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Wham Bars were introduced in the early 1980s.
They are bars of thin, chewy ''toffee'' with coloured pieces of sherbet inside.
through out the years there have been diffrent flavors made :Original (Raspberry), Strawberry, Cola, Brew (a similar flavour to that of Irn Bru), Extreme Super Sour (Blackcurrant), Sour Apple and Sour Cherry.
I Bought mine today at Sainsburys in the sweet section, i have never tasted one untill today, i bought the original raspberry,
The Packaging is more wild looking then your modern candy/sweet packaging, as you can tell by the review picture above.
they come in diffrent sizes Standard, Mega and Mini sizes, i bought a mega sized one.
when trying to open the package the paper stuck to the candy(sweet)
the sweet wasnt even melty it just stuck to the sweet for no aparent reason, maybe its been in its wrapper too long.
After carfully scratching off the plastic i noticed the nice purple red color of the sweet it also had bits in it, i'm geussing this was the sherbet, i took a nice big bite and it tasted really nice (like tangy raspberry),but i couldnt really taste the sherbet, but because i know this is a retro sweet i wasnt really expecting something complexed, but i was expecting it to look more specaled (because of the sherbet bits inside) but there wasnt really much specs in it. which i found a bit dissapointing.
The wham bar is almost like thoes Refresher bars but with little amount of sherbet in them.
my Wham bar cost 25p in the early days it was 10p, they were popular because they were cheap for children to buy.
Overall: if this were a modern sweet i would rate it pretty low, but because it was a part of the 1980s i find myself unable to give it a bad rating,even though the paper sticks to the sweet.. it just has this comferting thing about it when your eating it, though i have only tasted it for the first time today.
i imagine how many poor kids back then couldnt aford great candy i bet this sweet use to mean a lot to some kids, i bet they made memorys with this sweet (carrying it around, having adventures with there friends,climbing trees,skipping rocks,playing atari.)
and thats the true meaning of what candy/sweets are ment to do,to be apart of your memory to aid you in remembering later on, there supose to make you happy,there supose to bring back memorys when you havnt had them in along time.(also supose to taste good of course)
its also something that everyone would be able to aford.
This candy(sweet) does and did all that ,and maybe just a little bit more. :)
Original flavour: Glucose syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil, maltodextrin, citric acid E330, solubilised milk protein, stabilser, glycerol E422, emulsifier, lecithin E322, flavouring, colours E122, E124, E104, E133.
I hadn't had a Wham bar in ages but my mate had a load of them given her the other day so she shared her stash with me, she works in a newsagents and they're selling up so the amount of free sweets she's had more than makes up for her having to find a new job! lol
A Wham bar is a chewy sweet in a bar shape, you don't get seperate sweets because it's all in one piece.... and it goes mega soft so you need good teeth to get through it especially in the hot weather! They come in a few different flavours but this one is the original pink Wham bar with bits of green and orange on the top, the stuff on the top is like massive grains of sugar but they're fizzy and a tiny bit sour. I'm sure the bits used to be popping candy but now it's not and that makes the Wham bar not QUITE as exciting as it used to be when I was a kid.
The chewy Wham bar is delish, it's like a mixed fruit flavour and I couldn't say what fruits have been used to make it. The bar is mega sweet and sooooo juicy, I like biting bits off and seeing how long I can make the bar last for..... not long! lol A wicked way to eat a Wham bar is to suck a piece until it kind of moulds itself into a soft chewy ball and then start chewing, that way you get the delish flavours of the sweet in your mouth and it will still taste yummy when you come to chew it up.
The one and only bad thing about Wham bars is the way the paper sticks to the bar, this is worst in the warm weather and it can take you AGES to peel all the bits of paper off the sticky sweet. In the summer I should deffo put them in the fridge and that stops it happening, another thing is that if you keep the bar in the fridge it will be nice and hard when you take it out so you can break bits off them without having to work your teeth through it and get bits of stringy Wham bar all down your chin!
Recommended.... a bit dearer than they used to be but delish, yummy and they'll make you feel like a kid again!!!
It must be the fact that I've just had a baby but I seem to be reliving my childhood. The latest blast from my past has been my recent taste of a Wham bar. I hadn't had one in years but I saw one in Tesco's recently and for only 25p thought I would be stupid to pass up the opportunity. It was just as good as I remembered it and yes, made me feel like a kid again!
