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      04.07.2013 17:54

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      I have always loved drinking yazoo milkshakes But I have noticed recently after drinking this flavour my stomach aches a little - not painfully just uncomfortably.. I love the milkshake its self the taste is lovely but every now n then I do get this ache feeling. Dunno whether other people have had it before too? I don't think im lactose intolerant as I can have other dairy products... strange tbh.

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      15.08.2012 01:50
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      lovely bananan flavoured milkshake from yazoo to make you bananas!

      One thing I like from time to time is a really good banana milkshake. I do have to say the best I have had was from TGI Fridays and was literally banana, ice cream and cream but when this just isn't a feasible option (laziness to make it or laziness to go all the way to TGI Fridays just for a milkshake!) These yazoo banana milkshakes are my next option!

      In my local 99p store (oh dear, I really do shop in there often don't I?!) they have the little packs of 3 200ml bottles for 99p. They come with a screw cap lid and also a foil seal underneath which can be pierced with the straw that is attached to the bottle, or just peel back the foil seal and sip it as normal I suppose. Not too sure why Yazoo feel the need to give us so many drinking options!

      Before consuming I always give the bottle a well good shake, so as to remove perhaps any residue floating at the bottom. The milkshake itself is actually a pale yellow colour and is quite thin, practically like milk in comparison to an authentic milkshake to be quite honest. However, I do not find this takes anything away from the taste or quality of this drink. It smells like bananas, and taste wise it has a strong genuine banana flavour which is sweet and flavoursome. Preferably, I always have this ice cold as it is much more refreshing this way as it literally is just eurgh, when warm!

      It can also be bought in a large 1 litre bottle or in the slightly bigger but still individual 475ml bottle which is ideal for people who like different amounts. Overall, this milkshake is great and anyone who likes banana milkshake won't be disappointed. Sure, its not the real genuine thing, but as more accessible ones go, this is top of my list!

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        13.06.2012 15:22
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        Banana Milkshake.

        The milkshake I am reviewing is made by Yazoo who is well known for making delicious milkshakes that come in Chocolate, Strawberry & Banana flavour. The milkshake itself is actually produced by Campina and is a sterilised milk drink made with skimmed and whole milk. The milkshake is suitable for vegetarians and is a great source of protein and calcium and is low in fat. The milkshake contains no artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives. I have tried the chocolate milkshake before and I love the taste of the milk shake and when drinking it you wouldn't expect it to be fat free as it's just so tasty and yummy. Seeing as I normally always buy the chocolate milkshake and it tastes so good I thought I would try a different flavour so decided to go for the banana flavoured one. The milkshake comes in a white and bright yellow bottle so you can tell straight away which flavour milkshake is inside the bottle. It has Yazoo in large blue letters on the front of the bottle which are printed at a diagonal angle. It then states that the product is milk shaken up.

        The lid to the bottle is white and when you unscrew this you will noticed a foil cap which keeps the milkshake sealed and fresh. This simply pulls off using the small tab which overlaps the lip of the bottle. This reveals a large hole in which you can see and smell the milkshake inside of the bottle.

        Nutritional Information per 100ml:

        Protein - 3.1g
        Carbohydrate - 9.6g or which sugars 9.6g
        Fat - 1.2g of which saturates 0.09g
        Fibre - Trace
        Sodium - 0.05g
        Calcium - (35% RDA) 120mg


        ~ THE MILKSHAKE ~
        The milkshake isn't a bright yellow colour as on the front of the bottle and is more of a pale colour. It looks like it has a nice consistency when moving the milkshake around in the bottle as it looks thick but not too thick. There are a few bubbles in the milkshake which is from shaking the bottle before opening it to drink. The smell of banana is quite strong and you can't mistake the milkshake for any other flavour due to the strong smell of the banana. The smell isn't over-powering, and is rather pleasant if you like the smell of bananas.

        I took a mouthful of the milkshake as it entered my mouth it was very cold. My mouth was immediately filled with a strong banana taste and the milkshake felt smooth and was quite runny in my mouth and against my tongue. When finishing a mouth-full of the milkshake you are left with a slight after taste of banana but it's not too strong. In terms of sweetness I don't think the milkshake tastes to sweet or sugary. You can taste a slight milky taste when drinking the milkshake, but this is quite nice and refreshing especially when drinking the milkshake chilled as it tastes much better. I'm not sure I could drink a whole bottle of the milkshake straight away as I think it would make me feel quite bloated afterwards. I decided to put the other half of the milkshake in the fridge for later or for the following day. Once the product is opened it must be treated as milk and kept upright meaning it will only last a few days once opened.

        ~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
        You can purchase the following sized bottles of milkshake from the following supermarkets:

        1L bottle - £1.00 from Asda and £1.20 from other supermarkets
        475ml bottle - 60p from Asda and prices then vary from 70p - £1.00 from other supermarkets
        6 x 200ml bottles - £2.00 from Asda (item not showing for other supermarkets).

