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When you think of orange soda you think of fanta and tango, and as a niche product you think of orangina- one you'll probably miss is Sunkist, the product with no identity or brand position.
Sunkist has some of the best packaging design's I have seen in a soft drink, but I have never seen it advertised in a magazine, or on TV.
I think it tastes better than fanta, but not as good as tango orange- it's a more subtle taste, but a genuine taste, compared to the heavy hitting synthetic taste of tango. Ok more about the taste, it's smooth and not as fizzy as most orange sodas, so instead of a sharp initial sip you get a more welcoming taste of friendly orange soda, it's a good drink to sip at in the summer, or with food, but not really a thirst quencher.
Your only issue will be trying to find a can- try the more obscure corner shops.
To be honest I have not seen Sunkist since I was young. We got it as a special treat when on a camping holiday to Newquay with my family. I think the cans were on offer in the supermarket and so my mum bought them for our holiday! It was strickly one can a day though!
This drink is an orange flavoured fizzy pop. Against the other orange flavour fizzy pop this tastes very fresh and natural and looks quite natural. It doesnt have that bright sickly colour that some have!
It has an amount of sugar in the drink so not the best to drink all the time but okay for a treat.
Fizziness wise it is not too bad and doesnt make you want to burp as much as some cans of pop!
These cans are a bit cheaper than some other drinks like Fanta but then it is not as popular a drink than Fanta so this is undrstandable.
I am not sure if this is widely available now but after being reminded of it again I will be hunting it out!
This is a nice drink which tastes natural but fun at the same time!
When it comes to being a bit different and buying some of the more obscure drinks out there one way to decide which ones to try is the packaging. One of the drinks that has a funky can is Sunkist which seems to have had the design created by some 1960's LSD aided hippies in tie dye shirts. Orange, yellow and blue are arranged in an almost psychedelic design that speaks of a time long gone and it'd be easy to think the flavour was hemp if you hadn't read the can properly (stating the drink is orange). What doesn't particularly make thinks any more normal is reading some of the details on the can. The products trademark holders are a company called Sunkist Growers, if ever a name suited a hemp loving company...though in Britain the drink is produced on behalf of the well known and respected Vimto soft drinks company. A company who's lead product (Vimto) is one of the finest soft drinks out there, with a brilliantly high quality taste, can this match up?
When the can is opened the no particularly strong smell hits you, the lack of an over powering stench may, in some peoples eyes make them think the drink will lack flavour, though in all honestly the drink has a crisp and delightful orange flavour. Not the fizziest but one of the smoothest tastes of canned drinks, a flavour that can quite accurately be described as tasting an awful lot like Tango (though not quite as sweet). Although there is a little bit of a bite to the flavour when you start to get a mouthful it's a playful bit more than an off putting or disgusting bite. It's one that really welcomes you and says "Hi, I'm Sunkist" rather than "go away, I don't want to be drunk", something cheaper Orange drinks seem to get wrong most the time. It's worth adding now that the can cost only 39p from B&M, a much better price than the 55p that some stockists sell Orange Tango cans at and that's probably the closest rival.
Although the price is cheap and the quality is high the products biggest problem may instead be the difficult in finding it. Having personally only seen it in B&M in recent years it may be that the drink is one of those hidden gems as opposed to anything else, and hidden gems are often too well hidden for their own good, though the fact that it's hard to find may be resulting in the price being kept down, no complaint from me on that front.
Although it looks like the result of some weird genetic experiment of cross breading an orange and hippy it needs to be said that the drink is a solid and very likeable one that's hard to fault at the price you can get it at.
Nutritional information (per 330ml can)
83 Calories (4% RDA)
20g Sugar (22% RDA)
Zero Fat (0% RDA)
Zero Saturates (0% RDA)
Trace Salt (<1% RDA)
Product contains Acesulfame K and Sodium Saccharin
It's in the warmer weather that I tend to drink more fizzy orange. Not really sure why, but Juice like Lilt, fanta and indeed Sunkist just seem a bit more summary.
You can get this in a 2litre bottle for around £1.60. although it is widely available, it isn't available as much as other Juice out there. I think Fanta is more the market leader in fizzy orange. You get this in 6 can multipacks as well, which cost about £2.60. Tesco had a buy one get one free offer on the cans recently, so we picked up a few packs of these and some different cans just for a little change to the Juice we take to work.
The tins and the labels look nice and bright. I think it gives the idea of sunshine and fresh oranges. You can smell the orange scent when this is opened, and it smells fresh and sunny. Makes the wife think of sitting in the sunshine abroad, and I think it conjours this image up as well.
Not the fizziest juice out there though and I wondered if this was flat, but I then remembered that this seems more a fruit juice with a little bit fizz mixed in. it is nice how it is anyway and if it was really fizzy then I don't think it would taste so natural, even though it isn't.
Per 100ml this has 44 calories. Haven't seen the diet version around much recently but obviously that has less in it.
A nice summery drink. Quite a strong orange tang, but this should take care of your thirst.
