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      25.07.2011 09:01
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      A decent quality squash

      For a grown man, I drink an inordinate amount of squash and often have as many cold drinks as hot drinks, especially in the summer months.

      Lately I have been buying the Basics/Value ranges from any of the major multiples, seduced by prices as cheap as 28p for a 750ml bottle. Last week, as my wife was heading out of the door to go to the shops, I shouted after her to get some squash. I figured that although she doesn't drink much squash herself, she would be aware of what I normally buy. However, she came home from Sainsburys's with 2 x 1.5 litres of Double Strength squash, one of the bottles being this Orange and Mango flavour. The other is Apple and Blackcurrant but since I haven't opened it yet this review will be on the Orange and Mango.

      I actually quite like Mango and since it was (and still is) on offer at two bottles for £2.50, I have kind of forgiven her and after just a few days the bottle is half drunk.

      It comes in a massive chunky fat plastic bottle not dissimilar to many other squashes and it carries prominent wording on the wrap around paper label on the front advising me that there is no added sugar and that it contains 20% fruit. That seemed quite a high proportion to me and I checked with the other cheapo squash I had in the cupboard which was Asda's Lemon and that only has 10% fruit so that seems to confirm the Double Strength tag.

      Back to the Sainsburys's Orange and Mango. Of the 20% fruit, 16% is orange and 4% mango, so no guesses required as to which is the dominant taste. That said, the Mango does fight above its weight. It adds a lovely smooth taste with a nice sweetness and to me at least seems to counteract that chemical taste that squashes often leave.

      Of course, being double strength you only have to use half the amount you might normally use, but like most people I don't measure out 1 part squash to 9 of water. I just glug it out of the bottle to what seems like a decent level and fill up the glass. It is quite strong though and you don't need much concentrate to get a strong tasting drink and since it was more expensive than I normally buy I am definitely trying to use less.

      Even on offer, it's well over twice what I normally pay, but I would buy it again as you can definitely tell the difference.

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        30.01.2011 13:17
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        Great tasting squash from Sainsburys!

        A nice drink of squash when your hot and thirsty always helps to cool down and refresh me. Double strength squash has only been around for the last couple of years, and is mainly found in the supermarkets own brand ranges. Personally, I think it is an excellent idea as it saves on packaging and it also means one bottle will a lot longer.

        The bottle I have is the 750ml Apple and Blackcurrant No Added Sugar squash. It comes in a green bottle with the writing in a lighter shade of green. The concentrated squash is a dark purple in colour, which represents the blackcurrants that are in it. It says on the front that each bottle contains 20% fruit juices, which for an own brand product is very good. This bottle cost me 92p the other day, which I think is very good for what it is.

        When I make this up, I tend to 1 part squash to at least 10 parts water. You don't need to use much per serving due to the concentration, which is very good as I find a bottle will last a long time. On dilution, the drink retains the purple colour, but it is a bit more translucent than the concentrate. The flavour matches the description as when you smell the concentrate, there is a definite smell of apples and blackcurrants. On tasting the squash, it has a nice slightly sweet flavour that does taste more like blackcurrants than apples. As our water tastes a bit strange, I find that this squash makes it taste a lot nicer and as it is no added sugar I don't need to worry so much about it rotting my teeth.

        They do this in other flavours, such as Apple & Strawberry, Apple, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Lime, Orange & Mango, Tropical, Strawberry Raspberry & Cherry and Summerfruits. The range is huge for an own brand product and they can be bought in 750ml, 1.5l and 3l bottles to suit all budgets and needs. I am definitely going to buy this squash again, maybe a different flavour though, as it is very nice and it is drinkable all day without becoming too sweet or sickly. Certainly one to recommend, however I am only going to give it 4/5 as when the bottle gets low, you can see where the concentrate has stained some parts of the plastic and if it can stain the bottle then I don't want to know what it does to my insides!

        Thanks for reading my review.

        This review may also appear on my blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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          26.08.2010 18:11
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          fab taste that saves money and space in the cupboard

          I get bored very easily of the taste of water and am tryig to drink far less coffee and tea, so drink a fair amount of squash. This means buying a few bottles a month, so I thought I would try this and see if it cut down my amount.

