I really get scared when I think about the numerous things that tend to lurk in my bag/s. I say bags because I tend to travel day to day with my cross body bag that has my usual things in it such as keys, mobile, wallet, then a medium sized Kipling bag that has everything under the sun in it, mainly stuff for the kids e.g nappies, cotton wool pads, raisins, crisps and drinks. I feel like a walking tuck shop! But a well stocked bag has helped me in many a troubled time and has been very cost effective. This particular drink, in the apple and blackcurrant flavour at 200ml, was not bought separately but came courtesy of Ronald McDonald ( my sons name for it-not mine ) Happy meal bought for my kids. You can of course buy these more or less anywhere as they are readily available. Currently £2.00 for a pack of 8 in Asda ( on offer ), normally £3.00.
Why did I chose this?
As mentioned this came in a meal, but the reason I chose this over other drink options is because I knew both my children could drink them easily and would create less mess and they have had them before so knew they would enjoy them.
How is it packaged?
All flavours of this drink are packaged the same but tends to be in different coloured bottles. This flavour is housed in a 200ml purple coloured plastic bottle. To drink from the bottle you need to push the slightly lipped central part of the ' lid '. Once up holes are opened and the drink can be drunk! Once pushed down it closes them completely off.
On the front of the bottle, the ' Robinsons Fruit Shoot ' logo is central and surrounded by pictures of apples and blackcurrants. At the bottom it mentions the flavour and its low in sugar and on the side the GDA information based on a child is shown. Next to that is the ingredients list. On the other side is the company contact details and the usual warnings in regards to packaging and children.
Water , Fruit Juices from Concentrate (Apple 6%, Blackcurrant 2%, Plum) , Citric Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate) , Natural Colour (Anthocyanins) , Natural Flavouring , Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Dimethyl Dicarbonate) , Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucralose) , Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid)
Typical values Per 100 ml
Of which sugars 0.8g
Of which saturates Nil
Each bottle contains
Calories 10 less than 1%
Sugar 1.6g 2%
Fat Trace less than 1%
Saturates 0g 0%
Salt 0g 0%
What do I think?
Not a drink you will see me supping throughout the day! But from a mummys point of view I really like the packaging as the bottle is the perfect size for little hands. It fairly durable so a good grip can be maintained and be held with comfort. How the lid shuts means that when not in use theres no spillages, so whether its been thrown in a bag or in the fridge because it hasn't been finished, the juice stays where its supposed to. For my near 2 year old, she does need help to push the top up to drink it, but is that such a bad thing? If it was up to her she would be using this drink as a water gun at passers by.
I like the fact its low in salt, sugar etc but would have liked to see much more fruit content.
It smells just like it tastes, like a fruity/currant flavoured juice drink. Quite sweet, fragrant and refreshing but theres no hint of apple in this drink for me. It doesn't taste any more superior than the decent and good apple and blackcurrant cordials out there that we buy on a daily basis, I think we are paying for the packaging, the name and the fact kids love them and immediately know and want them!
My children like these. They like the taste and find it easy to drink from ( once opened ). In my experience, there are many drinks like this in look and taste that are a different brand and just as good especially where price is concerned. I used to buy these regularly but realised how expensive they are. My advice? These are a kids favourite so if you need to buy them, do it when its on offer or being sold in a shop like Home Bargains, B &M. Better still, check other brands, supermarkets own as these days they have a bigger variety of flavours, taste great and tend to be cheaper.
Would I buy them again? I would if the price was right, if not I would buy a cheaper alternative. Nothing to do with taste but all to do with the pennies.
I remember when I was living at home my younger brothers and sisters used to have fruit shoots for a treat, especially when they were treated to a Happy Meal from MacDonalds. Now my daughters are bought these by their Granny for a treat.
The drink I am reviewing today is the Apple and Blackcurrant flavour. It has the description Low Calorie Apple and Blackcurrant Soft Drink with sweeteners.
-- Packaging --
This is a 200ml plastic bottle. The drink bottle is quite distinctive, it is dark purple with a blue and white push top bottle. The label had a clear Green and White Robinsons logo on with images of apples and blackcurrants to indicate what the flavour is. When the bottle is unopened it has a clear plastic cap on top to keep it sealed. It has a label around the bottle, which has the ingredients listed on.
