“ Brand: Fox's / Type: Mints „
*~* A little about Paynes Poppets *~*
I picked up four packets of poppets in the mint flavour from my local Farmfoods for only £1 (an absolute bargain in my view). These sweets are also available in other varieties such as toffee, choc chip cookie and raisin flavour. I have loved poppets since I was a child, but I have only really been a fan of the mint flavour as I find the others to be too sickly. Surprisingly, poppets have been around since 1937 and I think that this just goes to show how popular these little sweets must be to stand the test of time.
Packaged in a bright green box with a small flap at the corner allowing the poppets to pop out (so to speak), these sweets are very individual in their design and stand out from rival mint creams on the shelves.
Mint poppets are basically mint creams encased in dark chocolate. Inside the chocolate coating is a smooth mint fondant centre that melts in the mouth. The mint centre is rather tangy in my view, and I was not surprised to find that each poppet contains 100% peppermint oil. I think that the chocolate covering compliments the mint perfectly and makes a tasty, addictive sweet.
*~* Basic Nutritional Information (per packet) *~*
3.2 grams Saturated Fat
29 grams Sugar
As you can see these aren't the healthiest of sweets, but if you eat these in moderation then they can be enjoyed as a nice, occasional treat.
*~* My Opinion *~*
Usually, I can never finish a packet of poppets in one go, as I find that after a while these sweets can become rather sickening and often begin to hurt my teeth - not surprising I guess when you consider their high sugar content!
As poppets come packaged in a card box, this can make getting them out somewhat troublesome and may require some shaking to get those pesky corner ones out.
Nonetheless, these are my favourite sweets and will always be dear to me, as I remember loving these since I was a child. Unique in their taste and somewhat different from the usual sweets on offer, I feel that poppets are a great little treat for kids and adults alike. Overall, I give poppets 5 dooyoo stars for their delicious, minty taste.
Oh these bring fine memories. I remember the little purple boxes of chocolate raisins. The pleasure is in the shaking and then making that little tear in the side of the box. Mint Poppets are a newer twist on the classic, similar concept, only with a mint filling. They are available individually or you can pick up multipacks for around the pound mark. This represents good value for money, a box every couple of days would thus be a real treat.
Each box houses a good few handfuls of sweets. We are not talking hundreds, maybe thirty odd. I have not ever stopped and counted them. I love the little cute boxes. It is like a cigarette packet and there is something aesthetically pleasing about the look of the box. Easy to spot on shelves, you should have no problems finding this brand in a supermarket.
The actual sweets are small pellet sized capsules of chocolate, rounded and firm to the touch. They have a deliciously sensual shiny surface. I like to gather a handful of them and play around with them before wolfing them down. They dispense from the box like droplets and land effortlessly into the hand, ready to be consumed.
The taste of the chocolate might lack the bitterness I crave from cocoa, but it is decent enough and better than what I call cinema chocolate. Inside the chocolate, a minty layer greets you with a confident and assertive pepperminty taste. Not too strong and not so weak that it fades into oblivion. The two flavours work well and compliment each other, though I would have liked the mint to have more zest, like you get with After Eights...you know that tangy scent you get.
They are a neat idea for a snack and make a change from a Mars Bar. Plus, you can have a handful then hide them and return to the box in a few days. Worth a pop.
I went to my local pound shop just to see if I could grab a few bargains and I fancied some chocolate and I came across poppets.
I've not seen these in ages (since I was about 10) and I didnt realse they still made them. So I swifty picked up some of these.
I got four packs for a pound and I thought what a bargain.
When I got back in work and I opened a pack of these little chocolate minty treats. The minty smell hits you almost instantly just before I tucked into these fondant treats.
The box is of bright green in colour and has the word "Poppets" in big lettered white writing and are very easy to spot.
The box is a handy pack and you push one of the corners in for easy access to your sweets.
The chocolate is dark and it fits well with the minty fondant centre. As you bite into your poppets the texture of the chocolate is smooth with a creamy bright white centre.
These poppets are great fun and great to eat any time of the day.