          PACKAGE AND COST
          The bottle is clear plastic with different colour lids depending on the flavour you choose. Mine is a 1.5litre bottle, but I believe there are smaller options avaliable and this gives about 60 serves. For this you pay just £1.49 or even better buy two for £2.50.
          The bottle itself is apparently made from at least 25% recycled plastic, more would be nice but you have to start somewhere.
          The labels are pretty standard which ever flavour you choose, wrap around and stick plastic.

          INSTRUCTIONS AND NUTRTION ETC
          The small circle of nutrition is their which gives your the basic values for a 250ml glass = a trace of fat and salt, 0.4g sugar and cal 4.
          Clearly stated is that the product contains no added sugar, they use sweetner with sucralose and it clearly informs of which sugars are in there, plus only use natural flavours and colours.
          My flavour was 20% fruit = 16% orange and 4% mango.
          Allergy advice is for sulphites and the squash is suitable for veggies and vegans.
          To make the bottle says use 1 part squash to 9 part water, helpfully it says this should be less when giving to a toddler. I had never even thought about that, not having children.
          Another nice note is a little picture type piece which shows how much more eco and customer friendly the product is, as is less space, less bottle, less money etc.

          SO WHAT DO I THINK
          The flavour I choose to start with was the orange and mango flavour. The colour was definate orange as you would expect, but looked to have substance and not wishy washy.
          The orange came through nicely but their was a slightly more overpowering side of the mango, which suprised me as it was less in the product. I did like this though as orange is quite a standard flavour you get anywhere. The taste did last with you quite a while too which was good as you felt like you had a proper drink. If you forget occasionally that it is double strength, you certainly know on drinking! It holds up to it's promises and I quite often water mine down even more.
          The product is certainly worth the money and the variety of flavours are reasonable, buying two at a time saves money and you can swap between flavours so you don't get bored :)

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            08.06.2010 00:05
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            I use mine in ice lollie moulds and the grandchildren love them.

            Sainsbury's Double Strenth Squash.




            Well having seven grandchildren i tend to get through a large amount of squash, especially in the hot months. I also use this to make home made ice lollies, and it tends to set really well giving a whole lot to flavour to their lollies.

            This comes in a variety of flavours, and the one that my grandchildren and myself tend to drink the most of is the Summer Fruits variety.

            When you pur this out you really only have to put a small amount into a glass or plastic feeder cup or bottle depending on whose drinking it, it tastes lovely and the colour looks good too.

            Being a concentrated squash, you find that a little goes a long way and a bottle containing 60 plus servings, thats a 1.5 litre bottle goes around a long way.

            I tend to buy this because it has more servings per bottle, so it lasts a lot longer.
            It uses less packaging, so therefore less waste.
            Because it is a smaller, shorter and fatter bottle it takes up less space.
            That means that the transportation on the roads is less because they can pack more bottles in their lorries on route. And last but no means least it saves you money as it is better value for money. Costing 89pence in Sainsbury's it really is a real time saver.

            The fruit contained in this juice is only 10 percent, but it does contain a really nice tasting mixture, you get a hint of fresh strawberries, and also i can taste raspberries in this mixture, and the children and grandchildren love it. I enjoy a glass now and again too.

            cals 2. trace of fat. total sugars 0.2gs. trace of salt. only natural colours and flavours are used in this squash.

            Store in a cool dry place, out of sunlight. I keep mine in the fridge.
            Give the bottle a little shake before you pour it out, suggested dilution is 1 part with 9 parts water, cant be bad.
            If using for toddlers use bit more water. This is double strenth after all.

            The bottle and cap are widely recycled.

            Well i definetely recommend this squash as a real money saver in my household.

            Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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              27.01.2010 17:41
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              Fab squash

              I get through heaps of squash.. while I don't mind drinking plain water in the summer when it is warmer, I just don't fancy it when the weather is colder. I am conscious however than when I don't drink enough I do start feeling a bit rubbish and often get headaches. My way of dealing with this is to drink squash drinks.

              As I do get through quite a lot of the stuff I tend to stay away from the pricey leading brands like Robinson and instead buy the supermarket own branded squashes. I have found that most taste great and are considerably cheaper. This way I can glug away to my heart's content without being penny conscious.

              Recently I decided to give Sainsbury's offering a go. I searched the shelf and decided to go for their double strength Strawberry, Raspberry and Cherry Squash. The idea that it was double strength really appealed to me as I have limited cupboard space in my small kitchen and this meant I was only adding a small 750ml bottle to the clutter opposed to a bottle twice the size.

