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600ml. Ribena is a natural drink that contains NO artificial sweetener, colour, or flavour. Ribena is a brand of uncarbonated soft drink made by GlaxoSmithKline in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The original and most common variety contains some blackcurrant juice.

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      13.07.2013 14:36
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      My tipple of choice.

      As I've mentioned before, I'm not a drinker of 'adult' drinks. Tea is foul, and coffee is mainly acceptable in cake or ice cream form. Occasionally I can manage a good quality iced coffee if filled with enough milk and sugar, and preferably cream and caramel syrup - I can even manage those hot in the depths of winter. Hot chocolate has to be good quality, and only in winter. As a consequence I spend most of my day at work drinking water from the cooler which, whilst being very good for you, is not particularly inspiring. I like a fizzy drink, but only on occasion and rarely drink more than one or two a week. As a result at home I tend to get through lots of juice and squash. Growing up, I was never a squash snob as such, but it was always Ribena at my grandma's house, orange barley water when I was poorly, and whatever looked good on the supermarket shelf at the time. As an adult with full command of the shopping trolley I noticed a good offer on Ribena about 4 years ago, so came home with four bottles for the price of two. My cupboards have been hoarding it ever since. As most people already know, Ribena in its traditional form is a blackcurrant concentrate with no added nasties like artificial sugar. The product was first manufactured in 1936 and has been popular ever since. Unlike a lot of squash and concentrates it has a very thick and syrupy texture. As I mentioned above, I used to enjoy it as a treat at my grandma's house, but I could never have imagined drinking if often. I've now realised it's because she uses large amounts of the Ribena to a lesser amount of water, whereas I like to keep it slightly more diluted. This means you can get quite a few glasses from your bottle as you only need about half as much as you do with some cheap brands. It's also really refreshing with ice on a hot day like today. The flavour is quite sweet but has a little sharpness from the blackcurrants. Unlike a lot of other options, it also tastes very natural and has very obviously been in contact with real fruit at some point. The vitamin C the fruit leaves behind has also got to be seen as a bonus. I find others can be a lot more synthetic, particularly those that use aspartame and other sugar free goodies. It comes in various sized bottles between 500 ml up to 2 litres. It is not a cheap squash, but I never buy any on full price. My current estimate is that about 50% of the year Ribena is on some form of offer - whether it's buy one get one free, half price, or a reduced price - which means if you shop smartly you can stock up every week it's on offer. I always buy a bottle whether I need it or not, safe in the knowledge that when the price goes back up I don't have to pay it. Currently full price is £2.90 for one litre or £5 for a two litre bottle at Sainsburys. The bottle is distinctive, with the purple label standing out on the shelves. The bottle itself is sold, so no risk of damaging it if it gets bashed about on the way home, and as it's clear you can keep track of how much you have left. Overall, a very good quality drink that can be found for good value.

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        19.02.2013 00:46
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        Unique strong cordial, very good flavour but let down by the premium pricing.

        I have loved this drink since I was a child (not sure my parents did, this stuff stains...) and lived off it when I went away to university as I am not a massive fan of water and regular squash can taste a bit thin. Ribena is a thick squash/diluting juice/cordial that (usually) tastes like black currant (however, they also do other flavours that you should try, but for the purpose of this review I shall stick to the original flavour). The bottle states that they come from British black currants (if that fact is particularly important). The bottle is made of a thick recyclable plastic with a gold coloured lid. It has blue and purple foil around the outside and similar colours for the label. Usually, the Ribena costs around £3 for a smaller bottle which is quite expensive but there are regular deals in supermarkets (my most recent bottle only costing £1.30 due to a recent offer). The drink lasts quite well as long as you don't drink it too strong, which is relatively easy due to the thick consistency of the liquid less is needed to create a good flavour. The taste in itself is what makes the product so individual, it's strong and does not get as acidic as cheaper brands of squash. Also, it is very unique in terms that most squash brands are blackberry, thus blackcurrant is individual and very tasty! One negative point I mentioned briefly in the intro is that it stained VERY easily. I assume this is due in part to the thick consistency but also (more obviously) to the dark colour. This makes it very annoying to handle as inevitably somewhere along the line some will get out of the bottle and not into the glass... This is especially a problem considering it is quite often given to children, so just something to be aware of. Overall, I think that Ribena is usually quite over priced and when it is on offer it is necessary to buy in bulk if you want to get your moneys worth. The taste however is strong even when heavily diluted and is not something you can get elsewhere.