Poppets have been around for many years since 1937 and come in other great tasting flavours such as toffee, rasins, mint and cookie flavour amongst others.
Ingredients are as follows -
Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Glazing Agent (Shellac, Gum Acacia), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Tapioca Dextrine, Invertase, Peppermint Oil, Vanillin.
May contain traces of Nuts & Milk.
Dark chocolate contains vegetable fat in addition to cocoa butter.
Dark chocolate contains cocoa solids 45% minimum.
Nutritional Information are as follows -
Typical Values: Nutritional Per serving
Energy kJ 1749 735
kcals 414 174
Protein 1.9 0.8
Carbohydrate 79.3 33.3
Of which sugars 69.0 29.0
Fat 12.9 5.4
Of which saturates 7.7 3.2
Fibre 4.1 1.7
Sodium Trace Trace
Equivalent as salt Trace Trace
Daily amount guideline -
Calories 174 - 8.7%
Sugars 29.0g - 32.2%
Fat 5.4g - 7.7%
Salt Trace - Trace
Yes I know that I have reached that age where I'm always banging on about nostalgia and the good old days, but I just can't help myself nowadays as the very small things that made Britain so great back then have already started to slip away from our very grasp. I suppose that the good side to this is that we can start to appreciate what we do have left just that little bit more and you will be surprised how some of the best things really do come in small packages.
Take the humble Poppets for example; my first encounter of these was back in the 70's when once a week I would go to the swimming baths with my dad. I would be left feeling exhausted and hungry after endless hours of trying to rescue my locker key from the bottom of the heavy chlorinated water, so my dad would give some change to spend in the vending machine on the way out. My favourite was a packet of salt and shake crisps and a box of mint Poppets.
The little cardboard box is easily opened with a simple perforated side opening which allows the little chocolate balls to 'pop' out with a little shake, giving birth to the new slogan 'racket in a packet'. There's something about the little spherical shape that makes these little treats so playful and fun; maybe this goes back to the days of playing with marbles or ball bearings or even rolling bogies. Ok, maybe not bogies but you get the idea.
The little dark chocolate balls stay in the hand for quite a while without melting thanks to the shellac coating; this is a resin secreted by the female 'lac' bug, which is mainly used to seal out moisture on wood surfaces with products like French polish. Mmm tasty.
Don't worry too much about the shellac coating, because it doesn't actually taste of anything and it is quickly dissolved to reveal a sweet tasting dark chocolate followed by the generous minty fondant centre. The pure simplicity of these little sweets means that the harmony of dark chocolate and mint fondant makes them taste simply fantastic.
The only downside to these little Poppets are that they are quickly consumed and not very filling which brings me to another one of those pondering moments where I say,
"Is it just me or have these boxes gotten smaller?"
I say this every year when cream eggs hit the shelves; but the truth is that I never want to accept that it is just me that keeps getting bigger each year making everything else look small by comparison.
If you like after eight mints then you will probable prefer the dark chocolate minty Poppets; however you can also get these in chewy toffee, juicy raisin and the new choc chip cookie flavour which are all covered in milk chocolate.
It's fair to say that the little box of Poppets are well engineered for vending machine dispensing, but I can't help thinking that the people at Paynes are purposely manufacturing a product which leaves you wanting more by holding back just a small amount on the number of Poppets in each box. I personally would like to see a slightly bigger box with a few more sweets inside, or even a large packet so that I can share them with my friends who always nick mine when I leave them lying around.
A few little factoids (The little box of Poppets are made in Leicester and have been coming out of vending machines since 1937 when they were introduced to the cinemas; 10 million Poppets are consumed every week!)
I purchased mine from Asda for about 26p and the nutritional information per box is-
Calories - 185
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrate - 33.3g
Fat - 5.4g
Also Suitable for vegetarians.
Poppets are little chocolate coated balls filled with fondant, raisins etc... They come in a little cardboard box with a resealable flap and bright coloured designs on the outside. They were invented in 1937 for eating at the cinema and the boxes were so they could fit in the new vending machines of the time. I have always been someone who enjoys nostalgic and evocative smells and tastes - Poppets are no exception.
