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My husband received a tube of Swizzels Matlow drumstick original raspberry and milk flavoured chew lollies for Christmas. Obviously when his back was turned I helped myself to a couple out of the tube as I used to love these as a child and wanted to remember how good they are.
Swizzels Matlow is a British-based traditional confectionery manufacturer which was founded in 1928. They make some of the most well-known sweets including Love Hearts, Double Lollies, Refreshers, Parma Violets and of course Drumstick lollies. (Thank you Wikipedia)
You can buy drumstick lollies individually in shops and they tend to come in standard or giant size. You can also now purchase them in bags containing around 10 lollies and also in a sweet form. A standard size lolly can be purchased from sweet shops for around £0.10.
The lolly itself is a rectangular shape lolly, it come on a white cardboard stick and the lolly is wrapped in a waxy paper. The paper wrapper has always been a yellow and red striped pattern to represent the raspberry and milk flavours inside. Down the centre of the wrapper is a green strip with the the word 'drumstick' wrote in bold white writing.
You can easily unwrap the lolly like you would an individually wrapped sweet. Inside you find the chew lolly which is cream and pink inside, the ratio of each colour seems to vary with each lolly some have more cream (milk) than pink (raspberry) or vice versa. I tend to chew the lolly almost immediately rather than suck it, the lolly also come off the stick fairly easily turning it into more of a chew sweet. The taste is lovely, it is quite sweet but you get the creaminess of the milk flavour mixed with the slightly tart raspberry taste. The standard sized lolly's do not last long so I would recommend purchasing more than one!
These small, chewy lollies are perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are available to purchase at most corner shops and supermarkets and are around 10 pence each, a small price to pay for a delightful treat.
They are rectangular in shape and unlike most lollipops these are chewy rather than hard boiled, which in my opinion means they're probably better for your teeth. They are a mixture of two flavours, Raspberry and Milk, there are two colours, white and pink. The two flavours work together very well and they are incredibly tasty, whether you lick them or just bite them straight off.
The good thing about them being chewy and soft means that you can easily just take the lolly off the stick and then it is just like a normal sweet. Although they are very sticky and it can be annoying when eating them as it'll get all over your hands. Also as the wrapper covering the sweet is paper, often you will peel it off to find some of it sticks to the sweet, like when you peel of a sticker but it doesn't all come off.
I have just recently been introduced to a real blast from the past in the shape of Drumsticks lollies, my wife came home from a visit to Costco with a huge tub of sweets for the grandkids and in it were these great lollies.
You get many flavours of Drumstick lollies but after trying them all I have to say that my favourite is still the original Raspberry and milk flavour.
The lolly is not a hard boiled lolly like most others instead it is a chewy lolly and basically like a giant chew on a stick, the raspberry and milk one has a red side and a cream coloured side, the red being raspberry and the creamy coloured side being the milk flavoured side.
To be honest the milk side tastes more like a creamy vanilla than milk but t is very nice and the raspberry flavour mixes with it very well.
You can eat these in their two half's but I prefer to eat both flavours together to get the best out of them.
These are an excellent sweet treat and I would recommend them to adults as well as kids but whatever age you are be careful to brush well after eating because these stick to the teeth and are full of sugar.
10p is a bargain for these lollies and thats if you buy them on their own. Buying them in the swizzels bag with all those other varieties can be even cheaper per sweet. The sheer enjoyment of these chewy sweets makes them a must for any childrens party. Kids (and I) love them especially as a prize for winning a party game. When i was young(er) i used to always try to go for a drumstic when offered a sweet for participating and i didnt particularly care if i didnt win pass the parcel, because it meant that i would be more likely to get a drumstick.
The basic composition of a drumstick is a paper stick with a load of chewy sweet stuff at one end with a wax paper wrapping. This layout provides a surprisingly eco friendly approach when you look at the amount of wrapping on some sweets. However in recent years(not sure how long), they have started producing them in bar form, which i think is bigger but costs the same. These bars remove the stick and replace it with a plastic wrapper, which is less eco friendly. I always buy them from my local shop in stick form though, because thats all they have. But that is one downside to the drumstick.
The flavour of the raspberry and milk drumstick is primarily milky with another flavour which i dont think i knew about until i typed in "drumstick" and found out that it is raspberry. The most probable reason for not knowing about what the raspberry flavour was is that it isnt very strong, which is fine because if it was too strong it would lose its appeal to a few people.
Be warned like all sweets these are packed with sugar, so they are not for chain eating especially as you have to chew them lots to get them to a swallowable size.
I've been eating Drumstick lollies for years but didn't realise the flavours in them were raspberry and milk until I came to write this review! I can see it now though! lol
Drumsticks are big chewy sweets that have had a cardboard lolly stick pushed into the bottom. They are very sweet and chewy and I know a few people who have pulled out fillings and even teeth by eating one of these lollies!
