“ Recently launched organic blackcurrant fruit drink with high fruit content / Food quality: Organic food „
Rocks Organic Blackcurrant Fruit Drink. I have been buying this product for around a year now, and only by chance came across it in our local supermarket ( in the very small organic section!). Due to my young son's health problems I have to buy organic products and generally items with no chemicals/additives/preservatives in them. To start with this wasn't too difficult trying to find alternative food items, but suitable drinks were another matter! Yes my son is allowed to drink organic milk and plain old tap water, but most 4 year olds want to drink squash (particularly when they have always had it in the past!). At first I managed to please him with organic fruit juices - but as these are generally quite expensive and don't seem to last too long in our house, I needed an alternative for regular drinking. My boss suggested organic squash, hence my trip to the organic section of our local supermarket. It was here I found this product, and my problem was solved. The product itself comes in a 740ml glass bottle (handy for recycling), but as it is concentrated it makes up to 5 litres of squash (so does last a while). The label is a lovely purple and green colour, showing a picture of a blackcurrant on a scooter (anything to interest the children!). The lid is a screw top and not too difficult to open. However I find that once it is opened it is quite messy when pouring it out, as the squash tends to run down the sides of the bottle (though this could just be me!). The main benefit of this product is the fact that it doesn't contain any of the nasty ingredients used in a lot of commercial squashes these days. In fact it contains very few ingredients at all; water, organic sugar, organic fruit juices and citric acid. As with all squashes you need to store it in a cool, dry place once opened. It does state on the bottle that it should be consumed within 2 weeks of opening, though we keep ours in the fridge for longer than that. As of yet we have had no problems with doing this, and have never had to throw any away. Although I am reviewing the blackcurrant flavour, there are other flavours in this range - including orange. We tend to buy the blackcurrant flavour as believe this tastes the nicest (it does actually taste of blackcurrants). The kids drink this without even realising it is not their old squash. Since buying this product the kids are allowed to drink as much of it as they like, safe in the knowledge that I am not poisoning them. Also priced at around £2.35 a bottle it is a lot cheaper than buying organic fruit juices, though it is obviously more expensive than most squashes. Overall in our house it is a win win situation.
I have always been a big fan of making sure my children receive good food. I do not mind spending a little more and buying organic where ever possible as it does give me piece of mind. I never did understand why the supermarkets charged more for organic foods though as the reason why the items are organic is because they do not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. To me this would cost the farmer less now wouldn't it? Never mind. When I was doing a quick shop in Sainsbury's I came across an organic squash. I was attracted to the label. It looked very colourful. They had an orange one and a Blackcurrant one too. The squash in question was ROCKS ORGANIC BLACKCURRANT SQUASH I decided to buy the Blackcurrant one and this was the result .... APPEARANCE The first thing I noticed was the bottle is actually made of glass. I thought this was rather strange to find a squash in a glass bottle. It looks more like a wine bottle rather than some pop. I really like the label of this bottle. It shows a rather large plump blackcurrant riding a scooter. He has massive smile. The whole label is pink and the top is multicoloured. A very attractive bottle. This is the reason I noticed it. COST To me at first the price was a little off putting as for a 740ml bottle on average costs £1.99. I thought this was rather expensive at first as the other squash I usually buy is about £1. I decided that this wasn't a bad price as I bought and realised that it does go far as you don't have to use that much as it is very strong. SMELL To me this smells very strong. Really lovely blackcurrant smell that hits you as soon as you unscrew the lid. It's a bit sickly at times. TASTE I am not a big fan of this the taste is far too blackcurrenty for me. I usually only have it when I have run out of my usual squash. I am going to say though that it must taste nice to children as my girls love it. Actually now they wont drink anything else. My eldest is 4 and when I try to give her a drink of something else for a change she knows it isn't rocks and refuses to drink it so in my girls opinion its lovely. INGREDIENTS Water, organic sugar, organic fruit, juices (20%) from concentrate (blackcurrant 13% apple, lemon) citric acid. NUTRITION INFORMATION Per 100ml diluted * Kcal - 34 * Protein - less than 0.1g * Carbohydrates- 9g * Fat - less than 0.1g STORAGE Store in a cool dry place and use within 2 weeks once opened. PREPERATION It says on the bottle.... Shake first. We recommend diluting 1 part Rocks organic squash to 6 parts water OTHER INFO The bottle can be recycled The following info is also printed on the bottle ...... Rocks organic has been making organic drinks in Twyford Bershire for over 20 years. We use high quality natural organic ingredients and avoid the use of unnecessary additives, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours and flavours in our recipes to provide tasty drinks for all the family. Rocks organic squash tastes great because it is made with organic blackcurrants, a known source of antioxidants. MY VERDICT I would defiantly recommend this product. My children love it and it is full of everything good for you. No E numbers in this product and is great for the price if you know your children are drinking something healthy.