Poppets currently come in four different options - toffee, mint, raisin, and most recently this year choc chip cookie.
I used to buy Poppets with my pocket money as a kid. I think the appeal of them was the box being a perfect size to fit in your pocket along with the portions being satisfying enough but not so filling that you lost your appetite. They made a lovely rattling noise in the box too which makes for a wonderful sensory experience when you are only ten years old.
I recently rediscovered these when at my local newsagents and could not resist the four for £1.00 offer they had on so I grabbed four of my favourite flavour - mint and dark chocolate. The moment I popped one in my mouth I was transported back to my childhood, they are still as good as they used to be.
The fondant is very similar to that of Frys Creams and slightly crumbly. The dark chocolate has a thin shiny coating; I held a few in my hands as I was eating them and they did not melt.
I would recommend these as stocking fillers for your kids, they have attractive packaging and could be a good alternative to gold coins!
Poppets are a range of 'ball-shaped' confectionary - consisting of various fillings, surrounded by a coating of chocolate. There are several varieties on sale, such as toffee, & chocolate chip cookies, but my favourite (& the most widely available flavour) are the mint ones.
Mint Poppets have a shiny layer of dark chocolate on the outside, with a peppermint flavoured fondant centre. They can vary in texture & consistency - with some seeming quite hard & dry, & others being soft & squishy. They are a good quality confectionary, with a refreshing zingy minty-ness, & good quality chocolate which contains a minimum of 45% cocoa solids.
Poppets are housed in small boxes with a perforated tab which can be pushed in & peeled back in order to shake the poppets out. The packaging is quite novel in relation to other packaging, & is really convenient to use. it makes Poppets great for sharing, as it's easy to shake them out into other people's hands (just be careful not to shake too many out, or you won't be left with any for yourself!).
The boxes are only small, which makes them good for a small treat. Each pack contains 174 calories, 29g of sugar, & 5.4g of fat. (Good thing the boxes aren't any bigger with that kind of nutritional info!).
I have been buying these for years for my kids. I've always prefered giving them chocolate rather than sweets. In my crazy mind I think they are more healthier, but I doubt this is the case.
They have always been popluar and I've only ever had to pay about 20p for a small box. Last week I was shopping in Home Bargains and they were only 17p, so even better. This time however I didn't have the kids with me and the only reason I bought them was for my greedy self.
The box is green (like you'd expect with mint chocolates) and they contain approximately 15 balls of mint, covered in dark chcolate. I always find the chocolate is a little crispy. Inside you will find like a mint fondant. They really do taste minty. I like sucking the chocolate off mine and then eating the mint. I have always found that they are suitable for my children, but obviously all children differ. As for filling a gap as a snack, I don't think as a grown up that these are sufficient enough, and they always have me wanting more.
The dark chcolate accounts for 42% and mint 58% wellso the box says.
Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Glazing Agent (Shellac Gum Acodal) Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)Tapoioca Dextrine, Invertase, Peppermint Oil, Vanillin
May contain nuts
Suitable for Vegetarians
Nutrition (per pack)
(of which sugars 29.0g)
(of which saturates 3.2g)
Equivalent as salt Trace
After the disaster of the new Choc Chip Cookie Poppets, I decided to make up for my disappointment by treating myself to a box of my favourite Mint ones. To me they remind me of the annual peppermint cream sweets I make with my granddaughters and I do find Poppets make a lovely change from the usual bars of chocolate I buy.
A Mint Poppet is basically a pure white minty ball of fondant which has been coated with glossy dark chocolate and packaged into the best box for sweets that I've ever come across. I often overlook them in the shops and dismiss them as kids sweets even though I love them so much, then when I buy myself a box I invariably kick myself for not buying them more often!
They are absolutely delicious. The cool peppermint centre is just the right strength and wonderfully sweet, it has a solid consistency that is very easy to bite through - or if you have more stamina than me you can allow the entire Poppet to melt down to a sticky minty mess in your mouth, although this does take some doing!
