“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Soft Drink „
I usually buy Tesco's own brand double concentrate cordials, but recently I saw the Tesco Value version strategically positioned on the end of an aisle in Tesco, alongside a lot of their other Value label goods, and thought I'd give it a try. It costs 29p per 750ml bottle.
The squash comes in a see through bottle with the Tesco value white and blue label across the front. It's a little paler in colour than other double concentrate squashes I've had, and I also noticed I needed to use a little more than I usually would which makes me wonder whether this is actually double concentrated. It didn't last as long as I'd hoped it would for a 750ml bottle, but still, at 29p per bottle, it's still cheaper than the alternatives.
Taste wise, I didn't really notice much difference between this and Tesco's slightly more expensive version. It tasted a little sweeter, although it claims to have no added sugar. It tasted mainly of blackcurrant so I couldn't really pick out the apple taste, but it was fruity and slipped down the throat easily enough.
Nutritionally, this drink ticks all the boxes as it isn't too high in fat or sugar. A typical serving contains just 2 calories, and a trace of sugar, fat and salt. Even if you end up doubling the amount of juice to make it strong enough for your tastebuds, that's still only 4 calories!
This is definitely a drink I'd buy again. It's cheap and tastes quite nice, so I don't see the point in spending more money than necessary on something we get through a lot of in our house.
We seem to go through gallons and gallons of fruit cordial in our house. As well as for every day drinking, I opt to fill a fruit shoot bottle with my choice of juice each day to accompany my sons lunch box.
I had been buying Tesco high juice (this is still my preferred option) but the price has risen dramatically in the last couple of months (shame on you Tesco!) so I thought I would try the Value squash.
It is found with all the other juices and sits lower down on the shelves - pay less, reach further! It is simply packaged in a clear plastic bottle with the Tesco Value logo on the front.
It has a white plastic screw off lid which is easily removed.
When the lid is removed there is no aroma whatsoever. You must place your nose directly over the open bottle and take a deep sniff up in order to detect a mere hint of a wishy washy blackcurrant-esque type smell. The smell is quite sweet.
The liquid itself is a pale purple colour - to say that it is double strength, I expected it to be much more deep in colour.
I have used double concentrates before but this seems much weaker than others I have tried. I diluted as per my usual dosage but found I had to add extra cordial, quite a lot in fact. The instructions state that the juice should be diluted to taste - one part squash to nine parts water, I think not. There would be little or no taste if diluted to this extent.
The drink does taste of blackcurrant (apple taste is none existent) but I found it quite sweet and cheap tasting - childhood memories of brownie trips, or school fairs when the cheapest of the cheap would be purchased and sold for 10p a plastic glass!
I do find that the juice has a slight after taste, this maybe because this cordial has no added sugar, I am not a fan of such drinks or the sweeteners they contain and rarely allow my son to drink them. So why buy it do I hear you ask?!
Well, I have found that it works really well as a mixer, particularly with dry cider, or mixed with a white spirit (not the paint stripping kind!) and lemonade. When used for this purpose, the false sweetness is not so obvious and it surprisingly blends quite subtly with various alcohol based drinks.
A 100ml serving contains only 9kcal, so mixing with a vodka and diet lemonade won't break the calorie bank!
At only 34p per 750ml bottle, it's definitely worth having a couple of bottles in the cupboard (even if it is only used for the many friends that appear to play over the Summer period). This equates to only 5p per 100ml, high juice comes in at 14p per 100ml, so a significant saving.
It's worth a try but for me purely as a mixer.
With four children in my household my shopping budget can be a little bit steep at the best of times. I like to try and save some pennies wherever possible and one of the products that I have been buying for many months now is the Tesco value squash products. They are double concentrate which means that you only need to use half as much as I can always get a 1.5L bottle of something for under 60p which just represents fantastic value for money for me.
The bottles are nothing special to look at as they are branded with the usual blue & white colours of the Tesco value scheme. There is nothing that will appeal to kids on the packaging but most of my children will just try whatever I put in front of them so it did not take long for them to hook on to the idea of these juices as they know that I can afford to buy more for my money and therefore they can enjoy more of the things that they like in life.
This squash is really easy to make as you just need to add some to water to make the desired strength of squash. For my children I use around 1 part squash and 10-12 parts water but for myself or my husband I use around half of this to ensure that we have it nice and strong how we like it. The squash is nothing special, it does has a nice taste of apple & blackcurrant to it, similar to a Robinsons product, but it does still taste a little bit lacking in something when I'm drinking it. My children never complain about the quality of this as they are just happy with whatever they are given or make themselves but if I was just buying the odd bottle for myself I'd probably try a more expensive product to get the taste that I desire. When I've made this up in the past and then left it to sit for a little while it almost seems like everything has not mixed together completely but then with my children they usually just drink it down as soon as it's touched the side of the glass!
