When it comes to buying soft drinks I always go for the diet or sugar free option as I am diabetic, when I do our weekly shop we always buy squash and then one or two bottles of fizzy drink as well. When it comes to buying fizzy drinks we tend to buy what is on offer, we often purchase Pepsi as this is something we both enjoy but branded Pepsi is quite expensive for just one bottle. One day I spotted Tesco Diet Cola, it was only a fraction of the price so I decided to buy a bottle and give it a go, after all I wouldn't be wasting a lot of money if we really didn't like it.
The Tesco Diet Cola comes in a 2 litre clear plastic bottle which has a small silver plastic screw lid on the top of it. The bottle has a silver coloured plastic label wrapped around the whole of the bottle, on the front of this is the name of the product "Diet Cola! written in black and red writing with Tesco written just above it, the rest of the label is taken up with a large picture of a glass of the cola, the nutritional information also appears on the front of the bottle. The back of the bottle contains more detailed product information such as the ingredients, nutritional information and allergy advise, this is all clearly written and easy to read. There is nothing overly fancy about the packaging and it is quite simply, however it does tell you what you need to know.
Tesco Diet Cola looks just the same as the branded versions, it is a dark brownish coloured liquid and is obviously carbonated. When I first opened the bottle I was pleased to see that it was very fizzy just like the branded versions and smelt just the same as well, obviously the flavour was the most important thing and I wasn't too confident as I have tried cheap colas in the past and have never liked them. Coke or Pepsi is described as being fruity, now I'm not sure if I would describe any colas or cokes as fruity particularly, they do have a slight hint of fruit to them but this is not overly strong in my opinion. Anyway when I tasted the Tesco Diet Cola I was pleased to discover that it tasted very similar to the more expensive brands I had tried, there was the slightly fruity taste and it didn't taste cheap and nasty, obviously it didn't taste exactly the same but there was not a lot in it. When it comes to describing the taste of Tesco Diet Cola its hard as to me it just taste like Coke, some cheap colas I have tried have been rather flat and leave a nasty after taste, but with this one there is no horrible taste left afterwards and it is extremely fizzy as well, I don't mind drinking flat coke if I have let it go flat myself but I at least like the bottle to start off fizzy, and this was the case with this one. I was also pleased to see that this product was suitable for vegetarians, although I don't think I have come across a similar product that is not suitable for vegetarians.
The nutritional information appears both on the front and the back of the bottles label, although the information on the back is a little more detailed. The nutritional information includes
* Calories - 2 Calories
* Sugar - 2g
* Fat - Trace
* Saturates - Trace
* Salt - Trace
For me the calorie content is important so I was pleased that this product was low in calories and that there was no fat in it, although most diet drinks are very low in calories and fat so this isn't normally a problem for me.
The allergy advise also appears on the back of the product and includes
* Cannot guarantee a nut free factory
I think most fizzy drinks have this sort of warning on the bottle, on the Tesco Diet Cola it states that consumers must take care is it is a pressurised container and that the cap should be covered when removing, now this is something I have never done, although I have had the odd occasion where I have been undoing a bottle that has got a bit shaken up and the lid has all of a sudden flown off rather quickly across the kitchen, and this is painful if it catches you fingers on it way.
Price and Availability
Obviously this Cola is only available in Tesco as it is one of their own brand products, the 2 litre bottle costs just 57p, although a lot of the Tesco fizzy drinks including this one are currently on offer for 4 bottles for £2.00. Personally even without the offer I feel that this is excellent value for money, you can buy 4 or 5 bottles of this cola for the price of a branded product so in my opinion it is very good value for money.
Tesco Diet Cola is definitely a product I would recommend, I was very pleased that I decided to try it, both me and my husband enjoy this cola, it has a lovely flavour and does not taste cheap and nasty like some other cheap cola brands. This works well as a drink on its own or even a a mixer. On the odd occasion that I might have a drink at home I have tried this cola with vodka and it tastes just as good and works just as well as a mixer as more expensive brands, the flavour of the cola goes extremely well with the vodka and again does not leave a nasty after taste. This product is very cheap to buy and despite this it is of an excellent quality, I will definitely continue to purchase Tesco Diet Cola instead of the more expensive brands and would recommend this to any one who enjoys this type of drink.