Sunkist is a fizzy orange drink that is produced by the Vimto Company. It is described as being an "orange flavoured soft drink with sugar and sweeteners".
Sunkist promises drinkers the taste of California.
As with alot of fizzy drinks, Sunkist comes in an aluminium tin can. The can differs from the one in the dooyoo picture. It is bright and noticable. The Sunkist logo is in big white letters with a blue border. The rest of the can goes for a summer theme with orange and yellow flower motifs.
The can has a ring pull lid. Other information on the can includes ingredients, nutrition and details of how to contact the company.
Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, natural flavouring, acidity regulator, sweeteners, preservative, stabiliser, antioxidant and colour.
A 330ml standard can contains :
*Availability and Price*
Sunkist isn't widely available though you may be able to pick it up in bargain stores. B&Ms charge 25p per can!
Fizzy orange juice is a drink I associate with Summertime. Something a bit different to Irn Bru and Coca Cola. Shopping in B&Ms today, I spotted Sunkist. I remember it from my childhood. I used to favour Fanta over Sunkist but over the years, I feel Fanta has changed and is no longer as refreshing. I picked up 2 cans of Sunkist and popped them in the fridge when I got home. Now I have a can perfectly chilled beside me.
The can is bright and attractive and certainly nicer than the plain orange offering that Fanta give us. Opening the can, there is a satisfying hiss of bubbles and the juice is certainly fizzy. I choose to drink mine out the can but for review purposes, I pour some into a cup and noticed it was quite pale compared to Fanta. Taste is the most important factor though.
Bring the can to my face, you catch a whiff of strong and sweet orange and most like cheap orangeade. The taste is quite orangey and overly sweet. The fizz goes really quickly so it is best to drink this quick. The taste isn't quite as intense as Fanta but provides a refreshing Summer drink all the same.
The one thing I am not keen on is the aftertaste which is incredibly sweet and kind of artificial.
At 20g sugar this is not healthy so consume in small amounts. 25p a can is cheap though I would rather spend more on something decent.
Overall I am not entirely impressed with Sunkist, it isn't as nice as it used to be but could go down freezing cold on a hot day (I hear you ask eh?).
Thanks for reading
Available in bright orange eye catching cans as well as in all the other usual bottle sizes for fizzy drinks Sunkist is an orange flavoured fizzy drink that for me tastes little of orange at all. It has a horrible sort of throat catching twang to it and leaves a terrible after taste in your mouth, why anyone would buy this when there are drinks like Tango and Orangina out there is beyond me.
Unlike Tango or Orangina, Sunkist does not quench thirsts like you would expect an orange drink to do and it has a bitter twang to it that is close to disgusting. It is priced along the same lines of any other fizzy drink so it is not as if it is cheap it is just nasty.
You do not see this drink in every fridge like you do Coke, Pepsi, Tango and the likes and I think the taste of it could be why. I have no idea whether it is big seller or not but it has been around for a good while so you would think there must be people out there who do like it.
I find along with the poor taste it also loses its fizz fairly quickly when opened too and if you dare try to drink this stuff anything other than freezing cold then it becomes even worse tasted unbelievably!
A very poor product in my opinion and one I would not recommend to anyone!
It is an orange fizzy drink that can give you a temporary sugar rush and i got the feel good factor but like all these fizzy drinks it is satisfying you only on a temporary basis and you can consume a lot of calories over a very short time and pile on the weight .It has be around a long time in 1986 Cadbury Schweppes plc acquired the Sunkist Orange Soda Licencse. It claims that you can smell the oranges and you can feel great and engerised but It did not work for me.I found it rather sweet to drink which is not what I like but if it was chilled it might taste better and more refreshing.
Sunkist is a very well known Brand across the world and there are many companies that produce the Sunkist product range which includes the Orange Fizzy Drink.
There are also different flavours as well but the orange flavour I think is more popular.The slogan for the drink is "Feel All ORANGE INSIDE" but when I tried the drink it never gave me that feeling.So feel free and try this drink it might work for instead.
Fizzy drinks are a real downfall for me, I know they're bad for me but I just can't resist a little carbonated fizz now and then, a brand that makes a nice change despite its low profile is Sunkist orange.
Sunkist is an orange flavoured fizzy drink, much along the same lines as big name brands Fanta and Tango. Designed to give a refreshing burst of orange flavour the drink provides a welcome change from market dominating cola drinks (of which I'm not allowed now I'm expecting) The drink is presented very similarly to Fanta with bright orange packaging using vivid blue writing, and with much the same taste it is easy to get the 2 brands mixed up, however Fanta is at the top of the orange fizzy list with Sunkist having a hard time in the battle for supremacy, despite claims of being the number 1 orange drink in the US.
Few of this style of drink are of any nutritional value however it is possibly here where the drink really has it's faults, lacking any actual nutrition worthy of note it does however contain 190 calories in one can and almost 52g of sugar, also containing caffeine (an ingredient not often used in other orange drinks) and many different colourings and preservatives including Sodium benzoate, of which gives you 2% of your daily sodium allowance, that might not seem a lot but it's a bit much for one drink I feel, especially when you consider other similar drinks only contain "Trace" of this component. It is far from the healthiest of carbonated drinks, perhaps the reason for it's suffering at the hands of the orange drink giants.
