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My children have always been fans of sherbet type sweets, but until they received this from my mum one day they had never tried this particular product, hence the review now!
The product I will now review is - "Barratts sherbet fountain".
I have to say I was surprised by the package change, as the last time I had one of these (albeit a few years ago!) these were sherbet tubes, within a cardboard tube, the challenge always being to eat the sherbet before the then wet liquorice stick started melting it!
The tube now, sensibly so too, is made from plastic, with there even being a lid to hold the slightly longer liquorice tube in, come to think of it I must have ingested millions of germs with that liquorice stick being exposed to the elements!
The lid can now be easily twisted off, which when removed reveals the same delights that the old tube held, this being a tube full of powdery soft sherbet, and a black delicious tasting liquorice stick.
You simply removed the stick, give it a suck and dip, you then just keep repeating the process until the sherbet is gone, or if like my children you get bored and tip the sherbet straight into your mouth, the results of which mean that anyone passing by may think you have suddenly developed rabies, and are now frothing at the mouth!
The sherbet is not too sour, but just on the right side of mouth puckering, with the liquorice stick being just as it should be, soft, delicious with a hint of aniseed flavour, though this was the first time my kids had tried liquorice and weren't really very impressed!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Less than 1.0g fat,
21.0g of which sugars,
Allergy advice states that this product contains sulphites and wheat, though is Halal approved.
Price wise this is available for anything ranging from 30p upwards depending on where it is purchased, ours was bought from Asda for around the 50p mark.
Thanks for reading x
I didn't know you could still get these Sherbet Fountains but they had some in Wilkinsons the other day and was only 15p each so I brought one to see if it was as good as I remembered.
A Sherbet Fountain is a plastic tube of sherbet with a stick of liquorice to dip in, you have to suck the stick first because the sherbet won't stick to it if it's dry.
The sherbet is lovely and fizzy, it's got a strong flavour that is a perfect combo of sweet and sour. It doesn't taste the same to me as when I used to have them as a kid but nothing ever does so I'm not going to stress about that.
I like the liquorice even though I'm not mad keen on it usually. It hasn't got a madly strong flavour and that's the best thing about it, it's like a kiddie version of liquorice and is a bit sweeter than usual with a nice chewy rubbery texture. It's impossible to get ALL the sherbet with the stick so make sure you don't get the liquorice too wet because you want the sherbet to stay nice and soft so you can tip the last bits into your mouth when you are left with no stick!
I enjoyed the Sherbet Fountain but won't rush out and buy them again because they are too kiddified for me, I used to love them big time but now it was like oh, a Sherbet Fountain. Yummy. What's next??? lol
I like the new packet though and am glad the liquorice doesn't stick out the end any more because I used to hate the thought of other people touching it in the shop...... even when I was a kid I was weird about unwrapped sweets and stuff so didn't like the unwrapped liquorice.
Recommended...... for retro value only though because there are LOADS of better sweets to buy including better sherbet ones!
Well if the Barrett Sherbet Fountain was not a staple part of your diet as a child then you didn't live. These were the best sherbet based sweet around with out a doubt. I loved to get in a right mess with these, with sherbet all down my school jumper.
The old style sherbet fountain had a liquorish stick with a hole in the middle so you could suck up the sherbet through it, but the liquorish is in a solid stick now.
The packaging on the product has now changed; it comes in a plastic tube with a top on it rather than the cardboard tub it used to come in, with the liquorish stick poking out of the top of it. To start with I was a bit disheartened with the change in its appearance, as you always moan when they change something, but actually I think the change is for the best. This is because as a child you did not have a care in the world and you would pick your sherbet fountain out of the box they were in at the sweet shop (probably after picking your noise, or worse) and in the process handle all the rest, but what you didn't care about then was that another 50 kids had probably done the same, so I would hate to think how many germs etc that were on the top bit of that liquorish that was poking out of the top. So with this in mind, now I am a bit older (well considerably really), I don't think I would like to eat one if the stick was still exposed as I would question how clean it was. Therefore, I am happy with the new packaging.
