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      24.03.2010 09:54
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      A tasty treat to satify your sweet tooth.

      I am always looking for new treats I can reward my daughter with when she has been good, done as she's told, picked her toys up etc. But I noticed this was starting to get expensive. Every week I would spend around £3.00 on treats for my daughter. This is when I realised I need to find a cheaper option.

      While walking round my local Sainsbury's store I came across a small little bag containing 175 grams of foam fruits. The priced label said 35 Pence and straight away a packet flew into my trolley. I knew there was a chance they would be total rubbish, but I was very wrong. They were lush.

      They packet contained around 25 foam fruits. There were bananas, oranges, and strawberries, which believe it or not actually tasted like the fruits. Each fruit contains around 11 calories, which it fairly high, but as a treat now and then there really nice. SO in the evening if my daughter had been good id give her one of each flavour and she loved them. Then mummy decided to try one. And if couldn't stop. About an hour later the whole packet had gone. I'd ate the hole lot and felt like a right pig, and very guilty. I had actually stole candy from a baby, and felt that bad the next day I headed back down to my local store to buy some more, but picked up a packet each.

      The foam fruits them self don't taste full of sugar and don't leave that nasty taste in your mouth. They taste lovely and the only thing it'll leave you, is wanting more. It's very easy to overdo it and munch your way through the whole packet. My favourite foam is the banana. It's full of a booming banana taste that will defiantly satisfy your sweet tooth.

      For the very low price of 35 pence I would recommend to anyone who has a slight sweet tooth to give them a try. They are lush just know your limits and don't munch your way through the whole packet.

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        18.01.2010 20:17
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        a great way to save money and indulge your sweet tooth

        When I feel like I need to go on a real economy drive, I stop buying most of my luxury items, usually with the exception of alcohol and sweet things! However, when my local sainsbury's shopped these, I used to spend so little on sweets that I felt I could afford to splash out!

        Coming in at around 35p per bag, these sweets are packaged in the standard sainsbury's basics packaging and can be found on the bottom shelf of the confectionery isle of the bigger stores (the only place I've been to that still sells these is Canterbury, which has a HUGE Sainsbury's - my local one in Redhill is pretty big and they don't sell it anymore).

        They are shaped like different fruit, oranges, bananas and something red (maybe strawberry?). They are quite large, and you get quite a few in a pack, so you can make them last.

        How do I describe the taste? Did you ever have foam shrimps and bananas? These are exactly like really good quality foam shrimps and bananas (incidently, if you buy the more expensive and smaller packs of foam shrimps and bananas available in sainsbury's for around 40p I would consider switching). They have a solid, quite granular texture, but because they are basically just made of whipped sugar, these dissolve in your mouth and produce a super sweet taste with a surprisingly soft texture. The sweetness can become cloying if you eat too many but I consider this to be a positive - as it means they last longer!

        I would definitely recommend these to anyone with a sweet tooth looking to save some money!

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        06.12.2009 14:54
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        Not for me,

        I bought these yesterday because I was planning a night in front of Saturday night TV and I wanted a sweet treat that didn't cost the earth. I was expecting that these foam fruits would take me back to the days where I bought banana and shrimp sweeties from the pick a mix counter, but I was left disappointed.

        These sweets come in Sainsbury's basic packaging, but this doesn't bother me. I paid 35p for 175g so on the surface they are exceptionally great value.

        Supposedly, in each pack you get strawberry, orange and banana flavoured fruits, however I found it difficult to taste the difference between the flavours, because each flavour tastes similar. They are very sugary and they leave a sugar film on your teeth - this isn't a nice feeling.

        They are not very pleasant to eat and they are quite high in calories. Each pack contains 366 calories (which is approximately 11 calories per sweet). They also contain gelatine so veggies obviously won't be eating these.

        I'd imagine that if you gave these to your children they would be bouncing off the walls due to the sugar content, so for that reason I'd avoid.

        They aren't a nostalgic sweet treat, they don't taste great and they are full of sugar. This is an economy drive too far for me. Don't waste your 35p.

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        27.09.2009 01:08
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        you get a load of these sweets in one bag full..

        SAINSBURY'S FOAM FRUITS (Basic's range).



        In my local Sainsbury's store they have an isle of sweets and chocolate bars, and they have a bottom shelve which has at least ten or more packets of the cheaper range of sweets so i thought that as im always trying to save a bit and always buying these range of sweets for my seven grandchildren, i thought that i would start to cover the ones i have brought recently, (of course i try one just to see what the taste etc is like, wouldnt want my grandchildren to eat anything that i wouldnt eat myself.

        Most of these packets of sweets are usually priced for under 50p, and as i usually give my grandchildren 50p, when they come over for the day or to stay i usually try and direct them to this shelve, nine times out of ten they want something else and point up to the next shelve whereby they are more expensive, but i usually persuade them they will get a great big bag, and still have some change left after buying them, so that usually manages to change their minds hence saving me in the long run, as a 175grams bag usually lasts a little bit more longer than a mars bar, or something of that nature.


