Sunday 18 March 2018

Put to the Test: Orange squash

Orange squash is a summer staple, and you can tailor it to everyone's taste. The five tested here are all sweet, although some have no added sugar. They all tasted good, so it's a question of your palate preference and your attitude towards sugar content, ingredients or price. We scored on all these categories.

Supervalu orange drink, 1lt

Score: 4/5

Verdict: This has a lighter taste than some of the others, but it's refreshing and not too sweet. In fact, it has no added sugar and sugar content is just 0.6g per 100ml, but it does contain sweeteners. This also has the best price of those tested.

Price: €0.91

Aldi double strength orange squash, 1.5lt

Score: 4/5

Verdict: Double strength means that you can use smaller measures for more servings. The taste is good -- orangey and strong -- and there is no added sugar (1.2g sugar per 100ml), although sweeteners are listed in the ingredients. This is also the second cheapest per litre.

Price: €1.49 (€1 / Lt)

Tesco whole orange squash, 750ml

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This squash also has a good strong orange taste, but it's sweeter with 4.7g sugar per 100ml, and it contains both sugar and sweeteners. This is "double concentrated", so you only have to use half as much.

Price: €0.99 (€1.32 / Lt)

M&S Florida orange high juice, 1lt

Score: 3/5

Verdict: This contains no sweeteners, so although there is plenty of sugar (8.7g per 100ml), the drink has a different type of sweetness and tastes good. You can taste the flavour of Florida oranges and it is tangy. It also has the shortest ingredient list, which is a plus, but is the dearest of those here.

Price: €1.59

Robinsons orange fruit squash, 1lt

Score: 2.5/5

Verdict: This one tastes quite different to the others but is good and tangy. It is very sweet, containing the highest sugar content of those tested, at 13g sugar per 100ml, and it contains sweeteners as well as sugar. It was our least favourite to taste but that's down to personal preference.

Price: €1.49 in Spar

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