The product is still basically the same with the sherbet dip that comes with the liquorish stick as a means to extract the sherbet. I have to say that the sherbet does taste a bit different and seems to be harder and stick together more in a solid clump; this is a bit of a pain when all that you have to break it up is a soft piece of liquorish. The sherbet has a kind if fizzy, bubbly, melting feeling in your mouth, especially if you get sick of using the stick and just tip the contents of the tube into your mouth.
Each pack contains:
Fat: less than 1g
The pack also states that the product contains Sulphites and Wheat, and is suitable for Vegetarians.
Although this is one of the old time classic sweets, it is one that I can say that I think I have grown out of. Although I still like them and will eat one every now and then I thing they are far too messy and take to long to eat. I would recommend that you give them to your friend's children or young relations and watch how much mess they get in!
*Where From & How Much*
I haven't seen Sherbet Fountains around for a very long time. I used the love them as a child. I spotted them in Home Bargains yesterday for 19p. Woohoo, I am sure I paid even more for them before they went retro!
Each serving (a whole fountain - the liquorice and sherbet) provides:
Less than 1.0g fat
21.0g carbs of which 21.0g sugars
*Appearance, Smell & Taste*
For those of you who have never encountered this little beauty before I will describe! A yellow tall tubular plastic container houses sherbet. The top is black and made to complete the look of a fountain. Removing the black plastic lid reveals a stick of liquorice, which is wedged into the sherbet. The idea is that you eat the sherbet by dipping the liquorice stick in, eating, dipping and so on.
The sherbet smells very sweet and sugary and is a fine powder of yellow almost white colour. The liquorice smells of aniseed.
The tastes are as you would expect, liquorice allsorts and sugar. Its actually not as good quality as Bassett's allsorts, which is a shame.
Well, these are not as exciting as I remember them. Perhaps it is just because I have grown up (ahem) a little. I think part of the magic has gone since the wrapping has changed from the thick paper to this nasty plastic.
I did enjoy eating this but I won't be buying anymore as they are a novelty. The ingredients do seem cheapened somewhat and the sherbet less sharp which is a shame.
Why did they have to change the packaging on this childhood favourite of so many of us?!?
What is it=
Sherbet Fountains are made by Barratts and consist of a tube a quarter full of lovely lovely sherbet and a stick of licorice within.
Er well do not get me started on this, they used to be made of paper and cardboard now they are little plastic tubs which are by no means as fun as they usedto be, although they are still brightly coloured and instantly recognisable in their bright orange and yellow hues.
Usually frequent newsagents, supermarkets and anywhere else that you will find sweets, chocolate and confectionery items. Fantastic!! They are available for the pincely sum of just 25p to 36p ish, which is really all they are worth in my opinion, well now they are a bit too dear for what they are, 25p was OK but any more for 25 grams is just verging on the ridiculous.
I absolutely love the tangy and tasty white sherbet that is contained in this product, it is absolutely gorgeous, I am a huge fan of sherbet and this is some of the best there is. MMMM taste that bad sugar!!!!
The licorice is ok, although a little tough and I must say I do prefer fresh licorice. Although in all in all it is not bad and is all a sublime little dipping package.
I do think the new packaging is ridiculous though, why would you need to reseal a plastic tube, what was wrong with the paper wrapping with the licorice stick cheekily poking out if it!! The whole seventies style of the old fashioned packaging was one of its key elements, there is no fun what soever in the new plastic, all the feeling and love has gone out of this product now. Ah modern life is rubbish eh?!
In summary I'd have give it five out of five several years ago but now it really only deserves a 2 because of the stick in the muds who changed the packaging.
While visiting a little nearby town recently, we noticed that one of the shops was being refurbished and opening up as a Rectro Sweet Shop. So after waiting for a couple of weeks it finally opened, well it wasn't very big inside, but had a huge selection of different sweets. If you are of a certain age group then you would have been taken back to your childhood days, I certainly was.
