Product Type: Vita Coco Soft Drink
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Member Name: cyberem78
Vita Coco Coconut Water With Pineapple
Advantages: Tastes great.Thirst quenching.
Disadvantages: Is hard to find. Can be pricey.
I recently bought one of these drinks on a hot day to enjoy on the go and I liked it so much I bought a few other varieties in the Vita Coco range. I had tried the original Vita Coco pure coconut milk drink before and enjoyed it but had never tried any of the range that were mixed with other fruits. I really liked the sound of this Natural Coconut Water with Pineapple as I enjoy the latter as a fruit juice drink on a regular basis.
I bought this particular drink as a 330ml small sized carton. The cartons are about the size appropriate for one meal. I would call them 'lunchbox sized' and suggest they are ideal for a one off meal on the go or at home. My carton actually has a screw off top as opposed to the more common straw hole opening. This means you can drink a little bit and save the rest for later if you require.
The carton is well designed and makes me thirsty just looking at it! It shows a scene from a tropical island with sun, sea and palm trees and in the forefront there is a raw coconut fruit with two straws sticking out of it. There is also a juicy pineapple in the picture. Full ingredients are listed on the side of the pack along with nutritional information and contact details.
Vita Coco is an "all natural" drink and as such contains no artificial substances. The short list of ingredients reads: natural coconut water, pineapple puree, coconut puree, vitamin C. The drink is suitable for vegetarians, is gluten free and is also dairy free. An odd factoid written on the carton is that this drink contains more potassium than a banana. I find this to be a little shocking as I always associate bananas with potassium. Potassium, of course, is essential for vital bodily functions to work correctly. It is said to help lower blood pressure. There is also no fat or cholesterol in this drink. The drink provides 25 calories per 100mls. The same amount provides 20mg of vitamin C and 190mg of potassium.
The lid on the carton is very easy to open and close. When you open the spout (which also is designed for easy pouring or for putting your lips around) there is a lovely smell of pineapple juice which wafts up through the hole. The flavour of the juice is unusual and is like nothing I've tried before. It combines the sugary sweet and ice cool flavour of coconut with the slightly bitter and sour tones of pineapple. When I have the juice in my mouth my taste buds seem to switch between detecting either one of the two juices. I have to say that the pineapple taste is predominant although the coconut flavour has the stronger aftertaste.
What is lovely about the juice is that it is so refreshing and thirst quenching, possibly more so than any other kind of juice I've had. Maybe the reason for this is that the juice feels quite thin and watery as opposed to feeling pulpy like some other juices. This juice just feels really light and the consistency of it is like that I recall of pure coconut water after you crack a nut open!
I really love this drink and think that anyone could enjoy the delicious flavour combination and thirst quenching hit. I think both adults and children would love this drink although there is a slightly sophisticated feeling about the drink that makes me think adults might appreciate it more! I will definitely buy this again although it is slightly more expensive than a soft drink might be. I have seen these on sale for over £2 but you can buy them more cheaply at around £1.60 for a small carton. You also might find these difficult to come by as I have. I've seen them on sale in a few supermarkets and most notably at Sainsburys. Health food stores like Holland and Barratt also stock them.
Summary: Delicious and worth trying!