The Kiss Of Sunkist-
Now despite the "nutrition" of Sunkist it does have some charm which draws me to it, that being the flavour (and before you mention it, yes I know this is where all that sugar comes in)
The first mouthfull see's you swept under a wave of orange flavour,it has a full orange taste, not particularly tangy or citrussy but a more smooth, rich, all round orange taste, it fills the mouth with a far fuller taste than you get from rival Tango and, as I mentioned before, is quite similar to Fanta. Many orange flavoured drinks can be too bland or too sharp and zesty but Sunkist has a good balance in regards to the citrus hit you recieve. You actually feel as if you've drank something after a glass of Sunkist unlike the sensation you can get from cheaper fizzy oranges which leave you wanting more to drink.
The appearance of the drink is also more along the lines of Fanta with a more solid orange colour, not cloudy or clear like some cheaper brands and with that full fizz which you know is naughty but cant resist. Served chilled, even in a glass with ice if you like, Sunkist can give a real refreshing burst of flavour on a warm summer day and even perk up a greyer day like today (it's January, the most you can expect is a cloud free sky) served warm it's not the nicest of drinks but then very few fizzy drinks are nice warm, it's alos best to make the most of Sunkist while it's fizzy because once it's flat that sugar really takes over and becomes syrupy like a squash with too much cordial.
Sunkist has a satisfying flavour that doesn't leave an unpleasant after taste like other fizzy drinks such as 7-up or cola can, it is however very sweet so if, unlike me, you do not have a sweet tooth the drink may be a bit much for you, drink too much and you may be left feeling like the tooth fairies best friend soon to be eating all your meals through a straw, much the same feeling as you get from Cherry Coke in fact. I find each mouthful of Sunkist as pleasant as the next, never loosing any of it's great flavour from the first sip to the last.
The scent of the drink is much like it's taste bright & breezy, obviously orangey and promising oodles and oodles of sugary goodness (sorry, slap my wrists, I mean- naughtiness) it's an unmissable smell that escapes with the smallest crack in the ring pull tempting you to consume the whole drink. Very much the smell of summer it is a delicious and enticing aroma.
Price & Availability-
Now here's where things get complicated you see because the company that created Sunkist was originally Canadian but they sold the brand onto Del Monte and it was produced by Cadburys Schweppes (this is the US section of the company, UK is Cadbury Trebor Basset) now it is distributed in the UK by the people who make Vimto and has become quite a difficult beverage to get hold of over here (at least it is round my way) as a result of all that changing of owners, it seems to have been sidelined for their more popular drinks, plus the competition of Fanta & Tango is simply too much for the lesser powered brand to really compete against. I'm unable to find the drink in any of my local major supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Tesco Metro and Asda, instead it's a garage and corner shops kind of drink, rarely found in its bottled form instead finding its way to me in cans.
When I am lucky enough to spot this rare breed of orange drink it's usually in the 330ml can variety and can range anywhere between 49p and 65p depending on the location. Large 2 litre bottles and multi pack cans are available out there somewhere but you've more luck of spotting a blue whale in the Thames then finding them (although I've heard of a lot of people finding the drink with ease, maybe it's just not popular in my area)
If you're lucky enough to be in the US any time soon (or happen to live there) you've got a whole world of extra flavours available to you including strawberry, peach, pineapple & fruit punch, us British have to satisfy ourselves with orange (if there's any other UK flavours they've escaped my radar)
If you're a sugar lover then you're likely to enjoy this drink, it has a bright fresh flavour that's wonderful when served chilled, however it's not the best option from a nutrition point of view and you wont be your dentists friend should he find out you drink it! Those who don't like such levels of sugar, additives and general carbonated nastiness should avoid Sunkist at all costs, but then you need to be able to find it before you can avoid it. For a similar yet healthier drinking experience try real fruit juice mixed with a little diet lemonade.
Go to www.Sunkist.com or www2.sunkistsoda.com (yes the 2 is meant to be there) for more on the company, its history, products and Sunkist nutrition listing and ingredients.
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To give a little history about Sunkist... it originated from Canada back in the late seventies. In 1978 after a sizeable amount of investment into the make up of the drink was done by means of research although this could be deemed more trial and error, primarily this was to decide upon the colour, taste and how fizzy it would be by the level of carbonation added to the mixture itself. That year it was launched in New York, a launch which was positively received. This was an initial and incredible "leap of faith" as the Sunkist Soft Drinks Company only had five members in the whole of its company. This shows to me that not only was this an entirely new venture but also something that the five believed in as a product, back up was given by the Coca Cola Company who from the start deemed themselves an interested party as at the time this was an unknown product. They also acted as manufacturers and also gave assistance in distribution which helped Sunkist reach and achieve its target audience.
