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      27.07.2013 21:15
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      A tasty childhood drink.

      While in Tesco a couple of nights ago I spotted Ribena Concentrated Strawberry Juice drink on offer at £2 for a 1 litre bottle. I popped a bottle in the trolly as it used to be my favourite dilute drink when I was younger.

      For my £2 I get a tall plastic bottle that tapers off towards the neck. The bottle is sealed with a plastic screw top lid which is covered in gold foil, this makes the bottle look expensive, which in my opinion it is. The labels are covered in pictures of juicy looking strawberries and we are told that Ribena is made with juicy strawberries and that it is rich in vitamin C. The back of the bottle has a handy nutrition bar that informs me that each 250ml serving of diluted Ribena (1 part Ribena to 4 parts water) contains 113 calories and 27.3 grams of sugar and 100% RDA of vitamin C. Looking at the amount of sugar in each serving makes me glad I drink this a lot more diluted than the manufacturers recommendation.

      I really enjoy the taste of Strawberry Ribena it tastes the way you want strawberries to taste, juicy, sweet and summery (like the ones I grow at home). If it tasted like shop brought strawberries it would not sell at all. The undiluted Ribena is syrupy and a little goes a long way and makes an appetising ruby red drink.

      The plastic bottle is recyclable (I miss the glass bottle) and Ribena is available from all good retailers.

      Thank you for reading.

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      22.12.2011 15:43
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      I wasnt to keen on the ribena blackcurrent as I am not a big blackcurrent fan but when I saw the new ribena strawberry I was intrigued.

      The strawberry ribena comes in a slim tall plastic bottle with a red screw lid cap. Around the bottle is a plactic covering which is also red. In big letters across the top it says Ribena and acroos the bottem it says strawberry. on the front the are pictures of juicy strawberries. Which are very inviting and it is very eye catching.
      It also says that it is rich in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant.
      It has no added preservatives
      no artificail colours or sweetneres
      and contains real fruit juice.
      On the back of the bottle it has the list of ingredients and a nutrition information chart which tells you how many calories and sugar is in the bottle.
      There is a customer care adress you can write to with a free post and also a customer phone number that you can contact which is a 0800 number so it will be free.

      When i had my first sip of the Ribena strawberry drink i was overwhelmed of how delisious and how much of a kick this drink has. it really does get your taste buds going. its a very refreshing fruit drink and its great when you on the move.
      This drink only cost me 99p from my local shop and when ever I go in there I always buy one as they are so yummy.

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      30.07.2011 20:36
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      Good for a treat

      I absolutely love Blackcurrent Ribena and so when they started to bring out other flavours I had to try them. Unfirtunately even thought they were okay they are are not as good as the Blackcurrent flavour.

      This one I have bought in cordial and in ready to drink format. Each one I find is very sweet.

      The cordial is somewhat sweeter than the ready the drink for some reason. To be honest all strawberry flavoured drinks will be sweet just by their nature really. This just seems even sweeter. The Blackcurrent flavour is very sweet anyway so I suppose it is a given that the strawberry one will be sweet!

      It would be nice to think that this cwould count as one of your five a day but I'm not sure that is will! It does state that it is fortified with Vitimin C so it is a healthy drink. Obviously the amout of sugar would be something to think of.

      Although it doesnt need much to make a glass of this drink somehow it does not seem to last very long compared to some other drinks.

      PRice wise this is quite expensive. The cordial is about £2 for 2ltrs and the ready to drink is about 500ml for £1.50. It is quite pricey but to be honest worth it.

      If you like the strawberry flavour against the blackcurrent then maybe try Raspberry flavour, this is lovely and not so sweet as the strawberry. A favourite for me!

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      29.05.2010 11:51
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      good quallity

      While I was out driving yesterday I had to nip to the garage for diesel and spotted Ribena Strawberry Fruit Squash in the fridge and as it was a warm day and I was thirsty I grabbed a bottle out of the fridge.
      I didn't fancy a fizzy drink and it cost me 89p which was an average price from a garge but you can buy them cheaper at the supermarket and you can get the drink in multi pack cartons for £1.75 for an eight pack.

