“ Brand: Fox's „
On a visit to see my mother and father in law with my 2 little grandchildren who they hadn't seen for some weeks, my mother in law offered my little grandson a choice between lots of flavours of these poppet sweets and he chose the raisin flavour because he loves raisins so I guessed this flavour would be his first choice. My little granddaughter happened to fall asleep in my arms when they were on offer so my little grandson chose a different flavour for her for when she finally woke.
The sweets come in a cardboard box with the name clearly on the front. The raisins inside the box are quite small in size and of various shapes, mostly circular but a few which are kind of oval shape. The raisins are coated in milk chocolate and they smell just like chocolate and fairly sweet smelling.
They are really easy to chew and my little grandson could easily chew and swallow them. He offered me a couple to try and they are really tasty. The raisins are sweet and the chocolate compliments the raisins perfectly. They don't taste bland or too sweet for my taste buds but I must admit they are moorish and I found myself wanting to nab a few more from my grandson's box but I didn't want to disturb his pleasure of eating them because he was really enjoying himself eating them sat on my mother in laws knee.
You get a fair amount inside the box, although the box isn't full to capacity and they do make a noise when you shake the box. My mother in law was shaking the boxes as she came into the lounge holding them in her hands. Hearing the sound did prick my little grandson's ears up when he heard her coming into the room. Not that this matters to how a sweet tastes but I guess it does get the mind flowing a little when we hear the sound of it, guess I am maybe a little crazy in my thinking but I do love the sound and so does my grandson!
The raisins are of a good quality and have a very fruity taste to them and not too sweet they taste sickly. The chocolate coating compliments the raisins really well in my opinion and the two work really well together when they are eaten. The chocolate is a good quality too and not a cheap chocolate. They would melt in the hands if left for too long if a child decides to maybe walk around the room holding them for a while but my grandson didn't hold them, he just popped a couple into his mouth and thoroughly enjoyed them. I did ask him if he had tasted them before and he told me he hadn't and also told me they were yummy.
These are quite chewy when you eat them but they don't stick to the teeth and the raisins have a soft centre, the flavour tends to be more apparent the longer they are being chewed and I must admit they were moreish. When my little granddaughter woke up from her sleep the box my grandson was offered had been eaten and she ate the flavour my grandson chose for her. By this time my grandson asked my mother in law politely if he could have another box of this flavour, so she gave him another box to eat and one to take home with him to my home. Later that day we all shared the box together after dinner, I was pleased I had the chance to try a few more from the box and I must admit they are delicious. I haven't spotted them in shops so far and I think my mother in law told me she bought them from a freeze centre so I must look there for a stock up of these beauties.
The full box contains 176 calories, 25g of sugar and 5.3g of fat. Not a lot of calories for a diet plan if you are trying to lose some weight and still want to eat these for a little treat. I would only offer my grandchildren these for a little treat.
I am not sure how much these cost so cannot comment if the price is worth it or not but I wouldn't imagine them to be expensive because my mother in law doesn't buy expensive sweets when she buys products.
I will most certainly buy this product when I spot it on a shelf because my little grandson absolutely loves them and likewise with my little granddaughter.
I give these 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Paynes Poppets are a legend in British confectionery. Chocolate-coated raisins sold in both bags and the famous little cardboard boxes with a small hole at the top so you could shake the raisins out into your hand. They have been going since before the Second World War, and they have earned a place in chocolate history through sheer tenacity.
They are not gaudy showy pieces of candy, they will never hope to compete with the lurid fluorescence of M&Ms or the like, but these chocolate-coated lumps of dried fruit have been the sober and calming treat of choice for generations of middle-class British children.
The cardboard boxes hold a good-sized handful of Poppets, and according to the manufacturer's website owe their iconic packaging to the fact they were originally designed to fit vending machines in cinemas.
A Poppet's milk chocolate coating is soft and thin, providing an excellent contrast with the juicy raisin within. Visually, the sweets don't look too appealing, but the irregular shapes of the raisins prevent them from looking too much like rabbit droppings. Unless you have a very ill rabbit. They are quite a rich experience, and eating a whole packet of Paynes Poppets in a single sitting will leave you feeling ever so slightly nauseous unless you have a stomach stronger than steel. Having said that, they are also quite addictive, and a single packet will never last long.
