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      05.03.2014 17:24
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      Yummy sugar coated chocolate pieces.

      Smarties are something that I had not eaten since I was a child but I recently made a birthday cake which was topped with all different chocolates including Smarties and I just happened to have a leftover tube.

      I purchased the Nestle Smarties from my local Tesco express store where they were priced at 59p per tube or 3 tubes for £1.20.

      Now the packaging is something that has changed a lot since I was a child, the tube used to be a cylinder shape, made of quite ridged card and had a coloured plastic lid which used to have a different letter printed on the inside so you could try and collect the whole alphabet. Now the tube is made of a thinner card is a hexagon shape and the lid is hinged piece of card board attached to the tube. It states on the tube that the smarties contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, it also details ingredients listings and nutritional information.

      The Smarties themselves are sugar coated chocolate pieces. The sugar coating is in different colours (red, yellow, pink, green, purple, brown, orange and blue). In 2006 blue Smarties were removed and replaced by white ones due to Nestle wanting to use all natural colouring and being unable to find a natural blue dye. But in 2008 they were reintroduced but the colour is much paler than the previous blue Smarties, in fact looking at old pictures comparing old and new Smarties most of the colours are now more pale than they used to be.

      All of the Smarties although coloured differently on the outside contain the same milk chocolate centre with the exception of the orange one which contains orange oil to make it orange flavoured. Although I had not eaten Smarties for some years I did really enjoy them as they have a great contrast in texture with the crisp outer sugar shell and the smooth creamy chocolate centre and the occasional orange taste. I also like that you can just eat a few of the Smarties at a time then replace the lid keeping the rest secure in the tube until you want some more. I can certainly see why I loved these as a child as the colours make them look really fun and they looked fab on the recent birthday cake that I made.

      Overall I think Smarties are great for both children and adults alike as a treat and I will certainly not be overlooking them for so long next time.

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        colourful milk chocolate beans

        I absolutely love chocolate. Any form will suit me just fine. One particular sweet chocolatey treat that has been around for many years however, are Smarties.

        Smarties are colourful little beans of milk chocolate covered in a crispy sugar shell and are produced by the company Nestle. They come in lovely colours such as brown, blue, green, yellow, red, orange and purple. If you bite a Smartie in half, you can see the white undercoating of the crispy sugar shell. I always try to suck them till they melt but I never succeed! I love the milk chocolate hidden underneath the crispy sugar shell. I find it lovely and smooth in texture and not too sweet and sickly either, so I can eat quite a few of them in one go.

        Smarties are a very accessible chocolate and can be bought from most good supermarkets and shops and are not too expensive for what they are. I tend to buy the share pack (but not for sharing) and I buy these from Asda at £1 for a 147g pack, although you can buy them in individual tubes which they sell in newsagents, although I do not know how much they sell for individually. Looking on the back on the small print, it appears that Smarties are free from colours, preservatives and flavours, so if you have kids, you can feel happy knowing that they are not consuming E numbers.

        Below are the nutritional values of Smarties per 16 sweet serving.

        89 calories
        0.8g protein
        13.8 g carbohydrates
        12.6g of which sugars
        3.3g fat
        1.9g of which saturates
        0.4g fibre
        0.1g sodium
        0.03g salt equivalent

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        01.11.2012 17:10
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        Epic classic sweet

        Children, adults alike love smarties. Those multi-colured circles of pleasure.

        Hands up now...who hasn't emptied a tube of smarties, to line them up in colours to see which colour there is more of? Please say that's not just me.

        The colours of the crisp shell that hides the chocolate inside are bright and attractive. Suck a smartie long enough and the colour bleeds away to leave a white shell; I am also sure that each colour tastes slightly different, although there are many that disagree with me on that point.

        I remember when the tube used to be round and the lid was a plastic top with a letter moulded onto the underside. My children both had hours of fun trying to make words out of them, they would collect them if they found them on the street and they used them for learning, not just how many calories has mummy put on by stuffing herself with sweets again? but making words. Not being able to leave things alone, which is often the case with things these days, they changed the packet to a new hexagonal shape and made the lid an easy close cardboard one, where is the fun in that? Also what happened to the boxes of smarties you used to be able to buy? They used to cost 75p and I would love opening the cellophane, undoing the box and looking into the paper bag inside the box at al the amazing colours, I would eventually start to eat them once I had lined them up in colours. Purple ones always lasted till the other colours had been demolished.