      The bottles are a fun design a red with Strawberries all over it and the Ribena logo swished across the top with a red twist off lid, a very summery design. Eye catching and easy to spot on the shelves of the supermarket.

      On jumping back in my car I twisted the lid and took a glug and it was delicious a Strawberry taste but not watery like you'd expect Ribena to be but a full fllavour of still cold strawberry liquid. I was happy with my choice as it was not fizzy and in the heat I like a still drink.
      There's something about drinking fizzy drinks in the heat. A little while after drinking them I still feel thirsty, but a still drink quenches the thirst better.

      The drink is great if your on a diet as it has 0g fat and contains no sugar so go ahead drink as much as you like. I did a slimmers world diet and they say that any sugar free drink is classed as your free food and you can have as much as you like. If you look at the Ingredients and nutritional content it will tell you whether it is fat free or sugar free. most diet lemonades are and to find a good tasting sugar free still drink is great for the dieting.
      Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
      45 Calories
      Trace Protein
      10.9g Carbohydrates (that are all Sugar)
      Nil Fat (so nil Saturates)
      Nil Fibra
      Trace Sodium
      24mg Vitamin C
      Ribena is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline they are well known for their medicine products and they also make Lucozade.

      This is a good drink to buy in cartons for children to take to school if they have packed lunches, as it's thirst quenching and with it being not fizzy it won't make them hyper after drinking it, my son is hyperactive and the school used to wonder why he was naughty after lunch and it was because they sold Coca cola in the school canteen, which made him really bad after drinking it, but 30 years ago hyperactivety wasn't as well known about as it is now , he was just classed as a naughty child.
      They should have had this drink instead. as this would have been more suitable for him then.

      If your looking for a good summer drink, then this is a good option, its cheap enough to afford and quenches the thirst, as well as being good for if your dieting and good for children to drink.

      Have fun x

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      01.04.2010 11:08
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      Nice alternative to the blackcurrent version

      Ribena is always against Vimto, you tend to like one or the other if you are a blackcurrent lover. I personally prefer Vimto, but now Ribena has a strawberry range so it doesn't need to be compared to Vimto in this category!

      You have been able to buy strawberry Ribena in cartons for as long as I can remember and I always found them more refreshing that the blackcurrent version. However until recently you haven't been able to buy this in the squash version (although it looks more like syrup).

      These come in bottle of various sizes. They look just like normal blackcurrent Ribena and have a gold foil around the screw top so you know it hasn't been opened. Under the top if also has a ring pull top, put in place to keep the freshness in. The label is predominantly red, unlike the original purple and the bottle also states that it is rich in vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant.

      You will also be pleased to know that it contains no artificial colours or sweeteners, but then again it seems that every item of food and drink is the same these days! I want some sweeteners in my drink!!

      Each 250ml diluted serving is said to contain 113 calories, which I think is quite a large amount for a cordial. It will no doubt be higher than this for me as I like to mix it with lemonade rather than water.

      As for the taste I find it quite refreshing. I can't say whether it is strong or not because you can control this yourself. Obviously if you put a lot in with water it will taste strong, but only a little bit and it will taste quite weak. There is a huge amount of sugar in this (27.3g per 250ml diluted serving) so it isn't the best drink to give to kids, I like the amount of sugar though, as I don't drink tea or coffee it gives me that little pick me up when I need it at work.

      If you like strawberries then I would suggest giving this a try, the taste is quite sweet and it tastes even better ice cold.

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        24.03.2010 17:40
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        My favourite drink, though rather expensive

        For as long as I rememver I have always loved strawberry ribena. I remember when I was little, my grandma always used to give me cartons of it when I was with her. Sadly, then you couldn't buy it in the bottle form or the syrup one where you add your own water, but now you can and I am absolutelt delighted!

