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Although I try and drink just water or sugar free cordial as much as possible I do enjoy the odd fizzy drink. Recently I stumbled across the range of KA drinks and decided to buy a few to try for a treat.
One of the flavours I purchased was the KA pineapple. I brought a 330ml can from my local Asda store where it was priced at 38p or 3 cans for £1.00.
The sparkling pineapple drink is manufactured by Barr drinks and comes packaged in a black can with green and orange writing so is quite eye catching. The drink is described as 'a taste of the Caribbean' on the front of the can, whilst on the back you can find more detailed product information such as ingredients listing and nutritional information.
The drink itself smells rather sweet but you can smell the pineapple flavour. It is slightly yellow in colour and has a good amount of fizz. As far as the taste is concerned it is fairly nice and although you can tell this drink is pineapple flavoured it is more on the artificial side and when you read the ingredients listings you will see that there is no mention of any pineapple being included. I would also only say it is suitable for those who have a sweet tooth too as it is sweet and one 330ml can contains a huge 41.3g off sugar.
Overall this is a drink that I think you get what you pay for. It is quite pleasant and does taste like pineapple but it is very sweet and full of sugar. I would possibly purchase it again in the future but only for a very occasional drink when I am craving something fizzy and sugary.
I quite like a fizzy drink from time to time, and I remember all through my pregnancy and the first 6 months after my daughter was born I used to constantly crave pineapple soda! I used to drink the D&G brand all the time, but recently I was in Iceland and they had a 2 litre bottle of this KA Pineapple soda for £1 so I thought I'd give it a try.
This pineapple soda is quite deep yellow in colour, not as bright as the picture looks! It has a black screw top lid so it can be resealed and consume time after time, however disappointingly I find after 24 hours if it is in the fridge and has been opened, no matter how tight it is resealed this drink is flat! So I would definitely advise it to be consumed asap, but moving on to my next point that won't really be a problem!
Taste wise, this is extremely gassy and fizzy and I would definitely say it doesn't really taste like fresh pineapple as such, but much more an artificial pineapple flavour and is particularly exaggerated by sweeteners and sugars etc. It doesn't have an aftertaste or anything and it is a nice drink to consume but I don't know what it is, but it's really addictive and drinking a glass, doesn't quench my thirst and I consistently feel the need to drink more! So sadly on that note it is not refreshing in the slightest and so not my ideal drink at all, as I can literally drink a bottle in a day if I am home all day.
Opening the bottle a strong smell of the carbonated gas emanates out along with a waft of the smell, which really does linger and reminds me of the D&G brand of pineapple soda but in all other areas this really doesn't match up. So on that note I wouldn't really recommend this drink as I have had better!
I am a bit of a party girl at the moment and last night I slung my door open to a few friends and had a bit of a house party. I got in some alcohol, people brought some round as well and we even made a visit to the pub (not that I remember that lol). Now I know what i am like when I'm drinking. I drink too much and end up collapsing or fighting or summat really wrong and have even been arrested for my bad behaviour. Learning the lesson I have tried to curb my drinking a bit and to try alternate my drinks with none alcoholic beverages.
I bought a few cans of pop in my local B & M store yesterday to shove in my fridge for anyone who wanted one and this eas one I bought. This can cost me a mere 29p with a price on the can of 49p (RRP). This also came in a Mango flavour option which I got two after reading on the can 'A taste of the caribbean' and thinking it sounded rather good lol.
This does also come in a bottle though I haven't seen that and my drink came in a black can with orange and green writing on it and is 330ml in size with a convential ring pull to the top of it. On the front of the can we are told that it is KA Sparkling Pineapple Flavour Drink then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, the size (as I have listed already), there is an at a glance nutritonal chart stated as well as a full one and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
The Drink Itself:
Well the drink in colour is a light orange and it has a distinctive and natural fragrance of pineapples to it. it is a very gently sparkling soft drink this one and not fizzy as such and flavour wise tastes of natural pineapple juice with a hint of a sparkle to it really. Its rather sweet this one and maybe a little too sweet for me and once I'd drank a couple of cans of this I found the sweetness to linger on my tongue in a not great way that I didn't appreciate.
This is best served chilled and drunk pretty quickly once poured. As it isn't all that sparkly to begin with this loses any life in it pretty quickly and I found by adding ice to it in a glass it got watered down too much and lost a lot of its flavour and sparkle all the more.
This is an ok drink, you can use it as a mixer which my friends did with some coconut white rum and they all got trollied on it as they simply tasted like pop cocktails them! The biggest downside with this drink is that calorie wise for one can (330ml serving) you end up consuming a whopping 168 calories though fortunelty no fat but a trace. Hips wont thank us for it and neither with your tongue once its consumed and tastes like its coated in saccharin (it only contains sugar this one) and for me its not one I find thirst quenching or tasty enough to warrant consuming all those calories!