The chocolate isn't the best quality in the world but it does compliment the gorgeous mint centre perfectly. The chocolate is delightfully dark and melts slower the most chocolate I've eaten, as you're sucking it you'll become aware of the flavour of mint slowly coming though and building up to a stronger and stronger taste that eventually overwhelms the chocolate.
I also love the fact that all the Poppets are different sizes, simply because this makes them seem much less mass produced than other perfectly formed sweets and chocolates. I am deliberately slow at eating these as I like to make them last for as long as possible, this is where the box becomes even more perfect because you can simply tuck the tab into the side of the box and this seals it ready for the next time.
There's not a lot else I can say about Mint Poppets, other than the fact that they are absolutely delicious and I think I am going to go and get the remainder of my box right now! They are much more grown up than the other varieties of Poppet with the added advantage of not pulling out my teeth out like the toffee ones!
Mint Poppets aren't as terrible for your diet as you may thing, the box contains 174 calories and 3.2g of saturated fat - which isn't great admittedly, but dependant on your willpower you should be able to make these last much longer than an average chocolate bar!
In the green box, coming from Paynes, via Foxes confectionery arm comes the mint flavoured Poppets. A blast from the past with a minty centre and a dark chocolate svelte coat. For those familiar with the poppets identity you'll know what to expect, for those who are unfamiliar with them, then read on.
Poppets are a chocolate/candy in which a filling is covered by by a chocolate jacket. These flavours (centres) range from this Mint version to a Toffee one and a Chocolate chip cookie one (amongst others) each coming in it's own coloured box (for this mint one it's green) and most of the flavours have been around for years and as such still possess a good memories of years of childhood this one included.
This one however differs from all the other flavours in that it has a dark chocolate (as opposed a regular milk chocolate jacket) which makes up 50% of each single poppet, the other 50% is made of the pepper mint cream inside. The chocolates are soft and marble sized, which when cut into pieces (yes I did this) look a bit like chocolate covered vaseline with the thin dark chocolate covering a mint fondant (not technically a "cream" as I've said earlier). They look nice before being cut, looking inside and studying them is a little more off putting.
When popped into the mouth they taste incredibly sweet and minty, exactly the same as After 8's or dinner mints in taste (or infact the Chocolate flavoured Trident Gum) which is a nice taste. However there is something a little bit wrong with my memory of them, as after only 3 or 4 I started to feel quite sick of them, they were really annoyingly sickly and too sweet, thankfully I'd managed to off load a load of them to work colleagues who also had fond memories of them, they were oddly popular with everyone who saw them wanting one (quite luckily I must admit). Thankfully as a result of the sickly sweet and over harsh fondant they seemed a sweet that was made for sharing, with everyone using their rose tinted glasses and remembering them for when sugar was a form of life.
After having had some of the other ones recently, I'd definitely not have these as my first choice, much preferring both the toffee and the raisin ones, and with the cookie ones to come, I have high hopes for them, though I've never tried them ones. It seems strongly as those these are one of those things that should have remained in my head as something I used to like, not something I DO like which is a mistake we all too often fall for in life. A bit like Wispas to be honest in the feeling that "I used to like them...I think, but now I don't so maybe I never did".
Nutritional Information: (per box, which is around 42g)
174 Calories (8.7%)
29g Sugar (32.2%)
5.4g Fat (7.7%)
3.2g Saturates (16%)
The sugar and the saturates could well explain the sickliness and the the idea that they are around 75% sugar is quite worrying. To be honest I'd rather have one of the other flavours of them any day of the week, this should have been something to savour with memories, but sadly they aren't worth having.
Ok, so I just chomped my way through a pack of these and thought of dooyoo ...
I picked them up earlier today at one of the frozen food stores. Poppets were on offer at 5 for £1 so I got a mixture of some of the flavours; mint, raisins, toffee and choc chip cookie. We have loads of days out planned throughout the year and I thought these would be handy in our little food stash. However, I am not sure that they will last for the picnic box.... I should have bought more. In fact, scrap that, I should not have bought them at all. They are so moreish.
