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      25.02.2014 18:34
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      Ok for budget sweets.

      I work close to a large Asda store and will often do some shopping there on my lunch break. A few days ago I really wanted some sweet and decided that the actual sweet I was craving was midget gems. I scoured the shelves and the only midget gems I could find was the Asda smart price ones. As they were priced at just 27p for a 250g bag I thought it was worth giving them a try.

      The midget gems come packaged in a simple plastic wrapper which is green and white in colour with a clear window allowing you to see the brightly coloured sweets inside. It states on the front of the packet that the sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours and also gives a nutritional summary. On the back of the packet you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings, full nutritional information and storage advice.

      The midget gems are simply described as 'fruit flavoured gums' although if you look at the ingredients listing they do not contain any fruit juice at all. It states that there are 10 servings in the packet with each 25g serving containing the following nutritional information:

      I will admit that before I ate the sweets I was a little sceptical about how they would taste. Although they are brightly coloured (red, purple, green, yellow, orange and white) the colours look slightly muted/faded a little like when something has been left in the sun. But I tried not to let this put me off and proceed to eat them and was surprised that they do taste better than they look. Although they do not contain any actual fruit they are quite fruity tasting with each colour tasting differently from the other. My favourite was the white ones which tasted a little like pear but the others were all quite pleasant. The texture of the midget gems was soft and slightly waxy which is different from how I remember other midget gems which tend to be a little on the harder and more chewy side which was a little disappointing as this is one thing I like about other midget gems.

      Overall these are not the worst tasting sweets I have tried and although I probably would not purchase them again in the future they are a bargain price so anyone who wants some cheap and cheerful sweets then they are certainly worth a try.

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        13.09.2012 14:43

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        just been to asda and as usual bought some midget gems they were rubbish just small jellys no black liquorice ones will not be buying any more j green rotherham

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        07.09.2012 16:35

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        I normally buy these Midget gems from ASDA and LOVE them but since last week they have changed. Not only have they shot up in price to 48p per bag but they are now soft, tasteless sweets that are not worth buying.ASDA - PLEASE bring back the old ones - even at the new price, don't make us eat these things any longer.

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        26.01.2012 00:16
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        Great tasting sweets (apart from one) which are priced really well

        I absolutely love midget gems, for me, they are my favourite type of sweet and you can never beat them. I've eaten quite a lot of different brands of midget gems, so when I saw them for offer at about 30p in Asda for a 100g I knew I had to try these to.

        The packaging isn't as bright and colourful as some of the packets I've seen, but this is probably just down to them being Asda Smart Price, and having Asda's token colours of green and white helps distinguish them from the other packaging in the sweet section. It also alerts me that these midget gems are free from artificial colours and flavourings, which thinking about it, I'm not really sure if other midget gem packaging told me this.

        The sweets themselves are quite tiny but a decent size, they look the same as all midget gems really, nothing special about these ones! When you first open the bag, there is a very distinct fruity smell from the bag and each of the little sweets smell like this to. Even for the low price, the bag was filled with sweets almost three quarters full which was a bonus to find out.

        The sweets themselves are different colours ranging from red to green to yellow to black. Each of these different colours represent the different flavours of the midget gems. The yellow taste like pineapples to me, the oranges are well obviously orange, green is lime, red is strawberry and i think the black ones are something liquoricy(however this sweet is one of the worst tasting things I've ever had and both my family and friends agree- so we always end up throwing them away!)Normally if sweets are as cheap as this, they tend to all taste the same or not have much flavour at all. This is definitely not the case in this situation as they all had a very distinct flavour.

        From what the packaging says about the nutritional information, it is clear that sugar levels are pretty high, which is probably why they taste so good! Even if this is the case, I would still say buy them as a small treat for yourself whenever you're in Asda.

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        04.04.2011 18:15
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        A nice cheap alternative

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        Having had a great deal of success changing from brand names to ASDA Smartprice products, and finding a lot of them equal or in some cases better than brands I decided to give one of my all time favs a Smartprice check.