        (Prices were taken from www.mysupermarket.co.uk)

        ~ OVERALL OPINION ~
        The banana milkshake tasted great and it wasn't too sweet or sickly. Although the milkshake had a fantastic flavour I'm not sure I would buy it again as I much prefer the chocolate Yazoo milkshake in this range. The product is great for kids; especially the smaller bottles a they come with a straw and are high in protein and low in fat. The packaging of the product is very simple but it stands out as a Yazoo product especially if you already know this brand. In terms of value I don't think I have any reason to complain as it's fairly good value when comparing it to other brands of milkshake and other flavoured milk drinks. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars.


        (review also on ciao)

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        28.04.2011 12:30
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        A lovely milkshake drink that I would recommend!

        I am a huge fan of sweet drinks and often get fed up with fizzy 'pop' style drinks, preferring something a bit different from time to time. With this in mind, my husband recently got me a supermarket-own brand of banana milkshake which I adored, so much so that it left me wanting more, and on a recent trip to a local grocery store, I was on the lookout for an alternative.

        I decided to try out the banana flavoured 'Yazoo' milkshake drink, and the bottle I bought cost me 89 pence which I thought was reasonable value, given the fairly generous size of the 475ml bottle. I believe that the 'Yazoo' brand of milkshakes are also available to buy in smaller bottles, but these were not on offer in the shop I was in recently so I do not know if they work out to be better value or not. The smaller bottles come in a pack of four or six I believe, and the four pack is shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page.

        There were three alternative flavours of the Yazoo milkshake on offer in the shop I was in recently, and these were Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate. I decided to buy one of each of the bottles in the Banana and Chocolate flavours.

        The bottle is made of plastic and so can be washed out and recycled after use. There is a plastic cap on top of the bottle which is a screw-off design, and underneath this is a small foil seal which keeps the milk drink fresh. This of course needs to be removed prior to you drinking the milkshake, and this is fairly easy to do.

        When the bottle is opened by removing the foil seal, the smell of banana is not difficult to notice, and the aroma is both mouth-watering and very sweet. When the drink is poured into a glass, it is an attractive-looking drink, and looks quite smooth and fairly thick, without having a 'gloopy' appearance to it at all. The banana flavoured Yazoo milkshake is a pale yellow or lemon colour, but it is not particularly bright, and is without the rather off-putting 'neon' tone that so many other milkshake drinks have nowadays. All in all, the appearance of the milkshake is very nice, and it really looks rather inviting.

        The taste of the Yazoo banana milkshake doesn't let the product down either, and I thought that the drink had a delicious sweetness to it, without being overly sugary. The banana flavour is spot on, and is without the bitter aftertaste that a lot of milkshake drinks tend to have. Instead, the flavour is quite full-bodied and I feel that the flavour is quite strong when compared to similar products that I have bought before. This is not one of those milky drinks that is slightly 'wishy-washy' in terms of its flavour and I have absolutely nothing negative to report about it.

        In actual fact, the banana flavour is quite delicious in my humble opinion, although it is fair to say that it is very sweet. My husband doesn't possess a particularly sweet tooth and he finds this drink is far to sweet for his tastes. This is not an issue for yours truly however, as my sweet tooth is rather immense and I don't find the Yazoo milkshake is at all over-bearing or sickly in any way.

        The Yazoo milkshake should be treated as fresh milk, in that it should be stored in a fridge, and once opened, the bottle should be used fairly quickly. This wasn't a problem for me at all given how much I liked the drink, and I drank it all in the space of one day. There is a statement to remind consumers that the milkshake should be treated in the same way as fresh milk, which is printed on the side of the plastic bottle.

        In summary, I thought the drink was really quite delicious and I am keen to try out the other flavours to see if I am as impressed with them. The banana flavoured Yazoo milkshake is one that I would recommend, and I will be buying it again.

        As with all similar drinks, the Yazoo milkshake is unsuitable for anybody with an intolerance to dairy products, as it contains fresh milk and should be treated as such. It is however, suitable for a vegetarian diet and it contains no artificial flavourings or sweeteners, according to the side of the bottle.

        The range of Yazoo milkshakes are available from all good shops as well as some supermarkets and you can expect to pay around 80p - £1 for the 475ml bottles.

        I think the Yazoo banana milkshake only deserves top marks, and I will happily award them as I cannot fault any aspect of the drink and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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          19.10.2010 15:04
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          A milkshake which I enjoyed far more than I thought I would.

          I have not had much appetite of late, following a minor cold last month. I do, however, need to take my medication on a full stomach - while complaining about this to the nurse last week she suggested I start using meal replacement shakes (not Slimfast, prescribed products) for a time as this would constitute food and my lack of appetite would not affect my tablets.

          The problem is that I hate them, physically cannot get a single carton down as the 'flavours' (and I use the term loosely) are so incredibly heavy and sickly. The best course of action, we decided between us, was for me to drink a milkshake of my choice and have a piece of toast at medication time.

          This is why I ended up buying a few bottles of Yazoo; the shop I purchased them from only sold the banana flavour, and as I've never drank this milkshake before it's a good job that I was a flavour I ended up enjoying!

