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      07.10.2013 13:34
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      A delicious drink for 99p

      Blackcurrent Ribena

      Price 99p for a 500ml bottle I think this is reasonable as many fizzy drinks cost around the same so this is a healthier option at roughly the same price.

      I have had Ribena for as long as I can remember, it's the only ready made squash that I like, I find other drinks such as oasis too strong so always tend to buy Ribena when I can. When I'm ill which luckily (touch wood) isn't too often I drink Ribena like it's going out of fashion.

      Each 250ml serving contains
      108 calories
      26.3g sugars
      Nil fat
      Nil saturates
      Trace salt

      No added preservatives
      No artificial colours

      Ribena contains real fruit juice and is delicious it comes in a selective range of flavours including strawberry and orange but I tend to only drink the Blackcurrent one not only does it come in a ready to drink bottle it also comes in cartons and a bottle ready to dilute, although when I dilute it myself it never tastes the same I haven't managed to get the perfect amount of water, either it's too strong or too weak.

      This drink is suitable for all, but I wouldn't recommend it for young children due to the strength of the drink, may need to be diluted a little more for young children.

      I would recommend this drink it's not of my favourites. Very refreshing and can be enjoyed by all as part of a healthy balanced diet

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        23.08.2013 05:15
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        Great drink

        I drink far too many fizzy drinks, in particular Diet Coke. I know this and though I'd like to correct it, I can't seem to kick the habit as of yet. I am someone who only really enjoys their drinks when they're verging on ice cold and so when I'm out of the house or not near a bag of ice cubes, I tend to avoid fizzy drinks and pick still ones instead because I find these a bit nicer when they're not super cold like I would prefer. The two still drinks I choose from that I mostly buy are either Oasis or Ribena.

        Ribena has connotations of my childhood for me. Drinking it from a little cartoon that you have to pop into the top with the attached straw to get to the juice. The taste was always refreshing and always very tasty. Over the years I've tried a variety of different Ribena flavours on offer but each and every time I have always gone back to blackcurrant because I find it to be the best. In a bottle format this drink is definitely much more convenient as with the top lid cartons you would have to drink them all in one sitting or else they would leak as you'd have an open lid, and so a screw lid is a much better option. This allows you to dip into the drink throughout the day as you please, or to screw it back up after use so that you don't end up spilling it all over (for someone as clumsy and accident prone as me, this is definitely a benefit!).

        The colour of the drink is a very appetizing rich purple colour. It looks and smells like a blackcurrant drink because that's exactly what it is. The ingredients are quite simple, although not quite just berries as is alluded to in the adverts. A 500ml bottle contains water, sugar , blackcurrant juice from concentrate , vitamin C , citric acid , colour (anthocyanins).

        A bottle of Ribena comes in the standard 'small' bottle size of 500ml. This is the perfect quantity for having with lunch or on the go as it remains fresh due to it being a still drink. Ribena is one of few drinks I actually enjoy warmer because it has the remnants of a squash drink, but with a much stronger, more delicious taste. The consistency is the right balance of easy to pour but not watered down or weak. There aren't quite as many calories as in a fizzy drink, but there are more in this than in the 'light' option Ribena also sells of this flavour. There isn't a stark difference between the two flavours, although I prefer this because it is a little bit stronger.

        The cost of the drink in this quantity is between £1-1.50 depending on where you purchase it from. It is usually less expensive than a fizzy drink and this is also a reason I tend to pick it up when I'm buying a drink from a corner shop or in the fridge section in a local mini supermarket. Its quite easy to pick up anywhere and I find most stores have it in stock. The blackcurrant flavour is definitely the most popular flavour and though some stores also have the raspberry/strawberry flavour in stock, this is far more prevalent.

        I have no issue with the sugar quantities of things as I like to ensure I have a balanced diet so a few sips at a sugary drink isn't the end of the world for me. However I know that for others it is more of an issue, and this drink does have a relatively high sugar content. This can be solved by buying the light blue version of the drink that I mentioned before, called 'Light''.

