I don't have a major sweet tooth but at times I really do crave something sweet. I happened to be in my local Budgens when I wondered down their sweet/ chocolate/ crisp aisle and notices sweets that I haven't seen for ages! I selected a few sweet treats and one of them was Barratt Sherbet Dip Dab which was a keen favourite of mine as child!
*** Sherbet ***
The word sherbet apparently comes from the Turkish word "şerbet". It became popular in the 19th century when it was mixed into water and then drank as quickly as possible. Sherbet is a fizzy powder which contains sugar, flavouring and an acidic base. The fizzing reaction occurs when the acid/ carbonate mix is presented with saliva.
*** Barratt ***
Tangerine Confectionary own Barratt (from January 2008) and is one of the largest independently owned confectionary companies in Europe - its head office is in Blackburn. As far as I am aware Barratt have been producing their sherbet Dip Dabs since the 1970s.
*** Packaging ***
The dip dab comes in a thin bright yellow pre-sealed packet which has bright red writing saying "dip dab" and of course an illustration of the red strawberry lolly. On the back are all the usual nutritional information and ingredient details.
*** The Dip Dab ***
The dip dab bag contains about ¼ of sherbet and comes complete with a small strawberry lolly already sealed inside. Using the dip dab is easy, for me I dip the lolly in the sherbet and suck clean other people just use the lolly as a way of getting as much sherbet into the mouth as possible!
I haven't had a dip dab in quite a few years and was slightly disappointed at the lack of sherbet as it seemed like quite a dismal amount. I also noticed that the strawberry lolly has changed as it seems slightly thicker in width and from what I remember was a soft sweet, strawberry taste there is now quite a sickly taste which is overly sweet. Maybe it is because I have become older and my taste buds have changed but the sherbet isn't as fizzy as I remember it but this isn't a real issue as I love the taste of sherbet.
The sherbet in the dip dab is snow white in colour and is incredibly soft and fine but it does clump up easily especially when you are dipping the lolly in! This just means that you get through the sherbet very quickly and you are left with a lolly which hardly looks used at all!
*** Ingredients ***
Sugar, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Anti-caking Agent (Tricalcium Phosphate), Natural Flavourings (Lemon, Strawberry), Colour (Anthocyanins).
It is suitable for vegetarians and has been Halal approved.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per pack (23g):
Energy - 88cal
Fat - trace
Protein - trace
*** Price and Availability ***
The dip dab is available from what seems like all supermarkets and smaller stores and retail at around 20-30p.
*** Overall ***
I wish there was more sherbet but this little nostalgic sweet did bring back a few happy memories just a shame the strawberry lorry is so sweet. Oh and it would be good if the strawberry lolly actually tasted of strawberries!
There's a huge child inside of me. I'm twenty eight now, but I still cannot resist the lull of cheap and cheerful sweets. I throw a couple of dip-dabs into my trolley occassionally and I squirrel them away so the children don't see them. There's no way on earth Id let my toddlers near these. They'd be bouncing off the walls all night.
I used to get 10p to spend in the shop everyday when I was little. Sometimes I'd buy a 10p mix, or a sherbet fountain, and sometimes it would be a Dip Dab. I still buy all of those things regularly. Far too regularly in the opinion of my other half. He thinks I should eat more grown up treats, but there is nothing wrong with indulging the child in me.
A dip dap is basically a paper bag filled with a flour-like powder which is your fizzy sherbet and a small strawberry lolly. You lick the lolly and dip it in the sherbet. They are made by barrat and I really dont recall how long they have been on the market. Date-wise the pack I am holding at the moment is for Feb 2011, so they are well dated and so you could keep a little stock in your cupboard for quite some time (would I do that? Never!)
The most common place to get them is in local Newsagents although both my local Asda and Tesco keep them in their sweet aisle. They now retail at 20p rather than the little price tag of 10p that they had when I was little, but I still think this is quite cheap.
The taste of the sherbet is really unique. It is so zingy in your mouth. I find it really pleasant, but I know others would find it very disagreeable. The lolly tastes really sweet, and I'm sure it was bigger when I was small.. or maybe my mouth was smaller back then.
I think I'll be eating these when I'm sixty. I dont imagine they are overly good for the old teeth, but its hard to break the habit.