          This is a fairly thin milkshake, not much more substantial than drinking a glass of unadulterated milk as far as consistency goes. I was thankful for this as I recently sampled a glass of Frijj milkshake and thought that was far too thick, after all you are supposed to drink milkshake not chew it.

          Yazoo is made of a mix of skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, giving it a fairly low fat content of 1.2g per 100ml (of which 0.9g are saturates) and just 65 calories in the same amount. There is a rather high sugar content of 9.9g per 100ml, and I personally found the milkshake incredibly sweet so am not at all surprised at all the sugar in the drink.

          The banana flavouring is perfect in my opinion; it tastes of a delicious combination of fresh and synthetic banana which I found quenched my thirst as well as satisfying my (bird like, at the moment) appetite. The sweetness of the drink does not spoil the banana flavour, rather enhances it and brings out the heavy fruitiness of the drink. One thing I like about the milkshake is the fact that I can taste the fresh milk beneath the banana; this is excellent as it makes it a far more refreshing shake than other, more strongly flavoured drinks.

          Yazoo does not need to be kept in the fridge until you open it, although once you have broken the foil seal you should treat it as fresh milk. This makes these milkshakes ideal for lunchboxes, especially if you purchase the small sized bottles as shown above. You are advised to give the bottle a good shake before opening and I can confirm that this will give the drink a much fuller flavour, as the shaking process must swish the banana flavouring around. I have drunk bottles which have been shaken and ones which haven't, and can honestly say the drinking experience is far nicer when you do remember to shake.

          I definitely recommend these milkshakes, both for children and also for adults who (through want or necessity) want a drink which is more substantial than a glass of water or cup of tea. The delightful flavour surprised me somewhat - and the fairly low price makes them all the more appealling.

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            27.06.2010 14:07
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            A gorgeous drink with not the best ingredients!

            I drink the banana Yazoo so much that I thought it was essential I write a review on my favourite milkshake drink!
            I've tried other banana milkshakes and 'banana flavoured milk' and they just don't meet the taste of the Yazoo!
            It's so easy to come across a cheaper/less well known brand of banana milk and buy it with no alternative, but it's never as enjoyable as the Yazoo's drink.

            This drink is in fact a 'milkshake' and not a 'banana flavoured milk' the front of the bottle advertises the drink is "milk shaken up with banana' however on the back it also says "the healthier milkshake that's packed full of flavour"... Well it sure has my vote!
            I'm not the biggest fan of bananas so I was shocked when I initially tried this banana Yazoo and really loved it!

            The bottle; ....
            I know this Yazoo drink can be bought in smaller, lunch box sized drinks. They usually come in packs of four and although we've bought them before, I don't remember the 'ml' size of the smaller bottles or how much they cost.
            The smaller sizes are fantastic for kid's school lunch or for keeping in your handbag/pocket for a quick drink whilst you're out. Taking smaller bottles saves having to carry around the larger bottle, although the drink doesn't usually last me very long anyway so I don't have this problem!

            The larger bottles come in sizes of 475ml (500g) and I personally think they are a perfect size!
            The different varieties come in their own colour coordinated bottle labels.
            Yellow for banana, brown for chocolate and pink for strawberry.
            They are very easy to find in the supermarket and are usually kept in the fridge as they are intended to be drunk cold.

            "Shake well and drink cold" is shown on the back of the bottle, however I recommend shaking the bottle before you take off the foil seal! This is because the lid isn't the best at all and the drink tends to leak very easy.
            The lid is quite large, and it's always very tempting to pour a little milkshake into the lid and use it as a cup.
            The lid isn't very protective however and it's best to keep the bottle upright once opened. I've found this problem with every milkshake however so although I think it should be improved, there must be a reason for their choice of lid.

            The expiry date on the bottles I buy always seems to be far away, however if you do find a Yazoo with a short expiry date I'd blame this on the store actually selling the Yazoo rather than the company! I don't think this would happen however as Yazoo is very popular and I can't see it staying on the shelves for very long.

            Taste; ....
            I personally love the taste of this Yazoo drink; it's my favourite out of the three different varieties.
            The drink is sweet and refreshing when drank cold, however it has the opposite effect when drank warm!
            If you don't keep the drink refrigerated, it doesn't stay cold and the taste is affected! In fact drinking the milkshake warm almost makes you thirstier rather than satisfying you!
            I don't think the taste has much resemblance to banana! And it smells more like cream and butter than fruit! But I love the taste. To me it's like a creamier milk with a hint of banana which, when you've drank half of the bottle... you can't taste anymore.

            Price; ....
            I've found on average a 475ml of Yazoo is priced around £1.20 however I can pick it up for less than £1 at my corner shop which I think is a bargain!
            I also bought a few bottles once from my Home Bargains store at about 60p ish! So you can find real deals when you look!

