“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Soft Drink „
My boyfriend doesn't drink tea or coffee and so fruit squash is something that I always tend to have in the house. In fact this is probably the one thing that he remembers to get, without fail, when I send him out to Tesco.
This week he came back with this Tesco High Juice orange squash. I checked his receipt and this cost £1.50 for a one litre bottle which is the same as the Robinsons flavours that he normally gets. I suppose he just wanted a change.
The squash comes in a tall, clear plastic bottle. The only reason I mention this is that the bottle os too tall to fit in my kitchen cupboard and as we threw the empty Robinsons bottle out, I don't even have something else I can decant it into so it is currently sat out on the counter, next to the microwave....
You make the squash in the normal way - that is pouring about an inch into a pint glass and topping up with water. Obviously that is just a guide as some people prefer their squash strong and some prefer it weaker.
After having his first drink my boyfriend exclaimed that it was awful and the most bitter thing he had ever tasted. I tried it for myself and I have to disagree. Admittedly it does have a slight bitter aftertaste, unlike Robinsons, but it is the kind of aftertaste you get after drinking pure orange juice.
In this respect, I can fully believe the claim that this squash is made with 50% because you can taste it!
I would say it tastes much more like actual orange juice as opposed to Robinsons orange squash, but I actually really liked it.
I don't really rate tea or coffee, and prefer dilute squash (full sugar). But since I moved to an area which is only served by Tesco, I found myself wanting to find a squash that doesn't include "aspartame", you know, that horrible stuff that makes stuff taste like you've just eaten a tablet of Splenda. Then I found this. Checking out the ingredients - no aspartame or phenylalanine, great! I bought myself the orange, the apple, and the pineapple variations, in 1 litre bottles (that's the only size any of them come in)
The orange, as soon as you dilute it, you can smell something that smells like actual orange juice. The taste is similar, if not a bit sugary, but certainly worth the extra pennies.
The apple tastes similar to apple juice, but also distinctly different - it tastes, more peely, slightly bitter.
The pineapple, although tastes like real pineapple juice, you have to drink it within about two minutes. Otherwise this grainy, unpleasant substance floats to the surface, and looks like you've dumped a teaspoon of sugar into it. Stirring (or using a strainer!) does not help, believe me I've tried! All it does is refloat, usually within 10 seconds. Drinking it when it's like this is unpleasant.
I would recommend the orange and the apple variations, but not the pineapple, I'm afraid. It's a good idea, but it doesn't work.
I bought some of this the other day when we cashed in a few bags of copper coin at one of those machines. Whenever we do this, we always buy stuff we wouldn't ordinarily buy.
It wasn't on offer at the time and cost us £1.23. It comes in a few different flavours. We both like blackcurrant so that's the one we chose. It looks lovely and thick and full of goodness and because it is billed as being 40% fruit juice from concentrate, you do expect to have a strong-tasting fruity squash that delivers a taste sensation over and above the cheapskate squashes that I normally buy (and which my wife doesn't drink).
In taste terms it doesn't disappoint although it was a lot sweeter than I expected it to be. Just because something tastes strongly of the source fruit doesn't necessarily make it healthy and I was surprised and disappointed to note that sugar is the ingredient that features at the top of the ingredients list at a whopping 70g of sugar per 100ml of product.
Calorifically speaking it also hits hard at 286 calories per 100ml and although I suspect that these are figures for the concentrated rather than the diluted product, it's still a pretty high figure and would put me off drinking this as my regular squash, assuming I could afford to do so at the premium price at which it is sold.
It didn't take long for us to finish the bottle, though. Like a lot of concentrated drinks of this nature, it does leave a sticky mess around the bottle top and when you've drunk some, you do feel as if it is leaving a coating on your teeth and on more than one occasion I have gone straight to the bathroom to brush my teeth after drinking it.
Tastes good but makes me feel guilty.
Being quite partial to an drink of an evening, when I became pregnant I needed a none alcoholic substitute to fill the void!