        They do still come out with the large tubes at Christmas but these should be available during the year, how cruel is it to make us wait an entire year to buy these. Also bring back the giant smarties, the black and white ones and the ones with faces on, I used to love them.

        All in all, smarties are a classic sweet and one that will be around for years to come.

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          17.07.2012 11:15
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          Who doesn't love smarties really they are quite yummy :)

          For some reason I find mini smarties to be nicer than big smarties and i'm not quite sure why to be honest lol.

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          Allergen Information
          Contains: Gluten, Wheat, Lactose, Milk

          Ingredients
          Sugar, cocoa mass, Whey powder, Wheat flour, Butterfat, Skimmed milk powder, Cocoa butter, Wheat starch, Emulsifier (Soya lecithin, Polyglycerol polyricinoleate), colours (Riboflavin, Carminic acid, Copper complexes of chlorophyllins, Vegetable carbon, Mixed carotenes, Titanium Dioxide), Spirulina concentrate, Glazing agents (Carnauba wax, Beeswax), Beetroot juice concentrate.
          There are 66 calories per box - each box weighs 14.4grams. You get 18 boxes in a packet and they costs around 2.50 this works out to be 14p a box which is great! I amsure you could find them cheaper if you searched and most super markets probably do offers on them here and there but there's no point in me searching for all that information when prices and offers change so frequently in the current market.

          Smarties have changed over the years, the larger ones don't give you the fun packet that you can pop the lid on anymore and then they got rid of the blue smarties due to all the bad E numbers but have brought back a more subdued blue colour, but even through all of these changes I think that the flavour has always remained constant. The only thing that I think has maybe changed is the orange flavour? We were conviced that they used to taste like orange but now no matter how many orange ones I eat they just tastelike regular chocolate so im not 100% sure on that one.
          I always remember when I was younger my mum would get us smarties and we would pour them all out on the table and make 'pictures' with them like a flower or boat etc, though it was always annoying when you didnt have enough of one colour lol.

          These small packets are great for adults and kids a like, they are the perfect size for kids lunch boxes and now days with schools going uber healthy they are small enough to be allowed as a snack so long as the other foods healthy of course! They are great for adults to take to work for a mid-afternoon pick me up with a cuppa tea and another great thing is that they are so low in calories that people on Slimming World diets can enjoy them for a mere 3.5syns :) If your going on a picnic with the family they are little enugh to only take up a small amount of space in the cooler box, or you could always take them in the car to eat as you travel as they are easy for kids to deals with - unlike bars of chocolate that can get all crumbly.

          Its fun to eat them either by crunching through them all or if you want them to last long you cant let them slowly melt in your mouth to savour the flavour yum!

          Smarties have been around for a long time and I think that they will continue to be around for years to come - There are currently 8 different colours; Brown, green, orange, pink, red, yellow, purple & blue - who knows maybe they will add ore in the future!
          If you go to their website there's lots of information on the different kinds of smarties and also a recipe section for all you bakers out there, they even have a section that provides tips on planning children's parties :) and not forgetting the activities section where there are fun quizzes and food art.

          www.smarties.co.uk

          Thats about all I can think of for now, im off to enjoy a little box of smarties with my tea....hope you enjoyed the review!

          (I also post on ciao)

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          14.01.2012 16:07
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          A nice treat.

          As you may have seen from the past few reviews I am gradually working my way through items I got for Christmas, and also that a lot of things I received had a pink theme to them. As I have said before I always get a stocking with presents in on Christmas morning from my parents, and as with my other presents this tends to have a pink theme. One item I received in it this year (and other years as well) was a tube of pink smarties, Smarties are not something I would normally buy if I was buying myself some chocolate, however when I receive a tube at Christmas I always really enjoy them and they never seem to last that long either.