        Over varieties of the drink are the carton I mentioned which is a 200ml quantity for around 60-80p (and thus less economically viable than a 500ml bottle), a 1litre carton, and also a 1.5l. This means that there's a quantity to suit any needs. For example, the 500ml I find goes well with a lunch or meal, and the larger carton can be used frequently throughout the day and stored in the fridge. In fact I have recently used my Ribena as a mixer and it makes for a very refreshing combination.

        I would recommend this drink to anyone. It has always been a favourite of mine and has stood the test of time, being considered a favourite in the eyes of many others since childhood also. The taste is so refreshing and is definitely the best blackcurrant drink I have. The price is ok, not overly cheap but when bought in bulk it makes for much better value, as well as compared to other fizzy drink brands. There are advantages to the various sizes on offer, and also a healthier (less calorific and less sugar) version in the Light version, although my favourite will always be the standard flavour.

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          06.08.2012 14:41
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          ~~Ribena Blackcurrant 500ml bottle~~

          Being heavily pregnant in Cyprus this time of year is extremely hard, the heat makes you constantly need to drink, so I find that I am buying drinks every day and so today I thought I would buy one of my favourites, the Ribena blackcurrant still drink. This has to be one of my favourite drinks to buy when it is warm, it is refreshing and with it being a still drink you can drink it quite fast without getting heartburn from all the bubbles of the typical fizzy drinks.

          ~~Packaging~~

          This specific Ribena product comes in a 500ml bottle and it is also available in a carton for those younger consumers. The bottle is your average shape with a purple lid as Ribena is strongly related with the colour purple due to its prime ingredient being blackcurrant juice. The label also carries on the purple theme, it also has a picture of a blackberry bush and the Ribena logo, at the moment the label also contains information relating to a prize giving that they are holding where consumers can enter for the chance to win a pair of designer wellies. The bottle itself is made from 100% recycled plastic and is able to be recycled after use. On the back of the label there is the nutritional information which is as follows (per 250ml serving so each bottle contains two servings):

          ~~Price~~

          Ocado: £1.08 or 2 for £1.80
          Tesco: £1.08 or 2 for £2.00
          Sainsbury's: £1.15
          Waitrose: £1.08
          Asda: £1.08


          Kcal: 108
          Protein g: trace
          Carbohydrates g: 26.5
          Of which sugars: 26.3
          Fat: nil
          Fibre: nil
          Sodium: nil
          Vitamin C, mg: 80%

          There is a lot of calories in this one bottle so I would not recommend drinking this product regularly, they have a really light blackcurrant Ribena which only contains 40 kcals per bottle, so if you still want to get your Ribena fix but without the calories I would recommend trying this product. The sugar is also quite high the product its self does not taste extremely sweet which is what you would expect with this level of sugar, again you can buy Ribena tooth kind which again would be another way to have Ribena often without damaging your teeth or your children's teeth. The vitamin C is great as I find it hard to keep my intake of vitamin C up to the required amount so I think its great that I can get it from this tasty bottle of Ribena.

          ~~Ingredients~~

          Water, sugar, blackcurrant juice from concentrate 6%, vitamin C, citric acid, colour (anthocyanin). The product is not recommended for children under the age of 3 and this is stated on the bottle's label. Once the bottle is opened it has to be consumed within 4 days, however most people would be able to drink this bottle in one sitting so this information is not of much use to me. Ribena also say on their packaging that this product does not contain added preservatives, artificial colourings and it contains real fruit juice. It is nice to see a product that tastes as nice as this does not contain any extra artificial ingredients.

          ~~Other Ribena products~~

          There are other Ribena products which can be purchased such as in the classic range there are: blackcurrant (this product), strawberry, raspberry, apple and really light blackcurrant (low calorie). There are also the sparkling drinks in blackcurrant and raspberry and finally the new Ribena plus in apple and peach and also mixed berries.