Toddlers can be gripped by some pretty weird and wonderful obsessions in their young lives; some insist on wearing wellies in summer, others take their trousers off in public. Our three-year-old boy liked to ask complete strangers for their trainers. It certainly broke the ice! His current obsession is more "normal"; he is a big fan of "purple juice", otherwise known as blackcurrant squash. He knocks back several beaker-fulls of the stuff a day, although we try to make sure it's well diluted. When we're in shops and cafes, he makes a beeline for Ribena Toothkind (a drink endorsed by dentists in the food industry's unlikeliest alliance) but in the village where we live I buy the homebrand from our local Spar shop five minutes down the road. Actually make that "used" to buy because one day I happened to glance at the list of ingredients (my anorak was on at the time) and was shocked by the amount of additives, etc swirling around in the bottle. There was a tiny amount of actual fruit juice, more a whiff than anything else. I made the mistake of admitting my error to Mrs Castlebinn who accused me of being a cheapskate (probably true) and muttered darkly about additives and hyperactive toddlers. Spar's cheap tat went into the bin and I went +to the local Tesco before the Purple Juice Kid noticed and roared down the house. Every parent will know what I mean. A swift search of the superstore shelves turned up one or two contenders but nothing that would really fit the bill. Then I struck lucky - Rocks organic blackcurrant fruit drink. The number of organic food and drinks on offer in this country seems to be growing quicker than a Michael Owen sprint ( I've heard you can buy organic cod at certain restaurants, even though organic cod doesn't actually exist!) I'd tried Rocks organic orange before and was reasonably impressed by the slightly syrupy taste but I didn't know they had branched out into blackcurrant squash market. It turns out they have just launched a new range after parental requests. The label is bright and eyecatching and nails its colours to the mast by offering free badges of Bella Blackcurrant and her pals Olly Orange and Lizzy Lemon (drawn by famous illustrator Margaret Chamberlain - anyone heard of her?). Clearly kids are the target audience here. Or rather parents willing to shell out for peace of mind. A once-bitten-twice-shy-scan of the ingredients revealed this little beauty had a juicy 17% fruit (in contrast, Ribena toothkind has a mere 7%) and a pricetag of £1.79, a big jump in both instances on the rival Spar version. Ingredients are water, organicaly (sic) grown sugar, organic fruit juices 17% (blackcurrant 12%, with apple and lemon), and citric acid. That's a whole lot better. Apart from the spelling of organically, the only worrying thing was the drink is gluten free. Now gluten is not probably not good for you but it does make things taste a whole lot better. Some organic foods and drinks suffer badly in comparison with non-organic rivals because of bland taste. Nature can be boring too. But I didn't really mind as long as the drink passed the toddler taste test. So I took a chance, paid and zoomed home with my bottle of blackcurrant. I poured a glass, splashed in the water and waited with baited breath as the boy took his first sip...and wandered away to watch his Jungle Book video without a murmur of complaint. Mummy and Daddy enjoyed a glass of blackcurrant to celebrate. For the record, I can say the colour is an appealing pale purple and the taste is fruity but subtle. It's now a regular on our shopping list. Rocks says it is an organic farm in Twyford, Hants, founded in 1983 by the nicely-named Hugh Rock, who must have taken a lot of stick at school. It says its blackcurrant squash is a healthier drink because it contains no ne of the additives usually present in soft drinks. Fair enough. Rocks also make pineapple, grapefruit and cranberry cordials, available at Sainsbury and Tesco. A 740ml bottle of Rocks Organic Blackcurrant Drink makes 5 litres. Dilute to taste about 1 to 5/6. Website: www.rocksorganic.com. Tel: 0118 9342344