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      04.07.2010 00:20

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      A simple treat that has lasted the test of time!

      These are possibly one of the best sugary treats available! The Sherbet Fountain can now fondly be remembered by many as a statement of their youth, a retro sweet made up of mouth-watering sherbet and a single piece of liquorice which runs the length of the tube. This liquorice also splits many peoples opinions with regards to do they like liquorice or do they not, and if you don't then you need to find your Grandad as he most certainly will! The packaging of this Bassett's classic was originally a yellow covered cardboard tube with the sherbet sticking out but now in these ultra modern times plastic has replaced cardboard and the sherbet no longer sticks freely out the top of the tube and instead is hidden away in the casing with a black nib illuminating to the fact this hidden wonder is inside! The packaging alteration does seem to be the only thing about these sweets that has changed over the years, which I can only be seen as a good thing!

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      29.04.2010 15:10
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      I can see the attraction, but I'm not a fan.

      I remember eating these as a child and liking them but not loving them. I am not very keen on them now and I don't really see them around very often. A sherbet fountain consists of white sherbet powder with a stick of black liquorice all in a paper wrapper. Which I suppose is good for the environment. I have always been a fan of real sherbet, the type that is like pure sugar and comes in granules, the sherbet in these seems to be a lot different to that. It's more powdery and very difficult to eat, especially with the very thin stick of liquorice you seem to get. The sherbet is quite sour tasting not very sweet and it's a bit tangy, and if you swallow too much of it, it can make you cough like a bit of a dust cloud! The liquorice in these I have always found quite hard, I know it's meant to be chewy, but this is the sort of stuff, that when your an adult you think more "oh there go my fillings", rather than "oh this is fun to eat". I always remember getting annoyed as a child too thinking it was going to take me years to finish one of these, as trying to scoop loads of powder onto the liquorice was always frustrating, I suppose it kept me quiet for quite a while though so my Mom was probably pretty happy about that. I don't think I would eat these as an adult, they are just far too much effort, and not great quality, but I can see why some children and adults love them, and they do remind me of being young! (I am only 25 now!)

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      17.10.2009 17:52
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      Oh golly I am getting old harping back to the good old days

      I saw a sherbert fountain in the shop and it looked a bit odd- so I decided to pop into my shopping basket for later investigation. Well if you know the expression-"if it aint broke don't fix it"- then hear it now. Bassett's Sherbert Fountain used to be a cardbard container full of sherbert with a liquorice tube stuck in the middle of it for sucking thru or dipping into the sherbert. The whole thing was wrapped in bright yellow paper with large red writing. Simple sweet and very delightfully old fashioned. However I can only guess that someone in some food safety lobby or similar has made them change the container to a kind of plastic cardboard tube with a plastic lid- (black and shaped to look like the end of the liquorice). The top is sealed with further plastic making it as hard to get into as a cd case- I tried for a while but had to resort to scissors. Once inside I lost a lot of the sherbert, because it had compacted so much that I had to try and get at it, and in so doing, it all lifted in a clump and once exposed to the air fell apart. The small amount I got was as always sherbert and liquorice and a childish treat for just 37p. It is suitable for vegetarians, but next time I want to try and reclaim my childhood- I will try something else- this was no longer worth the money, albeit a paltry sum. Got to go now- there seems to be a great deal of white substance that needs cleaning off my carpet.

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        23.07.2009 00:22
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        Sherbet fountains are a retro sweet made by Bassetts. Its a cardboard tube thats red and yellow. Inside you will find it filled with white sherbet. Sticking out the top is a stick of liquorice stick. The aim is to keep dabbing the liquorice into the sherbet. yummy! Sherbet fountains remind me of when I was a child. I always remember eating the liquorice stick first and then have to dab my finger in the tube causing all my hands to be sticky. I recently saw these again in Asda. At the time they were only about 30p and I was really shocked to actually see them again. I had to buy one and see if they were like I remembered. I felt like a child again to be honest. The sherbet was still nice and tangy and the liquorice was yummy too. I still managed to get sherbet all over my mouth and down my top. I fount the liquorice a little to thin but apart from that I do not think they have changed. I still ate the liquorice before the sherbet and had to rip the tube in order to get at the sherbet at the bottom. I find it far too messy pouring in into my mouth. I always see these on offer at my local market on the retro sweet store so I have stocked up on them as they are only £1 for 10 which at 10p each I find a total bargain. The ingredients are: Sugar, treacle, wheatflour, cornflour, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, tartaric acid, anti-caking agent (E341c), caramel, liquorice extract and flavouring. Each tube only contains 90 calories which seems good but compared to the amount of sugar in it makes it still really bad for you. I have read in the paper that bassetts sherbet fountains ( The yellow and orange paper packaging complete with liquorice tube poking out of the top has been a children's favorite since 1925) Is changing its appearance due to hygiene issues. They are currently not tamper proof so the cardboard tube is being replaced with a plastic one complete with a lid. The liquorice will still be inside thought. I do not think this is a bad idea but I really do not think they will be the same. Cadburys changed the Smarties tubes from having a lid to being complete cardboard in 2002 and I think that it spoilt them to be honest. It is proberly due to what people are used to and reminding them of their childhood days. I really think you should all be a child again and try one of these again.

