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Tesco No Added Sugar Tropical Squash

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      31.01.2013 18:21
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      Yuck

      We drink quite a lot of fruity squash in our house and we are always looking for new flavours to try. As a rule, I generally prefer orange-based squashes so when I saw this Tropical squash in Tesco it immediately appealed to me as it was orange in colour. The squash can be bought in bottle sizes of 750ml or 1.5 litres and it is a no added sugar squash. It is also double concentrated so you only need half the regular amount of squash per glass (and obviously mix it with water). A 750ml bottle costs around £1, but we opted for the 1.5 litre bottle for £1.50 as this represented better value for money.

      The bottle is quite short and rounded - so it fits neatly in most cupboards. The top is a blue screwcap and the bottle is made of plastic so can be recycled. The labelling is stuck around the middle of the bottle with a picture of some of the fruit contained in the squash - a large orange, banana and a pineapple (this is an updated package to that in the dooyoo picture).

      The squash itself is a bright orange and looks quite thick. On pouring, it is not as thick as anticipated but smells very sweet. The squash contains various 'tropical' fruit - apricot, mango, orange, pineapple, apple, passsion fruit, grapefruit and lemon. Had I read the labelling before buying, I probably would never have opted for this drink as it contains so many fruits and seems like rather an odd mixture to me. On first taste, it tasted ok - quite orangey. However, after several more mouthfuls it becomes very sweet and not a taste I find pleasant at all. It tastes really odd and it is such a 'busy' combination of fruit. A lot of the fruit contained I like a lot - pineapple, mango, orange but there are also others that I do not like at all like lemon and grapefruit. I find it a really odd tasting drink and I find it very strange to drink any squash that contains banana! It also has a really odd aftertaste that I couldn't really shift and I instantly wanted a glass of water - somewhat defeating the purpose of drinking the squash. It is also quite hard to judge the amount of squash to use when making a glass - you need very little at all really as the taste is so strong!

      Overall, this is not a squash that I recommend at all. I think it is a specific palate that would enjoy this. It is not refreshing at all and I did not enjoy drinking it, so I will certainly not be purchasing again!

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      07.03.2010 15:46
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      OK For A Quick Drink But Not Something I'd Choose All The Time

      I'm not always mad keen on tropical flavours in pop because it depends on what fruit have been used and they all taste completely different from each other.

      This no added sugar one from Tesco isn't that bad but I think it tastes a bit cheap. It's one of them double concentrated squashes so you only have to use a bit and dilute it with water, it doesn't smell all that nice in the bottle but the taste isn't too bad.

      I used more than it said on the bottle because I like strong squash but don't go too over board because if you put too much in the drink gets a bitter taste to it. The fruit is mixed nice and you get a tropical flavour, it's hard to describe because you can't actually taste one fruit in it but you do get a proper TROPICAL flavour like when you have a glass of tropical juice.

      I can kind of taste mango in it but that's it and I've chucked the bottle now so I can't check what else is in there. I didn't find this drink very refreshing but tropical pop isn't always unless you get one of them mega fizzy ones. This squash has got a lovely fruity taste but it's one of them drinks that tastes very flat as you're drinking it even if you have shedloads of ice in it. I only ever have 1 glass and that's enough for me and I'll go for something else if I'm still thirsty afterwards.

      Another thing that puts me off this tropical squash is that it's got a weird after taste, it's got no sugar added to it so I reckon that must be the sweeteners that give it the after taste because it's quite a sweet drink so there are deffo loads of sweeteners in it.

      The 750ml bottle I've got cost 87p and that's not bad for a double concentrated drink because you don't have to use much to get a nice tasting glass of pop so the bottle should last you for quite a long time.

      Recommended... but not all that exciting!!!

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        25.01.2010 12:01
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        Tastes good, so why not!

        I am always looking for ways to save some money when doing the Tesco shop, and buying Tesco own brand products seems to be a good way of doing this, as I have rarely been disappointed with them. Swapping my usual Robinsons squah for this squash seemed a good move to save a few pennies.

        At first the bottle appeared quite expensive for its size, just on first glance, but then I read the information on the bottle and realised it was doubly concentrate, which means you only need to use half as much as normal, which then meant the bottle was double the value that I thought it was. So dont be put off by first appearances.

        The bottle is clear, which shows the orange coloured juice inside, and has a bright coloured label with pictures of fruit on it. It advertises no added suagr, which is always an essential for me. Another great fact I found out when reading the label was that the bottle is 100% recyclable, which again is a bonus for me.