My Daughter had wanted to buy some chocolate mint fudge, so while that was being sliced up, I was all over the place looking at all the different packets and jars of sweets. Talk about the expression "Like a child in a sweet shop" the owner must have thought I was some deranged old woman as I came rushing over to the counter and thrust a Sherbet Fountain into my daughters hand all excited so that she could pay for it.
Now on my rush to buy this I did notice something wasn't quite right about this tube of sherbet, but being so eager to pay ( I'm not really that sad there was a big queue as well!)I just grabbed and paid.
Once sitting in the car on the way home I got my little "childhood memorie" tube out of my bag and started to study it. I was right it did feel strange as it wasn't made from the original paper packaging that I remembered. Oh dear it was a plastic tube!!! Then the next big shock horror!..... WHERE was the liquorice that sticks out the top, this had disappered and had been replaced with a black plastic top that looked like a piece of liquorice sticking out! (health and safetly no doubt!).
Well it still looked like a sherbet fountain, I only hoped that it would taste like one after all the changes it had gone through. Well if I could get the top off I would be able to tell you, but it was a right old B***er as the plastic that covers the tube covers part of the lid as well. It was going nowhere, I tried biting it, getting a knife under the plastic, finally a breakthrough as I manage a slight tear and then with industrial strength manage to tear it away from the lid!.( health & safetly please note that I nearly had a knife slip in my hand!! didn't have this problem before!!).
Finally pulling the black plastic lid off you can see the black liquorice stick sitting in the lemon sherbet powder, now before I go into any more detail I would like to point out that I was disgusted with the design of this tube, as the black plastic lid that sits on top is so dangerous, if a small child ( I mean 4,5,6,7 ect years old was to put this in it's mouth they could really easily choke ( A bit similiar but much smaller than the kinder eggs containers many years ago) this is a tiny lid with no hole in, and could easily lodge in a childs throat, so not a good design I don't think!.
Back to the Sherbet, well on tasting the lemon fizzy sherbet it certainly bought back fond memories of years gone by and I had quite forgotten just how fizzy it really is. A bit old at 54 to be sitting sucking the sherbet of the liquorice I know, but behind closed doors who's gonna know!.
This tube weighs 25g and contains;
~~~Food Acids (citric acid, tartaric acid)~~~
~~~Natural Colour plain caramel~~~
~~~Anti-caking Agent (Tricalcuim Phosphate)~~~
~~~Natural Flavouring Lemon~~
This contains sulphates and wheat.
Suitable for vegeterians.
I paid 34p which I thought was quite reasonable in this day and age, I would give it 5 stars but I'm taking 2 away as the packaging is murder to open and the choke factor of the lid. I know it says that it shouldn't be given to any one under 36 months, but I believe a much older child could choke as well!!
This is my favourite sweet, or was. Whether you like it or not everyone remembers sherbet fountains from when they were young. However for those of you who never had the chance to try one a shebert foundtain used to be a cardboard tube filled with sherbet, with a liquorice stick in the middle to dip into the sherbet. They used to be covered in yellow paper with the name on, which you could tear away to get to the sherbet.
They are a lot of fun to eat - trying to dig out the sherbet with a liqorice stick, having the sherbet fizz in your mouth and then get all over your clothes because you tried to pour it down your throat. Good memories.
But now it has all changed. I suppose the concept of the sherbet fountain it still the same. You get a tube of sherbet with liquorice in, however now the tube is plastic. I'm not sure what the thinking behind this was as surely it is harder to recycle than paper! Also you can't tear it away to get to get to the sherbet and it will trap am moisture in it and make the sherbet go all lumpy!
Then there is the taste. The sherbet used to taste like proper sherbet, nice and sweet. Yes it may have been filled with sugar and other not so healthy things but it's a sweet, what do you except!?! Now the sherbet has a very fine texture and tastes a bit like soap. This is probably partly to do with the fact they have gone 'healthy' and used only natural ingrediants. Also partly to do with the horrbly plastic tube. Yet dispite this healthier version it's still full of sugar and calories.
