I do not have a particularly sweet tooth and when snacks are in order for me nine times out of ten they will be savoury but I do have one weakness in the sweet department and that is Paynes toffee poppets.
These sweets have been around for about as long as me and I wasn't born yesterday let me tell you, they are simple small toffee balls coated in chocolate. The chocolate is not as tasty as Cadbury`s and the toffee not as good as Thornton's but together they are just perfect.
The toffee is always chewy, never too soft and never brick hard and they are in cardboard boxes with silver foil lining so they are always very, very fresh and easy to open too.
Poppet's come in different disguises too with their mint variety being another favourite of mine, the toffee ones come in the bright red box so if you are up for trying these you can pick them out no problem.
These generally cost about 40p per box but Asda always have them much cheaper than that, at one point they were selling these for less than 20p per box but recently they have been selling them around the 27p mark and I buy plenty of them so I do not run out.
If you like toffee then you will almost certainly like these, the chocolate may not be Cadbury or Galaxy but it is very nice and works well with these toffee`s.
Another day, another poppet review, this time toffee (I drunkenky munched all the cookie ones over the weekend). The toffee ones are in a see any and are one of what I remember being the main 3 flavours (with mint and raisin).
As a child these from memory were my least favourite, as I seem to recall having huge problems getting through the centre (oh woe was me). So with a little apprehension in mind I thought it was worth giving them a try and at 20p for a any in B&M it was impossible to resist anyway.
Looking like Malteasers and sitting innocently on my work book I began realising Id been a bit silly. The boxer description of them included the term "chewy toffee" so maybe my memory was wrong (anyone any idea on this? Was there a hard toffee version?) So with a relaxed approach I decided it was safe to munch away.
Starting by sucking the chocolate it seemed to swiftly seek off in a rather bizarre manner that left the toffee as a nugget in my mouth. The test of the product and my memory was here. Was it going to be tough and hard or soft and chewy?
Well quite wonderfully it was more like that of the soft and chewy Werthers Id eaten about a day earlier. The centre was was soft and sweet but lacked that fudge like quality of the Werthers. A much better quality of centre than the cheap chocolate.
This means over 1 quarter of your daily recommended sugar and saturates.
So overall a nice centre under some cheap chocolate which turns out to be incredibly unhealthy. Personally Id go with some thing else but they are far better than the mint ones.
The product may include nut trace and will include vegetable oil (explantion for the high saturates?)
What are they?
In my opinion yummy! Lol. Basically toffee poppets are little balls of chewy toffee covered in milk chocolate.
They come in little cardboard boxes with about 50g of the little balls, which are about ¾ the size of a malteser.
Poppets come in 3 flavours, which are the toffee, which I am reviewing, dark chocolate and mint, which come in a green packet, and raisin, which come in a purple packet. I can recommend the mint ones highly!
They come in multi packs of 4 or are sold singly.
Are they any good?
I really like these and although it's not the best quality chocolate covering the toffee, the chewy toffee is great and more than makes up for this. The toffee does have the tendency to get stuck in your teeth like most other types of toffee but it does kind of melt in your mouth after a while and leave a lovely creamy taste in your mouth.
They start off quite hard, and if you put them in the fridge before you eat them they will be rock solid, if you bite into one from the fridge it will shatter into at least 2 pieces!
The packets have a little flap that you pop-in as they say to get the sweeties out, this flap can be pushed back into place to secure the packet but I wouldn't say it's the best ever re-seal so probably best to eat the whole packet in one sitting (is that just me being piggy?).
Where can I buy them?
The last ones I bought were from the £1 shop, where you get 4 boxes for £1 but I have bought them from supermarkets and newsagents ranging from about 12p when on offer to about 50p (for a single box) at the more expensive newsagents.
Are they good for you?
Sadly no, as with most chocolate/sweet products these are very high in calorie and fat content so you should avoid these if you are on a diet.
Per small box 205Kcal, 8.9g fat, 24.4g sugar. As you can see not a healthy snack, but if enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet once in a while these will be fine.
Any bad points?
Ummmm, if you really dislike chocolate or toffee then I guess these are not for you otherwise I can't think of any downsides to these! If you are a real chocolate buff then you probably won't like these either due to the cheap nature of the chocolate covering them, the same can be said for the mint ones and I would guess the raisin ones but I haven't tried the raisin ones yet!