            What's in it? ;....
            Well the bottle advertises as already said "the healthier milkshake that's packed full of flavour"
            The dairy essentials shown advertise the milkshake is great for;
            Calcium for strong bones and teeth
            Vitamin B to help promote healthy growth
            No artificial colours, flavourings or sweeteners
            Less than 5% added sugar
            Low in fat
            No preservatives
            Suitable for vegetarians

            The requirements once opened, is to treat the drink as fresh milk and to keep upright. Which when you read between the lines... is basically saying don't open the drink and leave it upside down in the fridge for the next week! Consume it quickly... which isn't a problem for me at all!
            The amount of calories in this bottle are sort of hidden! It says the drink contains just 65 calories... but when you read the nutritional information properly, you can see that it says per 100ml!
            Well this bottle is a 475ml bottle! Meaning there are about 300 calories in the whole bottle!

            So it probably is best to consume a little and leave the bottle in the fridge!
            However I still think this bottle is fab if you limit yourself to no more than one a day! And it's also great for sharing.... spread the calories! Haha
            Again for the fat content, there is 1.2g of fat and 0.9g of which saturates. But that again is per 100ml! So looking at the larger picture, there's almost 6g of fat in one bottle! And almost 1 gram of saturated.
            To make up for it though, the drink also contains 9 grams of protein per bottle, and 0.99 of the vitamin b12 which says is 99% of your recommended daily allowance!
            There's also 570mg of calcium which is 70% of your recommended daily allowance.

            Its funny how the calcium and vitamins content is shown in contents of 'how much is in a full bottle' whereas the calorie and fat content isn't!
            I was also surprised when reading the ingredients.
            Semi skimmed milk, skimmed milk, sugar,
            banana juice from concentrate (1%) just 1%? In a BANANA FLAVOURED drink?! Shocking!
            Natural flavours, stabiliswer: Gellan gum; chicory root fibre, natural colour: annatto

            So overall, the contents of this drink aren't too great! There's a high calcium content which is expected in a 'milk drink' but the calories are high if you're having a bottle a day!
            And just 1% of natural banana is also quite shocking; I wondered why I liked the banana flavour so much when I'm not a huge fan of bananas!

            Thank you for reading, writing this review has really opened my eyes to the contents of the Yazoo! I surely will be cutting down on how many of these I consume!
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              06.04.2010 22:42
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              Amazing taste that hit's your taste buds as soon as you take your first sip

              Yazoo has got to be my favourite milkshake, am no to keen on the chocolate seems a bit to strong, strawberry is nice enough but the yazoo milkshake flavour that does it for me is banana it is nearly is avaiable in most supermarkets and newsagents as well wish is a massive plus
              there is nothing worse then liking a certain product then having trouble finding it anywhere

              the milshake isn't thick either has a nice smooth texture and has a powerful flavour which isn't sweet or sickly like i find with a lot of other milshakes the worst one being Frijj like most other milshakes it tastes a lot better if you shake before drinking as the flavour spreads out in the bottle, The smaller 200ml yazoo's are a good idea to use as drinks for your kids pack lunches and also a healthy option so you can't go wrong

              I find yazoo to be very reasonable priced as you can pick up the 475ml ones for around 72p at asda and tesco's and the 4x200ml one's at around £1 the one litre bottles are usually
              around £1 as well i recently found a good offer on ebay for 10x 475ml banana yazoo for £6.99 working out at around 70p each,

              A very refreshing milkshake which you should defiantly try if you are a fan off other banana milkshakes

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                17.03.2010 17:33
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                An Ok milkshake but just didnt like the flavour.

                My husband was drinking one of these the other evening and I asked to try a bit. I wish I hadn't really! It's definitely not something I'd want to drink again.

                The milkshake has a very sweet banana kind of flavour. The texture of the milkshake's very smooth and it isn't too thick, not much thicker than milk so it doesn't stick in your throat at all. It's the taste I didn't like. I found it to be really sickly and despite liking to eat bananas, I couldn't drink more than a sip of this without feeling a bit sick.

                I've had Yazoo milkshakes in strawberry and chocolate flavours before which I liked so I expected to like this as well but I didn't.

                Despite not liking the actual flavour of the milkshake, I thought that the thickness and texture of it was nice and not too thick or bitty.


                100ml of the milkshake has got 65 calories in which is fantastic, but if you like the taste, its worth it. Milkshakes often have lots of calories so try not to drink too much of it!

                Overall, I personally can't stand the taste of this flavour milkshake, I find it really sickly but others, including my husband really like it. All in all it's down to your preference. It's about 70p for a fairly big bottle of this milkshake in shops so its worth the money too.

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                  14.11.2009 23:37
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                  A Yummy And Very Refreshing Milkshake

                  I had a mad thirst last week after I was recovering from my cold but pop was making my throat even more painful. My dad took pity on me and went to Tesco for some bottles of milkshake for me and out of all of them the ones I liked best was these banana flavoured Yazoo milkshakes.

