Product Type: Asda Sweets
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A Blast From The Past
Asda Flying Saucers
Member Name: memphisto_chick
Asda Flying Saucers
Date: 16/07/08, updated on 16/07/08 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Few Calories, No Fat, Cheap & Cheerful
Disadvantages: Sherbert Tastes Funny
When I recently came home from work, after a pretty stressful day, I was quite bemused to see Andrew had bought me a selection of what I can only describe as kiddies sweets from his recent trip to Asda.
Amongst his offerings, which were by the way because he had been naughty the night before, were these 'Flying Saucers', a real blast from the past for me.
I'll tell you why, I haven't had these in year but when I was a toddler, my Grandma used to look after me in the day time whilst my Mum went to work. We would always pick my Grandad up from the RAF base where he worked and on certain days, I was allowed to go with him to the NAAFI to pick some sweets from the pick and mix. Flying Saucers were always my favourites but I used to call then 'ecckies', because the sherbert was a little to sharp for my immature taste buds and they used to make me go 'eck!'.
So, with those happy memories in my mind, I grabbed the flying saucers without hesitation and settled down to reminisce about my childhood.
The packaging is aimed at the children's market, blue with some pictures of flying saucers sweets and green writing and the offer of 3 for £1 at the bottom of the pack. Obviously Andrew has taken advantage of this offer but I believe these are 39p on their own.
The pack was a little small for my mucky mitts, but at 20g it is aimed as a children's sweet more than the adult eater but not one to be undeterred I opened the bag and dived in.
Well I would have dived in had the bag not split, sending 3 saucers flying, quite literally, unfortunately Dexter caught these and that was me, now 3 flying saucers down.
I immediately was struck that I remembered these sweets as all one colour but these flying saucers had coloured tops and white bottoms or two different colours stuck together, whilst this make no difference to the taste whatsoever, I was a little deflated by this, how things have changed since 1984.
The saucers themselves are a good size, just over an inch across. The flying saucers felt nice and firm to the touch, not the soggy feeling you get with cheap flying saucers at time. In this pack, I was quite lucky, there were no broken flying saucers, so, aside from the three I dropped, I had 16 flying saucers all to myself!
Taking a bite, I was struck by how firm these were, the wafer shell was firm to bite, a nice feeling, yet it melted in the mouth within seconds. There was a small amount of sherbert in the flying saucers, again I think the small amount was toward children there.
The sherbert however, wasn't as how I remembered it to be. This particular sherbert was quite sour in taste and the texture was very grainy, you could really taste the sugar in the sherbert. I didn't find this particularly pleasant with the first few saucers I tried but this didn't stop me finishing the whole pack, and then deciding it wasn't so bad after all! That said, 15 minutes after finishing the saucers, I had a slight chemically after taste, which I can only put down to the flying saucers.
My last test was to see how easily they came apart, as I used to split the shells and lick the sherbert out, I am happy to say that these flying saucers came apart easily, without tearing either layer of the wafer shell!
There is a huge plus to these flying saucers; each saucer only contains 5 calories with no fat or saturated fat, making them a great little treat if you are on a diet.
I found these a great blast from the past, I really enjoyed them but they just weren't the best flying saucers I have had in my lifetime. I certainly felt they offered fairly good value for money, especially if kids are buying these with pocket money but for an adult, there wasn't enough flying saucers my liking.
I felt the quality was OK, the sherbert taste being the only major factor which I found disappointed, it just made the saucers feel too processed, too cheap and disappointed my childhood recollections of the saucers.
That said, I do recommend them as they are a great blast from the past, they are low in calories and fat and the small issues are just down to my personal tastes and not a major reason for not buying these.
Thanks for reading xx
Summary: A real blast from the past!