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      31.01.2010 12:00
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      Very retro little dessert. Cheap and kitsch.

      I can remember eating these when I was a really small child (I have a ridiculous long term memory)- I can remember quite clearly my parents letting me eat a screwball ice cream but I was under express instructions to STOP before I got to the bubble gum and i was NOT allowed to eat the bubble gum ball in the bottom in case I choked on it (I was around 4 at the time here...).

      So, I have a long term relatrionship with these ice creams and I still fondly buy them every now and again. They are sold in most supermarkets for £1 for 4 or 6 -as with this iceland product where you get 6 for the price of 4 for £1. I have also tried Morrisons own brand which are equally as cheap.

      I find all screwball ice creams taste the same- I have a theory they really are all made in the same factory somewhere and they just put them into different boxes for different supermarkets as inside the box all the products always look the same! Same plastic cone, same white card lid, same cheap bubble gum...!

      You get a cone shaped piece of see through plastic which has imitation droplets on the outside (I have no idea what this is for but all screwballs seem to have this design feature). They all have a round plain white card lid which is easy to remove as you just pull the little card tab to take off the lid. The lid stays in place as it is actually stuck to the ice cream.

      Inside, the cone is filled with raspberry ripple ice cream. In all the screwballs I have had, the ice cream has just been lush. Is is smooth and creamy and quite retro tasting (as opposed to newer more "complicated" ice creams we have become accustomed to (like Ben & Jerry's) that has a taste unique to itself- these all just taste like a nice yellowy raspberry ripple vanilla ice cream.

      In the bottom of each cone there is a round hard bubble gum. Once I was actually allowed to eat these (!), I found them a disappointment as three chews and the flavour is gone and you are left with a piece of chewing gum that is about 3mm in your mouth. The emphasis is certainly on the ice cream and the idea of the bubble gum at the end, as opposed to the actual bubble gum.

      Nutritionally:
      100 calories and 3.7g fat. Not bad for an ice cream product.

      I love these, I find the ice crem smooth and creamy and very retro. The bubble gum is nothing to get excited about and they are moreish so a box of 6 will not last very long if I have anything to do with it!

      Overall
      I would recommend these if you like old style ice creams (remember when there only seemed to be Walls soft scoop ice creams in the supermarket freezers??!)- but don't get excited about the bubble gum.

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        12.01.2010 10:54
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        good value

        After recently reading a review here on dooyoo on this product I really felt the need to 'test' them myself. I love screwballs and had not had one for over a decade.

        *What is a Screwball?*
        Many people will know of Screwballs from the Ice Cream Van. Vanilla whippy ice cream is served in a plastic cone shaped tub, marbled with fruity sauce, in this case raspberry. The bottom usually contains a marbled sized bubble gum, as in this case. These have a cardboard lid on them which is easily removed.

        *What do I think?*
        These are not the most amazing flavoured ice cream pots you could ever buy, but it is fairly okay. It is certainly passable for a child and an adult who wants a sweet kick. The raspberry sauce marbled through is sweet and sticky and flavours the vanilla ice cream well. For the some price tag of £1.00 for a box of 6 I think are great value. The bubblegum at the bottom is really awful, bearing in mind it has been in the freezer. I have left one out for a couple of hours at room temperature and it is a little easier to chew but loses its flavour quickly. However, I see this bit as a novelty so it's not important to me what it tastes like.

        *Cals/Fat*
        Each screwball contains 99 calories and 5.0g of fat.

        *Would I Buy Them Again*
        Yes, I would. They are a nice sweet fix at a great price.

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          11.01.2010 22:53
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          Fun and quite cheap

          ** Screwballs Ice Creams **

          My girlfriend is nuts about icecream and Screwballs have a special place in her heart. Being the good boyfriend that I am and also as an excuse to eat like a greedy child again I bought us a box of screwballs to keep in the freezer over Christmas.

          ** What a screwball ice-cream is **

          A screwball is a cone shaped transparent plastic tub full of rasberry ripple ice cream with a circular bubblegum at the very bottom wedged into the smallest part of the cone.

          I used to buy them from the ice cream man as a child and so did my GF. Now the cheap option is buy a frozen box of Screwballs from the supermarket. I bought our box of 6 from Iceland in West Bromwich for under £2.00

          ** Eating a screwball **

          Eating a screwball is a two part exerience. First the rasperry ripple ice cream has to be eaten. Somehow the bubblegum at the bottom flavours the ice-cream slightly. I don't know if it is really better or worse than normal rasperry ripple but to my mind it is slghtly different. The ice-cream is very pleasent to eat though.

          When all the ice-cream has been eaten you are left with the bubble gum which resembles a frozen marble stuck to the bottom of the plastic cone.

          You have to let the bubblegum warm up in your mouth before you can chew it or you will hurt your teeth. I don't buy bubble gum and haven't since my school days so I can't compair the quality of it with any other BG.

          But it tastes nice as long as you don't chew for two long and it does make a half decent bubble with a bit of practice.

          My GF and I had a good laugh blowing bubbles but I don't think Screwballs would be the ideal after dinner treat for when you have serious company round to visit.