-- ingredients --
Water, Fruit Juices from concentrate (Apple 6% Blackcurrant 2%, Plum), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Colour (Anthocyanins), Natural Flavouring, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Dimethyl Dicarbonate), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucralose, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid).
-- The Taste --
I personally think think this drink appeals more to children. My eldest daughter is 4 and she loves them! They're convenient for school lunch boxes, I do sometimes reuse the bottles as they seal well and don't leak.
I find they taste like strong Blackcurrant squash. They are meant to gave less added sugar now, on the front of the bottle it says 'Low Sugar'.
-- Price and Availability --
These are available from most retailers that sell soft drinks. We buy them mainly in a multipack, they are currently £1.89 for a pack of 4.
-- Overall Summary --
I would recommend these, they aren't the cheapest to buy but good for a treat. Also find them useful for days out as it saves money by not having to buy the kids drinks out.
Thanks for reading.
=Robinsons Fruit Shoot=
I think we were first introduced to Fruit Shoot by McDonalds in their Happy meals, although they only stock the blackcurrant and apple variety, and these are served in 200ml bottles, but Fruit Shoot also have additional flavours.
They come in a small plastic bottle of matching colours according to the flavour,
- Blackcurrant - Purple Bottle
Orange - Orange Bottle
Apple - Green Bottle
Red - Summer Fruits
Yellow - Tropical fruits.
The bottles are designed with a little plastic spout that pulls up, you can either use your teeth or wrist action, it is a simple design, easy to push back down and can be drunk at another time, When you first get the bottles there is an outer plastic cap which is disposable.
The drinks are sugar free and they also contain no artificial flavours or colours in the product, and the only sugar in the drinks are natural occurring sugar.
If you have one as part of a McDonalds meal then you do only get a Blackcurrant flavour, but other retailers you can get most of the flavours from.
This may sound daft but the prices do really vary, you can go to some locations and pick up a pack of 4 for £1, whilst in other retailers these can be as much as £1.80 for 4.
Robinsons also produce single bottles of these, I am pretty sure they are a 300ml bottle, the design is the same as the small bottles. I tend to see these in retailers fridges and can be up to £1 a bottle
these have a clear wraparound label, which has the description of the product and nutrition information on.
Although I like Robinsons drink I find that they are really sweet, despite being sugar free, they have a sweet taste, even my daughter has noticed this from a young age.
=So I buy=
I will only but these occasionally as I don't really feel that they are value for money, but if we are going out for a day, they are a handy size for a drink in the car and with the plastic cap I know there is less chance of drinks being spilt.
=Would I recommend=
I feel this is a sit on the fence moment, in all honestly, I would say as an occasional treat yes, there great, but there not a product that goes into my weekly shopping basket.
On the odd day when I buy my daughter a treat she may well get a little happy meal from McDonalds. It's really annoying as of course she cannot drink fizzy and like me she isn't a fan of pure orange juice so sometimes the only alternative is the Robinsons Fruit Shoot (which perhaps this is just me but the only flavour they offer is the Blackcurrant and apple variety.) To be honest this is the only time have ever consumed this drink as I just find it far too sweet and sickly even for a drink with "no added sugar" !!
They come in a little plastic bottle, of matching colour depending on the flavour - purple is Blackcurrant and apple, orange for orange, green for apple, red for summer fruits and yellow for tropical. They usually come packaged in small 200ml bottles so ideal for little ones to sip and nowhere near enough to quench an adults thirst!
The bottles are designed with little spouts that are pulled up either with teeth or a wrist action so the drink can flow out through it. I have to give the design of the bottle some kudos as it is easy even for my 3 year old to use, and is a practical and simple spill free feature once the lid is closed. There is even a plastic cap on top to provide extra security so spillages can definitely be prevented!
I have tried a few of the flavours, but mainly blackcurrant and apple and the summer fruits come to mind and for some reason they are REALLY sweet. With the blackcurrant and apple, to me it tastes predominantly of blackcurrant and considering it is from the Robinson's brand I expected it to taste like Robinson's dilute version but it has a much more sharp aftertaste and kick when swallowed!