        The Package **********

        Well its just a simple basic bag, white plastic and has a little picture of a strawberry and a Banana on the front, i only know that these are the two fruits pictured if you couldnt work out what the other fruit was, the Banana was obvious, because these are the two sweets contained inside the package. They have the Basics redy orange stripe across the front of the package and thats how i usually associate them with being from the basics range, plus because of the basic nature of the packet.


        Its fairly easy to open, but i tell my grandchildren to wait until we have finished dinner, or until we have finished the few minutes walk home and nanna will cut it open for you with the scissors, just so that they dont drop them before they get home, or eat to many without me noticing, i do like them to have sweets but dont want to get in trouble with their mums lol.


        So you can tear this bag open, or cut it across the top, as it is a basics bag of sweets, you cant re-seal them, but then they are usually eaten too quickly for that anyway.


        The Taste **********

        By far my favourite of the two sweets is the Bananaswhich reminded me of sweets that i had years agao only a lot smaller nowdays than we used to get. Tasted of sweet Bananas not too overpowering.


        The Strawberries little shapes of Strawberries, with little impressions on them to look like a sort of strawberry, i say sort of because some are shaped bit oddly. The Taste (well they do taste of strawberries, but are not too strong on the flavouring, but on the whole they are acceptable for a cheap batch of sweets. My grandaughter nine likes the strawberry ones as her favourite.


        They cost 36p and they are well worth the money, a packet would happily be shared between two children given them a generous amount each. As they have been eaten and alas the bags disapeared along with the sweets i cannot give you the ingredients, but would say that they are great value for money and just one of the many bags of cheaper sweets on offer in Sainsbury's Basics range.


        So not all of these sweets are rubbish....well i mean not all of these cheaper sweets taste uck, on the whole i think that they were a bargain, i brought a bag of these and a bag of another and they kept my grandchildren happy and they didnt complain that they were cheaper sweets and they had a few pennies left to put into their piggy savings banks when they got home, so they were pleased and so was i.


        Oh by the way i still dont get why they are called foam fruits, as they didnt foam, and didnt taste like a foamy sweet.


        Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. I will rate this a four stars as they were good, for the money but not fantastic.

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          10.09.2009 01:18
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          A Great, Reasonably Priced Bag Of Foamy Fruits.

          I spotted these in the sweet aisle of Sainsburys recently and decided to give them a try as I am always trying to save a few pennies while still enjoying the things in life that I love (and sweets is one of these!).

          These sweets are packaged in a plastic bag which is heat sealed and is easy enough to open, the packaging is very basic but this is all I would expect from these sweets. I also find the packaging easy to spot on the shelf as I recognise the basics packaging.

          There are lots of sweets in the bag and they are strawberry, banana & orange flavoured foam sweets which are quite well flavoured, they did have some fruit flavour to them but I really could taste sugar and I found that my teeth felt a little coated after I had eaten them. They are lovely and foamy and chewy and last for a good few chews, they are easy to break up and have little patterns on them which look quite pretty. Kids will love these too as my nieces & nephews certainly do and they can be fussy at times about most things but I guess sweets are pretty much a given with any children!

          A 175g packet of these is around 35p from Sainsburys stores and I think that this is a bargain price, they really are tasty sweets and are something that I will be buying again. There are approximately 11 calories per sweet & the entire bag contains 366 calories & should be enjoyed in moderation.

          I would definitely recommend these sweets and I am therefore rating these 4/5 and I have knocked off one star because I think that they could have a stronger fruit flavouring but one positive is that these do not contain any artificial colours.

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          07.08.2008 13:50
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          A cheap and tasty traditional sweet joins Asda's unique brand

          Well obviously this review is going to be based on the Asda Smart Price foam fruits as that's the brand that I tried though there's probably not a lot of difference really.
          Foam fruits of course are one of the 'old school' sweets that have been popular for yonks and I enjoyed them as a kid as well as the similar type product such as the shrimps if anybody remembers those.

          What immediately caught my eye of course was the price they are available for. 31p and the contents are very generous considering. It's like the days of the penny sweets all over again. You can easily get three bags for £1 or so and have them last a long time.

          The packaging itself doesn't really scream 'excitement' as with usual Smart Price products the fruits come in a white and green bag though part of the bag is see through so you can get a good look at the sweets beforehand.

          As soon as you open the bag you can instantly get the scent of the fruits and the sweets themselves come in the shape of a banana, an orange and a strawberry. They do have a faint taste of the fruit they represent and I would say are about the size of a 50 pence piece [though the banana obviously is a tad longer] and aren't really that thick - quite easy to just pop into your mouth and chew on without any serious problems.