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        04.02.2013 22:58

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        Just wondered whether anyone else had noticed how Ribena cordial is only half as delicious as it used to be?? Glaxo Smith Cline now recommend a 4:1 ratio with water. It must have been 6 or 8:1 before. Not only do we have only half the flavoursome syrup, we're paying double the price. Sadly missed. R.I.P. Ribena.

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        06.01.2013 22:33
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        Ribena

        One of my favourite hot drinks when I fancy something a bit different from tea or coffee is hot Ribena! Ribena is a fruit-based uncarbonated soft drink concentrate produced by GlaxoSmithKlein. There are various different flavours that Ribena produces now but the original and in my opinion still the best flavour is the blackcurrant one. This reminds me of my childhood as it was one of my favourite drinks then and we now have it in our house for my kids to drink and they love it too. Ribena blackcurrant contains real blackcurrant juice and I think this is a really juicy drink, full of flavour. It is a dark purple liquid and obviously gets lighter when you add the water. Like it says above this drink comes in concentrate which means you need to add water to it in order to make it drinkable, if you didn't it would be very thick and too too sweet. THe nice thing about being able to add water is that a 1 Litre bottle will last quite a long time and I like having a bottle of squash in the house taking up less room than say a bottle of pop that will be gone a lot sooner than this bottle of squash. The fact that it is a concentrate means you have to add water. The nice thing with this is that you can really tailor it to how different people like it. I find Ribena very strong and quite a thick drink and I think this is because blackcurrants are such a strong fruit. I like to drink cold Ribena quite watered down and very light whereas my husband likes it a bit stronger and with more flavour he says! It's funny though, when I have Ribena with hot water I do like it a bit stronger. It's really warming if you have it with hot water and if you've never tried it before I definitely recommend it. Ribena has added vitamins A, C, E and no added sugar so it's also quite a healthy drink and one I definitely recommend.

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          13.09.2012 06:49
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          A yummy refreshing drink especially in the Summer, but watch the sugar content!

          My fondest memory of Ribena as a kid was having a cup of iced Ribena straight after school. I would be all sweaty, tired and hungry after a day's of hard work (more like play, really!) at school and a wee bit of Ribena would make me really happy! Though I'm much older now, I still love Ribena loads and have it every now and then! -- THE BRAND -- Ribena is a type of fruit juice manufactured by GSK, and refers to a range of fruit drink concentrates and fruit-based soft drinks. It originated as a blackcurrant squash, but later moved on to incorporate other flavours like Strawberry and Blueberry. -- PACKAGING -- Ribena comes in various packaging - it might be bottled as concentrate, or bottled as a to-go drink. It might be found as well in small drink cartons that are easily portable as well. All of their drinks have the classic Ribena logo on it and usually has some sort of purple theme to it (especially for the Blackcurrant flavours). The 600 ml concentrate bottle looks somewhat classy like wine with a gold foil at the top, but it is unfortunately made out of plastic (I thought it used to be a glass bottle!), so that's a bit of an environment boo-boo there. -- THE DRINK ITSELF -- This bottle contains concentrate, so you definitely will need to dilute before consumption. The instructions recommend a dilution of 1 part of ribena, to 4 parts of water. For me, I like to dilute it as recommended and then add ice - thus making the drink less sweet. I guess I'm not someone who is too fond of sugary drinks so enhancing the dilution a little more with ice really makes the drink much more palatable for me. I have only tried the Blackcurrant flavour, so that's the only one that I shall be commenting on. The Blackcurrant flavour is sweet, yet at the same time you can taste the tangy-ness of blackcurrants, which creates a really refreshing taste in your mouth. I find that Ribena gives a really good energy boost - especially after doing some sports, and of course it quenches your thirst at the same time! -- NUTRITION -- Looking at the order in Ribena's ingredient list in Ribena, one should not be surprised that Ribena is actually quite high in sugar. (after dilution): Water, Sugar, Blackcurrant Juice from Concentrate (5%), Citric Acid, Vitamin C, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulphite), Colour (Anthocyanins). Product before dilution contains 22% juice. Contains no artificial colours, artificial flavours or sweeteners. Following dilution, the nutrition information reads: Typical values per 100ml, Energy (kJ) 181, Carbohydrate (g) 10.5 of which sugars (g) 10.5 So if you drink a typical cup size (250 ml), you will be consuming about 25 g of sugars, which is about 2.5 times a serving of typical, sugary cereal. Definitely not the best thing for those sensitive to sugar consumption. But of course, Ribena sells itself on being high in Vitamin C, since it is, after all, Blackcurrant juice. They apparently have a Ribena PLUS range that gives you lots of Vit A, E and Calcium as well. -- WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS -- You can find this at all major supermarkets. It is currently stocked at Tesco for £1.99, which I think is a reasonable for a quality concentrate that will lasts you quite a number of months. I find that I consume Ribena the most during the Summer months and more rarely during the other seasons so one bottle essentially lasts my household of 3 for about 6-9 months. -- CONCLUSION -- Well, this is a tasty and refreshing drink. The only thing I'll be cautious about is the high sugar content - which you can avoid by diluting the drink further (trust me, it tastes better that way too!) or watch how frequently you drink this.

