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A lone bottle of You’ve Dandalandan It Again lies at the center of the image, looking inviting, surrounded by leaves and slices of dalandan. Instinctively I clicked on the profile and thumbed through the snaps. Hip, cool, trendy photos of their bottled juices came one after the other.
You’ve Dalandan It Again is not alone. Locally PH has three more comical but cute flavors: Tamarind My Bell, Kamias You Are, and Mangosteenie Miney Mo.Two-thumbs up to the brains behind these quirky names. You’re putting a smile on every drinker’s face before they even raise the bottle to their lips.
And I did. Stepping into the 7-11 nearest to our home, I eyed the beverage section immediately. Locally PH juice bottles line the top shelf of the fridge. I grabbed one of each available flavor: Dalandan It Again, Kamias You Are, and Tamarind My Bell. Unfortunately, Mangosteenie Miney Mo wasn’t available.
Holding three bottles with both hands, I was already on my way to the counter when I realized I forgot to check the price tag. A little wary of how much it will cost, I laid the bottles on the counter. Smartly packaged, Locally PH juices don’t look cheap. So I kept my eyes on the register monitor, waitng for the price to appear as the cashier scanned the first bottle.
P40! P40 for each 350ml bottle!
Considering Locally PH juices come in sturdy glass bottles, I expected it to be pricier. Feeling a little relieved, I knew I already got my money’s worth even if I’d hate what’s inside. Like the several Cocio bottles I already have, I’ll be using Locally PH’s glass bottles as personal water containers at home.
Dandalandan It Again
I tried Dandalandan It Again first and I liked it. It tastes like real dalandan, citrusy sweet but tart. Drank ice cold, it will quench your thirst just right.
However, the flavor could be brighter. Although I wouldn’t mind having it again, it’s a tad too ripe for my taste.
In addition, the calorie count is a whopping 300 cal. I did a double take when I saw the number. The same amount of Coke only has 147 calories.
But on second thought, it’s not that bad. A bottle of Dandalandan It Again covers 200% of our daily Vitamin C need.
Unlike Coke’s, Dandalandan It Again’s calories are not empty.
Kamias You Are
For us Bacolodnons, we know kamias as “iba”, those green, oblong, thumb-sized fruits that grow in clusters. Like batwan, it’s a popular souring agent for savory and brothy dishes such as sinigang, nilaga, and our Ilonggo specialty, kansi.
It’s also a great fruit for pickling. My mom turns them into two kinds of pickles whenever she gets her hands on them: iba slices in syrup or salted iba stored in large bottles.
I tried eating them raw once and I will never do it again. It’s too sour without any redeeming quality.
So I had my doubts seeing it as a fruit juice. For cooking and pickling it’s great. For juicing, I’ve never thought of kamias that way. Have you?
My curiosity beat my sense of logic though, and I tried it anyway. Out of the three flavors, I expected it to be the most acidic. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Yes, it’s still sour but not as much as I’d expected.
The kamias-essence was undeniable but it was sweet, clean, and refreshing. I love it.
Like Dandalandan It Again, Kamias You Are is also relatively high in calories. According to its Nutrition Facts, it has 290 calories but it serves 220% of our daily Vitamin C RENI.
Tamarind My Bell
I guess this one’s a playful take on the almost ancient disco hit, “Ring My Bell.” You can ring may behhhhh-he-hel, ring my bell.
Of course, millennials wouldn’t recognize this song. But those born in the 70s, 80s, and even 90s could surely hum it out. Admit it!
Among the three I find this the funniest. And it’s also my favorite. I enjoy the sweet-and-tart taste of tamarind. Every sip just makes me want to drink more.
It reminds me of a Vietnamese tamarind drink I like. I can’t remember the name (it’s hard to) but it has shaved iced, peanuts, and sugary dried coconut strips.
Tamarind My Bell has the lowest number of calories: 270, and it also has the lowest amount of Vitamin C, providing only 25% of the daily RENI.
Don’t get me wrong. Tamarind My Bell is delicious and I’d have it again regardless of Vitamin C content, but if only it reached 100% RENI I would have been happier.
I wish I can try Mangosteenie Miney Mo soon. If it gives justice to the sweet, pulpy fruit, I’m sure I would love it too.
Locally PH Bottled Fruit Juice - Dalandan, Kamias, Tamarind & Mangosteen