          The Pink Smarties come in an oversized version of the round tube that regular smarties come in. It has the word Smarties written long it in large white bubble letter style writing, this is then outlined in brown which is made to look like chocolate. Near the base of the tube is a gold coloured heart with a red strip inside it and the word "Nestlé" written inside, obviously this is the maker of Smarties. The base of the tube has a white band around it with small blue snow flakes and a red bow around it to give it a Christmas feel, the rest of the tube is a vivid pink with pictures of pink Smarties on it. If you twist the tube around to the back this too is the same pink but without the picture of Smarties on it, this contains all of the product information such as the nutritional information, contact details for Nestlé and the ingredients. All of this information is written in a series of lighter pink boxes with all the writing itself being in a darker pink, the Nestle logo also appears right in the middle of the tube at the back. The base of the tube is for some reason a dark purple colour which really doesn't fit in with the theme of the tube, although you cannot see this unless you turn the tube upside down. The top of the tube has a round pink plastic lid which simply pulls out and pushes back in, exactly the same as a regular sized tube of Smarties, Im not too sure why but there is a picture of a racoon on the lid as well.
          The Smarties inside the tube are exactly the same as regular Smarties in size, the only difference is that every Smartie in this tube is a vivid pink which personally I love. Smarties are basically a small yet quite thick disc of milk chocolate within a crispy sugar shell, the pink shells have no actual taste to them, they just add a crunchiness to the chocolate, the first time I had these I was pleased to discover that you cannot really taste the colouring which makes the shells pink. Each tube measures around 7 inches long, whilst I have no idea how many Smarties are in a tube (they never last long enough for me to count) the tube is full to the top so you really do get a lot for your money, there is just a small gap at the top of the tube which allows the lip to fit tightly inside, the rest of the tube is full.

          Nutritional Information
          The nutritional information on the back of the tube is give as either per 100g or per 16 sweets, the information I have put below is per 16 sweets.
          *Calories - 89
          *Protein - 0.7g
          *Carbohydrates - 13.8g
          *Fat - 3.3g
          *Fibre - 0.4g
          *Sodium - 0.01g
          I have to admit that when I have some of my pink Smarties I do not sit and count out 16 sweets, however I would say that the fat content isn't too bad for this sort of product but the calorie content is a bit high for just 16 little sweets. However I normally only have these at Christmas so I'm not too bothered about the calorie content, I probably wouldn't eat these on a regular basis although the tube does state that they can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, I'm not sure this means having handfuls of them when you happen to go to the cupboard they are kept in!

          Price & Availability
          My tube of Pink Smarties came from Tesco and cost around £1.00, maybe a little over for a 170g tube, however this product is available in most supermarkets and I have seen them in the confectionary section of places such as Superdrug. Personally I think they are an excellent price, you get a lot of chocolate for your money with a tube of these, as I have said the tube is full to the top of Smarties, and you can pay nearly £1.00 for just a regular bar of chocolate, but with these you get twice as much chocolate for the same sort of money, plus there is the added bonus of them being pink (well for me anyway)

          My Opinion
          Personally I lovely anything chocolaty so I was always going to like these, I love the fact that they are Pink as well. They make an excellent treat and although they are not something I buy on a regular basis it means that when I do receive a tube in my stocking at Christmas I enjoy them even more. Also being diabetic means that I cannot eat a lot of chocolate at a time, and I have to be even more careful now that I am pregnant so having these is ideal as it means I can have a few when I fancy a bit of a treat but not over do it by having a whole chocolate bar. They are very cheap to buy, but unfortunately I do not think these are available all year round. They are ideal for the whole family and the fact that they contain no artificial colours or preservatives is an added bonus. I would definitely recommend these to anyone the only down side is they are a bit addictive.

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            INTRO

            For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed a lovely packet of Nestle Smarties. Their addicting, mouthwatering taste has left me speechless and wanting more each time. I remember going around my Nan's house and her giving me a tube of Smarties to keep me quiet. And I remember that once I had finished the packet I would fill it with 1p coins. Back then the tube was a tube as opposed to a hexatube. Everytime I went shopping with my Mum I would beg for a packet of smarties to add to my 1p tube collection. I think I ended up with about 12 tubes full of 1p coins haha. Well , small things please minds!

            WHAT AND WHO ARE SMARTIES

            Smarites are sugar coated pieces of chocolate that are created by Nestle, Rowntrees comapany. They were created around 1882 and were renamed from "Smarties Chocolate Beans" to Smarties in 1937.