The packaging explains they drink contains no artificial flavours or colours and only have natural sugars. This makes me feel a lot less guilty on the rare occasions I let her drink this, but even with that in mind I don't let this consumption happen too often!
These drinks can be purchased in a wide range, either individually or I often see them in Iceland or Poundland with 4 200ml bottles for £1 which is cheap value. I personally wouldn't recommend them as even with the less sugar content they taste overbearingly sweet so I think your better off with just a glass of water!
Ok so I generally don't buy these for me. I buy them for when my niece is spending time with me, but I have been known to have the odd swig so I can certainly tell you what they taste like too.
One of the best things about Robinsons Fruit Shoots is the design of the bottle that they come in. Each bottle is 200ml in size, but instead of just an open top to pour or swig from when you remove the lid, it has a sort of push/pull nozzle bit that lets you suck through the drink and then close the bottle easily. Why is this so great? Well because small children find drinking from an open bottle or cup quite hard, but with these, it's more like drinking from a sports drink bottle, and so is much easier for them meaning that if you need a drink for a young one while you are out, these become an incredibly easy option.
I've heard people talk about small kids not being able to open and close the lifter on the lid, but my niece has no trouble at under 3, and hasn't had any problems with it for a good 6 months I'd say. I like also that you have to pause every so often to let air back into the bottle as it slows down the drinking process a bit and stops the likely hood of gulping and drinking too fast.
Another thing to take note of is that they are low sugar, and free from artificial colours and flavourings which means if you give them to your kids, you aren't filling them up with e-numbers and other bad things. (The low sugar and lack of e-numbers makes them better for all of us of course, not just the kids).
These come in a variety of flavours - Strawberry, Blackcurrant & Apple, Orange, Summer fruits, and Apple. My niece prefers the purple bottle which is Blackcurrant and Apple flavour, while I prefer the plain Apple flavour. Having said that, I'm not really a fan of any of these myself as I find them terribly over sweet tasting and very artificial much like all other forms of cordial or squash. My less discerning niece however thinks they're delightful and according to her in Tesco last week, the purple one is her very favourite drink ever (at not quite 3 I'd say her range of things she's tried may be just a tad limited there and she'll probably find something preferable lol but for now those are her thoughts on the matter).
The cost of buying these fruit shoots is hugely variable. When we're in Tesco, they can be bought at the cost of £2 for a pack of 8 (down from £2.99 normal price), £1.89 for a pack of 4, or £1.08 for a single (larger 300ml) bottle. In the Instore cafe which is maintained by Starbucks, they cost over £2 for a single bottle and to be honest I'm not sure if that's for the 200ml or the 300ml bottle.
I think if I was a parent buying juice for my child to drink daily I would avoid these as being far too costly. However, as an auntie who keeps them in for nieces and nephews to drink when they visit, I don't mind paying the price as they're convenient to pop in my bag to take out with us to the park or shops and they're a treat for the kids.
I in now a given fact that Robinsons Furit shoot is a drink for kids, not saying adults cant drink them, but kids in particular seem to love them. I hadnt tryed one before until a couple of weeks ago, when my son got one with his meal in McDonalds, and me not wanting Coke or anything, also got one. I ahve to say that I throughly enjoyed it, nice and sweet, refreshing and above all tasty.
The only thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that the bottle was so small compared to other drinks, and when you buy it in the shops, it is priced the same as other price if not more. While it may be enough for a young child, as an adult, I think that there should be a bigger bottle available. The bottle has a cap on the top which you have to suck the drink from, which again is good for kids, and when they dont want any more, the cap can be popped back and the drink saved for later.
I have seen three flavours, blackcurrant, apple and orange, all of which taste like fruit juice but with the added sugar content, has a better taste. On that point, the sugar content is a little high in my opinion, especially when the drink is target at children. The bottles are all coloured to match the flavour, so apple is green, and so on.
