Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Member Name: k2705
Advantages: The tube is full right up
Disadvantages: None if you only eat a few
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.
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)
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.
Summary: A nice treat.
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