            PRICE

            For a tube of smarties it costs £1.00. For a Hexatube of smarties it costs £0.45. The tube is more expensive because it is a large tube (170g)

            PACKAGING

            Smarties come in a Hexatube which is a tube that is shaped like a long hexagon. The lid pops open and pops shut allowing the Smarties to be secure. It is made from a strong paper/cardboard which keeps the sweets fresh inside. Smarties are well known for their blue tube with the colourful images of the sweets on it. It is very appealing to younger children from the bubble writing and the 'cuteness' of the tube. The tube is quite small and fits into the palm of your hands. I'd say it is smaller than the length of a fork but bigger than the length of a teaspoon if that makes sense.

            TASTE

            Smarties have a sugar coated crispy shell and inside is a lovely milk chocolate center. The shells are different rainbow colours but all taste the same. I used to find that the outside tasted rather tangy and artificial - if you are wondering what I mean by artificial , I mean it tasted like food colouring. However the milky chocolate insides are so soft and delicious it just makes me want more!

            SMELL

            The Smarties smell chocolatey however I have noticed on the odd occasion that they smell like cardboard due to the packaging. I've always wondered why the company have never layered the inside of the tube with foil of some sort to keep the Smarties even more fresh. They smell sweet and chocolatey too which is yummy. Again, along with the taste of food colouring I can sometimes smell the food colouring !

            APPEARANCE

            Smarties come in a range of colours such as red,brown, yellow,pink,green,orange,purple and most recently blue. Smarties are smaller than a 1p coin but are so yummy that size doesn't matter! In 2006 Smarties announced that they were removing all artificial flavorings from the sweets, and they only wanted to use natural dyes as opposed to synthetic ones. They couldn't find a natural blue dye so they removed the blue sweet altogether. They removed the blue one's because it was found that the unnatural dyes caused hyperactivity in children. So they replaced blue smarties with white smarties. But then in 2008 they found a natural blue dye and removed the white smarties and replaced them with the blue ones! Yay! For a while, to celebrate the blue smartie's return they sold packets of just blue smarties! They also sell plain Pink smartie tubes too.

            INGREDIENTS


            Sugar,Cocoa Mass ,Lactose and Milk Proteins ,Wheat Flour ,Butterfat ,Cocoa Butter ,Skimmed Milk Powder ,Rice Starch ,Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) ,Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates (Safflower, Radish, Black Carrot, Lemon, Hibiscus, Red Cabbage) ,Spirulina Concentrate ,Glazing Agents (Carnauba Wax, Beeswax) ,Invert Sugar Syrup

            Smarties are 100% suitable for vegetarians. All ingredients are clearly shown on the packets.

            OVERALL


            I love smarties to pieces and I am very glad that they have introduced the blue smartie back into the packet! These are mouthwatering chocolate beans of goodness and I suggest you get a packet ! The price for a large tube is really cheap so go get one! One thing I will say is that these are very messy once given to young children! What I mean is that some children tend to put sweets in their mouth then take them out and leave them somewhere. The dye in these sweets can stain materials but it is really easy to get off so don't worry too much!

            Please note that this is on my CIAO account under the same name x

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            27.04.2011 17:34
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            Not like they used to be

            But not any more. A favourite chocolate has now been relegated to the bottom in my opinion.

            Everyone, unless you are from another planet, knows what smarties are. Round pieces of chocolate about the size of my middle nail covered in a crisp sugar shell in different colours.

            They used to come in a round cardboard tube with a plastic pop off lid. This lid would change in colour from pack to pack and would have a different letter of the alphabet on the underside of each one. Not only could you collect these but the tube was fun to play with. Who didn't, after eating the contents, put the lid back on and give the tube a good whack in the middle to see how far the lid went? However although it is still cardboard, the shape is now hexagonal with the cardboard lid built into the top. The lid on the pack I have has the question 'What I is a home made of snow?' and answer (an igloo if you didn't know) on the inside. Who wants an educational experience when eating chocolate? Certainly not me! I would much prefer to continue collecting the lids. But this change in packaging I could forgive if the actual chocolates were the same.

            But I am afraid not. They now contain no artificial colours or flavours which means the colours of the shells are different. Some colours seem to have been eradicated altogether and the ones that have remained are just a pale imitation of their previous self. The blue that was bright, bold and tasted lovely is now a pale wish-wash of colour. I presume it is the fruit and vegetable concentrates listed that is now responsible for the colourings. Smarties used to taste good, not just because of the chocolate but because each had a different flavour depending on their colour, blue was always my favourite. The sweet also seems a little fatter for some reason.