Three years later and by the summer of 1981 the drink peaked as the number 1 soda drink in America, mainly thanks to its advertising that was heard on Radio and most importantly seen on television. This product has also had a number of supplier changes throughout its history. In the Autumn of 1984 Sunkist Soft Drinks was sold off and taken over by Del Monte, basically the product had been engineered, created and for the original five members it was time to cash in on their more than moderate success. Success by then meant that Coca Cola had been pushed off the top and that meant a high stakes in terms of rivalry, bare in mind that in the early nineties with new taste Coke being effectively a global flop that Sunkist had its best year as people were changing there preference in soft drinks.
This product had a nationwide re-launch about 10 years ago in the UK, intended as a serious rival for Tango or Fanta with advertising aimed at the younger end of the scale. From experience it is a drink that is certainly best serve chilled. Whether the cold enhances the taste or whether there is some kind of chemical reaction in the drink because of the temperature making it more tastefully acceptable is a discussion point on its own.
So let's talk about the packaging. In very distinctive bright Orange cans standard 330ml and 500ml bottle in capacity with the word Sunkist written vertically in bright eye catching letters when this is on the shelf you cant really miss it at all. Next time you go to Sainsbury's or Tesco's have a look down the soft drinks aisle, you really cannot miss it at all. Really there are only two colours, Red and Orange that you see. Why? The main reason is because of the colours of the packaging, it is distinctive for that individual brand. For example in America the Sunkist names have evolved into a number of different variations, these include Diet Sunkist Orange Soda, Lemonade, Strawberry, Peach, Grape, Pineapple, Fruit Punch and Cherry Limeade. This mirrors what Coca Cola have done as well as they have a number of variants of normal and Diet drinks.
The availability of this is what can only be described as everywhere. The standard 330ml can retails between 55p and 70p. It also is available in 6x330ml and 12x 330ml packs. As well as the 1.5 litre and 2 litre bottle, one of the most popular bottle sizes is the 500ml retailing around 90p to £1. Prices of the 12x and 6x packs vary depending on the time of year, usually these retail at £4.59 and £2.49 respectively, but can be found cheaper in the Summer and Christmas period where it offers of 2 for 1 price deals can easily be found. Supermarkets usually place this at the end of aisles on pallets so that they get noticed more easily and to allow the rpoduct to be shifted quicker.
So lets talk about the taste or in this case the severe and exaggerated sweetness that really does over charge your taste buds. Opening the can, you do get to smell the Orange aroma, with the adverts that I have seen on the Sunkist Website it does conjur up a vision of Californian beach in the heat of summer but don't be fooled as the aroma is not natural and after a while doesn't smell that nice, yet there is no established link to having any fruit juice in it at all. For me personally it is far too sweet for a soft drink and gives too much of a kick back when drinking.
If you ever drink this warm then you really are better off throwing it away as the taste is absolutely dire, if it goes warm for any reason then it is just starts to turn gloopy, not as bad as a J20 but not far from it either. To be honest I wouldn't be that surprised if this had fermented due to the high sugar content and I ended up with Schnaps or an Orange based Cider!!! Taste wise it's a disaster area for younger children, but after all they are the ones that this is aimed at as I have never seen this advertised for the more mature people in life.
There is one main ingredient basically sugar, sugar and more sugar. That's all the stuff that ends with"ose" as in Glucose and Fructose, so this drink is not only a syrup but also relatively acidic that can only promote bad teeth. In fact after drinking this you can't seem to lose the taste from your mouth. I found that my mouth had a furry feel to it, mainly from the sugar and that this in turn made me feel quite nautious to the stage where I had to clean my teeth to remove what can only be described as a very strong aftertaste residue on my teeth. Even then I could still taste Orange!!! It was this for me that put me right off Sunkist knowing that I would never ever touch it again. I drank this at lunchtime and by 4pm I had a headache come on as well. This stuff is not good and to think I only had one can, that also contains Caffeine as well!!!
As a kid I used to drink this each day and can see why some of my teeth are in the condition they are now and personally it is a valuable lesson to learn. I was also hyperactive as a child and to this day I think it was due to drinks like this because of what they have in them. I was surprised to discover that as part of the drive to be a fresh and ever evolving brand the formula has been updated and modified. In October 2007 it was announced that the drink would be produced free from artificial colours and flavours. Not quite sure how this works as the colour is still an unatural vibrant Orange, such a vibrant Orange that would make a glamour model look as if her fake tan was actually brown and not a shade of Jaffa in colour.
The amount of gas in the drink as well turns me right off, from when the ring is pulled back or the cap twisted, you get a straight fizz of the gas pouring out at high speed as if it really wants to escape. As it was sitting in a glass in front of me you could see the gas fizzing and sparkling over the top of the glass. Compared to other drinks of the same variety such as Tango this looked to have a higher gas factor. It certainly didn't add anything to my experiece except bringing on a serious belching session about five minutes after finishing. Maybe it's just me who has moved on in life or has fallen off the advertising radar for products like this to be meaningful or attractive. I'm quite sure but I do think that a drink like this just simply doesn't appeal to me at all anymore, it isn't the best of drinks to have anyway as the taste and the consistency is actually quite ugly and like I said before artificial in looks. But then again maybe that is a reflection of what it represents? One of the issues that I have with this is that it represents an 80's drink and not necessarily is a fashionable drink in a way that Vodka goes with Red Bull or Southern Comfort goes with Coke. What does Sunkist go with? Nothing.
