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Be a Rebel - Have a Revel!
Member Name: ian22
Date: 22/08/04, updated on 25/08/04 (202 review reads)
Disadvantages: Quite sweet
As I was waiting in the queue in my local newsagent today, I had an overwhelming desire to buy something from the sweets fixture. With the plethora of bars and sweets before me, it was a difficult choice, but I finally opted for a packet of Revels.
Revels come in a distinctive, colourful packet, with six vertical stripes on the front, ranging in colour from brown and gold to orange, and the name, 'revels', appearing in bold white lettering over the top. On the back of the packet is a list of ingredients and, of course, the usual nutrition information.
Revels are round milk chocolate balls with assorted centres. They come in six flavours - caramel, orange, coffee, malteser, peanut and chocolate - so there is something for everyone.
Because of the different fillings, you never know what to expect until you take a bite, so it's a bit of a mystery really! However, although each revel looks roughly the same, their shape and size gives away the flavour. The maltesers are the size of normal maltesers. The orange ones are slightly smaller and the caramel ones smaller still. The peanut ones are obviously much smaller and shaped like peanuts, and the chocolate ones are flat and shaped like Smarties.
So what about the flavours themselves?
? Caramel (10/10)
This is by far my favourite flavour. As you would expect, it has a chewy caramel centre, which although hard at first, softens and melts in your mouth as you suck. It is quite sweet, but tasty with it.
? Malteser (9/10)
The Malteser is my second choice. It has an outer coating of delicious milk chocolate and is hard and crunchy inside. As you might expect, it tastes quite malty and is light and bubbly.
? Chocolate (7/10)
The chocolate one has a milk chocolate coating and a milk chocolate filling. It's no
thing special really, but it is nice enough.
? Orange (2/10)
There's one word that springs to
mind for this one - yuck! I'm sorry, but this was my least favourite flavour by far. It is too sweet and, although very orangey, is sickly and not particularly nice. Personally, I do not like the combination of milk chocolate and orange anyway, so found this one rather horrible!
? Coffee (7/10)
As soon as you bite into this one, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd chosen the orange flavoured one by mistake. It looks scarily like the orange revel inside, but thankfully tastes a lot nicer. It is rather sweet, but the coffee flavour soon comes through and it tastes pleasant enough.
? Peanut (7/10)
Finally, the peanut revel. Like the Malteser, the peanut revel is crunchy inside and is generally quite nice. The outer layer of milk chocolate complements the nutty centre very well.
So what about the nutrition information?
A 35g packet contains:
Energy 720kJ (172kcal)
Not too bad considering, but still quite a high level of carbohydrate.
As for the ingredients, these make for pretty scary reading. Revels contain some strange substances and, of course, several E numbers, including the emulsifier, E442, and E331iii, an acidity regulator.
Because of the presence of peanuts, Revels are not suitable for sufferers of nut allergies.
Overall, I enjoyed these, although it's a shame they don't replace the orange flavoured ones with one of the other flavours!
Single 35g packets cost around 37p-40p and larger 175g packets cost £1.24.
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