I do enjoy this drink, but wouldnt have it regularly, and I should note that their isnt a large multi-share bottle available, at least I havent seen any in the supermarkets, but still a great drink for kids. Thanks for reading.
I buy these for when my nephews and nieces come to visit, as they seem to a firm favourite and a staple amongst small children these days, however the other day I tried one myself for the first time and I was pleasantly, if only mildly surprised. I expected it to be syrupy sweet but it was ok.
The fruit shoot is only small, as its designed for very little children, there isn't really enough juice to quench an adult's thirst but a toddler will carry it around for hours taking their time! The bottle is easy for them to hold and it has a 'pop up' cap that they suck to get the juice out and pop back down when they aren't drinking, so soils can be easily avoided which is always a bonus.
The juice itself tastes a lot like ordinary blackcurrant squash to be honest, perhaps a little but fruitier and a little bit sweeter but it isn't really anything special. I think really you're paying extra for the bottle and the fact that kids seem to view it as a treat.
Fruit shoots aren't sugar free, but they are 'no added sugar' so not too terrible for little one's teeth and they have no artificial ingredients, so protective parents don't need to worry too much about letting their kids have one or two. I won't start buying these for myself though, I'll leave them for the under 5s!
I'm seen as a mean mummy among my friends as I only really give my daughter water, she drinks it so why not, I say. Occasionally I do buy her a pack of 4 of these Robinsons Fruit Shoots No Added Sugar as a treat. I'm going to be reviewing the 200ml apple and blackcurrant flavour.
----- The bottle -----
Robinsons Fruit Shoots come in two different size bottles, 200ml or 300ml. Aimed at younger children, I would say the bottle could be designed better.
The see-through plastic lid is hard to pull off the first time it is opened then easy as pie to pull off, I've often caught my daughter with it in her mouth, so now when I give her one, the lid goes straight in the bin. The pressurised drinking cap is quite easy to open with teeth, with 2 small holes it does make the drink come out at a nice steady pace, although sucking it out does cause the bottle to pull itself in and stop any drink coming out.
----- The fruit shoot ------
As I said earlier, my daughter only has these occasionally as a treat, I would say around 1 a week. When she does have one of these it gets guzzled down within minutes. The juice is a pale purple colour, and tastes like apple and blackcurrant. It has a sweet tang to it whilst being drunk but doesn't taste too sweet, it doesn't taste too watery or dilute, just perfect!
Each 200ml bottle only contains 12 calories and 2g of sugar so I'm not all that bothered about giving these to my daughter as a treat, of course I wouldn't like her to have one after the other as that is never good for anyone, or their purses.
The handy size of the bottle make them ideal for days out, they fit easily in my daughters bag. Last summer when we went on days out to the beach and for picnics I would often pack me a bottle aswell as they are handy when on the move.
----- Information -----
Fruit shoots are available in many flavours in regular or no added sugar versions, apple and blackcurrant, orange, strawberry, apple.
Price wise, these can be expensive if not purchased on offer. A pack of 4 bottles can be found in Poundland, which is the cheapest place I've seen them so I tend to buy these and put them in the cupboard.
----- Overall -----
These fruit shoots taste fantastic, and aren't full of nasty stuff so I don't begrudge giving my daughter one of these as a treat every now and then. Although if purchased when not on offer I think they could work out as quite an expensive treat.
I have lots of grandchildren and they are always wanting different varieties of drinks when they visit, so I always buy different ones so that they do not get bored of the same one. I buy these bottles quite a lot because they are very cheap at my local shop.
There are 4 plastic bottles in a pack and they are housed in a cardboard packaging. Each bottle is 200ml and they are quite small bottles and are perfect for small children. They come in different flavours of Orange, Blackcurrant and Apple and Summer Fruits, these are the ones that I am aware of that are available to buy. My grandchildren love all these flavours but their favourite appears to be the Orange.
There is a pull up top which has another top to keep the top clean if the drink has not been used all at once. The top is easy to pull up and to press down again. The drink has quite a strong flavour and quite sweet although they are low sugar but they do not taste at all sickly. It does taste quite nice and not at all bitter. They are a very refreshing drink and they taste really nice when particularly chilled and straight from the fridge.
