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Christmas comes but once a year and in theory we have been given enough chocolate to last us until next Yuletide. I now have a heap of boxes and tins filled with sweeties in all shapes and sizes keeping the end of my spare bed warm.
I cannot say that a packet of Paynes Poppets would be my first choice but never the less I do like them, they remind me of my younger days when the usherette at our local cinema used to carry them around in her tray to sell during the interval.
Paynes Poppets seem to have been on the shop shelves for donkeys years, I am a fan of the unique packaging and that diddy little cardboard box that is stuffed with sweets gets full marks from me.
Believe it or not Paynes toffee Poppets have been in the shops since 1937 - and before you even think it I was not in the cinema munching Paynes Poppets while watching the silent movies.
I always think that you can afford to treat yourself to a little box of Paynes toffee Poppets, the boxes are fairly small so they are not hiding millions of calories away inside, I don't know about you but if I buy a sharing bag of sweets then inevitably I will end up devouring the lot but if I open a small box of Paynes Poppets then I can still feel comfortable if I end up wolfing the whole lot down.
The boxes are neat but noisy and that comes as a surprise if you think in terms of them being sold to cinema-goers, anything that rattles is usually a complete no-no when you sit watching a film.
Paynes toffee Poppets are in a little red box that has a few toffee poppets bouncing about here and there on the front.
To one side of the small cardboard carton there is a little `snicket` that you push your finger into and that allows you to access the Poppets that are hiding away in the dark.
One little box of Paynes Poppets contains 205 calories and the sweets have a high fat and sugar content.
Take a peek at a newly born Poppet and you will see that the rich thick layer of milk chocolate that encases the chewy toffee has a lovely shiny surface to it. Once you sink your teeth into the chocolate then you will soon discover the nugget of hard chewy toffee.
The milk chocolate is delicious and the toffee is the perfect partner for it. I have noticed that the toffee contains condensed milk and many of you will know that condensed milk is ultra sweet ( I love it!)
Just one salutary word of warning, if you have fillings in your teeth then make sure that you chew the Paynes toffee Poppet on the opposite side or else you will probably end up paying a visit to the dentist renew your fillings.
I like to try and make the Paynes toffee Poppets last, maybe see just how long I can suck one for until the temptation is just too much to resist.
Maybe there are about 15 poppets in one box ( or maybe there is someone who has physically counted them and can tell me the correct amount ) they are irregular in size but most of them are fairly rotund.
Paynes state that the toffee poppets contain both cocoa butter and vegetable fat and the poppets may well contain a trace of nut.
Paynes Poppets are a `fun` sweet and they come in a few different varieties, raisin poppets, mint cream poppets and the latest addition to the range is Choc chip cookie Poppets - anyone tried these yet ?
Paynes Poppets are quite fab and in my eyes they will always be so.