The chocolate boxes are ideal for families to share during cinema and theatre trips as there is no paper to rustle, the Poppets are stored loose within the packaging. The only negative aspect to this is that in a warm cinema the chocolate coatings can get a bit melty if you're not careful, so try and keep the box in a bag when not eating, rather than in a warm pair of hands.
Paynes Poppets are a low-key treat, but as they are more than 50% raisin, they are not as unhealthy or sugary (well not as much added sugar, in any case) as many other chocolate-based snacks on the market. The packet sizes are sensible (amusingly the manufacturer's website (www.poppets.com) refers to this as 'portion control'), and the Poppets themselves are delicious.
If raisins aren't your thing, of course, they also produce toffee, mint and orange flavours. The raisins are the best known of these and, in the view of many people, the superior Poppet.
Paynes Poppets, quintessentially English, delightfully old-fashioned but very tasty indeed.
Walking into a small newsagents in Islington the other day I was shocked to see in the sweet display some raisin Poppets as these really bought back memories of when I was young as my Gran used to buy me these on the basis that at least I was getting some fruit even if it was wrapped in chocolate, I never actually realised that the brand had been revitalised by Fox's and so for old times sake I bought a packet. They cost fifty pence for a packet.
Poppets are basically small raisins that are wrapped in milk chocolate, needless to say they are very sweet with the natural sugar in the raisin combining with the creamy milk chocolate to create a very sweet and slightly chewy treat. It is certainly a sweet that takes me back in time, when I was confident that no one was looking I even tried throwing one up in the air and catching it in my mouth but I failed and did not want to waste any more so gave up.
I must say that now that my taste buds have matured a bit I found them to be rather too swet for my taste buds and the chocolate is a bit limited in flavour, maybe this was one product that was best kept as a fond memory rather than serving as a reminder that I'm getting old.
For me, there can only ever be one true Poppet. That is the raisin Poppet. Nowadays we have more choice of flavours, I am quite partial to the mint ones, but the raisin Poppets take me back. They remind me of childhood days when you got them in the little purple boxes and the excitement of puncturing that little side flap, then dosing out a handful.
Sometimes, myself and my brother would have Poppet fights by firing them across the room. The main pleasure exists in eating them of course. I have been known to demolish an entire box by emptying the contents down my throat. This is not recommended, because you will have difficulty chewing them and it's also a terrific waste. Now I just tend to plop them out one by one then slowly lick off the outer chocolate layer. The milk chocolate is pleasant, without being too sickly. I yearn for a darker chocolate taste, but this does the trick and the coating is generous. Poppets taste better then the cinema chocolate anyway.
Inside the shell is a raisin. The raisins are chewy and full of flavour and I have never had any complaints about their quality. I find them just as good as Sunmaid raisins and they hold their shape and flavour very well.
I have never stopped to count how many sweets per pack, but you get enough for an outing or a car trip. Enough to share a pack..not so sure, because the box is only a few inches in size. The price for a pack will vary, but expect to spend about forty pence. You can also pick them in multipacks, which is handy for when you are doing parties. A recommended sweet and a nice little indulgence.
After a recent trip down to the local shops, I had a bit of a chocolate craving, which isn't unusual but trying to be healthy; I compromised on Paynes Chocolate Raisin Poppets. After looking at the price of chocolate raisins in the local grocers, I was shocked so after visiting the local hardware shop, I picked up a packet of poppets for 36p.
Poppets come in 4 different flavours:
Cookie Crisp in Blue
Chocolate Raisins in Purple
Toffee in Red
And Mint in Green
Poppets seem to be making a bit of a revival and have been repackaged, they now come in their coloured packets with images of their poppets bouncing around - very eye catching.
Basically, the raisin poppets are a raisin coated in milk chocolate, they are 50% chocolate and 50% raisin. I think this is why the flavours work so well, they really complement each other and chocolate raisins are a traditional sweet treat. The chocolate melts in your mouth whilst the raisin adds a chewy texture, which I personally like as the textures create a taste sensation.