                  It's got a lovely sweet banana flavour that isn't too harsh and is very smooth and sweet. This is a thin milkshake and is only a bit thicker than plain milk, that's good for me though because I hate the mega thick ones like a Frijj milkshake that came with the same selection of drinks the other day. It was that thick it literally made me heave! lol

                  I think these Yazoo milkshakes are very refreshing and soothing on my throat. I love the fresh flavour of them and the fact that even though the drink is sweet it's not overpowering and doesn't taste madly sugary.

                  Your better off to shake the milkshake well before you drink it because that will spread the banana flavour out better and also makes the milkshake a bit bubbly to drink. I drank mine out of a glass but the little bottles come with a straw attached to the bottle and that was wicked when my throat was so dry that I just wanted to glug a whole bottle back quick.

                  100ml of banana milkshake has got 65 calories in it and I know that's not brilliant but milkshake has always got loads of calories in it, this one has got a lot less fat that some others though and 100ml has only got 1.3g fat in it.

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                    I remember drinking Yazoo Milkshakes when I was younger, and never had the Banana one. The Chocolate was rich and sweet and the Strawberry one was just delicious, but I was a bit put off with the Banana one. Not sure why as I like Bananas, but you know what it's like when you get something in your head. I tried a small bottle of it the other day while walking home from the local shop, but that was my fill. I've satisfied my curiousity, and don't need to drink this again.

                    You can buy these in large 1 litre bottle, 4 packs of 200ml bottles and some places sell the 200ml bottles on their own. I paid 52p for my 200ml bottle, but the prices vary and is always cheaper to buy the larger quanties.

                    The packaging was alright. It was in a cloudy plastic bottle which has a wrap around shiny plastic feeling label. The lid is screw top, so you can put the lid back on if you just want a few gulps.

                    Although it says this is a Milk Shake, I would have expected a Milk Shake to be thicker. I think the term flavoured Milk suits this better, as there was no thickness and it was just as runny as normal Milk.

                    When you open the bottle you get a nice scent of Banana. It doesn't smell that sweet or artificial.

                    Upon drinking this I have to say it was quite nice. A little sweeter than I would have imagined, but you do taste the Banana taste throughout. I'm sure some people would like this, but I am more a Strawberry Milk girl than anything else.

                    Found in most Supermarkets around the Flavoured/uht milk section.

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                    A Delicious Banana Milkshake With Less Than 5% Sugar.

                    We have really been pigging out lately and milkshakes are always high on the junk food that's not really junk food agenda! I purchased a 1 litre bottle of Yazoo Banana Flavour Milkshake from Sainsbury's for the reduced of 46p (normally around 90p).

                    The bottle is made of plastic with a paper label and a plastic screw top lid so the entire thing can be recycled. The label shows the usual information (calories, company information, barcode etc).

                    The milkshake itself is a semi-skimmed milk that is flavoured with banana juice (1%) as well as miscellaneous other ingredients such as sugar. It's a lovely thick mixture, light yellow in colour and it should be shaken very well before it's drank preferably ice cold from the fridge. The milkshake has a lovely banana smell and taste to it without being too overpowering. I'm not the biggest fan of bananas but this is just delicious! I seem to find the sweet, sugary, milky drink just devine. It's not too thick so a 250ml glass goes down a treat.

                    I have found no downside to this particular flavour, although, it should be treated as fresh milk once opened and be kept upright in the fridge otherwise the bottles have a tendancy to leak.

                    Both my fiancé & I got two nice sized servings of this each and it really is great to know that it contains calcium and has no artificial colours or sweeteners.

                    There is around 65 calories per 100ml and for such a delicious tasting milkshake I don't think this is too bad at all.

                    This is one of the nicest banana milkshakes I've ever tasted from a supermarket and for this reason I am going to rate it 5/5.

                    I have been known to blitz up a couple of pieces of fruit with some milkshake to help get my 5 a day whilst having a tasty treat and this milkshake would be very nice for doing this as the fruit would thicken the consistency even more and make it a lovely treat for any child and you know they're getting some of their 5 a day!

                    I think that this is very reasonably priced and although I could make a milkshake myself for a little bit less I don't think it would taste quite as nice as this one does. I am going to purchase it again and my fiancé enjoyed it just as much as I did!

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                      A refreshing and alternative treat

                      Hangovers, my body's way of telling me to behave more appropriately next time, everyone's is different but for me I develop cold like symptoms and have bizarre food cravings....as all remnants of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle have gone out the window the previous night I tend to give in to hangover's wants and needs.

                      Yesterdays craving was milkshake! As we were on the move the chances of coming across a McDonalds was relatively slim and I was unwilling to wait until the services so whilst the other half filled the car I nipped into the Tesco forecourt shop. As milkshakes go this one is very distinctive the Yazoo is branded in blue across a strikingly yellow bottle. And the slightly thinner middle makes it a nice comfy hold. As with a lot of brands you tend to know the flavour purely from the colour and there is only a very small picture of some bananas on the bottle but this was hardly my concern at the time. The bottle I purchased was 475ml and cost £1.20.