              I thought that the combination of flavours sounded delicious and I tend to prefer the berry varieties rather than the traditional orange. A 750ml bottle cost a very reasonable 89p and I would say this would probably last me around 10 days so I think this is incredibly reasonable.

              I was very happy with this squash, the flavour was very pleasant and as a drink it was incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching. It meant that I drank enought fluid in the day without it feeling like a chore. I think that Sainsbury's have produced a good quality squash that rivals the leading brands in terms of quality and flavour.

              I'm just not completely sure that it was double strength, I'm not sure that I used half the quantity I would have normally used and I think that if I had it would have produced a weak drink somewhat lacking in flavour. Overall however this is a good quality product with a great affordable price tag.

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                13.01.2010 17:26
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                I will buy it again!

                We bought squash in Sainsbury's for a change and we went for their equivalent of what we normally buy from Asda and it was their version of double strength squash which was on offer so a pretty good price. We bought an orange and an orange and mango bottle.
                The fact that it is double strength means that you need to use half as much as with normal strength squash, this means the bottle lasts twice as long, it ends up being better value and uses less packaging.
                The taste was good too. The Orange is just tasty orange squash without being too sweet and sickly and the Orange and Mango version was something different that we both enjoyed. It had a tropical edge which made it feel like a treat.
                I will definitely buy it again and to be honest I think I would go out of my way to visit Sainsbury's rather than Asda just to have the Orange and Mango again!
                Squash doesn't have to be just for kids so why not give it a try as a way to boost your daily water intake.

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                29.12.2009 08:54
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                Highly recommended!

                Having run out of squash on Christmas Eve we hot footed it down to our local Sainsburys store to grab some more in time for the big day. It was near closing time and was absolutely manic. A lot of the shelves were empty and the things they did still have for sale were being fought over. It was stressful to say the least! Obviously due to this fact we wanted to be quick and so when our 'normal' brand of squash was nowhere to be seen my other half suggested that we give the Sainsburys own a try. We have been trying to 'down shift' our supermarket shopping recently with a baby on the way and so I was happy to give it a try.

                The bottle we chose was the Sainsburys Double Strength Squash. The squash comes in a 1.5l bottle for just £1.46. The idea of the double strength is that it should (in theory) last twice as long. The idea of this is a good one as the amount of packaging used is minimal, perhaps more companies should try this. Although we haven't reached the end of our bottle yet, this seems to be working as less squash is needed for a drink.

                The squash itself (the important bit!) is nice. It is most different to our usual brand, and you do have to adjust yourself to how much squash you are pouring into your glass else the juice is too strong (not nice and bad for your teeth!). It is not too artificial tasting or 'sherbert-y' at all.

                I will be buying this squash again as I think that it is just as good as our usual brand, although we have noticed a change it hasn't been for the worse. The price is reasonable and at the moment there is a 2 for £2.50 deal on these. I also like the fact that the packaging is minimal.

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                17.12.2009 15:22
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                Remember to recycle the bottle!

                I have recently have been trying to reduce the amount of Tea and Coffee I drink as I am suffering terrible with insomnia so I have started to drink more squash. I usually pick up the 2 litre bottles of Robinsons from my local Iceland for £2.00 but last Sunday I had completely run out and the nearest place I could get to was Sainsburys as we were out shopping in our local retail park.

                I had read a few reviews recently on Sainburys double strength juice and when I saw it I thought I would give it a go. I picked up 2 bottles of Apple and Blackcurrant at 86p each. I was a bit worried as I was paying for them as the bottles were so small at 750ml that it wouldn't last long. Scarlet baby has started to drink only juice as she has gone off water recently so with both of us drinking it I was real worried.

                The bottle for the juice is only about 20cms high and about the same width as a normal bottle. It is clear so tyou can see the purple juice on the inside with a blue lid. The label is green with a blue strip advising no added sugar on the top. On the label it advises so much information about containing 20% of fruit and only natural colours and flavours. And that is just the front of the bottle.

