“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
---Why I Buy This---
I remember buying and enjoying these lollies way back in the 1960s - when our favourites were Fab and Zoom. Fab seems to have stood the test of time and are now firm favourites of my sons - one of whom bought a box this week - and he is 21 now!
The brand Fab, a lolly on a stick, introduced by J. Lyons & Co. Ltd in 1967.
Fab was based around Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds TV series. Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce number plate was FAB 1.
It consisted of strawberry fruit ice and vanilla ice cream with top dipped in chocolate and coated with 'hundreds and thousands'.
Nestlé still continue production of this iced snack, both as a single item and as part of a multipack.
The fab lolly has changed from a jelly type centre many years ago, to strawberry ice used now. (Wikipedia)
The box contains 8 'fab' strawberry lollies.
Each lolly 58mls.
Attractive cardboard box with the lollies being individually wrapped in white plastic.
Image of grass, strawberries and a cartoon lolly on the front and back of the box.
Each lolly contains 90 calories and 15 grams of sugar.
Long shelf life - best before Jan 2014.
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Contains real fruit.
Product may stain.
Suitable for vegetarians
Real strawberry and vanilla flavour ice lolly with a chocolate flavour coating (6.5%) and sugar strands (5.5%).
Allergy - may contain nut traces
An Orange variety has also been made as has a limited edition Lemon flavour.
Currently a limited edition Apple and Blackcurrant flavour is also on sale at Tesco.
£2.45 for 8 at Tesco (Blackcurrant and Apple ones currently half price).
At just over 30p each these are a real bargain.
I remember eating these when I was young back in the 1960s - but strangely never connected 'FAB' with the Lady Penelope character in Thunderbirds TV series - though I did enjoy watching the programme and I do have the pink car. Also even though this was aimed at girls I recall all of us youngsters enjoyed these lollipops - even the boys - they probably never realised t was aimed at girls either!
After a break from eating them when I 'grew up', I started buying them again for my two sons - and we have been buying them ever since.
It is good to see a brand continuing and not changing with all the latest gimmicks. So many of the lollies in the freezer section of newsagents these days we had never heard of - or some were very expensive.
Good old Fab was always dependable and reasonably priced. It was annoying to buy some of the new lollies, only for them not to be liked - with Fab, as with Maltesers and KitKat - you knew what you were getting.
However this is not a boring lolly as it has a good mix of flavours and is colourful, and in fact everyone seems to enjoy the flavour.
The strawberry main part is tasty and refreshing, while the milky top section covered in chocolate and sprinkles is nice and crunchy with a good mix of flavours.
Its size is also just right - not too large for children - unless very young.
One thing I am very pleased to see now is that they are now suitable for vegetarians. During the BSE outbreak in the 1990s I was horrified to learn that these lollies contained gelatine - I wrote and complained - but the boys still kept wanting and having them and would not listen to me!
I have not tried the Apple and Blackcurrant flavour yet and never came across the Orange or Lemon flavours.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely. A lolly that has stood the test of time.
---Full Ingredients (if you are interested)---
Strawberry Ice [Water, Sugar, Strawberry Juice from Concentrate (4.5%), Strawberry Puree (3%), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Flavouring, Natural Colours (Beetroot Red, Curcumin), Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate, Carrageenan), Dextrose] ,Vanilla Flavour Ice [Water, Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate), Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring], Chocolate Flavour Coating [Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Whey Powder, Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)], Sugar Strands [Sugar, Wheat Starch, Modified Maize Starch, Glucose Syrup, Natural Colours (Curcumin, Beetroot Red, Annatto), Glazing Agents (Acacia Gum, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax), Water, Vegetable Oil].
Fab's have been around as long as I can remember, and I'm sure much longer than that still. They are a total classic ice lolly which everyone knows and loves, I've never met anyone who doesn't love them! They are also definitely an ice lolly, since some people like to debate as to whether magnums or cornettos are ice cream or ice lolly, there's no debate here. We bought some a while ago and since the warm weather doesn't seem to have stayed I've just been eating them indoors...
I'm sure everyone knows what a fab is, but for those who don't there are 3 sections. The bottom is made out of strawberry ice which is a very refreshing end to the lolly, especially on a hot day. The middle is a white layer, which is quite vanilla ish, and this encases strawberry ice that was further down the lolly by itself. The middle is my least favourite as it doesn't seem to have much of a taste but it is still nice. The top part is definitely my favourite section of the lolly, it is the middle but covered in chocolate and sprinkles which is really lovely. Overall it is a nice tasting ice lolly which is refreshing on a hot day and often hits the spot more than a ice cream would.
