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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Hint Premium Essence Water Pomegranate-Tangerine Confirmed sighting: Hint Premium Essence Water Pomegranate-Tangerine
Posted: 19:47 Sun 02-Aug-2009. Price: 1.29/474ml. Location: Budgens, Belsize Park, London. Sub-flavours: Hibiscus Vanilla; Watermelon; Honeydew Hibiscus; Blackberry; Mango-Grapefruit, Lime; Raspberry-Lime; Peppermint; Pear; Tropical Punch; Cucumber; Strawberry Kiwi. Nutritional unusualness: Zero calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrate or protein.
Snackspot reports: Are you like me? Have you ever wondered "Why do they have to put sugar and/or sweeteners in fruity mineral waters - couldn't they just add some sort of flavouring to bottled water, and leave it at that?" This US import seems to have had a similar idea, and at the same time succinctly answers my question with the reply: "Because it would taste absolutely horrible."

Admittedly, I've only tried the Pomegranate-Tangerine variety out of the thousands available, but it was an awful lot like finishing a glass of Sunquick orange squash, then rinsing it out with tap water and drinking that instead. The other flavours might be an improvement, but for now I'll be sticking with good old British 9g sugar/100ml Britvic Drench Juicy Spring Water (93p/440ml, Morrisons, in Orange and Passionfruit; Blackcurrant and Apple; or Cranberry and Raspberry).

...Fortunately, according to Foodstuff Finds, it sounds like they're keeping the sugar in Volvic Touch of Apple, or there's 19g per 200ml serving (plus some slightly elaborate preparation instructions) for Mars' potential Nesquik competitor, Milky Way Milkshake Mix (1/240g, Iceland, Uxbridge). Or, if you're on the lookout for around 80mg of caffeine in a convenient 50ml container, Coca-Cola are relasing Relentless Shots, as well as experimenting with fizzy milk drink Vio - obviously this didn't work for Britvic back in '03, but is apparently more acceptable on the international stage.


Posted: 18:54 Mon 03-Aug-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Hmmmm, I'll stick with Irn Bru thanks.
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