It was recently my birthday and a good friend of mine gave me a great selection of sweets from The Happy Sweet Shop (http://www.happysweetshop.co.uk) - and I have to say it was one of the best gifts I have every been given.
There was a wide range of sweets including some really great classics - Flying Saucers, Uncle Joe's Mint Balls, Aniseed Twists, Rolos, Cinder Toffee, Love Hearts, and of course Dib Dabs.
So what is a Dip Dab?
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It is sherbet that comes with a strawberry lollipop to dip into the sherbet. My brother and I used to get these from the shop when we were little (probably for about 10p).
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No different to how I remember them in the 80s. A yellow packet with red lettering on, and a picture of a sherbet river running along the bottom and a strawberry lolly dipped into that river.
How do you eating yours?
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I know people have different ways of eating their dip dabs - I eat mine like this:
Ripping the packet open along the top you will instantly smell the sherbet - Yum Yum! Then I lick the lolly and dip, dab some sherbet on and lick again, and on and on until there is just the lolly left.
Price and Postage!
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As I mentioned I got mine as part of a gift package, but I have had a look on the website:
£2.38 at Happy Sweet Shop (£2.38 for 5 packs with free postage).
£3.88 at A Quarter Of (£2.22 for 5 packs plus £1.66 postage).
£3.98 at Retro Tuckshop (£1.99 for 5 packs plus £1.99 postage).
£5.65 at Sweet Selecta (£1.70 for 5 packs plus £3.95 postage).
£7.26 at Treasure Island Sweets (£2.27 for 5 packs plus £4.99 postage).
(These prices were correct on the 9th June 2009)
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A great treat or gift for a friend - I loved it and will be buying some more now I have been re-introduced to this classic sweet.
I was just wondering why these have a description of ice cream lollies?!
No these aren't frozen treats they are none other than a lolly pop with sherbet! I remember having these when I was younger round my grandma's, she was the type of grandmas who always had loads of sweets hidden in a bowl and you were always guaranteed to find some of these around! Back then you could buy these for around 10 -15p depending on the store; usually we got these from the local newsagents who had (and still does have) a variety of pick&mix sweets.
The packaging of this product hasn't changed, it is still yellow and showing white sherbet at the bottom of the packet and lollies sticking in it with red words saying 'Dib Dab' with a child and dog on. When I was younger they were paper packets, but seem to be more of a shiny coated feel these days which I guess is to make the packaging stronger.
Once you have ripped open the packet at the top and pulled the lolly out it will already be coated in sherbet, you just need to lick it all off before going in for another dip! The sherbet isn't too sweet for your tongue, but just right, and gives a lush fizzing thick foamy feeling in your mouth! The lolly is strawberry flavoured and has a lot of flavour that's just right and isn't sickly. All that's left to do is keep dipping and dabbing away till its all gone!
Yo can still buy these now in shops such as Asda, Tesco's and your local newsagents, though costing a little more than they used too, around 25-30p. If you haven't tried these before I would urge you to go and buy one! I'm definitely going to when I next see one!
Having gotten bored of sticking to a low carb diet for several months, and not seeing much weight loss following the initial very good losses, not to mention really missing bread, rice and other carb high foods, I decided to switch to a calorie counting scheme.
I know how many calories I am allowed in a day, and I have been sticking to it well. However I have also been taking advantage of the fact that I am once again able to eat things which previously were much to high in carbs.
The other day I was going to the cinema with friends to watch Saw 5, and I wanted to have a treat that would last a decent amount of time to allow me to savour it. As ever I popped to my local supermarket before heading to the cinema as I refuse to pay their highly inflated prices.
After a great deal of searching and looking at different sweets to see what calories they had, and whether they would fit into my calorie budget, also taking into account how long they would take to eat. In the end I decided upon the Sherbet Dip Dab. I decided that it would take me quite a time to slowly work my way through it and I ama huge fan of sherbet.
The Dip Dab comes in a package approximately 4inches square. Inside is a quantity of sherbet and a lolly ona stick. The outher packaging is red and yellow with the words Dip Dab in red writing. From what I remember this is much as it has been since I was a kid. Though I could have sworn they were called Dib Dabs when I was younger.