A Wham bar is a thin chewy bar with coloured bits of sherbert inside. The bar itself is a bright pink colour and is very tangy. The sherbert bits are like hard flavour crystal and these are quite sour and do make you pull a funny face. On the bar wrapper itself it is described as a tongue tingling chew bar and I would definitely agree with that. It's these crystals that make it tongue tingling!
As far as I can remember when they were first introduced they only came in one flavour, raspberry but now they come in strawberry, cola, brew, apple and cherry. The bar I recently had was the original raspberry flavour and it was yummy. The bar is very chewy but sometimes it can snap in half very easily because it is quite hard to begin with before you start chewing it. The only problem with the bar is that it's very sticky and will stick to your teeth, the roof of your mouth, fingers etc! The first two ingredients are glucose syrup and sugar so not the healthiest of treats but yummy nonetheless.
Wham bars are made by Millar McCowan in Scotland. They are obviously aimed at kids as there is a spaceship on the front and Wham is written in big fun letters. According to an article I read Wham Bars were introduced in the early 1980s and at the peak of their popularity, Wham Bars sold 30 million bars per year and as far as I can see are still very popular!
I've been eating these bars for as long as I can remember. They were first manufactured in the early 1980's by Millar McCowan.
Wham bars have such a unique taste. Full of flavours and sparkle that many bars lack today. I love the burst of tongue tingling coloured crystals that hit you as soon as you take your first bite. They are deliciously tasty raspberry flavour bars with an assortment of fizzy crystals embedded in the bar. They leave your tongue tingling every time.
They used to retail for 10p each, but now normally cost 20p for a 25g bar. The bar is sold in a sky blue wrapper with the word 'Wham' clearly displayed in red and yellow across the front of the packaging. The stars on the packaging also stand out! On the inside, the bars are a nice shade of pink, with different coloured bits throughout.
Although stockists usually sell the original raspberry flavour, other flavours now available include:
* Brew flavour ( Iron Brew)
* Sour Apple
* Sour cherry
I would recommend Wham bars to anyone who has a really sweet teeth. They are incredibly chewy, so if you have wobbly teeth or any fillings-I really wouldn't eat them as they will rip them out in no time at all. The company pride themselves on the fact that they contain no hydrogenated fat and no artificial colours or flavours. They are also suitable for vegetarians- although if you have a milk or soya allergy then these are not the bars for you.
I think the bars are reasonably priced, although as with all products, the price has doubled in as many years.
Okay, first off for those of you that are in their late 20's and upwards you will know what I mean when I start ranting about price. I remember when I was younger I used to go to my newsagents near school and shell out a massive 10 pence of my hard earned pocket money. Wham bars were not the cheapest option when there were penny sweets on offer (and even half penny sweets in my case) and as such were regarded as a real treat. So when I went into my local shop and saw them the nostalgia returned in shedloads. Excited by my purchase I got to the till and nearly passed out when the man said 30p. YES THATS RIGHT 30 PENCE. To say I was outraged is somewhat lacking! I have since found out that other shops sell them for 20 pence. Mostly these are found in local shops however I recently saw them in Asda!
Once I was over the shock of the price I actually looked forward to eating one of my favourites from when I was younger. What I love about the Wham bar is that they haven't changed the name or the packaging they have left it just how it was (too right in my opinion).
I think a standard bar sets you back just under 80 calories. As for what else is in them I would rather not know. These bars come in a few flavours now but this particular one is a rasberry toffee like chew bar and it has these sugar crystal lumps in them. If the Wham is too hard it makes for a very unpleasant eating experience. The chew bar has to be room temperature so that you can actually eat it without it strectching out for miles and getting caught in your teeth. If you let it get too warm it's game over! The taste is very sweet and when you take too much of a bite in one go, the sweet rasberry along with the very sharp crystals can make you go a bit boss-eyed. Myself personally I have always enjoyed these sweet, sharp sweets but think they are a very aquired taste.
Wham bars are chewy candy bars made by Millar McCowan and have been around since the early 1980s. They are chewy but you can snap a piece off the bar by bending it swiftly. Alternatively you can just chew on the end of the bar as these soften up when you start to eat them.