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            30.07.2012 23:44
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            lovely blackcurrant juice drink that can be enjoyed in so many ways!

            Ribena is a lovely blackcurrant juice drink, around since 1938 and my favourite drink that I can dilute to taste and drink every day! I often get bored of foods and drinks quite easily, and whilst I enjoy having options, normally have 2 or 3 drinks in my fridge/cupboard to choose from, Ribena juice drink is ALWAYS there as a back up! The concentrated blackcurrant juice drink is a thick liquid, of quite a deep purple colour which is very sweet on it's own so needs to be diluted with water to suit each individual taste. In terms of my own sweetness I dilute perhaps 1 part ribena with 5 parts water (preferably bottles as I am not a fan of tap!) which suits me down to a T, but one thing I have noticed is the consistency of the drink itself gets weaker and thinner each year! Once upon a time I would probably use 1 part ribena to 9 parts water as it used to be very thick and syrup like and extremely sweet, so this meant the bottle last longer and I got a lot more for my money! So this means I need more of the ribena to achieve my acquired taste meaning I get through the bottle a lot faster than I used to back in the day. Taste wise, it is a sweet (depending on how you make it of course!), strong blackcurrant flavour which is very refreshing and quenches my thirst. a 250ml serving provides only 10% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C so whilst this drink does provide some (250ml is a quarter of the diluted 1 litre bottle which probably takes me a week to drink!) of the vitamin C it really isn't enough to make a difference to a healthy balanced diet! Nevertheless, it is a little bonus that it has something to make me feel a bit better about myself. Drinking hot ribena is a favourite past time of mine, and I find whenever I have a tummy ache a nice mug of ribena diluted with some hot water really does the trick to ease my stomach and making me feel warm and good inside - just a small tip for anyone wanting something different! I don't like tea or coffee so asides from hot chocolate this really is the only hot drink I tend to have. It is also nice for making some cocktails or fruit punches, as add it with some vodka, and tropical juice with crushed ice and a lime it makes a lovely summer time drink! I am of course a bargain hunter, so I normally see the 1 litre bottle on sale in Sainsburys for £2-£3 which for me is just horrendous! It is sold in Iceland for £2 so I normally grab it there, or when Tesco have their 1/2 price deals with a 1 litre bottle for £1.43 I buy about 5 bottles to last me and keep in the pantry until needed, or in Sainsburys when it is half price it may be around £1.47 so either way I never pay more than necessary, and considering buying a small 500ml bottle is near enough the same price in some places I always think to just buy the 1 litre bottle where I can probably make 30+ drinks out of it for the same price! I'd definitely recommend this drink as it is a family favourite and you can't go wrong with it!

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              21.07.2012 20:04
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              Great stuff

              We all love Ribena Blackcurrant Concentrate in our house and we have been drinking it for years now and especially since the little lad came along. It is high in sugar and we have had shops' own but I personally don't think anything beats the original. We pay around £2 for a one-litre bottle but sometimes we manage to get it on offer in the larger supermarkets. As it is so concentrated, we rarely use very much of this great drink and the one litre bottle lasts us for ages. The bottle is familiar to anyone who is aware of this brand and the design has changed little over the years, that I am aware of. The drink does have its nutritional benefits as it is high in Vitamin C due to its being made with blackcurrants. We make this drink by simple pouring a small amount into the bottom of a glass and filling up with tap water. Alternatively, we also make it with sparkling water and to be honest this is perhaps my favourite way of drinking it - me being addicted to fizzy drinks. We have also tried the sugar free variety of Ribena and although this is also nice, we all prefer the high sugar one as we think it just tastes so much better. It tastes fresh and natural and it really is a perfect thirst quencher served with ice on a summer's day in the garden. The little lad has drank it since he was tiny and although we have been aware that it isn't too good for his teeth, due to the high sugar content, we have always made sure to dilute it thoroughly, so in fact he has been drinking coloured water. I love this stuff nice and strong and I have also tried it hot whenever I have been feeling under the weather. It's a versatile drink and very nice to taste and great if you can manage to get it on offer. Great stuff.