My boyfriend is a major diet coke addict and while I only drink one or two cans a day maximum, he will easily get through 6 cans and still want more! In an effort to discreetly wean him off it I have started buying Tesco's own brand of diet coke when I do the grocery shopping in the hope that he won't like it & therefor won't drink it. Unfortunately for me, it does taste pretty much the same as 'real' coke and it isn't as nasty tasting as I anticipated!
Tesco's own brand of coke is marketed as cola and there is a choice of original or diet. It can be purchased in packs of eight cans or 2 litre bottles. I feel that the cans are better value as I usually throw away half-full larger bottles as I find that all brands of Coke go flat quite quickly. A pack of eight cans is priced at a very reasonable £1.99 which is almost 2 pounds less than 'real' coke. The cans are often on offer too and they are currently 2 x 8 pack cans for £3.50 so all in all this is substantially cheaper.
The pack of eight cans come packaged in a thin plastic covering which can be ripped or cut off. This is silver in color for the diet version or red for the original version. The cans themselves for the diet version which I buy are silver with the Tesco logo, product name and a picture of the liquid splashing as if being poured into a glass. The cans are 330ml which is the same size as the cans of coke that I used to buy so although this brand is a lot cheaper you still get the same amount.
Allergy info, nutritional info and a brief product description (carbonated drink with no added sugar cola flavour drink with sweeteners) are on the back and the front of the can states that the drink contains no artificial colours or flavours - crafty considering it is actually full of artificial sweeteners including the notorious aspartame. The drink does contain fruit and vegetable extracts though including apple and carrot concentrate.
The can has a ring pull and upon opening it I can instantly hear the drink fizzing. I usually pour mine into a glass and this fizzes up nicely with a layer of foamy bubbles. The drink is the same colour as 'real' coke and you really can not tell the difference at all. Taste wise, this in my opinion tastes excactly like diet coke but with a bit of a strange edge to it, it's not an unpleasant taste but it doesn't taste quite right if that makes sense. I have also noticed that after a few swigs of this my mouth feels dry although I asked my boyfriend if his did too and he said it didn't.
It is fizzy, refreshing and reasonably sweet though so in my opinion there's no huge difference between this and 'real' coke, although if, like my boyfriend, you drink a lot of coke then you will likely be able to taste the difference. My boyfriend commented that it tastes cheap but he drinks it so obviously it's not too bad!! This is very low in calories at 3 calories a can and it also contains 0.6g of sugar. Overall, this is a much cheaper alternative to 'real' Coke and I highly reccomend it.
I love a nice glass of coke, but it has to be ice cold, straight from the fridge. I like the one we have been buying lately fro Tescos - their own brand. We pay around 55p for a large two litre bottle, which is pretty good, really, when you compare it to the branded bottle of Coke and Pepsi. It tastes just as great in my book too.
The bottle is the standard basic plain one we are all used to and it comes with the usual twist off cap. There is a lot of fizz in this coke. We've had quite a few bottles now and they've all been nice and fizzy. The drink itself is dark coloured and fizzes up when poured out in the glass.
It tastes delicious - just the way coke tastes. It's not too sweet and it is very refreshing and thirst quenching. It's great with a double shot of Bacardi too - as my wife will vouch for! It's a great drink on a hot and sunny day and even better with a load of ice in a nice tall glass.
The little lad loves this drink too and he always reminds us when we are running out.
I cannot fault this drink at all and it is often on special offer in our Tesco's, whereby if you buy two (or three bottles) it works out slightly cheaper. I would certainly say that it compares very favourable with 'the real thing' and the price alone would persuade me to go for this one every time.
Great stuff and definitely recommended by all of us.