They come in boxes of 8, a lot more useful than the usual box of 3 since they seem to be gone as soon as you get them home! Each is individually wrapped which is also very good, and totally recognisable with iconic packaging containing a picture of the lolly and the nestle logo. They were on offer at Sainsburys the other day but I think they are normally around £2 which isn't bad considering that there is 8 in a box.
Apparently the Nestle/Lions Maid FAB ice lolly is named after the pink Rolls Royce (FAB1) Lady Penelope was chauffeured around in from the popular television show Thunderbirds. This means that I and this delicious lolly have something in common as I am called Scott and was allegedly named after the oldest Tracy brother in this famous programme as my mother bizarrely had a bit of a crush on him.
As it is getting warmer and more summery now, the fridges in shops and supermarkets are loaded with different ice creams and frozen snacks meaning that you as the customer really are spoilt for choice. Despite the competition though the FAB has been on sale for many years probably being continually successful and popular because it is very attractive in its appearance, it is simple, very tasty and relatively inexpensive compared to some of its rival brands.
This lolly is really made of three parts and when I eat one of these I go through the process of eating them in a particular order. First I eat the chocolate coating that covers roughly a third of the lolly from the top down which incidentally also has hundreds and thousands set in to it. Then the next layer is vanilla which is really tremendous and once I have bitten that off you just have strawberry flavoured ice left. The manufacturers claim that no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives are used in this yet real fruit is. This is noticeable as when you suck the strawberry ice it does not discolour like with some ice lollies and this has always lead me to believe therefore that this is off the highest quality. The taste is lovely and comes across as very natural and extremely refreshing.
At 90 calories, 3.2g of fat and with 16g of sugar this is brilliant as an occasional treat and definitely not as bad for you as some similar ice creams and lollies. I think this would definitely appeal to children because it is so colourful and interesting but despite that almost anyone I reckon would find this very refreshing and immensely tasty on a beach somewhere when the weather was hot. Tesco are currently selling a box of eight of these for £2.10 which is ever such good value so if you can be self controlled enough to not eat too many of them all at once then this is definitely the way to purchase them.
I just love fabs. They are delicious. They are fun, tasty, colourful, fruity, cold, ice, handy, vibrant and original. It is the best ice lolly available on the market. With strawbery ice, vanilla ice cream and hundreds and thousand it is un touchable by any other product on the market. I buy these on a regualr basis and have never once had a faulty fab. The only ice cream that comes close is a nobbly bobbly. Perfect for kids and big kids. Cools one down on a boiling, blistering hot summers day. Despited this i tend to eat them all year round because I love them so much. If i could i would literally live off these. Back in the day they did use to put jokes on the lolly stick. These how now gone which has upset me. All in all i love this icey treat and would recommend it to any one.
Fab by name fab by nature. I've been eating Fab ice lollies since the mid eighties when I was a child and they taste as good now as they ever did.
As far as I can remember the packaging of Fab ice lollies hasn't changed since I was a child. They come in a big white box, written across the box in bold blue writing is the name: Fab. Represented behind the name is a picture of the lolly with the lolly stick growing out of a strawberry. The brand name Nestle is placed in the corner of the box. There is also a claim of natural colours and natural flavours in a green circle with a white tick in the centre. Inside the box are eight Fab lollies, each wrapped in plastic which look the same as the box.
Cost and availability
I buy a box of Fab lollies for £1.39 which works out at less than 20p per lolly. I believe you can buy them individually in some corner shops but they are more than double the price of buying them in a multi pack. The boxes are available in most supermarkets.
This is no ordinary lolly so it does need describing. Imagine taking a juicy strawberry lolly, dipping two thirds of it in a creamy vanilla sauce then dipping one third in a chocolate flavour sauce and sprinkling that bit with hundreds and thousands, well that's a Fab lolly. It is a real mouth watering treat. We always have some in the freezer, summer or winter, and I've never known anyone to refuse one, child or adult.
I like to peel off the chocolate and hundreds and thousands with my teeth then suck off the vanilla bit then eat the strawberry bit just as it's melting. It's really satisfying, I love them!
Now the weather is finally improving, my children are contantly asking for ice lollies.
I used to eat fabs when I was little so thought I'd give them a try.
They can be bought in multipacks boxes of 8. When you open the box, each lolly is individually wrapped in it's own thick cellophane wrapper. The lollies themselves are about 3.5 inches long with a 1.5 inch stick. They are a good half inch thick and about 2 inches wide.
The top inch of the lolly has a thin coating of chocolate with tiny candy sprinkles stuck in it. Underneath the chocolate is a layer of vanilla ice cream about half a cm thick. The vanilla is spread down about 2 thirds of the ice lolly. The bottom layer is strawberry flavoured ice, which runs the full length of the lolly.