        ASDA Midget Gems

        I had recently bought a bag of Maynards midget gems for £1 and found them to be very good indeed, although the black ones did not have the same flavour as the original midget gems had. The packaging for ASDA midget Gems is not impressive being it is the bog standard green and white with minimal info.

        On opening the bag emitted a very nice fruity smell, which was nice on the nose. I could see loads and loads of slightly smaller midget gems than those of the Maynards variety, there were all the normal colours and they were all in a jelly mould kind of shape. Inquisition got the better of me and I just had to try the black one's first. They were quite nice but not quite the same as the original version, but closer to it than the Maynards, so it was one up to Smartprice.

        Being so small I bundled a few of the same colour together, so that I could get a proper mouthful of gummy fruitiness. I tried the green ones next and there was a definite hint of lime in there, not very strong, but evident. A similar story unfolded with the other colours, all flavours distinguishable, but not predominant.

        I found it quite easy to compare what I was eating, with the ones I had previously had, and Smartprice were coming out on top, or no worse than equal. At 38p compared to the £1 for Maynards I think the next time I will be getting the smaller, but nice ASDA ones. I do like them a bit bigger, but I can forgive for a saving of 62p per packet.

        Summary

        Weight for weight there was a negligible difference, price for price there was a significant difference, and taste for taste ASDA just stole it. I'm not happy about paying what seems to be more for fancy packaging, and I will most definitely be trying more Smartprice products in future, they are excellent value for money.

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        22.03.2011 13:03
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        A nice little treat

        Well, seeking to entice favours from my wife by buying her Foamy Fruits and Dolly Mixtures (see earlier reviews) was perhaps always destined to fail. I think I really knew it was a long shot which may have been partly why I also bought myself two packets of sweets from Asda on Saturday - an advance consolation.

        I chose these Midget Gems because a) I hadn't had any in years (!) and b) they reminded me of nipples. I probably shouldn't elaborate...so I won't. You can form your own mental pictures without any stimulation from me.

        With these sweeties I had the same issue with the packaging as my wife had had with her dolly mixtures and before I knew it, several of my little nipples had made good their escape from the split bag and hid down the side of the car seat. I've left a few there in case I get hungry on a future journey. One has gone down the little leather thing that tucks in your gear stick (it's got a name but I'll be blowed if I can recall it) and I will have to have recourse to my skewer to get that one. There's no escape.

        I like Midget Gems and these Asda ones from the Smart Price range are really quite nice, although I have nothing really to compare them with as the last time I tasted these, you used to buy your sweets loose by the quarter. They come in a variety of colours, but never one to stand on ceremony, I just shovel a few at a time into the old cake-hole irrespective of colour or flavour, so to me they all tasted the same. Oh - except when you have a black one amongst them as the strong liquorice taste of these overpowers all other flavours.

        There are only two real issues with these sweets - both of which are common to all sweets such as this. Chewing them generates a lot of juice in your mouth and no matter how hard you try, this spills over onto your lips and around your mouth, leaving you with a sticky gob. Not a big issue, but they also make you very thirsty so best to trough them when you have a drink handy to wash them down.

        175g for around 30p. 46% sugar content, 612 calories per bagful

        All in all, I thought they scored well on taste and very well on value and I'm going to give them 4 stars.

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        27.03.2010 08:00
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        The wife was in the sweet aisle trying to find something else, but these caught her eye and she just had to get them. They only cost 25p for the 100g bag, so it seemed like a good enough buy. Although the packaging isn't that exciting, I just wanted to try the little sweets inside.

        The bag that these are in was easy enough to open. It is coloured in the usual green and white smart price packaging and there is a little see through part on the front where you can see the sweets through.

        There was a fair few colours of sweets in here, and they tasted fruity as well. I liked the red ones the best as they tasted quite berry like. The black ones I wasn't keen on. I didn't think they tasted like Licorice, but they did in a small way.

        The sweets were quite small but you got loads in the pack. They were also quite soft and nice and chewy as well. I dodn't want these to be really hard as some Midget gems are, so they were a nice surprise.