          * Conclusion *

          If you want a silly childish treat then a box of screwballs is perfect. I wouldn't give them to small children though in case they choked on the gum.

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          05.01.2010 14:22
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          SCREWED - I LIKE THESE

          One ice cream treat I have been buying for a long time is the ice cream screw balls and this is my review.

          I buy a box of screw balls from my local Iceland shop and they cost between £1 - £1.50 as the price seems to go up and down a bit.

          Each screw ball is an ice cream which is vanilla and raspberry ripple flavour and each of the ice creams is in its own plastic cone shaped tub. The tub can be squeezed then the ice cream pops up at the top of the tub but I prefer to eat the ice cream with a little plastic spoon.

          At the bottom of the cone shaped tub is a coloured ball of bubble gum but I have only eaten this once or twice as it is usually frozen solid and so to hard for my teeth.

          The ice cream in the screw balls is nice and fluffy and has a nice taste to it which I was surprised about as the ice creams are cheap to buy and I think that sometimes cheap ice cream is a bit tasteless and icy. The Iceland screw balls are not like this and I think they taste very nice. The raspberry ripple is clear to see going through the ice cream and I can taste it to.

          I first tried out the screw balls when I was in my local Iceland shop and was looking for something like the little tubs of ice cream you can buy at the cinema and theatre. This is what I saw first and thought I would give them a try and have bought them ever since.

          I would not give the screw balls to kids under five cos of the bubble gum ball in the bottom of the tub as I would be scared they would choke on it.

          I would suggest giving the screw balls a try out as I think they are good value for money - I think I usually get eight of them in a box for around £1.50 which is a good price I think. I also like the taste and I like to eat one after my dinner for dessert and like them in summer time to as they cool me down when I am to hot.

          I think the screw balls can be bought in other shops such as Farmfoods and I know my local mini market sells them individual for around 30 pence.

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            16.07.2009 11:17
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            Buy a big tub of ice cream instead

            As well as an ice cream, Screwballs contain chewing gum in a little cup at the end of the cone. That's basically what they are, ice cream and chewing gum.

            The ice cream itself certainly tastse nice enough and is pretty standard to a raspery ripple kind of flavour. The texture of the ice cream is typical too, and certainly not too hard that you can't dig at it with a plastic spoon. The portion size of the ice cream isn't too great for adults, certainly gone in just a few good mouthfuls, but good be the perfect amount for kids.

            But just remember regarding the chewing gum at the end of this ice cream, it tastes disgusting! Eat these ice creams for the ice cream, you certainly shouldn't buy it for the chewing gum.

            And on that note it's clear that these screwballs are then just OK ice cream (kinda raspery ripple) and therefore you'll be better off financially and with portion sizes to just buy normal ice cream. You shouldn't have to pay for ice cream like this just for the fact that it comes in a little plastic container (which isn't good from an environmental point of view either).

            As you can see from the picture you can usually find these screwballs cheap enough in multi packs, and for a little for for an individual one from an ice cream van or individual vendor. They're not bad value for money in terms of what you get, but still my recommendation isn't to buy them.

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              02.07.2009 14:06
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              Well I've been having problems lately - we've been having beautiful hot weather and I've needed something to treat my twin boys too to cool them off. They are just 19months old and become increasingly frustrated with tiptops and lollies as they just can't grasp the concept that ice lollies melt - this leads to tantrums and paddies which as you can imagine are the last thing I want on a boiling hot day lol.

              They enjoy yoghurts though and ice cream they try feed themselves too so when I seen a box of screwballs in Iceland for a £1 I thought they'd be worth a try. They can melt to a yoghurts consistency if they preferred or they can start off hard the way ice cream does. They can also hold them in their upside down cone cups the way they would hold a yoghurt pot. Hopefully these were going to solve a few problems.

              Now screwballs I have found have always been a five minute novelty icecream you can purchase off your local ice cream van when you were younger. The novelty soon wore off though the cone got thrown away and you wanted some good decent ice cream on a cone so I was glad that a box of 6 only cost a £1. The fun and childlike novelty is sort of shown on the box too, with a picture of two screwballs with colourful balls surrounding them.

              These particular ice creams are raspberry ripple - ripples of raspberry flowing throughout a creamy, vanilla ice cream. They come in like I said their upside down cone shaped plastic tubs with a pull off cardboard lid. It has a little tab to be able to grab it and pull it off easily. At the bottom of each cone there is a ball of chewing gum - theres your screwball!

              I wasn't expecting these to be of high quality being just Iceland's own but I was quite surprised. Don't get me wrong it wasn't fantastic ice cream and some stunning raspberry sauce drizzled throughout but I did find the ice cream creamy and tasty, and the raspberry syrup not only added colour to the ice cream but it actually tasted of raspberry too being sweet and fruity to offer some extra flavour.

              You do need your own spoon for these - the smallest spoon you can find really to be able to reach he bottom of the cone and fetch your chewing gum.

              As for the chewing gum at the bottom it is rock hard so try not to crack any teeth when biting into it. It is quite simply a ball of cheap chewing gum - it loses it's bubblegum flavour within seconds literally but that was to be expected. The icecream at the very bottom tends to mix up a little bit with the chewing gum too making it more sweet than usual and slightly changing it's colour.

