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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: D and G Kola Champion Confirmed sighting: D and G Kola Champion
Posted: 12:35 Mon 10-05-2004. Price: 39p/330ml. Location: Iceland, Kingswood. Sub-flavours: Pineapple Soda.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: As a young snack spotter in Scotland many years hence, one of my favourite soft drinks was the legendary Red Kola, produced by classic glass-bottled-pop makers Barr (most famous for their Irn Bru). Many years later it became available south of the border too, but suffered the fate of many other fine drinks - namely ruination at the hands of the foul poison Aspartame. Now, however, the well-known Jamaican D and G brand has come up with an alternative, in the form of a "kola" drink tasting exactly like RK, only not red and not full of revolting sweeteners. This sugar-only brew is a slightly unsettling pale rusty orange colour, but everything else about it is perfect - a sweet, fruity cola-ish taste that isn't over-gassed. Oddly enough, one of their other varieties, Pineapple Soda, also reflects a flavour pioneered decades ago by Barr's but destroyed by Aspartame, and is almost as nice, but it's Kola Champion that brought a grin of joy to the face of this old snacklover.

...Fascinatingly, this week's The Grocer has an article claiming that all 14 major soft drink categories grew in value last year, with the sole exception of what Britvic describes as "uniques" - "hard-to-categorise flavours like Irn-Bru, Tizer, Dr Pepper and Vimto". Still, that isn't deterring a number of new launches in the beverage market, including sparkling versions of those oh-so-healthy Feel Good Juice Drinks, "Serene White" and "Gentle Blush" herbal versions of adult soft drink Shloer, and the "pops like champagne!" kids' drink for the alcoholics of tomorrow, Children's Bubbly (apple, cherry or blueberry, 2.99).


Posted: 15:52 Mon 10-05-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Haven't tried this, but I've tried the pineapple and grape sodas - far, far too sweet.
Posted: 13:53 Tue 11-05-2004 by "Bob" # permalink comment
Comment: Aspartame is evil. My obervations of a staticically-too-small sample of three people who drank a litres of soft drink with aspartame daily is it does cause memory loss. One person was entirly articulate befor and started forgetting words when he began drinking lots of diet stuff to loose weight. Concidence? Maybe but I'm not drinking it.
Posted: 14:01 Tue 11-05-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: For some reason "Bob"'s comment has appeared under "Masterfoods AquaDrops" at the top left of this page! Although no doubt typing this will change it, hence making me look foolish...
Posted: 12:34 Wed 12-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: yeah, that sometimes happens if two people post a comment within a few seconds of each other. fortunately that doesn't happen very often

also, don't want to nitpick, but when "Stuart" says "As a young snack spotter in Scotland many years *hence*", I wonder if this is a popular usage as it's often used to mean "From this time; in the future", giving the impression that Stuart's planning on living his life backwards, or something

Posted: 13:16 Wed 12-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: That last comment reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask for months now - why are people's names in quotation marks? Of course some people are obviously using made-up names. But to suggest that myself, the Kaptain or Mrs McSnacky are hiding behind nom de plumes is frankly offensive. Of course in cases of blatantly made up names, such as "Stuart" please continue this convention.
Posted: 13:22 Wed 12-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: it's because i haven't got round to writing a proper registration system, so the quotes are just a little reminder that there's no real evidence that you are who you actually say you are, "Diarmuid"

also, let's face it, "quote" "marks" are "always" "funny":


Posted: 12:11 Wed 14-Jul-2004 by "AFindlay" # permalink comment
Comment: In an attempt to create 'Diet Cherry Coke' by combining experimental quantities of Diet Coke with Sugar Free Cherryade, I stumbled upon the recipe for 'Diet Red Kola' instead...

A 60:40 ratio of Diet Coke to Cherryade should do the trick.


Posted: 00:17 Sun 12-Jun-2005 by "Lee Sanderson" # permalink comment
Comment: Regarding Red Kola, we still get it in Scotland, (Ha! Ha! to you numpties in England) and both Barrs and Curries make it. Curries is the far far better tasting and so is their limeade.
Posted: 00:00 Sat 14-Jan-2006 by "Moo" # permalink comment
Comment: Red Kola is available in the UK, you just have to know where to look! I've found it in Loughborough in a newsagent and Sutton Bonington (near Loughborough) from the local milkman of all people! 10747 2 78
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