“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Soft drink „
Hubby and I are trying to save the pennies where we can these days, so we buy a great many of Sainsbury's Value range products. Our kitchen cupboards are full of the funky orange and white labels! One of the first Value products we tried a couple of years ago was Sainsbury's Value Apple and Blackcurrent squash. We call it cordial though because we're Southern by birth and therefore Posh.
The image shown is for an older version of the product. These days the cordial (sorry, squash!) is concentrated and the label has a little blue band added around the top of the label to state that there is no added sugar in the product.
Sainsbury's Value Apple and Blackcurrent Squash comes in a 1.5 litre stubby clear plastic bottle, contoured for easy grip. The lid is a simple screwtop affair in pale blue. All product information is on a simple plastic label sleeve.
On the front of the label is a general product description :"Contains 5% fruit, still a great fruity taste", the 'no added sugar' flash and two green circles: one is the 'nutrition wheel' stating that calorie content, sugars, salts, fat content etc are in the 'green' or 'low' range. The other green circle states that only natural colours and flavours are used in the product, but preservatives are pointedly omitted, leading me to believe there are artificial preservatives in the squash (yays! I called it the right name!)
One side of the label gives more specific nutrition information, an ingredients list and a detailed product description. The back of the label gives storage instructions and the other side of the label contains a cute cartoony illustration explaining how to dilute the double-strength concentrate.
The cor- oops - squash itself is a deep purple in colour, with a very strong scent of blackcurrents when the bottle is opened.
Hubby and I love this squa--cor--drink. When I want a glass I add around a 'finger' of concentrate to a big tumbler and top it up with tap water. The taste is pleasantly fruity and not overly sweet, and, while the taste is overwhelmingly blackcurrent there is definitely a hint of the promised apple included, which gives the drink a pleasant tang.
The label states all sorts of chemical additives are in the product; lots of -iums and -ates, but I've never had any allergic reaction after extensive consumption.
One 1.5 litre bottle costs around 80p and lasts us about a month which I consider extremely good value.
In conclusion, this is a cheap and cheerful fruity cordial (HA! CORDIAL!) that I really enjoy drinking when I get bored of the taste of water but still want a still drink. I don't look to it to give me any nutritional benefits - I get those from eating a healthy(ish) and varied diet - but for a nice drink with no sugar this fits the bill nicely.
When I'm down south with work, I use Sainsbury's to do my shopping as there's one near where I stay in Plymouth. At home we are quite loyal Asda shoppers. Sainsburys have a basics range which I'm quite a big fan of - the range's products are cheap yet I have never come across anything where it is obvious that taste or quality has been foresaken in order to keep the costs down - apart from perhaps the spartan packaging. However, I've never fancied a glass of packaging instead of a glass of squash so I'm not bothered what the bottle and label look like.
This review is about the Sainsbury's Basics Apple and Blackcurrant squash - I've always got a bottle in my "Plymouth" room.
The squash is the same colour as port, and smells just as sweet but without the alcohol burn obviously! It does taste distinctly of both the fruits and waters down pretty well without becoming a pale tasteless mess - it's double strength and actually holds its own very well when water is added. The 1.5 litre bottle boasts that it will produce 60 plus servings, but unfortunatley I cannot vouch for this as I feel life is too short for counting glasses of squash consumed for the sake of a product review - I don't wish to suffer for my art in this way! As a rough guess though, I would say that the 60 plus servings claim is probably about right as a bottle lasts me for about a month whilst being used at least five times a day.
Unbelievably, there is a serving suggestion which recommends using one part squash to nine parts of water - see my comment above about the length of life. If you can't judge the amount of water to put in a drink then perhaps you should consider changing your name by deed poll to Oliver Reed - it costs £13.39 online which is the equivalent of about nineteen and a half bottles of this squash as it costs 69p for the 1.5 litre bottle.
The squash contains 5% fruit which is less than some more expensive branded squashes, but I don't think that there is a massive loss in taste when compared. Also, there is no sugar in the ingredients, instead there is a sweetener called sucralose. I've done a bit of research about sucralose and have found out that it is six hundred times sweeter than sugar (sucrose) and is also an E number (E955) so if you are E number averse, it might be one to stay away from. Apparantly the body doesn't break down most of sucralose so it won't add any fatty calories to that part of your diet, and it is also the base sweetener used in the well known sweetener Splenda. I'm not sure why the E number of sucralose isn't listed on the label as an E number, it merely says "sweetener: sucralose". Also, the front of the bottle says that there are only natural colours and flavours in the squash, but sucralose is artificial so I suppose they have been a bit clever with the wording there - is a sweetener a flavour? If you don't think that life is too short for this, please feel free to discuss in the comments section!
