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A Sucking Good Time!
Chupa Chups Cremosa
Member Name: Nar2
Chupa Chups Cremosa
Date: 28/09/07, updated on 30/09/07 (2993 review reads)
Advantages: Novel tooth kind lolly, very smooth and juicy. Sugar free.
Disadvantages: Only one flavour available.
I consider the mint humbugs and I'm about to stick my hand into the jar to grab the scooper when I hear a familiar voice. There in the corner of my eye is one of the children who belong to the local Weight Watcher's leader. Needless to say Karen is only nine years old, but already looks like an athletic gymnast, a complement to her mother's good eating and exercise regimes. If Karen is in, then you can bet your bottom dollar Sue will be following behind her.
So when Sue (my leader) catches up with me, I've changed my position to the "low fat" shelf and in front of me lie fruit gums, American hard gums (hardly low fat but I digress...) and these "Cremosa by Chupa Chups" hard boiled sweet lollies, which individually come pre-wrapped in a delightful coloured foil package, almost vacuum packed in a kind of a way!
And as Sue walks away, I grab another lolly for good measure for fear that she will return and for the sole reason that I won't be tempted by anything else. Talk about the forces of good watching over you...
** The Packaging & The Price **
Similar to the sugar loaded "Campino" sweeties in look and feel, these lollipops are the equivalent albeit the sugar and includes sticks for that "lolly"design! Infact if you want a product overloaded with sweeteners, then this is the product for you.
One wonders for the price of 35p whether this lolly is actually THAT expensive compared to normal priced Chupa Chups lollies. Our Woolworths store for example sells the normal lollies individually between 25p and 29p so in effect you are paying 10p or 5p more for these super packaged lollies instead.
Each lolly is individually wrapped in a vacuum packed kind of a way and is awash with colours of the lolly against an iceberg on a pink background. There is also a lot of Spanish writing than English on it, thus giving away its roots here. Indeed history wise the company hail from Spain, which is probably why many years ago when I lasted visited a family friend in Ronda, near Marbella there were hundreds of these lollies and other types of hard boiled confectionery from this company on offer.
A Little known fact; "Melody Pops," are also made by Chupa Chups too! Our local pharmacy has this on sale for 45p and some are also sugar free.
Size wise, the lollies come in the same measurement as standard sugar Chupa Chup lollies.
** The Look & The Taste **
Just like "Campino, Strawberries and Cream," variety, here the strawberry tasting Cremosa looks exactly the same, with red stripes flowing downwards on a white background. The taste is also similar, with no aftertaste of anything but strawberry scents and aspartame added sweeteners. All in all, a well rounded strawberry lollypop and unlike Chupa Chups normal lollies, it isn't of a clear candy design.
What is undoubtedly hard to believe is that this lolly is kind to teeth as well as being totally sugar free. The lolly is very smooth on the tongue too, almost as smooth as a "Murray" mint and has a strong, long suckable quality that Chupa Chups lollies are famous for.
The scent of the lolly isn't very overpowering either, quite understated and not from what I am used to with the artificially added (and sugar loaded as well as expensive) "Tootsie Roll," lollipops which, unless you have a Delicatessen near you that have American branded foods on offer, you won't find a better scented lolly in this country than Chupa Chups products. "Tootsie Roll," lollies are my absolute favourite lollies but they are far and away from the concept of a sugarless lollipop that has the bonus of being kind to teeth.
** Additional Information **
The main website (www.chupachups.com) is awash with information that is general, up to the minute and tempting to read and check out. A section called "Why Sucking Is Good For You," invites you to learn about the characteristics of sucking lollies or just sucking in general. Did you know that sucking for example increases the flow of oxygen and stimulates saliva? You also learn about the ingredients of this product which I am not going to mention because a) This is a consumer review and b) I don't go to the bother of reading many ingredients these days other than the Sat Fat content and calories!
All I would say is that this product has been heavily tested and the information is available to the consumer in regard to being kind to teeth. For a sugar free product this is just a bonus that it's also kind to teeth.
Since 2005 when I started buying these lollies as treats for kids at school, (ok, for me too!) I'm disappointed to find that Chupa Chups haven't launched any other flavour other than Strawberries and Cream.
** Conclusion **
At just 0.5 points per lolly (Weight Watchers points) you can't get any lower in terms of food value on the diet and for a treat I would say that this lolly is a good sweet to grab when moments of having too much sugar free chewing gum gets up your nose! These days there aren't many sugar free sweets that are available unless you consider sugar free mints which carry laxative warnings, or Weight Watchers sweets only available at meetings. Here you have some variety of a different kind of sweet against other alternatives such as "Milky Way," and "Flyte" chocolate bar. I don't find the price very expensive and at the same time I have found that the lolly lasts as long as standard Chupa Chup lollies. Go grab a pack and start sucking!! ©Nar2 2007.
Summary: Handy for sweetaholics and dieters.