My household already consumed what seemed to be bottles of the stuff - although we tended to drink eg Robinsons (for my son) and Tesco Value juice for diluting anything alcoholic (along with lemonade/other carbonated drink).
Settling down to a pint of Robinsons/Value juice was somehow not the same! Both tasted extremely artificial, reminiscent of the cordial from my school days (a very long time ago!). Therefore I sought out a substitute.
Tesco High Juice seemed as good a choice as any.
Tesco offer variety of flavours, served in 1 litre plastic bottles. I began with pink grapefruit and was instantly hooked! A fantastic bitter sweet flavour, extremely refreshing particularly when served ice cold.
After that I worked my way through most of the range. Today I tend to buy summer fruits, blackcurrant and orange. The latter for myself and the former for my son - diluted for lunchbox use.
The concentrated juice drinks contain 50% fruit juice and contain no artificial flavours or colours.
For ease, I have chosen the bottle I have to hand in order to review the ingredients (orange).
As well as containing sugar, water, citric acid, natural flavourings, potassium sorbate, sodium metabisulphite and vitamin C.
The bottle states that the product contains comminuted orange juice - this means that the whole of the orange, including the peel is mashed up and squeezed. This apparently provides the full flavour of the oranges whilst also releasing oils from inside the peel providing extra bite!
Ingredients with regard to blackcurrant juice state 50% blackcurrant juice from concentrate.
To serve, shake the bottle and dilute to taste. The bottle suggests 1 part high juice to 4 parts water but I like mine strong (and the juice, ha ha) so I would say 1 part juice to 3 parts water.
I have found my choice of High Juices has diminished of late. The majority of juice on the shelves tends to be of the no added sugar variety - to say I loathe this would be an understatement, I find it leaves an unpleasant after taste.
Most no added sugar drinks (including Tesco High Juice) contain a source of phenylalanine. It has been suggested that disorders such as ADD/ADHD can be triggered too much phenylalanine in our diets, it may also bring on migraines.
Phenylalanine can also be found in various herbal high/party pills. Consenting adults - fair enough, to give my child to drink? I don't think so!
I now find that my bottles are relegated to the bottom shelf, most distressing, particularly with a slipped disc!
Until recently, my preferred juice (orange/blackcurrant) was 99p per bottle. It has now increased to £1.01 per bottle. You can however make a huge 2p saving if two bottles are purchased at the same time on the 2 for £2 deal. To me, that's a 2p increase - thanks Tesco, every little helps!!
The none blackcurrant/orange varieties retail at £1.28 per bottle and are also included in the 2 for £2 deal.
Excite your taste buds and give high juice a try!
4 Dooyoo stars - it would have been price if it hadn't been for the price increase!
In my household we get through quite a lot of squash, we're not really big on juices so it's pretty much all we drink on a weekday (except for the occasional cup of coffee). With that in mind I'm always on the look out for the perfect squash, the ambrosia of the soft drink aisle, the nectar.....OF THE GODS!!!!! (ahem). In Tesco's high juice I think I may have just found it.
What sets the high juice range apart from other juices is that (yup you guessed it) it contains a "high" amount of juice, 50% to be precise. It's nice to see such a massive amount of fruit juice in a product like this with most other squashes using a token amount of about 2%, just so they can make the claim that it's "made with real fruit juice".
As well as being slightly less bad (I won't say good) for you, all that extra juiciness comes through in taste, in fact you can dilute it quite a long way as the strong sweet flavour holds up well.
I haven't yet tried a high juice I didn't like, with a few flavours being amongst my favourite soft drinks. The blackcurrant flavour is lovely and sweet, the pineapple one is really nice and actually tastes of pineapple and my favourite of all which I'm drinking as I write this review, the ultimate juice sensation...Pineapple, Passionfruit and Peach.
The latter is my favourite amongst high juices. It tastes strongly of peach and passionfruit but only subtly of pineapple, which in my mind is a good thing as a strong pineapple presence would have conflicted with the rest of the flavours.
If you're looking for a great tasting juice with a good range of varieties then your on a safe bat with Tesco High Juice.