**THE PACKAGING AND NUTRITION**
The Mint Poppets are packaged in a lime green box, similar to the size of a 20 pack of cigarettes. On the side of the box is a small tag to push in to allow the Poppets to empty out. They have called it a 'Poppet In.'
The packaging lists the nutritional qualities. For me the following things are important to note:
Per Pack: 185kcal and 5.4g of fat.
Suitable for Vegetarians
**THE APPEARANCE, SMELL AND TASTE**
Poppets are small ball shaped fondants covered in dark milk chocolate. The outer appearance is just of the dark chocolate. Once I bit into the Poppet I could see the creamy coloured fondant.
When I opened the pack (by ripping open the top, rather than fiddling around with the silly 'poppet in' on the side), I got an instant whiff of pepperminty chocolate (a bit like the well known mints eaten after a certain time). It was a pleasant pepperminty smell, not overpowering but definitely present.
Biting into these litle poppets is like stepping into a new world. They are so delicious. The peppermint and the dark chocolate is a wonderful combination, the chocolate melts well in the mouth and the fondant centre has a pleasant crumbling texture.
**WOULD I BUY AGAIN?**
Absolutely yes and no!! They are really moreish and I enjoy them. As there is not enough to share I eat a whole box and that is a bad thing. They did give me the chocolate fix I needed today. And I went on to eat a pack of Raisin Poppets.
**WOULD I REALLY BUY THEM AGAIN?**
Err... yes, I twisted my own arm. Yum.
Review also on ciao - theshinyone - July 2009
You know when you just fancy something. You get a sudden craving for something, and drop everything and anything you're doing at that moment, and go in search of that one thing you really crave. Well, sometimes this is for a song with me, Im busy tidying my bedroom or something, and all of a sudden I MUST listen to a Kylie Minouge song, so I dropped the hoover and bolt to the CD player.
Well it was a Saturday afternoon in town, and I suddenly had a craving for something chocolatey and sweet. So I dropped the top I had in my basket and went off to the Tesco's two minutes away to go and retrieve something delicious to gobble down. I reached the sweetie aisle, and I peered up and down the various shelfs. Hmm, no I didnt fancy a chocolate bar, nor did I desire a bag of jelly or foamy sweets.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the product, the perfect product for this time, I scooped it up in my hands and trotted off the check out ready to make my purchase.
The product I had picked up was _Foxes Mint Cream Poppets_. I remember having these when I was a little girl, and I couldnt wait to sample them again. I handed them over to the girl at the checkout, and handed over my 26p.
The poppets came in a bright green box. The box is rectangular in shape, and my box had a picture of a yellow rubber duck on it. Perhaps this is what persuaded me to buy them, however i will never know. Written on the box in "rounded" black writing, is _POPPETS_. Above the word Poppets, the manifacturers name PAYNES is written. Under neath it clearly states the flavour, which in my case is mint. The 41g box I purchased was easy to fit and my pocket and was not too large, yet not scrimping in size in any way.
Mint creams, are not the only type of poppets you can get. The other flavours are toffee, raisin and orange cream. The toffee and raisin poppets and milk chocolate, however the mint and orange creams are dark chocolate.
What are poppets I hear you ask?
I am sure everybody has at least seen, if not tried poppets in there life. If not, if you totoally oblivious- Poppets are small spherical balls, of either toffee, raisin, orange cream or mint cream, secreted in a medium-thick layer of either milk or dark chocolate. You get a large amount in each box, and when the box is upright the little balls come farther than 3 quarters up the box. For 26p I think this is a good amount.
Before I began my poppets, I swivelled the pack around to take a glance at the nutritional information included clearly on the back of the box. This 41g box of mint poppets contained, 185 calories, and 5.4g of fat. Calorie-wise, these are quite high however reasonably lower than other chocolate bars. However the fat content is much lower than your standard bag of chocolates for example malteasers or minstrels, which usually contain from anywhere between 8g-15g of fat. So all in all these arn't TOO bad for you, though they are not in any way a healhty food.