Having soft drinks in my cupboards is one thing that is very important in my home because I have a lot of grandchildren who always want a drink when they come to visit. There are so many different choices of drinks available to buy. This drink is one that is quite a nice one.
The drink is housed in a clear plastic bottle with a screw off top. The label is only a basic one. The drink has a nice smell of cola and more or less like any other smelling cola. I cannot really tell the difference in the smell to be honest. The colour of the drink is a nice deeper shade of brown. It is quite fizzy while pouring it from the bottle into a beaker or glass. This one is one that my grandchildren like quite a lot. It does lose a little fizz after it has been left for a while after pouring it into the glass. It does keep the fizz in the drink for the length of time that I want to drink my drink but if you are the kind of person that leaves a drink for a long time without finishing it fully, I think this one probably would not be quite as suitable as a good branded variety.
I think the taste of it is really nice, the cola taste is quite a good quality and it is not an unpleasant taste. I do prefer the branded cola but since I am have been buying some cheaper items of late, I think this one is suitable for myself and my family. As far as a fizzy drink is concerned, this one is a nice drink to drink in a glass on it's own or used with Bacardi as I have a couple of times drank it this way. It does taste quite nice with this spirit and this cola tastes really nice with it and also works well.
The amount of drink in the bottle is 2 litres. The price is around 50p, the price has varied a lot with this drink recently because of the price drop on some items in Tesco. The bottle is a nice slim, slender one and one that is easy to stand in a cupboard and hold in the hands. This drink also contains no artificial colours or flavours. It contains per 250ml only 3 calories and only 0.4g of sugar. This is a nice diet drink with a lovely taste, it is very good quality and really good value for the money.
I cannot fault this cola for the price, it is not as nice as a branded one but then again the price is not as high but I think it is a nice one and worth the money. I cannot see any reason why anyone looking for a cheaper brand not to not like this one for the price.
I rate it 5 stars.
I like a drink of cola and like different brands and I first discovered this one awhile ago when I was looking for a cheaper brand for one of my parties. For the price I thought it was worth a try and if I did not like it then I had not wasted much money. It can be quite a little expensive sometimes if you are buying lots of food and drink for parties and entertain as much as I do sometimes and so a cheaper choice is what I tend to do so that I can save a few extra pennies.
This one is priced at just around 56p for a 2 litre bottle, the bottle is transparent with a screw off top, the top is a little hard to open for the first time it is being used but that is always the case with all cola drinks and fizzy ones. Once opened and placed back the next time it is not a problem opening it at all.
The cola is a dark brown colour, it looks just like any normal colour inside the bottle, it is not a dirty, cloudy look, it is just the usual plain dark colour. It does look appetising inside the bottle and that is one of the other reasons I bought this one. It tastes really nice for a cheaper brand but it does not obviously taste as good as the branded ones. I do much prefer the branded ones because they are a taste that I am used to. With cola brands I can tell the difference if I try one that is a little bit cheaper. I can be a little picky when it comes to drinking cola but this one is not a bad taste at all. This one I tried as I said earlier in my review awhile ago and so I am used to the different taste of it now. I do try and drink it along side the branded ones because at times, especially in the summer months I can tend to drink a lot more glasses of cola, so it can cost a lot of money. This one is a good additional drink for me along side my other drinks. It tastes quite strong and it does not leave a nasty taste in the mouth. It is quite fizzy and tastes refreshing. It is not one that I wanted to spit out of my mouth the first time I tried it, as I did with another cheap brand. This one lasted in my mouth until my glass was empty, so that showed I did at least find it a pleasant drink.
I find it is suitable for my guests and I was a little sceptical for them to try it because some of my guests can be a little picky with some drinks and will not drink them if they do not taste nice but all of my guests that did try this one were very happy with the taste and I had not bad feed back and so all was good. It holds the fizz too and it does not fizzle too quickly if it is left unattended for some time. I find it is suitable for another alcoholic drink such as with rum, this cola and rum does taste nice together and I do not drink alcohol so much these days because of the medication I take but when I have tried this one with the rum, I have found it does taste delicious.
