Sunday 30 April 2017

Put to the test: Orange cordial

As you dilute it with water, orange cordial can go a long away in a thirsty household.

Of the five tested below, three list orange juice from concentrate as the main ingredient accounting for 50% of the product, while two (Aldi and Superquinn) have water as the main ingredient with orange juice concentrate forming 20% and 10% of the drinks respectively.

Aldi sun quench orange squash, 1.5lt

Score: 4/5

Verdict: This one contains 20% orange juice concentrate so not the highest, but it doesn't have any added sugar or artificial colours or flavourings. The clincher with this offering is that it is "double strength" meaning you don't have to use as much so a little should go a long way. Plus it's the second cheapest of those tested. The calorie and sugar content are second lowest.

Price: €1.49 (€0.99/lt)

Tesco high juice orange drink, 1lt

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: Given that this contains 50% orange juice from concentrate, the taste is brighter and more 'orangey', as with the drinks from Lidl and M&S. It doesn't have any added sugar or artificial colours or flavours, and the calorie and sugar content are lower than the two others which also contain more orange juice.

Price: €1.49

Superquinn essentials orange squash, 1lt

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This is the cheapest of the lot, has no added sugar and is the only one that indicates it is produced in Ireland. Admittedly, it contains the lowest orange juice at only 10% but that also means it contains the least number of calories and amount of sugar. If you like a less strong-tasting diluted orange, it does the job.

Price: €0.75

M&S florida orange high juice

Score: 3/5

Verdict: This is the dearest, so lost on points for that. Plus it contains the second highest calorie and sugar content. However, there are no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners and the taste is good. The use of Florida oranges also gives this one a lovely 'tang'.

Price: €1.59

Lidl royal orchard high juice orange, 1lt

Score: 3/5

Verdict: The exact same price as the Tesco drink, this doesn't have any artificial colours or flavours and contains 50% orange. As a result, the orange taste is good, although the calorie and sugar content are highest of those tested.

Price: €1.49

Irish Independent

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