          ~~Taste~~

          This for me is the best blackcurrant drink that can be bought, I love the strong blackcurrant taste and it has just the right amount of sweetness without it being overly sweet. It tastes fresh and you can tell that it has actual fruit juice in and is not flavoured by artificial ingredients. The drink itself is incredibly refreshing for a hot day and is the best thing for me as I can't have a nice refreshing pint until after the baby is born! However, I am quite happy to settle with Ribena for the moment! I would definitely recommend this product as I truly cannot think of any bad points about it, and it can be enjoyed by all members of the family (not for under 3s though, I'm sure they won't mind!

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          09.07.2012 19:11
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          I've never been a huge fan of blackcurrants in any shape or form and have always opted for orange or apple when it comes to juice variety; however in my increasing old age of becoming a student I have found myself rather drawn to Ribena and at the moment I just can't get enough of the stuff (though of course it can't possibly rival my cola addiction). I don't know what it is about Ribena that makes it so much tastier than all the other offerings available but it is actually the only blackcurrant juice that I will happily drink.

          Although it also comes in a concentrated form which you simply add water to, I find that somehow no matter how hard I try with my juice to water ratio I can still never get the flavour the same as the ready made variety so I tend to just opt for the 500ml bottles - a handy size to carry round and I've found also rather useful to quench your thirst during a busy afternoon shopping! Ribena is a dark purple drink with a delightfully rich flavour that tastes as if it's just jam packed full of blackcurrants, I was quite surprised that it's actually only 6% blackcurrant juice from concentrate as it tastes far richer than that, you'd expect the content to be so much higher.

          The taste is lovely and sweet but not synthetically so, it's also quite a strong flavour so if you're one of those people that like their drink to pack a bit more oomph then I bet you'll go a bundle on this. To me it tastes completely natural, not like those ghastly drinks that are merely fruit flavoured and have never actually even so much as seen a fruit during the entire production and manufacturing process; being bombarded with nasty artificial colours, flavorourings and preservatives - yuck!

          Ribena also has added vitamins, particularly vitamin C so I suppose it does have its health benefits - though I expect most people just drink it for its glorious taste! I usually pick up a 500ml for around £1 from my local corner shop which I think is a fair price to pay, obviously prices will differ depending on where you choose to buy it from. During the hot weather I find frozen ribena makes really scrummy lollies too, just pop into a mold and leave overnight in the freezer, simples!

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            07.07.2012 23:14
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            lovely blackcurrant drink I could have all day!

            I am an extremely thirsty person and most days I just cannot drink enough which often costs me an arm and a leg! A cheaper version of combatting this problem is buying dilutable squash but from time to time when I am out and about this ready made Ribena drink is just the answer to all my problems!

            Today I managed to get this 500ml bottle for a bargain of 99p (I usually see it in superdrug/boots/sainsburys etc for the going rate of £1.20+) so I was extremely happy. I like the concept of this bottle as it has a screw top lid so the drink is reusable and doens't have to be consumed all at once like with cartons and seems more secure for me compared in to the bottles in the range with the flip top lids. It is a blackcurrant juice drink which contains no added preservatives, not artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners and contains real fruit juice and is also rich in vitamin C (a proven antioxidant or so the bottle tells me) so it really does tick all my boxes.

            It is a lovely sweet flavoured blackcurrant drink and is most definitely the leading brand on the market. It is a deep purple-ish colour and has a great, natural fruit taste. It isn't overly sweet and for me is just perfect, yet when I try to make it from the diluted variety I can never quite get the quantities just perfect to taste exactly the same, so normally end up drinking it a lot sweeter than when it is ready made!

            For a change there isn't an endless list of ingredients just Water, Sugar, Blackcurrant Juice from Concentrate (6%), Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Colour (Anthocyanins).

