Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
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A sugary, sweet treat for the summer
Fanta Fruit Twist
Member Name: IzzyS
Fanta Fruit Twist
Advantages: Nice aftertaste, quite jolly label, intriguing colour, good for an occasional treat
Disadvantages: Very sugary/sweet (don't consume or let kids have excessive amounts), not overly cheap
Having walked around town with my family shopping this morning, we ended up in Asda buying a few last minute items before heading back to the car park but I was desperate to get something to quench my parched throat, so when we were in the drinks aisle, I had a quick look at the various bottles for sale and spotted a bright red, almost pink coloured 500ml Fanta bottle that seemed quite appealing, which on further inspection was labelled 'Fruit Twist' (for some reason that was quite well hidden at the side of the brand name logo) and I decided that I'd treat myself to it. Having finished most of the bottle, I thought why not review it? I've not really reviewed anything in the food and drink category here before but I'll give it my best shot - let me know what you think of the review, thanks!
- The Bottle (Label, info.) -
As I say, the bottle is a quite bright red, almost pink colour. It has quite a summery look to it, with the label near the bottom of the bottle again having a similar red/pink colour plus the usual orange colour which represents the Fanta brand in general I think. The label on the front of the bottle has a couple of green circles which state 'Made with real fruit juices' and 'No artificial flavours or colours' (which is surprising given how bright it looks, although the juice/drink itself isn't quite as bright as the colours on the label, I suppose but all the same...).
Elsewhere on the label is a rather randon cartoon/drawing of a tree with the 'Fanta' logo on it and a hand sticking out which holds a bottle, plus there's a ghetto blaster below the tree. I can only imagine this is to indicate that the product is aimed at younger people (kids/teens/young adults), presumably. It also says 'Best served super cool' above that cartoon/drawing, super cool ie meaning chilled, so I guess the cartoon is their interpretation of being 'cool'.
Next to that is the usual RDA information, where it states that a 250ml serving contains:-
Calories - 94 kcal - 5%
Sugars - 23.1g - 26%
Fat - 0.0g - 0%
Saturates - 0.0g - 0%
Salt - 0.0g - 0%
Bare in mind that the bottle is 500ml so if you drink the whole bottle in one serving then your consuming 10% of your RDA in calories and 52% of your RDA of sugar.
Elsewhere on the label the separate 'nutrition information (typical values per 100ml)' are stated, which also says that it contains 9.2g of carbohydrates, ie 18.4g per full bottle.
The recycle logo is also visible on the bottles label, so its nice to know that in a sense its environmentally friendly. There's also a small 'Made in GB' logo which is disappointingly hidden underneath the barcode away from the front of the label - I'd like to think we should be more proud that its made here and have that placed somewhere more prominent perhaps.
- Ingredients -
Carbonated water, sugar (from beet and/or cane), fruit juice from concentrate (4%) (Orange, Passionfruit, Peach), Vegetable and plant concentrates (Carrot, Safflower), Citric acid, natural flavourings, preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Stabiliser (Glycerol esters of wood rosins). It also contains a source of Phenylalanine, so don't drink this if you're allergic to that ingredient.
Now on to the drink itself!
- The Taste -
The first thing I noticed when I took my first sip of this drink was that it has a very sweet taste to it - you can tell it has a high sugar content (as mentioned above). However, thats not to say that its undrinkable, its quite a nice drink to have a bit of every while, although if you're very thirsty, I wouldn't recommend drinking too much too quick, or you could end up feeling a little queasy!
When you drink it, the taste lingers in your mouth for a while and you can definitely taste that there's a good mix of fruit flavours there, although its hard to exactly put your finger on which fruits are present, it is quite a pleasant taste overall I'd say. The label on the bottle proudly declares that its a 'tongue tingling sparkling mixed fruit drink with sugar and sweeteners' which I would agree with - there is definitely an element of uh tongue tingling-ness (lol), though it does taste a little watery at first, it has a decent aftertaste, which is why I say I wouldn't recommend consuming too much. However, this makes me think that perhaps, given how sweet and sugary it is, that perhaps its a good drink to have if your dehydrated or otherwise if you need a sugar boost, perhaps - I'm no expert, its just a thought.
- Price -
This drink cost me £1 from Asda, though it may cost more to buy from chilled cabinets or vending machines. It shouldn't cost anymore than most other 500ml soft drinks, so its about average value for money, I'd say.
- Conclusions -
I think this is a good summery drink, it certainly has a summery look to it in terms of the drinks colour and the label design.
It is very sweet, you can taste the sugar content, which stopped me from drinking too much too quickly as I'm not sure I could stomach it but then thats perhaps a good thing compared to other items where you can't taste that there's so much salt, fat or sugar - at least you're aware of it as you consume it!
This is clearly marketed/sold as a summer drink for younger people and I think its a good drink to have once in a while during the summer - it makes for a nice drink to treat yourself to every so often but I wouldn't drink it regularly as its just too sweet for my taste.
It makes a change from the regular Fanta Orange drink and I'm sure it would taste nice chilled (my bottle wasn't unfortunately), I'd recommend you try it but it won't be for everyone due to the amount of sugar present and I wouldn't recommend it for young children because of that - it makes for a nice sweet treat but nothing more, in my humble opinion.
I hope you found my review useful, thanks for all reads, rates and comments. I may post this review on Ciao UK later under the same username but I've posted it here first (for a change lol).
Summary: A summery soft drink made from multiple fruits by the well known Fanta brand