“ Manufacturer: Ribena „
Over the past few years, I have been trying to drink more water, and less fizzy drinks, but I find water a bit boring, and like to have flavoured drinks. However I have become all too aware of the sugar and calorie content in these drinks. So when I saw this really light ribena in my local poundland I had to give it a try.
This ribena, is no added sugar raspberry and pomegranate. I love pomegranates, so this was another reason I had to try it.
The bottle I had was a 500ml bottle, I am not aware of other sizes being available in this flavour. It has a light baby blue cap. The label is mainly a sky blue colour with a picture of raspberries and a pomegranate on it. The word Ribena is in a dark red colour and stands out well from the rest of the label. It states on the bottle, that the juice is rich in vitamin c, a powerful antioxidant. There are also some bullet points featured on the label which are as follows, -friendly to teeth, -no added preservatives, no artifical colours, and -contains real fruit juice. Contact information for ribena is also featured on the l;abel, as is the nutritional information and ingredients. In very small print it says ribena is not suitable for children under 3 yearrs old. I was not aware of this and I don't feel alot of parents are and prehaps this could do with being in bigger print.
The drink is red in colour. It has a thin consistancy, and appears a bit watery, more like a weak diluted juice than ribena. When you first take the cap of there is a nice fruity smell. I personally really liked the taste of this drink, however as it was a raspberry and pomegranate flavoured drink, I would have liked there to be a more pomegranate flavour, as I felt it was a bit more of a raspberry taste. It doesn't have too strong a flavour, and those who love the original ribena will be disappointed with this one. I drank this straight from the fridge and I found it very refreshing and fixed my thrist. It say on the bottle that once opened keep in the fridge and drink within 4 days. I however drank the whole bottle over my lunch break. A nice drink for a change and one I enjoyed and will have again, but it isn't for those who like a fuller flavour.
Typical values per 250ml serving
Contains naturally occurring sugars present in the fruit juice at approx 0.5g per 100ml
Water, fruit juices from concentrate (8%) (raspberry, pomegranate), citric acid, vitamin c, acidity, regulators (calcium hydroxide, calcium carbonate), extract of black carrot, sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame K), Flavourings.
A lightly flavoured drink, that is refreshing, yet has a more raspberry than pomegranate taste. Not for strong flavour lovers or lovers of the original ribena. That being said I would still buy it again and would much prefer this to drinking plain water.
Loving raspberry flavoured drinks the way I do when I saw this new variety of Ribena drink on the market I was really excited to try it! I love my soft drinks and I've always considered the brand that is Ribena to be of high quality so I grabbed one in my local Tesco!
500ml tall, plastic bottle with a light blue screw on/off cap/lid to the top of it. The label around the majority of the bottle is light blue and green depicting a field with a picture of raspberries and pomegranates growing in it. I'm told it is indeed 'Really Light' Ribena 'Rich In Vitamin C, A Powerful Antioxidant' Raspberry & Pomegranate Drink and that it contains no added sugar. On the back of the bottle ingredients are listed as is nutritional information, storage advice is also given and contact details for Ribena are listed and finally there is bar-code on there. Nice enough bottle and what struck me about the bottle is that's it quite appealing to the grown up market containing no silly cartoon characters or anything like that! Makes a nice change that does I think! lol .
The Drink Itself:
Dark red in colour and like a thin juice this is rather nice and has a really nice fragrance of sweet and just ripened raspberries to it in the main. It has a really nice blend of the raspberry and pomegranate in flavouring although in my view it's more of a raspberry drink than anything else. Best served chilled it doesn't go 'limp' too quickly once poured and once opened if you keep the lid/cap on it and store it in the fridge it will stay fresh or about 4 days so in my opinion it's got a decent shelf life too. It's simply like a fresh drink that is just sweetened enough!
It's rather watery with not too strong a flavour and is light, delicate and refreshing. It isn't too sweet and what it is, is natural and doesn't leave a nasty after-taste after you've drank it either. Not my most favourite drink in the world due to it's very delicate flavouring and not being fizzy it's ok and just feels like a very simple drink to drink!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml Serving:
Salt : Trace
Available in most supermarkets convenience stores etc priced at about £1.20 a bottle.