There is a fairly sugary taste to this drink which I have not found with all the drinks in the range so if you want something with a more juice like flavour then I would suggest the lemon squash one as it's nice for all palates and even if you make a weak glass for little ones it's delicious and refreshing without being too sour.
I was doing a budget shop in Tesco the other day and came across some double concentrate Apple and Blackcurrant squash. A friend of mine told me about it how this stuff kept him going through uni and practically swears by it. I thought yea why not, for 58p it's worth a go and you get 1.5 litres in it.
The taste is actually alrite, I was thinking anything that cheap is going to taste very sweet but just make it weaker and it's fine. Plus it passed the first test...I didn't go blind woohoo!
It comes in other flavours such as orange and lemonade so all the favourite bases are covered, unless your one of those people who likes pink lemonade then try Waitrose. The packaging is from their"extra value" range so is very basic but why spend more on a major brand if the taste is virutally the same.
I have sampled own brand squash from Asda and Morrisons and I deffinatly feel Tesco has the edge, and being double concentrate means smaller packaging and less waste, another incentive to being green. Price wise Tesco seems to be the cheapest around as for 1.5 litres is a bargain at that price.
To summerise I would recommend this item for people who wants to try an alternative to main stream brands and those who want to save the pennies.
Name Per Serving Per 100g
Energy 10kJ (2kcal) 40kJ (9kcal)
Protein trace 0.1g
Carbohydrate 0.1g 0.5g
sugars 0.1g 0.5g
Fat trace trace
saturates trace trace
Fibre trace trace
Sodium* 0.1g 0.3g
*Salt Equivalent 0.2g 0.7g
I must admit, I find that some Tesco Value products have a habit of surprising me by being very good value. There are also those that tend to be exactly as you expect them, and this is one of those products. We occasionally drink squash in our house, and while I rarely go for the more expensive cordials such as Ribena, I do usually tend to stay away from the really cheap bog standard brands such as this Tesco Value one.
What worries me about this drink is more the layer of film around the top of the liquid line in the bottle, which shows how the liquid has congealed in some places and formed a bit of a sticky, chemical ring. Uh-oh! I thought, wondering what this bodes for my teeth and insides.
Taste-wise, it's not that bad. You can taste the blackcurrant with a very slight hint of something else, although it is not particularly clear that it's apple. When you mix it with the water, it doesn't really appear to be completely mixed, and you do have to swirl it as you drink, more than once, to make sure that the squash is actually distributed evenly throughout the drink. Otherwise, the end of the drink does tend to be stronger than the first few sips.
Surprisingly, the calorific content for this drink is quite low, boasting a mere 2 calories per serving. The 1.5 litre bottle would give you a fair few servings, too, and at around the 50p mark from Tesco, it wades in at cheaper than its competition. Naturally, you find yourself drinking less fruit, and more flavourings, preservatives and colourings, and it really plays havoc with any hyperactive children you may have. I'm particularly reactive to E numbers, always have been, and this drink does make me a little hyper, I have to admit. My son also has this, and the drink does the same to him. It also leaves a red stain on your lips if you're a little over zealous when drinking, so it's probably best to not get it on your clothes!
Overall, I'm not surprised with what I got. I expected a low quality, cheap product that would add slight flavour to a glass of water, and that's what I got. It's not a particularly nice product, and the flavour is rather disappointing in many ways, and it's not particularly good for you, but as long as you know what you're paying a mere 50p for, then you won't be surprised.
My sister has a fair few mouths to feed and therefore will buy an economy product where possible (and when it tastes nice) and this is definitely one of her regular buys now along with the lemon & orange varieties.
The bottle is clear plastic with a white plastic screw top lid and it has a white label which has the Tesco Value logo, the 'nutritional' information and a logo advising that this is double concentrated so you only need to use half as much.
This product is very simple to make you just add a small part of the squash and then add water. I find that around 1 part squash to 8 parts water seems to be sufficient with this juice to give me the nice strong taste that I enjoy. I can taste apples & blackcurrants together in this drink and it does taste fairly sugary although there is only 2 calories and 0.1g of sugar per 'serving' although it doesn't actually advise what a serving is but I think you can gather that even if you drank the whole bottle neat you wouldn't be drinking a lot of calories! It looks fairly watery when it's mixed and I found that it did not mix with the water 100% which meant that the last few mouthfuls were stronger than the first few but this is easily solved by either pouring the water in faster or just mixing it around with a spoon or something. I did find it perfectly ample as a drink and it didn't affect me wanting to drink it much if I'm honest, a drink is a drink when I'm thirsty!
A 1.5 litre bottle is 53p in Tesco at present and I think this is a bargain as it will make around 10 litres of squash. The only thing I need to remember is that it's double concentrated so I shouldn't use as much as I normally do, I keep forgetting and then ending up with a very strong glass of apple & blackcurrant!
This is a fairly good all round product at a bargain price and is one that I won't sniff at drinking again. I am rating it 4/5 as it could mix better and taste a little sweeter rather than just sugary but it's a cheap, great product and I would recommend it.