            I love the taste of Ribena as it is refreshing, thirst quenching and absolutely yummy. It has a lot more of a stronger blackcurrant flavour (for me in comparison to drinks like Robinson's for example) and so it is definitely more compelling for my taste buds! It should be noted that due to levels of sugar content and this drink isn't for under 3 year olds. I would definitely recommend this drink to anyone out there who is mad enough not to have tried it already!

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            Ribena has been a constant in my life ever since I was a kid. My favourite was always blackcurrant out of a carton. I am 27 now and it is still very much my favourite blackcurrant drink.

            You can purchase Ribena in the small cartons with a little straw to pop through the silver circle in the top or you can buy 500ml plastic bottles. There is something about the bottles I personally just cannot warm to; maybe it is nostalgic reasons for the cartons. The cartons and the bottles have the same design - deep purple with little blackcurrants on. The bottles are alot handier than the cartons if you are out and about but the cartons are great for lunchboxes and children. There is also a concentrate bottle available for home use which you dilute with water. Personally I do not like the dilutable Ribena. I always feel as though it has a metallic taste to. Almost like swallowing iron. I really do not like it.

            Ribena also makes other flavours; off the top of my head I know of strawberry, orange and apple.

            Ribena from a carton is a wonderful taste. It is sweet and you can really taste the blackcurrant. The blackcurrant taste is very fresh and hydrating. It is deep purple in colour (which does stain if you get it on clothes!). It is best served cold but I am like that with most drinks. I like everything ice cold.

            It must be said that Ribena isn't the healthiest of drinks out there as it has a high sugar content it is a once in a while drink rather than an everyday drink.

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            08.12.2011 23:20
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            A good alternative to the usual.

            Remember the good ol' days of being a child and drinking Ribena at every meal? Well apparently it still exists, joyfully packaged in the same old colours, and this carton/ bottle comes diluted perfectly - no need for fussing around trying to get just the right amount of water-Ribena.

            This drink is superb when served cold, it has a nice crispness to it, and goes well with most sandwiches. It is not so overpowering as to distract you from whatever you are eating, instead it provides a good accompaniment to a lunchtime snack.

            What's more, the flavour of Blackcurrent isn't something you get with most drinks, so it makes a nice change from something like Coke, Fanta or Lemonade, because it's, well, fruity! It also isn't fizzy, which is a nice change if you drink a lot of carbonated drinks because it seems to sit better on the stomach.

            What's more, the bottle is nicely designed, relatively ergonomic. It can be refilled; always handy if you're going to the gym. All in all, this has a nice nostalgic feel, and it tastes as good as it always did.

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            I spotted a carton of this when in the Bakers the other day. I used to drink Ribena quite a lot, but it was a case of out of site out of mind, as I never thought about reaching for a carton of this, but to be fair I don't feel that you see this in shops all that much anymore either, so I grabbed a couple of cartons of this and it tastes just like I remembered it to be.

            You can get this in the bottle shown on this picture which is a 500ml bottle. I think this costs around the 31 mark - perhaps a bit more. You can also get this in a concentrate Juice so you mix your own up by adding Water, but I just don't feel that that tastes all that the same. As I said I got this in a Carton which was served nice and cold. I think I paid about 80p for the carton, but things are normally that bit more expensive in Bakers and other food shops anyway.

            The carton is alright. Just pop your straw into the top of this and sip on the drink. This Juice is all about the Blackcurrant Berries (and a whole lot of Sugar) and it is so tasty. This tastes like fresh Berries and is nice and fruity. It is advised not to give this to young children due to the high Sugar content. You do get this Juice in different flavours but the plain old Blackcurrant is the best for me.

            I have looked up the Nutritional information on this Juice and see that per 500ml bottle there is 216 calories and 52.6g of Sugar, so that calories are pretty average but I wasn't aware that there is so much Sugar in here.

            This is a great Juice and I will look out for it more often. It is different than the other Fruit Juices out there and the flavour of this doesn't seem to have changed over the years.

