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Confirmed sighting: Britvic Freekee Soda carbonated milk drink
Posted: 10:12 Thu 03-04-2003. Price: 69p. Location: Lobin's Food & Wine, Swiss Cottage, NW3. Sub-flavours: Odd Orange, Strange Strawberry. Nutritional unusualness: No mention of milk anywhere on the bottle except in ingredients small print.
Snackspot reports: Easily the weirdest product launch of the year, from the shiny metallic opaque plastic bottle to the "Is that a hint of Magic Markers?" bouquet. I've only tried the "Strange Strawberry" so far, which basically tastes like a sharper version of fizzy strawberry Nesquik cut with artificial sweetener - initially disconcerting but it does grow on you as/if you attempt to finish the entire bottle. Coverage suggests that the product is aimed at tweenagers (10-13 year olds) and/or readers of Cosmo Girl, but the unconventional flavour (and startled facial expressions of the fruit icons on the bottle) suggest it'd go down better among Extreme Confectionery fans.


Posted: 13:33 Thu 03-04-2003 by "quin"
Comment: hmm, i tried this yesterday. it was purchased from Somerfield, London Road, Brighton. the idea i think behind it is that it's fizzy, but a smoothie. unfortunately, when i opened it, half of it exploded onto the pavement.
Posted: 20:30 Sat 05-04-2003 by "Rivella Cow Owner"
Comment: Hmm... not mentioning milk, but being milk based. Can you still get Rivella? ;) Anyone else got one of those mooing cows they sent out?
Posted: 21:05 Mon 07-04-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: Just tried the "odd orange" one, and either it's more palatable than the strawberry one, or (shudder) I'm getting accustomed to the effect. It doesn't taste quite so much of artificial sweetener (or orange, for that matter), but there does seem to be a definite tang of tangerine.
Posted: 21:29 Wed 09-04-2003 by "Lightside"
Comment: Spotted the advert for this on ITV a couple of nights ago, it strangely avoided going anywhere near the M(ilk) word. Its as if they want to avoid any association with such an "uncool" beverage.

Besides who would want to buy fizzy milk?

Posted: 14:13 Mon 14-04-2003 by "elmsyrup"
Comment: I really like it, I find it akin to pouring a whole packet of dib-dab down your throat at once. Bloody expensive though. 80p for a 380ml bottle!
Posted: 16:27 Mon 14-04-2003 by "Stuart Campbell"
Comment: Starts off lovely, seeming like it's going to be another Vanilla Coke-style triumph of the milky/fizzy combo, and then BAM, the revolting metallic chemical aftertaste of Aspartame kicks in. If I do nothing else before I die, I'm going to track down the bastard who invented it and drown him in a gigantic vat of the foul, poisonous tramp's piss with which he's ruined so many otherwise delicious beverages and foodstuffs. Wanker.
Posted: 23:13 Tue 15-04-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: "Jessica" from California emails to ask: where can I find this soda? Well, as far as I know, it's made by the British company Britvic, so it might not make it overseas for a while. But it's not all bad news, as the US has had its own "carbonated milk" drinks for a while now, in flavours which appear to include "Lemon Vanilla Ice" and "Strawberry Chill", under the reassuring brand name "White Soda": http://www.bevnet.com/reviews/whitesoda/
Posted: 14:52 Wed 23-04-2003 by "Steve"
Comment: Picked up some of the Strawberry flavour from an offie/chain newsagent (Unwins, Budgens one of that ilk) on Shaftesbury avenue. Surprisingly palatable - the milk is barely noticeable and I guess only included on the pack for legal reasons. Tasted like a slightly carbonated Sainsbury's own brand smoothie. Apparently makes a good mixer for vodka.
Posted: 17:12 Sat 17-05-2003 by "Mark Lamarr (courtesy of Freddie Starr)"
Comment: Things not mentioned above:

It describes itself as "LOW SUGAR ORANGE SOFT DRINK WITH SKIMMED MILK WITH SWEETENERS". It also, disturbingly, says "*PATENT PENDING". Presumably it's the concept of slightly adulterating a carbonated beverage with milk that they've patented, and not having a drug-addled orange as a mascot.

According to the ingredients, the actual milk content is 4% skimmed milk. Given that the drink apparently contains 5% apple juice and doesn't taste anything like apples, it's not clear what if any effect the milk is having.

Visually, the drink is opaque and most closely resembles carbonated orange juice. The flavour is like one of the more sophisted brands of sherbert, with a slight chalky aftertaste like orange tums.

In the stomach the sensation is strongly acidic, and I can feel its effects on my bloodstream as a slight chill in my arms and down my spine. It causes low-to-medium quality belching.

Posted: 02:37 Sun 18-05-2003 by "Lightside"
Comment: Finally got hold of a bottle! took several mins deciding which flavor to risk and plumped for orange.

Verdict: What a letdown! tasted like crappy orangeade, definatly not the fizzy smoothie i was expecting. Oh, well, back to the vanilla coke i expect.

Posted: 16:00 Tue 19-08-2003 by "Mark G" # permalink comment
Comment: Freekee tastes mint! How old are you people? Isn't this just a drink for kids, not old bastards like you! Me and my mates love it, and always buy it on the way home. I have to admit, it tastes much better cold. I saw an ad saying that it is now going to be called Tango Strange Soda, EVEN BETTER! See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya!:)
Posted: 10:53 Wed 20-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: 'BY BY BY'
Posted: 13:02 Wed 20-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: 'BY BY BY'
Posted: 13:58 Wed 20-08-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: 'BY BY BY'
Posted: 14:17 Wed 20-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: That wasn't me who put By By By. Is there an impersonater around?
Posted: 14:28 Wed 20-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: And what a fiendishly accurate impersonation it was...
Posted: 15:28 Wed 20-08-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: Uncanny! It's almost as if there's a T-1000 on the loose!
Posted: 15:36 Wed 20-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: "Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking. Is he okay?"

"Wolfie's fine, honey. Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?"

Posted: 15:49 Wed 20-08-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: Apparently this model is more of an N'Sync fan though:


Posted: 15:55 Wed 20-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: What stupid idiot uses peoples names are writes stupid things, they must be a very sad person!!!

snackspot: will my sighting be onthis week or next???

Posted: 12:30 Thu 21-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: hi JT as luck would have it we'll be discussing something along those lines tomorrow... 29739 2 99
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