The bottle is tall and slim line and so it is easy to hold and pour, it contains per 250ml only 3 calories, 0.4g of sugar, a trace of fat and salt. It also contains no artificial flavours or colours. It is a diet cola and so it is nice if you like to drink cola and are looking for a lower calorie content drink. This one is a really nice one with a very good taste. It does not taste disgusting or nasty as some tend to taste when they are cheaper in price. This one is a super value for money drink, it is excellent quality and one that I will continue to buy in the future as it give me all the nice taste that I expect from a cheaper brand. I do highly recommend this one for anyone who has children or if you are on a lower budget. It is ideal for larger families and so affordable in my opinion.
I just think Tesco have got this cola just right in the taste, it is a really nice drink with all the taste for a cheaper cola brand and a step up from the Value cola. It does however vary in price and sometimes it can be priced at as little as just 48p, so it is wise to buy it if you see it at the lower price and save a few pennies in my opinion. I buy it and just stock my cupboards because I buy this one all the time and so it makes sense.
The bottle can also be recycled after use.
I give this one 4 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
We sometimes have non branded Juice in the house and I thought I was doing a good thing by buying this product. Unfortunately not as it didn't go down well with me or my wife, but since I didn't pay over the odds for this then it wasn't all that bad.
This comes in a 2 litre bottle and I paid 49p for it. I don't know if this is also available in a 6 can 330ml pack, as I know that Asda do their juice in this way too.
The bottle for this looks ok. The label makes the Juice look nice enough with the Juice in a glass. Pictures a;ways look nice though don't they.
When I first opened this bottle up it smelt like the normal Coke kind of smell and it seemed fizzy enough. I poured a large glass of this out and there was plenty of Bubbles in here. This certainly seemed fizzy enough and when I first drank some of this it was fizzy but the Fizz seemed to go pretty quickly. After this bottle being open for a day I found that the fizz already seemed to be nearly gone and this size of bottle isn't all that easy to get through in such a short time.
Being a Diet drink this doesn't have that many Calories in it, and less that 1 calorie per 100ml.
Some Juices should have the money spent on them in my view, and Cola seems to be it. This wasn't the worst or cheapest tasting Cola i've had but Coca Cola is definitely my choice.
A few years ago, I would only drink branded cola - ie pepsi or coca cola. This was because any cheaper alternative just tasted so fould to me - sugary, syrupy and not at all like cola as I knew it. Recently, I tried Tesco's own brand of cola as I had tried many of their other own brand products and been impressed with how similar they actually were to the branded alternatives. The price difference between a bottle of this and a bottle of branded cola also helped persuade me, at 48p for a 2 litre bottle (Coca Cola priced at £1.78 for this size bottle and Pepsi £1.79). This represents a huge saving to me as I tend to buy two bottles a week.
The cola comes in a standard plastic bottle with a silver label around it which displays the product details. As this is the diet version, each glass (though no indication of how big a 'serving is') contains less than 2 calories, 1g sugar and just a trace of fat and salts. It is also suitable for vegetarians.
I often have problems opening the bottle - as it is pressurised, the cola tends to fizz up and spill over on opening - I have found this cola to do this more so than any other I have tried. Therefore, the bottle needs to be opened slowly and carefully. Pouring the first glass also takes a little time as you tend to get a fair bit of foam. The cola is very fizzy and retains this fizz for a good 2-3 days after the bottle is opened (if sealed tightly!). Although, once it loses it's fizz and becomes flat, it is not really drinkable!
The cola itself tastes pretty good. I wouldn't say that it quite met the quality of pepsi or coca cola, but with the difference in price I wouldn't expect that it would be the same quality. However, it tastes pretty decent and very cola like rather than too sweet or syrupy. Once refrigerated and served cold it is very drinkable and, whilst I would expect people to know that this wasn't pepsi or coca cola, I wouldn't think that they would believe it to be a really cheap alternative either.