Overall I like this squash and will forgive them their ambiguous word use on the ingredients label. This is because for the price I feel I'm getting a very tasty squash - the cost / taste ration isn't impeded by the fact it doesn't cost a small fortune to produce. Yet again, another good product from Sainsbury's in their basics range and it gets the full five stars from me. Thanks for reading.
I usually buy Tesco value squash simply because we do the majority of our shopping in Tesco and for its price it provides a decent squash. Money is tight for everyone at the moment and for me and my partner it is particularly tight with me being a full time student so we try to make cut backs where we can.
We occasionally do our shopping in Sainsbury's and a few weeks ago we needed some squash. I picked up a 1.5l bottle for 59p. This bottle is double the size of the similar budget range squashes from Asda and Tesco so the price is reasonable (they usually retail for about 25 - 30p for a 750ml bottle). The squash is available in three flavours, orange, apple and blackcurrant and summer fruits. Next time I would like to try the summer fruits variety.
The bottle looks basic, it is a basic square shaped clear bottle so you can see the product inside. The label is white and orange and tells me it is Sainsbury's Basics Apple and Blackcurrant Squash.
The squash is double stregnth so you only need half of what you would usually use from a normal squash. I usually use about a ratio of 1:6 or 1:8 squash to water.
When mixed up, the squash is a red/purple colour. It is quite light and has a subtle aroma of fruit. The squash tastes very refreshing, it has a lovely apple and blackcurrant flavour and it is quite fruity. No aftertaste is left. It really quenches your thirst and is great for the warmer days where a cool drink is needed. It contains 10% fruit.
A 250ml serving provides 2 calories, 0.1g sugar, trace fat and trace salt so not too bad at all!
Squash is the drink I mainly have and I usually have around 4 glasses of this a day, I'm really impressed with the quality of this and for the price I think its an excellent squash. Recommended.
Sainsbury's Basics range is just cheaper than well known brands, it is usually packaged more plainer than other brands, saves you money and most of their products are really good. Ive been buying this Squash as my grandchildren use quite a lot when they come for a visit, and to be honest I cant tell the difference between this and Robinsons. This costs only 58pence and ive been using this for quite a few months, it is great in the summer as it is double strength and it makes great ice lollies for my grandchildren as it is really thick and tasty, and I make my own ice lollies because it saves a fortune.
The Bottle for 58pence is 1.5 litres which is good value for money, this one is apple and blackcurrant, i just use it like ordinary squash, I know it is double strength but i like to get a good tasting glass of squash, so myself personally I use it just like any other squash, as I prefer it and because it is so cheap I dont mind using it this way.
It comes in a plastic bottle with a screw on/off lid, store in a cool dry place, out of sunlight. I usually always have a bottle in my fridge as that is the place where I keep my squashes. Shake bottle and dilute to taste with water. The suggested dilution is 1 part with 9 parts water, but if you use this a lot like we do in my household you will get to know how much you would like to use depending on your own individual taste preference.
Because it is double strength it states on the bottle "that is uses less packaging, less waste. Takes up less space in the cupboard, so fewer lories on the road, better value for money, and makes more servings per bottle".
According to the bottle this bottle will make sixty plus servings, as I said depends on how much you use per glassfull.
It contains Apple and Blackcurrant, but they also do a summer fruits or a blackcurrant flavoured bottle and I feel that for 58pence this really is a good buy. I do buy a lot of Sainsbury's basics ranges, because I am living on a budget and Sainsbury's is just a stones throw away from where I live.
This bottle contains 5 per cent fruit, but uses only natural colours and flavourings. A 25p ml glass will contain 2 calories, a trace of fat, total sugars are 0.3grams, a trace of salt, and a trace of sat fat.
Their juice does not contain any benzoate preservatives. No added sugar, this means it is sweetened with sucralose and no other artifical sweeteners.
Ingredients are as follows :
Water, Fruit Juices from concentrated 5 per cent, apple 4 percent blackcurrant 1 percent, citric acid, acidity regulator, sodium citrate, Natural Flavourings, Natural Colour, Anthocyanins, Malic acid, Preservative, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite Sweetner, Sucralose.