            Still yummy.

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              A nice flavoured drink which isn't good for your teeth!

              ==Personal Account==

              I have been drinking Ribena for a number of years now (about 10) and always enjoy drinking it. I always had it as a child in my packed lunch when I went on school trips. I must say that it is very handy for them! The older I got and more adventures I went on and day trips. I now always take a bottle of this with me. As it would last me most of the day and always seemed to stay cool and keep me refreshed. I think it is great to take places or even just drink it at home and is enjoyable for all the family. I also like to drink this especially when I have a sore throat it seems to help me a lot more than any other liquid drink.

              ==General Information==

              The packaging of the Ribena is a great feature. The cardboard carton is ideal for lunch boxes and to take out on a picnic as they are small and compact. The bottle is a great 500ml size so can fit in a bag easily. The colour is a bold and bright purple colour to represent the blackcurrant which is eye catching for anyone wanting to buy the product. Another great thing about the packaging that all parts can be recycled. Which is great as it can be made into more Ribena!!!
              The price of one bottle of this can vary between the shop you go into it is roughly £1-£1.30 for a 500ml bottle. A carton can also vary between price of 60-90p. I believe this is a very reasonable price considering the quality of the flavouring.
              The taste of the blackcurrant Ribena is very fruity but if you drink it excessively then it can be too sugary and you begin to taste the sugar.
              I really love the smell of blackcurrant Ribena as it is a strong powerful fruity smell which really compliments the taste.

              ==Advantages==

              I believe that the price of the drink is a great and it is a great value for money product. There are always offers on for Ribena products in small stores and in supermarkets. The fruit flavour is fantastic but to be honest I think it is just flavouring and not real fruit juice used so it is a bit of a disappointment. The size of the bottle is a brilliant size to fit in your bag and the carton is great to be used for lunch boxes or a family picnic. For me personally it also helps when I have a sore throat to drink this as I don't like throat sweets.

              ==Disadvantages==

              I believe that the only disadvantages about this product is that is too sugary and it can stain. These are two main disadvantages people look for when buying a product but I believe it is good fruity flavoured still drink. Obviously it isn't good for your teeth if you drink too much so I advice drinking it out of a straw as that is what my dentist has always told me. Also it can stain clothes and carpets so be careful when drinking it that you don't spill it. It is also advised not to be given to under 3 year old children, this proves how much damage it can do to your teeth.

              ==Extra Information==

              As many of you may know the product comes in many different flavours but I have never seemed to try any of those just yet. These flavours are Apple, Strawberry and Orange. Ribena also do a 'Really Light' section which is where the drink is reduced in sugar which is a great feature.

              Contents - Per 500ml
              Calories- 216
              Sugars- 52.6g
              Fat- Nil
              Saturates-Nil
              Salt- Trace
              Finding this out was a real eye opener seen as I knew is contained a lot of sugar but really not this much! And the calories too that is a lot.
              Ingredients- Water, Sugar, Blackcurrant Juice from concentrate (6%), Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Colour (Antocyanins).
              After reading this Citric Acid and the small amount of blackcurrant juice it contains I think I will only be drinking this once a year, my poor teeth!

              ==Overall==
              A real eye opener that such a lovely flavoured drink contains so much bad thing. I just feel sorry for my teeth now.

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                A beautiful taste exploding drink of blackcurrant, lovely!

                Ribena has been a favourite drink of mine for absolutely ages now.. years and years! It's nice to see that even 7 years later the same great taste is available, and it's not been taken over completely by no added sugar!!

                The brand offers many flavours of 'ribena' now, but I continue to love the blackcurrent one. I prefer them in the plastic bottles and cartons, rather than diluting it myself (I often find that it doesn't dilute quite the same!). I know why I love this brand.. the fact that they take care of its customer by using real fruit in it, nothing to do with adding fake flavours for these!! 95% of the delicious blackcurrents are chosen from a British/Irish countryside - plus they work with the Wildlife trust, helping to conserve farms!

