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At last I can share with you my favourite little bag of Californian sunshine or to be more precise Californian raisins plumped full of juiceness and coated in luscious milk chocolate. Yuuuuuuuumy......
They come in a 50g red bag depicting the SUN.MAID logo of a sun maid (whatever one of those is) and shows lots of raisins scattered around.
It states ~ Sun-maid raisins covered in smooth milk chocoate, the perfect combination ~ I can't agree more they are truly delicious.
Milk Chocolate 60% ( sugar, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, butteroil, lactose, vegetable fat, whey powder, emulsifier, soya lecithin, flavouring)
Glazing agents, modified tapioca starch, gum arabic, shellac.
Allergy Advice ~
Contains milk / soya.
Not suitable for nut / peanut allergy sufferers.
Suitable for vegetarians.
No artificial colours or flavourings.
25g serving ( the bag is 50g) ~
Energy ~ 100 kcal
Protein ~ 1.1g
Carbohydrates ~ 16.1g
Of which sugars ~ 15.7g
Fat ~ 3.7g
Of which saturates ~ 2.2g
Fibre ~ 0.7g
Sodium ~ Trace
They are produced and packed in the UK by Glisten Confectionery, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 3HG ~ www.glistenconfectionery.com ~ for ~
Sun-Maid growers of California. www.sunmaid.com.
Availability, I buy mine from a local newsagent who sells them with a short sell buy date, which is no problem as they never last very long once purchased ~ 3 bags for £1.00. We did sell them in the health food store I worked in years ago but to tell the truth they very rarely made it onto the shelf as they were rapidly wolfed down by the staff. I have seen them in various pound shops so keep your eyes peeled.
The Sun-Maid packaging really does stand out and I even remember from my child hood seeing the bags of raisins minus the chocolate. They are advertised as "The worlds favourite raisin for generations, now with a generous coating of delicious milk chocolate, a wonderful treat that all the family can enjoy".
Upon opening my little red bag, Im greeted with a delicious aroma of chocolate, showing that true to their word, they have indeed coated these juicy little raisins with a decent milk chocolate and not a "cooking grade" alternative.
My next observation is the size of these Californian beauties, no teeny weeny offerings here, they are all of generous proportions, some even almost equal in size to a Malteser. Oh yes that Californian sun has worked it's magic, plumping them up to majestic dimensions.
The taste does not disappoint either they are juicy, luscious, sumptuous and a joy to eat. The raisins are coated with a thick, rich layer of smooth chocolate that cracks as you bite, opening up to reveal the juicy, ripe raisin nestling within. They really are a divine treat, the quality shines throughout the whole bag with not one scraggy, gritty, little raisin present, not even one lurking in the bottom of the bag.
I detest the gritty, shrivelled up raisin variety, I personally hold these responsible for the large amount of people who dislike raisins as Im sure if they had tasted the juicy, plump Californian variety (especially chocolate covered ones) more people would infact Love them. They do produce dinky boxes of naked raisins which are great for children, I Love to see them fiddling with the boxes to get the last raisins out. These are available in most supermarkets.
Thank you Sun-Maid for this delectable treat produced to your exacting standards, I just wish these naughty little raisins weren't so high in calories, turn the sun up a tad and zap some extra calories out please.
I must award 5 juicy, sun soaked stars to these naughty little raisins, my most favourite treat. Are you a raisin Lover or Hater, naked or chocolate?