Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
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Why ruin a drink with artificial sweeteners
Member Name: gordonstokey
Advantages: Fanta outside the UK is delicious. In the UK, the product can be replaced by Orangina
Disadvantages: The drink is ruined by the senseless addition of artificial sweeteners
It was Michael Winner who raved about Fanta in Morocco, where he declared it the best version of Fanta anywhere in the world. After spending a weekend in Marrakesh and tasting the drink, I agree with him. Fanta in mainland Europe is also excellent. A pleasant mix of sweetness, acidity and a hint of flowery fragrance.
It's such a pity, then, that the same Fanta drink is unavailable in the UK, where the drink is ruined by the addition of artificial sweeteners, making the product unpalatable. Unless you buy Fanta in consignment from France, the sad reality is that Fanta in the UK is vastly inferior to the all natural Orangina. Coca Cola is not alone in the practice among UK-based drinks manufacturers of adding sweeteners to reduce production costs - their trade association even boasts about it - but it is frustrating that there is a wide choice of drinks available for those that like artificial sweeteners, but not much choice for those that don't. They say that the UK is part of Europe, but based on the palates of the British versus those on the mainland, I would say there is an unbridgeable chasm that separates the two peoples.
Summary: Nasty metallic taste of artificial sweeteners ruins a classic drink