The current slogan for Sunkist is "Feel all Orange inside". Drink this and there is a good chance you will be, mainly from the ingredients that are used. Also it makes you think as to the damage that you can do to yourself with this as well as wondering what else is out there regarding soft drinks of a similar nature. If you'll like to find out more information on this, please go to www.sunkistsoda.com.
Thanks for reading and until next time... take care.
If your looking for a cheap can of fizzy pop then Sunkist is available in all supermarkets, the bright orange cans and bottles are designed to catch your eye as you go along the drinks aisles, with the words Sunkist written largely across the front of the can in dark contrasting blue letters, it really is hard to miss.
The drink can be bought in single cans for around 60-70p depending on where you buy them, I have even see this on offer for 19p a can in some supermarkets last year, when Sunkist must have been having a promotion time.
You can usually buy this drink in packs of 6 from the pound shops as they tend to stock less popular brands of drinks and other products. A large bottle will cost you around £1 which is a reasonable price to pay for a fizzy drink, but then do you really want this product whatever cheap price it is retailed at ?
Sunkist juices and juice drinks in Canada are products of A. Lassonde, Rougemont, Quebec, Canada, J0L 1M0.
The can has a ring pull which when opened lets the drink fizz up and the distinct smell of oranges hits your nose, this is not something you want to open whilst travelling along in the car, as it is guaranteed to spill over and if you have a nutty driver like my hubbie, who gets great pleasure from trying to press the brakes of the car once you have just about managed to put the can to your mouth and laughs as you try and quickly stop the drink from drowning you and soaking your clothes. Some hubbies never grow up.
The drink itself is very sweet, so if you have hyperactive children this product has to be avoided or your just asking for trouble ten minutes later when the sugar takes effect on your hyperactive child.
I speak from experience as my son had hyperactivity and I always knew when he had drank sugary drinks as he would change into a little Tasmanian devil and it would take us all the rest of the day to calm him down and use up all the excess energy he had just taken in the fizzy drinks. So if you want to avoid the manic ness of hyperactivity then don't buy this drink.
Even though oranges are supposed to be good for you, they are not good for hyperactive children and neither is sugar.
Sunkist is a not-for-profit marketing cooperative entirely owned by and operated for the 6,000 California and Arizona citrus growers who make up its membership. It is one of the ten largest marketing cooperatives in America and, in the fruit and vegetable industry, it is the largest in the world.
I would not recommend this drink to you as to me it is a cheaper brand with too much sugar content, the added ingredients to make it fizz up are not good for the health and it is much easier to get your vitamins from a non fizzy drink than to get an artificial taste from a fizzy drinks brand. On a hot day at a very last resort this may suit you but for me - No thanks, I'll stick to other brands.
I am sure I'm not the only one who includes Sunkist in their list of nostalgic products from when they were a kid. For me, the strong and sugary orange fizzy drink was the essence of my mid-morning break at school. However, since leaving school, Sunkist has no longer been my carbonated drink of choice. I wonder why?
It tastes how I remember it, looks how I remember it , as far as I can tell, it is ultimately the same product. Yet, in comparison, I prefer other fizzy orange drinks like Tango or Fanta. Perhaps it is because the flavour isn't as strong in the other two brands and that Sunkist is too sickly and sweet for me. Or maybe it is the manufactured taste of colourings and flavourings in Sunkist that appealed to me as a child but now put me off as an adult.
So I thought I would look to see if they have changed formula since I was at school in the 1990s.
You can find out all you want about Sunkist at www.sunkistsoda.com, a very appealing website with lots of vibrant colour (orange, of course). If you click on the link 'ALL ABOUT SUNKIST SODA', it tells you all you need to know about the drink and its history. Interestingly enough, Sunkist continues to be the number 1 orange soda in the world, a fact which surprised me somewhat, perhaps because of the large success it sees in America.
Ingredients for Sunkist are listed as follows:
carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), food starch-modified, natural flavours, caffeine, glycerol ester of wood rosin, asorbic acid (preservative), yellow 6, red 40. These last two are food dyes.
These ingredients have been modified over time, but no great change has occurred, leaving me to believe that the only difference in the past 10 or 15 years is my palate and nothing else. Perhaps the older I grow, the less I crave the sugary taste and the less I can stand the sickly aftertaste a can of Sunkist gives me.
Sunkist prices range depending on where you buy them, whether it is a can, a pack of 6 cans, or a bottle or varying size, but all fall within similar prices of fanta and tango.
In conclusion, I am still a fan of Sunkist- it was part of my staple diet when I was at school!!!! However, I would go for Tango or Fanta these days. Sunkist , although still in my books of nostalgia, is no longer my orange fizzy drink of choice.