I have a distinct aversion to hot drinks. It probably has something to do with the fact that when i was a child my mother used me as her Coffee slave & ordered me to make one for her whenever she wanted one. Consequently, I very rarely choose to make hot drinks & prefer to drink cold drinks like dilute squash or fizzy drinks.
Most of the Tesco own brand products that I have ever used have been of more than adequate quality so I decided to give their High Juice dilutable squash a try. There are various types available including Orange, Tropical Fruit or Summer Fruits. Pretty Much something for everyone. In my local supermarket they tend to be priced at around £1.20 per 1 litre bottle (which is the only size they come in).
The range tends to contain 40% plus fruit juice in the ingredients although it depends on which variety you buy. You can definitely tell the difference though. The squash seems to taste fruitier, has a thicker texture & has a more syrup like feel. The squash isn't as thick or as sweet as an actual fruit juice, but the difference in quality & taste between High Juice & a standard dilute pop is noticeable & worth the extra cost.
I would definitely recommend this range from tesco. The varieties that I have tried have all tasted very nice & have been much better than normal squash. I think that most people will find the difference worth the extra.
I'm not a big fan of tea or coffee, so in the winter months I tend to get through a lot of hot squash to keep the chill away. I tend to buy own brand, or whatever is on offer, and this week my eye was drawn to Tesco's own brand high juice no added sugar orange squash.
The label proudly proclaims it is 50% fruit juice, with no artificial flavours or colours, which is great. And a 50ml serving contrains only 14 calories, which is great. A 50ml serving also contains 18% of your RDA of vitamin C, which is the main advantage to me over normal flavoured squash.
The juice does contain quite an unnerving amount of addatives and sweeteners, but it looks natural and I figure it should be okay in small doses.
The taste is suprisingly harsh considering the sweeteners. This tastes like a very natural, unsweetened orange juice. It looks nice and natural in my cup, cloudy rather than the coloured water look you get with a lot of squash. While it is quite harsh, its not unpleasant, although I'm not sure you'd get that many children to drink it.
The bottle is labelled in quite a premium manner, with an orange and cream picture of oranges, and a gold label. The front of the bottle also shows the essential nutritional information.
This squash is currently on offer for £1 a bottle, usually £1.14. I think this is a reasonable price to get a more natural squash with vitamin C, although I will be having a look at some of the other flavours, as there is only so much orange I can take.
High juice (not the no added sugar variety) is marketed as having no artificial flavours or colours and being suitable for vegetarians. This is always a good starting point for me.
A squash is not a drink I have all the time - more of a now and again buy. I have not bought this squash for years as I mainly used to buy it for my daughter and friends when they were little (and dilute it very well). This last shop, however, I bought it for myself.
Currently, you could expect to pay 99p for a litre bottle of Orange High Juice - although I think the prices can vary between flavours. A branded squash costs between 31.17 and £1.56 for a litre.
There are several different flavours of High Juice including orange, blackcurrant, tropical and apple and blackcurrant flavours. I have tried them at at some point and think that they are all well flavoured and pleasant drinks. I have never tried the 'no added sugar' varieties because I think sugar (bad that it is) is better for you than the sweetener Asparame.
I particularly like the blackcurrant flavour High Juice and this is the one I have most recently bought. I think the comparison is generally made with Ribena - and I think it compares very well if diluted to the specified amount. It is a rich, dark red colour with a pronounced taste of blackcurrants.
Sugar, Blackcurrant juice from concentrate (40%), Water, Citric Acid, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Antioxidant (Vitamin C), Natural flavourings.
This list is not too terrible but it must be pointed out that sugar is first on the ingredients list and is therefore in the largest proportion. With the orange High Juice, this is not the case - with the orange from concentrate being first on the list and sugar in a lesser proportion (still a lot though).
I always dilute this juice more than the specified 1 part juice to 4 parts water as this would make it generally too sweet for me - even though I am a 'sweet tooth'. 1 part juice to 5 or 6 parts water does it for me.