                      **Taste**
                      One word yummy! It was cold and refreshing and for me the level of banana taste was perfect, definitely not overpowering and I can imagine that for some it wouldn't be strong enough as you could still taste that it was milk. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't have the usual thickness Im used to with milkshakes and a better description is probably 'milk mildly flavoured with banana.' I tried not to look at the colour of it which amazingly seemed to be the same artificial colour as the bottle packaging, now im dubious of the 'no artificial colouring' claim. On the whole it was a nice change to fizzy drinks and seemingly has some health benefits. It has to be drunk cold, and treated as fresh milk but I had no problem with this as it was gone within 10 minutes.

                      **The Good **
                      As a big believer in milk drinking (it does us all good but especially the ladies, looks after the old bones) and the bottle states that as we all already know calcium is good for teeth and bones and one 475ml bottle contains 71% of your recommended daily intake.
                      It also contains Vitamin B which is good for growth but doesn't state if this is naturally occurring in the milk or an added extra. The product is low in fat and made from semi and skimmed milk with less than 5% added sugar. It is also suitable for vegetarians.

                      **The Bad**
                      308 calories in this bottle, not too bad I suppose but Campina the manufacturers are up to that age old trick of printing all the nutritional value in per 100ml detail whilst the per 100ml bit is in teeny weeny lettering!
                      There is only 1% of the product which is banana and even that comes from concentrate which explains the flavour.
                      Again I resent the claim no artificial ingredients are used and then it states 'natural colour annatto' as I mentioned early it was practically luminous.


                      **The Ugly**
                      This contains over 40g of sugar, woah there that's half an persons recommended intake, it's a good job I was willing to go into this experiment with no health benefits in mind. If I had children this would certainly put me off giving it to them unless it was as a treat.

                      But it did the job for me and it gets three stars, not because I didn't enjoy it but because of the cost and the fact that it contained much more sugar than I would have liked. It did help the hangover though.

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                        04.12.2008 14:07
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                        A highly recommended milkshake!

                        My choice of drinks varies greatly from day to day, some days I seem to love a cup of tea and some days I wouldn't thank you for one.

                        I regularly drink fizzy juices but I go through a spell where I don't touch them and sometimes all I really want is a cup of coffee but other times it is the last thing I would choose.

                        One drink that I always love however and drink on a daily basis is the magnificently tasty Yazoo Banana milkshake. Unlike many milkshakes these days Yazoo is not sickly thick and almost undrinkable, it is in fact barely thicker than drinking normal milk but has the wonderful sweetness and delicious banana taste of any great milkshake.

                        Yazoo has been around since the late eighties and is produced by Campina, it can be purchased in many sizes from the tiny 200ml bottles (usually found in four packs) right through to the giant 1 litre bottles.

                        I tend to have a couple of 1 litre bottles in my fridge and I also buy four packs of the small bottles to take to work with me as they are just the right size for a drink at break time.

                        Yazoo is made only from sterilised milk and contains less than 5% added sugar as well as having added vitamin B, it is suitable for vegetarians and basically quite a healthy drink.

                        If you are using the big 1 litre bottles as I do then you need to note that they have to be consumed within three days and kept refrigerated as you would with fresh milk.

                        With all the different types of milkshakes out there it is hard sometimes to find one that suits your taste best, I used to use the Crusha liquids that you add to the milk yourself and they are still one of the milkshake options I enjoy but most of the other such as Frijj and Yop are far too thick for my liking.

                        I have found my favourite now though and it is doubtful I would even bother trying others now because Yazoo is just so good.

                        The price of Yazoo can vary dramatically depending on where you shop and what offers are on, I buy mine from Asda when I do my shopping and a litre bottle costs me £1.39 but they are often on offer at 2 for £2 and the four packs of 200ml bottles are almost always priced £1.19 but do occasionally come under the 2 for £2 offer also.

                        If you like banana milkshake then I suggest you try a banana Yazoo soon, if you do not like banana but you do like milkshake then there is no need to worry because the Yazoo range covers many flavours including strawberry, raspberry, chocolate and vanilla so you will surely find a flavour you do like.

                        The bottles are very brightly coloured and always sponsor the huge name of Yazoo in dark blue making them very easy to spot on the shelves, the banana is of course in a yellow bottle and the chocolate in a brown and so on and so forth.

                        The bottles are fully recyclable and any cardboard packaging on the four packs is made from recycled paper so they are a company looking after the environment as well as producing very tasty milkshakes!

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                          25.11.2008 18:14
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                          great treat

                          This ready to drink milk shake is called Yazoo. It is made by the company Campina.I often buy these to keep in the fridge in case I do not have enough milk to make my daughter a milkshake from the powdered variety. It is described as ,'banana flavour sterilised milk drink made with skimmed and whole milk.'

                          The bottle I buy most often is 475ml. The milkshake is packaged in a plastic bottle. On the bottle it says "The ultimate dairy drink experience" The plastic bottle is recyclable.

