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Tesco Value Cola - Avoid Like The Plague!
Tesco Value Cola
Author Name: daisylee3
Tesco Value Cola
Date: 09/08/11, updated on 09/08/11 (126 review reads)
Disadvantages: Pretty much everything - a waste of my 17p!
I have an unhealthy addiction to Coke, and as I drink upto 3 cans a day of it, it's becoming an expensive habit to have. On a recent Tesco shop, I spotted there Value Cola in the soft drinks area. At 17 pence for a 2 litre bottle, I couldn't resist trying it! The coke comes in a plastic, transparent bottle, meaning the coke can be seen. It looks pretty much excactly like Coca Cola - a dark browny black colour. Around the bottle is a white label made out of thin plastic-like paper, which has the Tesco Value logo on and of course the product name - Sugar Free Cola. The packaging overall is certiannly not ugly, but it is not very eye catching - like all Tesco Value products that is a sacrafice that has to be made if you want cheaper products because packaging is one of the ways that they cut costs on the manufacturing.
Opening the bottle is quick and easy with the usual screw-off top. Upon opening it alot of the fizzy gas was released and it made that satisfying hissing noise, reassuring me that it was just as fizzy as my usual Coke, however once poured into a glass it goes flat within 30 minutes at the most, and even with the lid screwed tightly on the bottle the fizziness doesn't last for very long at all and it goes flat. Once in a glass, the liquid is definetly darker in colour than my usual Coke - much darker in my opinion without the lovely light brown caramel hint of colour to it that Coke does. The consistency of the liquid doesn't seem as thick as Coke either if that makes sense - it seems very wattered down.
Taste wise.. well, it doesn't really taste of much if i'm honest but the bit of taste I did get from it was extremely unpleasent and made me feel sick. After looking at the ingredients I am guessing I got the brunt of the fruit and vegetable concentrates that it contains, which sounds nice (Apple, Carrot, Hibiscus), but in all reality it is absoloutely vile!! It tastes cheap and wattery and just really unpleasent - the type of drink that feels like torture while having a sip! There is no where near as much sweetness as there is in a glass of Coke, and the sweetness tastes blatantly fake and leaves a nasty after taste.
Like Coke, the Tesco Value Cola achieves its sweetness from Aspertame, a highly controversial ingredient. It also includes caffiene (as does Coke), but despite the ingredients similarities it does not come close to Coke's quality, and I personally poured it down the sink within the day of buying it. As a mixer I imagine it would be almost okay, but it could possibly make the vodka taste even yuckier! I definetly wouldn't use it as a mixer but know alot of friends who do as it is so cheap and adds that extra bit of sweetness. Also, if you're holding a childrens party and have a lot of kids to cater for this is a much cheaper alternative to Coke, and children probably wouldn't notice the difference.. but to be honest they probably won't like it and although it is low calorie (2 calories per 250ml), it is not a healthy drink nor a drink I would reccomend giving to kids regulary.
As most people know though, Cola has other uses than been used as a drink - it can apparently make toilets sparkling clean, so a 2 litre bottle of this is much cheaper than most toilet bleaches. I have not tried it yet but possibly will once I am back at university and am skint again! As I said before this is a ridiculously cheap drink (it works out at 1p per 100ml!), and this definetly is evident through the quality of the drink - to be frank, it is rubbish in my personal opinion and was a waste of 17 pence.
Summary: Tastes disgusting!