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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Unibev Jelly Juice
Posted: 18:06 Tue 10-06-2003. Price: 39p. Location: Martin the newsagent's, Bletchley. Sub-flavours: Blueberry, Peach, Strawberry, Pineapple, Orange. Nutritional unusualness: see below.
Snackspot reports: Not sure if this is quite as "New" as the flash on the packet implies, but it's certainly unusual, apparently illustrating what happens if you add the "mouthfeel enhancer" Carrageenan to a fruity drink instead of boring old chocolate milk. Assuming you can resist the idea that you might as well be sucking down strawberry-flavoured frogspawn, the experience isn't unpleasant at all, and a vast improvement on the jelly blobs that once appeared in the (now widely unavailable?) Orbitz drink (called "Zero Gravity" in the UK?) which, this science site claims, used a "gellan gum support matrix" to stop them floating away. This is also the only place I've seen the increasingly controversial Bellywashers drinks in the UK, but I didn't buy one as they were 2.49. Jelly Juice, on the other hand, comes from the Dundee-based company Unibev, whose other products include Japanese-style jelly cups and the mangnificently named Frooters Ice Batons.


Posted: 20:24 Tue 10-06-2003 by "Neil"
Comment: In fact virtually all of Unibev's products appear to be double entendres. There's "Fruit Delights", "Pencil Jelly" and "Boo Bee" which has a "pod like capsule and a built in straw... and it's clear the children love it."
Posted: 22:59 Tue 10-06-2003 by "Stuart Campbell"
Comment: A drink that's almost totally non-liquid. If it wasn't for McDonalds non-milk shakes it'd be a first. The pineapple is quite nice.
Posted: 23:06 Tue 10-06-2003 by "Stuart Campbell"
Comment: I'm missing the double entendre in "Fruit Delights", by the way.
Posted: 19:59 Wed 11-06-2003 by "Neil"
Comment: You know... Fruits. Delights.
Posted: 12:38 Fri 18-07-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Fascinatingly, the idea of having jelly blobs in a drink might be based on the Taiwanese concept of beverages containing "tapioca pearls" - also known as "bubble teas", "boba", and "black, gleaming balls of delicious chewing fun": http://www.bruceandclark.com/tapiocapearls.htm
Posted: 17:24 Fri 18-07-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: cant find this any were do sainsburys sell them?
Posted: 16:29 Tue 25-11-2003 by "Michael" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm afraid i bought this around 4 years ago (1999), but decided to keep hold of a can. Here's a recent picture (which explains why liquid level has decreased!) tasted like frog-spawn i seem to remember: http://www.snackspot.org.uk/images/zerogsmall.jpg
Posted: 17:43 Tue 25-11-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Ah yes, Zero Gravity. Sweets in Lemonade was a good idea. But the sweets were tasteless, and there was a whole pile at the bottom. I'd buy it again though
Posted: 19:45 Thu 19-May-2005 by "Erik Eckhardt"
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Comment: If you order anything from Bruce & Clark, or from any bubble tea site for that matter, make sure you know that most of the flavored tea mix powders have hydrogenated oil in them.

In case you didn't know, hydrogenating oil *always* causes trans-fats. And the entire medical community agrees that trans-fats cause heart attacks and are generally something you should NOT be consuming. There's no controversy on this one. So ask questions about the ingredients in anything you order!

For more information about the danger of trans-fats, see http://www.mercola.com/2003/jul/19/trans_fat.htm 5930 6 14

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