“ Manufacturer: Robinsons / Type: Soft Drinks „
I am a big fan of squash,, and drink it every day at work. I brought the concentrate as it was on offer in a local supermarket for £1, and thought it was a good price to try it out. I had also seen it advertised on the TV recently where you can apply for a free bird house with the bottle. SO the reduced price and the chance of ordering a little bird house was plenty enough incentive to buy a bottle.
When you have opened the bottle it then needs to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. This is not a problem due to the small bottle and the amount you need to use to get a nice flavour.
The bottle contains 600ml of concentrate, which is smaller that the normal size of bottle that squash comes in, usually it is in a litre bottle.
The bottle states that there is enough concentrate for 17 servings, but for me I don't think that is true. I don't like weak drinks but I also dint class my serving as being really strong. You seem to need to add a lot to your water to get to a point were it tastes strong enough; I would go as far as to say you would only get about 10 servings from a 600ml bottle.
I have to say that when I tried it I was surprised at the amount of lemon I could taste in it, as it is advertised as Orange and Passionfruit, but when I looked on the back of the bottle it does state that it is made from concentrated Lemon, Orange and Passionfruit.
The ingredients are: Water, Natural Sugar, Lemon Juice from Concentrate (26%, as a natural acidulate), Fruit Juice from Concentrate: Orange (3%), Passion fruit (3%), Natural Passionfruit & Orange Flavourings, Natural Colour (Carotenes), Stabiliser (Pectin from Apples).
So as you can see from the ingredients above it really is natural stuff, which is a really refreshing change from all of the artificial sweeteners and additives that are put in many other brands of concentrate.
Other that the Orange and Passionfruit you can get two other flavours. They are Apple and Strawberry and Blackcurrant and Pear.
Overall: I do like this squash but I have to say that it does not last very long, due to the small bottle and the amount of concentrate you need to use. I don't think I will be buying it unless it's on offer, but at £1 I would buy it.
Most squashes contain a LOT of additives and artificial sweeteners so I was delighted when I saw this on the supermarket shelves with nothing nasty added.
It is a smaller bottle than the other competitors products in squash but it is concentrated. It needs to be kept in the fridge once opened and used within 3 weeks but that isn't a problem as the bottles get used fast only being 600ml.
The taste is lovely in the orange and passionfruit variety but and the very big but is the amount of calories in the product due to the sugar! I was drinking probably 2 bottles a week at first till I realised each bottle contains a whopping 1308 calories!!! So I have cut right back on it before I put on weight. It's a great product if used in moderation. However, as it is a much more natural product I'd rather use this with the higher calories than something with sweeteners.
Retail prices varies a lot, at the moment it's 99p in Asda (but was £1.68 up until recently), £1.45 in Morrisons and I've heard it's in Poundland for 2 for £1 but I haven't yet seen that. It has also been on offer in Waitrose and Sainsburys so just check prices before buying.
Now while out on Saturday I got very excited when once again I was in my 99p shop when I found the bargain of the week. It was these Robinsons Be Natural cordials on offer for 99p B.O.G.O.F. making them around the 50p mark per bottle. Now I first spotted these bottles in Asda back in May, when my Son was rushed to hospital and kept in for a few days( they didn't know if he had Meningitis, Glandular Fever ot Scarlet Fever!!)for tests. I went to get him some drinks to have at his bedside when I noticed these at £1.75 a bottle, I picked up one as they looked nice and healthy, when I noticed that once opened they have to be kept in the fridge. So this was no good, as in a hospital enviroment there is no access to a fridge, so I chose something else.
Now they only had the Robinsons Be Natural in 2 flavours (they do 3 in total) so I picked up one of each, Orange & Passionfruit and Apple & Strawberry. The other flavour they do is Blackcurrant & Pear which sounds good.
So what is the natural part, well it is that they contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweetners. Now these come in a 600ml. plastic bottle, which should give you 17 servings. The Orange & Passionfruit is the first one that we opened and tried. This bottle has a clear plastic lid that has engraved on the top of it "Keep me in the fridge", but I must say I didn't notice this until after I had poured out quite a few more glasses it's not particularly that clear to read.
On unscrewing the lid you will find a very strong orange smell, almost like that of fresh orange juice. Then pour a little into a glass and top up with water( 1 part juice to 6 parts water). Well what a lovely refreshing drink, The first thing that hits you is the natural tasting flavour of the drink, with it's true taste of fruit. This drink actually reminds me of the OASIS drinks that you can buy in the shops, it's sometimes nice to have a still drink rather than a sparkling one!