A pack contains 149 calories, which is about half the amount of calories you would find in a chocolate bar. I would say you get about three handfuls of raisins in a pack, which might not sound a lot but it is, considering the size of them. I think these are a great treat for the price and look forward to trying the other flavours.
On my recent travels for what we shall term "work purposes" I saw something I hadn't seen in years, something I couldn't refuse trying once again, something that possessed so many memories of days gone by, something that meant a lot to me as a child. Poppets were selling for 20p a box in B & M (who I should be now be working as in charge of their advertising campaigns with all the free publicity I give them). Being one for nostalgia I popped three boxes in the basket, as I had often done whilst popping into shops with my mother as a little boy (whilst I was a little boy, not her...). Popped them on the counter for the woman to scan, with a cheeky little smile on my face (no not because the woman was attractive or anything), popped the money in her hand and popped back into work to pop some of these into my mouth. As a child I remember raisin' the money into the ugly older woman's hand at a store in Millom (think it was Walter Wilson's but I'm not sure, but it's now a Boots) and popping these into my mouth as soon as we popped into the car.
So what are "Poppets", as I'm sure my colonial brothers wouldn't pop over here just to find out. They are little balls of chocolate with random centres popped in them, from the Toffee ones (red) Mint ones (green), Raisin ones (purple) and the new Choc chip Cookie flavour (in a light blue box) they are each popped into there own box. The idea doesn't seem to have popped into their head to have a box in which the pop some of each in and selling them as a mixed Poppets box.
So I when I was done raisin' my poor body to my office, I (eventually) popped open the purple ones I'd bought. Sadly their little opening bit (it says "just poppet in" as if to suggest it's easy) wouldn't open and I'd spend 5 minutes with my anger raising through the roof. I cheated and popped the box in frustration to get my grubby little mitts on the contents of the box so I could pop them into my mouth and pop my mind back into my childhood. I know some people will just think of these are chocolate covered raisin's but to me Poppet's were, for a long time the way I was raised. If my parents wanted to shut me up they'd give me the toffee ones which took ages to each, if they wanted me in a good mood (usually after something like our dog dying) they'd get me some raisin ones. As a child with a short attention span this gave them just enough time to bury the dog and pretend it had ran away, not telling me it had been popped in a hole in the ground before raising to the heavens.
The box contains about 3 adult handfuls (I have small hands though) so don't last someone with a big mouth long, but they are so delicious you don't really care. The raisins are noticeable but not over powering, the chocolate is brilliantly sweet and the combination just works so well that you can't complain about them in any way. Some will complain they are just little things that can be bought really cheap, but at 20p a box it's not like these are expensive, in fact if you compare them to Cadbury's clusters which are like these but have the occasional cornflake in, these are much better and cheaper to boot. The sweets are relatively chewy unless your the sort of person who pops them in your mouth and swallows (any dirty images popping into your head after that are your own fault).
Cleverly they are 50-50 by mass Milk chocolate and Raisin (infact all three different flavour boxes I have are 50% chocolate and 50% the filling which could explain why the tastes blend so effectively together. The fact they are made by a company that know a thing or two about confectionery, the biscuits masters Fox's (who also make a lot of hard boiled sweets) means the quality is really good and the taste equally as good.
Nutritional Information (per box)
149 Calories (7.5%)
24.6g Sugar (27.3%)
5.2g Fat (7.4%)
3.1g Saturates (15.5%)
0.1g Salt (1.7%)
Sadly it would appear the only catch to me personally is the high saturates and sugars, though I don't think these added to an already unhealthy diet are going to do much more harm that anything else.
The product contains vegetable fat and cocoa butter, and the sweets may contain nut traces, however they don't have any gelatine and are suitable for vegetarians.
Pop a Poppet into your mouth and enjoy. I'm off to pop into B & M!
I remember going to the cinema as a child and one of the treats was tucking into a box of poppets. I can't recall all the varieties that were on offer then, but I do know it was always a dilemma trying to pick which ones to get.