        Ribena bought the strawberry version out in bottle form a couple of years ago. It was then that this drink became my all time favourite. You can purchase a 500ml bottle for between 95p and £1.20 usually. I usually begrudge paying over a £1 for a bottle of it, but I still do as it tastes so damn good! I'm a massive fan of fizzy drinks, but I find this much better for my stomach and easier to drink; I always get hiccups after a few mouthfuls of pop!

        When they bought out the syrup vbersion which you could make into your own squash, I HAD to try it! Bottles of 1l usually cost about £2.70. This is quite a lot for a bottle of squash, I have to admit, but in my mind, it is completely worth it. I can make a bottle last about two weeks if I drink other things as well, but if I only drink strawberry ribena, it doesn't hang around very long at all.

        I find that to get that proper strawberyr ribena taste that you experience in the bottle and carton form, you need to add a fair amount of the syrupy mixture (which is very sticky, so try not to spill it! I have learnt my lesson here, as it is a nightmare to get off services!). They say that a 250ml serving contains 113 calories (obviously when it is diluted with water), with a 50ml serving of ribena with at least 4 parts water. Based on this serving suggestion, the bottle says that you should get about 20 servings, which I think works out at about 15p each (probably wrong, I'm not sure I did the maths right there!).

        I definitely recommend drinknig it with cold water. Adding room temperature water is never as plesant, and I really like to enjoy every drop of my ribena (to make sure I get my money's worth!).

        There's some positives about buying it too, other than the taste. There are no artificial colours or sweetners and the packing is 100% recycled.

        Sadly, there is a heck of a lot of sugar in each serving; 27.3g which equates to 30% of your daily recommended allowance. But there is no fat or saturates content and it says you need to trace the salt; so that's all good!

        I always recommend this to friends and family, though I always begrudge sharing it! I';m always rather pleased inside when people pass over it for something else instead!

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          05.03.2010 20:40
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          Too much sugar

          Review for the juice box version !

          Recently ASDA have a few good deals on drinks and so this found its way into my fridge. The carton came in a pack of 10 , 2 for £4 . The carton is 200ml and has a best before of around 5 months from purchase.

          ===Appearence===
          The box is a nice , bright strawberry colour to fit in with the flavour and couple of strawberrys around the edge of the Ribena logo.
          One side of the box has the ingrediants and checklist, the important bits of this are : No added preservatives
          No artificial colours or additives
          Contains real fruit juice ( 6% from concentrate)
          Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
          So it seems quite healthy although maybe lacking in the juice concentration.
          The other side as the nutritional information and from here there is one thing that stands out , 24% sugar !!!!. Im quite saddend by this as everything else about it is great , however i think im right in saying ribena do sell Ribena without sugar in , or less sugar .
          Then theres the old straw in its little bag stuck to the case , so onto the taste test.

          ===The Drink===
          I have always been a fan of ribena , on special occasions mummy would bring home the big bottle of blackcurrant goodness and so i was intrested to see what the cartons were like , as i have never actually tried it.
          As soon as it hits your tongue the taste of strawberry is evident , this is pleasent and refreshing . After a few seconds the sticky taste of the sugar and concentrate comes in , leaving a sap between the tongue and roff of the mouth , urging another mouthfull. I also have to note that it gave a tingling sensation to my teeth although thats probably just me. As the sips continue that tingling sensation returns and then backs off , as well as the taste of strawberry losing its effect and being left with a watery, sugar based drink.

          ===Overall===
          Its nowhere near as good as the bottles of true ribena or the ones in the corner shop , its sugary and concentrated . I beleive its the sigar that caused pain in my tooth , really unimpressed. As a drink aimed at kids lunchboxes i am giving this a big thumbs down.

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            24.01.2010 10:10
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            If you liked the blackcurrant then you should try the strawberry, much more refreshing!

            Strawberry Ribena for those not in the know, is the more delicious alternative to the original blackcurrant Ribena. Ribena is a concentrated juice drink which is available to buy in four flavours, blackcurrant, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry and pomegranate. You can purchase Ribena in cartons, ready to drink bottles or 1 litre bottles of undiluted concentrate. You can also buy these in the light versions which do not contain sugar, however strawberry has not been included in the light range as yet.