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During my working day driving a London bus, it's not surprising I can get thirsty from time to time. I normally drink coffee, as this keeps me alert, or water for refreshment, but sometimes I'm tempted by the odd soft drink. I have seen this one being drunk by many people recently, so I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about and bought a bottle of KA Sparkling Pineapple. Here are my thoughts on this somewhat disappointing beverage.
--The Kool Thing to Drink?--
It seems to me that branded soft drinks and designer clothing labels share a kinship. There are always one or two brands that are always going to be popular to be worn, like Nike and Addidas, and in a similar vein, Coca-Cola will always have a foothold in the current soft drink treads. Much like clothes, along come brands frequently that become the 'in' thing to drink, and during my life many have come of gone. The american hype of Dr Pepper, and zany advertising driven Tango and the Fido Dido following of 7up. KA seems to be one such of these brands at the moment, with many young adults and schoolchildren drinking it in large numbers.
KA is produced by the people who bring us the garish orange Irn Bru, the Scottish beverage company AG Barr. Founded in 1875 and based in Cumbernauld, they still operate without the need of a giant food conglomerate to take over, and produce some quite well known and common drink brands seen on UK shelfs, with the likes of Lipton Iced Tea and Orangina to their name. This in mind, I was hopeful that Pineapple KA would be a type of drink like Lilt, fruity and refreshing. There is also a Black Grape flavour and Cola version available.
--Kost and Packaging--
I would think that two of the main draws for this product are its price and of rather different labelling. All KA products have a black label, with bright colours highlighted against this, with the title styled with a palm tree image. This clear plastic 500ml bottle is littered with phases like 'Taste of the Caribbean', 'Kool Taste' and 'Drink Kool', I get a somewhat cheap feel from the packaging, reminding me of the unknown and tasteless 25p bottles of raspberry and cherry Panda Pops type drinks. The price is displayed prominently too, with the rest of the label being left basic and straightforward. The bottle is of course fully recyclable too.
At a cost of 89 pence, it is a fiar bit cheaper than other same sized soft drinks. Coco-Cola normally retails around the £1 to £1.30 mark, so it's understandable why this is chosen being more affordable to the average schoolchild. All the container variants follow this. A 330ml can or carton is 49 pence, again better than the 60 pence of a can of Coke or Lilt.
--Taste and Kolour--
I'll start with the colour first, and there does seem to be an attempt to re-create the true yellow of pineapple flesh albeit with artificial colourants, and outwardly it looks all rather refreshing. It's not an altogether fake look, and not the neon yellow of some soft drinks that you would expect. The taste however is not what the colour would lead you to believe. Immediately after opening, you get a sweet smell that could only be chemically enhanced, but does have an undertone of pineapple fragrance. Unfortunately, this smell confirms the worst and the taste is far to full of sugar substitute and unnatural flavours. Hints of pineapple are there hiding between the preservatives, but it's like someone has liquefied some pineapple cubes from the sweet shop. As a sweet, this can be nice, but as a drink its far too much to take and doesn't bode well. The carbonated fizz does not help this either, even though its not the most sparkling soda drink to be tasted.
More disappointingly, after swallowing you are left with an unwanted coating of sticky film inside your mouth and on your teeth. It really is just like you have chewed a boiled sweet, and as a result is not refreshing and doesn't leave a clean and clear feel to your mouth, and even an unpleasant gurgling in your stomach. A possible reason for this is that no fruit juices appear to have been used in the recipe, full of so-called flavourings and concentrates. Lilt, a pineapple and grapefruit soft drink leaves me refreshed and satisfied with the fruitiness, but this doesn't come anywhere close, and really does come across as a totally artificial product with very few redeeming qualities.
--Ingredients and Nutritional Information--
Very low in fat and calories, but sky high in sugar. 31.3g in a 250ml serving, 35% of an adults daily amount. This is not included in the quantity guide. Pineapple flavoured with NO pineapple used in the recipe.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Flavourings, Citric Acid, Concentrates(Lemon, Safflower), Preservative (E211).
Allergy Information: None
Quantity per 100ml
Energy - 215 kj / 51 kcal
Protein - Trace
Fat in total - Trace
Of Saturates - Trace
Carbohydrate in total - 12.5g
Sodium - Trace
Whilst I can see the appeal of KA with the masses due to it's cheap price and nice look, the general taste of this just lets is down greatly. It's typically a Barr product, that much is obvious, but unlike Irn Bru which has a unique artificial taste, KA just pretends to be something it isn't. I don't find it refreshing and the lack of any real fruit taste just annoys me. Personally, if I ever delve into a fruit soft drink in the future, I will fall back on Lilt because I know that I will be somewhat refreshed, and not searching for a bottle of water to wash away the lingering synthetic taste.
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