                          After giving the bottle a good shake and then open the milkshake you get a waft of sweet bananas. The banana version of this milkshake is a very bright yellow colour. The consistency is runny as that of normal milk. It is not one of the thicker milkshake versions. The milkshake tastes very sweet. It does taste of bananas but it does have a bit of a 'fake' taste to it. If you do not fancy banana they also do other flavours such as strawberrry and chocolate.

                          The milkshake is low in fat, does not contain artificial sweeteners. Less than 5% added sugar. It contains calcium for
                          Strong bones and teeth. It also contains Vitamin B (B2 and B12) which helps to promote healthy growth. It is suitable for vegetarians. It has 65 calories per 100 ml of the milkshake.

                          It is available from supermarkets and newsagents and is on special offer in the supermarket at the minute for 35p!
                          Ingredients:Skimmed Milk, Whole Milk, Sugar, Natural Colour: Annatto, Flavouring, Stabilisers: E471, Carrageenan, Guar Gum

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                            Highly recommended for anyone with an active lifestyle.

                            Yazoo Banana Milk is one of my core survival products. Without it, I could not live my life in the way I choose and may just cease to function entirely.

                            I appreciate this may sound a teeny bit dramatic.

                            That's because you think it is milk.

                            It isn't!

                            It is the finest energy drink ever made! Without it, I couldn't dance or run to the extent I do. If that happens I'd get sad. If I get sad enough I can no longer function, hence, I NEED IT SIMPLY TO SURVIVE.

                            Here is a bit more about what it is, and how it changed my life.

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                            What is it?
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                            Yazoo is a flavoured milk drink made by Dutch dairy company Campina. It is available in three flavours: banana, strawberry and chocolate. This review is specifically about the banana variety (its the only one I drink), however, some elements of my review could apply to the other flavours if they appeal to you more.

                            Yazoo is made with semi-skimmed and skimmed sterilised milk. Like other long-life milk, it can be stored in a cupboard until opening and has a best before date long into the future. Once open, however, it should be treated as fresh milk i.e. stored in a refrigerator and consumed within a day or two.

                            It is described on the bottle as being "The healthier milkshake that's packed full of flavour".

                            Yazoo is suitable for vegetarians.

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                            Packaging
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                            Yazoo is available in three different sizes: 1ltr, 475mls and 200mls. The 200mls bottles are sold in multipacks of four. These small bottles also have a small transparent straw stuck to the side.

                            The bottle itself is white plastic covered in a bright yellow plastic label and topped with a sunshine yellow plastic lid. The yellow label contains different shades of yellow and white along with a picture of some pieces of sliced banana. The word Yazoo is written in bright blue fun-style happy lettering, under which it is described as 'milk shaken up with banana'. The front of the bottle also informs us that the product is low in fat and contains no artificial colours or sweeteners and displays the green Campina logo.

                            As well as advising that it is best to 'shake well & drink cold' the back of the bottle contains details of ingredients and nutritional content of the drink. I will not cover this here, however, I will touch on the key elements from this throughout my review.

                            Under the main lid, there is a small silver foil lid which must be peeled off (or pierced with a straw) prior to consuming the drink. Once this is removed the bottle should remain upright. With only the yellow lid in place, the bottle will withstand some shaking and moving, however, tipping it upside down and shaking like crazy might cause it to leak everywhere.

                            The bottle itself is made of recyclable plastic.

                            *****
                            Taste
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                            The smell of banana flavoured Yazoo will hit you as soon as you peel back that label. It is very sweet, more sugar than banana, but not really sickly. I think it is a nice smell that is powerful enough that you know exactly what the milk will taste like just from inhaling the fumes.

                            Banana Yazoo has a very milky taste, which is very sweet. It tastes banana-y in the way that foamy bananas taste of banana i.e. not really, but yummy all the same. It has quite a smooth texture and a good level in thickness. It is fairly similar to regular milk but with a bit of a softer feel to it. Of all the banana milkshakes I have tried that can be bought in this format, I find Yazoo to be the nicest both in terms of taste and in texture. The drink itself is a vivid yellow colour, in fact surprisingly vivid given the lack of artificial colours.

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                            As an energy drink
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                            This is quite a long section - if you are interested in Yazoo purely as a drink (I've used some big examples with a fair bit of background) then I'll forgive you if you skip to the end. On the other hand, it might change your life...

                            So, I use Yazoo to fuel two activities, dancing and running. Its place in both is a bit different. Here is how it helps me:

                            Activity 1: Dancing

                            Primary Yazoo Use: Meal Substitute

                            I dance an awful lot. Often, this can take up most of the day, or be bolted on to the end of a day at work where it will then take up most of the evening. In either case, this presents the difficult situation of needing to "eat" something to keep me going until I get home which will not affect my ability to dance. The item I choose will have to provide sufficient energy to fuel my dancing, yet be gentle and calm enough on my stomach to not reappear at the first pirouette or result in painful stomach cramps. For this reason, "real" food is not really an option for me.

