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All The Fizz Without The Guilt with Green Cola

Who’s For Dinner had the chance to review Green Cola recently – a diet cola that created by a new UK company which is taking on leading cola brands. I was sent some cans to review and whilst I was excited I have to admit I was skeptical before trying these because quiet often diet/reduced sugar drinks don’t have quite the same taste as the original drinks they are based on. On the other hand original cola soft drinks are often so full of sugar that I rarely drink them anymore to be honest. However the ingredients list was surprising and fascinating.

The drink contains:

  • No sugar
  • No Aspartame
  • No Phosphoric Acid
  • No preservatives
  • No calories

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If that list isn’t impressive enough the drink is sweetened with Stevia, a natural plant extract and caffeinated with green coffee beans, which is why it’s called Green Cola. So all in all this is actually the ideal soft drink for anyone who wants to try something new, and still enjoy fizzy drinks without wanting to be unhealthy. I really enjoyed this drink and can see why it is so popular, it also served as a reminder that you can have those “sweet treats” without the guilt. It’s refreshing to see a new brand making an impact in the drinks market and I would definitely recommend that you head out and grab a can of Green Cola.

“It took over two years to perfect our cola, with literally thousands of attempts and recipe tinkering. One-by-one, we took out ingredients like aspartame, phosphoric acid and the ordinary caffeine used by mainstream brands, until we were left with a healthier cola that doesn’t compromise on taste. There is nothing else like Green Cola on the market. Most low calorie colas contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener that many consumers have growing concerns about. This is an untapped market set to take off on the back of the sugar tax in 2018.” – CEO Paul Woodward.

Green Cola is already a big hit in Greece, Romania, Germany, Ireland and Hong Kong. In the UK, it is currently stocked by Ocado, Amazon and artisan food and select coffee shops.

Green Cola is sold in 330ml cans with an RRP of 70p and 500ml PET bottles RRP £1.30.

Add Some Black Magic to Your Cooking!

A new range of activated charcoal for colouring food and drinks has been launched by KitchenLab.  Black rice (made from squid ink) has always been a favourite in the Who’s For Dinner kitchen so it’s great to know that you can now make pretty much any type of black coloured food from black ice cream, black doughnuts, black pizza bases, black cocktails and black pasta to name but a few. The key ingredient in this food colouring product is activated charcoal. This 100% pure, food-grade, organic product is made by heating coconut shells to extremely high temperatures until they are carbonised. The ash produced is then processed to form a premium quality, ultrafine powder that can be used as an ingredient. The activated charcoal powder has no flavour, odour or aftertaste so will have no detrimental effect on foods or drinks. It is reported to have certain health benefits, however, as it adsorbs toxins (a process whereby substances are gathered on the surface of the charcoal particles) thus preventing them from being absorbed by the body.

A further, practical, benefit is that it provides a means of colouring food that is suitable for vegans and vegetarians unlike traditionally used squid ink.  KitchenLab’s activated charcoal powder is available in both a 250g and 500g tub. It should be used soon after opening but, to keep indefinitely, it can be refrigerated or frozen.

Here’s a recipe that you might like to try!

KitchenLab Recipe Suggestion – charcoal tempura battered avocado served with smoked apricot puree

Avocado in Charcoal Tempura Batter



300g water

100g vodka

125g plain flour

1tsp cumin

Pinch of salt

15g Special Ingredients’ Activated Charcoal

1.5g Special Ingredients’ Methocel (purified cellulose)


To make the batter, blend all the ingredients together and then pour into a cream whipper and charge with CO2.

Place whipper in the fridge for around 2 hours.

Cut avocados into chunks and dip in tamari or soy sauce.

Coat pieces of avocado in flour and shake off excess.

Dispense batter from the whipper to cover the pieces of avocado.

Drop into a fryer pre-heated to 190 °C and cook for 2-3 minutes until crispy.