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I don't often buy hard boiled sweets for no reason other than the fact that they never seem to find themselves on my shopping list, which could be because there not a necessity in my household as they don't particularly solve the hunger pangs of myself or my children. However, I was taking a trip to the theatre the other day with my mum and we fancied something to take in with us like most people do and when browsing the selection of sweets on offer at a local shop I recognised these fox's glacier darks as something my mum used to offer me and I was fond of so we agreed these are what we would take with us!
~ Fox's ~
The confectionary company was set up by Walter Richard Fox as a wholesale grocery and confectionery business in 1880. It started in a Victorian warehouse in Leicester. By 1897 Fox was manufacturing over 100 different confectionery lines.
In 1969 the company was acquired by Mackintosh's, a year prior to the creation of Rowntree Mackintosh when Mackintosh merged with Rowntree's of York. After purchasing Rowntree-Macintosh in 1997 Nestlé sold the Fox's Brand and its Leicester site to Northern Foods in 2001. The company was sold to Big Bear Ltd in 2003.
Peppy (from peppermint) the polar bear is the original trademark used for Fox's Glacier Mints and was created by Leicester-based artist C. Reginald Dalby, better known for his illustrations of Thomas the Tank Engine and the other characters from the Railway Series of children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry.
Confectionary items in the fox's range include glacier fruits, dark (the ones im reviewing), mints and citrus, just brazils, poppet's and xxx mints.
~ Price & Availability ~
Fox's glacier darks on research surprisingly aren't very widely available, as most major supermarkets just stock the fruit and mint versions, but it's worth looking out for them. I managed to get hold of my 200g bag from an independent local shop and paid £1.00 for them, which seems that if they were sold in supermarkets they would also be sold around that price considering the fruits and mints variety are. I think that £1.00 represents good value for money considering most bags of branded sweets are usually well over a £1.00 these days.
~ Packaging ~
Fox's glacier darks come in plastic bag of which the design has been updated from the Dooyoo picture as the bag is now a deep purple in colour with the fox's logo going down the right hand side of the front of the bag in large white lettering rather than the center. Next to this are the words 'glacier dark' and below this a product description; 'liquorice and aniseed flavour sweets.' There is also a picture of one of the sweets with a 'splash' effect, which I guess is to represent the juciness of the sweet. The back of the bag gives you a bit of fox's history, storage instructions, nutritional information and a full ingredients list.
Each individual sweet is wrapped in purple paper, similar to the colour of the bag with the words 'glacier dark' and the foxes logo on them, again in white bold lettering.
~ Appearance, taste & texture ~
Each sweet is quite small; I guess around 2cm long and 1cm wide and is very deep purple in colour. They are also very shiny, which must be why they get the name 'glacier'. The sweets are very hard, which is pretty obvious with a boiled sweet and are smooth. The taste is probably very acquired, I am actually not a great fan of the flavours aniseed or liquorice however I adore these sweets! Both of the flavours come together very well, and neither are overpowering which is probably why I like them. I wouldn't necessarily say these are particularly sweet or sugary in taste, I suppose they actually have a slight bitterness but it's very mild. I find these great when you're thirsty as they just give you something to suck on and melt in your mouth (which takes quite a while - unless you crunch them!) and they do get your mouth watering.
~ Other information ~
Fox's glacier darks contain 360 calories, 70.6g of sugar, a trace of fat and 0.3g of salt per 100g. Obviously they are going to be high in sugar because that's what they're made from, but it's good to know that they contain hardly any fat.
Fox's glacier darks are made from concentrated fruit juices and contain no artificial colours.
Allergy information: Contains sulphates and are produced in a factory where nut products are manufactured.
Fox's glacier darks are suitable for vegetarians.
~ Over all opinion ~
I will definitely be keeping my eye out for these as they are probably my new favourite boiled sweet, but it's such a shame that they are so hard to get hold of! I would definitely recommend these to anybody who likes the flavours aniseed and liquorice, and even if you don't (like me) you might find you like them because the flavours blend so well together and are mild. I doubt many children would like these though as they aren't particularly sweet and make sure you watch your teeth with them as they will put your dentist in business if you crunch them!
My friend came to work the other week and asked me to try a Fox's Glacier Dark Sweet one of the new ranges made by Fox's, and since then I have been hooked they taste fantastic.