The Vitamin C that is added to this blackcurrant juice will give you about 35% of your RDA (very little really as I believe humans need more Vitamin C than the RDA anyway),. With the orange juice, the added Vitamin C is only 18% of the RDA.
As a now and again buy, I like this drink as it is tasty and refreshing with no aftertaste. It is jammed with sugar so this needs to be considered when drinking it.
The bottle is fully recyclable.
Tesco High Juice squash consists of several different varieties of fruit flavours and is available for around a £1.00 each. I usually buy the blackcurrant or winter fruits variety.
The product comes in a 1 litre plastic bottle with a plastic screw top lid and the label clearly states the flavour (in words and a picture) and the fact that the drink contains "40% juice" and that it "contains no artificial flavours or colours" and is suitable for vegetarians.
The drink is in concentrate form and should be diluted approximately 1 part juice to 4 parts water, and more so for toddlers.
The ingredients for the blackcurrant drink are listed as:
Sugar, blackcurrant juice from concentrate (40%), water, citric acid, preservative, antioxidant and natural flavouring.
Per 100ml the drink contains 225kcal
53.5g carbohydrate (all of which sugars)
And trace a of salt, fat and fibre.
This certainly isn't the cheapest squash available nor is it as expensive as premium brands such as "Robinsons" or "Ribena" but to me the blackcurrant one is very comparable to Ribena in taste and in the amount of fruit juice it contains. The cheaper brands I have looked at contain far less fruit and more additives some of which have been linked with hyperactivity and general restlessness in children such as Tartrazine, and from my own experience this can be the case. They also don't taste as nice as this one, and for me this is a half way house between the really expensive natural squashes such as "Rocks" which contain no additives at all, and the really cheap low fruit variety.
There is also several varieties of squash flavours in a "no added sugar" option in this range and to me this is a bit of a balance, I try to avoid asparatimine and other sweeteners in drinks because I do not believe they are particularly good for you but if its free of that, then it usually contains lots of sugar! I also find that sugar free options have a bitter aftertaste which I don't like. 100ml serving of this drink diluted as stated contains 30% of the amount of sugar that you should have in one day so you could easily reach the total just with a few glasses.
I encourage my son to drink squashes through a straw when possible to try and minimise the contact the drink has with his teeth. Our dentist also told us to save juices for mealtimes and drink water between meals to avoid too may sugary assaults on the teeth - but this is hard to keep to when they are getting more independent and would prefer other drinks!
When it comes to squash, I normally stick to the 'Robinson's High Juice' range, which don't use any artificial sweeteners in their ingredients, and have a selection of deliciously fruity flavours. However, when the local supermarket was sold out of my usual drink, I decided to give Tesco's own 'High Juice' a go, and see if it would be worth buying in future. Available in a range of flavours, this review focusses specifically on the Blackcurrant variety.
Packaged in a purple bottle with a photograph of berries on the front, the product is suitable for vegetarians, and should be stored in a cool, dry place. Claiming a real fruit juice content of 40%, the drink also contains; Water, Citric Acid, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Matabisulphate), Antioxidant (Vitamin C), and Natural Flavourings.
Price & Flavour
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Costing £1.08 for the 1litre bottle, this particular drink represents a 22p saving on the Robinsons version, but does it taste as good?
A one part High Juice to four parts water mix of the drink produces a squash which is rich in colour and features a pleasant aroma. The flavour is very reminiscent of Ribena, but the consistency is less syrupy, and the aftertaste isn't quite as pleasant. The overall taste is very fruity, and the lack of artificial sweetener means that there isn't a nasty chemically flavour which I normally dislike.
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Although I only bought it due to Robinsons High Juice not being available, I was pleasantly surprised with Tesco's own brand, and found it to be a decent alternative to the Robinsons drink. What it (slightly) lacks in taste, it makes up for in price, and during these financial difficult times, any saving is potentially a good thing. Although not the best squash I have ever tasted, it is certainly better than the aspartame laden squashes which I can't stand the taste of -recommended.
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-Recipe: No Nuts
-Suitable for Klingons
-Ingredients: Cannot Guarantee Nut Free
Nutritional Info Per 50ml
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