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There are some things apparently that never change, or at least do not appear to have for many years. On the confectionery front many things have however, Mars bars are smaller, Marathon Bars are now called Snickers and unfortunately many of us oldies favourites have vanished into obscurity. Not such the case however with one of my all time favs. Chocolate Limes...................a crisp boiled sweet exterior hiding within a chocolate surprise.
In a visit to Tesco lately I re-discovered the perfection that is a boiled sweet. I'm a massive chocolate fan and only swerve off the chocolate path now and then. Sometimes whilst driving I do like a sweet that lasts and can been sucked, in this instance boiled sweets are on of the few, which meet the criteria. I am partial to those fruit thins, or fox's glacier fruits, but what better than a sucky sweet that also contains chocolate albeit it isn't proper chocolate.
For around 70 you can obtain a huge 227g bag of Chocolate Limes and this is going to keep the jaws going for a long long time. I'm not sure exactly how many are in this large bag, but it is a lot. Each sweet is individually wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper and is of a light green colour. At about an inch and a quarter long oval shaped and just over half an inch wide. With a thickness of about a quarter of an inch you will be able to visualise a substantial size sweet, which is not only big but also very delicious. The bitter sweet crunchy lime exterior can be sucked for ages before the chocolate secret is finally revealed. There is an obvious alternative and this alternative is the crunch and chew method. This does allow the eater to quickly taste the chocolate flavour filling whilst getting a quick hit of bitter lime.
I guess it depends on the mood of the eater as to which method is chosen but either way they will be introduced to a pretty fine confection. The bitter sweet lime is an ideal match for the chocolate flavoured centre and the two just make a perfect boiled sweet. I'm a suck for a while then go for it kind o f guy, I enjoy the subtle lime flavour for a few minutes then find it excruciating and finally have to crunch and get to the chocolate.
I'm glad these sweets are still around, I've been enjoying them for donkies years and hope to do so for years to come. At 70p for the large bag they are great value for money and well worth a try.
I've been trying loads of different sweets from Tesco recently because they're cheaper than buying the bags from the shop by me and there's also a bigger choice.
I didn't buy these chocolate limes my dad did, he used to eat them years ago but said he hadn't had one in ages. I'm glad he picked them though because they're yummy. The bag is different to the one Dooyoo have got up in the picture and it's a bit more old fashioned and prettier. A 227g bag is 69p and that's good value because the sweets are hard so they last a long time.
A chocolate lime is a lime flavoured hard boiled sweet with a bit of chocolate in the middle. They're mega sweet and that surprised me because I thought they would have a bit of a tangy flavour because of how strong fresh limes are.
The sweets have deffo got a lime flavour and the sweetness of them goes proper nice with the chocolate. I like the texture of these sweets as well because they're hard to start with and even though they stay hard while you're sucking them they do break up into shards when you bite through the sweet.
The chocolate hasn't got much flavour and it's quite hard too, this put me off for the first couple of sweets but then I got used to it and think now that it's the best chocolate for this sort of sweet. It's got a bit of a fake taste but goes proper nice with the lime in the sweet.
I suck my sweets because I hate the feeling of using my teeth for anything too hard but when it's loads smaller than it started off I crunch through it and that's the best way because it means you get the yummy lime flavour for ages and then a sudden hit of chocolate as you start crunching.
I don't think I'd eat these sweets very often because I reckon I'd get bored of them quick but stuff like this is good for keeping in the cupboard for when you just fancy a couple of hard sweets.
For a treat this week I decided that I wanted to have some sweets that I'd not had for years and rather than having a bar of chocolate I went up the rarely-ventured-to sweet aisle and had a browse of the bagged sweets that were available. My eye was caught by these Chocolate Limes, a Tesco branded product and a very impressive 66p for a 227 gram bag.
The bag has lasted me for the past few days as I have just been dipping in to it whenever I have had the urge and because I have just about finished the bag now I felt it appropriate to review the sweets before I throw away the packaging.
My bag is the same as the one pictured above and the sweets inside are individually wrapped in clear sweet wrappers. They are a hard sweet consisting of a lime flavoured outer layer of light green candy containing an inner middle of plain chocolate. Not overly sweet thanks to the combination of the quite-sour lime and chocolate and I find that a single sweet can last me quite a long time. As tempting as it is to crunch through the sweet to get to the chocolate I like to keep them in my mouth to allow to dissolve before finishing them off by nibbling them with my teeth.
I have not had Chocolate Limes for years and these were a lot sourer than I remembered them to be, although enjoyable and made a nice change I wouldn't say they were particularly moreish and I was more than satisfied just eating 1 or 2 before putting the bag away before having another couple later. Another benefit to me was that a couple also acted as a thirst quencher as well, which I wasn't expecting presumably the lime flavouring was enough to take away my desire for a drink.
The packaging advises that a serving of 3 sweets provides 97 calories, 0.2 grams of saturated fat and 21.6 grams of sugar, so although excellent on the calorie and fat content the sugar does let them down slightly. However, they are a better alternative to a chocolate bar and gave me a welcome change from my usual choices.
Ingredients are listed as containing: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Plain Chocolate Filling (13%), Citric Acid, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin's), Colours, (Copper Cholorophyllin Complex, Turmeric), Flavouring, and Allergy advice warns that they may contain Nuts, so those with intolerances to these should be aware.
In conclusion then these made for a tasty, refreshing change that have lasted me a number of days, they provide a quick fix of sugar and have the added bonus of containing chocolate albeit plain rather than milk. They may be an acquired taste for children as are not a traditional "sweet" sweet but for me they were fine.
A fair rating would be 3/5 Dooyoo stars only losing a couple because the chocolate content seems to be hit or miss depending on the sweet as some have more than others. Also being a hard candy there is the risk of them crumbling and breaking up in the bag if an over-eager assistant handles them a little bit roughly when putting out on the shelves so do check your bag before putting them in your trolley.
Available for 66p instore and online at Tesco and currently on offer with the rest of the bagged sweets for 3 packets for £2.00.