        Don't have a bag to hand but think per the 100g bag these have around 380 calories and just a trace of fat.

        A nice bargain choice for some Jelly sweets. As I said the packaging isn't nice, but it's what's inside that counts.

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          13.09.2009 21:21
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          A super sweet at a super price

          I've always been fond of Midget Gems and my Dad absolutely adores them but the popular brand, Maynards, are quite expensive for what they are. For this reason I am always on the look out for cheaper varieties and that is when I came across Asda's Smart Price Midget Gems, which are now a frequent sitter in our shopping basket.

          The sweets in question come in a very plain white and green bag with the words Asda Smart Price Midget Gems printed prominently on the front. The front of the bag also tells me that the sweets are free from artificial colours or flavourings. The back of the packet is simply white in colour and has green writing on it that tells me how to store the sweets and Asda's refund policy as well as the ingredients and nutritional values of the sweets within.

          Upon opening the bag you are met with a very sweet and extremely fruity smell. This smell was exceptionally appetising to both my dad and me. The bag itself was also very full, which is always a positive thing in my mind, and contained 175g of sweets. The sweets in question are the same shape as all midget gems. Small and circular in shape with a flat bottom. The bag also contained a large variety of colours ranging from yellow and orange to black, green and red. There was also a good proportion of each coloured sweet rather than a mass of one and then only a couple of another.

          The varying colours of the sweets signify the varying flavours of them. The yellow ones are of course a cross between lemon and pineapple, the orange ones orange flavoured, the green ones lime flavoured, the red ones a mix of strawberry and raspberry and the black ones have a somewhat liquorice taste.

          I must add at this point that upon tasting each of the sweets they do have distinctly different tastes to one another, which isn't always the case with cheaper varieties of sweets. The red sweets as always are my favourites ones but that was always going to be the case seeing as I love berries so much. The black ones however are equally as delicious as they are so unique in comparison to all the rest. My dad personally prefers the citrus tang of the orange and yellow sweets. The lime green sweets however seem to be the least favourite ones in the bag for both of us although they are rather refreshing to eat. Each flavour is relatively sweet in my opinion but not over sweet and therefore sickly.

          The Nutritional Values for the sweets are printed below:
          100g contains...
          348 - calories
          4.3g - Protein
          76.8g - Carbohydrate
          46.3g - of which sugars
          0.2g - Fat
          0.2 - of which saturates
          Fibre - Nil

          As you can see from the above the sweets do have a high quantity of sugars within them and this probably accounts for the somewhat sweet smell at times. Despite this however I would recommend them as they do taste delicious. Better still they only cost 32p, which is miles better than the £1 bracket for a bag of Maynards. The high sugar content does however mean that I am only going to give these super little sweets 4/5 stars.

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          14.08.2009 13:01
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          Good buy if generally a sweet lover

          I thought I would try these one day when I committed the cardinal sin of going to do my weekly shop whilst hungry! They are ridiculously cheap compared to the top brand Maynard's so I was interested to see how they compared. The packaging is obviously rubbish! It literally rips across the minute you open it which can be annoying if you are out and about. The design is what you'd expect from Asda smart price cheap and cheerful green and white with little information about the product.
          On to taste surprising they were quite nice, fruity and fairly juicy, however there was not the variety of flavours that you get with Maynard's also not as strong flavours which I was disappointed with but some people may prefer.
          The other observation I would make is that they wee actually more like mini wine gums than midget gems they were too soft until traditional midget gems that are notoriously tough to chew.
          All in all a good buy though the ridiculous cheapness of the product outweighs the disadvantages. If you are a midget gem lover a true connoisseur stick to Maynard's otherwise here's another way to beat the credit crunch!

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          11.08.2009 18:20
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          An average bag of midget gems from Asda's Smartprice range.

          I am a huge fan of all things sweet and I spotted these recently and having previously tried the Tesco Value ones I thought I would give these a try.

          The packaging is very simple. It is clear in design with the green & white Asda Smartprice packaging which will be familiar to many people as they aim to reduce their outgoings and shopping bills.

