"The Man from Del Monte. He say yes !" That's what instantly springs to mind whenever I hear the name Del Monte - orange groves and tinned fruit ! So when I was contacted recently to see if I fancied trying out some of their new Fruit Burst drinks, I was keen to see what we'd make of them. As they come from a brand specialising in fruit, I was keen to see if this would be a kid-friendly, high juice drink.
We received two cartons - in the lime green and orange coloured carton was the intriguingly named Sherbert Lemon, Orange & Lime and in the purple carton was Sweet Apple & Blackcurrant.
We started off with the Sweet Apple & Blackcurrant. It is very nice with a strong (but not overly strong) fruity flavour and a slight sharpness. It tasted like a high quality fruit squash with a lovely natural flavour. Very nice but not hugely original.
Then we moved on to the rather more original Sherbert Lemon, Orange & Lime and took a tentative sip, unsure of what to expect. It actually really reminded me of a drink called Five Alive that I used to drink as a kid but if you're not a child of the eighties, that probably won't mean much to you. It's a light citrus flavour with a slight sharpness to it and makes a nice change to all the usual fruit flavours available.
I could tell from the flavours that these weren't pure juices and turned to the ingredients list to find out more. They are actually a blend of Water, Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Flavourings, Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates and a Sweetener (Sucralose). They also contain Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid and Biotin. As they are very sweet, I was expecting quite a high calorie count but they only contain about 15 calories for a 200ml glass.
I love the packaging - the products is targetting 7-13 year olds and features the slogan "Fruit-fuel, it's not rocket science !". The brand is encouraging children to think more and has included unsolvable questions, brain teasers and puzzles on the pack. Kids can submit their answers and the best answers win prizes.
At the moment, you can buy 1 litre cartons but it will also soon be available in a multipack lunchbox variant. It doesn't need to be kept in the fridge, although it does taste very nice chilled. As well as the two flavours that we tried, you can also buy Sour Apple & Strawberry and Cool Cherry & Luscious Lime. All three of the Madhouse Mini-testers loved the drinks that we had so I'll definitely look out for the other varieties to give them a try.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £1.29 for 1 litre
for more information : http://www.fruit-burst.co.uk/
Disclosure : I received some Fruit Burst in order to write an honest review.
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