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Judging by the look of the can and the extremely bright orange colour, you could easily be forgiven for assuming that inside this rather nice packaging is the fruit of the gods, the sweetest orange, from the sunniest climbs, filled with all the goodness said fruit is reported to contain. To be fair to a certain extent your assumptions would be correct, until you actually tasted the not quite so orange liquid that is poured from the can. To call it orange may by some be considered accurate, but fro me it more of a browny orange not quite the sunshine orange the outer led us to believe. It's no less orange than some other similar flavoured drinks which of course is no consolation.
As the initial fizz dies down you can almost already taste the slightly bitter taste, which you can in some oranges, but it's a false bitterness not a natural pith kind of sharpness, and it is hitting my face after bursting from the carbonated bubbles which a flying everywhere. The smell could probably be vaguely described as orangey, but again there is that after smell, gassy and not at all that pleasant, and it is definitely spoiling any enjoyment I intended having tasting this drink.
Now this is a drink which really must be served well chilled, served warm it is absolutely disgusting, whilst after being duly chilled it is at least an acceptable drink, it might even be better as a mixer. On its own it reminds me of something that has been left just a shade over its sell by date, and is on the verge of going very quickly into the process of rotting. It's bitterness is not the same bitterness associated with oranges its more sort of a chemical bitterness although they claim there are no artificial flavourings or preservatives. No preservatives that will explain the rotting taste and the added bitterness perhaps.
It is not a drink that is actually that readily available and you have to do a fair bit of shopping around to find some, and frankly it isn't really worth the effort. Spend the searching half an hour with a bag of oranges and squeeze your own, the results will at least look and taste of oranges which this product fails to do on both counts. If you are unfortunate enough to find some it's going to set you back about 65p a can, if you add a few pence to that you can get a bag of oranges in ASDA and make your own. All in all it's not a product I would recommend to anyone, and one I shall seriously be avoiding in the future.
It's quite ironic that I use to drink this soda when I was a young lad. Well Sunkist orange is probably like most other carbonated sodas out on the market, like Coca Cola, 7Up and so on. It's had quite a long history, it was first licensed to be sold in 1986, and after our beloved British owned Cadbury Schweppes bought the rights for it.
Ok so before I go into detail about the taste, and my feelings on the product as a whole it makes sense to give a bit of nutritional info on the product.
Calories - 190 per can
Total Fat - 0g
Total Carbs - 0g
Sugars - 52g
Protein - 0g
Well two main obvious facts can be pointed out; the first is that this drink has more calories than other soft drinks that I can think of Coca Cola only have about 119. The second, which is evident to most soft drinks, is the sugar content of 52g. This obviously may seem high to some people, and considering this drink is targeted to the younger generation, i.e. the teenagers it could have some cause for concern, however if we wanted to be judgemental most soft drinks tend to have way too much sugar, with that being said Sunkist does have a diet version to this product, which contains no calories and no sugar, which could be an alternative.
Ok well I suppose the taste is the most important aspect of the review. My criteria of taste has to be broken down into two, the taste when its ice cold, like its just come out of the freezer, and the taste when its been in some draw, and is kind of warm. The first impressions are drinking it whilst its warm is perhaps a bad one can make. To be honest it tastes way too sweat and has a tingling aftertaste. You also get the really deja vu feeling that you've tried this drink somewhere before, yup its something called FANTA. You get the sudden feeling that these companies all tend to copy one another, and the tastes are really the same, same ingredients and so on. One point has to be made, the reason I use to drink this as a child was largely due to the taste comparison when you freeze it or add ice. Theirs a totally new taste and product in my opinion, it almost makes you feel as if your in some exotic hot location and you've got a orange stuffed in you mouth with a bag of sugar to go on top of it. We can no most carbonated sugar drinks are bad, but for some god for saken unknown reason it tastes a hell of a lot better when its cold, most be a good marketing ploy to have It out during the summer.
But the bottom line regarding its taste, whether I like it cold or hate it warm, in my opinion it still tastes like FANTA,. If I wanted a product that tasted like FANTA, I would by a Fanta, simple as. One must also point out the similarity of sugar content Sunkist and Sunny D have, they both taste really sugary, without it being portrayed in a bad way. Why not just give us a bag of sugar and a jug of water instead.
The price of these products varies upon the size of the can and the number of can you buy, as like many other soft drinks. The typical singular 355ml can, can be found in most newsagents and grocery stores, prices may vary, but my local corner shop sells it for about 55p, which isn't too bad.
My local Tesco and Asda sell the packs of 6 and packs of 12. I actually went their yesterday to do a bit of shopping and noted the prices as followed; 6 x 355ml £2.89, and 12x 355ml £3.12, which lead me to believe it would be much cheaper buying a pack of twelve.
I think it's safe to say the popularity of Sunkist is ever so more dominant in the USA, were these products tend to be more appreciated for their high sugar content and quick energy buzz. The brand has also branches out into several other flavours such as pineapple, grape, strawberry and believe it or not chocolate flavour. They also offer a wide range of diet options, which I would love to see what it tastes like.