It wasn't like nowadays you know, with all the porky young darlings and their grubby little mitts absolutely stuffed with cash, tucking into super-dooper, ginourmous troughs of popcorn, bulging super-sized sacks of M&Ms and bucket-sized, double-gulp containers of coca-cola.
Back in those halcyon days of Saturday matinees, short trousers and TUF shoes, we were grateful for a dab of brylcreem on our bonce and a threepenny-bit in our pocket. Of course money was worth more then....it was possible to get the omnibus along to the cinema; pay your admission for a full programme of cartoons, one of those horrible Children's Film Foundation features and a serial; buy some sweets, crisps, juice and ice-cream; a couple of pints and a fish supper on the way home and still have some change left over from a florin to put down a deposit on a three-bed semi.....och, I think I've taken that TOO far.
Any of the Edinburgh punters out there remember The Salon at the top of Leith Walk with its constant menu of cartoons and cowboy films? Those were the days!
Enough piffle-poffle, on with the review.
My favourite type was always the raisin ones, it still is. I just think the chewy, dark fruity flavour of the raisins goes so well with the chocolate that I could eat them by the ton. (Actually, I couldn't, but I could eat about an ounce.)
* Technical Doodah *
They come in a little purple box with the word raisin written in small letters (to fool the kids that wouldn't dream of eating fruit, I suspect), and POPPETS emblazoned superpanvision-style across the whole box. There are lots of small images of what can only be described as a reasonable facsimile of rabbit droppings.
They're made by Fox's Confectionery, I don't know if they were made by fox back in the B&W days - nobody cared who made what then.
Calorie-wise, they come in at around 409 for 100g which may sound quite high, but when you consider the biggest constituent of one of these is dried fruit, these are good calories.
On the reverse of the box is listed the ingredients in various languages...isn't it amazing how many words are needed to list raisins and chocolate?
There is a website but I wouldn't bother visiting - what a lot of tosh! No information, just some silly graphics and nonsensical drivel. (Can you tell I wasn't impressed?)
* The Taste Test *
You know what raisins taste like, right? You also know what chocolate tastes like, don't you? Of course you do. So imagine if you will, a tiny but juicy, shrivelled-up raisin, all covered in smooth milk chocolate, easy. There's not a lot more to be said to describe the flavour, although I am reminded of Young's Double Chocolate Stout somewhat.
For example: Soft vinous tones with a solid, chewy mouthfeel and just a suggestion of rich malty sweetness enveloped by a slightly dominant, yet not overwhelming, creamy chocolate sensation.
* The Verdict *
I like them. I like to eat them.....what else you do with them, I'll leave up to you. I am not all that fussy about raisins, but stick a bit of chocolate on them and they are transformed into something totally different and delicious.
My one and only complaint is the little, crunchy, stalky bit you sometimes get from the raisins...Urgh! My other one and only complaint is that they have the appearance of something that could have emerged from the rear-end of a rabbit. They don't taste like rabbit-poo though.....not that I'm talking from experience, you understand!
Not all poppets are chocolate covered confectionery, as I found by searching the web. Check out the following piece of useless information:
"The use of Poppets is an age old practice, the poppet itself is similar to a luck charm only much more powerful. Not ALL Witch Poppets are used for cursing. Poppets can be used to promote health, healing, love, and happiness, to protect loved ones from harm, and to charm friends and enemies alike."
WHAT THE FOX!?!
I wanted a sweet treat, something different from a solid chocolate bar or a packet of crisps. I wandered up and down the sweetie aisle of the newsagents seeing all the usual bars but they just didn't shout out to my HotBabes requirements, that is until I saw a little black box with purple writing that said "Ballsy Little Poppet Raisin Milk Chocolates" , now that was more like it so in my hand they went and off I went to pay
.. 35p for this box, so not too bad.
THE BOX ..
These chocolate covered raisins, made by Fox's, (although originally Paynes) come in a 4" x 2" cardboard type box being just half an inch in depth. As well as the description above the front of the box has a picture of a Smiley..an angry smiley with gritted teeth and chocolate for hair..apparently his name is Hell Raisin!