            I suppose I have to mention the positives. A whole tube only contains 178 calories, certainly one of the lowest for a chocolate product. What is a negative for me, in that the new packaging makes tipping the smarties out slower, will be a plus for those giving these to their kids as they are less likely to go everywhere. Thirdly the big tubes of smarties you get at Christmas actually taste ok. They still come a in tube, a giant one, and for some reason taste a lot better than these imposters.

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              a delicious occasional treat

              Nestle Smarties are a disc shaped chocolate sweet covered in a crisp sugar shell. Originally made by Rowntrees, and distributed in the UK since 1937, they are now owned by Nestle (one of the leading confectionary manufacturers) and are made in Germany for worldwide distribution. As well as the 'standard' smarties tube there is also now a 5 pack, minis, mini cakes and ice cream cones, sharing bags, and 160 gram cartons as well as the McDonalds Smarties Mcflurry and a seasonal smarties Easter egg. Expect to pay around 45p for a tube and £2.80 for a six pack of smarties ice cream cones.

              Smarties come in distinctive packaging with a bright blue background against which is shown a variety of smarties in different colours. The word 'smarties' is written in white, with a brown outline. They should be kept in a cool dark place such as a cupboard. Although they won't melt as such in hot weather, the dye does tend to run and can make quite a mess.

              Half a standard tube contains 87 calories, 12.5 grams of sugar and 3.3 grams of fat (of which 1.8 is saturated). Although this is not terrible in comparison to some other snacks, smarties should probably only be eaten as a treat.

              The outer shell of a smartie is hard sugar/candy which has been dyed (using natural colours). Apparently the colours all taste the same although, specifically to the UK, the chocolate inside the orange coloured ones does contain orange flavouring. I find smarties very satisfying - the shell can either be melted slowly or crunched immediately and the chocolate inside is good quality and smooth (although less milky tasting than cadbury's or galaxy). Overall I highly recommend these as a satisfying treat.

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                11.05.2010 15:12
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                Try them today!

                Nestle smarties are small, button shaped milk chocolate covered in a colourful sugar shell. I'm sure everybody has had a tube of these at one time in their life, they are so iconic.
                Smarties come in a range of colours, yellow, blue, brown, pink, red, green and orange. The orange one's taste distinctively orangey but the rest of them taste pretty much the same. I particularly like the contrast between the crispy shell and the smooth chocolate. If you are feeling particularly determined you can suck the Smartie until the shell becomes clear and soft (painting your tongue a nice colour in the process). Once in this soft state you can gently bite the Smartie and it should crack around the circumference, leaving you with two perfect circles of shell and the separate chocolate filling. Why would you do this I hear you ask? To be honest I'm not sure but I can remember obsessively doing this to each Smartie in turn meaning that I could make a tube of Smarties last a good half an hour.
                Tubes of Smarties are now topped with a cardboard stopper instead of the old plastic lid. I used to enjoy firing the plastic top across the living room by stomping on the cardboard tube, which you can't do now with the cardboard lid. Having said that it is much safer for young children as the old top presented somewhat of a choking hazard. A tube of Smarties will set you back around the 40p mark which is pretty much par for the course these days.
                Even though Smarties are predominantly aimed at children I still can't resist picking up the odd pack here and there. I would recommend them to everyone, if only for childhood nostalgia purposes.

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                Great tasting sweets

                I used to eat smarties all the time when I was younger! I don't eat them very often any more, but as I received a smarties easter egg for easter this year, I have got addicted to them! There are many ways you can buy smarties these days, when I was a kid you just got the usually tube with has lid on, but now you can get mini smarties, sharing bags of smarties, smarties in a box etc. You can even get smarties cake bars and ice creams now! They are in cookies too which I also love!

                These smarties are aimed at children obviously with all the bright colours. They have brown, green, orange, pink, red, yellow purple and blue coloured smarties. In case you didn't know, smarties are little counters of nestle milk chocolate, covered in an outer sugar shell, which are different colours. They are a bit like minstrels but with nestle chocolate and they are a lot smaller.

                I love making brownies, fairy cakes or muffins and crushing smarties up and throwing them in, they are gorgeous, or go great in home made cookies. We crush them up and put them on our ice cream too.