I would definitely recommend this if you are looking to make a saving on your shopping bill, it's a pretty good cola for less than half the price!
I have recently tried out the bottle of Tesco diet cola and this is my review.
I have been trying out some of the items in the Tesco own brand range instead of buying more well known items to see if I can save a few pence on my weekly shop and I have found that some of them are very good value but other items in there own range are not that good and I will not get them again. At this time of year though I am always trying to save a few pennies with Christmas coming up so I was happy to try out a few items that I would not normally buy.
The packaging for the bottle of Tesco diet cola is quite nice and it is not as cheap looking as I would have thought. The bottle is a two litre size and is made of clear plastic which can be recycled and I like this as I like to do my bit for the environment. There is a label on the bottle which is a silver colour and the writing for the Diet cola is in red so the colours are similar to the well known Coca-cola brand of cola. I think the packaging is quite nice looking but this does not bother me to much anyway as I am more bothered about what the item is like so would have bought the Tesco diet cola anyway.
The Tesco Diet cola is a dark browny - black colour like other brands of cola. I thought that the drink looked quite nice and when I opened the bottle it was full of fizz and the drink was still fizzy after it had been opened over night and I liked this cos sometimes I think cheaper fizzy drinks go flat a lot quicker than dearer fizzy drinks.
The taste of the Tesco diet cola is very nice and I was quite surprised as I thought the taste would be quite weak cos the drink was not very dear. The taste was quite rich and very tasty and I thought the drink was not over sweet or tasted to much of artificial sweetener which is something I have thought is a problem with cheap cola drinks I have tried out before. I tried the Tesco diet cola in my vodka at the weekend and thought it tasted quite nice as a mixer to and with ice and some lemon it would be a refreshing drink to have in the summer in the hot weather.
The two litre plastic bottle of the Tesco Diet Cola was only around 50 pence which is a very good saving for me as I usually buy the Coca-Cola brand of diet coke for £1.09 from my local mini market so the Tesco Diet Cola was half the price for what I would usually spend on my bottle of pop. I have bought in two bottles to have as mixers for drinks at Christmas as I think it is so good and I think most people would be happy with this in there drink as a mixer.
I would suggest giving the Tesco Diet Cola a try out and I think it is a drink that is very good quality for a very good price. I will be buying the cola again and I think most people would like the taste of the drink and probably like the good price of it to!
I have always been a big fan of fizzy drinks and quite literally now must have tried most of the diet coke/cola brands out there. I have had varying success from the downright awful to the absolutely delightful.
I, as with most people, probably prefer the full fat version of these fizzy drinks, however, as they are absolutely full of sugar and if we are honest, just not all that good for you, I have decided to satisfy my fizzy drinks cravings with the diet versions.
As I mentioned I have tried various different brands but I have always found that the supermarket own brands tend to be right up there in both flavour and also, very important nowadays, with price! I have never been a fan of the most famous of these drinks (Diet Coke) as I feel it is just doesn't measure up to its more famous full fat version and with price being much higher than supermarket own brand, it is a very rare item to be found in my fridge.
Tesco diet cola, in my opinion, has a nice flavour and your taste buds can easily pick up that distinctive cola taste unlike many of supermarket basic brands which are one step from coloured carbonated water! Of course, as with all colas, it comes black in colour and Tesco have done well to release in 3 different sizes of container ( 2 litre bottle - 47 pence per unit, 500ml bottle - 6 pack £1.45 and 330ml can - 12 pack £2.69 all prices are correct as of 25/09/2010) in order to meet our varying needs whether it be poured from a large bottle into a glass with our meal, a can to fit in your lunch box or a small bottle for ease of carrying. All the units as we can see are very reasonably priced and are an easy way to shave money of your shopping bill without having to compromise on taste.