The ingrediants stated on the back, claim that these include, Dark chocolate (42%) with peppermint-flavoured fondant centres (58%). The ingrediants list, is as follows; _Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Glucose Syrup, Cocoa Butter, Glazing Agent (Shellac, Gum Acacia), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Tapioca Dextrine, Invertase, Vegetable Fat, Peppermint Oil, Vanilla._ We are also told these may contain traces of nut and milk. So nut allergys should steer clear.
The time had come for me to try these little balls of mintiness. To enjoy these as much as possible, I plonked myself down on a bench in order to savour every single suck of these. I was soon to proved wrong.
I opened the box (with a bit of difficulty), as you have to push in a little flap in the box in order to get out any chocolate. After about five minutes of trying I eventually managed, I tipped up the box and out rolled four little chocolaty balls. Up untill now I had forgotten these were dark chocolate and I was slightly miffed when I realised. Im no lover of dark chocolate, and I usually find it to be quite bitter. Ohwell, too much pondering, I popped a little ball in my mouth and began to suck. For the first little while of sucking I couldnt taste anything, however then the taste of chocolate pushed through and I have to say I was pleasently surprised. Although I would have much preffered these to be milk chocolate, they werent as bitter as I thought they'd be and I was quite pleased with the taste.
After the chocolate had melted away, a minty peppermint taste began to emmerge. My first thought was that this tasted of toothpaste, only obviously a little sweeter. At first the ball was hard but when I sank my teeth into it, it was revealed to be a soft and smooth little ball. It was quite sickly, however I popped the next couple into my mouth. After about five or six of them I was beggining to think they were a little sickly, however being as OCD-ridden as I am, once i start something I must finish, and so the little balls ended up in my tummy. Though I wasnt sure how long they'd stay there, I was beggining to feel very sick and I regretted buying these. I do have to admit however they did conquer my chocolate craving, and the dark chocolate wasn't as bad as I had expected.
Over the next couple of weeks I tried the various different kinds of poppets, and these proved to be _alot_ nicer than the mint creams I had foolishly purchased.
5 sense summary.
*Sight- Small shiny looking dark balls, a creamy white peppermint.
*Sound- None- balls rattling in the box
*Texture- Smooth and hard chocolate, soft peppermint cream
*Smell- slight minty scent
*Taste- surprisingly sweet dark chocolate, toothpaste.
Would I reccomend?
Well it really depends if you like mint flavour. These are extremely minty in flavour and are almost toothpaste like. I wouldnt reccomend these if you dont like dark chocolate, because they certainly can be recognised as dark chocolate.
I would reccomend these for partys as they can easily be popped in bowls or plates for people to help themselves too.
I however dont think i'll be buying the mint variety again, and although they are extremely cheap in price, and contain less fat than most other products, I dont think, in my opinion, its worth it.
Also on ciao under same name
Poppets have been with us for ages although the raisin ones seem to have disappeared, the toffee and the mint ones are still going strong. The mint ones are my favourite as I love mint creams of any sort.
Poppet's for anyone that does not know are little almost round sweets that come in a cardboard box with foil inner to keep them fresh, as mentioned they come in different varieties but the mint ones are utterly delicious.
Each small sweet is made up from a very strong tasting mint fondant centre and a thick layer of dark chocolate. The chocolate seems to have changed a bit in recent times and is now somewhat crumbly rather than the melt in the mouth chocolate that these used to come with but either way they are still a lovely sweet.
A box of these in my local store costs a whopping 49p but Asda are selling the mint ones for 29p and the toffee ones for 22p at the moment so grab a bargain.
These are quite high in calories but that said they are no worse than most chocolate sweets so it is just a matter of enjoying them sensibly and not binging on them but sadly I all too often do take to binging on these, good job I do not put on weight easily.
Excuse me while I talk with my mouth full but I am just trying the nicest chocolates ever! In fact I am starting to get a bit worried as I am half way through the box and they are very moreish! Saying that I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to sweets and chocolates so it will be something else next week again. Each pack contains about 21 chocolates (Yes I counted!) each about the size of a small marble. Not enough at all! Still they were only 40p a box so I could stretch to a couple! I bought mine from the Co-op but they sell them in Icelands too, and I expect they can be found in plenty of other places. They are also available in toffee and raisin varieties.