All the different layers make the lolly look stripy and fun - I can see why kids love them as they are very visually appealing.
As with most ice lollies and young children, these can get very messy, so I only let my kids eat them outdoors. Even then they often need a change of clothes once they have finished them. The strawberry ice is a very deep pink colour and can stain clothes badly, so if you are worried about the mess, dress your kids in red or pink!
Price wise I think these are very reasonable. A pack of costs around £1.80 and are regularly on offer for 99p.
A fun, if somewhat messy way to treat the kids on a hot summer's day - or maybe just revisit your childhood!
The other day the weather was incredibly warm and sunny which makes you think summer is finally arriving (fingers crossed). It instantly made me want to have an ice cream, something sweet and refreshing. After making my way to Tesco I was faced with choosing what exactly I wanted now as I could eat most ice lollies and ice creams the choice can be pretty hard. After much deliberation I opted for a box of Nestle Fabs. I love the old school lollies and I remember enjoying these a lot as a child!
*** Fab ***
Fab lollies have been around for over 40 years or so and are owned by Nestle but they were originally created by J.Lyons & Co back in the late sixties. This nostalgic ice lolly was originally designed for girls aged from 5-15 years. The ice lolly was based around Thunderbirds as Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce had a number plate saying "FAB 1".
They started off with a lolly that consists of three layers with a jelly centre and now you can get the lolly in ice cream form (with jelly) and they still do their original strawberry flavour but have since introduced an orange version of the famous lolly. Nestle use real fruit in their products.
*** Packaging ***
I picked up a box of 8 Fab lollies and they come in quite a narrow rectangular cardboard box which fits easily into any freezer. On the front is the word "Fab" in bright blue bold font and of course a picture of the lolly. Each lolly is individually wrapped in a white wrapper again with the word "Fab" in blue font and a cartoon picture of the lolly.
*** The Lolly ***
The lolly hasn't really changed over the years. It consists of three sections. The main section is white in colour and has quite a milky consistency, the second layer is the strawberry ice lolly and the third layer is only at the top (covering about 1/3) and is a thin layer of chocolate with the trademark multicoloured sprinkles.
Now I don't know whether it is because I have gotten older but the Fab lollies don't seem to taste the same as they did all those years ago! The chocolate layer seems thinner than it did. However, the chocolate tastes perfectly pleasant but does melt quite quickly. I can't quibble about the taste of the chocolate as it goes well with the whole lolly.
The white layer which makes me think of mini milks has a really soft flavour and if I am being totally honest doesn't have much of a flavour at all. It is actually supposed to be vanilla flavoured but for the life of me I could not tell it is vanilla. The white layer also melts the quickest as it seems to have a creamier consistency than the actual strawberry ice lolly.
So the strawberry ice lolly section. This is the base of the icelolly so if you bite the top part you will bite down into the strawberryness! Again I remember this being a lot stronger in flavour and I was expecting quite a berry flavour but instead I got something which even though is mildly sweet it doesn't have a strong strawberry taste but it is perfectly pleasant.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per strawberry lolly:
Calories - 79
Sugars - 12.5g
Fat - 2.7g
Salt - trace
*** Ingredients ***
Water, Sugar, Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Strawberry Puree (7%), Chocolate Flavoured Coating (6%) (Vegetable Oil. Sugar, Whey Powder, Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)), Sugar Strands (5%) (Sugar, Wheat Starch, Glucose Syrup, Modified Maize Starch, Vegetable Oil, Beetroot Juice Concentrate, Colours (Curcumin, Annatto), Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycendes of Fatty Acids), Glazing Agent (Carnauba Wax), Thickener (Gum Arabic)), Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder, Flavourings, Beetroot Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate, Carrageenan), Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycendes of Fatty Acids), Dextrose, Colour (Curcumin).
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £1.84
Asda - £1.92
Sainsburys - £1.84
*** Overall ***
Well these nostalgic lollies didn't taste the same as I remembered but that's probably because I'm now older! But I still enjoyed it and I still have about 6 left to eat which will be no problem whatsoever! They are definitely refreshing with just enough chocolate to give it a sweeter taste. For me even though they don't taste the same as I remember they are exactly what a lolly should be, sweet tasting and refreshing. I would definitely recommend to anyone!
Nestle Fab lollies have been around since I was a child even though I personally prefer a nobbly bobbly lolly.
Last week I purchased a box of 8 x 58ml Fab lollies BUT they are orange flavoured, I paid 99p in Tesco's for these as had never seen this flavour before. On reading previous reviews it seems they were about in July last year.