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                13.05.2012 14:48
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                Not as cloyingly sweet as cartons of Ribena but still slightly too heavy for me.

                During a recent spell in hospital my daughter brought me a bottle of Ribena cordial in after I had complained about the weak tasteless tea and room temperature drinking water. I have not drunk Ribena in a very long time as I find the cartons to be incredibly sweet, far too sweet for me so I was glad to have the cordial version which enabled me to add as much water as I wanted to to remove the very sugary sensation. On the back of the bottle there's a recommended ratio of water to cordial, but I like my drinks rather weaker than suggested so I made it up to my personal tastes. Once made up this Ribena is very tasty, the berry flavour is strong and sweet with quite a natural flavouring. It tastes fruity but this is done in a way to make it a child friendly juice drink as Ribena have steered away from any harsh flavours such as you'd find in fruit juices and even some other brands of cordial. The sugary flavour comes through more the stronger you make the drink, fortunately the flavour is robust enough to translate well even if like me you choose to water your drink down more than suggested. If made stronger the Ribena can be quite cloying and syrupy, and while I appreciate that children will enjoy this more than an insipid glass of Robinsons cordial. The cordial is sold in tall plastic one litre bottles and is rather expensive in comparison to other cordials. My daughter refuses to buy it for her own children as they make it so awfully strong that a bottle may last as little as two days, at over £2 a bottle when not on promotion this makes it an exceedingly expensive way of hydrating your children. I also worry about the amount of sugar they are consuming when they drink such a strong glass of this cordial. I think I would recommend this as a treat rather than for everyday consumption, it's a rather heavy drink that has the effect of making you feel full up as though you have eaten rather than simply had a drink. I don't find it terribly refreshing, mainly due to the heavy and extreme sugary sensation while you drink, it's not something I would choose to quench my thirst during a hot day because of the stickiness of it although I did discover last night that it's very tasty when warmed up and drunk as a hot toddy.

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                  09.05.2012 19:38
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                  a great drink for all the family, Worth a try :)

                  Ribena has been around for many years, It was first produced in 1938. I have been grown up on ribena and it is my favourite flavored squash on the market. Ribena is made from British blackcurrants. You can usually pick up a one litre bottle of Ribena for around £2, Ribena is expensive but is constantly on offer. It is worth picking up a couple of bottles if you see it on offer as this will save you some money in the long run. I will now go into some more detail on the brand :) Bottle: I find the Ribena bottle to be very appealing and it stands out nicely on the shop floor. It is simply designed with the ribena logo as the main attraction to the bottle. The bottle also promotes that it is only made using british blackcurrants. You are also told that it contains a high level of vitamin C which is great for your body. So it does have some health benefits. The instructions on the back tell you to add one part squash to four parts water. You dont need to follow this instruction, I find you can adjust it to how you like it. I like mine strong, some family members like theres to be very weak. Its personal taste at the end of the day. Overall the Ribena bottle is very iconic and reminds me heavily of my childhood, brings back lots of memories :) The drink: Ribena is the only blackcurrant squash that actually tastes like blackcurrant. It has such a nice strong taste which is great. Ribena is very refreshing, its a great drink in the summer and winter ( I have been known to add boiling water to it and have hot ribena which I find lovely, be careful not to burn yourself though). A glass of ribena diluted with water contains 108 calories, 26.3g of sugar and only a trace of salt. Ribena is high in sugar so should be used on occasions. It does have health benefits because of the vitamin C. It is very good for you in small doses. Two glasses of ribena is over 50% of an adults sugar limit. So be careful :) Overall: I have always drank Ribena and I will continue too, If you havnt tried it I recommend you do as its great tasting and refreshing. They also have a strawberry flavoured ribena which is also nice. I am going to be Giving ribena a 4 star rating. It loses a star because of the high levels of sugar in the drink and also the high price they charge for it. Remember to look and see if it is on offer, if not I advise you wait untill it is. Thanks for reading my review on Ribena, Hope it helped you decide on the product! Josh

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                  05.05.2012 00:09
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                  A nice refreshing drink and even more of a treat when you find it on offer!