        The squash tself mixed with water easily (although it was hard remembering to add only half as much as normal, without ruining the drink by adding too much and having to throw it away (that doesnt save any money then does it?!) The drink smelled sweet and fruity, which appealed to me, and the younger family members. The drink tatses nice, like a mixture of fruits, none of which I could put my finger on. It was sweet enough, with no added sugar, and was not sickly or sticky like some fruity squashes can be.

        Overall this squash seems as nice as the more expensive brands, so will be another permenant swap on my shopping list!

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          10.12.2009 17:09
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          Sainsbury's own brand tastes better and is healthier.

          I'm very sweet-toothed so I try to reduce my sugar input by drinking squash. It has fruity sweet taste and I don't eat as much chocolate or biscuits. It is hard to resist when we have at home a large stock of them...

          We buy our squashes from Sainsbury's and we like the shop's own branded double concentrated no added sugar squashes. Last time I forgot to buy replacement so when we were in Tesco we bought Tesco's Tropical squash and another one because they were on offer.


          Price and package
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          Tesco's Tropical Squash comes in a colourless transparent bottle with blue cap. It is available in two sizes: 1.5 litre for 1.46 pounds and 0.75 l for 87 pence. The offer now is for two 1.5 litre squashes for 2.75 pounds.

          The label around the bottle is light blue and there are tropical fruits on it. The squash inside has deep orange colour. It is written on it that it is a double concentrated squash so you need less and it doesn't contain added sugar.

          The bottle and the cap are 100% recyclable and the bottle fits in the recycling container's entrance.


          The squash
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          It has very appetizing deep orange colour and a strong tropical fruit smell. You need to pour one part squash and 9 parts of water. The diluted squash has still very nice orange colour. It looks really very inviting so I tasted it. For the first time it was a bit disappointing but after a few glasses of it I got used to its taste. The mango and the passion fruit dominate the taste of the squash. It contains pineapple, apple, apricot, orange and banana as well but you cannot feel them. A bottle lasts quite long as it is really concentrated.


          Ingredients
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          Water, Comminuted Fruits from Concentrates (20%) (Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon), Fruit Juices from Concentrate (6%) (Apple, Orange, Mango Purée, Apricot Purée, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Banana Purée), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Flavouring, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Stabiliser (Carboxymethylcellulose), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Natural Colour (Beta-Carotene).


          Nutritional information
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          As it doesn't contain added sugar just sweetener and the fruit content of it is quite law a serving contains only 4 kcal.


          My opinion
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          I prefer Sainsbury's own branded squashes to this one because they have better taste. My favourite ones are orange and mango, blackcurrant and apple and apple squashes. They are slightly cheaper than the Tesco's squashes and are sweetened with sucralose which is a natural sweetener compared to Aspartame and Sodium Saccharin.

          After drinking a couple of glasses of squash I got used to its taste. My husband doesn't like it at all. He says that it is bitter. The mango purée in it has a very special taste and if you don't like mango you won't like this squash neither.

          I don't think I will buy again but it wasn't bad enough to pour it out. So I rate it 3 stars only.

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            10.09.2009 13:34
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            Needs refinement

            I bought this recently as Tesco had a special offer of 2 bottles for £2.50 to promote the new double concentrated squash in the smaller bottles. The bottles are 1.5litres, and are short and tubby, with the usual styled tesco branding label.

            I got the no added sugar version, which is great as 25ml (you only need about half this for a standard glass full of squash when diluted) only contains 3 calories. The taste is as natural as you expect from these squashes, although worryingly when I went on holiday a bright orange ring formed on top which stained the bottle!

            The double concentrated feature means you only need to use half as much squash for the same taste. This is good for the environment. I find a bottle lasts absolutely ages, even drinking several cups a day. However being so used to 'traditional' squash, I do find I often pour too much out, that then has to be messily poured back into the bottle, or thrown away, which does seem a bit wasteful.

            I do think the double concentrated style is a good development, although I would like to see products being developed that are both double concentrated, and are made from more natural flavours and colours.

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              02.06.2009 12:54
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              Don't forget you only need half the amount you used to!

              ---Intro---

              It's a glorious day and I'm stuck at work. I generally drink quite a lot throughout the day, but it's even more important to keep hydrated when it's hotter of course, and since I'd asked dooyoo to add various flavours of Tesco squash for me to review them I thought I'd bring a bottle with me for my desk at work.

