Product Type: Welch's Soft Drink
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Welch's Purple Grape Juice
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Welch's Purple Grape Juice
Date: 04/12/12, updated on 20/12/13 (105 review reads)
Advantages: Deliciously fruity grape juice.
Disadvantages: Very moreish and diabetics will need to take care.
I almost did not try this product, let alone think about reviewing it.
I have bad memories from my teen years of the icky and somewhat fake taste of grape juice from the parties and even later on the wedding of a very dear Mormon friend whose religion prohibited alcohol, as well as caffeine. The family did keep a special box of tea for the mini-addict that was me but when it came to celebrations Schloer was the option and it tainted my view of grape products that were not fermented or came attached to the stem ever since.
Then I came across a try a litre fof Welch's Grape Boost for free coupon. Prudence wrestled with Bad Memories and won by two falls and a submission. A carton of juice for nothing was just too appealing a bargain for me to resist.
I did have problems finding it in the big Sainsbury's, where I ended up freebie hunting, as it was not an option in the Sainsbury's Local over the road. Welch's is supposed to be available in both the chiller for the pricey premium option as well as the much more reasonably priced cartons at the back of the shop. I could not find the chiller option but did find the Purple Grape Boost Light in a lower shelf by the own brand and other longer life cartons, so I opted for that.
I took it home and tried it straight away, as driving home from the big shop and finding a parking space near where I live can be exhausting and I needed a drink.
I was gobsmacked.
It tasted lovely. It had both the colour of a lighter red wine and its lack of cloying while delivering bags of fruity grape flavour. The rich, deep taste of the ripest red grapes too, rather than the sometimes bland and even slightly bitter taste you can sometimes get from under-ripe and over-travelled supermarket grapes.
This was all bigger surprise as the carton I had bought was the reduced sugar version and my poor tastebuds have still to forgive me for being unfaithful to Ribena with a supermarket no sugar squash which proved undrinkable. There was no vile artificial aftertaste clinging to my mouth after tasting this juice, no matter if I just swigged a mouthful or poured myself a well-deserved glass of delicious fruitiness.
Chilling it in the fridge after opening - as instructed on the packet - only made it taste even nicer.
Using Sucralose rather than the foul (to me) tasting Aspartame to help reduce the sugar content by 60% compared to the regular version may be the reason why it does taste so good while being lower in sugar and, therefore, calories may be the reason. If so, I am grateful as I loathe the taste of Aspartame and do worry about its potential side-effects.
This is a juice drink which contains water, which does help cut the calories, and so works best straight from the carton without further cutting with water.
The Reduced Sugar version will still cost 27kcal for 100ml, but this not only delivers tasty goodness but 40% of the recomended daily Vitamin C intake, which is great value for calories, I think. A 250ml glass will cover the whole day's requirement at the cost of a glass of deliciousness.
Though the product is the Reduced Sugar version the recipe does still contain it, at 6.1g per 100mil, so diabetics will still need to avoid or be cautious when using it.
The carton is marked with the approval of Heart UK and the box also extols the virtues of Vitamin C and its anti-oxidadant properties, all of which are very good things and make me feel virtuous while enjoyed the taste.
The carton is a long thin oblong with a plastic spout. The top curves in towards the stopper which looks unstable but actually works well in use.
It is recomended to use up the product within four days. Mine did not last that long as I just kept having just one more small glass.
My first carton not only cost me nothing, it gave me money off my shopping as it credited like a £2.28 chilled version rather than the £1.29 it was marked at on the shelf. I did not notice that I won on the coupon to the extent I did until I checked the receipt back in the car. I did reuse the difference though when I paid for my next carton on my next big shop.
I chose the same £1.29 low sugar option, as it tastes so good that the extra pound was an un-necessary spend to get a carton of juicy deliciousness.
This citrus loving juice girl is still surprised to be buying this and enjoying it so much, but will never regret trying it and would not even if I had not actually made a profit on my first carton.
I have no hesitation in recomending that others try it too.
And as it is non-alcoholic and made by a company which started off in making non-alcoholic communion wine, it is a great option to be able to offer the poor designated driver this Christmas Party/Drink Driving Campaign Season. They will get the fruitiness of a light red wine but with none of the bad safety or driving ban consequences.
Well worth trying.
May be cross-posted to Caio.
Summary: All the fruit of a light red wine with none of the alcohol.