This Orange and Passionfruit per 250ml serving contains;
With the ingredients being;
~~~Lemon Juice from concentrate (26% as a natural acidulant)~~~
~~~Fruit Juice from concentrate Orange(3%),Passionfruit(3%)~~~
~~~Natural Passionfruit & Orange flavourings~~~
~~~Natural Colour (carotenes)~~~
~~~Stabiliser (Pectin from Apples)~~~
Once opened as I said before this must be kept in the fridge and will keep for 3 weeks, always shake well before using. On opening the Apple & Strawberry we wasn't dissappointed as this was equally fruity with a very strong apple and strawberry smell. On searching high and low I finally discovered the sell by date which is Nov 09, so this is why I got these so cheap in the first place, but at least I've had the chance to try these for a good price and now if I see these on special I will definitely be buying these again. I wouldn't pay the full price which I think now is around £1.25 in Tesco's as this is quite a small size bottle and it wouldn't last long in my house, but I will be going back to my 99p shop to stock up on some more to last us through until the sell by date!!
Nice and fruity so I am going to give it 5 stars!
I love squash and always try to have a couple of bottles in the house. I generally like the fruit and barley ranges and drink Robinsons (when on offer) and Tesco. When I went shopping a while ago I was looking for squash and noticed the new Robinsons Be Natural range was on offer for 99p per bottle and I'd seen the adverts on telly too (with the little bird that comes home and drinks his squash with the man clock!) so I thought I'd try it out.
I bought the apple and strawberry flavour and it comes in a 600ml bottle, I normally get 1 litre so it is smaller, and it states you get 17 servings out of it but I couldn't say for sure as I use big glasses and I think it depends on how strong you like your squash. The bottle (and the advert) state clearly that it is squash made from naturally sourced ingredients but there is nothing else to explain further on the bottle what this actually means so I have headed to their website to find out. This is what they have to say: "Robinsons Be Natural contains absolutely no artificial colours, preservatives, flavours or sweeteners, making it the perfect everyday drink for the family. Because Be Natural is free from artificial preservatives it must be stored in the fridge after opening and consumed within three weeks, just like fresh juice!"
To be honest I am a bit disappointed that's all they've got to say, they could've fitted that on the bottle! Well as they've stated it's all goodness with no bad stuff I will list the ingredients for anyone who's interested:
Water, natural sugar, Lemon juice, from concentrate (25% as a natural acidulant), Fruit juice from concentrate: Apple (3%), strawberry (3%), natural apple and strawberry flavourings, carrot concentrate, safflower concentrate.
Comparing this to my bottle of Tesco pear and blueberry (I do prefer the different flavours of squash that are out there but I do get weird looks when kids are round and I haven't got any orange or blackcurrant) there do seem to be more sweeteners and preservatives and stuff in it than the Robinsons Be natural.
But the most important part to me is how does it taste?
Well before I can taste it I have to get the bottle open, and boy did I struggle. I may have been unlucky but this bottle was a nightmare to get open, the squash was filled really high to the top and as I twisted the lid it wouldn't open fully but the squash was leaking out and going all up my hand and was very sticky. Eventually I gave up and my boyfriend had to do it for me with a kitchen towel tightly wrapped round it
The squash in the bottle is a bright red/pink colour and smells very sweet, these both dilute when you add water (they recommend 1 part squash to 6 part water).
To be honest I can't really taste either strawberry or apple but it does taste nice. I'm drinking it while writing the review and trying to think what it does taste like but all I can say is it's quite fruity, berryish, in flavour and also a bit sweet and because it's been kept in the fridge it is chilled. Talking about the sweetness I have had a quick look at the daily guideline bit on the bottle and it does state a very high 21% of sugar for a 250ml serving, but that would mean drinking nearly half the bottle in a day, but I guess you could if you were thirsty.
I have enjoyed this bottle of squash but not as much as some of the other flavours I buy, like Robinsons Pear and apple which I love and I can really taste the pear flavour in it or pink grapefruit flavour. It does come in two other flavours: Orange and Passionfruit; and Blackcurrant and Pear.
When I bought my bottle is was on offer in Tesco as it was a new product so I have had a quick look on my supermarket.com and it is now £1.49 but only £1 in Asda. This is for only a 600ml bottle and my normal Robinsons fruit and Barley is only £1.24 for 1 litre or Tesco own brand only 58p for 1 litre.
For the value I get buying the normal squash range I go for I don't believe I will buy the Be Natural squash again unless it's on special offer. I do think it's a great idea having no preservatives or artificial stuff in it but then the sugar seems to be higher than normal squash which isn't great for you or the little one's either so it's kind of a catch 22. I would recommend trying it if you like the sound of this product and you enjoy squash but for now I will stick to my usual added bad stuff squash.