The sweets come in a 300g bag which includes 50% free and I find they last me for ages. Each sweet is a small hard boiled sweet about the same size as the traditional Fox's Glacier Mints only these taste of Liquorice and Aniseed and are delicious.
I keep them in my draw at work and when I get one those urges for something to eat I just have one of the sweets and it takes that urge away.
According to the bag a six sweet serving contains 132 Calories and 0.3g fat which I don't think is too bad if you can make 6 sweets last throughout the day.
The pack is a dark burgundy/black colour with the Fox's Polar Bear on the front and in big letters the words Fox's Glacier Dark. Inside the outer pack the sweets are wrapped individually which I think is good as this means they don't all get stuck together. The sweets themselves are a similar to colour to the outside packaging, they are hard boiled and as soon as you open each sweet the liquorice and aniseed flavour just hits you they smell lovely and they taste just as good with strong flavours you can taste from the minute you put them in your mouth.
If your not a liquorice or aniseed lover then you will hate them but for me they are the perfect sweet to get me through the day.
The back of the pack give you all the typical values per 100g and per serving (which is 6 sweets), also according to the packet there are no artificial colours and the sweets contain liquorice extract.
I will give one fault to this product and that is it is quite hard to find in shops, my friend got hers from the Pound Shop but other than that you don't tend to see them in many places, but for £1 for a 300g bag I think this is very good value for money.
I do really like the new addition to the Fox's family and would like to try some of their other flavours too.
My future mother in law bought these sweets, she saw them and thought that they sounded really nice only to discover that she really didn't! Actually nobody in the family liked them, apart from me.
They come in a black and burgundy packet which is much the same as glacier mints. When I was offered one I automatically assumed they would be like an extra stong mint version until I was told that they are liquorice and aniseed flavour.
Now to me liquorice and aniseed doesn't sound like the nicest idea. I like aniseed in small doses but hate liquorice! I thought I would try them just to see.
My mother in law gave me the pack to save them going to waste and I like to have them in the car for long journeys now.
The taste is easy to describe if you remember the sweets that they taste so much like. When I was a kid I used to have Blackjacks. They taste exactly the same! It took me a while to figure out what they remind me of but now I can tell.
Oh having just read the packet the back says that they are based on Army and Navy sweets, I can't comment as I have never had them.
They are small boiled sweets which aren't chewy. Sucking on them makes my tongue feel a little but numb, in a nice way not a bad one. They turn it dark grey too!
They contain liquorice extract and no artificial colours. The fact that it fails to say that they have no artificial flavours must mean that they do!
They are a sweet hit without being too moreish. So if you like the occasional sweet or suffer in the car they may well be a good option for you.
I'm very fond of Fox's classic Glacier Mints, so when I spotted a bag of this "Dark" version, meaning aniseed and liquorice flavour sweets, I was intrigued. Reading the text on the pack, I swiftly realised that they weren't mints at all, but that wasn't a problem; years ago I used to eat Glacier Fruits, which seem to be less common than they once were, although I don't think they're being discontinued. (Unfortunately I can't check for sure on the status of any Fox's product, since the company's website is currently stuck in "coming soon" hell, something which really isn't acceptable for a major consumer brand.)
Enough whinging, and back to these sweets in particular. As befits a sweet with such a title, they come in a dramatic dark bag, with only the brand name and - of course - the famous polar bear logo standing out brightly against the dark purplish brown of the rest of the wrapper. I think it works very well, in that it's extremely distinctive and doesn't look like everything else on the market. There's a little blurb on the back admitting that the sweet idea itself isn't original, being based on the traditional Army & Navy type, but I don't think that's a problem.
Since these are boiled sweets, you'd expect them to be very high in sugar, and so they are. Well, at least I imagine they are; disappointingly Fox's have not provided very detailed nutrition information, so while I can tell you that 100 grams (half of a bag) contains 95.1g of carbohydrate, I can't tell you for certain how much of that is sugar. I think "most of it" is probably a fair bet with a product such as this one! Fox's suggest that an average serving is a sixth of a bag (so 33.3g), and this contains 132 kcal; not too bad, I suppose. They're vegetarian, and - apart from the inevitable backside-covering "may contain traces of nuts" there seem to be no major allergy concerns.