For anyone who likes this info, here is brief view of the nutritional values on a 250ml serving which I have taken from the bottle
Calories - 3
Sugar - 0.4g
Fat - Trace
Salt - Trace
Saturates - Trace
If I had to pick some negative points, firstly, I think that the large 2 litre bottles tend to go flat quite quickly and I wouldn't expect the juice still to be as fizzy unless the whole bottle is consumed within 24 hours. Secondly, which isn't really a fault of the drink, the flavour does not measure up with the full fat version but then again I don't think any diet version does this.
I believe Tesco diet cola falls into the middle of the road, it is certainly much better than any basic range but still not as good as the full fat versions and that is why I have rated as a 3 star product. Worth a buy though for any one looking to quench their thirst with an inexpensive and good tasting low calorie drink.
If you are a diet cola fiend like me then like me you will probably have tried every variety there is! Tesco's own brand diet cola is one of the cheaper options at just 44p for a 2 litre bottle and I personally think it is great value for money.
On a blind taste test, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference between this and 'real' diet coke as most of the ingredients are exactly the same. It also has the same zero calorie and sugar content so is great if you're trying to lose a bit of weight or watch your sugar intake. I realise that the sweetener aspartame which is in most diet colas is not terribly healthy either but we all have our vices and sometimes you pick the lesser of two evils so I'm not about to start lecturing!
The reason I mainly buy diet cola is to satisfy a sweet tooth without the sugar and fat and to keep my caffeine addiction under control! Tesco's version is just as good as any more expensive brand for these two purposes. Its also very refreshing on a hot day when drunk straight from the fridge or with ice added.
The packaging is nothing special, its pretty much a straight rip off from diet coke, with a silver label and red text. The bottles and cans that it comes in are recyclable but the labels are not.
Tesco has also released several more festive versions of its diet cola, including caffeine free, lemon and even a 'fiery' version which is supposed to be a little bit spicy. I haven't tried that one yet but I think its great that they're branching out and offering some variety.
I have started a Diet with Slimming World. This means no good things which I never really wanted before, but suddenly do now! So I turned to Diet Coke, but found Coca Cola brand rather expensive when i drank as much of it as i do!
Tesco diet Coke is much cheaper - I paid only £1.45 for 6 bottles of 500ml each. Which was a great bargain in my opinion. I dont drink Diet Coke for the taste really, more for the bubbles (strange, I know), and this has plenty of bubbles to fizz and pop in my mouth! So that ticks one box for me!
The flavour is nice too - more like a Pepsi than a CocaCola, but pleasant, more flavoursome than a Diet CocaCola, tastes sweeter, but less artificial.
A bottle keeps its flavour and its fizz for ages after opening - I had a bottle open for 8 hours yesterday, it was jiggled around in my bag, and was still full of flavour and bubbles.
I haven't yet tried it as a mixer - i would normally have non diet coke. I will try it soon though.
All in all a pleasant drink, really good value for money and I would recommend this as a great cheap alternative to CocaCola brand if you are counting the pennies.
Yuck!! I do NOT like this cola!!
As you may have read in some of my other reviews, I am somewhat a Diet Coke addict. I am a bit snobbish when it comes to my coke and will only drink the Diet Coca Cola, rather than any other brand, or even Pepsi.
I acquired a bottle of this bad-tasting drink when my friend brought a bottle round. We used my Diet Coke as a mixer with our drinks, and then she left this at my house - how I wish she hadn't!
The bottle is a 2 litre bottle with a silver label and lid. It has the nutritional information on the front and a "splash" of the coke as a picture. The back details all of the information that no-one ever reads!
At 49p a bottle, this is a bargain for 2 litres. Diet Coke costs around £1.70 and so if you like the flavour of this one, then it is definately worth the saving - however, it just isn't good enough for me and I think you get what you pay for in this case.
I am not sure how to describe the taste - it is sickly sweet and you can almost taste al of the artificial flavouring that has gone into it! It definately does not taste like Coca Cola.
I find that Tescos can be very spot on with their value and lower cost products for taste, but they have really failed here.