                It's healthy for you, and is bursting with flavour!
                It is loaded with Vitamin C, not that you can tell, and this is in the Strawberry drink as well. If you do enjoy low sugar drinks (something I don't!) there are ones about in the Ribena blackcurrent, and they are in a little blue bottle. The Vitamin C Content helps your immune system too, so if you aren't a fan of taking these tablets (I'm not) you can get an intake from this. It also helps with the healthy functions of bones, gums, skin and blood vessels! Ace!

                There is a large debate over the sugar content in Ribena, but this is something that is okay in moderation in my opinion, if you don't include sugar in everything you have! For me this adds to the taste, but if this isn't your thing - there is the no added sugar version.

                When choosing a Blackcurrent flavoured drink I look no where other than Ribena. It is pricer than most other brands, but totally worth it.

                Costs -->
                These prices are from ASDA, so I think they are more expensive in other supermarkets (probably by a few pence)
                100ml plastic bottle (diluted) - 97p
                10 cartons - £2.50
                100ml carton - £1
                1l undiluted - £2.79

                Because it is so stong and contains gorgeous flavour, a 1l bottle should last quite a long time.

                Hot Ribena - Something that is also useful to know about this product is that you can add it to hot water, and make yourself a 'self remedy' drink when you are coming down with a cold, or just want to stay warm at winter! Now it's not a cure, but the added bonus of Vit C is great. You can also look for smoothie recipes around that include it, which is great as it takes strong alcoholic tastes away!

                Bottles/Cartons - They also take into consideration the recylcing of materials that go into making the bottles. So the plastic ones are now 100% made from recycled products! This is something that is now displayed on the bottles, and because they are made of good quality they are very sturdy to hold other drinks afterwards, whereas some often aren't very good to re-use.

                I love this drink, and hope that it continues because it's simply the best!

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                  Tastes good, provides Vitamin C, but rots your teeth!

                  I tend to buy the cartons of ready made Ribena Blackcurrant which contain 200mls of the drink. I find this size is much more convenient for putting in a lunchbox. The carton comes with its own individual straw. You can buy these 200ml cartons in multipacks only.

                  Ribena Blackcurrant does tastes very blackcurranty - although I often find the taste a little overpowering and I think it could do with being watered down a little more to make it less syrupy. Infact if I ever do by the bottle version, I will very often drink some down quickly and then top it back up with water as I find this diluted taste much more palatable.

                  Although its true that Ribena contains a lot of sugar (10.5g per 100mls), it also contains a significant amount of Vitamin C (40% of your RDA for Vitamin C per 100mls) and so I find it a useful way to get Vitamin C into my children! My children will drink this without any complaint, yet if I usually find that if I put a piece of fruit in their lunchbox its often still there when they get home! However, it is still somewhat worrying that the second highest ingredient (after water) is sugar and its a shame that GSK can't find a way of keeping the same fruity and fresh taste without quite so much sugar.

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                  Low amount of actual fruit juice, too much sugar, not recommended for children

                  My parents used to give me Ribena to drink when I was very young, until I remember there was lots of furore about the amount of sugar it contains and you should not put it in bottles for your toddlers etc so it was officially banned in our house from there on in.

                  I saw two multipacks of 200ml cartons on offer in the Co-op last week for £2 (so, 8 cartons for £2) which I thought was reasonable enough and I decided to give it a try as I am aware it is supposed to contain a whole heap of Vitamin C.

                  I first noticed how the multipack 200ml cartons seem to look much smaller than a carton of Ribena normally looks. I am not sure if this is just a multipack feature or if they have reduced the size of the cartons for nutritional reasons. And I was expecting the calories and sugar per carton to be astronomical- but I was pleasantly surprised- per 200mls it is 86 calories (I was expecting it to be around 200 calories), nil fat and 21g sugar and 48% of your RDA of Vitamin C.

