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Barratts Black Jacks, yummy!! Right?
I dont know if anyon ese has had these recently but have you noticed the different taste? Compared to like a few years ago, I would have to say it was probably when they changed the packaging. Awww its such a dissapointment.
I love these 1p sweets. They turn your tongue and teeth black. Whats more fun than that? Are they still a penny each? I highly doubt it, nothing is that cheap these days. For whole jar full its about £15. Wwhat a rip off for some penny sweets. Do you get more than 1500... I bet you dont!
Black Jacks and fruit salads are very nice sweets. They may rot your teeth, but its worth it... not! And since they've changed the flavour its definitely not worth it.
Basically these were great before they've changed and become pricey. But still a deliscious treat for someone who loves them!
Barratts black jacks are the complimentary pair or opposite to Barratts fruit salads sweets. They are a retro sweet which has been on sale for many years now. The sweets come individually wrapped in black and white wrapping, a waxy type of paper (which I am not sure is recyclable or not). The paper is really tricky to remove and Im pretty sure if you eat a packet then you will eat at least quite a few bits of paper without even realizing it.
In their main form the sweets are rectangular in shape and small in size. You can also get black jack in a bar, long thin and covered in plastic wrapping. The individual sweets are ideally suited to penny sweets or pick and mix (but these days pick and mix is so expensive they will be more than a penny!) You can get them individually, in multi packs, in packs of a few or mixed packs with fruit salads. The two seem to come as a pair.
The sweets themselves taste of aniseed and black licorice, well, that is what they are based on, they have their own individual depth to them that you cannot get from licorice by itself, they are much sweeter. They have quite a twang to them, they taste full of flavourings, but are not sickly and they are far too addictive, I can eat tons of them and only realize when I feel well and truly full up and the packet is empty. Oh and my mouth is black! They make your mouth very dark in colour.
I love these sweets they are completely addictive. They are so nice if you have a couple then have a break and have a fruit salad to kind of neutralize the strength in the flavor and make you ready to plough through some more sweets! Addictive so watch out, and beware of the black tongue!
When thinking back to some of my own personal sweets it's hard not to think of the old classic design of black jacks, that were one of the last surviving penny sweets to actually cost a penny (now they seem to be 2p each sadly). However when Barratt started doing these packets of their own version it seemed like 2 things had happened, the first was that the nail was in the coffin for the sweet shop black jack and secondly the price of black jacks had been changed for ever.
The black, white and red packet retails for around 40p and contains 13 sweets (or chews as the packet repeatedly call them), the wrapper for those who remember the old style sweets is identical, but now the sweets are thick and squared rather than thin oblongs. So all was looking good so far, 3p a sweet for a larger than normal black jack, not bad right?
So to eating them, the sweets oddly seem rather dry and lack the same chewy texture of the "classic" black jacks that seemed to be made for chewing these however are almost too happy to crack under you're teeth and shatter in to pieces around the inside of your mouth taking away the real great quality of blackjacks. Though it must be admitted that they taste equally good to the older ones it's just a bit of a shame that they do crack and snap in your mouth so easily. However if you can leave them in your mouth long enough for saliva to get onto the sweets they do become more and more chewy so there is a solution to the major problem.
The sweets do seem to be well made, but there is a nagging feeling that we are being a little bit ripped off when you realise how good the original ones we're and how they all seemed to have a magical place in the sweet shop and the white paper bags, both of which seem to be on the way out. Sadly the impending death of the sweet shop will mean these will almost certainly become the only blackjacks sold and it'll be super markets selling us them, not the nice lady behind the counter that knows what every sweet in there tastes like.
Nutritional Information per chew (sweet)
Overall they are nice, they are blackjacks after all, but they miss some of the key features of the true blackjacks, they fail to have the same charm of the classic ones. Which is even weirder as these actually look like they should be superior, they are larger, they cost more and they are a "new" design, but sadly they aren't magical or great. Sadly in the future I'm guessing we'll have to buy packets of cola bottles just to have them (I know cola bottles are sold in packets but the penny sweet versions are still available) or a dozen fried eggs. These are nice, but not as nice as they should be.
Barratt Black Jacks
A month or so back I bought a bag of sweets from Sainsbury. They were half black jacks and half fruit salads. I already wrote the fruit salad review so here is my review for the Blacks Jacks. Due to the similarities there are some over laps such as price nutrition etc.
Black jacks are one of my all time favourite sweets. As a child I used to love these especially as they turned your mouth black. I used to eat them all year round but they would be especially useful for kids coming up to Halloween if they want to look extra scary with a black mouth. As the years have gone on I still eat these but due to the colouration of the mouth I tend to only eat them from time to time. It might look a bit unprofessional to turn up to a meeting with your mouth all black. Although it would be very funny.
Where to buy?
Traditionally these sweets came as part of a ten pence mix up and could have been picked up for around a penny a sweet. I rarely see them sold in this format anymore and instead they tend to be sold in packs of ten. I recently bought a packet of half fruit salad and half black jacks in Sainsbury's for £1.09.
What is a Black Jack?
A black jack is a chewy sweet made by Barratts. The chew comes individually wrapped. The flavour of a Black Jack is aniseed Each chew has a nutritional content of 10kcal, 0.2g of fat, 0.1g of saturated fat, 20.2g of sugar and a trace of salt.
I just love black jacks so much so that I think I will have to pick a pack up on the way home today. The taste is very strong and they leave a very pleasant aftertaste. Like most chews they can stick to the teeth and after eating a lot your teeth do tend to feel like they are coated in sugar.
That being said they still provide an excellent alternative to a bar of chocolate and as they are all individually wrapped they can easily be shared. At least then that means you're not the only one with a black mouth.