I enjoy the taste of the apple and blackcurrant the best I have also tried the summer fruits but personally prefer this particular bottle, I feel that you really do get a great tasting squash for just a few pence, and would recommend that you try this. It can be found on the isle in Sainsbury's where all the juices are but you may have to look to the bottom shelve as this is where it is kept in Sainsbury's in Harlow.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
The basics range has flown off the shelves recently as in the current economic climate we are all after a bargain.
I have been buying the apple and blackcurrant squash for over a year now and I have to say that I am happy enough with it that I buy it every week.
The squash is much cheaper than any of its competitors and to be honest as with most basics stuff there isn't much if any of a noticable difference between this one and the leading brands.
I have to say that I agree with others when they have discussed their dissapointment about it being described as double strength. I have to say that in my experience I have always used the normal quantity of squash to make my drink and I have definately not found that it is made any stronger.
I seem yto remember that it became advertised as double strength just as they put the price up.... however its not for me to speculate about things like that!
Diluted with nine parts water per 100ml the box states that there is only one calorie so that hopefully will please slimmers country wide!
In all a good cheap squash which unfortunately isn't as strong as it thinks it is!
I brought a bottle of this Sainsburys Basics Apple And Blackcurrant squash the other day just to try it because at 58p for a 1 ½ litre bottle it's loads cheaper than Robinsons, it's also double concentrated so you don't have to use as much each time.
It's got quite a nice taste when you make it up a bit stronger than the bottle says, I don't see the point in these double concentrate drinks because you have to use more just to get a decent flavour and that doesn't make sense to me! lol
When I made the first glass up I thought I'd accidentally picked up plain blackcurrant because the pop looks so dark, but when I added the water it lost a lot of its colour. It doesn't smell very nice and has got a mega cheap smell I think, I wasn't looking forward to tasting it much because I think the smell of it is quite metallic and that put me off a bit.
The taste isn't all that bad though. The main flavour is deffo blackcurrant but there's a different taste in there as well that must be the apple, I wouldn't say you can actually taste the apple but it's THERE if you know what I mean. I reckon the best way to describe it would be to say that this is blackcurrant pop but with something added to make the flavour more fruity instead of tasting purely of berries.
For the price I don't think this is a bad drink, when this bottle has gone though I reckon I'll go back to Robinsons because it's got a much fresher taste and in their version of apple and blackcurrant you can actually taste the apple.
Recommended..... but only if you haven't got enough cash on your for Robinsons that day!
Beware the all new Sainsbury's Basics Apple & Blackcurrant squash. Recently, Sainsbury's have replaced the old 1 litre bottles with 'new and improved' 1.5 litre bottles; their argument being that this uses less packaging and needs fewer lorries on the road, and as a result, it's good for the environment. Surely less packaging and fewer lorries should mean it's cheaper? Since the pence per 100ml has increased from 1.8 to 3.5, this obviously isn't the case. You can, allegedly, get twice as many drinks from it, but this a) isn't practically the case, and b) doesn't justify doubling the price (per 100ml) when materials and logistics should be reduced.
This would be easy to bare, after all, it's still only 53 pence, were it not for the fact that it just doesn't taste as nice, in fact, it smells awfully like BO. It's not as fruity and tastes significantly more artificially sweetened. It's low in calories, and makes water slightly more easy to drink, but that's just about all it has going for it.
My perception is that it's a clever attempt from Sainsbury's to charge more for less, while at the same time attempting to paint a picture of a company that is especially friendly to the environment. Given the constant offers on other lines of squash, unless you have no other choice, avoid this new and inferior reincarnation of an old product.
I switched to this squash several months ago when the credit crunch started to bite and it became harder to justify the high end squashes I used to buy and get through in substantial quantities.
The packaging lives up to the "Basic" name - a plain bottle and plain white label with a basic design. But, this shouldn't put you off (it's a recognised tactic that supermarkets deliberately make their value ranges look as no frills as possible to dissuade more affluent shoppers from purchasing them!).