The sweets themselves are individually wrapped in the same way as Glacier Mints, with a twisted wrapper that can simply be pulled open. The design is very similar to that on the outer packaging, Peppy and all. (That's the polar bear's name, apparently.) However, although I may be imagining this, I did get the impression that the sweets were a little bit smaller than the mints. I know that everyone always says that confectionery items aren't as big as they used to be, but here I think I may, just perhaps, have a point! The actual Glacier Darks are in the same trapezoid shape as you would expect both from Glacier Mints and from the "iceberg" Peppy sits on, but are - again, unsurprisingly - a dark purple-brown colour.
I was pleased with both the smell and the taste of these things. The scent is quite strong, and will linger in a room for some time after you have finished, so do bear that in mind if you like sucking on a sweet while doing the cooking or something! They taste very good, with the blend of the two main flavours working nicely. The aniseed provides a tingly spiciness on the tip of your tongue, while the liquorice adds a more enveloping flavour all around the inside of your mouth. As with the smell, the taste lingers for quite some time after you've finished eating.
These are nice sweets, and I recommend them. Of course they're not good for you if you eat too many, but that applies to just about any snack. In any case, their strong flavour will probably deter most people from eating large numbers in one session. I don't think they're quite as much of a triumph as Glacier Mints themselves, and I doubt that they're going to become a front-rank seller for Fox's, but they're certainly worth having on the shelves.
Sometimes I like to pop something in my mouth and just keep sucking on it enjoying the taste and sensations. I'm talking sweets especially the boiled ones here. There's nothing better than a boiled sweet to roll around in your mouth and perhaps crunch when on a long journey. I do like mints and fruit flavoured sweeties but sometimes I long for something a bit different and more intense. In this case I usually select some Fox's Glacier Dark.
Fox's Glacier Mints with their clear, glassy nuggets of mistiness and the famous polar bear perched on top are long time favourites. Recently the company have added to the range a dark aniseed and licorice flavouured sweet to compliment the mints and fruits. They retail at 99 pence for a 170 gram bag but I managed to bag a bargain by getting two bags for 99 p at my local 99p store.
The individual sweets are clad in rich dark purple wrappers more the colour of blackcurrant juice or Vimto rather than a bright Cadbury purple. I quite like individual wrapped sweets, as you can put them in your pocket without hem getting sticky and fluffy. There's nothing worse than having a mouthful of fluff with your sweet!
There's a nice rustle and flip sound as I slowly slip the wrapper off the poor little exposed sweet. Purpley black, she's a dark little minx compared to the pureness of her clear pure minty cousin. Each sweet is a little glossy almost oblong sweet. She's solid like most boiled sweets with a slight tacky stickiness to her. The scent is undoubtedly licorice and reminds me of the Black Jack chews I loved as a child.
If she smells like a Black Jack she tastes even more so. Luckily you do not get the black tongue effect you get with Black Jacks. The licorice and aniseed flavour is strong and intense without being too sweet. The licorice and aniseed flavours only make up 0.35% of he ingredients but you only need a little bit, as they are such strong powerful flavours. I was interested to see there were also concentrated fruit juices (orange, lime and blackcurrant) as you can't taste them at all. I suppose the blackcurrant along with the natural colours give the sweets the luscious glossy dark colour. There's also added vitamin C right at the bottom of the ingredients, but don't kid yourself with the fruit juice and Vitamin C that these sweets are healthy. There is too much glucose syrup, sugar and other nastiest for these to be anything else but an occasional treat. They are suitable for veggie though
The good thing about these sweets are that they are extremely long lasting. I would say you could such these for five or ten minutes before they dissolve to nothing and the licorice taste does not fade at all. I hat sweets that turn tasteless after a couple of minutes. If you get bored of sucking give it a bite. The sweet splinters into glassy shards giving one all mighty satisfii9ng crunch.
I know licorice and aniseed are not everyone's cup of tea but for those who do I would really recommend these strong dark and flavoursome sweets.
Fox's have been making sweets since 1987 and they are for me an old fave. You cant beat a fox's glacier or mint...well maybe now you can.
I love liquorice and aniseed so when I saw that fox's had launched Fox's Glacier dark I was sooper happy.
As usual the sweets are wrapped in a little packet inside the big packet and with the distinctive polar bear symbol on top of the packaging with the words ''clearly better sweets'' which makes me smile
The price and where to buy:
You can buy these products in most supermarkets but I stumbled across them in the pound shop and was pretty shocked. They seldom offer brand products such as these so all of these sweets for £1.00 you cant get better than that
The facts and figures:
With no artificial colours and with liquorice extract I thought these may be pretty good for you. Its not bad as the whole pack contains 132 calories of which 0.3g is fat and 0.07g salt.
