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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Robinsons Fruit Spring
Posted: 17:03 Mon 16-02-2004. Price: 69p. Location: Shell Garage (J11 M4). Sub-flavours: Raspberry and Lemon, Apple and Cranberry, Apple and Lime. Nutritional unusualness: "Suitable for Vegetarians".
"Luncheon Voucher" reports: For a drink that claims to have no artificial anything this stuff looks alarmingly fake. All the variants seem to come in unnatural Day-glo colours. Opening the bottle releases a smell not unlike those really floppy jelly sweets that come in a sort of push-out blister pack. But the taste is pretty good. Slighy too sweet but still pretty acidic. Not sure the kiddies'll go for it... (Sorry for the dodgy pic. Rubbish webcam.)

...No apology required, "Voucher" - at least you can see what the product is (and speaking of which, we're still awaiting photographic evidence of Virgin Sours and the even more appealing-sounding Robinsons Squash For Milk). In other fruity flavourings - this week's The Grocer magazine reports that: 500ml bottles of Apple Tango are being "price marked" at 49p; March will see Procter and Gamble add a "Summer Fruits" flavour of Sunny D; and Tesco and Waitrose are to stock Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, the official carbonated grape and elderflower drink of the England Rugby team.


Posted: 18:11 Mon 16-02-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Aquadrops are available in Woolworths, and Ketchup Pombears are available in Pound-Stretcher.
Posted: 18:31 Mon 16-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: "Mike Gray" says he saw some Aquadrops in Safeway, but doesn't seem to have sent a picture. And what's a "Ketchup Pombear", in the name of all that's holy?
Posted: 18:49 Mon 16-02-2004 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: Got the Apple and Lime flavour one from Woolworths in Milton Keynes (whilst also clearing the shelves of 5 for a £1 packs of vice versas!) Liked it but very overpowering Lime flavour, had trouble detecting any Apple at all.
Posted: 19:04 Mon 16-02-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Pombears are the Bear shaped Crisps available in most supermarkets.

Now there's a Ketchup flavour.

Posted: 19:10 Mon 16-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: thanks for the pic Saramond - it'll go on the site (complete with your and Mike's comments) tomorrow...
Posted: 11:34 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Some natural things do look artificial.

I bought a spring cabbage a few weeks ago (I know, I know, it was wrong), boiled it, and it turned the most livid, virulent green I have ever seen.

Posted: 11:40 Tue 17-02-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: in asda kelloggs have brout out 3 new products, crunchy nut cereal bar, a new rice crispie cereal and lemon fruit winders and a suger free stawberry and creme chup a chup!

Posted: 11:58 Tue 17-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Good work "bob" - what's new about the Rice Crispies?
Posted: 12:13 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry Snackspot- I tried to take a Virgin Sours picture, but I couldn't get a suitable one, and I tore off the Aquadrops wrapper, and threw it away, forgetting about here.
Posted: 16:06 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: bob - Isn't that four new products?
Posted: 16:42 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: Although Chupa Chups aren't made by Kellogg's, of course...
Posted: 17:41 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Not Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: (under breath) 1.... 2.... 3....
Posted: 21:05 Tue 17-02-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, very good. It wasn't my mistake, it was bob's freeform writing style which could mean almost anything depending on where you mentally insert the punctuation.
Posted: 17:13 Wed 18-02-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: The raspberry-and-lemon variety of these are absolutely gorgeous. The other two get a bit swamped by the apple, as anything with apple in it tends to do, but they're still nice. Saramond must smoke a lot of cigars or have a thick-pile carpet in his/her mouth if he/she tastes more lime than apple in the green flavour, though. My long search for a pleasant-tasting predominantly lime-flavoured drink continues unfulfilled.
Posted: 09:32 Thu 19-02-2004 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: Buy some lime cordial and drink it neat then!
Posted: 09:05 Mon 23-02-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Actually, what a great idea. I've always found lime cordial on its own just too bitter, but it just dawned on me I could make it up a litre at a time with four or five teaspoons of sugar in there, and sure enough it's delicious. Good work, Saramond.
Posted: 14:25 Fri 27-02-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: back to Robinson's Fruit Spring - no nutritional info, "no artificial sweeteners", and ingredients (ordered by volume) go "Spring water (84%), Glucose-fructose syrup, Fruit juices from concentrate (raspberry 2%, lemon 2%, apple 2%), sugar, citric acid, colour etc" - which kind of implies it's about 10% glucose-fructose syrup and/or sugar?

