“ Brand: Asda / Type: Candy „
Seeing as these Asda packs of sweets are such good value at only 38p each, we often buy a few for sharing when watching a film or at small parties. All of the different types of Asda sweets in this range are always on offer too making them even cheaper at 3 packs for £1.
We often buy these Stanley Snails as my husband really loves them and I do admit that they are rather nice sweets.
The sweets are in the shape of a large snail - I don't know why they are this shape as I'm not sure who would want to eat something shaped like a bug but they are actually really nice. They are a bright pink colour and have a very strong and sweet strawberry flavour as well as a very sweet and tempting smell. The flavour is the best part of these as it really is a very delicious sweet and fruity taste.
The actual shape of the sweet is quite big which is the only real reason why I'm not a huge fan of them. I prefer to eat little sweets which I can pick at rather than only a few bigger sweets.
Other supermarkets do similar sweets to these but they're usually pig shaped (Percy Pig) which I think is probably better as I'd rather eat a pig than a snail and the pink colour obviously matches the pig better. Despite that though, I can't complain about the taste which really is lovely.
Below is an email I penned to ASDA concerning their 'Stanley Snails' that I think sums up my feelings about them.
I am not 100% happy with a packet of 'Stanley Snail' sweets (on your 3 for £1 range).
Has the person who designed these otherwise delicious sweets ever even seen a snail?
The angle one looks at them from is completely unrealistic, giving the impression that the shell is more of a bobble hat hovering over the snail's head. It is inconceivable that the snail could fit in a shell so small. Why not do them side profile to more accurately render their anatomy?
However my main concern is with the eyes. The designer has included the snail's eye stalks yet has placed the eyes on the main body. The top of the stalks (where the eyes should be) being occupied by what looks like a pair of flashing lights.
I think if you are going to render the animal kingdom in soft, chewy gelatine it is your corporate responsibility to do it accurately. If I was trying to teach my children, if I had any, about snails with these delicious monstrosities they would be very confused when they came across a real snail outside. Then what would happen?
As it happens I will be without a job this winter, and would happily be employed as an animal-shape-sweet consultant, if you require it.
Thank you for your time.
Before taking a trip to the cinema where sweet prices are way too high, I always take a detour to the Asda nearby to pick up some much better value sweets. The one pack that my husband, without fail, always picks up are a packet of Asda Stanley Snails which are strawberry flavour chewy sweets. They come in a small green plastic bag which has a picture of a pink snail on the front.
They have a delicious scent which you can smell as soon as you open the pack - a very sweet strawberry smell, and this is what attracts me to them the most. Each snail is rather big and, obviously, is in the shape of a snail. However, the snail shape is actually pretty hard to see and I tend to see a pig shape more than a snail! It seems to take a while for anyone who has one of these to figure out that they are looking at a snail! The main and bigger part of the sweet is a pale pink colour and is made from the foamy soft sort of sweet which tastes like very sweet strawberries. There are two small round circles on the top of the sweet, which are meant to be the snail's antennae, which are made out of the more chewy sweet and are a dark pink colour. These parts taste more fruity. The sweet is similar to Haribo's egg sweets with the soft foamy outside part and the chewy inside part. For me, I prefer the chewier part rather than the foamy bit as this tastes more fruity, and, as there's less of this part in the sweet, this is why I'm not a huge fan of them. I find that one or two of the snails is perfectly enough for me as I do find them a little sickly and they're quite big so are also fairly filling.
The bag is very small containing only 95g of sweets so they aren't ideal to share out really - my husband easily gets through the whole pack at once every time and I only ever get a slight look in, being given two snails at the most if I'm lucky! However, the pack is always full to the brim and I'd say a bag contains around 15 snails. But, costing only 37p per bag, you can't really complain as they're great value. There is also a constant 3 for £1 offer on all Asda sweets which makes them even better value if you want to pick up a few different sweet varieties.
The snails contain 341 calories and 0.2g of fat per 100g, which is almost a bag. However, they are free from artificial colours and contain natural flavourings so they're not too bad. They do contain pork gelatine though so they're not suitable for vegetarians unless you can overlook this small ingredient.
Asda's Stanley Snails are very similar to Marks & Spencer's Percy Pigs which I know are quite popular, however these ones are a bit cheaper so I'd give these ones a try. These are great either for a cinema snack or for a big pick n mix sweetie bowl but, for me, too many can be quite sickly.
I've always liked sweets so when I found Asda's own brand of children's sweets I was more than happy. Each bag contains 100g of sweets and costs a mere 36p better still Asda seem to have a constant 3 for £1 offer on making them even better value.
The Stanley Snails come in a green packet that has a picture of a smiling snail with a pink shell on the front and the name "Stanley snails" in pink and white bubble writing. The front of the pack also tells you that the sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours. The back of the packet contains all the nutritional information you could need - I'll deal with this later.
On opening the bag there is a clear strawberry smell, which is a good start seeing at the sweets are said to be strawberry flavoured. The bag, unlike some better known brands, is quite full and upon counting (I know I'm sad contains 16 Stanley Snails.
Each sweet is shaped like a snail, although it takes a while to work this out, and is made out of a soft and chewy strawberry flavoured foam. Whatever it is it tastes great. Each sweet also has two small jelly circles on it, these are Stanley's antennas just in case you are wondering, and these again have a strawberry flavour. Now all this strawberry I here you saying, isn't it sickly. Well quite simply no. Although the entire sweet has a strawberry flavour Asda seem to have got the amount of flavouring just right, as it is not at all sickly and in fact tastes quite refreshing. I can easily eat a whole bag and not feel sick.
Each pack (100g) contains
- 341 calories
- 4.6g Protein
- 79 Carbohydrate
- 53g carbohydrate of which sugars
- 0.2g Fat
As you can see they aren't particularly healthy but then again who looks for healthy when they are buying a sweet, especially not one as cheap as these.
These sweets are obviously purchased from Asda and are definitely something I will buy again. They are perfect for slipping in your bag to take to the cinema or for watching a film at home. Furthermore they are great for those grandparents who have sweetie jars.
All in all therefore I think this sweets are brilliant. They taste great, cost very little and don't contain any artificial nastiness. Better still they are perfect for people of all ages who fancy a little bit of sweetness that doesn't cost the earth.