Saturday, February 24, 2007

Scottish Pride?

This is an Irn Bru.

If I'm to believe what people tell me it's more popular than Coke or Pepsi here in Scotland.

I've been given some ribbing by my colleagues at work that I've been in Glasgow for over 4 months now and still not tried it. So about 2 weeks ago I bought a bottle and it stayed in my fridge.

It's very orange so I just wasn't in the right head space to put something that colour into my body.

Listed as some of the ingredients are (in no particular order) good old caffeine, 0.002% of ammonium ferric citrate, quinine, colouring E110 and E124.

Yet, can you believe that it is currently listed as a banned substance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Horrors). The FDA website lists Irn-Bru and Diet Irn-Bru as containing the banned carcinogenic colouring Ponceau 4R, and Sunset Yellow FCF. What, like those are bad things?

Friday was the day.

I grabbed it out of the fridge, cracked open the top and poured it into a glass. Did I mention it's very orange? And the taste, well.... sort of like bubble gum with a weird slightly metallic/chemical aftertaste.

I've drunk it, let's never speak of it again.


John Taylor said...

hi chris
That is so funny - and orange. You've piqued my interest - so it's now on my list of things to try.
And by the way, I meant to tell you that I really liked your photos from the trip.

sanna said...

Hiya Christine!
I wouldn't give up on Irn Bru just yet. Having spent 10 yrs in this country I've come to love it.. along with haggis. (Tried that yet?) But speaking of the drink, I do have to admit I only drink the diet version. The original full-sugar one is too sweet and bubblegummy... :) Try the lighter, crispier kind... you might even like it. If you don't think of the E numbers and other chemicals in it....

Cursed Tea said...

Irn Bru rocks!!! As a Scot who is exiled in the USA (but hey its New Orleans so I'm not really complaining!!) I often get misty-eyed thinking of the joys of irn bru!! And when I say 'joys' I mean its the best hangover cure on the planet!!! (us Scots are not dumb - or as we like to say "daft"!!)
Watch out for its secret powers though - my brother was addicted to the stuff and the sugar rotted a good deal of his teeth!! (and he lives in Scotland where dental care is rotten itself!)
I hope you've tried all the other wonderful things: haggis, fish and chips, oatcakes (homemade of course), shortbread (ditto), clooties dumpling (same)...and many more. Oh and living in Glasow you MUST go to the best place for Indian food likely in the world - Mother India either on Sauchihall street or near Kelvingrove (that's the cafe one). Its AMAZING!! I promise!!
Enjoy my homeland - hope you get a chance to go up north and see the best bits and breathe the freshest air on the planet!!