They are just the right size for children to hold firmly, the bottles are quite chunky but not very long in length. My smaller grandchildren can hold them with no problems at all and can easily drink from the top of the bottle with the top dispenser. If they have not wanted to drink the full bottle all at once, I just press down the top and put it back into the fridge and then just give it a little shake when they next want to drink it again in a few hours later or whatever time they want to during the same day. I have never given them the drink the next day, so I cannot comment on how it does taste if left that length of time.
They are very good for picnics and packed lunches. I would say these are a fabulous size for the children but just as good for adults too who may be looking for a drink to take to work etc and only want to take a smaller bottle because they can fit nicely in a bag.
They contain no artificial flavours or colours and they have natural sugars. They also contain per 200ml bottle 10 calories and 1.6g of sugar.
I love these drinks for myself and my family and I will always buy them because they are excellent value for the money and I usually buy them for only £1 from my local shop but they are slightly a higher price in supermarkets but I have bought them sometimes on offer. They are good tasting and good quality drinks.
I rate them 5 stars.
Fruit Shoots are such a well known product and are widely available in all supermarkets, most cornershops and even garage forecourts. They are aimed at children and can be bought single or in multipacks of four or eight, packs of four are sometimes on promotion for just a pound at places like tesco etc. And the single ones (a little bigger than multipack ones) are usually sold for around 65p.
They have a top that you pull up to drink from and push down when finished so it doesnt spill. I think thats called a sports bottle? Anyway, when my daughter or myself have drank from a fruit shoot bottle we find that the bottle cap pushes down whilst you are drinking it and so can only get short bursts of juice at a time.
With no added sugar they come across better, but I am very disappointed with fruit shoots for the fact that even though it is directed more towards kids the flavour of the juice is so strong its unbelievable. On most normal squash drink bottles that you have to dilute it says one parts juice to ten parts water for toddlers, yet fruit shoots taste so strong - especially the apple and blackcurrant flavour. I'm a grown woman and its even too strong for me!
They can be convenient for trips though, and the other flavours such as apple and the strawberry one aren't as strong so I tend to but those, but these are less common flavours in shops so again met with a dilemma.
I think overall they are an ok product.
The Robinsons fruit shoots are generally seen as being for kids. The various sizes available makes them perfect for school lunches and for carrying around throughout the day.
However, I have also found they are great for adults too!
**What's in them**
It's only recent that I discovered the fruit shoots are great with their low calorie count.
The 200ml smaller bottles contain just 10 calories in the whole bottle, which makes them fine for people dieting and great for kids also as the 200ml bottles contain just 1.6g of sugar, 2% of a child's daily guide.
With the recent studies into the high amount of salt parents are unknowingly feeding their kids, its great to see these drinks contain 0g of salt and saturates, and trace of fat.
Me, my partner and his little son got through a load of these bottles today. The little boy being just 2 raced through 4 of these 200ml bottles! I was stunned but also worried as I had thought these had a high content of sugar, but I am nicely surprised to see otherwise and I will continue to buy these drinks.
The flavours come in;
Strawberry- Red bottles
Blackcurrant & Apple- Purple bottles
Orange- Orange bottles
Apple- Green bottles
And the Yellow coloured bottles which I think are limited edition which are tropical if I remember rightly.
The taste of these drinks vary greatly in my opinion. I love them all besides the strawberry which I think is too sweet, but others I know seem to love this flavour so it must just be me.
I generally think they do taste of their flavours, and they are all good quality tasting.
They don't taste watery or too diluted, they are quite fruity and the bottle advertises they are made from fruit juice from concentrated.
The price of these drinks can vary greatly between stores but I found a fantastic offer today.
Today I bought a four pack of 200ml (the smaller sized bottles) from Morrisons for just 84p! To say the larger bottles were 76p for just one, I was quite impressed with the price of the smaller pack.
The usual price is around £2 for the four packs of the lunch box 200ml sizes, and the price can get as high as £3.50 for the larger packs which I think is really too high.
I only buy these drinks when they are going for a good price and I would never spend over £3 for some diluted kids drinks, I would rather but some dilute squash for £1.