Ok without being able to totally badmouth most of the companies that produce these products or being sued from talking bad about the company, their must be several health issues that would totally put you off this product. The first that comes to mind is the impact this has on ones teeth, the acid and sugar put together must be damaging right? I bet you if you put a dirty 2p coin into the drink it will somehow change into a beautiful bright bronze. Let's just break down the ingredients into some that really do make you think twice about drinking it.
- High Flcutose corn syrup
- Sugar (52g)
- Asorbic acid
Having read the back of the can I feel somewhat different about my attitude towards this drink, even more to the point why did I drink this as a child and what have I got inside me as a result of it.
Secondly, without sounding weird is it me or is this drink just was to orangey to even be an orange? Im pretty sure there is some food colouring in their somewhere.
Ok I can be right in saying this review has somewhat of a negative viewing of the product, probably because ive become a bit of a health conscious freak these past few years. I cant really stop people buying these products as you can with your own free will, however considering these products are primarily targeted to kids, maybe your should their not be some concern as to what they put inside it. And on one final note, I suppose I can be biased to some extent because ive always prefer Fanta.
And one final final note, has anyone been to their website, that annoying sound of water bubbles is really beginning to irritate me, o and their sites way to orange.
Sunkist - to drink it is to be kissed by the sun...?
Actually I laughed the first time I bought one of these as I thought when I read it thinking that it was called sinkist.
I was on holiday in Cornwall at the time and did have visions of someone pouring it all over and licking it off (sorry I don't know why that came to mind; must have been the sunshine going to my head!). I did think that would be quite sinful, especially on a public beach, though I got worried even in my fantasy about how sticky it would get and how all the sand would stick and go all scratchy. Still it would be OK on a beach because you could just jump into the sea to get it off afterwards, I mused.
Having recovered from two traumas:
a) I am such an old bag I worry about practicalities even in a fantasy - how old am I getting LOL?
b) it was actually called SUNkist, not sinkist
I then thought I'd better taste it.
Actually, if I may digress for a moment, looking at the packaging, which is suitably orangey and sunshiny to make you think of hot days on beaches, I reckon it could also say sink-ist and be a sort of mister-muscle-sink-unblocker- with extra orange (is that better or worse than Agent Orange?) for the Californian client/
Having bought an ice-cold can which you can cool your fingers down on I pulled the ring pull and got that familiar schlok sound as the air rushed in and the fizz began.
It is fizzy (very), orangey (quite), sweet (yup), and er, made from much actual fruit, (er, probably not that much).
My other half is a big fan of coca cola and has converted me to the pleasures of an ice cold can on a very hot day. I do think that orange drinks are, as a genre, fundamentally more refreshing, however, though if they are of an inferior quality, they have a nasty aspartame/saccharine aftertaste which ruins the whole experience.
This one is pretty good - personally I think Orangina is unbeatable, but this one does not taste too artificial or sickly , and there is a lingering hope if you are a weight or health conscious person that an orange drink is somehow not as bad for you are a cola one.
I am aware that that last comment contains about as much fact as my earlier beach daydream, but psychologically, it does sort of work for me.
I have taken a can of this on the beach and noticed that, if it not absolutely ice cold, it tastes a bit sickly and I certainly think it has enough sugar in it to meet my daily allowance just from the one can.
so in terms of a fizzy drink, it is quite a nice one, but not anything out of the ordinary.
But then I did a bit of research (penance perhaps for my sinful thoughts of earlier) and discovered that ethically speaking, this product is pretty cool.
Sunkist is a leading international citrus supplier, but it is not a plantation owner, it is a cooperative - a not-for-profit company. They have 6,000 members, all California and Arizona citrus growers, who have joined forces to become one of the largest marketing cooperatives in America, as well as being one of the largest marketing cooperative in the world's fruit and vegetable industry. It dates back to 1893, when the Southern California Fruit exchange was formed. As quickly as 1905, the organisation represented nearly half of all California's fruit growing farmers, and in 1914 they made their first product: marmalade.
By 1921 they were shipping their produce to London via the Panama canal, but it wasn't until 1977 that they produced the fizzy drink we now know as Sunkist - the Orange soda.
The really amazing thing is that the whole Californian orange industry started off in 1870 with three orange trees from Brazil, which were given by the state commissioner to a couple called Eliza and Luther Tibbets. One of those original trees is still in existence (you can visit it in a park near Palm and Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, California) and is now California's official landmark number 20. Surely it is only in the USA that landmarks would have numbers!
So Sunkist as a global brand actually sell citrus fruit. lots of it. How much of it is in each can of this fizzy drink I don't know, but at least this product has stable mates which are actual oranges, even if there is more water and sugar in this particular product than orange.
So Sunkist is a lot more than a fizzy drink:
1. its branded products are available in more than forty-five countries.
2. the co-operative has a turnover of $2.1 billion dollars a year.
3. approximately 600 products carry the Sunkist trademark worldwide.