Every lolly is individually wrapped and has it's own wooden lolly stick to hold it with.
This lolly is made from a orange flavoured ice lolly which is rather more refreshing then the strawberry flavour. The top two thirds then have a layer of a white yoghurt which is soft and can be easily licked or bitten off to reveal the orange underneath. The top third of the lolly also has a coating of milk chocolate which is topped with orange and white hundreds and thousands which are tiny sugar strands for those that didn't know what they were.
If you take a bite off the top you will be able to see the three different layers revealing the chocolate, yoghurt and orange lolly.
Each lolly contains 87 calories and 3.1g of fat.
May contain nut traces.
On the packaging it warns that product may stain, bit worrying but I didn't make a mess with mine, not sure how my son will manage though.
When looking where else you can purchase these it seems only Tesco stock them at present. On offer at the 99p price until 25th May 2010 and then back to original price of 1.99.
Even when not on offer the price is good for 8 lollies making them about 25p each.
I find these Fab's very refreshing and like the texture of the hundreds and thousands melting in my mouth.
I have rated these 4 stars as even though I enjoyed them it was strange having an orange Fab. Kind of like making Marmite white in colour!
I bought these nestle fab lollies last week on offer in tescos for just £1 for 8 lollies! Usually they are around £1.90 for 8, so this is a bargain offer. This works out at only 12.5p per lolly! I love fabs, they are one of my favourites!
Fab lollies start off with a strawberry fruity ice lolly, with a vanilla flavouring for the middle layer which is a bit like those milk lollies you get, and on the top there is a thin layer of chocolate which hundred and thousands sprinkled on it. It is such a different lolly, there are loads of different flavours, which all taste really nice together. My favourite part is the top bit with the chocolate and hundreds and thousands on!
It contains nestle milk chocolate which is a very thin layer, but it is enough, you wouldn't really want more anyway, it gives it a nice start to the lolly. The milky vanilla layer is really creamy, and the strawberry ice lolly underneath is very fruity, but not too sweet. These are really refreshing ice lollies, great for summer, but I love to have them for a dessert after tea!
These also come in orange flavour, which I haven't tried yet, I always pick up the strawberry ones, but I might try these ones next time. You don't have to feel guilty eating one either as they only contain 79 calories per lolly! I thought they would have more than that as they have chocolate on them, but it is only a little bit.
These fab ice lollies contain all natural colours and flavours, and are also suitable for vegetarians, but they may contain traces of nuts.
These fab ice lollies are always my first pick in the summer and I highly recommend you go try them as they are delicious and not bad for you at all!!
Fab lollies are another thing that I used to love when I was younger and they used to be my favourite cold ice cream lolly to eat in the hot weather.
There are a few different layers in a Fab lolly and this is what makes them so interesting and fun to eat as it never gets boring. The bottom layer, the very inside of the dessert, is a red ice lolly which is made from real strawberries. The taste of isn't very sweet or sugary but has a very strong taste of strawberries so you can tell that it is actually made from real strawberries. On the top half of the lolly, it is covered with a white vanilla flavour soft and creamy ice cream. The top half of this is then covered with a chocolate flavour soft ice cream coating and then this is coated in loads of different coloured sugary hundreds and thousands.
There are so many different layers, flavours and textures in this lolly which is what makes it so popular. It's an interesting and exciting dessert and it never gets boring eating it because of all the different ingredients. The only problem is that it takes to long to get through all the layers that usually by the time I eventually reach the lolly, which is the bottom layer, it's usually starting to melt and drip everywhere.
You can buy these in packs of 8 in any supermarket and the box costs £1.54 from Asda which is cheaper than in other supermarkets.
These are a firm favourite with children because they're so fun and different to anything else. A Fab lolly is definitely something that I look forward to having every summer.
Fab Lollies come in 4 or 8 packs, recently i've bought an 8 pack of lollies from Tesco for £1.49. The lollies are made by Nestle and are available at any good retailer, they are readily available at all supermarkets and there are also supermarket own brands of the same style.
Launched in 1967, the lolly was originally aimed at young girls and the name Fab came from Lady Penelope's number plate in the childrens adventure series Thunderbirds.
Fab Lollies were originally only Strawberry but you can now also get an Orange flavour or Jelly and Ice Cream, I am reviewing the Strawberry Ice Lolly, which contains 79 calories.
The Ice Lolly purports to be Strawberry and Ice Cream and is a long white cream lolly with a strawberry ice centre and hundreds and thousands at the top, it contains the following ingredients:
Water, Sugar, Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Strawberry Puree , Chocolate Flavoured Coating , Sugar Strands , Colours , Emulsifier , Glazing Agent , Thickener, Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder, Flavourings, Beetroot Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Stabilisers , Emulsifier , Dextrose.