            The litre bottle has a large red label with the Ribena logo and scattered images of strawberries, it has a gold foil sealed screw lid for added freshness and has a clear plastic 100% recycled bottle.

            The label shows us the ingredients, which mostly compromises of water, sugar the fruit juice at 6% and nutrition information. One glass of Ribena contains 45kcal, 10.9 of carbohydrate and only traces of fat and salt. One glass also contains 67% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake. The one litre bottles should be diluted to one part Ribena to four parts water.

            I found that the instructions are easy to follow and the strawberry Ribena packs a full flavour punch, you can taste the strawberry very clearly but it is not overbearing. The taste is fresh and the strawberry kick lingers to give a refreshing lift.

            We tend to buy the 1 litre bottles of the strawberry, although it is not widely available, we can only seem to find it at Tesco online grocery shopping. It is a little pricey at £2.83 a bottle but the taste does more than make up for it. Tesco sometimes has a deal for two bottles for £5.00 which is when we tend to stock up.

            Not being one who likes to drink water or tends to get much vitamin C in my diet, I find strawberry Ribena a lovely addition to my daily intake and it makes getting enough vitamin C easy. I would highly recommend this to anyone who prefers a little flavour to their water.

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              01.12.2009 12:49
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              Another Yummy Ribena Variety

              This strawberry flavoured Ribena isn't really a squash, it's a ready made up juice drink and I think it's delish! I love the smell of strawberries and like eating most strawberry flavoured things so I knew I'd like the drink.

              I didn't think it would be as refreshing as it is though or as sweet. The strawberry flavour is proper nice, it's like a mix of fresh strawberries and strawberry sweets so the drink is lovely and sweet but has got a bit of a fresh tang too.

              It goes down smooth because of the lovely fruity flavour and I think it tastes healthier than the normal Ribena because it's not so sugary tasting. The sweetness in this drink comes from the strawberry flavour I think because it tastes so natural.

              The only bad thing about this drink is the weird aftertaste, after I've swallowed the last bit I always get a bit of a powdery taste in my mouth. It still tastes of strawberries but there's a funny addition to it as well.

              I think it's very refreshing and that's unusual for such a sweet drink, but I had one while I was knackered after walking miles shopping the other day and it was nearly as refreshing as water and tasted a lot better!

              I only paid 35p for this bottle in Home Bargains but I think these ready made Ribena's are quite dear if you buy them in other places. I know in town recently I brought my little sister a bottle of the normal blackcurrant one and that was nearly £1.00.

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              30.09.2009 14:52
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              A sweet, fruity strawberry drink by Ribena that's worth trying.

              Ribena's latest addition to their dilute drinks range is their strawberry flavour drink. They have been producing a popular 288ml sized strawberry carton drink for some time but now manufacture a 500ml sized bottle of ready-to-dilute liquid. I have always enjoyed strawberry flavoured drinks and in the past have tried the Ribena cartons as well as shops own high juices in this flavour and also drinks made especially for kids' such as the strawberry Fruit Shoot mini bottle. I was eager to see if this hyped up product would satisfy my sweet tooth!

              The drink is sold is transparent plastic bottles. These are made from 100% recycled material and can also be recycled after use. The bottle has a easy to remove screw top. I find the bottle tops to be very secure - you can lay them on their side and they won't drip out. The design of the bottle is very attractive - the top being encased in a special gold foil as if this is a bottle of champagne! The distinctive red colouring and strawberry splash design helps identify this from the other flavours in the range. Full ingredients are listed on the label. There is also a handy easy-read nutritional guide to fat, calorie and sugar contents. Each 250ml serving (diluted) contains 113 calories and nil traces of fat.

