“ Brand: Haribo / Type: Candy „
These were absolutely gorgeous and I was so annoyed to find that they are no longer made. They are the closest to the original Bassett dolly mixtures I have tasted and even these changed flavour in 1962 due to all this stupid natural flavours business. Pre 1962 they used to taste of rose and were lovely but I have yet to find a dm that was anything close, except the Haribo ones.Who is the clown who makes these decisions? All my favourite sweets have discontinued over the years and all in favour of what - natural flavours and colours? I don't care about natural flavours and colours, I would rather have good taste and appearance especially in this instance. As for the ones still avalble containing only natural flavours, they actually taste anything but.BRING BACK THE HARIBO DOLLY MIXTURE
I just fancied some sweets today so stopped off at the shop on my way home from visiting my daughter, there was nothing that really appealed to me so I grabbed the one branded product that I recognised - Haribo Dolly Mixtures.
I thought I'd be in for a treat as Haribo sweets are absolutely delightful as a rule, although unfortunately it appears that Haribo haven't put quite so much thought into these sweets than the rest of their rather delicious range.
The Dolly Mixture sweets themselve appear just as any other brand of Dolly Mixtures would; you've got the small chewy dual colour cubes, pure jelly sweets, circular coloured rolls and those delicious cubes of what seems to be pure sugar compacted into an icing type consistency.
The main problem is that these sweets taste as though they have been tinkered with. The usual sweet flavour of Dolly Mixtures isn't there at all, it's been replaced with an extremely synthetic sugary flavour which is quite impossible to describe simply because it doesn't taste of anything I've ever encountered before.
Underneath the sugar taste there is a distinct chemical flavour which isn't pleasant at all. All the sweets have the same taste too (apart from the jelly ones of course) with very little variation between the different shaped sweets. The jelly sweets are actually the best in the packet as they do actually taste how I expect them to, as in fruity and sugary with a very pleasant sugar coating.
There's another issue I have with Haribo Dolly Mixtures is the texture of the sweets. I'm used to Dolly Mixtures being soft sweets but with a little substance that makes them so deliciously chewable, unfortunately these are simply soft. I can squeeze any of them into a flat shape between my fingers and this simply should not be possible from a good Dolly Mixture!
I'm not impressed at all, and to add insult to injury I've just looked at my receipt and found this bag of appalling Dolly Mixtures cost me £1.69! £1.69! For Dolly Mixtures! Scandalous! I've actually just read a review on Asda Smart Price Dolly Mixtures and they sound far superior to these ones for around 40p.
Haribo, you've disappointed a loyal customer here.
I am a big fan of sweets and Dolly Mixtures are one of my personal favourites. They are very sweet hi in sugar, and are almost like fondant shapes with different colours either square shaped or little cylinders.
Although I love Dolly Mixtures I would not recommend the Haribo ones, the flavouring tastes too unatural and they are too squishy. I personally prefer them with a slightly harder texture (still soft, but these are almost gooey).
The Haribo dolly mixtures also do not have jelly sweets in them which is a let down. They are not value for money at £1 odd a bag too. Supermarket own brand Dolly mixtures are far better value for money, with flavours that corespond to the colour of the sweet - i.e. pink=strawberry.
If you have a really sweet tooth you'll probably love these, but if you are a dolly mixture fan like myself I can assure you you will be dissapointed, opt for the cheaper variety and buy a couple of bags.
As some of you may know from reading my other reviews, I am normally a very big fan of the Haribo brand, kids and adults love them! as the saying goes. But this is one product that i for one do not love. Dolly Mixtures are great, a lovely sweet that I used to eat loads as a kid but these just aren't right. Haribo normally has the perfect recipie for it's sweets but I find that there is something not quite right about these ones in particular and I would highly reccomend you buy a Tesco's own pack at 38p (a lot cheaper) that taste perfect, a hundred times better than the Haribo ones.
They come in a purple packet containing 250g of Dolly Mixture's for about £1.20. The packet has a picture of the Haribo kid stacking up Dolly Mixture's on the front and a clear section so that you can see the sweets themselves inside the packet. On the back is all the necessary nutritional information:
sugar, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, dextrose, coconut flour, water, gelatine, maize starch, malic acid, flavourings, colours, glazing agents: vegetable oil, beeswax & carnauba wax.
They may contain traces of nuts
The sweets themselves are little cylinders and cuboids of a sweet substance, I'm not sure how to describe it but those of you who have eaten Dolly MIxture's before will know what i mean. The sweets are split in two. The cylinders are a circle of white sweet surrounded by coloured sweet and the rectangles are just a rectangle of coloured sweet on top of one of white.
What's missing from thsi pack is that it doesn't contain any jelly sweets which is a shame as I think they complete a packet of Dolly Mixture's quite nicely.
They have quite a nice taste, i personally would have prefered them to be a bit fruitier but never mind, they taste very sweet which is good for if you're craving sugar.
Overall a 6 out of 10.