“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Ice Cream „
I have always liked smarties sweets in tubes and I also like this smartie ice cream cone; Up until now, I had only tried their smarties push up ice cream which is good but I was pleasantly surprised by these cones. I was even more pleased by the price; I got these a few weeks ago on special offer at Asda at only £1.00 for 6 ! Unfortunately they are now back to the usual price of £2.00 for 6.
Smarties cones are described as ' vanilla flavour ice cream in a crisp biscuit cone with whole mini and crushed milk chocolate pieces in a crisp sugar shell'
The ice cream itself really is nice and creamy; I would say it is a top quality vanilla ice cream; There are some mini smarties on the top of the cone and as you get through the ice cream down into the cone; there are still some mini smarties. The cone itself is nice and crunchy and when you get to the final part of the cone it is full of delicious chocolate. My son loves these cones and I actually now prefer these to the smarties pop up ice creams.
Vanilla flavour ice cream(Partially reconstituted skimmed milk concentrate, Glucose syrup, Sugar. Vegetable oil, Whey protein concentrate, Emulsifiers, Flavourings, Stabilisers, Biscuit cone (Wheat flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier); Chocolate flavour coating (Coconut oil, Cocoa powder, Sugar, Cornflour, Emulsifier); Whole mini and crushed milk chocolate pieces in a crisp sugar shell; (Sugar, Cocoa mass, Whey powder, Wheat flour, Butter oil, Cocoa butter, Skimmed milk powder, Vegetable oil, Rice starch, Emulsifer, Fruit & Vegetable concentrates (Safflower, Radish, Black Carrot, Lemon, Hibiscus, Red Cabbage), Spirulina concentrate, Glazing agents (Carnauba wax, Beeswax), Invert sugar syrup.
Some of the ingredients in these ice cream cones do not sound very appealing, but trust me they taste great.
Each Ice cream cone has 201 kcals.
This product may stain
There are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives in this product
Smarties ice cream cones may contain traces of Nuts/Peanuts.
These are a lovely tasting ice cream cone; worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.
These smarties ice creams are similar to cornetto's. It's a thick waffle cone with chocolate coating on the inside and then filled with delicious ice cream and to top it off it has smarties on the top. Most people know what smarties are but for those that don't, they are crunchy sugar coated chocolates in different colours. I have to say they could do with a few more smarties throughout the ice cream but my kids love them anyway.
They are good value for money especially as right now (May 2011) Tesco's are doing a deal 6 cones half price for £1.39. Usually they are about £2.78 for six and if you were to buy them out and about from an ice cream van they'd be about £1.25 to £1.50.
Personally I do prefer the smarties push up ice creams they do from vans as they have a cardboard outer which you can push the ice cream up from and a handle which children can hold easily. In the handle are mini smarties which fall out at the end - well actually you have to shake them out but kids don't mind that! The great thing about the push ups is you only push up a small amount at a time so children don't get in too much of a mess.
The ice cream is an average taste - nothing to shout about but the smarties make all the difference as I do like smarties!
Price and availability
Nestle Smarties Ice cream cones seem to be pretty much universally available and so far the best deal I have found is available at Asda where you can buy 2 boxes of 6 cones for £3, individually the boxes cost £1.99 each.
Smarties Ice cream cones come attractively packaged inside a navy blue box featuring lots of brightly coloured Smarties and the brand name in large bold lettering across the front - they are very easy to identify in the freezer section of most supermarkets because of this eye-catching, fun looking packaging. Each cone is individually wrapped in gold coloured foil-like paper sealed with a circular paper disc on top which features the same colour scheme and design as the outer box.
Upon removal of the protective paper disc the first thing I noticed was a one inch deep air gap between the packaging and the top of the cone. It is only when the wrapper is completely removed that it becomes apparent how small these cones actually are. I have been buying these cones for months and the ice cream used to come right up to the top of the packaging, not short filled like these were. At first I though it was a one-off but every single cone in the box appeared short-filled which was really annoying. So annoying in fact that I took it upon myself to contact the manufacturers (R&R ice cream) to request an explanation. After a couple of weeks, they responded saying that these cones weren't short filled but they were a new size aimed at bringing the product in line with competitors products The letter went on to blame the downsizing on the recession and the rising cost in ingredients. Although this is probably a feasible excuse, why present the product in its original sized packaging? This in my opinion is a bit deceptive as kids think they are getting a huge cone only to be disappointed with a piddly little mini-cone once the oversized packaging has been removed. Did the manufacturers really think that customers wouldn't notice this downsizing?Surely they could have put a note on the box along the lines of "New Size" or something.
The cone itself
Anyway, now I've had my rant I will go on to describe the cone itself. Inside the foil is a crisp biscuit cone which contained a very white looking vanilla flavoured ice cream which is liberally peppered with brightly coloured Smartie pieces. On top of the ice cream is a generous portion of whole mini Smarties which kids love - and before you ask, yes there are blue ones. The biscuit cone is quite crunchy to the bite and doesn't fall apart during consumption of the cone. As I said earlier, the volume of ice cream is extremely disappointing and tastes a bit like Mister Whippy but a bit firmer in texture. I find these cones a bit too sickly, but my kids love the taste and the different textures offered by the fragmented Smarties.
Each of these downsized 115ml cones contains 210 Kcal, 18.8g of sugar and 9.7g of fat. In my opinion they aren't really worth the calorie consumption, but I suppose they are not really marketed for adults.
Smarties cones represent a relatively inexpensive treat for children, particularly when they are on offer in Asda and in that respect they still represent reasonable value for money. However I still think Nestle are a bit sneaky selling a downsized product in standard sized packaging hence my 3 star rating.