The bottles in my opinion could be better designed. As they were made for children- The competition on the side of the bottle being for under 12's gives this target audience away- I think the manufactures could have designed the bottle a lot better than it is.
The transparent lid comes off easily, a small child wouldn't be able to do this but an adult should remove the lid anyway to dispose of it to avoid any choking hazards.
The drinking cap can be very hard to lift up each time you want to drink from it and you may have to use your hands to put this up which I think is unhygienic and I really don't like doing this.
When drinking the juice from this bottle, I have found I need to keep stopping to let the air back into the bottle as it becomes very hard to get the juice out. I have also noticed this happens when small children drink from it too.
I also think the bottle could be easier to squeeze so it is easier for older children to drink from.
With the design of the bottle, it makes drinking from these slow and irritating and I have resulted into removing the whole lid by unscrewing it completely.
On the other hand, this could also be a way of ensuring children drink their drinks slowly and carefully as I know when children are running around, they could come for a quick rushed drink and get stomach ache.
Overall, kids love these, I generally don't mind them and I think the calorie and sugar count in them is great. I know I don't need to worry about my or a child's intake when consuming these as they are really great at keeping kids hydrated without filling them with sugar.
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Other than certain kinds of fresh orange juice; it is infrequent that I actually buy orange squash or this sort of orange juice drink. I was travelling out of London today so popped into the small sainsburys at Paddington and noticed a deal where you can buy a sandwich, a drink and a bag of crisps. The most it would cost you, in spite of the varying prices of the sandwiches involved was £3.00. I coudn't see the usual flavour i would buy (Blackcurrent & Apple ), so thought i would give the orange flavour a go. I must say i was pleasantly surprised at the flavour. You really can taste the oranges in this drink. I still think i have a preference for the apple & blackcurrent flavour but this orange flavour really is quite good and alot better than i had thought it would be.
I have had various types of orange juice drinks over the years, some of which i have found to be too watery or not with a nice flavour/not orangy enough. It does state on the bottle i bought that it has a 'new taste'.
The bottle, as you would expect is mostly orange in colour with some good little pictures on the front. Surrounding the words Robinsons fruit shoot is a picture of the sun, some small oranges; a child doing a handstand on an orange and another child sitting on top of an orange as if she is going to jump off it and swing from a rope. There is also one more picture of a child who appears to be climbing up an orange. There are some smiley little orange faces and some funny little cartoon characters on the bottle. Its quite sweet actually and would appeal to children.
The bottle i have is a 300ml bottle. It is also low in sugar, with only 18 kcal in the bottle in total. Considering the low sugar content i wouldn't have thought it could have tasted so good.
orange juice made from concentrate (10%)
Acidity regulator (sodium citrate)
Preservative (Potassium sorbate, Dimethyl Dicarbonate)
Antioxidant (Ascorbic acid)
Sweeteners (Aspartame. Acesulfame K)
Stabiliser (xantham gum)
Natural Colour (Carotenes)
It also contains a source of Phenylaline.
A good thing about this bottle is that it does have a warning on it regarding the cap. It is the type of cap where you suck the juice from the bottle. It states that it is 'not suitable for children under 36 months'.
There is also information stating that 'for hygiene reasons we recommend that you don't refill this bottle'
You need to drink the contents within 3 days
There are no artificial flavours or colours and it is suitable for vegetarians.
Other available flavours; Apple, Blackcurrent & Apple, Tropical, Summer fruits
You can get Robinsons Fruit juice drinks in two different sizes (200ml & 300ml) and in the single bottles or usually in packs of 4 or packs of 8.
Currently an 8 pack (size 200ml) will cost you £2.89 or 2 packs for £4.50 at Tesco. However in Sainsburys you can get a pack of 8 for only £2.00 on a special offer. If you buy these drinks singularly they work out alot more expensive so i would recommend you buy them in the packs.
These drinks have some nice flavours; i have also tried the apple and i like that one too. They are better in my view for children than some other drinks around and at least they now come in low sugar versions.
I have decided that these drinks are worthy of a 4 star rating; as with alot of Robinsons drinks, they do taste nice.
