Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... choice, the bottle states "made with real fruit". As normal I picked out the non diet version as I do not like my son to have ar... more
Author Name: JonathonCross
Advantages: Tastes Fantastic, Contains a source of Phenylalanine, there is a "Zero" sugar version.
Disadvantages: Those E numbers...
I for one cannot stand Coca Cola. There is no real taste to describe as it simply tastes of sugar with artificial rubbish added in for good measure. I was therefore very surprised then to here that Coca Cola was actually capable of producing such a surprisingly lovely drink which first originated in Germany...
History; Had it not been for the fact that Coca Cola became difficult to import it into Germany in 1941, Fanta may not of existed. It was decided by Mark Keith, chairman of Coca Cola, Germany at that time decided to bring a new drink to, the market, which would use ingredients only available in Germany at that moment in time. The drink after development included Whey and Pomace. Whey is the liquid that remains from the milk once it has curdled, Pomace is the solid fruit remaining after the fruit has been crushed- Fanta was therefore considered to be made from the "leftovers of leftovers", as Keith later mentioned. The name was the result of a brainstorm after Mark Keith asked his team to "Fantasie" or imagine in English. One of his salesmen (Joe Knnip) then replied... "Fanta" and so Fanta was born, but today it is a little different in it's ingredients and has become to be sold worldwide From England to Vietnam!
Packaging; Fanta comes in 3 different sizes in the UK. The smallest one comes in a can containing 330ml (you can buy multi packs of 6 in the can variation) there are also smaller serving bottles that come in 500ml. Last of there is the largest of the range is a 2 litre plastic bottle. The packaging of any flavour of Fanta is good. The label is unique, with blue writing and Orange swirls. It is very eye catching on the drinks isle! The 500ml bottle has a specially designed grip on the neck on the bottle. This makes it easy to hold and to drink.
Taste; I love the premium taste of Fanta over other soft drinks such as Tango as Fanta tastes more real and natural. The fizz really tingles the tongue making it pleasant to drink, as it is not harsh on the throat. I actually find Fanta to taste the most carbonated, which delivers the desired "ting" on the tongue. Fanta is also quite sweet. But this unlike other rival drinks such as "Mountain Dew" the taste as mentioned tastes natural because Fanta uses real Orange Juice from concentrate at a percentage of 5% which contributes to the sugar content which may seem high. I may mention that the taste varies from continent, For example I found Vietnamese Fanta to taste Artificial to the taste!
Product Quality; I am pleased to tell you that Fanta as mentioned contains real Fruit Juice (which varies on the type depending on the flavour) Because of the carbonation, I feel gives it the premium taste over rivals. Today the product has completely changed over the years (Remember Fanta used to be made from leftovers!) In a comparison of the sugar content of Fanta to Mountain Dew (an American Brand), Fanta is the clear winner on the sugar "quality" content.
Fanta- 7.1g Per 100ML
Mountain Dew- 12.0g Per 100ML
I think we can therefore can credit Fanta for it's quality.
Value For Money; I often see Fanta on offer with the 500ML bottles which is often in a multi deal with other 500ML bottles of drink such as Coca Cola (Which works well when travelling with my best friend who likes his Coca Cola as we can buy our favourite drinks at a discounted price.) It is often priced at 2 for £1.80 or for £1.08 per 500 ml. For a 330ML I advise you to head to your local Costcutta who often sell it for £0.49 per can. A multi-pack can of 6 costs around £3.09 (which is on offer at Waitrose at the moment at 2 for £5.00) Lastly a 2 litre bottle will cost £1.89 (It is on offer at Tesco at 2 for £3.00) It just goes to show then branded foods can be excellent value for money provided one is willing to shop around.
What if I dislike Orange flavor- what are the other variations?
Strawberry and Kiwi (Commonly called "Fanta Beach"
There are also Fanta "Zero" versions that contain sweeteners as opposed to sugar and sweeteners. Sadly the Orange version is the only one in the range at this time. But I feel it may be worth swapping for the benefit od Oral health!
Nutrition per 100ml
Sat Fat Trace
Ingredients; Carbonated Water, Sugar (Carbohydrate), Orange Fruit from Concentrate (5%), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (E331), Preservative (E211), Flavourings, Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Aspartame), Stabiliser (E412), Colour (Beta-carotene), Contains a Source of Phenylalanine.
What is so good about Phenylalanine which can be sourced in Fanta?
Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that can elevate ones mood as it is closely related to the nervous system. It can also help memory and learning.
This review will be later published on Ciao by jjcross!!
Summary: Thank you Mark Keith!