Finally a quick note about the price. I know prices of things have gone up in the last decade but this sweet has gone from being 15p to 40p for 25g! This is probably due to the changes they have made to it. It is definatly not worth 40p now!
I am gutted that Barrett have changed this sweet and hope they see the error of thier way and change it back, as the sweet has been diminished.
It's always a shame when things from your childhood change and what seems to have been changed (in the packaging anyway) are Barratt's Sherbet Fountain. Previously they had been made of cardboard in a yellow and red iconic container, almost looking like the Hulk Hogan of the sweet shop. Now the container looks more like a little plastic bottle of industrial strength weed killer, keeping the colour scheme though almost impossible to get into (it genuinely took me 5 minutes to break into) the 25g of sherbet inside.
When opened the old memories of Sherbet Fountains come back, a liquorice straw inside a tube of white sherbet. The problem of white sherbet is it has the annoying visual appearance of Cocaine (yes, Columbian nose candy) this always makes it seem like something of a naughty sweet. Just for crying out loud, don't snort it (it will bring tears to your eyes). To consume you should pull the straw out and lick it then pop it back into the sherbet a the powder will stick to the liquorice and you suck it off...rinse and repeat. The first problem with this is it's time consuming, it can take 10 minutes to consume going this way, and if you get a solid blob or it (like I've just found) that you can't get past you'll be there all day if you don't give the tube a hard whack to break it down. Often out of impatience you'll find yourself turning the tube upside down and "drinking" the sherbet, a messy affair at the best of time.
Nutritional information (per 25g serving)
<1g Saturated Fat
Contains Sulphites and Wheat though it is suitable for Vegetarians and it Halal approved.
Despite the fact it's a classic sweet the change in packaging does take away some of it's original charm despite the fact the entire thing still has the flaws it always had. The sweet is messy difficult and frustrating to eat, it's almost impossible to eat it with out making some sort of a mess whether you like it or not. There will be clumps in the sherbet that the straw (a solid piece of liquorice not one with a hole in) isn't strong enough to break and the straw doesn't even seem long enough to reach the bottom. Yet for some bizarre reason you will remember the fact you "think" you enjoyed them as a child without remembering you looked some incredibly stupid idiot rolling around in cocaine. If you want sherbet just get sherbet straws, their a less messy and more tasty alternative (and cheaper for that matter) if you ant liquorice get some liquorice all sorts but avoid these unless you want to whack out the vacuum cleaner afterwards.
It is indeed a sorry day.
If you're looking for a pick me up then please just mark this review as fantastic and navigate away.
This review contains weeping.
You have been warned.
If you're still here then I shall put you out of your misery as far as the curiosity goes: The sherbet fountain we know and love from our childhood is no more. It has been re-branded and re-packaged and just...... well...... is no more!
Read on only if you are of strong disposition:
**What was it?**
The Sherbet Fountain used to be a yellow and red cardboard tube out of the top of which poked a tube of liquorice. The whole thing looked like a stick of dynamite and was so different from everything else available that it had immediate appeal.
You ripped off the top piece of card to reveal a tube full of loose, sugary sherbet which you then attempted to slurp up through the tube of liquorice without choking! The interesting thing about it was that even if you couldn't stand the unique taste of liquorice, you could still get at the sweet fluffy stuff without too much liquorice flavour and then give the black stick to the one person in your group of white powder lovers who actually liked the stuff.
But.... no more:
**What have they done?**
Well, on first glimpse the sherbet fountain appears the same. On closer inspection you find that the tube is no longer squishy cardboard but hard plastic (better or worse for the environment?) and the liquorice sticking out of the top.......it's.....it's... fake!!