can't find much more on it online, though "Robinsons Fruit Spring is a still water-based drink aimed at 20-25-year-old women", apparently: http://www.flavourhouseireland.com/news/sep-2003.htm

Posted: 22:39 Thu 01-04-2004 by "piglady"
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Comment: can someone please tell me the title of the song on the robinsons squash advert, is it the jitterbug something? please help.
Posted: 15:33 Sat 03-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I don't know the track myself, but a google search for the lyrics ("We love to boogie/ on a Saturday night") suggests it's probably T-Rex's "I Love to Boogie" (as heard on the soundtrack to the film Billy Elliot?)
Posted: 16:42 Thu 15-04-2004 by "anna"
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Comment: how many calories are in the new fruit springs? have been drinking them religiously instead of coca-cola. i assume they're less calorific?
Posted: 19:19 Thu 15-04-2004 by "Matthew" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm not sure of the exact figures, but I'd venture 'about as many as a can of coke'. The only benefit is the lack of sparkling-ness.
Posted: 20:18 Fri 10-Sep-2004 by "vinc" # permalink comment
Comment: fruit spring apple & cranberry is the best than every keep it up.
Posted: 10:20 Fri 01-Oct-2004 by "Bish" # permalink comment
Comment: Nutritional For Fruit Spring:

Apple & Cranberry:

Energy 166kJ/100ml Carbohydrates 9.26% w/v Protein 0.008% w/v Fat 0.008% w/v

Apple & Lime:

Energy 171kJ/100ml Carbohydrates 9.62% w/v Protein 0.017% w/v Fat 0.013% w/v

Raspberry & Lemon:

Energy 166kJ/100ml Carbohydrates 9.3% w/v Protein 0.037% w/v Fat 0.01% w/v

Hope this helps

Posted: 12:58 Fri 01-Oct-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: cheers for the info Bish - where'd you get it?

and do you think this is approximately equivalent to just over 9g of sugar per 100ml (ie about the same as most fizzy drinks)?

Posted: 13:49 Fri 01-Oct-2004 by "Bish" # permalink comment
Comment: I got the information directly from Britvic. I've posted all the information they gave me..

As for the sugar, eh, it'll be just over 9g of Carbs per 100ml, that's probably (I'm guessing) all sugar, but remember that not all of that will be added sugar...

Bish :o)

Posted: 03:43 Wed 01-Jun-2005 by "Jack" # permalink comment
Comment: They smell exactly like those "really floppy jelly sweets that come in a sort of push-out blister pack", they taste like them to, I noticed that the first time I had one. The Raspberry & Lemon one is the best. I managed to get a reduced 4 pack in Waitrose in Nolfork, also seen them in Milton Keynes, but here in London I can only seem to get them at petrol stations for about a pound a go. They've been out for over a year now, what's going on???
Posted: 18:07 Thu 23-Jun-2005 by "lol"
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Comment: I buy it nearly every day for my lunch at my local somerfeilds my favourite is apple and lime.but most people i know dont like that flavour
Posted: 20:00 Fri 24-Jun-2005 by "lol" # permalink comment
Comment: have you seen the new wild berry flavour?
Posted: 02:36 Sat 25-Jun-2005 by "sally" # permalink comment
Comment: http://www.freewebs.com/oneyearon/index.htm
Posted: 09:44 Tue 13-Dec-2005 by "Andy" # permalink comment
Comment: This product contains dangerous products and should not be consumed on a regular basis, it contains aspartamine, acesulfame and phenylalanine. the chemicals cause neural danage, eye damage, severe joint problems, severe depression and mood swings, aspartamine is a poison which converts at 85 F (29 C). Avoid this product
Posted: 20:48 Tue 13-Dec-2005 by "fred" # permalink comment
Comment: i h8 this stuff its rank!
Posted: 02:21 Wed 22-Mar-2006 by "Stephie" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm really having trouble tracking down the apple & lime fruit springs, i absolutly love the product. anyone know where to get them in west sussex. i don't have a sommerfield near me & my local (crawley) woolworths doesn't stock them!
Posted: 19:45 Tue 06-Jun-2006 by "hannah"
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Comment: wats the name of the song on the advert 29427 1 64
Posted: 15:18 Sun 27-May-2007 by "Bish" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't mean to be a killjoy but Phenylalanine is one of twenty Amino Acid used to build Proteins in the body. Admittly, Aspartamine isn't exactly good for you (and admittidly I don't have a clue about acesulfame).
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