4. About 350 billion Sunkist branded products have been sold - that's 7.2 billion products a year, more or less.
What I do think is that is the origins of this product lie in an orange-growers' co-operative, it is a shame that there isn't more natural orange and less sugar in this product.As a fizzy drink goes, it's a nice alternative to cola, but as a healthy option, it doesn't compute, and all those lovely Californian oranges, certainly do fit that bill. As shame there are not more of them in this product. So I think it is quite sinful actually, on your teeth and on your waistline -maybe the original fantasy was actually the least sinful thing to do with this product.
....also on Ciao...
When I saw that Sunkist was this weeks 'Product of the Week' I just couldn't resist the nostalgic trip down memory lane. Within seconds I was reminded of waiting for my cold can of Sunkist to wash down my popcorn at the cinema. After so many years, the taste was still fresh in my mind and without a moments hesitation, I left my desk at work to walk to the nearest shop to buy a can of the sugary, florescent orange drink.
A brief company history
Sunkist, a Sunkist Growers product was launched in New York a whopping 30 years ago, having been franchised to Coca Cola. It was the brainchild of Mark Stevens who following extensive market research indicating that orange was one of the best selling soft drink flavours worldwide, saw its potential. It wasn't long before both Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola bottlers had increased the franchise nationally. By 1981, Sunkist was already the number one selling orange soft drink.
In 1984 Del Monte bought Sunkist Soft Drinks but since 1987 it has been produced by Cadbury Schweppes with Vimto Soft Drinks producing it in the UK.
What does this orange nectar taste like?
Besides the obvious flavour of oranges (duh) Sunkist tastes of sugar. A lot of sugar. An awful, awful lot of sugar. As I sit with my little orange can of childhood memories now and sip at it, gently savouring the taste of innocence for the first time in years, I can feel my molars disintegrating almost instantly, as if I have swallowed a mouth full of sweetened caustic soda. I didn't remember the painfully syrupy texture of the drink.
Once you get past the lethal dose of sugar, there is a surprisingly fresh undiluted taste of orange which momentarily makes your taste buds dance, before being knocked down once again by the army of sugar soldiers marching their way over your tongue with defeat in mind. Sunkist is a much fuller bodied orange flavour than most - not naming any names of course( fanta, tango), and it is a surprisingly refreshing drink considering, unlike most orange soft drinks, it contains Caffeine.
It's a nice citrusy taste and as long as you don't mind turning into a toothless insomniac, it's an enjoyable drink.
Other Sunkist Flavours
If the orange burst of sunshine that is Sunkist hasn't satisfied you enough, or if you are looking for more fruitful ways of dying a sugary death, try the Lemonade, Pineapple or Cherry Limeade flavours. In the US, residents have the luxury of choosing from a further array of flavours - Strawberry, Peach, Grape and the all American fruit punch.
Do you really want to know what's in it?
Sugar. Lots, and lots and lots of sugar. Oh, and a bit of orange flavouring too. Besides that, you've got:
high fructose corn syrup (It's sugar, no matter what you call it)
Sodium Benzoate (preservatives);
Ascorbic Acid (another preservative to preserve the things that the first preservatives missed I suppose...);
Yellow and red dye and
NATURAL flavours. I'm not entirely sure that the NATURAL in natural flavours has any consequence, but if it eases your conscious, who am I to judge?
C'mon, who are we kidding? You don't really expect there to be nutritional value in this do you? Well, for those of you who have an unexplainable need to know just how bad something is for you, one 240ml can of this citrus bliss contains an amazing 130 calories, all of which comes from the 35g or sugar it contains. Besides the 30mg's of sodium, there is nothing else to tell. Not even any vitamin C to be found.
In an age where marketing appears to be key to the success of anything, it's interesting to note that the can has hardly changed, at least since my days of sneaking off to the cinema with the big kids. It is a suitably vibrant orange can with blue lettering and a sweet little deceptive orange leaf over the 'I' as if to remind us that we are drinking something that, at some point, whether just in the conception stages or not, was born of the refreshing, natural citrus fruit we all know and love, that is orange.
Besides the cost of dental bills for years to come, my can of Sunksit cost me 52p from the corner shop which was in line with other similar products.
I have now, with great sadness, given up on Sunkist Orange soft Drink and have relegated my three quarters full can to the bin. Perhaps, post puberty we develop a switch that doesn't allow us to gain pleasure from the sugar high that we can as kids. Perhaps, years of development and tampering has resulted in a product barely reminiscent of the treat I remember from days of old. Perhaps, my mind had censored all the terrible memories Sunkist induced fillings and sugar headaches.
What ever the reason, this stroll down memory lane has proven to be an utter disappointment. I suppose the reality of some things, like a first kiss/ just can't live up to the memories we create. So with the greatest of sadness, I cannot, in good conscious recommend Sunkist to anyone over the age of 10. As for parents of said under 10's, if your children, like mine only need the meer whiff of sugar to start bouncing off the walls, I would suggest waiting until they are being packed off to Gran's for the night - then give them a six-pack!