              The ingredients state that in order of quantity, water and sugar come tops and strawberry juice from concentrate is the third largest. The juice constitutes 6% of the volume with overall juice content being 30% before dilution. There are also blackcurrant and black carrot extracts included. I have never actually heard of black carrots before. A quick Google, though, and you'll discover that this type of carrot is considered to have health benefits which outwiegh that of the regular orange carrots! According to a study conducted by the Telegraph newspaper, Ribena strawberry had the highest real strawberry content of all products tested in a fruit-content trial of popular fruity snacks. The drink is also rich in vitamin C - an excellent reason to drink up!

              The juice smells very strongly before dilution. It is a syrupy, overpowering, almost soapy smell that is more reminiscent of treacle than fresh strawberries. It is an aroma that makes you want to drink some juice quickly though! The instructions for use state that this should be diluted one parts to four parts water. You can more or less experiment until you find the strength you enjoy. I personally like mine quite weak and watery. I find the stronger it is the more it becomes like a jammy, syrupy, ice-cream sauce kind of thing. It offers a more refreshing, thirst-quenching experience if you have it weak.

              The strawberry flavour is very obvious and is quite sharp and very sugary. It is very similar to raspberry flavour drinks - it has that same ultra sweet taste with no bitterness to counteract this sweetness. I really love the flavour as I have a very sweet tooth. I think most children would find this very appealing too. When you swallow the drink feels cool and has a calming effect on me. It is a great drink to quench thirst in the summer heat.

              In my opinion this is definately one of the best strawberry juice drinks on the market. The strawberry Fruit Shoot has a strange, throat-burning effect and also tastes a little bit chemically. This Ribena is cool and easy to drink in comparison. Although there are similar squash and high juice drinks on the market Ribena are obvious experts in the drink manufacturing market and I would recommend trying this strawberry drink above all others out there!

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                17.09.2009 12:38
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                Black currant it better

                As I'm sure most people are aware Ribena are best known for the Black Currant flavoured juice they often do in concentrates, though do in pre-mixed bottles and cartons ideal for lunch boxes. What I didn't know however until quite recently is that they've expanded into a multitude of other flavours, including, Strawberry, so upon seeing this I couldn't resist but give it a try.

                Ribena is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) who are a huge medicinal company in the united kingdom specialising in medications mainly, though they are also the people behind the sports brand Lucozade. Like Lucozade the Ribena brand lives on it's reputation as being extremely high quality, really smooth and extremely tasty as well as being full of Vitamin C (for the kids) and having a bit of a premium price. The drinks come in a variety of containers from single serving card cartons, to huge family bottle of concentrates, the flavours each coming in their own colour, with Strawberry coming in a lovely red themed bottle.

                So onto the taste it's sharp and relatively sweet somewhat reminiscent of those strawberry shaped soft chewy sweets that come in packs of Haribo's. Though the taste does seem like it has a bit of an impure after taste that's quite bitter and off putting to be honest, and sure wasn't in the black-currant variations of the drink. Sadly this is a bit of a taint on the Ribena brand's almost always smooth taste. Whilst the black currant flavour seems to have been picked with the highest level of the fruit used, this seems more like they have thrown in a bunch of poorer quality Strawberry's in the hope that as theirs not many Strawberry drinks out there people will buy it repeatedly on the idea it's Ribena.

                Although perhaps it's hard to forget about the fact the sister products are so smooth and are so delightful, the drink by it's self is fine, if slightly sour and it is quite unique as well (theirs really not many Strawberry drinks out there, as the markets seem to be run by orange and black currant juices). Perhaps if Vimto or Robinson's joined in and really forced GSK to raise their standards in a more competitive market we would get a better quality drink, other wise it's a rather average sort of quality of drink, which sadly isn't good enough for the Ribena brand.

                Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
                45 Calories
                Trace Protein
                10.9g Carbohydrates (that are all Sugar)
                Nil Fat (so nil Saturates)
                Nil Fibra
                Trace Sodium
                24mg Vitamin C

                Although the high expectations of the Ribena tag the drink carries weren't met, the drink it's self is very acceptable for a one off, and will make any child happy, everybody loves strawberry's after all. Though on the understanding this is Ribena it's a massive let down, the drink just doesn't seem to do what the brand promises in making high quality drinks. The drink is nice but not nice enough, it's different but not different enough, it just seems to be a drink as opposed to a Ribena drink. Sadly if GSK want to give it the Ribena tag they should have made a drink deserving of a tag, and not put two brilliant things (Strawberry and Ribena) together and only created a "good" drink as opposed to the expected amazing drink.
                With quite a lot of sugar per 100ml the drink may not actually even be very friendly to your children's teeth either (though plenty of the cartons do come with straws so you can at least help that), and the Vitamin C is always a good thing to get the kids to have no matter how you do it. So despite it being a sub standard Ribena it still has the benefit of easy Vitamin C in your kids diet.

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                  30.07.2009 23:23
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                  The ultimate sugar rush- not for all of the time though!

                  This drink is almost like the extreme for strawberries. This of strawberry sweets and them double the sweetness. If you like Ribena, you will love sweet drinks, and this is a refreshing twist from the normal blackcurrant version.

                  The taste of this is almost artificial as the flavours are so ramped up. It's great if you need a sweet fix, and I often used to treat myself to glasses of this instead of grabbing sweet junk food like chocolate or sweets.

                  Strawberries are sweeter than the blackcurrants and are certainly refreshing and energy-boosting. Sometimes if you drink it fast, you catch it at the back of your throat so it can be a bit scratchy. I would steer clear if you like simple drinks!

                  This makes me feel quite childish! A little bit nostalgic. Sadly a 500ml bottle has 60% of your daily sugar recommendation and 230 calories (all sugar), so this definitely sends you on a sugar rush. There are no artificial colours or preservatives or sweeteners, but there are flavourings.

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                  14.06.2009 18:30
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                  Good but perhaps the original is still the best

                  I have always been a fan of Ribena. It's something I have grown up with and used to get the little cartons with straws attached in my lunch box when I went on school trips. I have tried the standard Ribena and the Light version and not noticed huge amounts of difference between the two. It was a hot day the other day and despite having a bottle of water in my bag as usual I felt like having something different for a change.

                  Looking at the display I found that Ribena bottles were on a BOGOF offer (this is at Superdrug) so I thought I'd go with that. I then noticed that there was a new red bottle on the shelf marked Strawberry. Strawberry is my favourite fruit so I didn't need much convincing. Interestngly it had a yellow flash on the bottle stating 'new' which I thought odd as I was sure that I had seen a strawberry version in a newsagent one day a few years back. However as I recall it was in carton form so perhaps they meant the bottle format was new. It has the familiar Ribena logo on the front and a bright red bottle with some lovely fresh looking strawberries on the front. Sneakily although the bottle is 500ml they give the nutritional information for a 250ml portion which means double it to find the true amount. I was shocked to find that this meant my bottle took up 60% of my daily sugar allowance. I knew it was sweet but I didn't realise the extent. There is also a rather odd competition being advertised on the front where you can try and win an inflatable 'office assistant' who you can place at your desk when you go to lunch.

                  Inside the liquid is a rich red berry colour and smells quite appetising, very berryish and sweet. The taste of it is quite sweet and zingy and tastes quite like a real strawberry though it does have a slightly bitter aftertaste. What I slightly dislike about this version is that it had a small hint of powderyness whilst drinking. Although it is obviously a liquid it tasted kind of dry at the same time which is perhaps due to the chemicals used to make the drink. On a positive note, it did contain 100% of the vitamin C recommended daily amount.

                  I did enjoy this despite the bizarre dry powdery edge it has to it. I don't know whether I would choose this over the original version though and the sugar content is a tad disturbing. However at the price of 57p I would buy it again.

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                    28.05.2009 17:01
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                    Not for me sadly and I thought I'd love this drink!

                    I absolutely love the smell and taste of strawberries! Just this morning in fact I had a shower with strawberry shower gel and used a strawberry body cream afterwards lol. I love strawberry air freshers, conditioners anything really and so when I saw this Ribena Squash (made up in bottle) in Home Bargains priced 39p a bottle (instead of 79p a bottle usually I know cos I normally buy it lol) I couldn't resist buying a couple of bottles as it was a warm day and I was simply parched wandering round my town centre spending money I didn't have to spend lol.


