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Stain your teeth purple
Member Name: beckyX
Date: 10/10/10, updated on 30/05/11 (190 review reads)
Advantages: Tasty fruity drink
Disadvantages: Too sugary
Vimto is one of those drinks that all my friends mock me wildly for still drinking as a "grown up" when according to them it is a drink for kiddies and isn't particularly sophisticated. But I figured that since I like it, why shouldn't I carry on having it? When I was little I only had the cordial version (and that was restricted for very special occasions), but now that I'm in charge of rotting my teeth, I get to have the magic fizzy stuff in a can too. That's the version in this review.
I get this as individual cans for 60p from a can machine. It's good for an occasional drink, but I don't really like it well enough to bother with multipacks. That's a)because it's got lots of sugar in and so is bad for the teeth and the waistline and b)far more importantly, it has no caffeine in it and what's the point of that? Fizzy drinks full of caffeine are one of my little luxuries in life.
Vimto is grape, raspberry and blackcurrant, but in all honesty, I can't really taste the raspberry or the grape and think it mostly tastes like a vaguely fruity blackcurrant. The fizzy version isn't particularly strong compared with the cordial (as made up according to instructions). It's a dark purple in colour and is very fizzy - take care not to spill it as it seems to stain anything within a ten foot radius; definitely don't have this on a posh date unless you also have some tummy settlers or it'll make you very gassy. I recommend it as a good mixer with spirits to give a nice fruity cocktail. Not very sophisticated though.
The main flipside for the drink that I have found is that it leaves a bit of an aftertaste in the mouth and makes my teeth feel nasty and coated so I have to brush my teeth right after I've had it.
The ingredients are water, sugar, fruit juice - grape, blackcurrant and raspberry, vimto flavour (herbs, barley, malt, spices), citric acid, anthocyanins, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid.
Each can has 142 kcal, 35g sugar. That's WAY too much sugar for me to want to have on a regular basis, but if I'm having a need for sugar at the end of the day then it's ok as an occasional treat.
I like this as a drink, though I probably wouldn't admit it to anyone very sophisticated. But not too often as it is too bad for the teeth and the waistline.
Summary: Sugary fruity drink