          The sweets are a number of different colours: black, red, orange, yellow and almost clear. They each have slightly different tastes and the only one that really stuck out to me was one which was blackcurrant and it was a very juicy and flavourful taste and was lovely and sweet. I have tried branded midget gems in the past and I can not notice much of a difference in the colours or the tastes. These are quite hard and the softness does vary from sweet to sweet so you will get some very soft sweets and some much harder chewier sweets in the same bag. I love variety and these are all a bit samey really. Some of the sweets are so hard that I found myself picking bits out of them out of teeth which isn't particularly nice when you're in the presence of company or even just in general!

          The price is currently 25p per 175g and there are 71 calories & 10.1g of sugar per 1/8 of a bag so be advised that if you eat the whole bag you will be eating more than the guideline daily amount of sugar for an adult.

          I would recommend these sweets if you are looking for something that is available for a budget price and will keep the kids occupied. There is nothing special to this bag of sweets except for the price and I would limit how often you eat these due to the bad ingredients contained within. I am going to rate these 3/5 as they are just average really.

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            26.07.2009 00:39
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            Cheap....But I would rather not bother.

            For the first time ever, I did a food shop in Asda. On my way around the store I went down the sweets isle and thought that I would give the Asda Smart Price Midget Gems a try. I am trying to save some money by purchasing supermarket own brand and the value brands to see if I can find some cheaper products that are just as good or even better than the leading brands, that is why I purchased this product.

            I have never tried anything other than the leading brands in Midget Gems or any other sweets for that matter, so usually I can be expecting to pay anything around £2.00 for a large bag of sweets... But this 175g bag cost me just 25p! Which in my opinion is a very good price, yet I didn't hold out much hope for the taste to be great at this price.

            The packaging is very basic, plain and boring.. it's plain white with the standard green stripe and 'Asda Smart Price Midget Gems' written on the front of the bag. When I open the bag there are quite a lot of Midget Gems in various flavours... It does not even state on the packaging which flavours they are, and it is quite hard to tell as the flavours are fairly bland.. Except for the black licorice flavoured ones, which are very strong tasting, yet do not taste like normal black licorice, which I usually enjoy... But this flavour stood out among all the others and was disgusing.

            The Gems all stick to your teeth, and are very very chewy! They have a really strong, horrible after taste. These sweets are obvoiusly very cheap... Is it 25p well spent? ....Personally I would say No. You get a lot of sweets for your money, but in my opinion I would prefer to enjoy a packet of sweets as a treat and would rather pay more money for some nicer tasting, better quality ones.

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              31.05.2009 23:12
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              Little sweets

              The boyfriend was put in charge of sorting out refreshments for a road trip yesterday and the buffoon managed to pick a sweet that it is impossible to eat in public with any sense of style or grace as these mini gems which are a hard jelly type of sweet are a nightmare for getting stuck in your teeth, this meant hat any driver on the a43 or M40 yesterday may have sen a female passenger with her finger rammed into her mouth trying to dislodge bits of mini gem from her teeth.

              This assorted bag of gems he reckoned cost less than a £1 but he could not be more specific than that, either way there are lots of small sweets in a variety of colours. Each gem has a flat base and then a ridged effect on top with some different shaps as well.

              Each colour like lime, lemon, orange, strawbeery and blackcurrant is supposed to signify a flavour however to be honest the only ones that really had any strong flavour to them that I could detect was the orange and the black currant flavours.

              These are a bit like smaller versions of hard gums and you do have to let them soften up in your mouth first, bite straight into them and you will be picking out the pieces in your teeth asthey have a sort of adhesive quality to them.

              Personally this is not a sweet I would buy again, a lack of flavour and an unpleasant eating experience would put me off.

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                13.04.2009 12:07
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                I like the odd pack of Midget Gems, as I like Jelly sweets. I am trying a lot more budget brands to find out if there is a big taste difference, as the prices seem to be a lot cheaper. The Smart Price range is part of Asda's budget range.