                Nestle have added no artificial colours of flavourings to these smarties. Per 100g of smarties there are 457 calories! So like any other chocolates they are not good for you, I can easily get through a sharing bag to myself! These are 150g so that's about 600 + calories I'm consuming! They are gorgeous though and once you have one you just end up eating the whole lot, as they are so small you don't really realise how many your eating!

                I highly recommend these smarties by nestle, they are great for kids and adults too! Just beware of the calorie content in them!

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                  Smarties

                  Now I am not a big chocolate eater so I have only just got round to eating the pack of Smarties that came with my one and only Easter egg. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised after not having had these for years.

                  They seem better than when we were kids, the colours are a lot more vibrant and the Smarties are glossier than they used to be. The sugar coated shell used to be a bit powdery before. After a while and when you get nearer the end of the pack they do tend to get sickly.

                  The packaging has also changed, the tube is now a hexagon shape and there is no longer the plastic lid, I guess this was a chocking hazard. Gone are the days when you could jump on your Smarties tube in the playground and see who's lid would fly off the furthest! Now the tube is made of cardboard and you pull up the perforated lid which stays attached to the rest of it.

                  I can see why kids are attracted to these sweets, colourful chocolate, what child wouldn't like that! Overall they haven't changed too much over the years but that's because they didn't have to.

                  Per 100g there are 456 calories which means a tube contains approximately 174 calories. All the ingredients are also listed on the packaging. Not the best snack for kids but would be ok for an occasional treat although maybe not the whole packet for little ones.

                  Nestle - 0800 604 604
                  www.nestle.co.uk

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                    an enjoyable sweet product, though nestle's company history is worth being aware of.

                    Smarties are one of the best known kid's sweets around, coming in a rather retro-styled cylindrical cardboard tube with a little plastic resealable lid that makes a satisfying 'pop'ping sound when opened, whilst the sweets themselves are little chocolate discs covered in a sugar-and food-colouring-based veneer that comes in a variety of bright and stimulating colours.

                    Smarties are very tasty and extremely moreish, and are great for sharing, or for treating yourself with throughout the day at the office, given that they come in resealable packaging. Like all the best sweets they can be eaten in a number of entertaining ways, such as one at a time, whereupon the can be crunched upon instantly or can be sucked like a mint until the sugary veneer dissipates, and alternatively they can be poured into the mouth from the tube in one indulgent motion to fill the mouth with little chocolate pills.

                    They cost around 60-70p for a small pocket-sized tube nowadays, and they are also great for kids, although they do contain a lot of e-numbers on the other hand, and also they are unsuitable for very young children as they can be a choking hazard. On top of this, they are a nestle product, nestle having a very bad human rights record, having been held responsible for high infant mortality rates in the third world due to immoral marketing of infant's breast milk subsitutes

                    See here for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9_boycott

                    As far as Smarties go however, they are enjoyable, colourful chocolate sweets, even if the company that puts them out is morally questionable.

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                      Smarties - milk chocolate in a candy shell.

                      Nestle Smarties first appeared around 1937 and have became a firm favourite for many generations. Over the years there have been colour changes and a big change to the packaging, but they still remain one of the most popular sweets around.

                      A single pack of Smarties now comes in a hexagonal shaped package. I really don't like this and find when you open the pack, it is hard to get it to stay closed again. I have also stopped sending them to school with the kids, because if the tube gets squashed, it opens and the Smarties fall out into their school bag. This never used to happen with the old tube, as it was much sturdier and the lid stayed in place.

                      Smarties are great little treats with a sweet, hard candy shell and a smooth solid milk chocolate centre. They come in a variety of colours, including pink, lilac, brown, blue, red, green, yellow and orange. Although there are a variety of colours, they do all taste the same.
                      Sometimes I sook my way through the candy covering until it cracks and sometimes I just dive right in and crunch my way through. It has a sweet, sugary flavour, which is lovely but my favourite has to be the solid, smooth and creamy chocolate inside.

                      Smarties are great for decorating your home baked cakes and I love adding the mini version to icecream. They really are surprisingly versatile!

                      *Ingredients*

                      Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Lactose and Milk Proteins, Wheat Flour, Butterfat, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Rice Starch, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates (Safflower, Radish, Black Carrot, Lemon, Hibiscus, Red Cabbage), Spirulina Concentrate, Glazing Agents (Carnauba Wax, Beeswax), Invert Sugar Syrup.