The back is split into two sections, the first being part of Fox's "Have you got the Balls" questions that seem to be currently running on these packs. My little Hell Raisin's speech bubble contains No 63 "change over the ladies and gents toilet signs". All the other boxes had the same number so I am unsure if they get any better (or worse!) than this.
The second part is the usual standard info. I shall not list all the ingredients but these ARE suitable for vegetarians, MAY contain traces of nut and if you are LACTOSE INTOLERANT these chocolate raisins contains Whole & Semi Skimmed Milk Powder, so PLEASE read just in case.
There are 409 calories in 100g of these. Hmmm my first gripe! Not only a lot of calories but NOWHERE on this box does it give the weight of the contents. I've looked and looked but its just not there, so I got out my scales just to be sure, and yep, just under a 100g, including the box.
LETS OPEN AND TASTE THESE 'BALLS' .
On pushing in the perforated tab on the side, you are not greeted with any particular smell. No chocolate aroma comes wafting up to you, so unless you choose to stick your nose to the box you could be eating anything.
The 'hole' or space is just big enough for a forefinger (please, let that thought go from your mind!) and you need to 'chase' these around the box wiggling them up the inside of the box to get them out. Or there is the logical way of tipping some out into your hand, which is far more easier!
These raisins are about the size of coffee beans. As raisins are dried then they are not a perfect round size and you can still notice the shape of the raisins despite the thin chocolate coating. I have been trying to think of a way to describe the appearance of these and the closest I can get to is the novelty sweets you get at Xmas called 'reindeer droppings'!! So, putting that thought from my head, I decided to pop in about 6 or 7 and .I am not impressed!
The chocolate is very sweet, almost too sweet and certainly doesn't match Cadbury or Galaxy standards and seems to stick to your mouth despite there only being a very thin coating. It is also a very 'soft' chocolate, and has no bite to it all. It tastes almost like a cheap left over Easter egg, you know that you got in March but don't eat till a few months later when the chocolate isn't QUITE as nice.
Its also got a very powdery texture to it whilst eating and occasionally I munched on a gritty bit. This may have been a raisin, as they can sometimes be like this, but it seemed more like crystallized sugar to me and I had no intention of spitting it out to see!
There was no real raisin taste either. The overpowering sweetness of the chocolate gave no room to let this through. It wasn't until after I had finished the mouthful that the raisin came through in the aftertaste, which kind of defeats the object! However, the raisins were overall very tasty and no more gritty bits were found.
My little box contained approx 40 odd raisins and despite being small they were very sweet and afterwards, very sickly. These also left me with a huge thirst due to the clingyness of the chocolate.
I have to say I have not tried any of the other varieties of Poppets so maybe it will be a different experience (she hopes!)
SO, WHAT DO I THINK?
Well, once upon a time I used to like these and eat them all the time, but not anymore. Whether its because Fox's have changed the 'recipe' or its just that the chocolate seems to have gone downhill over the years. They are far too sweet for my liking but maybe if I had just had half a box then I might have enjoyed them more.
They were very sickly too, and even an hour after eating these I was still wishing I hadn't scoffed the box. Remember though there are only 40 odd raisins with a very thin coating so they really shouldn't have been that bad.
The fact there is no weight on the box is a gripe, I thought a weight had to be stated but then I might be wrong.
The cost of 35p is a reasonable price compared to other sweets and these may be OK to share out amongst a group of little ones if you are not too keen on them having too much chocolate,although there are certainly better things to buy for them.
Overall, its the chocolate that lets this product down. There is something to be said for decently made chocolate and I think that if Fox's changed this, these raisins would be more popular.
As for them being Ballsy?...not a chance in my opinion and I only give them 2/5, and in answer to Hell Raisins' question....yes I do have the Balls...not to change over the toilet signs...but to make sure I never buy these again!
Leicester, LE3 1ZX
Also available in Mint, Toffee, Orange and Crunchy Cookies flavours and Coconut.
Thanks for reading, its always appreciated. x x