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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Virgin Sours Confirmed sighting: Virgin Sours
Posted: 13:50 Sat 24-04-2004. Price: 79p/ 500ml. Location: Corner shop, Willesden. Sub-flavours: Apple, Cherry, So Raspin' Blue Raspberry (tested). Nutritional unusualness: No artificial sweeteners.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Was moderately thrilled to see these after such a long wait, having figured Virgin had just given up on the whole idea. I'm not an apple or cherry fan, so I only tried the raspberry - where did this thing with raspberries suddenly being blue come from, incidentally? - but that flavour at least is a success, tasting exactly like sour blue raspberry flavour Warheads boiled sweets with a dry bite of refreshing sourness. Goes well with champagne for a modern variant on the Buck's Fizz, too. I'll definitely be buying this again, if anywhere is still selling it in a week's time.

...And well done to "Stuart" for finally getting a scan of a product that has long evaded the best attempts of experienced spotters like "Matthew", who only paid 69p in Morrisons, Norwich, noting: I avoided the apple flavour because I thought it'd be too predictable. After all, half of the sour stuff in this world appears to be apple flavours. And.. well, they're like dilute versions of Haribo Sours, really. Taste artifical, impossible to drink more than a mouthful at a time, but still fairly nice. Nothing more than a big novelty really. The cherry one was nicest. :) And perhaps their somewhat erratic distribution is just Richard Branson's bid to help kids drink fewer fizzy drinks too?


Posted: 14:09 Sat 24-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I think blue = raspberry goes back at least as far as the availability of raspberry slush puppies in the UK in the mid-1980s (which, incidentally, are delicious mixed with lemonade)

+ in the interests of balance re: fizzy drink intake, today's Guardian has an extensive article explaining that it's not being fat that causes health problems *per se*, it's the bad diet and lack of exercise that also (coincidentally?) leads to obesity! http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1200549,00.html

Posted: 16:07 Sat 24-04-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Morrisons always have Virgin Sours.
Posted: 16:08 Tue 27-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: I got the same blue one from a local shop in South Buckinghamshire- always beating me to the post, eh Stuart? - but I actually liked this; could work as a mixer for other more potent short drinks
Posted: 16:02 Fri 30-04-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: I've tried the other ones now. Apple is a bit boring, but cherry is great - it's the fruity, Jolly Ranchers-style cherry flavour, not the icky marzipan-y version of "cherry" you get in a lot of confectionery, so it's sour yet sweet and fruity. Nice one.
Posted: 23:56 Thu 24-06-2004 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: I've now tried all the flavours, they're all tremendously sour with just the right balance of being nice/painful to drink.

Shame they're almost certainly doomed; I got mine on offer from the local Nice Price freezer show - 25p a bottle, or five for a pound. I am going to stock up somewhat.

Posted: 17:25 Fri 25-06-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: asda now have mint kit kat cubes............ didnt buy them because i dont like mint chocolate also i spotted the new low carb rolos and kit kats in superdrug but they were still in the box
Posted: 17:01 Tue 13-Jul-2004 by "Cjw" # permalink comment
Comment: Was in forbuoys this morning and spotted some of these rarities.

Tried the blue rasperry and the apple...absolutlely horrible.And they make your teath go numb.

Posted: 17:17 Tue 13-Jul-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Where is this "Nice Price" shop you speak of, Daniel? I have to drive 25 miles to get my hands on any at the moment, and I'm still paying 69p a shot. I'm quite badly hooked on the cherry ones now, which are the juiciest fizzy drink I've ever tasted.
Posted: 20:02 Tue 13-Jul-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Had some of these a few weeks ago, all I can say is I thought I was drinking acid. 17680 0 5
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