Lollies contain gluten ,wheat, lactose, soya proteins and milk. These are suitable for vegetarians but may contain nuts.
I like these lollies and we have them in our house when we can although they don't have the flavour of a mini milk, or look as good as some ice creams, they are good for kids and they do have a kind of retro appeal to them, they have an artificial flavour and the ice cream and fruit combinations aren't as good as something like a strawberry mivvie but nonetheless i'll continue buying them in the future.
Nestle Fab Lollies
8 x 58 ml lollies in one pack - I got mine on offer in Asda for only £1, look out for offers as they often have them.
These lollies have been around since I was a child and I still love them. Basically, they are an ice lolly which is made up of 3 different layers. They begin with a strawberry ice lolly, and then there is a creamy milky part in the middle. Then, at the top, there is a chocolate coating with hundreds and thousands on it.
A bonus is that these lollies only contain 89 calories each, so they are a great way to have a treat while watching your weight.
Nutrition information is as follows;
nutrient per 100g per lolly
Energy kCal 136 kCal 79 kCal
Energy kJ 570 kJ 331 kJ
Protein 0.5 g 0.3 g
Carbohydrate 22.8 g 13.2 g
of which sugars 21.5 g 12.5 g
Fat 4.7 g 2.7 g
of which saturates 1.6 g 0.9 g
Fibre 0.2 g 0.1 g
Sodium Trace Trace
Salt Equivalent Trace Trace
This lolly works for me because it has a bit of everything, and manages to be juicy, creamy and chocolatey, and is refreshing too. It has just the right amount of flavours so that it is sweet without being sickly.
I definitely recommend that you grab a box of these and stash them in the freezer. Then when you feel like a sweet treat, give them a shot, they are well worth the money! :-)
I do thoroughly enjoy eating a lollie in a very hot climate and the fab's lollies do satisfy my needs, but I can't help thinking that these lollies were made for children. The sugary lollie however is very tasty and suits my needs perfectly.
The fab lollie consists of 3 different layers of coatings, the bottom one does not have a coating but it is the strawberry sweetness inside the lollie as some sort of replacement. The second coating is a milk like topping which tastes beatifully creamy and mouth - watering! It wafers into your mouth and melts on your tongue which in my eyes is a great way to eat them!
Then the final coating is chocolate, which is then coated with hundreds and thousands. This makes for interesting and fun eating for children as they pick off the colourful bits of sweeties. Didn't seem to entertain me much regardless of how much I tried.
After concluding this review I have to come to the agreement that if you are a child who enjoys a treat now and then, then this product could be for you. But with such a high sugar content I would not recommend these for dieters.
This lollie is average in my eyes
Thanks for reading
I remember fab lollies from my childhood as they were a stable part of my diet when I was a little kid especially at summer time, I think the reason for this wasn't only because the colours are appealing to kids, the name is appealing to kids, and well they do taste nice but they are also pretty cheap to buy too so it was probably cheap for my mum to buy these in.
They are made up of several separate parts. On the top third of the ice cream is the nicest bit of all, there's a chocolate coated part which even has hundreds and thousands on and it looks great as well as tastes great too.
Underneath this chocolate layer is a kind of thin layer of milky soft ice-cream it tastes more like a layer of cream as its so soft and easy to bite through though and the different textures taste great in the mouth.
The next third has the same milky thin layer over the top of it which is also really nice, and although not as nice as the top third this is still a really good part of the ice lolly.
The last part is just the plain strawberry ice cream though and although it does taste okay it kind of finishes the whole thing off on a bit of an anti climax and the saying saving the best till last certainly doesn't apply to this ice cream as it's the totally wrong way round, but either way they still taste pretty good and are a great choice for kids.
I used to get Fab lollies on my way back from high school during sweltering hot summers. They are cheap and deliciously cooling. They are light and airy so you could quite easily go through half a pack without noticing.
These Fab lollies are multilayered. The tips are covered in chocolate into which are embedded sweet multicoloured hundreds and thousands. The larger layer underneath is brilliant white and tastes of vanilla and milky. The lower layer is of sumptuous strawberry ice.
You can now also get orange flavoured Fab lollies but I believe the orange strawberry flavour is far superior and the blend of tastes works better with strawberry than orange.
You can get two packs of 8 in Sainsbury's for £3 so this is a good chance to try out both flavours for cheapness!
These lollies are made with natural colours (for all those concerned mums out there) and only 79 calories each. They are also suitable for vegetarians.