The squash itself is no more dilute than mid-range squashes, so it doesn't suffer from "cheap washing up liquid syndrome". It mixes with water into a pleasant light pink coloured drink. The flavour is not terribly deep, though the taste of sweetener is noticeable - I'm not sure if this is a true negative - most squashes that don't have sweetener instead have heavy doses of added sugar. The taste is noticeably fruity, although I'd suggest that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what the mix of fruit is if you didn't already know. All in all, though, this is a passable alternative to pricier juices for someone trying to save money.
Unfortunately I've now had to switch back to a medium cost alternative, because no sooner had I adjusted to this squash, my local Sainsbury's stopped stocking it! As far as I'm aware it's still available from larger branches.
As most of us seem to be on a money saving mission lately I thought I'd join the trend whilst on my shopping trip in Sainsburys the other week. I am far from ashamed walking around with a trolley full of supermarkets basic brand products so long as I have a few extra pennies left in my purse.
My boys are forever drinking squash so off I trotted down the drinks aisle, my eyes scanning the shelves for the Sainsburys basics range, *beep beep* there it is! The shelf was stacked full of 1 litre bottles of basics squash for just 18p a bottle! Before spotting this I was buying a different branded squash for over £2 for 2 litres! What a bargain this was, so I purchased 5 bottles knowing that all 5 would cost me less than £1. Four of the bottles were Apple and Blackcurrant, with sweetener.
The bottles are not easy to mistake as of course it has that rather not so appealing basics range sticker just plain old white with orange writing, and Sainsburys basics written on it. You could wrap a top brand sticker around it though and pour a glass for somebody and they probably wouldn't know any different.
I wasn't expecting alot of taste with this squash to be honest, being the shops basics range I don't suppose any of us expect alot but I was actually quite surprised when I had a cold glass of this. I could actually taste fruity flavours. More so the blackcurrant than apple, but yes there was actually a fruity and sweet taste. I don't find that I have to use more of this in the glass before diluting it to actually have any taste either, I use just the same amount as I would with any top brand squash. It is also a treat when drank with lemonade, as I often do. It is a lovely pinky colour when mixed with either water or lemonade, and you would be able to recognise it surely as a blackcurrant squash if you had only seen it in the glass.
On the front of the bottle it says a 250ml glass provides
Total Sugars 0.1g
Sat Fat Trace
I will definitely continue to buy this squash, especially in this flavour. You can also buy lemon and orange which I havn't tasted yet. 18p is an absolute bargain for a bottle of tasty, fruity squash.
I like squash. When walking home from a hard day of work or studying, sometimes the thought of a large glass of cold squash is just about all that gets me back. Fresh fruit juice is obviously much better for you but as I would go through at least a carton a day and as a poor student this just is not feasible with costs.
I usually buy Robinson's squash as it is a well-known brand and I think I have been drawn in a little by the expensive marketing. For a change and a little pocket relief, I tried Sainsbury's Basics squash.
It is about a fifth of the price of the brand names. It does indeed taste a little more synthetic and to be honest not quite as nice as the more expensive versions, but there is still a definite blackcurrant and apple fruity flavour. The 1 litre bottle tended to last (just me) about two weeks and I tended to alternate it with a more expensive squash.
I have however tried the lemon version of Sainsbury's basics squash and can quite thoroughly recommend it as it is highly refreshing and very lemony.
You do get what you pay for in squash but it is definitely very good value as something to have in the cupboard in case you get fed up of water or have children visiting.
A fruity juice. Only 18p.
In another adittion to the Sainsbury's Basics Range is Apple & Blackcurrant Squash.
This squash has a great fruity flavour and we love it in our family. You can have it with water or add it to some lemonade for a fizzy fantanstic.
You obviously get this fruity drink in a sealed bottle, it has a plastic sleeve around it with the usual Sainsbury's Basics designed packaging. It tells you all of the ingreidants and nutritional information.
Its rather low calories aswell! It only has 2 calories per 250ml glass. Thats better than the Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself juice!
In the juice you can taste the apple and balckcurrant flavours and it give a nice pinky colour to your water or as said lemonade.
Overall this is a great juice drink which will suit any budgets. Its cheap at 18p for 1 Litre, so you cannot complain!
Information from Sainsbury's Webisite:
A 250ml glass provides... cal 2, fat trace, sat fat trace, salt 0.1g, total sugars 0.1g.
Water, Fruit Juice From Concentrate (2.5%) (Apple (2%), Blackcurrant (0.5%)), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate, Natural Flavourings, Natural Colour: Anthocyanins, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite, Malic Acid, Sweetener: Sucralose.