                Helpfully on a per chart at the front also it advises you of the nutritional information per 250ml glass which is -
                * Calories - 3
                * Fat - Trace
                * Salt - Trace
                * Sat Fat - Trace
                * Total Sugars - 0.5g
                On the back of the bottle it provides the rest of the information which is per 100ml -
                * Energy - 6kj (1kcal)
                * Protien - Trace
                * Carbohydrate - 0.2g
                Of which Sugars - 0.2g
                * Fat - Trace
                Of which Saturates - Trace
                * Fibre - Trace
                * Salt - Trace
                Of which Sodium - Trace

                Sainsburys also advise on the bottle that you only have to put half as much as normal in the glass to achieve the same results. The benefits they advise are more serving per bottle, less packaging which means less waste, takes up less space in the cupboard which I agree with, fewer lorries on the road to reduce carbon emissions and better value for money.

                Well with those benefits and the reviews that I have read how could I not give it a try. Now the ultimate test would be the taste. As soon as I got home I tried it out. Twisting off the lid I could smell the juice straight away. It reminded me of cordiel that you get in the pubs which is used to dilute alochol. I quite like it so I had a feeling I was going to like this one.

                I put half the normal amount in my glass as stated and switched the tap on. The colour of the juice was still a lovely purple colour and didn't look at all weak as I feared it may be. So the taste test. I was really surprised at how lovely the taste was. I am a bit fussy when it comes to squash as I don't like it weak or strong but this one just hit the spot and was lovely.

                It just had the right amount of taste of both the Apple's and Blackcurrent which I found so refreshing. Adding it to a bit of Strongbow aswell is just as nice. I have even tried it out on Nikki when she came for a visit. As she doesn't drink Tea or Coffee I always ensure I have squash in the house for her and this has recieved her seal of approval.

                Even baby Scarlet likes it. With Scarlets bottle all I need to do is put a drop in and it tastes just as nice to her as robinsons. I was glad that she liked it because she can be a fussy monkey but I don't think she even noticed.

                And as for the worrying that it wouldn't last, I opened the bottle on Sunday and we are not even a quater down the bottle yet. The only thing I will advise is to make sure you do only put half the amount in because I forgot the other day and was almost sick from the strength. Plus as our nearest Sainsburys is over 50 miles away I will have to ensure I stock up on this.

                At 86p you just can't go wrong.

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                  05.12.2009 05:04
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                  Great value for money and delicious squash from Asda

                  Imagine my surprise when my partner came home with two small cute dinky little bottles of Asda double-strength pear and blackberry squash. Initially I didn't realize that it was double-strength and proceeded to ask why he only bought small bottles and he went on to explain.

                  The squash comes in a 1.5 litre bottle and is Asda's own brand. It also contains no artifical colours or flavours and contains sweeteners and vitamin C. Squash also contains antioxidants which help protect against cancer-causing agensts so it's naturally quite good for you anyway.

                  I was curious straight away and within about ten minutes of him bringing the squash home I couldn't resist and had to try it, just to see if it really is double-strength. At first, I used as close to half the amount of what I would usually use as accurately as I could. I was actually expecting the squash to taste a little bit weaker than it normally would, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually tasted considerably stronger. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it's probably significantly stronger than double-strength which is even better, as it's going to save more money in the long run.

                  Considering that the squash comes as the normal price of a 2 litre bottle yet contains 1.5 litres in volume, it seems that you literally will get more than double the amount from these cool little bottles. It doesn't taste watery and to be honest, I probably find it a lot tastier than normal squash and we have continued to buy it ever since.

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                    21.11.2009 13:13
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                    Good value and great as a mixer

                    I'm rather partial to vodka, lime and lemonade so it was with delight that I spotted lime squash (or cordial) on special offer in Sainsbury's this week. Sainsbury's recently(ish) introduced 'double strength' squashes, claiming that this means less packaging, fewer lorries on the road and better value for money - but does it?

                    The lime juice comes in a typical rectangular plastic bottle with fairly plain green packaging and the slightly tinted green squash visible inside. It has to be said that, on adding water to my dash of lime squash (for my non-alcoholic beverage version) this lime squash tastes like most lime squashes - vaguely of lime but a quite synthetic version of lime really. I'd also say that this lime squash is considerably sweeter than that, say, of Rose's lime cordial, which is a negative for me as I like the more usual tart flavour of other lime squashes - Sainsbury's claim their lime squash is sugar free, so it must have quite a lot of sweetener added. On the plus side, they claim the squash is made using only 'natural colours and flavours', 20% real fruit and doesn't contain any benzoate preservatives.

                    For my alcoholic drink, I add a large dash of the lime cordial to a generous splash of vodka, and then top up the glass with lemonade. This version I do like to taste sweet so this lime squash works perfectly with the other components for an excellent long, thirst-quenching, weekend drink, perfect for a night in with friends.