Robinsons fruit shoot seem ever so more popular than they used to be. Available in two sizes 200ml and 300ml. I usually buy a pack of 4 200ml from poundland or sometimes like asda currently they have a pack of 8 for £2.
Available in 5 flavours - Apple & Blackcurrant, Apple, Summer Fruits, Orange and Tropical. Tropical i have only ever seen in larger bottles and find its not as readily availble as the other flavours. I personally find these too strong tasting just like when you make cordial up too strong. After all thats all fruit shoots are - convenient bottles of cordial (robinsons) made up for you. My son enjoys these but i would not be happy him drinking a lot of these as they all contain Aspartame and Acesulfame K sweeteners which i dont believe are great for kids. Society has taken no sugar to the extreme but is aspartame more harmful?
The juices all contain 10-11% of juice from concentrate along with a fair few nasty sounding ingredients.
Regardless of the negative facts there is no denying these are incredibly convenient to pop in your bag for the kids. They have a sports type bottle lid so u dont have to walk round holding it upright! Watch out for the clear removable lid as this is a clear choking hazzard very small and would be dangerous in little hands.
Fruit shoots are readily available in most places now. Soft play areas i have been to stock them and places like KFC, Mcdonalds and cinemas sell them now. These are usually the 300ml bottles and are sold and £1 and up but can be nearer £2 depending where you go and on location too!
Fruit shoot juice drink is a low calorie orange soft drink with sweeteners. I generally pick up a pack of these from time to time in the supermarket as they are really handy to take on days out or pack into lunchboxes when you want something a bit more exciting than a bottle of water.
I think primarily these juice bottles are aimed at kinds as they are smaller than your average bottle of drink at just 300ml compared to normal size bottles of 500ml. This is a really nice size as they are small enough for your bag but big enough for both kids and adults to enjoy. The labelling of these bottles I think also appeals to kids too in that they have little characters on them such as a smiling sun, a fish, a bird, etc, etc and everything about the bottle is quite bright and fun and inviting.
The cap on these bottles is really handy too as it is a sports top cap instead of a screw top. A sports cap is one where you can just pull the top and it opens and then shuts again which enables you to do it with your mouth and no hands. I find this is perfect when you have a small child screaming for their drink and you have your hands full doing a million other things, you can just pull up the lid with your teeth and it is done! However, please note that on the side of the bottle it does say that this cap is not suitable for children under 36 months as it is a choking hazard.
I think the juice itself is actually really nice and refreshing. It is not as heavy in my opinion as some juice drinks and tastes much like a strong orange squash drink to me. It's a nice orange flavour and not too sickly either. I think this is due to the fact that these drinks have a very low sugar count and so do not rely on sugar to flavour the drink. I generally buy the orange flavour but I believe it also comes in apple and blackcurrant and summer fruits. Compared to other juice drinks I think these are quite a healthy variety as a 100ml serving has just 6 calories in it and only 1g sugar which I don't think is too bad at all. They are also quite cheap. I recently bought a pack of 8 in Sainsburys and it cost me £2.89 which works out to £0.18 a drink.
I really like Fruit Shoots and so does my son.
I know quite a lot of people that are totally against Fruit Shoots for kids but I really don't see what the problem is. I think these are perfect for taking out and about and lunchboxes. They are easy to open as they have a small lid which you pull off and then you just pop the spout up and you can drink it straight from the spout so they are very convenient because you don't need to pour it into a glass.
They come in lots of different flavours including blackcurrant and apple, strawberry and tropical. They are quite often on offer in the supermarket so I can normally get two packs of 8 bottles for £4 which is good value for money as they are so handy to have.
My son loves them and finds them very easy to drink out of even though he is only 18 months old. They reseal so there is no leakage and there is no mess with these and he doesn't spill it everywhere which is good especially when we are out.
We have tried the blackcurrant and apple flavour and the tropical flavour and they are both lovely. They are no added sugar so do not have many calories in which I really like. The flavours are lovely and taste like Robinson's squash. They are sweet and fruity but don't taste artificially or chemically.
I would definately recommend Fruit Shoots especially for kids.