Having been a huge consumer of brand name fizzy drinks for far too many years to remember, Mrs. CFC introduced me to the joys of Apple & Blackcurrant squash, as a cheaper alternative to my usual seriously chemically enhanced, over-priced thirst quenchers. Well to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement, as I am now nearly off consuming those fizzy colas which I adored for years. So on a recent visit to my local Sainsbury's I spotted their "basics Apple & Blackcurrant Squash" and although I usually drink another supermarket's version, I thought I would give their version a try.
Sainsbury's basics Apple & Blackcurrant Squash comes in a transparent 1 Litre bottle which is sort of square in shape and has ridges just below the neck to aide you in gripping the bottle. It has a standard screw top lid and has a plain plastic label which runs around the outside of the bottle. On opposing sides of the bottle, the label has the name of the product and also highlights that it is suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans as well as having no added sugar. On one of the other sides of the bottle it has the quality checked information which Sainsbury's place on all their own brand products and on the other side is the nutritional information, ingredients and directions on how to serve, along with an allergy warning that it contains Sulphites.
Although the labelling is plain and pretty boring, it is also very well laid out and extremely easy to locate any information you want. The label also has the best before date printed on it, and mine said that it was okay till March 2007, which in my opinion is a pretty decent length of time, although I doubt that my bottle will still be around in 7 days time.
How to Serve
According to the information supplied on the bottle it recommends diluting 1 part squash with 4 parts water, but to add more water if this is for toddlers. To be honest how you make it depends on how strong you like your drink and as I like mine reasonably strong I usually use 1 part squash to 3 parts water or until it looks the right colour.
Look, Smell & Taste
Of course these three elements will differ on how much you dilute the squash with water as a weaker mix will of course not have the same look or smell as a stronger mix.
Okay, so once I have made my drink, it has a very rich red colour, slightly transparent but not to the extent where you can easily read things looking through it. In some ways it reminded me of a nice Rosé wine, but of course without the alcoholic content.
Now onto the smell, and to be honest it is quite hard to pick out a really strong smell of either Apple or Blackcurrant, although it does have a somewhat fruity smell to it. If I had to choose one or another I would say that I can get a whiff of blackcurrant more than I can smell apples. But with it only containing 2% actual fruit juice, I doubt that these smells arise from anything in the least bit natural.
Okay, so does it taste of Apple & Blackcurrant, well I get a taste of what appears to be blackcurrant but like with the smell, I cannot get any hint of apple at all. Although, there is definitely something else which is mixed in with the blackcurrant, to give it a different taste to just a blackcurrant squash. What is quite surprising is that although it does taste quite sweet it doesn't feel like it is coating your mouth and teeth in sugary syrup like numerous other drinks do. What is quite pleasant is that it leaves a nice after taste in your mouth for around half a minute then disappears leaving you with quite a fresh palette.
To be honest, I don't pay that much attention to the nutritional values placed on packaging but these are very clearly laid out on the packaging.
Typical Values Per 250ml serving (1 part squash, 4 parts water)
Energy - 11kJ / 3kcal
Protein - less than 0.3g
Carbohydrate - 0.2g
of which sugars - less than 0.1g
Fat - less than 0.1g
of which saturates - less than 0.1g
Fibre - less than 0.1g
Salt - 0.2g
of which sodium - less than 0.1g
Water, Fruit Juice from Concentrate (Apple(2%), Blackcurrant), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate; Flavourings, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Sweetners: Aspartame*, Sodium Saccharin; Colours: Sulphite Ammonia Caramel, Carmoisine, Green S.
* contains a source of Phenylalanine.
Price and availability
As this is a Sainsbury's own brand product you can only pick it up in Sainsbury's, although numerous other supermarkets do their own versions as well. You can but it in 1 Litre bottle for the great price of just 27p which I feel is great value. A bottle usually lasts me between 2 and 3 days as I make up big batches of the drink and keep in the fridge.
I have to admit that I now actually prefer drinking Apple & Blackcurrant squash, and no longer miss all those brand name fizzy drinks I used to consume, well done Mrs CFC. Although having now tried Sainsbury's version of the squash to another leading supermarkets version, I feel that Sainsbury's version just doesn't have the same taste as the other one did. It is still very nice and would be more than satisfactory if I only had a Sainsbury's nearby.