“ A blend of juice, water and natural flavours. „
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Tropicana go! is a fruit juice product aimed towards the packed lunch market, as a simple healthy option to fizzy drinks. I personally have some serious issues with this product. Although it is a tastey fruit drink that i have no doubts about its heatliness, it is extremely over priced almost definitly costs more than a can of coke down at the supermarket. It is also watered down, and over packed with plastic and cardboard.
It's main merit is that for children it provides almost all of the goverment guidline for vitiman C (80% of the daily recommended ammount)
I honestly cannot see the point in buying this over a big carton of tastey orange juice and just bottling it up for your kids packed lunches.
A little extra information on the product
Based on a 200 ml serving
of which sugars 16.8g
of which saturates 0g
Vitamin C 48mg
Tropicana Go, is a great little bottle of juice and is really handy for popping into a pack lunch box. My kid's especially like the grape, orange and pear flavour.
Tropicana Go is 100% natural and only includes fruit juice and water. The grape, orange and pear is made up of 70% juice, comprising of 35% white grape, 24% orange and 11% pear. The other 30% is water.
The bottles are a bit small at only 200ml, so I would say they really are best suited to children. They have a very handy pop up lid, which can be pushed back down when they are not drinking. The bottle can then be carried around without any spillage.
Tropicana Go is best kept in the fridge and they do make a very refreshing drink. They are sweet, but not the sickly sweet you get with some drinks which have been loaded with sugar.
A 200ml bottle has 80 calories and has 16.8g of sugar, which seems shockingly high for what is a 100% natural product, with no added sugar!
I always buy them in a pack of six, which costs £2.25 which is good value, compared to many bottles of juice.
I would love to find a bottled juice, with less sugar for my kids to drink, but they do love these and I will keep buying them, but only for their lunch boxes.
I'm struggling to wean myself from caffeine - the free tea machine at work tempts me far too many times a day, and the water cooler is too boring for me. For this reason, I keep an eye on the juice drinks in the supermarket.
Now, I'm picking about my juice drinks. Diluted juice, of the Ribena type, is no good for me. It's way too sweet to the point where I want to gag when it hits the back of my throat. So, it's gotta be natural if I'm going to drink it.
The Tropicana Go drinks caught my eye when Tesco was selling two four packs for around £1.50. The bottles are 200ml, which isn't an awful lot (for comparison, a can of soft drink is usually 330ml) but I figured they were worth a go.
While I don't usually talk about packaging a great deal, I want to take a moment to discuss the coolness of the little Tropicana Go! bottles. They have that new stopper thing now that you have to pull out with your teeth to drink which makes it pretty much spill-proof. While this feature is obviously intended to stop kids getting the stuff everywhere, it's also ideal for clumsy adults who don't want to accidentally pour their drink over their office keyboard.
There were two flavours there when I loooked - orange-and-pear, and apple-and-blackcurrant. I don't really like the taste of blackcurrant all that much, so the orange-and-pear it was.
It tastes rather nice. Quite weak - this isn't a particularly strong tasting drink - but you can tell there's no added sugar in it. It's light and refreshing - I could easily gulp down more than the 200ml.
That, in the end, is one of its weaknesses. I haven't yet seen this stuff on sale in larger bottles and cartons, but I'm hoping that Tropicana do start selling it that way because I could drink far more than my 200ml, and now the two for one offer is gone, that gets expensive.
Apparently it also gives me one of my five a day, so hurrah for that. That's one thing the free office tea machine can't give me!
In this weather, Harry is drinking like a fish, and even though I take out a big cup of juice for him, it's usually gone by the time we get to town! So I've started to look at little drinks that I can pop in my bag for him when we run out. I did use Fruit Shoots for a while but he was getting hyper from them, and to be honest, they weren't all that nice and tasted so artificial! So when I popped to the supermarktet yesterday and saw these new Tropicana Go! drinks on buy-one-get-one-free offer, I thought they'd be worth a try for Harry!
Tropicana Go! are a new drink for children, but the difference with these compared to similar drinks on the market is the fact that these contain 70% fruit juice and 30% water, and thats it! There's no colourings, additives, sweetners or added sugar at all, and that appealed to me straight away! And because of this, one of these little bottles is 1 of your child's 5-a-day fruits too, which is even better if you ask me.
The drinks come in 200ml bottles in a packet of 4 which are found in the chiller cabinet of the supermarket. The normal selling price for these was £1.48 for 4 bottles, which isn't overly cheap, but considering they were on BOGOF, I thought they were great value. You get 3 good flavour choices as well, so you can pick one you know your child will love. They come in Apple, Orange & Pear or Apple & Blackcurrant. I picked up the Apple and the Orange & Pear ones, as Harry loves these fruits so I thought they'd be a safe bet
When you take them out of the plastic they are wrapped in, there are 4 small 200ml bottles, which are clear so you can see the natural colour of the juice inside. It has a while label around the middle with the name on, nutritional information, the fact is one of the 5-a-day and the ingredients. The apple one for example contains Apple juice from concentrate (70%), water (30%) and natural flavourings. that's it! It looks just like apple juice, with the rich yellow colour, and the taste is delicious! It isn't to tart (which I do find apple juice sometimes), it's just lovely and sweet, and the flavour is so fruity you just want to drink it all up! When I gave it to Harry, he just said "delicious!" so I think that says it all for me!
The bottles all have a sports-type cap, which simply pulls up to allow the drink to come out, and then you push it back down again to seal it and make it drip-proof. They haven't leaked on me yet, even when I took a few to the park in my handbag today, so that's good to know. I tried one of the Orange & Pear ones earlier, and that too was delicious. The orange flavour comes through first, and then more muted pear comes through, contrasting with the sweet orange. It's a lovely taste and would appeal to children because of the fruitiness and sweetness. The Orange & Pear one contains Fruit juices from concentrate (White grape 35%, orange 24%, pear 11%), water 30%, natural flavourings. The Apple and Blackcurrant one, which we haven't tried yet but will be buying this weekend contains Fruit juices from concentrate (Apple 40%, grape 24%, blackcurrant 5%, elderberry 0.3%), water 30%, natural flavourings.
Because of the natural contents, each bottle only has 70 calories, 0g of fat and 15 grams of sugar, although this is natural sugar of course. So they're super healthy too which is a real bonus for me. Harry loves them, they are lovely and natural so I am happy for him to drink them as and when he wants to. They're much better than the artificial hyper-inducing Fruit Shoots, and around the same price, so I'll be buying these from now one. Available in all good supermarkets in 200ml bottles or 1.5 litre bottles for the home. For £1.48 for 4 (or 8 when they're on offer), they're good value and a great product for your little people! Natural, healthy and tasty - and Harry loves them!
For more information, visit the dedicated website: http://www.tropicana-go.com/.
Thank you for reading!