                  As I have been off work ill for a few weeks (stomach pains, fever and the like which has turned out to be all down to anxiety and depression (surprised me as I thought it was the flu!)) I have been a little off my food so I bought Ribena as a change from apple juice and as 8 cartons ar cheaper than one bottle of smoothie.

                  Each carton, as I said, is smaller than you would expect. Each one measures 4.5 inches tall, 2 inches wide and only an inch deep. I thought Ribena cartons were twice the size. It turns out, now I have drank a few of these, the smaller sized cartons does make a huge difference- not only do you know you are not consuming too many calories, they are a more drinkable size.

                  Taste wise- Ribena is purely blackcurrant. The taste is something you get from the back of your throat. This may sound odd, but when you drink a cold carton of Ribena, you taste it at the very back of your throat and not actually on your tongue (I am aware this sounds odd as your taste buds are on your tongue). You get a rich blackcurrant taste that stays at the back of your mouth/throat. It is refreshing but only for the first mouthful. Then the sugary sweetness comes through. Even though the cartons are only small, I still have to drink them in two or three attempts as this drink is VERY sweet. I find it is something to sip or just have a few mouthfuls of. But I normally only drink water- so I suppose if you are used to drinking sugary drinks all the time this may not taste overtly sweet to you. Te straw/ hole in the carton is also good quality so I have never had problems getting the straw into th carton (a la Capri Sun damn those pouches).

                  For me, Ribena is a more hardcore version of Vimto. The taste is stronger, but it is still a fruit cordial at the end of the day- it is NOT fruit juice. This is confirmed when you look at the ingredients: water, sugar, blackcurrant juice from concentrate (ONLY 6%!!), vitamin C, citric acid.

                  The pack clearly states: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3. I assume this is due to the effect of the sugar content on young teeth (that amount of sugar would make your kids hyperactive)- but as Ribena is marketed as "juice" and rich in Vitamin C, I can see how mums may think it was ok to give this to young children. I thought they squished millions of blackcurrants into every carton- that was what an old TV advert used to say- but the ingredients tells me this is only 6% juice and FROM CONCENTRATE.

                  As the carton is covered in pictures of blackcurrants and it says in large letters- rich in Vitamin C, no added preservatives, no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, contains real fruit juice.... I think this could be a little misleading as it only contains 6% fruit juice. So, of the 200ml carton, 12mls (just over 2 small teaspoons) is fruit juice from concentrate. The rest is sugar, water, vitamin C and citric acid. Not really all that healthy then!

                  Overall, I would say only drink this occasionally- if you are off your food and need to drink something with sugar so you get some thing in your body, or make sure the rest of your meals are low in sugar to compensate. It is not something I will buy regularly and the 8 cartons I bought will take me a while to get through. Also, avoid for young children as I cannot see it willl do them any favours unless they are ill or not eating and even then 21g of sugar per small carton is not very good.

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                    18.01.2010 15:10
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                    You're basically buying sugar and water with added chemicals

                    I was buying a sandwich at lunch today and decided to pick up a carton of Ribena to go with it. I associate Ribena with my childhood, and we'd go to Greggs for a kid's meal deal and get a carton of blackcurrant-flavoured Ribena as the drink.

                    I'm trying to eat healthily this year, but I figured that a kid's drink couldn't be too unhealthy - after all, it's not like Ribena has the reputation of Coke. I'm sure everyone's familiar with the purple cardboard/foil packaging and the purple exterior with a few healthy-looking berries on it. The Ribena range has been rebranded and extended over the years and now you can get a variety of no added sugar, light and bottled drinks.

                    My 288ml cardboard carton cost 69p from Greggs, but they are much cheaper in supermarket multi packs. I also got a plastic green straw to drink it with.