                  Ribena has a distinct berry taste that isn't quite like other brands available that have the same ingredients as ribena itself, which is why I think it is so popular and a recognized leading brand name. I love ribena simply because it reminds me of my childhood and how I'd be bought it as a treat every now and then. Though I have to be honest here, I rarely purchase ribena these days because of the price and the amount I use for each glass. I always seem to have to use a significant amount of it in order for it to taste good, otherwise it tastes weak and doesn't appeal to me at all - so in theory I can only get about 10 glasses from one bottle so I always make sure I only purchase this drink when it's on offer; Of course this is down to personal preference so this may not apply to other people. I have heard a lot of people comment about how they believe it's a lot like syrup and is also too sweet for them. Again, personal preference makes a big difference however I can see where they're coming from since I previously mentioned about how much I have to add, this may be the reason why as it is generally a lot richer in texture than most brands. The price is somewhat extortionate considering it is only a dilute from concentrate drink and averages around £3 per standard sized bottle - I say that it is extortionate in comparison as drinks such as robinsons are longer lasting, more flavours available and are generally half the price. Of course I believe that it's that unique flavour I mentioned before that somewhat justifies the price as you really can't compare it to many other concentrate drinks out there and I think that's why I enjoy it so much. I think perhaps for some it is a case of you either love it or you hate it as many people I know are not a fan of it themselves. You don't know until you try it!

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                  11.03.2012 11:03

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                  One of my favourite summer drinks

                  I love Blackcurrant drinks and this one is the original (and the best) Blackcurrant drink out there. Ribena is made with real blackcurrants and it's great for both adults and kids as it contains vitamin C which is vital for the immune system. Ribena is easy to prepare. I would recommend keeping it chilled in the fridge before use as it tastes much more refreshing when it has been chilled. I usually chill mine straight away after buying it and leave it for an hour or so to fully chill. You make up the Ribena to four parts water and drink. The taste of Ribena is very much like blackcurrant cordial but more fruity and I like the little "kick" that it has to it! Ribena is a dark to light purple colour, depending on how strong you have made it. It really helps to quench the thirst and it's great drunk with or without ice. It's a great drink for all year round consumption but it's great drunk in the summer as it really helps to cool you down. The drink leaves a pleasant fruity aftertaste in your mouth after drinking and it can be drunk either on it's own or with food. I have noticed that it does help to wash your food down and it doesn't leave you feeling bloated. Ribena keeps well in the fridge. It can also be drunk warm when you're suffering from a cold. It can also be added to lemonade to make "fizzy Ribena", which tastes great! You can buy Ribena in a sugar free "teeth friendly" version too, as this particular version does contain a moderate to high amount of sugar. It's still a great drink though!

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                  25.09.2011 17:21
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                  A lovely refreshing drink thats just as good as I remember.

                  Ribenna is a drink both the kids and I enjoy and it is one that I have bought since they were children due to it being better for their teeth than fizzy drinks. You can buy it premade in cartons but I find it much more economical to buy the diluting juice which comes in one litre bottles and can nearly always be found on a buy one get one free in one of the supermarkets. The diluting juice is a thick black current syrup which is almost black in colour until it has been diluted. As soon as you open it the smell of black currents is really strong and it doesn't have an artificial smell to it like I find with fruit shoots and those other fruit drinks. It only takes a little of the syrup to make a large glass of juice so a litre bottle lasts a long time even in my household where we all like it and drink it regularly. Once it has been diluted it still has a lovely purple colour to it and the smell of the black currents remains. The taste is as you would expect black current flavoured but it has a real richness to it which I have yet to find in other diluting juices. It also has a lovely aftertaste to it and doesn't coat my mouth in a horrible sickly sweet coating like some other juices can do. I find that it is probably the most refreshing juice that I have ever tried and I always make up a jug every day to put in the fridge in summer. It also makes lovely ice lollies and doesn't lose any of its flavours when it has been frozen. I try to buy the no added sugar version as it contains less sugar then the normal one so is better for the kids teeth but it does contain sweeteners which I have been reading up on lately not being to healthy for people. For the no added sugar one the nutritional information is 10 calories and 1.3g of sugar per 250ml diluted serving so it is also good if you are trying to keep your weight down. For me Ribena is a classic that I grew up with but one that hasn't lost any of its appeal in the intervening years and one that I can imagine I will continue to drink for the rest of my life.