                            In this situation, I would use Yazoo as a light meal which can be easily digested. I have found it to be extremely effective for this purpose, finding that it successfully takes away hunger without making me feel sick, and is easy enough to digest that is has never caused me pain, heart-burn or any other nasty side-effect that can arise when combining food with activity. I don't often get a break for lunch, and would not generally drink the whole lot in one go (best not to risk it) and would be more likely to drink around a quarter to a third of the bottle in one go, this minimising 'slushing' in my stomach.

                            My Yazoo size of choice will be a 475ml bottle if used before classes after work, or to get me through a whole day of dance. If I am performing (can't eat and perform - have never been able to do it) I'd select either the 1ltr bottle or a whole pack of snack sized bottles depending on whether or not the theatre has fridge facilities, how much I trust the rest of the cast, and how many performances are scheduled in that particular day.


                            Activity 2: Long Distance Running

                            Primary Yazoo Use: Classic Energy Drink

                            In my mid-20's I suddenly took up running, and am now a (very slow) distance runner. I "race" when I can, my favourite distance being half marathon, closely followed by marathon. I learnt quite early on that when running these distances (especially for tortoises like me) you are out and on the go for a long time. You need to literally 'eat on the run'. You are at risk of doing yourself harm if you don't and your energy levels get too low.

                            The common runner's solution is to use some form of energy drink with fancy things like electrolytes in them, such as those make by Lucozade or Powerade for instance. I have used these before for other sports (yup, dancing again!) but this would generally be afterwards. The whole thing you put your body through when you dance is very different to the stress you put in through running a marathon. As are the situation and surroundings you are in.

                            Having used them before, I didn't expect to have a problem with energy drinks. How wrong I was. They are extremely harsh on your stomach, and my mouth gets a bit fuzzy and thick when I run which made the drinks taste a bit gross. I tried pretty much every energy drink on the market. This caused the following results:

                            Robin Hood Half Marathon 2006: Sick at mile 10
                            Turkey Trot Half Marathon 2006: Sick at mile 12
                            Blackpool Half Marathon 2006: Survived, but felt 'dodgy'
                            Silverstone F1 Circuit Half Marathon 2006: Stomach 'turned' at mile 3, had to make a 'pit stop' every mile from 7 to 13, then sick on the finish line - nice! This was a particularly charming race experience.
                            Flora London Marathon 2006: Sick at miles 15 and 18

                            I tried sweeties after this - although finding nice easy to eat vegetarian jelly style sweeties is not so easy. I ran a few 'half's on these (don't think they'd see me through a whole marathon) and they were ok, but made my mouth feel weird. Other than that I stuck to middle distance for a bit so I could run without needing to re-fuel and ran mainly 5k and 10k instead.

                            It wasn't long though before I started to feel the pull. Anyone who has ever done a marathon will understand this. You tell yourself it is your big once in a lifetime challenge, but once it's over you unexpectedly long to do it again - do it faster, do it better, do it AGAIN. I'd abandoned energy drinks by now and needed an alternative.

                            The obvious hit me - why not chance it with Yazoo? I have now used it in two big races - the first of which represented an important psychological challenge for me. Here are the results:

                            Silverstone F1 Circuit Half Marathon 2008: Wooohoooo! Amazing! Had a lot of energy, stomach behaved, no sickness or indeed any problems at all. A very happy race which secured me a personal best time on my half marathon distance. An experience far removed from my last 'trot' around this course. Yazoo appeared to work.

                            Edinburgh Marathon 2008: YES!! It worked, even for a whole marathon! Results were as above - no problems, high energy, and now a personal best time at marathon distance as well. The next day I marched around Edinburgh as if nothing had happened, so I like to thank Yazoo for helping my speedy recovery as well.

                            Clearly Yazoo works for me. I will continue to use it as an energy drink as long as I continue to run.

                            For these purposes I would use:

                            Half Marathon:
                            Before - 1 x 475ml
                            During - 1 x 475ml
                            After - 1 x 200mls as soon as crossing line, plus would have lots more of these stashed in my kit bag for the journey home and to drink until my stomach will take real food.

                            Full Marathon:
                            As above, but will carry 2 x 475ml for during, along with an emergency 200mls


                            I would massively recommend Yazoo to ANYONE who suffers any kind of intolerance to energy drinks whilst carrying out their sport, and would definitely recommend new runners to give it a go whilst they are working out which fuels suit them.


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                            Additional Benefits
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                            Contains LOTS of calcium. This is important for strong bones - I think strong bones are very important if you want to spend your life dancing and running marathons!

                            It is a good source of protein. Protein is extremely important to allow muscles to rebuild and repair. This makes Yazoo an excellent recovery drink, as the sooner the body takes on protein after a physically stressful event such as a long race, the more likely your body is to recover quickly.

                            According to the bottle it contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners - it does have quite a bit of sugar though - for my purposes this is fine, but beware of this if you are consuming it simply as a drink.

                            The calorific content is relatively high - as would be expected if to be used for energy purposes, however, it is also low in fat making it an ideal choice.

                            Yazoo changed my life - hope it can do the same for you.


                            Thank you for reading.

                            © Bondgirlk8 - November 2008

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