                So what is the sweets? They are little lumps of jelly which are quite hard. They are flat on the bottom and kind of ridged on the top. There is a few different colours, so a few different flavours such as

                Red - Strawberry
                Orange - Orange
                Black - Licorice
                Yellow - Lemon
                Green - Lime

                It could be because they are a cheaper brnad, but I found that I could taste the flavour, but it seemed a bit weak and didn't taste it for long. They aren't as juicy as other ones i've tried.

                The packaging is pretty basic, as is all Smart Price packaging. It is a white bag with green writing and green colouring in parts. There is a see through bit on the front and you can see the sweets through this bit. it states there is no artificial colours or flavouring.

                The bag is 175g and this cost me 79p, so a good bit cheaper than other brands.

                Nutritional Information per 100g

                348 Calories
                9.8g Protein
                76.8g Carbs
                46.1g Sugars
                0.2g Fat
                0.2g Saturates

                So would I buy these again? I would if I was watching the pennies. They taste alright and the price is good, just wished there was a bit more flavour to them!

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                  09.03.2009 22:23
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                  or in the dark!!

                  I used to be a rather big fan of these until recently, i think i may be getting more particular with age. I have to say my favourites have always been the yellow ones. There lemon flavoured and are quit accurate in flavour to the real thing. My worst flavour has to be the black coloured midget gem which i expected to be blackcurrant flavour, however to my shock! I found them to be liquorice! And of cause, due to them being my most hated flavour, there are a disproportionate number compared with the nicer flavours such as strawberry. Not only that, but they aren't real liquorish so don't carry the health benefits! outrageous!
                  I have found that eating this particular pack of sweets is not to be advised due to the fact that, in the dark, the strawberry flavoured ones look quite like the black ones and what a mistake to be making! not only will you have the disappointment of not being greated by the sweet jam like flavour of the strawberry ones but the black ones will leave a sour taste in your mouth which lasts for ages, disgusting, ew, how anyone can like that flavour, i will never know.
                  Chewing releases the flavours, however these are not long-lasting and leave your mouth feeling syrupy. Most of the flavours are quite pleasant in comparison to the black ones. The orangecolour is orange flavourand the green is lime, all of the flavours are accurate to the real thing.
                  I have made some evaluative judgements on these midget gems and have found them to be hard, stick to your fillings, pull on your teeth, get stuck in your teeth, if not chewed properly, choking is likely, get stuck in your thoat, syrupy, do not eat in public as they cause you to pull rather strange faces when you chew.

                  each pack is 175g

                  Ingredients:
                  glucose syrup, sugar, beef gelatine (nice...), modified potato starch (what??), citric acid, liquorice extract (food of the devil!), vegetable oil, flavourings, acetic acid, colours (anthocyanins, carotenes, curcumin, chlorophyll (isn't that found in plants?), glazing agent (carnauba wax), spinach extract (eww!)

                  No artificial colours or flavourings (oh, thats reassuring!)

                  nutritional information per 100g:
                  calories per 100g= 348 kcal
                  protein= 9.8g
                  carbohydrates=76.8g
                  of which sugars= 46.1g
                  fat= 0.2g
                  of which saturates= 0.2g
                  fibre= nill
                  sodium= trace
                  equivalent as salt= trace

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                    31.08.2008 01:57
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                    There are better cheap sweeties available

                    My daughter loves these little sweeties and often chooses them as a treat. I'm not so keen myself, the flavours are quite samy, it's difficult to judge what each is supposed to be, not like wine gums where there's a definite difference between each colour. All except the black ones that is. These have a definite liquorice flavour to them and as none of us like liquorice no one eats the black midget gems. Fair enough, just leave those ones behind, but there seems to be more black ones than any other colour!

                    These sweets are also quite hard so don't be fooled into thinking you could give them to a toddler as a special treat (healthy eaters look away!). I also find them to have a strange, almost greasy texture and an unappealing smell. But, it's not me that chooses them, perhaps daughter picks these so I won't pinch any!

                    The important bit - 27p for 175g (but we never eat all 175g!)

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