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                    great drink but watch out for the sugar

                    Ribena Blackcurrant concentrate, like other concentrates requires that you dilute it with water. You can choose how much to dilute it, so you can make it as sweet and strong or more mild as you like. The blackcurrant taste comes through strongly, although it is not tangy, instead it is quite sweet and this is down to the high amount of glucose fructose syrup. It is high in sugar, but also high in vitamin C so although it has some health benefits it does require a bit of caution. 250 mls of diluted Ribena will provide you with 26.3g sugar and 100% Vitamin C daily recommended intake. I have not found many drinks that do have that much vitamin C, so Ribena is definitely a recommended drink. Ribena also adds extra Vitamin C according to ingredients so it appears that the Vitamin C is not just from the blackcurrant juice. Ribena is made from British blackcurrants and is grown in partnership with Wildlife trusts. I am not sure what this means in practice but it does show some responsibility upon Ribena's part to an extent. Ribena has a very refreshing quality, especially compared to other squashes and is great for any time of day.

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                    11.08.2011 12:49
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                    Lovely refreshing drink, but shouldn't be drunk in excess

                    There's nothing better than chilled Ribena on a summer's day, any day in fact. Ribena is a Sweet concentrated juice drink made from British Blackcurrants. Recently in Asda, 1 litre bottles of ribena have been on sale for £1 and BOGOF in Waitrose, so I have been taking advantage of these offers as usually Ribena is very pricey for just a small bottle. It is suggested to dilute 1 part Ribena with four parts water. I like my Ribena quite strong so the colour is a fairly deep purple. Ribena is best served chilled in my opinion, which is easily achieved with a few ice cubes or you can just prepare some and keep a bottle in the fridge. The taste is very refreshing and sweet and is a great thirst quencher. The whole family loves the taste, it's a shame we can't get it more regularly but it is very expensive when not on offer. Nutritionally, Ribena contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners and contains real fruit juice. Also, a 250ml serving provides 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin c. This suggests that it is 'healthy' and a good all time drink. However, a 250ml serving contains 26.3 grams of sugar! That's an awful lot for only 250ml and this is 29% of your Guideline Daily Allowance so watch out for your kids' teeth if they drink this lots. The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and should also be recycled after :)

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                    I am a bit of a Ribena addict....as are my children.....and so we always have a bottle of Ribena Blackcurrant Concentrate in the fridge. I do occasionally buy ready made Ribena cartons but I generally find that the Ribena in the cartons is made up to be stronger than I would choose - and obviously overall it works out more expensive - and so generally I like to stick to the Ribena Blackcurrant Concentrate. A 1 litre bottle of the concentrate costs £2.00 from Tesco - which I think is really good value. If you make it up the way that the instructions suggest then this will give you 20 drinks per bottle which equates to 10p per drink, but I like to make it up weaker and so it only costs me 5p per drink as I can get about 40 drinks per bottle. The Ribena concentrate comes in a recyclable plastic bottle with a screw top lid. When you first open it, for safety reasons, the bottle is sealed with a plastic ring pull - and so to open it you need to unscrew the top and then pull the ring pull - which at times I have found pretty stiff and on one occasion has actually snapped off as I've pulled it. I'm not sure why it's just not sealed with foil like most other drinks of this type. I tend to keep the bottle in the fridge just so that it's kept cold as I think the best way to serve Ribena is ice cold. My daughter does like it made with boiling water - but I prefer iced water......it's a matter of personal taste. There are instructions on the bottle on how to make up the drink - but you can make it up according to your taste, as I do. The instructions say that you should add 50mls of the Ribena concentrate to 200mls of water - making up a glass of 250mls. However, I find this a little bit strong - and so I tend to make it up with about 25mls of the concentrate to about 225mls of water. The drink is very fruity and blackcurranty and very rich. It also quenches the thirst really well and is so refreshing. It is quite thick in consistency if you make it up the way the way they suggest. It's also very sweet - but not in a way that makes you feel that your drinking pure sugar like it can be if drinking coke! From a nutritional standpoint, this drink has positives and negatives. Firstly, one 250ml glass (made up the way suggested) contains 60mg of Vitamin C, which is 100% of the daily recommended amount - and so this is a great way of getting Vitamin C into kids. However, in the same amount of drink, there is also over 26g of sugar and 107 calories which isn't very good for the teeth or for the waist! There is a sugar free option but, to be honest, this is pretty disgusting and so I'd rather stick to this version and drink it less frequently and more diluted! Overall, I really like Ribena if it's made up more diluted than suggested by the instructions on the back of the bottle - but it does have too much sugar in it!

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