“ Brand: Asda / Type: Mice „
When I found out that Woolworths had gone under last year, I was gutted, I used to always pay the pick n mix counter a visit to stock up on white mice. They have always been a favourite of mine since I was a child, and when the store shut it's doors I thought that would be it.
When I visited Asda, I went down the sweets aisle as always, and found they actually sell pre packed bags of white mice, for only 38p! For this you get 70grams of pick n mix quality mice.
They come in a small blue bag, with White Mice written on the front, there is a picture of a white mouse on the front of the pack, and also a viewing window so you can see them all inside the packet. The pack i picked up had a red banner across the front that said 3 bags for £1, I think they always have this offer on and it includes other pick n mix style sweets.
When it comes to taste, these are as good as what you would get from pick n mix, but it's a nicer thought knowing that nobody has had their hands all over them prior to you eating them, we have all seen kids with their hands dug deep into pick n mix trophs! They are very sweet and taste just like white chocolate, they have a powder type coating on them which is just like the real thing.
Per mouse, there are 27calories and 1.5grams of fat, the calorie content is pretty high, but we don't worry about things like that. They are suitable for vegitarians and contian no artificial colours or flavourings. They should be stored in a cool dark place.
Whenever we go to the cinema we usually go into Asda and buy a load of these, they work out so much cheaper than buying food in the cinema and in my opinion they taste better too.
I would recommend anyone who liked the white mice from Woolworths to give Asda's alternative a try. Excellent product at an excellent price!
As far as pick'n'mix goes, White chocolate ch mice are generally considered a favourite, despite not tasting of white chocolate at all. The sickly sweet flavour mean that they often end up in the bottom of the bag when the buyer is finished. Even those with a sweet tooth will probably agree that it is difficult to enjoy more than one or two of them, and it certainly doesn't help that they tend to have quite a stale taste, and frequently melt in the bag, and stick to the sides, resulting in a sickly chewy papery snack...Yum.
Often in pic'n'mix areas, the bag has to be weighed to determine the cost, and since white mice are rather heavy for such a low-quality product, they are not good value for money.
Whilst I acknowledge that they are a classic piece of confectionary, I have never really considered White Mice at length, and am now baffled at the design, mainly the thinking behind 'eating mice.'
~*~ Asda White Mice ~*~
Pick and mix sweets are one of my many weaknesses, even though I always tend to stick to the chocolate based rather than the chewy varieties. I love the Woolworths pick and mix counter which has a massive range of sweets including my number one favourite, white mice! It had been such a long time since I'd indulged in anything like this, so when I recently saw the new sweets introduced to the kids line at Asda at a bargain price, my eyes lit up, and I of course could not resist giving them a go!
~*~ The product ~*~
The Asda version of my favourite sweet come in a bright blue packet with a clear window so you can see the mice inside. The product name is written in bubble type writing on the front of the pack along with a lovely picture of a nice white cartoon mouse that you are about to be eating! These sweets are found in the children's sweets section of the store, along with other popular favourites such as flying saucers and strawberry laces.
There are approximately twenty mice per bag of white mice. This doesn't sound like a lot but it is definitely more than enough for one serving of sweets. Each pack is 70g.
This product contains no hydrogenated fat or artificial colours or flavours.
Each bag of sweets will set you back 38p, which is pretty good going, or you can purchase three bags from the kids sweets section for £1. There is a good variety on offer with lots of your usual sweets found in pick and mix counters in similar sized bags.
~*~ The taste test ~*~
I was very excited about trying this product, after all, white mice are one of my favourite sweets! I ripped open the bag and grabbed my first victim.... The mice are a little larger than what I remember the pick and mix versions to be, and they are also less powdery. Although the normal powder coating that you get from these in pick and mix stands is present, it is a very light coating.
On first taste, I was quite pleased with the result and thought I'd found myself a bargain. The white chocolate taste is quite dry and powdery. Although I love white chocolate and usually prefer it creamy and smooth (like a Milkybar), this is not how these sweets are supposed to taste, so I can let Asda off on this part! After I had a couple of these sweets, however, they became quite sickly, and although I didn't feel I had given myself enough of a chocolate indulgence I had to stop eating them much sooner than I intended!