              Since it's a hot summer's day, today I will be reviewing the Tesco No Added Sugar Tropical Squash! I'd really rather have a nice summery cocktail, but such is life!


              ---The Bottle---

              The bottle is 750ml. I should note here that the Tesco bottles of squash have double the concentrate, so the bottles are a lot smaller than they used to be. However, the squash goes further, so technically you get more in the 750ml bottle than you did in the previous litre bottles! It is supposedly meant to be more environmentally friendly perhaps, but I would imagine that they could make the squash even more concentrated! The bottle is made of 100% recyclable PET whatever that might be. The bottle is also easier to fit in cupboards, being smaller!

              The label as a picture of some dubious looking tropical fruits on it, including pineapple and banana (can't work out what the others are!).


              ---What's in it---

              Obviously the main ingredient is water, but after this we have comminuted (spellcheck doesn't like this word) fruits from concentrates (20%), Fruit juices from concentrate (6%). Citric acid, acidity regulator, natural flavourings, sweeteners, preservatives, stabiliser, antioxidant, and Natural Colour (I'm not going to list things more specifically).

              For those with allergies, it contains sulphites, and phenylaline. While there are no nuts in the recipe or the factory, it cannot guarantee nut free.

              Onto the best bit, because there's no added sugar, 25ml (whick will make approximately 250 ml when diluted) contains just 4 calories, 0.4g sugar, trace of fat, and 0.2g salt (why does it need any salt?)


              ---The Drinking Experience---

              Shake bottle well, and pour into glass - one part squash and 9 parts water.

              I have just made myself a drink with the exact amount (my water bottle has lines down it - I haven't used a measuring jug!), and have to say that it is just right (although of course individual tastes vary) - sometimes I put in a bit too much and have it a bit too strong and need to top it up. I think how strong I want it also depends on how thirsty I am.

              Obviously for those giving the drink to toddlers then it should be diluted further.

              The main taste is orange, although it has a bit of a tropical taste - I can make out the mango, and think I can make out the pineapple. It is fairly sweet, but not too much so - I find it very refreshing. It is quite different from a standard orange drink, so might not be to all tastes.

              The real taste test would probably be the undiluted taste. I remember once I drank a whole plastic cup of undiluted orange squash as I thought it was diluted (it was in a jug) and just gulped it down.

              The smell is very strong, and I can only imagine that it is horrible to drink it neat, not to mention how dehydrated it would make you. So, I might love you dear dooyoo readers, but not that much!

              I really like this squash (as all of the others in the range - we always have 4 different ones at any one time), and can drink pints of it. I find the orange based squashes especially good when slightly hungover! To me squash is squash, so I'm not really bothered about the big brand names. However, since I drink quite a lot of liquids, it is fairly important to me to have no added sugar drinks. Perhaps this detracts from the taste slightly, but it's been so long since I had a full sugar squash now!


              ---Other---

              While the drink is not suitable for freezing according to the bottle, I have made ice lollies out of these with probably a third concentrate and two thirds water.

              The bottle I bought expires next January, so it probably has a shelf life of about 7 months. Squash seems to always last fine even when open.

              A bottle of this currently costs 80p in Tesco, and apparently they do 1.5 litre bottles for £1.46 (not in our Tesco though), which makes a slight saving.

              Look out for more squash reviews coming your way!

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                23.05.2009 00:21
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                Highly Recommended

                A 1.5lt bottle of this will set you back just under £1.50 from Tesco, which is excellent value for money. I'm a big fan of a lot of the sweeter, full sugar squashes on the market, but obviously I can't drink all those calories day in and day out! Also, younger family members don't need their little teeth put at risk by full sugar drinks, so no added sugar squashes are best for them.

                This Tropical flavour squash is from the Tesco double concentrate range, which means that you only need to use a very tiny splash of this squash to make up a diluted glass of the stuff. I think this makes the product even better value for money. It's really not just a gimmick, I find that I genuinely do use half of what I would use if this wasn't double concentrated.

                The taste is traditional tropical with a mix of orange, lemon and pineapple to me. I checked the bottle to see what fruit flavours are actually in here, and was really surprised to find a big mixture included. There's 6% fruit juice in this squash made up from Apple, Orange, Mango, Apricot, Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Banana.

                I think they've made something really great by mixing all those flavours together. The artificial sweeteners they chuck in help I'm sure! Altogether, this is a really tasty little squash that represents outstanding value for money. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap, everyday fruity squash.

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