                    I curiously looked at the side of the carton to see how healthy it is. Only 124 calories, but...wait a second...30.2g of sugar per pack?! After some Googling and maths, I worked out that a 288ml carton of Ribena @ 30.2g contains more sugar than a can of Coke (330ml @ ~40g). Looking at the ingredients, the first two are 'Water' and 'Sugar', which doesn't really bode well (the others are blackcurrant juice from concentrate (6%), vitamin C and citric acid). So despite advertising itself as being free from artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners, this is actually really bad for you.

                    Never mind about the effect of sugar on kids or teeth - anything you don't burn off can be converted into fat anyway, and sugar isn't exactly nutritious. So instead of thinking I'm picking a good alternative to a fizzy drink, the only real difference is the lack of caffeine in Ribena (and on Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, caffeine is one thing that wouldn't go amiss!).

                    Taste-wise, it's okay - just typical blackcurrant flavoured juice really. In future I'm going to be making my own 'Ribena' from frozen fruits or substituting low-sugar supermarket squash for this because I'm appalled at the amount of sugar in this, Particularly for a drink aimed at children!

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                      14.01.2010 21:43
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                      Ribena Blackcurrant

                      Ribena has been around for years and to be honest I think it just keeps getting better and better. They have so many different flavours now, it is great! I had a bottle of this today and I really loved the taste of this! I am usually a bit of a water freek, but today I fancied something with a little sugar in it to get me going! I love the way the adverts make the berries come alive it is fantastic!

                      They do so many different forms of Ribena now. When I was looking around the supermarket I noticed lollies, squash, juice and they were all in different flavours- strawberry, blackcurrant and more. There was also a light and really light edition which I found quite funny! As for the lollies, what a great idea!

                      These come in lovely plastic bottles with a screw top lid. The reason why I say lovely is because they have a nice purple design with images which are very effective. The label states that this is a powerful antioxidant and it is enriched in vitamin c!

                      This bottle has no added preservatives, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives which is very good. This is also made with real fruit juice- one more advantage! Per bottle there is 124 kcal, nil fat/salt/saturates and 30.2g of sugar!

                      To be honest, I am quite worried about how much sugar this has in it, I do brush my teeth after I don't know if that is good or not but I don't like to hear that! I still really like it though!

                      The juice itself is quite watered down and thin but it is very refreshing and still very fruity. The black berries are luscious and tasty. Beautiful!

                      This is available in lots of food stores and it is normally around £1.00

                      Holly x

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                      Lovely!

                      After trying a couple of other offerings of late from the Ribena company and liking them alot I decided I really must try the original flavour that most people are familiar with (unless your me lol) and I hadn't tried it made up already in a bottle before. I do like blackcurrant drinks and as far as I'm aware this is meant to be the original and the best!

                      The Packaging:

                      500ml long bottle with a green and purple label to the middle of it and a matching purple plastic lid/cap to the top of it. On the front of the bottle I'm told it is Ribena 'Rich in vitamin C a powerful antioxidant' blackcurrant drink. On the back of the bottle I'm given a list of ingredients and nutritional information, storage details are there as are contact details for Ribena and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice appealing bright packaging, this is and appealing for kids and grown ups alike in my opinion.

                      The Drink Itself:

                      Dark purple flat juice drink. Smells heavily of sweet and fresh blackcurrants and it is great drank cold and/or with ice and not so great warm or not chilled!

                      Simply it's a nice refreshing light drink and that is that. Not too heavy on sweetener flavourings, it's tangy and totally refreshing and sweet in a natural sugary way. It leaves no nasty after-taste behind after drinking it and hydrates very well indeed. What is more is that once opened if you want to store this in the fridge it will stay fresh for 4 days as well though I defy you not to drink it all once opened! I really like this drink! it's a nice flavoursome blackcurrant drink with no bad points to it at all!

                      Nutritional Information 250ml serving:

                      Calories: 108
                      Sugars: 26.3g
                      Fat: Nil
                      Saturates: nil
                      Salt: Trace

                      I bought my bottle for 59p in my local Nisa store.

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                      Ready to drink. No need for diluting.