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          24.06.2009 11:47
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          Yum Yum!

          Following the fantastic sweetie package I received for my birthday I visited www.happysweetshop.co.uk and found some fantastic sweetie treasures, sweets from years gone by, that I order immediately to remind me of being a kid once again. In this package I ordered 5 packs of Bassett's Sherbet Fountains - a brilliant blast from the past! I hadn't had one of these in years and I am not ashamed to admit I was excited about this arriving. It cost me £1.94 from Happysweetshop, which works out at about 38p each - Bargain! The design of the wrapper had not changed at all, yellow / orange and red with the name Sherbet Fountain and a picture's of what can only be a sherbet fountain across the packet. Looking quite a bit like a stick of Dynamite (i read that in another persons review of these and have to agree 100% with this description of the packaging). The best bit is the liquorice stick that pocks out of the top of the packaging, this is intended to be used to eat the sherbet - I never eat it like this as it takes far too long! When I was a kid I eat the liquorice in one and the poured the sherbet into my mouth - I ate it exactly the same way at 26 as I did as 6. :-) That's what makes it fun! Be warned - eating it this way does usually end up with sherbet everywhere! They are very tasty, the sherbet is fine and does tend to leak out of the cardboard tube which makes it all the more messy. But that's the fun! I am a big liquorice fan so enjoy that bit. The mixture of the two is very good - leaving a great taste! This was a very welcome trip down memory lane and I have just re-ordered them from www.happysweetshop.co.uk as I am going to make up my own hamper for my friend's birthday.

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            27.04.2009 20:34
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            Yum yum!

            I think sherbet fountains are one of the classic British sweets that are still around today. I haven't actually seen these in a while, but I guess I haven't been looking for them! After a conversation about them with a friend a while ago I was out shopping in Asda and there they were! I ended up buying five of them (*blush*) Though they weren't all for me! The cost of each of them is 20p, which I think is a bargain. Though I do remember them being 12p when I was younger.. I don't think the design of the sweet wrapping has changed since it was brought out. I remember buying these after my swimming practice when I was about 8 (14 years ago) and they looked the same then!It looks a little but like a stick of dynamite. The packaging is basically a yellow and orange cardboard cylinder with 'Sherbet Fountain' written across the front in large letters. The cardboard is then shaped in a point at the top of the cylindrical tube where out pokes the (unprotected) liquorice stick that you use for eating the sherbet with (I know.. hygienic!) What you basically do is take the liquorice stick out of the fountain, lick it, and then dip it in to the tube so that sherbet will get stuck on to it and then you lick the sherbet off and repeat the process. However there is a lot of sherbet, and I don't think I have ever eaten a whole one in this manner, after a few minutes I tended to get bored and proceed to pour the remaining sherbet in my mouth and then just eat the liquorice stick! The sherbet is very fine and I have often found whilst trying to pour it into my mouth I got half of it over my face and the other half that landed in my mouth gave me a slight coughing fit. But I think that was part of the fun.. The cardboard also tends to leak sherbet so you usually end up with most of it down your front (quite amusing to watch!) These are quite tasty. The sherbet is fizzy so it gives you a nice tangy taste in your mouth, although it is very sweet! And the liquorice is a really nice traditional liquorice flavour which is really enjoyable. Not like some of the liquorice that is available these days. There is a mere 90 calories per sherbet fountain, but I don't really think this makes up for the fact that the sweet contains mostly sugar . The ingredients are: Sugar, treacle, wheatflour, cornflour, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, tartaric acid, anti-caking agent (E341c), caramel, liquorice extract and flavouring. Finding these again was like a nice trip down memory lane. I think they are a fun treat for both adults and children, and they don't contain many calories despite being full of sugar and other nasty things! They are a bargain for a price they are but I couldn't eat too many in one sitting. I enjoyed finding these and eating them again. And yes, I am probably going to buy more of them next time I'm in Asda :)

