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I am a big fan of ginger, and where I can, I include it in what i eat. Even more so, I love ginger sweets.
These first got my attention when i was browsing at Julian Graves. The box is very attractive, kind of old fashioned, and the ginger man on the front adds to the allure. I picked up the packet, it's very light, and took a look. Ginger chews. Great! According to the packet, these sweets have been voted best candy 1999-2000 by U.S. Scovie awards. the packet alo boasts that it is America's #1 selling ginger candy.
Upon opening the box, I found 12 wrapped chews. They are about 2 inches long, shaped like a stick.
They certainly are very hard to chew. If you have fillings ir dentures - beware! These are not chewing sweets. They are great to suck though, and after a while, do become soft and malleable, although still tough to chew.
They have a real ginger kick to them. perfect for someone like me. Although my nan thinks them too strong. Surprisingly, they are only 8% giner. Sugar is the first ingredient and tapioca is the last. Despite this, they are not sickly sweet. The sugar is just the right amount to compliment the ginger. Each sweet has only 20 calories, so are kind to dieters.
The packet also says you can make a tea with them, by adding a few pieces to boiling water. I have yet to try that, but it sounds yummy!
At less than £1.50 these sweets are worth it. They are something I'd buy again and again.
I was looking at the vast array of snacks in my local health food store last week and came across something which I hadn't seen before called "Ginger Chews" by The Ginger People.
The little box intrigued me as on the front was a lovely man made out of a ginger root, he was grinning and looking very cosy laid back on a bag eating something tasty!
So I bought the packet and opened it to find inside 12 individually wrapped chews. Dooyoo have listed these as biscuits but in fact they are sweets.
Before eating one I had a look on the internet at the website of the manufacturer and one or two other sites, and discovered that they are made by a company which is called Royal Pacific. This company has production factories in Australia and California though the box says these are made in Indonesia. In the UK they are imported by a company called World Foods. www.wfbm.co.uk. If you visit their website you can click on the link to The Ginger People and find out some more about them.
The chews are very similar at first when you bite into them to those large round disc like toffees in Quality Street (actually I'm not too keen on those as they were responsible for an emergency dental visit one Christmas) but after the first few seconds you are engulfed in an overwhelming flood of ginger. It really is quite a shock, pleasant in one way and scary in another. Like a very hot chilli you are not expecting! That said the chews are delicious and actually not as hard as the Quality Street ones.
They are 2" long and less than an inch wide.
They are made from only three ingredients cane sugar, ginger, and starch and each sweet has 20 calories and no fat. Amazingly too you can dissolve them in boiling water to make a tea and it's delicious.
These may benefit certain groups such as pregnant ladies experiencing nausea, those prone to travel sickness and to patients receiving chemotherapy.
I loved them and will certainly stock up next time I am due to go on a ferry to the Outer Hebrides where I have been subject to quite a lot of sickly moments- but they were so delicious I might just buy them anyway!
£1.40 for 12