What do you get?
Miniature, standard or Mega sized bars. Miniature Wham bars come in assorted flavours are available in most pound shops. There you get Original, Cola, 'Brew' (similar to Iron Bru), Sour Apple, Sour Cherry and Strawberry.
A standard bar will cost you 10p and you can buy these in the sweet sections of most supermarkets and also in newsagents and sweet shops. Mega bars are bigger and will cost 20p.
Glucose syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil, maltodextrin, citric acid E330, solubilised milk protein, stabilser, glycerol E422, emulsifier, lecithin E322, flavouring, colours E122, E124, E104, E133- so 7 "E" numbers in all.
One of the standard bars will provide you with 79 calories. The Wham bars are low in fat as they are mainly sugar (sugar contains no fat).
I like these, the Original version is raspberry flavour and contains sugar srystals so you get a fizzy effect when you eat them- similar to a refreshers bar but these are thinner with less fizz.
Wham bars were really popular in the 1980s and gained most of their cult following in the North and Scotland- Millar McCowan is a Scottish Firm and as they have a "Bru" flavour- similar to Iron Bru, I can see how this was marketed heavily in the North.
These are good to buy because they are a sweet. They are quite retro/ nostalgic to buy and chew on over a movie or to have in the house (if you are anything like me, I have to have a box of sweets in the house). They are cheap and easily available and make a change to chocolate bars. But, you will find your teeth/ jaw hurts if you eat a few of these as they are really chewy.
Definitely not recommended for children sensitive to E numbers, for anyone with loose teeth or dentures or for anyone sensitive to sugar!
There's something about summer and the light sunny evenings that gets me craving the 'kiddie sweets' from my childhood. Tonight I took a nice walk down to our local off-licence and came across the Wham bar, which I haven't had in years.
Still 10p in my local, but appears to have shrunk since I was 12...
Unwrapping the bar, the usual fight to get the first inch unstuck from the wrapper commences. I think on this occasion I managed to get 75% of the sticky sweet free from the wrapper and get my fingers covered in sugary, syrupy substance in the process. A good tip in the summer is to put it in the fridge for a while before you eat it - also makes it last longer.
The sweet itself is a raspberry flavoured chewy stick with small pieces of sour crystals embedded in it. This makes it lovely and sweet, but with a bit of a sour kick. As I chewed, it became really juicy and had loads of flavour.
My only complaint is that it doesn't seem to last very long. It's great value for 10p and a good way to get a sweet hit without consuming a vast amount of calories, but it would be great if there was a bigger version as well.
I was so pleased to find these again in the union shop, I used to love them when I was younger but hadn't seen them for ages and thought they had stopped making them. They cost 12p this was quite a disappointment as they used to only be 10p and were quite a bit bigger then aswell.
The wrapping is bright and attractive probably aimed at younger people but I just can't help myself when it comes to sweets. It has a list of ingredients and calories on the back (something I have avoided looking at ).
The sweet itself is bright pink and it has multicoloured sugar bits in these are quite hard but this makes it a bit different from other chew bars of the same sort of thing. It tastes of sweet fruit and the hard bits are also fruity but a bit more sugary than the rest of it. It is quite a gooey and sticky sweet you can put it in the fridge to make them harder but they warm up and go sticky quite quickly.
I would recommend these to anyone who likes sweet and sticky things they are one of my favourite sweets and I'm really glad I found them again.
These take me back to high school in year 7, and taking my pocket money up to the local leisure centre and spending like £2 on these, then eating them on the way home.
They are a really sweet treat for 10p when I used to buy them, not too sure how much they cost now. They are a fruit flavoured stick with really sweet little cola flavoured bits of sugar which are soo sour but really they are the only bit that tastes good. The actual main bulk of the sweet is a bright pink colour and I'm pretty sure that most of the ingredients in it are colour enhancers rather than flavour enhancers because allthough it tastes nice it it a bit bland when compared the the bursts of flavour that the cola bits give, and also from memory I can't even remember what flavour it actually is.
These cola bits that covour the whole bar, really are burst of flavour. To me they are really really sweet and tasteful and they pretty much make the whole bar taste as good as it does, it wouldn't be such a success without them.