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              22.04.2009 02:39
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              Great old favourite

              Bassett's Sherbet Fountain sweets have been around for ages, they remind me of my childhood in a way as I used to eat these nearly every time I was allowed sweets when I was little. One of these caught my eye recently so I thought Id give them another try, as it has been so long since I tried one. I bought one for 40p, though I remember them being much cheaper when I was a child. Bassett's Sherbet Fountain contain a liquorice stick, and some sherbet to dip it in, the liquorice stick is quite strong though when you add the sherbet to it by dipping it (much like a dip dab kind of sweet) it is has a much more sweeter and nicer. A disadvantage of Bassett's Sherbet Fountain's are that they are really messy if you are not careful, so if you dont fancy cleaning up after the kids its probably best to keep them away from this sweet. Also they are mainly sugar and so have a very high sugar content, there is almost 100 calories per Bassett's Sherbet Fountain, which is alot compared to the quantity. Overall I think that these are a great old favourite sweet, though they probably are best kept as a treat.

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                19.11.2008 09:02
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                RECOMMENDED xx

                Many sweets bring back memories of child hood and Bassetts Sherbert Fountain is one of my top ones. Funnily enough, I am not a lover of liqourice and I usually just have one or two bites of the liqourice stick inside this tube and then throw it away. The real treat is the sherbert and this particular kind, whilst sharp on the tongue is sweet as well and tastes the best of any kind of sherbert I have ever tried. It is very fine and well compacted inside the tube, so you get more than you realise when you start to eat it. I tend to tip up the tube into my mouth and eat it that way, but you do have to give it a litte tap or squeeze sometimes to make the sherbert come down the tube. Not something to be eaten on public transport as I am sure you can imagine! I tend to buy mine in the local corner shop as big supermarkets don't seem to stock them anymore, or not that I have seen. They are around the 20p to 30p mark here and they are something that I indulge in about once a month. They are sweets and I think sherbert has a lot of sugar in it so it's not healthy and it's not for dieting but it is delicous and as an occasional treat it is absolutely fine. Just remember, don't breath in sharply over the tube or you will have a coughing fit that brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!

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                  18.11.2008 11:42
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                  A fountain of fun fizzy food

                  Following on from my SHerbet Dip Dab review, I am now going to review the Sherbet Fountain, a sweet treat which I had yesterday eveningm having not eaten one for several years. The sherbet fountain has been around for a great many years, I remember eating them as a child and my parents used to eat them when they were younger too. It is a simple confectionary item, comprising of a cardboard tube containing a quantity of sherbet and a stick of liquorice. All this is wrapped up in an outer wrapper which is coloured yellow and red, very much in keeping with Barrats other sebet based confectionary, the Dip Dab. Opening the Fountain is a simple case of tearing away the paper at the top of the tube. The intention is for the fountain to be eaten by licking the liquorice and dipping it into the sherbet. The sherbet sticks to the liquorice and then you can lick/suck it off. Another method is to tip the sherbet straight from the tube into your mouth, then eat the liquorice separately. Either way gives you a lovely foamy mouthful of the slightly sweet, slightly sour sherbet. Tyhe combination of the slightly sour sherbet and the quite almost savoury liquorice works very well, the sharpness of the sherbet is balanced by the rounded liquorice flavour. ALso, the contrast in textures works nicely in the mouth. The sherbet which starts as powdery and becomes foamy feel very different to the liquorice which starts fairly solid and gradually becomes softer. It is quite a unique sensation really. The only downside of the Sherbet Fountain is the fact that they are rather messy to eat. If using the liquorice, it is very easy to spill any loose sherbet as you take it from the tube to your mouth, and believe me a little sherbet can go a long way when it's down a dark coloured top! Also, as you continue to eat the fountain, the top of the car tube becomes a little soggy with a mixture of sherbet and liquorice, and as you work your way down the sherbet you will find yourself needing to tear the tube further down to be able to reach the yummy sherbet, which will lead to rather sticky fingers. Some people try to avoid this by tipping the sherbet straight into their mouth from the tube, but this brings with it further problems, mainly the possibility of too much sherbet falling too far back in your mouth, causing you to cough and splutter, not pleasant when you have a mouthful of foaming white sherbet. It rather gives you the look of a rabid creature. Overall the Sherbet Fountain is a great confectionary item, and one which has very much stood the test of time and appears to still be doing well. They are readily available and still just as nice as I remember them. My top tip would be rolls the sides of the tube between the palms of your hand before you open it as the sherbet tends to settle during transit, doing this will loosen it up making it much easier to eat!