If you are lactose intolerant then these would be a no-no. Also due to them being quite hard at first I wouldn't recommend these to small children, although with them being little mouth sized they are good for children about 3 and above as they don't need to hold onto individual toffees for very long (putting 1 or 2 into their little mouths in one go) and so avoid getting covered in chocolate!
I purchased these toffee Poppets purely for nostalgia reasons as I haven't eaten these since I was very small (maybe 8 or 9!). I brought 4 packets for £1.00 from Poundland and they are just over 50g each with 205 calories and 8.9g of fat per box, also, they were just how I remembered!
Poppets come in a red cardboard box with a little picture on the front which corresponds to a remembrance story on the back of the box which says 'do you remember when...' and proceeds to reminisce about something. This is great as it reminds me of some things I did when I was younger that were very funny! The box has a perforated part at the top right (such as a box of washing powder) and this is just the right size to get a poppet out but by simply flipping the box you can get half the packet out in just a few seconds.
Poppets themselves are chocolates with toffees centres and the chocolate is lovely and shiny looking and breaks up very nice. The toffees are nice & hard without being teeth shatteringly hard! The two flavours go very well together and as I chew the chocolate and the toffee combine and Poppets taste delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed them and they are just as good (if not better) than I remember them to be.
I would definitely recommend Poppets if you are a fan of chocolate and toffee, they are great to pop in your bag and get a chocolate fix on the run. I am therefore rating them 5/5.
I had a distinct feeling that Paynes Poppets had been on the shelves for a good number of years and I was right, they were first launched in 1937.
Well, light years ago when the Other Half used to take me to the pictures ( now known as the cinema!) we used to buy these from the usherette who used to go around the cinema selling sweets and ice cream during the interval.
So to cut to the chase, I was watching a DVD and carefully admiring the latest Dyson vacuum cleaner on the Internet when the Other Half burst through the door with a look of glee on his face.
At first I thought his six numbers had come up on a triple roll-over but knowing his love of bringing me quirky little gifts I wasn't going to hold my breath!
Soon enough his secret was out and he handed me the brown paper bag and dared me to guess what was in it! Having had some weird and wonderful gifts over the years I was tempted to revert to drooling over that good looking Dyson!
I shook the bag and it rattled, it was definitely filled with little boxes. In fact there were six little boxes that were all filled with Paynes Toffee Poppets.'s. The Other half knows the way to a woman heart you know.
"Do you remember these?"
"I do indeed!"
Not wanting to burst his balloon I joined in and we both opened one of those dear little cardboard boxes.
The packaging hasn't seemed to have changed much over the years, the box is still the same rectangular shape and the opening remains at the top of the packet in the form of a slot that you press in with your thumb. My box was rather daring, a bright red box with a little blue Mini Cooper on the front and to top it all the mini had the Union Flag painted on the roof.
Poppet? An endearment? Or pop it in ? Or I'm just popping?
I have to analyse everything!
Each of the chocolate covered toffee's is about the same size as a smaller Malteser, the chocolate coating has been well polished and looks smooth, sleek and enticing.
I know as well as anyone that you are meant to eat the Poppets individually, but that is for normal people so that counts me out straight away!
I tuck one of the sleek little temptresses into each of my plump rosy cheeks and wait........
The shiny surface of the Poppets have a slightly tougher outer skin that require concentration, once you have cracked that chocolate skin the rest is plain sailing.
Within seconds I am transported back in time, "Two seats in the back row please"
My jaws are working overtime trying to multi task with the Poppets. The Other Half is hard at work checking the teletext and at the same time obviously trying to dislodge the tough toffee Poppet from his bottom denture.
Should I hold his hand? Or put my arm around him? Maybe not, the Toffee Poppet is just getting very interesting. All of the chocolate coating is history and I am working overtime on the two tough toffee marbles.
I have made a mental note regarding the not so sweet as I remembered chocolate but the sweeter than I remembered toffee has made up for the former.
Fifteen minutes later, the teletext remains on the same page, the coveted Dyson is long forgotten and all that remains of the Paynes Poppets is the smart little cardboard boxes.
Paynes also make raisin, mint and orange Poppets. It is perfectly true that the boxes of sweets were designed to sell to cinema goers and at one time long long ago they were sold in vending machines, hence the neat little packets that fitted in the machines perfectly.
It seems that 10 million Poppets are munched every single week and I can't believe that I have been missing out for so long!