                    I personally do not think that this juice is 'double strength', although it is definitely stronger than normal lime squash - I'd say I use about three-quarters of a normal dash to make the right strength squash with this Sainsbury's version, so it is probably saving some plastic and transport-pollution, but not as much as they're stating. The bottle is also made of 25% recycled plastic, and is 100% recyclable after you're finished with it, which is great.

                    In summary, although this lime squash is sweeter than I would prefer when mixed as a squash, it's still passable and it tastes great with vodka and lemonade. On offer at two 1.5l bottles for £2.50 I would recommend it for use as a mixer and to those who prefer their lime juice a little sweeter than average.

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                      23.10.2009 18:57
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                      A great product, tasty and not too expensive.

                      Review of Sainsbury's Double Strength Squash

                      ==The Product==

                      This is a fruit squash, a drink designed to be diluted in water from the own label range of Sainsburys supermarket.



                      The squash is made with sweetener, Sucralose, and it contains only natural colours & flavors
                      The squash is available in several flavors, Apple, lemon and pineapple, apple and blackcurrant, orange and mango, orange, blackcurrant and summer fruits.
                      The squash comes in two sizes, 750ml (87p)and 1.5lt (£1.43)

                      My review will be based on the Apple squash.

                      I have to say that I don't usually buy fruit squashes or other soft drinks as I only usually drink coffee or water. However, over the last few weeks I have been caring for my mother as she recovers from a major illness, part of her recovery has been centred around keeping her drinking, as dehydration is a real risk for elderly people who have kidney disease.

                      As my mother finds water 'boring' and carbonated drinks do not suit her digestion, I decided to buy in a variety of fruit juices and squashes for her to make a change from hot beverages. This Sainsbury's double strength squash has fast become a firm favourite.

                      The squash is presented in a squat, square shaped recyclable plastic bottle. It is easy to store and the clear plastic bottle incorporates ridges down the sides of the bottle for easy grip when pouring. The label is simple, the apple version is basically green in colour with images of apples running along the bottom of the label, the Sainsbury's logo, a nutrition wheel and basic ingredient information wheel are on the front. The full ingredient and nutrition lists can be found on the back of the bottle and the storage, mixing and serving advice is on the sides.

                      The squash should be served diluted at the ratio of one part squash to nine parts water for adults and children, if serving to toddlers, Sainsbury's suggest a weaker dilution.

                      When served as suggested, the squash is a pale brown colour, virtually the same as fresh apple juice. The drink smells apple-y and looks very tempting. The taste is sweet at first with a pleasant sharpness in the after taste. Whilst it is sweet, it is not sickly or artificial the way some squashes can be. I would definitely know that this was an apple squash if I had to take a blindfold test! The drink is very refreshing and thirst quenching, I can imagine a glass of this on a hot summer's day would go down a treat!

                      My mother is enjoying her Apple squash and I have no problem in getting her to drink it, whereas she finds some other brands are not as pleasant to the palate. As I stated earlier in the review, I do not usually have this type of drink personally, however I have found myself drinking this squash as it really is a very pleasant drink, low in calories and refreshing. I have also given the squash to my grandchildren, 10 and 2 years old respectively and both girls seemed to enjoy it.




                      ==Ingredients and Nutritional Values==

                      Water, Apple Juice from Concentrate (20%), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Flavourings, Malic Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Extract, Preservatives, (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Sweetener (Sucralose), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid).

                      Nutrition per 100ml (diluted 1 part with 9 parts water)

                      Energy - 2 Calories,Protein - Trace, Carbohydrate - 0.2g, Fat - Trace, Fibre - Trace, Sodium - Trace

                      Dietary advice, the product contains sulphites and naturally occurring sugars. The product should be avoided by consumers sensitive to these.



                      ==Availability and Price==

                      Available from Sainsbury's supermarkets or online from www.sainsburys.com.
                      The price is in the region of 87p for the 750 ml size and £1.43 for the larger 1.5l bottle.



                      ==My Thoughts and Conclusion==

                      Whilst in my opinion, water is the best drink for quenching thirst and rehydrating your body, this squash is a very pleasant drink. It is double strength which means that the highly concentrated squash is economical in use and takes up less storage space in the cupboard. We have tried several of the flavors available and I would say that the apple variety is the best so far. If you want a pleasing drink with no artificial colours or flavors, do give this a try.