The top of the package has been moulded to represent the black stick and it's all sealed neatly away beyond a plastic film covering. When I initially sampled the new version I was all set to sound off on here about its being impossible to get into. I pulled and peeled at the plastic to no avail and was just beginning to lose hope when I spotted a small sign on one side of the container which implored me to twist to open. By this time I was enraged and gave it a hefty twist which did break the seal and release the top. However it did take some doing and is not therefore for the faint hearted - or the young!
Having broken the seal you then find that the top fifth of the container comes away as a lid and you end up with a piece that looks rather like a doorbell.
Question: What am I supposed to do with this?
Surely the idea of a sherbet with liquorice stick is that I need two hands - one to hold the sherbet; one with which to brandish the dipper. Where the tiddly-plom am I supposed to put the lid? And what do I need a lid for? I am I seriously going to take tiny little dabs and save the rest for later? There's only 25g in the whole thing!!
**So they changed the wrapper - what else?**
Deep breath - surely the product itself must be as good? Sorry but no.
The black stick is no longer hollow. Yes it used to get mega sticky and gungy but at least we had a go at slurping the fountain! It is now replaced with a dipping stick. To be fair it does state on the packaging "Sherbet with a liquorice dip" so I guess you are forewarned.
I have to admit that the dipping stick (fed up of trying to remember how to spell liqu..liqo...dippping stick and my spell check doesn't recognise the real version anyway!) is quite tasty. It is softer than I remember - a bit more like the Australian goodies so popular now - and it is not an over strong taste. As a dipping stick, though, it's not sticky enough and only brings back a hint of sherbet.
And the sherbet: gorgeous, soft, fluffy, sugary, sweet, claggy heaven. (but then again I like sherbet!) Okay so this way the cardboard no longer gets soggy, but it's just not the same not being able to squeeze and coax the powder along the tube and break up any lumps before tipping in your mouth at the end. The sherbet comes obediently away from the sides of the tube and before you know it - it's all gone. No interaction with it at all! You buy a tube of sherbet - and that's what you get! No quirks at all. We're all in danger of turning into accepting nothing less that perfect. I want idiosyncrasys!
**So the actual product is okay then?**
Well....urrmm....okay....yes. So the sherbet and the dipping stick are still tasty. It apparently all contains natural colours and flavours; it contains only 90cals per 25g pack and.....it's really rather yummy.
Ingredients: Sugar, Treacle,(??!) Wheat Flour, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Food Acids (Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid), Natural Colour (Plain Caramel), Liquorice (pleased about that!) Granules, Anti-caking Agent (what's wrong with a good squeeze?!) (Tricalcium Phosphate), Natural Flavouring (Lemon), Aniseed Oil.
Allergen Information: Contains sulphites and wheat
Vegetarian: This product is suitable for vegetarians
Halal Approved: This product is Halal approved
Natural Colours: This product contains only Natural Colours and Flavours
Other Claims: Choking Hazard due to small parts. Not suitable for under 36 months (as if...!)
All very lovely....
It's just that...... it's not the same!
**Any advantages at all?**
I suppose the product is now hygienic - no chance of anyone having handled the dipping stick in their grubby little mits before you.
And hereby lies my confession. I once, not so very long ago, had a casual conversation with a food safety expert at a posh dinner do. We were chatting about the rules and regulations so prevalent in today's society (and other such impressive high brow stuff!) and I had a rant about how on our charity sweet stall we weren't allowed to serve fudge without gloves and tongs and alcohol spray and different gloves for money and closeable pots with sealed lids and etc etc, but we could hand over sherbet fountains which had been on the floor and passed through any number of hands and dusty shelves before us! Yes, I was exaggerating; yes, I was inebriated and yes .... I carry the guilt just in case this particular expert had a hand in the new design! The point is that I was extoling the sherbet's virtues as a rule breaker and not complaining! I shall keep my mouth shut in future (unless any sherbet is heading my way!!)
Also on ciao if you want to add sympathy there too!