The back of the packet says that it contains gluten which I was quite surprised about and so it is not suitable for coeliacs. It obviously doesn't contain nuts, but it does warn you that there may be traces, and so tis should be beared in mind also.
The drink is a low calorie version of their normal cola and is filled with sweetners rather than sugar, meaning that a 250ml serving only has 3kcal!
The ingredients are:
Carbonated Water, Fruit and Vegetable concentrates (Apple, Carrot, Hibiscus), Barley Malt Extract, Natural Flavourings (Including Caffeine), Phosphoric Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).
The bottle retains it fizz until the end (I let my brothers drink it as I couldn't face it!).
I would not recommend this drink to anyone who likes Diet Coke, but for a non-regular drinker of coke then maybe they would like it! However, I definately will not be buying this, ever!!
I admit to liking the Tesco cola, well the normal one anyway. Oh and not the value one, because that has a watery odd taste to it! The diet version of the cola is pretty decent too though and when it hits summer, I often let myself go and buy a bottle a week.
You buy in multipacks or individually, I usually plump for a solo bottle, which sets me back about forty pence. If you consider that a regular bottle of branded Coca Cola costs in excess of one pound, you are making considerable savings here.
With no complaints about the packaging, it is easy to spot on shelves, though I sometimes do confuse it with the Vanilla Cola, which looks a little similar. In your litre bottle, the cola is filled to an acceptable level, which makes pouring easy and spillage free.
The smell is sweet and smells like regular cola, but the taste is the highlight. The diet version succeeds in refining some of the sugaryness that the regular one has, offering a subtler drink. It is no less viscous, but the taste is mellowed and less striking. You can notice a difference between the two versions, but it is a vague difference. The diet version is obviously the healthier option and does not sacrifice the excellent fizzy coke taste at the expense of being healthier.
I like to drink it of an evening with a meal. I find it very refreshing and just as good as the real thing. I also like to let it go slightly flat for a few days then return to it, this seems to improve the flavour. Because the fizz has subsided you are able to taste the depths of the cola better and this is particularly rewarding after a run or a workout.
Very competitively priced and very good in the taste department too.
Ok so confession time, My name is Lisa and I am a diet coke addict! I really do live on the stuff and for me it was getting too expensive to buy the real thing all the time so a few years ago I took the plunge and tried the cheaper option which was Tesco's Diet Cola and what a plunge it was as I am now addicted to this stuff but saving myself quite a lot of money at the same time.
The diet cola comes in a two litre bottle which is the standard pop bottle shape. It is a clear plastic and has a grey label around the middle of the bottle which has the product name and a picture of a glass of this cola. On the back of the label you can find all of the product details, including the ingredients and the nutritional values of the cola. The top of the bottle has the usual standard screw cap which is very simple to use.
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The cola has a very dark brown colour to it which s easy to see in the bottle as it is a clear plastic. When the cola is poured out then the colour does lighten. I have noticed that there is a lot of fizz to the cola so caution is needed when pouring a glass of the stuff. There is a smell to the pop which does in fact smell of cola and nothing more, it is not overpowering at all and is quite pleasant.
As I always use to drink the real Diet Coke then I was not expecting much taste wise from this cola but I was very surprised when I first tried it. I does actually taste very good and quite a lot like the real thing. I would say that this is definitely the closest I have tried to the real thing. There is an element of the cheap side to it with the smell as it does smell of cola and it is not quite as refreshing as the real thing but for me this is an excellent substitute. I think that this is better when served chilled but for me I just cannot drink it this way as it gives me gas which I will admit is not very pleasant.
I have given this to several visitors in my house and they have all commented on how nice it tastes and not like other cheap colas which taste quite watery.
The cola comes in a 2 litre sized bottle and although it pains me to admit this only last me a few hours and at times I can get through 3 of the 2 litre bottles in a day. It is recommended that the pop is used within 3 days of first being opened.