It is a shame that these mice become so sickly after such a short amount of time as other wise they would make the perfect chocolate snack! However, the one good thing about the product is it stops me scoffing the whole lot at once, so I suppose it could be seen as a positive as well!
~*~ The nutritional information ~*~
Ok, so you can't expect anything made from chocolate to be healthy, or good for you in any way at all, but just in case you were wondering, you will find approximately 30 calories per sweet - so considering there were 20 in my bag, that's a massive 500 if you manage to get through the whole bag!
You will also find 1.5g fat per sweet (1.3 saturates) and 3.1g of carbohydrates, 2.9g sugars.
For the amount of calories you take in eating these sweets, I really don't think they are worth it! Doing a bit of calorie maths, you could have a single white mouse, or a whole walls mini milk ice lolly. Or, trade two white mice for an apple, an Alpen light bar or a chocolate rich tea biscuit. I know which one I'd rather have! It can be very hard to forget how many calories you are consuming when grazing on sweets, so be careful. Saying that, if your sensible about things there is no harm in indulging once in a while.
~*~ The verdict ~*~
I wouldn't say that Asda have created a bad product in their White Mice. However! Having these available in packs ruined the product a little for me - I much prefer them from the pick and mix counters, for that authentic feel! Although these products were very sickly and I couldn't manage to eat as many as planned, I think this is down to the fact of me not being used to eating them as a pack - usually I would just have a couple along with a selection of other goodies from the Woolworths counter!
The sweets are very good value for money, and you'll save yourself a small fortune if you stock up before taking the kids to the cinema. For just £2 you could purchase six different bags of sweets from the Asda kids range, and make your own pick and mix bags with your favourites, and still have some left over for later! Overall, not a bad product, but not something I shall be purchasing again.
I'm now slowly but surely working my way through Asda's brand of children's sweets and will in time duly review them on here. The bag I most recently picked up (and have eaten) is Asda White Mice and I have to say that once again I was more than impressed.
These sweets like come in a 75g bag and cost 38p. They can also be bought on offer, which is 3 bags for a £1. Ok this doesn't save you a fortune, 14p in fact, but every penny counts.
Asda White Mice come in a blue packet that has a picture of a very cute white, smiling mouse on the front. The words white mice are clearly shown in the front in, you'll never guess, white writing. The bag also has a clear viewing piece on the front so that you can see the sweets inside. The front of the packet also gives you the information that the sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours or hydrogenated fats, in fact it does this twice, and that the sweets are suitable for vegetarians. The back of the pack contains the remainder if the nutritional information, which I will deal with later in the review.
On opening the bag I cannot say that I was hit with any particular smell, but I didn't really expect to be seeing as this is chocolate. Unlike most of the Asda brand sweets the bag wasn't exactly brimming with sweets. In fact it only contained 19 white mice sweets. However these 19 sweets I presume add up to 75g, which is within the 75g - 100g standard weight for all Asda Brand children's sweets so I can't really knock them for this.
Each sweet is solid piece of chocolate shaped like a mouse, like the 1p sweets you could once by from every corner shop only a little bit larger. Now because the sweets are solid chocolate they are amazingly filling. Not filling as in now I don't want my tea, but filling enough to make you not want another bag of sweets. The taste is simply that of white chocolate. However don't eat these expecting them to taste like premium white chocolate, as they don't, as quite simply they are too cheap to do so. The chocolate though does not taste like an exceptionally cheap chocolate, is not sickly and does not leave a funny after taste. So again they get the thumbs up here.
Each pack (100g) contains
- 530 calories
- 3.8g Protein
- 62.7g Carbohydrate
- 58.6g carbohydrate of which sugars
- 29.3g Fat
For a cheap sweet you can't expect them to be particularly healthy, but then again they are a sweet and who really looks for healthy when buying such an item. Saying this however, compared to other sweets in the same range these definitely do contain more fat, about 29g more fat in fact and so if you want to feel less guilty about eating sweets then these probably aren't your best bet.
These sweets aren't my favourite ones in the Asda range, but that's simply because I prefer jelly sweets but I would definitely consider buying them again. They are perfect for all occasions and make an excellent treat for small children (and adults). Better still when eating them (or giving them to someone) at least you have the peace of mind that the sweets don't contain any artificial nasties.