The operation of the Dip Dab is simple, lick the lolly stick it into the sherbet. The sherbet will stick to the lolly and then you can suck the sherbet off. It's very simple but also somehow very enjoyable. I remember as child trying to see just how much sherbet you could get onto the lolly at once. Without even realising it, whilst eating this in the cinema I was doing exactly the same.
The lolly is vague flavoured but to be honest mainly just tastes of sugary sweetness. The Sherbet tastes just as sherbet should, sweet slightly citric and yummy. the combo of the lolly and the sherbet is great.
The Dip Dab lasted me a good ten minutes or so whilst watching the film, partly because I was engrossed in the film but also because I was making sure I got maximum enjoyment out of it with it being a one off treat. Even if you weren't trying to make it last a long time, it is still one of the longer lasting sweets.
My only gripe with it would be that they can be quite messy, I managed to catch the lolly on the packaging and spill sherbet down my front, but as it was dark no one noticed so all was well.
As with many of my reviews my children seem to be the inspiration behind them, this is no different, although I do feel a little nostalgia as I'm writing it.
When I was a child there seemed to be the most incredible array of sweets available to us, all as sumptuous and alluring as the one before, the product I will now review is no exception.
The product in question is Trebours "DIP DAB".
~~~~~~~ THE PACKAGING ~~~~~~
These are packed in exactly the same packaging that I remember from my childhood.
It comes in the very distinct bright yellow paper bag, with the name of the brand written across it in vivid red writing, beneath that lies a tumultuous sea of white sherbet flowing across the pack with the enclosed red lolly pop half immersed in the afore mention sherbet.
Across the bottom is the simple, yet child tongue tingling text that reads "sherbet dip with strawberry flavour lolly".
~~~~~~ THE CONTENTS ~~~~~~
Well, the contents are as the above description states, as you rip open the paper bag, across the top mind as you don't want to lose any of the precious contents, you first see the white handle of the lolly sticking through.
As you remove the lolly you will notice that there is already a small quantity of the sherbet stuck to it, like someone has already had a lick, so you lick that off first, ready to go in for the initial first lick and dip.
The sherbet sticks very easily to the lolly as the consistency is not that of conventional sherbets.
I have found in recent years sherbet has started to resemble granulated sugar, and as a fan of these I know that is just not the case!
The sherbet enclosed within this treat has the consistency of icing sugar, soft and melting to the tongue, with a hit of fizzing which really makes your taste buds tingle with delight!
After the taste of the sherbet has gone, and as long as you haven't dived straight back into the pack for your second sherbet hit you will notice the lolly actually has a lovely strong strawberry flavour of it's own, it's so good in fact you wouldn't grumble if you could buy the lollies separately, you would jump at the chance!
Inevitably the lolly outlasts the sherbet, of course on opening the pack you will notice there is only about ¾ of an inch of sherbet in the bottom of the pack, I like the fact, however that well after the sherbet has gone you still have the lolly to almost calm the taste buds down!
~~~~~~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~~~~~~
These of course are never going to be healthy for you, the first and highest ranking ingredient listed is sugar, they are however reasonably low in calories - per pack - 85 calories
Trace of fat
For the sake of the weight watchers dieters out there this makes these little beauties 1 w.w point per pack, which I am very pleased about!
~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~
When I was a child we had a proper olde fashioned sweet shop on the other side of the tunnel from where I lived, and he always had a small selection of these in his window, up until that point I hadn't seen them any where else, nowadays you can get them from the "cheapy" shops, ie anywhere that sells the smaller cheaper sweet selections.
This and the one I had to buy for my son, he does complain that he's left out..... Yeah right! Was bought from my local Asda store, they have allsorts in this one little section, there are flumps, tootie fruites (my husbands personal favourites!), candy sticks, etc... And not one of them is over the price of 35p!
The dip dab's were purchased for 26p, obviously a bit more than my mum paid for them back in the day, but not much more!
~~~~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~
Ok, so these are not probably the best thing to give to kids, they are high in sugar content and yes probably make them a little stir crazy too, though I have to say with my kids that would be hard to spot! But for a trip down memory lane for me and the occasional treat for them, I can't see the problem, they never did me any harm! (please, I want no rude comments!)
Thanks for reading x
Ice cream lollies.