          Needless to say they are like a heart attack in a bag as the product mostly consists of nothing but sugar so they're not exactly the most healthy addition to tyour shopping basket though are great for the occasional treat and the strange texture and way they are sort of chewy but also have the tendency to virtually disssolve in your mouth makes it easy to become addictive to them. This is also reinforced by the fact that I wouldn't say I find them particulary filling at all.

          A bag would probably last a small child an entire movie at the cinema and for the price it's really worth picking up a few bags to stock up the sweet cupboard. Asda also have a lot of other traditional sweets under their Smart Price brand for a similar price and most of the time you can't even really taste the difference between these and the far more expensive brands.

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            06.11.2007 16:30
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            Coloured, solidified sugar with a bit of cow thrown in for good measure

            Recently I’ve been on a bit of an economy drive, what with Christmas coming up, and we all know what an expensive time of year it is. So checking out the cheaper alternatives when shopping at Sainsbury’s last week, I came across this bag of fruit flavour foam candy at only 35p for 200g. Bargain, I thought, and popped them on my order.

            Ok, admittedly the packaging is pretty uninspiring, the usual basics packaging, mostly white with an orange strip across the top, but to be honest as economy was the name of the game this didn’t bother me at all. As these foam fruits are quite light, you do get a lot of sweets for your 35p, which suited me fine.

            Unfortunately, as you can’t see into the bag itself to check out the foam fruits, you can’t get any idea of what they actually look like. Personally I had a picture in my head of those luscious foamy strawberries you can get from the newsagents…

            I was disappointed. When I first opened the bag there was no noticeable fruity smell, in fact, no smell I recognised at all, apart from the faintly plasticy one from the packet. The sweets themselves were pretty flat, very pale, shiny in places and coated in a very thin white powder in others, not at all tempting. I’d expected ‘foam fruits’ to be floaty-light, but these are actually surprising dense. They come in three colours and shapes; banana, strawberry and orange. I’d like to say they come in three flavours too, but unfortunately that would be stretching the truth.

            I was all ready to tuck into these foam fruits, despite their unappealing looks, until I had a closer look at the ingredients. Unsurprisingly, the main ingredient is sugar. After that there’s glucose syrup (although surely that’s just more sugar), water, dextrose, beef gelatine, maize starch, flavourings, natural colours: Betanin, Curcumin.

            Beef gelatine, in sweets? Hm, well I’m a vegetarian, so these were now out of the question for me, but that’s ok as I had three other family members around that day that I could experiment on. So I handed the foam fruits around. My father in law refused point blank. Mother in law tried a banana sweet then refused any more, as they’re too sweet for her. Hubby was a bit of a triumph for Sainsbury’s Basics Foam Fruits to begin with. He proclaimed his first foamy banana ‘nice’ saying that it reminded him of the banana milkshakes he used to eat when he was a kid, he also found the sweets surprisingly chewy. He then ate another banana sweet, still nice, but by the third one he’d had enough, complaining that they were just too sickly to eat anymore – this from the man who can eat half a six portion Black Forest Gateaux in one go. Being the evil person I am, I insisted that he tried an orange and a strawberry one too – purely for scientific purposes, of course – he proclaimed them both awful, tasting of sugar and not at all of fruit.

            So, the family were not impressed with these foam fruits, I wondered what the dogs would make of them. Skittle’s usually pretty picky, but she does have a very sweet tooth – after a suspicious sniff she ate hers without chewing. Asha is a canine dustbin to be honest; her sweet was gone in seconds. Mokee, however, took her sweet to begin with, then spat it out and wouldn’t touch it again. I tried her with all three colours (just can’t bring myself to call them flavours) and she had no interest, surprisingly as she normally eats unusual foods like grapes and lettuce, but not these. However, I wasn’t left with sweets all over the carpet, as Asha followed Mo around stealing all her leftovers.

            Taking one last, final look at the packet before consigning what was left of the sweets to the rubbish bin, I noticed that these sweets contain 188 calories per 50g, pretty high, but only 0.1g fat and a trace of saturated fat. I was quite impressed by this, until I noticed that 50g of sweets also contains a whopping 44.6g sugar! No wonder sugar was the over-riding flavour. I felt a bit dim, in all honesty, for not realising that these ‘sweets’ were basically coloured, solidified sugar with a bit of cow thrown in for good measure.

            The allergy advice, if you’re still considering trying these, warns that these sweets contain wheat gluton. In my opinion they would have been better off warning people about the sugar content.

            So, am I happy with my 35p bargain purchase? Not at all. I realise that this is a no-frills product, but at the end of the day all you’re getting with Sainsbury’s Basics Foam Fruits is a large bag of blandly, sugary sweets that don’t even taste fruity, or have a foamy texture. However, I can now see that the mistake was mine for choosing Basics sweets in the first place. Sweets are supposed to be a luxury item, after all, not a dietary basic. My personal opinion is - save money somewhere else and treat yourself to a smaller packet of sweets that you’ll really enjoy.

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