                      This product is free from artificial colours and flavours. With all the recent changes in ingredients used for colouring, I do believe these are suitable for vegetarians, but do not have a pack at hand to check.

                      *Nutritional Value Per 1/2 Tube*

                      Energy - 87 kcal
                      Protein - 0.8g
                      Carbohydrate - 13.5g
                      of which sugars - 12.5g
                      Fat - 3.3g
                      of which saturates - 1.8g
                      Fibre - 0.5g
                      Sodium - trace

                      Nestle Smarties are available from Tesco in the following packs:

                      Single tube - 42p
                      Multipack of 5 tubes - £1.48
                      150g Sharing bag - £1.79 (on special for 89p until 20th April)
                      260g Treat Size Mini Smarties pack - £2.35

                      Smarties make a great snack and are not overly filling. The mini packs are great for pack lunch boxes and party bags, as well as a great ingredient to use in cake making and icecream.

                      5 stars for this fun versatile sweet!

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                      12.04.2010 11:36
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                      I always remember Smarties from my childhood and don't remember a time that they were not available.Rowntree's have been making chocolate beans since at least 1882 and they were renamed Smarties chocolate beans in 1937. The name smarties became official in 1977.

                      Smarties come in a hexagonal tube with a question on the lid for you to answer. The sweets are chocolate in a crisp sugar shell. They come in a variety of colours (orange, red, green, purple, brown, pink, yelloe and blue). The shells are quite thin so you get a brief crunch before getting to the chocolate inside. The chocolate is milk chocolate and is rich and creamy. The chocolate tastes the same in all of the colours apart from the orange sweets. In the orange sweets, the chocolate has an orange flavour which is lovely and those ones are my favourites. Before 1958, the sweets included a dark brown shelled sweet which contained dark chocolate and a light brown shelled sweet which was coffee flavoured. I really wish they would bring back these flavours!!

                      Although the sweets are coated in a sugar shell, they are not overly sweet. Even as a child I could eat a whole packet without being sick. The joy of Smarties is that because of the lid, you can have a few and them put them away for later. Due to this reason, I think they are a great treat for children. Smarties contain no artificial colours or flavours. 1/2 a tube is the recommended serving size and will give you 87kcals, 0.8g of protein, 13.5g of carbohydrates of which 12.5g are sugars, 3.3g of fat of which 1.8g are saturates, 0.5g of fibre and a trace of sodium.

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                      08.04.2010 22:18
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                      Not only for kids.

                      Smarties are a fun colourful chocolate based sweet that are not only great for children but also adults.

                      These fun little sweets used to come in a cylinder tube with a plastic top which used to make a great popping sound and contain a letter underneath, I used to collect the lids to make the alphabet when I was a child. They have more recently changed the packaging to a card board hexagonal tube which is recyclable.

                      These fun little treats come in many colours, there always used to be a big hype for the blue ones and they would always be the first to go. The colours they come in include red, green, blue, brown, orange and pink. We used to spate the colours from the tube and make pictures with them. The colour is based on a sugar coating which makes a great crunch sound when you bite into them. Underneath the sugar coating is a lovely smooth creamy chocolate made by nestle. The combination of the coating and chocolate make these sweets taste fantastic, and you will always remember them by their colour and crunchy texture.

                      One tube contains around 30 Smarties which total to 174 calories. They contain no artificial colours or flavourings.

                      You can purchase these chocolate treats from any corner shop or supermarket and are priced around the 50p mark depending on where you purchase them from. I have recently seem them in my local pound store at 3 tubes for £1.

                      Overall these are a great tasty treat that are aimed more at children but they taste so great ill be buying them every now and then not only for my daughter but for myself as well.

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                  • Product Details

                    Smarties were introduced in 1937 and are still the most popular sweet and one of Nestlé’s major confectionary brands. Smarties are manufactured in York, England. Smarties are brightly colored, sugar coated sweets with a milk chocolate center. The mix comprises eight colors - red, yellow, orange, green, mauve, pink, brown and blue. The orange sweet has orange flavoring in the chocolate center. Nestlé Rowntree has produced 5,000 million Smarties caps over the last 25 years.