These little balls of loveliness have a white peppermint fondant centre (58% to be precise) covered with dark chocolate (42%). the chocolate is quite thin and is not overpowering like some dark chocolate can be. It contains a minimum of 49% cocoa solids which is realtively rich. The minty part is very fresh with a minty sweet after taste and is creamy rather than crumbly. They don't really smell of much maybe a bit chocolatey until you bite into them and then the minty smell comes out. The shell is not crunchy but has a very slight bite too it, they are surprisingly shiny though.
Fox's have recently introduced new packaging, all poppets come in little cartons made of card with shiny stuff inside, the mint boxes are an eye catching lime green with 4 different pictures on the front, like a rubix cube and a yellow rubber duck. The chocolates come out of a flap on the side which you rip open, but unfortunatly they cannot be resealed so they would spill in your bag if they ever got that far!
It doesn't say a weight on the box but 100g contains:-
Energy 1787kj / Kcal424
Like I care now I've tried them!
The are made by fox's although they do have Paynes Poppets written on the box, and are suitable for vegetarians. They do however have a warning on them that they may contain traces of nuts.
I can remember eating raisin poppets every weekend at the cinema watching the latest kids movie when I was very little. I don't remember trying the mint ones though maybe my tastes have changed as I have got older. I don't remember the chocolate being so shiny. I'm glad I tried them now though, they have certainly enriched my life, and no doubt my waistline. Oops! Definately worth a try though.
I gave these 4 stars but the shiny chocolate lost them a star. They are nice to munch on whilst doing something else though and they slide down quite quickly!
Mint Poppets were always going to be a winner with me because I love mint and I love dark chocolate so what was not to like about a dark chocolate mint cream which is what a mint Poppet is in case anyone did not know.
I used to buy boxes of these a week for work but had not had them in about a year till I picked box up in my local paper shop a few days ago. The packaging has stayed pretty much the same, a green box about the size of a deck of cards (well just a little smaller), with the word Poppets on it in black and the word mint below that in white.
The word mint is needed because you also get toffee Poppets and you used to also get other flavours though I think most of them have gone now with exception given to the raisin ones which are still around.
At 42p for a box i thought they were still ok priced but I got a real shock when i started eating them, they used to be covered in very smooth dark chocolate which now tastes as good but feels a bit crumbly and as for the once creamy mint fondant centre, well it was nowhere near as good.
It was a bit hard and needed crunched rather than just melting on the tongue. I don't know if maybe this box had been badly stored or something (it was well within its sell by date) but it certainly was not the Poppets I remembered. I will try one more box purchased from a different shop but if this is how they now are then that will be that for me.
If I however find out that this was a one off and they are still the delicious treat they used to be I will be a fan once more!
Fox's Mint Poppets
Mmmmm, my mouth is watering.
I love all chocolate and in particular all minty chcolate, but these really are good. Poppets have been around for years and I even rember having them when in primary school.
What are they?
They are small round individual sweets make of a mint cream fondant covered in dark choclate.
Poppets are all packaged together in a rather strange little box. The box is rectangular and has a side panel that you tear to open. The sweets are then dispensed one at a time without any mess. The box has changed in the last few years and iscnow bright green in colour with a picture of a yellow duck (dont quite get it but hey they taste good!!)
Mint Poppets taste strongly of creamy mint followed by the sharp taste of dark chcolate. I find them good as a chocolate snack but also quite refresheing. I find them particularly moreish.
Poppets were traditionally available in different flavour but mint is the only one I have seen in recently years. Each box of Poppets contains approx. 15 sweet and costs approx 40p per box. They are sold widely and are generally easy to come buy.
Nutitiously there are 441kcals and 12.9grams of fat per 100 grams, each box containing approx 40grams.
Overall, if you like mint and dark chocolate you will love these