“ Brand: Bassetts / Type: Candy „
I picked some of these up today in Tesco Express as part of a 4 for £1.00 deal but they are normally 33p which I think is a really good price for a roll of sweets, as some are getting quite pricey in my opinion. They're another great treat from Barrats, the company who are also responsible for other childhood favourites such as Flumps. Like Flumps these also contain only natural colours and flavourings which can only be a good thing in my eyes. They come in 4 delightful pastel colours and taste very sweet, with a fizziness like lemonade about them, almost as if they come alive on your tongue. Me and my friends used to put these in our drinks and watch them fizz up, pretending that they were dissolvable kids asprin, and they are still a firm favourite for me. The length of time these sweets have been around speaks for itself (my mum remembers them from the 60s!). With 130 calories I don't grudge eating these at all, they are probably a lot better than most of the sweets aimed at adults these days! Ooh and I love the packaging, for some reason they're just fun.
These sweets used to be incredibly popular when I was at secondary school. I think they probably only cost about 10p back then and you were able to buy them from the paper shop at the bus station where I caught my bus home. Back then that was just about as far as my purse would stretch and I often used to pop in and buy myself a packet of these fizzy sweets on the way home.
You don't see them around as much anywhere, but every now and then I spot them in a petrol garage or small village shop and I ususally find a cheeky packet difficult to resist. Today I spotted them when I was putting petrol in my car and had the urge to buy a packet. A tube of these sweets cost me about 35p which really isn't much and worth it to bring back all those old flavours and memories.
These sweets really don't seem to have changed over the years. The pastal coloured little discs have a sweet and sour taste which really attacks the tastebuds and they also have a real fizz to them. They fizz in your mouth and have quite a chalky texture and they are incredibly moreish.
I imagine that these sweets are pretty appalling healthwise so I certainly wouldn't recommend scoffing them on a regular basis or you may just be left toothless however as an occasional treat, I think these are fab.
Having said all that, I would never let my two girls anywhere near sweets like these, I would rather they had chocolate as an occasional treat rather than sweets like this. I guess they'll have to wait until they can visit the paper shop themselves.
Refreshers are a totally old school sweet. They are what I would deem a kids' sweet. They sit next to cheap sweets like lollipops, mini buttons and good old Chomp. However, despite being a fully grown adult I have quite a soft spot for these. These will normally set you back a whole 30p from the shop though you can currently buy a five-pack for £1 at Poundland which always has good chocolate deals on. It's the sort of sweet you can hand out at Halloween without breaking the bank.
Refreshers got re-vamped a couple of years ago. The packaging used to be bright but flatly coloured. Now the packaging is all light reflective which I see as an improvement. The colours are still the same thought, pink, green and yellow/gold. The reason I tend to buy these is when I have been eating loads of sweets and chocolate because these are low fat (130 calories) and you can eat a pack bit by bit as there is about 20 sweets in there compared to a Dairy Milk or something where there is just six pieces.
The sweets are the same colours as the wrapping but all in a pale version of that colour. They are called fruity flavour fizzy sweets but I must admit I certainly cannot taste any trace of fruit, however artificial. They do deserve to be credited with the fizzy part of the title though. Leave them in your mouth long enough and they will fizz away to nothing in a similar way to Skips crisps. In fact, eating these feels similar to the fizz of drinking Coca-Cola.