Well now we are cooking on gas!! They are scrummy. When you open up the packet they are shaped in the same way as a glacier mint but they are black..which makes them even more exciting.
I thought it may taste a bit like the black jacks you used to get as a kid, but they are different. Although initially the flavour is really strong its not overpowering. You can immediatly taste the aniseed and the mix of the liquorice is smooth and doesnt make you pull a face when you start to suck it!!!
It lasts forever and I have to say I did a suck test and it lasted over an hour. The flavour sits on your tounge for more than an hour after that, and just as its wearing off you find yourself reaching for the bag to get it all over again!!
It does say on the packet that it is rich in taste and I can vouch for that but I dont think it tastes like the old army and navy it suggests. It is similar but it has a better stronger and flavoursome taste....totally lovely...
I am reviewing this product as I feel I need to explain the loveliness of this satisfying tasty little sweetie.
Funnily enough, it is black instead of the usual blue of the Fox's mints, have a look at the ingredients and the calories involved in consumption on the reverse of the pack. The packets are very easy to open.
Alas these are not mints, rather clear hard sweets. They are aniseed and licorice in flavour and are blackish in colour. They are exactly the same in consistency as the original Fox's mints which I do not much like, they are hard and clear black in colour if that makes sense. They are very hard sweets in texture and I like to crunch them, attracting such comments as 'you'll have no teeth doing that', from a work colleague similiar in age to me, yet sounding like my mum but that is a different story. She could in fact be correct.
The taste is very strong of these sweets and a great combination of the licorice flavour and aniseed flavour. I love aniseed but not particularly keen on licorice, although I like some of the fresh stuff. The flavours go very well indeed together and are extremely moreish, I do find them strong but in a good way, no weak flavours here and to the very last crunchy bit the flavour remains strong which is lovely. They are not particularly sweet and not at all sickly after a few.
I find these very good to take on a journey, whether in the car or walking, they are very good as travel sweets, I like to keep them in my car to have now and again whilst driving.
I managed to pick these up in Asda with fifty percent extra free which was brilliant as the bags can be pretty small especially if you have to share them :( they were a quid something, unfortunately I cannot at all remember how much exactly they cost but I felt they are worth the money even more so if I get an extra half a pack free, nice one Fox's!!
I would definitely recommend trying them out as a change from normal Fox's sweets.
Now I know it seems like I seem to spend my whole life in Supermarkets, well I do tend to be in one a least once a day as I'm lucky enough to have a Tesco's that is within walking distance to me. So while popping in there last night for a piece of cheese ( They are doing a nice piece on the cheese counter Mull of Kintyre really tasty!).
I spotted these bags of Fox's Glacier Dark in a large basket at the end of one of the aisles, they were on special at half price for 64p. I have never seen these before and anything that has Liquorice in I will always have to try.
Well these are Liquorice and Aniseed flavoured sweets, now I' not to sure about the aniseed bit as I don't particularly like the taste that it leaves in your mouth after.
Now these come in a very dark almost black and dark red bag with FOX'S written in white across the front of the bag with glacier dark written underneath. I pull open the top of the bag and find inside quite a lot of little hard sweets inside all individually wrapped in the same dark wrapper as the bag.
When you unwrap the sweet you will find that it is slightly sticky as the wrapper tries to stay stuck to the sweet.
The sweet itself is a shiny black little oblong sticky sweet! On popping it into my mouth I notice straight away the taste of liquorice and then the dreaded aniseed fights it's way to the front and hits my taste buds, well the liquorice taste didn't last long thats a pity. Now it just tastes like I have put a aniseed sweet into my mouth!
Having finished the sweet it has really left that aniseed taste in my mouth that I don't like, so I won't be trying another one in a hurry!!
So how bad are these for you, well a serving ( I had to hunt high and low to find out what a serving was!) is 6 sweets and this bag has 6 servings in it, contains;
I know that FOX'S have always had a polar bear on all of their products sitting on what I suppose is a glacier mint, but looks a bit like an Iceburg, what I didn't know was that he has a name as well. According to this bag he is called "Peppy" well you learn something new every day!