The ingredients of the cola for those wishing to know are:-
Carbonated water, Fruit ad Vegetable concentrates (Apple, Carrot, Hibiscus), Barley Malt Extract, Natural Flavourings (including Caffeine), Phosphoric Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate), Preservatives (potassium Sorbate),
After reading those ingredients which I have never done before I am quite shocked to see that it contains flavouring of carrot and apple as there is absolutely no taste of these in the drink!
The nutritional values for a 100ml serving is:-
Energy - 1 Kcal
Protein - trace
Carbohydrates - 0.3g
Of which sugars - 0.2g
Fat - trace
Of which saturates - trace
Fibre - trace
Sodium - trace
Salt Equivalent - trace
I have to say that these seem to be very good values and there is basically no calorie content or fat content to this drink which for me is a dam good thing for the quantity I drink.
The cola does contain gluten but has been made in a nut free factory, it is suitable for vegetarians.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
As this is a Tesco's branded drink then it is only available in Tesco's stores. It comes in at 44p per bottle and I think this is a bargain price as the real Diet Coke is well over £1.50 per bottle.
I have now been drinking this diet cola for several years and I can say that I will not be changing. I find it is a great alternative and tastes nearly as good as the real thing. It is very cheap and also tastes great when mixed with a very large vodka!
At some point earlier this year, I developed a rather expensive addiction to Diet Coke. At a time when money was tight and I was trying to cut costs, this was not helpful. I was shopping around, trying to find cans on buy one get one free. Eventually, a few months ago I decided it was time to bite the bullet and try own brand cola.
I ordered a 12 pack of cans of Tesco diet cola when I was doing my shopping online. It was £2.31 (the price I had recently paid for a 6 pack of Diet Coke) so seemed like a really good bargain to me. The following day I bought a small bottle of M&S diet cola to go with my lunch, and started worrying I had wasted my money on the Tesco cans - the M&S stuff smelled and tasted foul, like some kind of weird alcohol, Cinzano or the like, the stuff you steal from your parents alcohol cabinet age 15.
My worry wasn't helped by the fact that that same day, I read a scathing review of Tesco diet cola here on Dooyoo. By this point it was too late to change my order, play safe and order Diet Coke.
Once my shopping arrived, I took a can out of the pack to try it with my tea. The first thing I noticed was that the can is shaped slightly differently to the standard shape you get with all branded soft drinks. The can is slightly more rounded, has a narrower diameter to the top and a higher rim.
On my first taste, I could tell immediately it was different from Diet Coke. Yes it is a cola taste, but it was quite clearly not the branded version I know and love. It is as fizzy as Diet Coke however. Throughout drinking my first can, I thought it was drinkable but not great - but unlike the M&S one I had tried, I did finish all of this. My main thought was that it was too different from Diet Coke, and that I probably wouldn't buy it again. I even wondered whether I would want to finish the 12 pack I had bought.
So first impressions weren't entirely positive, but not too bad either. It was drinkable. Me being me, and not wanting to waste anything, I had a second can the next day. This was better. I enjoyed the drink more, and thought that maybe I could continue drinking it.
This improvement continued over the next few cans, and before long I was enjoying the Tesco diet cola quite happily, and although still noting its difference to Diet Coke, I didn't find this a bad point as such.
By the end of that first 12 pack, I was no longer debating whether or not to buy the product again. The next time I was doing a Tesco online shop, I added a 12 pack of Tesco diet cola to my trolley without even thinking twice about it. I'm now perfectly happy drinking this instead of Diet Coke, and generally now I only buy Diet Coke if I really want a drink when I'm out and about. Yesterday I noticed my local Co op has Diet Coke 6 packs on buy one get one free, and I'm debating whether to bother or not, as they are priced a little higher than the Tesco diet cola 12 pack.
I'm definitely a convert to Tesco diet cola. It's tasty and cheap, so my purse is happier, and although the taste is clearly not that of Diet Coke, it's not a bad taste. If at first you're not sure, like me, give it a couple of goes and see if it grows on you as well. I was addicted to Diet Coke - now I'm addicted to an affordable alternative!