                      In short, highly recommended!


                      Thank you for reading

                      ©brittle1906 October 2009

                      NB My reviews may be found on other review sites, under the same user name, brittle1906.

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                        11.10.2009 20:06
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                        A tasty squash that lasts for ages

                        After about 5 months now I've just finished my bottle of Sainsburys Summer Fruits Squash.

                        I love Summer Fruits squash so when I seen a 3 litre bottle of Sainsburys Double Strength Summer Fruits Squash for about £2.57 I had to give it a try. I figured if it was double strength it would in effect work out as a 6 litre bottle of squash making it excellent value for money.

                        The squash comes in a large see through plastic bottle with a blue screw off cap. Theres a green sticker around it with a blue banner at the top telling us 'No Added Sugar'. It clearly says Sainsburys Double Strength Summer Fruits Squash and the bottom of the sticker is decorated in fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and apples. We are told that the squash contains 20% Fruit and only natural colours and flavours.

                        A 250ml glass of this squash contains;
                        4 calories
                        fat trace
                        sat fat trace
                        salt trace
                        0.5g total sugars

                        The bottle claims it can provide 120+ servings due to it's new double strength and I totally agree, not that I've counted every glass I've made but it's definitely made a load and been used as a mixer on a drunken night out too!

                        The squash itself is a deep pinky colour and smells extremely sweet and fruity, it's mostly strawberries I can smell.

                        Mixing it up with the water you really do only need a small amount, the drink may look like it's too weak and thin but it holds alot of refreshing flavour. It's very fruity, tasty and sweet and a little goes along way. Many times I've had to add more water as I've thought it looks too weak and watery when in fact it's beautifully fruity and sweet. If I put too much in though it's way too sweet, sugary and a little sickly and not all that enjoyable to drink so a minimal amount should be used at any one time. The dominant flavour in the drink is strawberries but it seems to be balanced out by others although I can't pick what, it's definitely berrylicious and also has that apple and blackcurrant taste too.

                        I'd recommend this to absolutely anybody and I am definitely going to try out the other flavours that are offered as this bottle was brilliant value for money. It's lasted me months now and provided many a drink for myself and others with no complaints and in fact many compliments as to how refreshingly fruity and tasty it was too.

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                        I recommend it, especially our favourites.

                        We tried several squashes and finally we became addict to Sainsbury's double strength squashes. We buy three of them most often: apple, apple & black currant and orange & mango squash.


                        Price and where to buy

                        These squashes are available in Sainsbury's. :) Almost all the times it is on offer. Last time two bottles (1,5 l) were for 2.5 pounds, now one bottle is for 1 pound. The normal price of one bottle is 1.46 pounds.


                        Advantages

                        - These squashes don't contain added sugar. It is sweetened with sucralose and no other artificial sweetener.
                        - They used only natural colours and flavours.
                        - It doesn't contain any benzoate preservatives.
                        - They are really strong, so you just have to put very little in your glass and tastes great.
                        - It has really fruity taste although it contains only 20% fruit. There are squashes where the taste is more artificial than fruity. I don't like for example their orange squash, but the orange and mango tastes grate.
                        - One bottle is for 60+ servings.
                        - All of their squashes are vegetarian and vegan. I think this is a very basic thing we require from a squash.
                        - It is low in calories.


                        Disadvantages

                        - It contains stabiliser and preservatives (sulphites).
                        - It is sweetened with sucralose, which is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, also known as E955. It is about 600 times as sweet as table sugar.


                        I'm reviewing only the three we most often buy. We also liked summer fruits and orange, lemon & pineapple.


                        Orange & Mango squash

                        First you see its rich yellow colour. I really like it, makes me drink more desirable. When you drink it, first you feel the orange then the sweet and delicious taste of mango. This is our favourite.

                        Ingredients: Water, Orange Comminute From Concentrate (16%), Mango Purée (4%), Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Sodium citrate; Malic Acid, Stabiliser: Carboxymethylcellulose; Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Sweetener: Sucralose; Natural Colour: Beta-carotene.


