I have loved the taste of Diet Coke for as long as I can remember. I don't like full sugar drinks which I find too sweet and way to calorific, so I class diet cola as my 'sinful pleasure' as I know it's not the healthiest option. With so much controversy over recent years about the health cob earns surrounding the use if the artificial sweetener aspartame, I was concerned that my guilty pleasure might be adversely affecting my health not just by the caffeine content but also from the aspartame contained in my favourite Diet Coke brand. After a bit of research I found out that Sainsburys do not use aspartame in their diet drinks drinks and use only natural flavourings flavouringsand colouring, so thought I'd give it a try - also encouraged by the cost saving. Initially I wasn't as keen on the taste in comparison to my beloved Diet Coke, but after a few weeks I found that it was growing on me and now I find it just as pleasant as Diet Coke and infinitely nicer than Diet Pepsi. Sainsburys Classic Diet Coke is is now a firm favourite along with their standard 'Diet Cola' which is as good and even less expensive!! Classic Diet Coke comes in a 2 litre bottle priced at 95p Standard Diet Cola comes in 8 x 330ml for £1.99, 2 litre for 60p and 4 x 2 litre for £1.99 I would recommend Sainsburys Diet Cola drinks to anyone looking for an aspartame free diet cola which still tastes good.
I drink diet coke all day long, the first thing in the morning and last thing at night which can seriously get a bit on the pricey side! Recession and all that it was time to tighten my belt and go looking for the cheaper versions supermarkets had to offer. I spotted the 'Sainsbury's Classic Diet cola' in my local Sainsburys for 87p for a 2 litre bottle. It wasn't substantial enough considering you could ideally get bottles of the original diet cola for a couple of pennys extra if you look around, I just bought it out of pure curiousity as I find the original taste very hard to master, and other brands don't even come close. You can't buy this particular drink in cans anymore just plastic 2 litre bottles. It has the same silver foil design as diet coke but a lot more basic and just has 'Classic Diet cola' printed in red. It is slightly more fattening than the original as a 250ml serving contains 3 calories instead of just 1, so drinking in excessive amounts it is a bit of a difference. It only has natural colours and flavours which is a bonus and you have to keep refrigerated and consumed within 3 days of opening. I didn't exactly have high hopes for the taste but it actual captures the distinctive taste really well. If you don't drink diet coke much you wouldn't really notice a difference at all! It tastes a little bit 'fruiter' and a bit more bland but nothing to complain about and I'm a complete supermarket soda snob! What suprised me aswell was how fizzy it was and managed to keep it's fizz without going flat like other brands. I've tried a lot of other dupes that have made me wanna gag but this is actually the best one I've tried and I'd give it an 8/10 taste wise. You really recognise you're drinking 'diet coke' unlike others that taste of virtually fizzy nothing. I'm really impressed with Sainsbury's diet cola dupe but I probably wouldn't purchase again due to the price. It seems cheeky that they can price their own brand at nearly 90p when if you search around for offers on the original you could get a 2 litre bottle for around £1.10 the difference in price is not substantial enough and seems like a rip-off. but it's a very refreshing drink and definitely bearable, if it was around the 40p mark I'd replace it. If you're serious about saving a few pence I'd definitely recommend it as I think it's nice but the original is a little bit better and tasteful. I think it'd be good for childrens parties and stuff but for the most part splash out a few extra for the original. You can purchase from all Sainsburys stores and Sainsbury's stores only for around 87p depending on your area.
For me personally, sainsbury's classic diet cola is the best substitute on the market for diet coke/diet pepsi. I always prefer diet colas as they don't have the cloying taste that 'fat cokes' have, from all the sugar. But, I don't think anyone in the current financial climate can justify the prices you pay for the top cola brands these days. What makes the classic cola a good substitute is several things. It has a great refreshing taste, which personally I can't differentiate from the popular brands. I'd say it's more like pepsi than coca-cola which I prefer. It keeps it's fizz really well, which is important in a carbonated drink! I don't want to open a 2 litre bottle and find it having gone flat when I pour a glass the next day. And lastly the price. Very reasonable for an own brand replica. This isn't their basics cola, (which I haven't tried, so can't comment on.) It's their high end version of the real thing. I used to buy sainsburys diet classic cola all the time, and it's still brilliant value, particularly if you buy the 4 pack of two litre bottles. This costs £2.73 working out to 68p a bottle. I now often buy the tesco version which doesn't taste as nice as sainsburys but is cheaper at 42p a bottle. Very highly recommended to any lovers of diet coke and diet pepsi!