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Review: Pear drink at Ikea

The pear drink at Ikea comes in tall cans, and tastes more like pear cider than pear juice.

As we’ve already established, I quite like pears, and I quite like Ikea. Combine the two, and you’ve got a tall can of non-alcoholic pear drink — Kolsyrad Parondryck by name — available at the Ikea food store.

The look and texture are not like a standard pear juice. It’s not thick with pear pulp, nor is it cloudy with pear particles. It’s a very clear pale yellow colour, like a light cider or ultra-light beer. And even though it says it’s non-alcoholic, it contains “fermented apples and pears” in the ingredients list, which is odd.

Taste wise, it has much more in common with pear cider than pear juice. It tastes like a drink with alcohol, but without the alcohol. (Does that even make sense? It’s like there’s evidence of fermentation in the taste, minus the flavour of alcohol.) It’s sweet, there’s some tartness, and the apple-pear flavour is evident. Pleasantly fizzy, and entirely summery.

I think I like it. It’s a nice alternative to pop, but the nutritional benefit appears to be much the same. I could see myself sipping one of these on the deck while assembling a build-it-yourself summer lounge chair.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: $1.59 for a 500 ml (16.9 oz.) tall can.

Value for cash money: Good. Less volume than a 20 oz. bottle of pop, but still a reasonable price for value.

Availability: Ikea.

Nutrition?: 200 calories per tall can, much of which would come from the 50 grams of sugars listed in the nutrition facts panel.

The verdict: Good stuff. Worth picking up a few cans.

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