              In case you were wondering they did solve my melting ice lolly and tantrum performing twins problem - they ate them the way they would an ice cream and a yoghurt - enjoying them while they were actually ice cream and the melting of the ice cream didn't bother them as then it was just like eating a yoghurt! Finally a problem solved! When my boys do eat these mind you I do keep a watchful eye over them because of the chewing gum ball as I don't really want them swallowing one or choking - the chewing gum ball is small enough for any young child to choke on or swallow.

              For just £1 you can't go wrong with these especially in the hot weather and if you have kids. The cone shaped cups make them all the more childlike and exciting and the icecream itself is quite tasty. I will definitely be buying them again!

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                24.08.2008 15:39
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                a good cheap icecream

                Oh these icecreams always remind me of my childhood. I always remember the icecream man coming round and me asking for a handful of screwballs.

                When i saw these in the shops i had to buy them, i love the icecream its very creamy and very delicious. However, i must say i think plain vanilla icecream works best with screwballs. What i love best about screwballs though is when you get to the bottom, because the bubblegum ball which is at the bottom, often the flavour mixes in with the icecream and i love the flavour.

                The bubblegum is then the final thing, sometimes you can get really yummy bubblegums, my favourite the red ones. But sometimes they are rock hard, you break a tooth trying to chew them. The one i miss most about screwballs, is that you used to get a thick layer of chocolate on the top, mmmm i loved this chocolate, its a shame no supermarkets have caught onto this.

                In all screwballs are great, kids love them, and the bubblegum surprise is that extra icing on the cake.

                Icelands screwballs arent bad, they are raspberry ripple mind, the bubblegum is pretty good, no hard ones here! But if see one with chocolate and plain icecream, these are much nicer personally speaking. Very cheap at just a pound.

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                  17.06.2008 10:37
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                  A perfect summer treat

                  Ahh it's summer time, the sun is shining, the sky is blue (well at least where I am it is) and I have the perfect excuse to indulge in wonderfully naughty snacks and ice creams. While I will occasionally pretend to be grown up I can't help but love the kiddies ice cream treats, one of my favourites being Screwballs. Screwballs have been around since I was a little girl, you could get them from the ice cream man or the shops, it didn't matter where, just as long as you were presented with the joy that was a yummy ice cream treat with a little surprise at the bottom.

                  Screwballs are essentially raspberry ripple ice creams presented in a plastic cone with a cardboard lid, as you peel off the lid you see the vanilla ice cream swirling towards the base of the container with the raspberry sauce creating a whirlpool like pattern through the centre, at the bottom of each Screwball is a small traditional bubble gum, you know the marble like ones that we were forced to have as kids instead of proper chewing gum. Occasionally if you had a generous ice cream man you could get added vanilla ice cream and a flake but you can't buy Screwballs like this from the shop, or at least as far as I'm aware.

                  The flavour of Screwballs is very much that of traditional raspberry ripple, the vanilla ice cream being smooth and creamy while the raspberry sauce provides a bit of a fruity tang, it's not a fancy designer ice cream and you wont find bits of vanilla pod or fruit seeds in it, after all it's designed for kids, it is very sweet tasting and can be a bit too sweet for those lacking a sweet tooth, the bubble gum at the bottom gives that little added incentive to finish the ice cream and while initially it is slightly having been kept in the freezer, with a little chewing you get a pleasant sweet chewing gum, although it is the type that only remains tasty and chewy for about 5 minutes before you want to spit it out. They are very enjoyable on a hot sunny day and you also don't have to worry about soggy cones or melting ice cream dripping down your hand because it's all kept within that handy plastic cone.

                  A single screwball would usually set you back at least £1 from an ice cream man however most supermarkets have them, usually in boxes of 4 or 6, Iceland and Asda for example sell them for £1 a box, bargain! Screwballs are suitable for vegetarians, free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavours, they do however contain milk and wont be suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or suffer milk allergies.

                  Nutrition Per Unit (Unit Size per 100gms/mls)
                  Energy KJ 421
                  Protein 1.3
                  Available Carbohydrate 15.4
                  Of Which Sugars 15.2
                  Fat 3.7
                  Of which Saturates 2.3
                  Fibre 0.1
                  Sodium 0.05

                  For a full listing of ingredients you can check them out on the Asda website

                  I absolutely adore screwballs and keep a selection in my freezer just in case I fancy one, of course the kids do get at least a sniff of them too! Both Christopher and Elsa love them and often find them easier to cope with because the ice cream doesn't drip making their fingers sticky, usually with a traditional coned ice cream Elsa will get in quite a mess and abandon the cone but with Screwballs she's happy to eat the whole lot, I do monitor them with the ice creams though as I feel they are a little young for the gum at the moment and fortunately so far they're not noticed it nestled at the bottom, of course it's only a matter of time before they do at which point I'll undoubtedly have more of a fight on my hands to get the gum away from them, but for now all is good.

                  I can highly recommend them as a treat for both kids and adults alike, they taste great, are good fun and are brilliantly affordable.

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