They are mega sweet and have got a yummy milky flavour that takes some of the sweetness off a bit. The lolly tastes and feels quite creamy to eat and once it's gone soft you can chew it up, careful though because the lolly will stretch like pizza cheese if it's soft enough and then you'll end up with a sticky chin! lol
You have to be careful if you're giving one of these to a young child because sometimes the lolly stick isn't embedded properly into the sweet and that means it can come off the stick. A little boy choked to death the other day when a lolly stick came off and even though it wasn't a Drumstick lolly it has made me more careful than ever when I give my little sister a sweet.
They're about 5p to buy loose but your better off to buy a multipack of Swizzels Matlow sweets and then you'll get to taste all the different varieties, they're all yummy!
I have fond memories of these chewy lollies from my childhood and nowadays they come in a few different options with regards to flavour variations and also the size of the lollies but the original raspberry and milk flavour is still the best of the lot as far as I'm concerned.
The lollies are chewy candy rather than hard candy and are rectangular in shape sitting on top of a thin white stick, the outer wrapper is yello and red hoops with he Drumstick name in green background with white writing.
The actual lolly is a cream and red stripped affair and it is firmish but you can bite straight into it and it is quite chewy, the downside is that it does stick to your teeth quite a bit when you eat it.
Flavour wise the milk flavour is rather bland while you can detect the raspberry flavouring in it however it is not very strong at all, the two flavours do combine quite well together.
These are really chewy and sometimes I just strip them away from the stick and treat them like a normal chewy sweet rather than a sucking lolly. This is a super retro product and one that I have fond memories of from when I was a child.
Drumstick Lollys are one of the items I found in my Bumper Bag of sweeties that I just purchased at Tesco for only 85p. For my money I got a 240g bag of mixed sweets which are described as "an assortment of children's favourite sweets." Well, I don't have any children, I have to admit I bought this bag of sweets for myself.
One of the sweets that comes with this is the Drumstick in Original Raspberry and Milk flavour. On the packet it is described as a chewy sweet lolly. They are made in England and contain no artificial colours.
Each lolly is a little bit smaller than a box of matches. The packaging is striped green, yellow and red and it says Drumstick in big letters on the label. There is nothing really on the actual lolly to indicate that this is raspberry and milk flavoured, but it does say this on the outside of the bumper bag they came in.
To eat the lolly, you unwrap it and pop it into your mouth. If you try to bite down on it at this point, you may be able to leave some teeth marks but you won't get much further than that. You have to leave this in your mouth for a bit to soften before you can chew it, and even then, be careful. I don't recommend this product for anyone who fears their fillings may be a bit loose!
The flavour is very sweet and sickly and the texture gets a bit sticky, too. I don't really taste the raspberry and milk and would have said this tastes more like bananas than anything, but it doesn't really taste much like fruit at all. It is sweet and pleasant, though.
So if you're not worried about the state of your teeth, a drumstick can be a fun, nostalgic snack every once in a while. Just pretend you are buying them for children to avoid embarassment at the checkout.
One of the ever popular products in the Swizzel Matlow range is their Drumstick Lolly that is seemingly a timeless classic of unadulterated chewing fun. The lollies are often contained in general mixes of Swizzel Matlow sweets bought in the bags (and even buckets) as well as in bags of mixed lolly's but can also be bought as singles for around 10-15p each.
Coming on the end of a paper lolly stick and covered by a yellow, red and green wrapper the lolly stands out for being "the wrong shape", as it's an oblong shaped lolly not a circular one like most of it's market. It also has one of the most annoying wrappers on any form of lolly or chew, and it often seems a genuine challenge to strip the wrapper from the sweet. When opened the lolly posses a rather unique flavour or raspberry and milk and comes in a yellow and pink colour combination that genuinely looks rather pleasant.
The lolly unlike most others on the market is actually a chew on a lolly stick, unlike things like Chuppa Chuppa lollies these almost end up being eaten as a chew and not as a lolly at all as you get it off the stick and chew away. The advantage of having a "chewable" lolly is that you can experience more of the flavour than you would from a normal lolly, though why they don't sell it as just a chew is beyond me. As you would expect from Swizzel Matlows the quality is second to non with the ability to chew, chew and chew some more for those that way include, then swallow it when you're done. The flavour never seems to actually die, though you eventually find your self swallowing it whole just to finish it off rather rather than hurt your jaw excessively chewing.
Overall the lolly is a classic and a prime example of why Swizzel Matlow are still around despite no one really knowing much about them. The company just seem to make so many high quality and yet hugely popular sweets that people just accept as being brilliant without asking who they are made by, things like Rainbow Drops, Refresher Bars, Love Hearts and these as well as Parma Violets and Fizzers which have helped on of the most under-rated British companies survive for over 80 years. The thing is with everything they do, it's not just of a high standard but they force nostalgia into your mind, they remind you of the past when you've had them and they make you realise that this is a company that will hopefully never die.
The uniqueness of the Drumstick helps it to shine out above the other lolly's as it converges 2 typically different sweets into 1 brilliant one, who'd have imagined a bizarrely flavoured chew on a stick would be so desirable? Yes it's simple, yes it's an odd flavour but yes, it's a brilliant product.