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the smoothie's new clothes

Recently, we realised we hadn't updated our kids smoothie packaging in a long time. so, we decided to give it a bit of a makeover. Basically, we made it all colourful and put some really big fruit on it. Fancy.

 

While the new look has been a hit with most little ones, a lady called Jo got in touch to say that her autistic son, Zac, was struggling to adjust to the change. This was a big problem as our drinks had been the main source of fruit & veg in his diet. 

We wanted to help Jo and Zac, so we put our heads together and created a little pop-up book to explain things to him in an interactive way (which you can see in the photo above) . Jo got back to us to say that Zac loved the book, and was happily drinking our smoothies again. Absolute music to our ears.

We've since heard from a few parents of autistic children that their little ones are also finding it hard to adjust to the drinks' new look. If you think the book is something that could help them understand things a bit better, you can print out a copy from this pdf which also includes a few instruction on how to put it together.

We hope that helps but if you do have any more problems please drop us a message at hello@innocentdrinks.co.uk or call our bananaphone on 020 7993 3311

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Kiwis. What came first – the bird or the fruit?

We travel far and wide to source the finest fruit for our drinks, which can take us to sunny places, rainy places, and, occasionally, downright explosive places. We stay as close to the fruit as we can to make sure it’s as tasty and responsibly sourced as possible, and our kiwis, odd-looking and slightly hairy as they may be, are no exception.

 

We make a purée from our kiwis to use in drinks like these. Because we don’t want to waste any kiwi, we actually use the whole fruit, from the seeds to the fuzzy coating. Nobody wants a fuzzy purée, so, to avoid this, we carefully wash the fruit and then sieve it several times which ensures that the purée tastes as delicious and hairless as a purée made from bald kiwis would be.

It’s important not to be ‘that guy’ who only bangs on about fruit, so we ask other important questions to our growers in New Zealand. Like whether the bird was named after the fruit or the fruit after the bird. We’re chuffed to confirm that (drumroll) it was in fact the fruit that was named after the bird. Ages ago, somewhere in New Zealand, someone decided to name the local birds ‘kiwis’. Then, the word ‘kiwi’ was applied as a nickname to things from New Zealand, the world largest producer of kiwi. One day, the Chinese gooseberry was renamed as ‘kiwi fruit’ for marketing purposes in New Zealand. The rest is history.

So that’s one of the big questions answered. Use it (in pub quizzes) wisely.

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the boys are waiting

We’re ambitious. We have dreams. If it was up to us, every fridge across the land would be stuffed full of smoothies. But for some reason, people occasionally choose other drinks over the delicious, healthy, unquestionably brilliant and always humble smoothie. For instance, people in Scotland really like an Irn Bru. In the North of England, it’s against the law for a scone to be consumed without a cup of tea. Residents of East London will happily pay £4.50 for an artisanal flat white served in a miniature upcycled wheelbarrow. And whenever people want to encourage the boys to gather in their yard, they reach for a milkshake because Kelis made it clear in her 2003 hit song of the same name that that was the right thing to do.

However, this piece of breaking news from the Irish Daily Star might make you question your future beverage purchasing preferences:

That’s right: Kelis has never had a milkshake. But she did have a smoothie the other day and it was “really good.”

So, there you have it. Smoothies, not milkshakes, are now considered the official yard-bringing beverage of choice.

If you’re not sure how to make a smoothie, we could teach you, but we’d have to charge.  

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Pareidolia

Have you ever looked at a piece of toast and seen the face of Noel Edmonds? Or, halfway through eating a blueberry muffin, realised it was a dead ringer for your pet chihuahua? If you have, you're not alone – seeing faces where they shouldn't be is called pareidolia and it's surprisingly common. 

This week, Chantal and Chio thought they spotted the Mona Lisa in one of our smoothies and, we have to say, it is uncanny. 

 

Guys – get it up on ebay, sharpish.

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We all make mistakes

Guys, we're not perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes. Hard to believe, we know, but every now and again, when the blue moon is in the sky, it can happen.

This week we received a complaint from Frankie who found half an uncrushed banana in her smoothie. This has never happened before and all we can think is that our blender was playing up or a rogue chimpanzee passed through who couldn't find the compost bin. 

 

We're still a bit confused as to how the other half found its way onto Frankie's desk (strange, that) but we're very sorry and will make sure it never happens again.

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