Each box has 203 calories, 1.8g Protein, 30.7g Carbohydrates and 8.1g Fat.
These were bought as a job lot, in fact 6 boxes for £1.
I have seen them in smaller sweet shops and garages but I am sure they have been priced at around 40p a box!
Poppets have been around for ever! Or certainly for as long as I can remember........made by Fox's, the toffees which are covered in milk choclate, are presented in a small red box. The pictures on the box vary from box to box, and are reminiscent of times gone by - examples would include the NatWest piggy banks and the Rubik's cube - definitely a cheeky reminder that these sweets have been around.
For me the box is part of the fun - no ripping of bags and spilling of sweets over the sofa.......the box has a little tab at the top from which you can shake out the sweets one by one (or in my greedy case, two by two!).
As soon as you open the box you can smell the sweetness but I don't find it a sickly, offputting smell, more an "eat me now" smell!
Poppets come in toffee, mint, and raisin varieties.....the toffee ones are yum, with the toffee being neither too hard nor too squidgy - just right and easy to eat without that aching jaw feeling by the time you finish!
According to the packet, one box of yummy toffee poppets contain just 205 calories and 8.9g of fat - not bad when you compare them to a bar of chocolate. Although they won't fill you up, they can last you quite a while (well, several minutes, anyway!) and curb your sweet craving for a good amount of time, in my experience. Of course, if you ate box after box, it wouldn't be good for the old waistline, but if you just want something sweet, you can indulge in poppets without too much guilt.
They are not expensive, generally under 40p for a box, but our local shop is currently doing 2 boxes for 50p - well, it would have been a shame to walk past them, wouldn't it!
Toffee Poppets have been around for ages, and they are one of my favourite sweets. Anytime that I am in the shops and I walk past them I can't resist something shouts out to me and I have to buy them.
Poppets were the great invention of the company called Paynes which is now part if the Fox Company and they were first launched in 1937, that's 71 years! Paynes Poppets cartons are available in four flavours, Mint, Toffee, Raisin and Orange and 200g Mint & Toffee bags.
-----So what are they-----
Poppets are small bite sized mouthfuls of chocolate coated toffee. That comes in a packet with a few different designs depending on the flavour, which I have described below.
As an industry first, each flavour features four different pack fronts.
Mint: Rubiks Cube, Gnome, Duck, Telephone
Toffee: Mini, Nodding Dog, Natwest Piggy Bank, Bucket & Spade
Raisin: Space Hopper, Lava Lamp, Lambretta, Slinky
Orange: VW Camper Van, Conker, Robot, Furry Dice
Energy - 852kj or 203kcal
Protein - 1.8g
Carbohydrate - 30.7g
Fat - 8.1g
I really like the taste of Toffee Poppets, I do however find that they are sometimes really hard; I know that they are meant to be chewy, but if they have been lying in the cold for even a short amount of time then you may be liable to break your teeth. I sometimes find that toffee flavours can be quite over powering, but not these they have a really pleasant taste, but I do find that they are very addictive. Even though there is not a lot of chocolate on the outside of these the chocolate is really tasty. The prices of these do tend to differ depending on where you purchase them; they can range from anywhere between 35p and about 50p. I think that these prices are very fair as they are really really tasty.
If you want more information on Paynes Poppets you can visit their website at www.poppets.co.uk.
Toffee Poppet's have been around a long, long time and up until a few months ago I had forgotten all about them. My memory was jogged during a trip to Asda where I saw the bright red boxes of poppets on the shelf with a roll back sticker under them. The normal price of a box was 37p but the lovely, lovely people at Asda have reduced them to a mere 17p per box. Each box contains around 20 small toffee balls coated in chocolate (similar to the ones found in Revel`s. The toffee is delicious although the chocolate is less so. The toffees can be very hard so if your teeth are not that good then be careful.
Payne's are responsible for producing these sweets and that is probably their only downfall, were it to be Cadbury or Galaxy chocolate covering the toffee these would be brilliant instead of just good. Each box contains too many calories in my opinion, there are 491 calories in 100g so that's more than 200 in each box which is a lot. There are other varieties of poppet's too including mint poppet's which have a much tastier dark chocolate coating and raisin poppet's which I have never tried because I would actually rather kill myself slowly than eat a raisin. The mint poppet's are probably my favourite in the range and others I think by the fact that Asda`s offer does not cover the mint ones.