Product Type: Fox's Chocolate
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No More POPPETing these in MY Mouth!
Fox`s Raisin Poppets
Member Name: HotBabes
Fox`s Raisin Poppets
Advantages: Good for sharing, reasonably priced.
Disadvantages: A tad sickly!
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.
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
Summary: Look nice but the taste leaves a lot to be desired!