                    The Packaging...

                    As on the review photograph for once lol! Its a clear plastic 500ml bottle with a plastic label over the main of it and there is a picture of fresh strawberries on there and in red, yellow and white writing I'm told it is Ribena 'Rich in Vitamin C And A Powerful Antioxidant' Strawberry Drink. On the back of the bottle I'm told a little bit about the product, the best before date is stamped on, I'm told how to store it, size is stated, contact details for Ribena are given, ingredients and nutritional information is there and finally there is a bar-code on there. This drink is available in smaller and larger sizes and in cartons and is ready to drink. Nice bottle and informative enough, this is.

                    A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....

                    No added preservatives
                    No artificial colours or sweeteners
                    Contains real fruit juice

                    All fruit tastes good, right? Of course, but only some fruit are special enough to make the heavenly taste of Ribena. Strawberries may be small but they're terribly handsome and bursting at the seams with intense juiciness. Step forward the strawberry - we're delighted it makes it into Ribena.

                    The Drink Itself....

                    Deep red in colour, and very packed with strawberry flavour. No bits in it, no bubbles.... the juice is see through and it even tastes 'transparent'. It is juice and is distinctive in flavour and you can detect the water content within it. Very sweet though and I did notice that I left some in my bottle last night (cap tightened and in the fridge) and so I drank some when I got up this morning and it really didn't smell at all good! This contains black carrot (no really lol) and the more I sniffed at it the smell in the bottle the more I could smell that carrot/vegetable smell so I advise when not freshly opened to pour it into a glass or something because I found the smell really horrible though the drink itself was fine and fresh and is fine for up to 4 days of opening it providing you store it well.

                    So as I said yes it's sweet. Overly so in my opinion as the flavour of the strawberries is so natural and I feel overpowered by sugar which I get the impression is trying to pop the flavour through when it doesn't need it at all!

                    It does leave a slight after-taste and in my view this is not as refreshing as I'd like it to be due to the sweet after taste left behind for ages. If you like your sweet drinks though..this could be for you and after-all it is great quality...Ribena style!

                    Caution.....

                    Not suitable for children under 3 years.

                    Nutritional Information....Per 250ml Serving....

                    Calories: 113
                    Sugars: 27.3g
                    Fat: Nil
                    Saturates: Nil
                    Salt: Trace

                    Can be found in all supermarkets, corner shops etc.

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                      22.05.2009 23:43
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                      Strawberry Ribena has been around for absolutely ages in cartons and ready mixed bottles, and now it's also available in a concentrated squash cordial from the supermarket too. I was quite chuffed to spot this on offer in our little local Somerfields, and picked up a couple of bottles to try. I'd had the readymade Strawberry Ribena a few times before and really liked it, plus I love Blackcurrant Ribena, so I thought I'd love this.

                      The thing is, for some reason, the new squash version has a slightly different taste to the one I remember from the cartons. It doesn't seem to matter how strong I make it, it just doesn't taste as full of strawberries as the carton always did. It's a bit watery, but if you try to dilute it too little, it just winds up being sickly and doesn't make the strawberry flavour any stronger.

                      Even though it's a bit different to what I expected, it's still good stuff. The strawberry flavour isn't as sticky sweet and overwhelming as I expected it to be, but it is obviously strawberry flavour you're drinking when you have this stuff.

                      A standard one litre bottle costs around £3 which is too much for this product in my opinion. If it had the rich refined taste of its blackcurrant counterpart I'd think the cost was justified, but it doesn't. I would still be happy to see this in the kitchen cupboard again in the future if it was on buy one get one free at the supermarket again though.

                      I guess the sad fact is that we've all gotten too used to sticky, sugary things during the last few decades to know how to cope with all these new lower sugar and lower fat versions of our old favourites. I don't think Ribena are the only ones to cut the sugar and flavour down in recent years so I'm still giving this three stars.

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