These sweets are also suitable for Vegeterians, on reading the list of ingredients it has the usual list of names of things that I don't know what they are, but I was surprised to read that these sweets also have concentrated fruit juices of Orange, Lime, Raspberry, Strawberry, Lemon and Blackcurrant! Well I didn't taste any of those!! These are not for me, but if you like aniseed then I suppose I should give them a 4 star rating as this is exactly what they did taste of!!!
Every time I would pass these sweets in the candy section of my supermarket, I was always attracted to the dark bag, and promise of Liquorice flavored sweets.
I am a big fan of liquorice, but not the Bassets type, I prefer the Scandinavian, spicy and sweet type, so I am always hoping to find something similar to the candy of my youth, to remind me of when I was growing up in Norway and Denmark.
Finally one day I gave in to nostalgia and bought this bag, with hopes high of it finally being the sweet that would bring me home.
Unfortunately I was wrong, but I will try to be unbiased by my disappointment and merely let you know just what this sweet is all about.
The bag is generally 200 grams but I got a bag with 50% free so it was 300 grams for one pound.
The cover says that it is liquorice and aniseed flavored sweets, aniseed is similar in flavour to liquorice and many mistake the two for being the same, the only difference that I can think of is that the aniseed has more of a "herb" taste.
There are no artificial colors in these sweets as well, which is a nice bonus.
There are many (I didn't count sorry) individually wrapped sweets in the bag which are the perfect size for popping in your month. Although it would have been nicer if they were round instead of square, as since they are very hard they tend to be uncomfortable to suck.
If you suck them they last a very long time, but I wouldn't recommend chewing them as they are very hard, and besides the possibility of breaking a tooth others might thick there is drilling going on in your mouth by all the noise.
The flavor is very pleasant but just a tad too sweet for my tastes, also I could taste the aniseed more then the liquorice although there was a nice balance between the two.
So to sum it up, these were a bit too sweet for me although I enjoyed them I would prefer something a little more "dark" and less sweet.
The pack lasts a long time, as a matter of fact I still have half of it and just pop one in my mouth when I feel the need for a sugar fix, and want to enjoy the taste of smooth and mellow liquorice and aniseed.
Minus points for the shape, and sweetness.
Ingredients :glucose syrup, sugar, lactic acid, flavourings, sodium lactate, flavourings, natural colour, (vegetable carbon, anthocyanin, carotene, chlorophyllin curcumin), concentrated fruit jiuces, vitimin c.
I have always been a big fan of Fox's Glacier Mints and Fruits. While out shopping I noticed Fox's Glacier Dark and thought I would give them a try.
Fox's have been in the market of manufacturing sweets since around 1918. It was at this time that Eric Fox first introduced Fox's Mints to the public.
It was in 1922 that the company first introduced Peppy the Polar Bear to their advertising campaign. Shortly after that Peppy was used on the packaging of all the mints being manufactured. He still appears on all packaging of boiled sweets, made by Fox's, to the present day.
In September 2002 Fox's introduced a new sweet called Fox's Liquorice and Aniseed. It was not until August 2005 that the name was changed to Fox's Glacier Dark.
These boiled sweets come in a very dark purple (almost black) packet, which weighs 200g. The name Fox's Glacier Dark is written on the front of the packet. Also on the front is the now traditional white polar bear, who is called Peppy, sitting on top of a sweet.
Inside the bag there are thirty six individually wrapped sweets. Each sweet has a black wrapper which is twisted at each end to keep the wrapper closed. Peppy the polar bear also features on every wrapper.
When you take the wrapper off the sweet you can smell the mixture of liquorice and aniseed. The sweet itself is shaped like a tiny, unsliced, loaf. When I put the sweet in my mouth it felt like a hard boiled sweet, and one minute I thought I could taste the liquorice and the next I thought it was the aniseed I could taste. The liquorice and aniseed blend very well together. I think the only way to describe the taste is to say it is unique.
Apparantly these sweets are based on a recipe that was used for Army and Navy sweets. I don't know how many of you will remember these.
The sweets if sucked can last a long time and the flavour remains until the sweet is finished. If crunched the pleasure is over in seconds. They give you a rich warming taste in your mouth. I will definitely be buying these in winter.
Each sweet contains:-
Trace of Fat
The sell by date on the packet is 03/02/09 so they have a long shelf life.
It says on the packet that the sweets may contain traces of nuts.
It also says the sweets are suitable for vegetarians.
A packet of Glacier Dark cost me £1.09 but they were on a buy one get one free offer.
Other boiled sweets in the Fox's range:-