                        Nutrition information:

                        Energy: 1kcal/100 g; 4kcal/250 ml serving
                        Protein: trace
                        Carbohydrate: 0.2g/200 g; 0.4g/250 ml serving
                        Sugars: 0.2g/100 g; 0.4g/250 ml serving
                        Fat: trace
                        Saturates: trace
                        Fibre: trace
                        Salt: trace
                        Sodium: trace


                        Apple squash

                        This is our second favourite. It has very nice honey-like colour while it is in the bottle and it becomes almost transparent when you add the water to it. It has really good taste as well. You can really feel the apple in it.

                        Ingredients: Water, Apple Juice From Concentrate (20%; Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator: Sodium citrate; Natural Flavourings, Malic Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Extract, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Sweetener: Sucralose; Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid.


                        Nutrition information:

                        Energy: 2kcal/100 g; 5kcal/250 ml serving
                        Protein: trace
                        Carbohydrate: 0.2g/200 g; 0.5g/250 ml serving
                        Sugars: 0.2g/100 g; 0.5g/250 ml serving
                        Fat: trace
                        Saturates: trace
                        Fibre: trace
                        Salt: trace
                        Sodium: trace


                        Apple & blackcurrant squash

                        This is our third favourite. It is as dark as a red wine and tastes great as well. You can feel the savoury sour taste of black currant. The black currant dominates the squash both in colour and taste.

                        Ingredients: Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrate (Apple (18%), Blackcurrant (2%)), Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Sodium citrate; Natural Colour: Anthocyanins; Malic Acid, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Sweetener: Sucralose.


                        Nutrition information:

                        Energy: 1kcal/100 g; 3kcal/250 ml serving
                        Protein: trace
                        Carbohydrate: 0.2g/200 g; 0.5g/250 ml serving
                        Sugars: 0.2g/100 g; 0.5g/250 ml serving
                        Fat: trace
                        Saturates: trace
                        Fibre: trace
                        Salt: trace
                        Sodium: trace


                        Manufacturer:

                        Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd.
                        33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HT
                        Customer services 0800 636262


                        Packaging:

                        APET bottle
                        LDPE cap
                        PP label


                        Summary:

                        These squashes are healthier than usual fizzy drinks. They taste great (at least the three I reviewed). They are double strength (1 part squash and 9 part water) so it is really economical. One bottle contains 1.5 litre squash which is enough for at least 60 servings. They contain 20% fruit and are sweetened with sucralose.

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                          12.05.2009 00:40
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                          I'm happy to keep refilling my glass. It's simple squash that lasts longer.

                          Sainsbury's Double Strength squash claims that it contains no added sugar, uses only natural colours and flavours and that it contains 20% fruit.

                          It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans (I'd worry if squash wasn't vegetarian!) but there's an allergy warning as it contains sulphites.

                          I'm reviewing the summerfruits flavour but Sainsbury's also make the following flavours:
                          Apple & blackcurrant
                          Apple & strawberry
                          Apple
                          Blackcurrant
                          Lemon
                          Lime
                          Orange & mango
                          Orange
                          Orange, lemon & pineapple
                          Strawberry, raspberry & cherry
                          Summerfruits
                          Tropical

                          I bought a 1.5 litre bottle for £1.46 and at the moment there's an offer of two 1.5 litres for £1.50. These bottles claim to make 60+ glasses. You can also buy 3 litres for £2.88 and 750ml for 87p.

                          There are 'basics' flavours too (Summerfruits, orange and apple & blackcurrant) for around 50p for a 1.5 litre bottle.

                          Ingredients:
                          Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrate (20%) (Apple (18%), Strawberry (1.0%), Raspberry (1.0%)), Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Natural Colour: Anthocyanins, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite, Sweetener: Sucralose.

                          Nutritional information:
                          (per 100ml)
                          Energy 7 kJ/2 kcal
                          Protein trace
                          Carbohydrate 0.2g
                          (of which sugars) 0.2g
                          Fat trace
                          Fibre trace
                          Salt trace

                          Ok, that's all the information out of the way, now onto actually reviewing it!
                          The idea behind this product is that it saves you money, saves on packaging and lasts longer. I'm a big squash drinker; I drink it all day long so I thought the idea was perfect for me. I've had my bottle for several weeks now and I'm not even halfway through it so it's definitely lasting well!
                          To start with I had a bit of difficulty judging the amount to use as I'm used to just sloshing it in but now I make sure it's not too strong.
                          It tastes just like you'd expect summerfruits squash to taste - it's quite sweet, a bit fruity and refreshing. There's no aftertaste.
                          Overall, it's a great product; it does exactly what it says on the label!

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