Product Type: Fruitella Sweets
Newest Review: ... so I considered them a way of tackling my cravings without being too indulgent. I picked up a packet of the crunchies for 30p in my loc... more
Agh - bring back the artificial flavourings please, I don't like dusty sweets!
Member Name: SapphireSunflowr
Advantages: Apparantly no artifical flavours or colours. And the berry flavours are yum, good texture.
Disadvantages: They now taste like they're seriously out of date - yeuch!
I first discovered Fruitella Crunchies by being lured into the sweet display in Somerfield as you queue for the till - I do hate giving I to the sneaky marketing but there you go. I ate the pack on my walk back home and was instantly hooked. First of all, the unusual mix of flavours - alongside the pedestrian lemon, strawberry and orange were apple, raspberry and pomegranate - delicious! Apple was my favourite for its sweet, tangy flavour, just like apple Chapstick and Apple Jacks - remember those? This was followed by raspberry and pomegranate for their delicious berry sweetness. I didn't like orange at all - it tasted like kid's orange vitamins, a bit powdery and artificial - yuk!
You get one each of the six flavours in each pack, and they are lined up in the order they show on the packet, so you can choose to save your favourite to last, or when to offer your boyfriend one so he gets the orange.... The texture is great - crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside (aaarmadillo), a bit like Skittles. At around 25p for 6 sweets they're not cheap, but good for a sweet kick when you don't want the calories or sugar of eating a whole pack of sweets.
Now, for the But. On Tuesday I noticed Fruitella Crunchies in Tesco on 3 for 50p - essentially 3 for 2. Of course I pounced, so I could have a packet a day at university for the rest of the week. The packet looked a bit lighter than usual, there was a bit of a white added to the bright stripes of colour - much lighter looking than the packet you see above you. On closer inspection, I noticed a little green logo advertising the use of natural colours and flavourings, which can only be a good thing... I thought.
Sadly, I am distressed to report that the newly natural Crunchies are now not the sweets they once were. The colours are fine, and the tastes of the berry flavours are still good - but there is a dusty taste to them. That's right - dusty! And the dustiest of all is my beautiful apple - gah!
As much as I applaud sweet manufacturers making their products healthier and more natural, in this case it really hasn't worked. I know sweets are bad for me anyway, so can we please bring back all the lovely chemicals??
Summary: Dust. High in fat? Low in fat? Dust.