probably means that they should not be drunk regularly as they will more than likely rot the teeth and the guts!
I was a little bit more favourable towards these Capri Sun's at the beginning of writing this review and I now seemed to have gathered a bit more information which means I won't be as eager to buy them in the future. I think for this reason I will award a more than generous 3 out of 5 star rating and a slight recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Juice isn't something I drink a lot of but I always like to have something in just incase I get the urge for something sweeter and more refreshing than coffee.
I do have a bottle of diltuing juice I use for the wee one but like to keep various flavours of cartons in the fridge for guests or to throw in my bag if we're heading out.
The juice comes in a pouch that is sort of like foil but much stronger, there is an indentation for the straw (that comes attatched to the pack) at the top in the middle. There is a bold design of blackcurrents with the name Capri-Sun written at the top. On the back there are ingredients and nutritional information listed as well as contact details and the size (200ml per pouch). It's great to carry along with you seeing as with a 2 year old things get bashed and squashed and I've never had any unfortunate accidents regarding the packaging bursting etc.
The contents are pretty strong in comparison to how I would make juice but it is nice just a little sweet for my personal taste. It is very refreshing, especially on a hot day it quenches your thirst doing exactly as it should really. It also tastes natural rather than artifical which is a pleasant change from majority of premade drinks out there.
I buy them in Asda or the pound shop, 5 pouches cost £1, or at the moment Asda are doing 10 for £2 so it works out as 20p each brilliant value and much better than paying 40p each whilst out and about although still a good price.
There are 105 calories in each drink and nothing particularly unhealthy so great for kids!
Definately a drink that will be used for many years to come I imagine.
I never really used to drink blackcurrant juice but I've had these loads at a friends lately so I thought that it was about time for a review!
The packaging is a bit different to normal. There is a foil, silver pouch which contains the juice (200ml of it.) on the front of the pouch, there is the name of the product and a picture of the blackcurrants to show the flavour of the drink, while on the back is the nutritional information and ingredients. There is a straw seal wrapped and stuck to the back of the pouch and there is an indentation for you to pierce through and put the straw in. Sometimes the straw isn't there and you have the awkward job of trying to drink it through the hole!
These are way better served icy cold, I really cant drink them when they are warm as they just don't taste right and are horrible! I'll admit the flavour is a bit artificial but they are fine for the odd drink, I've never had the fruit blackcurrants and I'm not entirely sure if they would taste like this Capri sun! However, especially when they are cold, they are very refreshing. I think that this is partially because of the nature of the product, its a lot easier to suck the straw quickly than drink from a can quickly I think, as well that the size of the pouch reduces as you drink it!
You normally get them in multipacks in supermarkets etc. I'd say about £4 for a pack of 10 which is about average value because of the size of them.
I love soft drinks and juices and so when I spotted these blackcurrant flavoured Capris...me only even drinking the orange flavoured variety was excited to try one! I'm easily pleased....granted lol.
200ml mainly foil (silver), pouch. It has a small indentation to the top of it which you can poke the given yellow straw through if desired. On the front of the pouch there is a photograph of blackcurrant's on there and I am told that it is Capri-Sun Juice Drink 'Blackcurrant' and that there is nothing artificial at all within the drink. On the back of the pouch other information listed includes ingredients and a full nutritional breakdown being given (as well as an at a glance nutritional chart), along with the size (which in this case is 200ml) and contact details for Capri-Sun are given. It's a nice handy packaging and it's informative enough, easy to store and a none drip pouch which is handy for kids on the go type of thing!
The Drink Itself:
Well this is simply lovely to be fair to it. A strong flavoured blackcurrant juice that is sweet enough but in a very natural way indeed. A smooth flat juice it is a darkish pinky colour and transparent. It is a thirst quencher, tastes great and leaves no odd after-taste what-so-ever and is a clean and crisp drink. I really like this and at about 40p per pouch I think these offer excellent value for money!
Nutritional Information Per 200ml:
Calories: 105 Kcal
Available in all good supermarkets and corner shops etc.