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                    28.07.2008 23:53
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                    You really should try these they're amazing.

                    If you've read my top 10 sweets review then you will know that I love liquorice and also love Sherbet Fountain's. They're one of my favourite sweets and I have been eating them since I was a little kid. I remember when trying to chose what to do with my pocket money these were always high on the list. There are two main types of sherbet sweets where you have something to dip into it. These are: Bassett's Sherbet Fountain and Bassett's Dib Dabs, both made by an excellent sweet company. There is however a difference between the two which is the reason why I prefer the Sherbet Fountains. The Dib Dabs have a pink sweet lolly where as the Fountains come with a stick of liquorice which, although it may not last so long, puts it miles ahead in my book. They come in a piece of yellow paper which is wrapped up to form a kind of pot, looks a bit like a stick of dynamite and then the top of the paper is twisted around the liquorice. The yellow paper has the title of the sweet in big writing and a picture of a boy flying into the air suspended on an explosion of sherbet. Then on the back are all the ingredients and nutritional information. Ingredients: Sugar, treacle, wheatflour, cornflour, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, tartaric acid, anti-caking agent (E341c), caramel, liquorice extract and flavouring As you can see they don't appear to contain too many nasties but beware that sherbet is like pure sugar so these are very bad for your teeth and sugar levels! Once you've twisted open the paper you will find that it's about ¾ of the way full with a pure white sherbet and a stick of liquorice down the middle. Sometimes you need to squash the sherbet around a bit to loosen it out of its hard state from where it's so tightly compacted. They're not the easiest sweet in the world to eat but they are one of the most fun. You need to put the liquorice stick in your mouth and suck it so that the moisture can pick up the sherbet then put it back in your mouth to get the sherbet off. To be honest I can only get about halfway through it before I decide to give in, munch the liquorice stick tip the sherbet into my mouth. The liquorice tastes really great, just like liquorice should and the sherbet is really sweet and fizzy. You have to be careful when tipping the sherbet into your mouth because the paper will get wet and go soft so you might need to peel it down a bit. The bottom of the paper is likely to leak and you'll end up with sherbet all over your trousers whilst it also goes all over your top from where you've been trying to get it into your mouth. It's totally worth the mess though because it tastes so great and getting it everywhere just makes it more fun to eat. I really like these sweets and buy them whenever I can especially as they only cost about 20p depending on where you buy them and they last for ages. Ten out of ten!

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                      17.05.2008 18:18
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                      A great sweet for sherbet lovers

                      Sherbet fountains.....now we all remember these don't we? I got quite excited when I saw them in my local newsagents the other day, I haven't eaten one for years so of course I just had to buy one and sit in the garden to enjoy it and of course take a trip down memory lane. A yellow cardboard tube filled with fluffy white sherbet and a hollow stick of liquorish about sums up this delicacy, but there really is an art to eating it. Untwist the paper around the top of the tube but not too much because you will spill some of the sherbet and that really wouldn't do, then take a small bite out of the top of the liquorish and suck up the sherbet through the straw. It sounds so easy but believe me it is not, I remember as a child trying to devour all the sherbet this way, my sister and I used to have many a competition to see who got the farthest but the paper got all soggy and the liquorish went gooey. I always had to pull the liquorish out and pour the sherbet straight into my mouth towards the end or open the packet up a bit wider at the top by removing the soggy paper and then dipping the end of the liquorish into the sherbet and sucking it off. Sugar, treacle, wheat flour, corn flour, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, tartaric acid, anti-caking agent (E341c), caramel, liquorish extract and flavouring are the entire contents of this sweet, great fun for kids but alas far too much sugar. It is a fun product and good value for money at 20p especially when it takes so long to eat. Why not try one of these and see how far you get through the sherbet. I must admit they taste exactly the same as they did all those years ago.

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