Sherbet fountains are a traditional confectionery product, made by Barratt. They consist of citrus flavoured sherbet and a stick of liquorice to eat the sherbet with. At less than 50p each, Sherbet Fountains aren't too expensive.
The packaging is attractive, but has recently changed from cardboard/paper to plastic, which in this environmentally friendly time is strange, as it is now worse for the environment, as it can't be recycled! It still has the same kind of design, yellow black and red, and looking like a firework, but changing the material has made it lose a lot of the character and unique, traditional feel it had when it was cardboard and paper.
I found the tube hard to open, which would probably mean children would be unable to open it without assistance. The good thing about the new packaging is that you can now put the lid back on to reseal it, so you don't have to eat it all at once. Also, it should be more hygienic.
Inside the packaging, the product is still the same: white sherbet powder and a stick of liquorice to eat it with.
The product still tastes great and the same as before the packaging change. The sherbet tastes citrusy (perhaps orange or lemon) and, despite not usually liking liquorice, it tastes alright with the tasty sherbet on.
The product is still hard to eat without getting in a mess, as not much sherbet sticks to the liquorice and it often falls off before it gets to your mouth. The sherbet clumps together and settles in the container, also making it not stick to the liquorice, and as the container is now a thick plastic, you can't squeeze it to separate the sherbet (although now you can put the lid on and shake it, but that's not quite as effective). One advantage of it being hard to eat is that it makes it last longer.
To conclude, the product still tastes great, but is very messy so I wouldn't recommend buying it for your children. Also, I am not a fan of the new packaging as, not only is it bad for the environment, but it has also lost its character, so I may not buy it again in future.
One of my favourite childhood pleasures involved a stick of liquorice and a tube of sherbet. As they were known then, Bassett's Sherbet Fountains, were the thing of dreams. There was a deep satisfaction in managing to get ANY sherbet sucked up the liquorice tube (it always seemed to get too wet and congealed halfway up) and the pleasure one could have trying to get every last bit of sherbet from the paper tube without choking was immense. Alas those days are over in more than one respect.
Now rebranded (slightly) as Barrett's Liquorice Fountains all of the pleasure has gone.
Rather than the sherbet being housed in a paper tube it's now in a hard plastic tube with a lid. Whilst this is arguably far more hygienic (although probably a lot less environmentally friendly) than the open-topped paper alternative have you EVER heard of someone being poisoned by a sherbet fountain in a paper wrapper?! Part of the pleasure of eating the fountain was the fact that the top of the cardboard tube invariably went soggy before you'd finished and, as a result, the sherbet stuck at the top, the cardboard lending an interesting flavour to the whole. Now that pleasure is gone.
The next change that is quite definitely for the worse is that the liquorice stick is now no longer a tube. It's a solid stick through which nothing can be sucked. This means that the "fountain" part of a sherbet fountain just doesn't exist at all. It's turned the whole into a rather tame "sherbet dip dab" - another great product from the past - the liquorice stick just doesn't enable you to scoop sherbet like the tart strawberry lolly from the dip dab though. The pleasure is gone.
The liquorice stick itself sits somewhere between an Aussie-style soft eating liquorice and a traditional English stick. It's tougher than the liquorice that one would find in a liquorice Catherine wheel but has the same, mild flavour. It's a confectioner's liquorice.
The sherbet is, in my opinion, not a patch on the original sherbet. It's (along with the liquorice) had all the artificial nasties taken out of it and now only contains natural colours and flavours (it's also now halal). It is, however, more prone to cloying (and lumping in the tube) and lacks some of the fizz that the original had. It's rather like eating slightly tart icing sugar. In the old packaging you used to be able to squash the sides of the tube to break up any lumps in the sherbet - that's not possible with the plastic.
I guess that one could argue that you can now reseal the packaging, but, when was that ever necessary?! If you can't get rid of one of these in one sitting then... well... you know!
There was something very appealing about the dynamite shaped original. The new packaged product just doesn't give the same bang for your buck!
Barratt / A tube of sherbet with a liquorice dipping stick.