My son chose to have a packet of these as they looked really tasty. However when we opened them they looked good but tasted horrible. No flavour and not jelly like and chewy like usual haribo. Both my boys (3&6) spat them out they disliked them so much. I see they are for vegetarians and contain no gelatine so guess that's what makes them tasty. Okay if your vegetarian. But not tasty and juicy enough for us a waste of money as have been put in the bin.
I love fruity, chewy sweets and regularly buy bags of Haribo sweets when I go to the supermarket, for the last few weeks Haribo sweets have been on a half price offer at Morrisons so I've really gone to town on them. This week however when I arrived in the sweet section I found all Haribo varieties out of stock except for the Funny-Mix which I'd never tried before. At 52p for a 200g bag I decided to give one a go, thankfully I stopped myself from buying 2 bags and also bought some of Morrisons own brand sweets so even if you missed the title I think we all know which way this review is heading!
The Funny-Mix (don't ask me why it has a hyphon, it just does) has no artificial colours, is suitable for vegetarians and a 40g serving contains 139 calories and 0.1g fat. There's a fair amount of sugar in these too at 34.6g carbohydrates of which 17.1g are sugar however they are sweets after all.
In the Funny-Mix there's cola bottles, a starfish shape and strawberries, all look delicious as Haribo sweets usually are and I especially like the ones they produce that are really chewy in texture. I opened the bag of these as soon as I arrived home and dived in. What a huge disappointment these turned out to be. I would hazard a guess that they didn't use gelatin so they could aim these at the vegetarian market, there is after all a little message on the back directed at veggies so clearly that's the aim of these sweets. They just aren't chewy, they are more like firm jelly and not at all like Haribo sweets usually are. I thought it might just be the shape I'd tried and surely Haribo couldn't ruin the cola bottles could they? I've loved cola bottles since I was a kid but sadly yes, Haribo have indeed ruined them and they aren't chewy as they normally would be either. All the shapes have the same problem so for the first time ever I've thrown most of a bag of Haribo sweets in the bin. I'm extremely glad I didn't buy 2 bags of these and that they were half price too so it's less money wasted.
Overall if you like chewy sweets stay away from these and get the Star Mix, these are dull and lack any substance and I'm reluctant to even give them the one star but as I have to it's a one star rating from me. A Haribo disaster.
So, it's Saturday night, and I'm staying in to do University work, and I felt that a treat may be in order. Something nice and sugary; but without the calories of chocolate or cakes, and not as expensive as alcohol, or as influential actually! So off I went down the yellow brick road to my local Asda, and to the sweetie isle, to see what I could find to satisfy the portfolio evidence craving. So, I had to go down the traditional route - Haribo!
~*~ What is the Happy Mix and How do I spot them? ~*~
Haribo Happy Mix is literally what is in the picture above this review, in an orange bag with a clear window, and Haribo written in bright blue bubble writing. From the packaging you can see inside at the sweeties and on the back there is the usual nutritional information and the information that tells you which allergies and intolerances these sweets are appropriate for.
This Happy Mix of sweeties according to Haribo are fruit gums, but that is very different to the normal bag of Haribo I would grab, they are just normal fruity jelly sweets. So these are a completely different texture and no doubt a different taste. However Haribo are confident we will still like them, no matter if we are kids or grown-ups!
~*~ Nutritional Information ~*~
Per 200g bag these sweets contain;
0.2g of Protein,
85.6g of Carbohydrates which sugar,
0.2g of Fat which saturates,
0.8g of Fibre,
Trace of Sodium and Salt...
So not overly good for you at all!
~*~ Does anything redeem them? ~*~
Well when you open the bag you are definitely met with a sticky sweet aroma that is very recognisable as a Haribo smell, if you can really call it that. It's not the nicest of smells, to be honest I've always thought the smell of Haribo to be very artificial, and I've never really liked it wafted under my nose. So I tend to avoid sniffing them if I can manage it, but I've done it for the sake of this review. To be honest if you had a hangover, or happened to be feeling nauseous and someone opened these be prepared to run to the nearest sink, toilet or bucket it's really that sweet.
In the packet we get three different varieties of sweetie, a star that is a somewhat orangey flavour, and orange and yellow in colour. It's a very strong citrus flavour that again tastes nice and artificial, Haribo brand that they have no artificial colours but they don't say anything about the flavourings so I can only presume they aren't that natural. The next shape and flavour is a strawberry that is meant to taste like strawberries, which is doesn't it's not even remotely like strawberries, but it is a recurrent flavour to the other strawberries Haribo produce and put out there! The coca cola bottle shaped one, be prepared for a sour treat for your taste buds, I very rarely get the sour taste but these hit me like a slap in the face! It does however taste like cola, which is pretty decent compared to the rest of the sweeties in the bag.
The texture of these sweets however isn't all that good, they are easy to bite into and chew but, you literally just get bits stuck into your teeth, and on the front of them. It's just a chewy sweet that has a weird texture to it that I can't describe, it's not a pleasant texture but it's not disgusting either. It does often get into your teeth though so I've found myself picking bits out of my teeth for a while after eating them. That, and the fact that munching through them I got bits stuck in the back of my throat and it is a quick dive for a drink to stop myself choking. The sweets themselves just made, me want to drink anyway because they are just so sickly sweet, and not in a good way!
The fact they are almost 800 calories a bag just proves they are not good for anyone really, let alone children which is the age group they are aimed at in the first place, the amount of sugar alone makes it really inappropriate for children I wouldn't want any kids I know eating a bag of these, or even myself to be honest. So they do have a redeeming feature, they are suitable for vegetarians - if you want to consume that amount of sugar of course.
~*~ Where can I get them and how much do they cost?! ~*~
They are available in all good supermarkets and conveniences stores...
Currently available for 50p in Asda at half price, so they are around the £1 mark on a normal day!
The thing that drew me to these sweets was that they are suitable for vegetarians, which is unusual for Haribo. But they were such a disappointment.
The taste wasn't good at all, and there is little difference between them. I don't see how they could have got that wrong though, they could have just used all the same ingredients as normal, but changed the gelling agent.
And the texture was really weird, it gets stuck in your teeth.
And there are only 3 different shapes, so they are quite boring, and they are matt instead of transparent so they look quite weird.
It would be far better to buy a cheaper brand, they will probably taste much better and not feel like you are chewing candle wax. They are nothing like normal Haribo, and I can't really compare the two, but all the non veggies hate them too.
In conclusion, yuck!
Haribo Funny Mix......
As a big fan of sweets from Haribo due to their lack of any fact but high sugar content to give me a short term pick me up I am always on the look out for anything new this company have to offer. Which is how I came to stumble upon this new packet called "Funny Mix".
I paid £1 for a bag from Tesco's but I have since seen them in my local newsagents for the same price so I think it is probably an introductory offer that Haribo themselves are doing. This is a fair price for a bag such as this and I would never pay anything over £1 for any sweet of this type.
For the price you get 200grams of the sweets which is standard for this type of product. The packaging is fairly similar to most Haribo sweets with bright colours and the Harbio name splashed across the front of the bag and a clear cellophane section makes up part of the bag so that you can see the sweets inside.
The Funny Mix itself is mainly advertised by Haribo as a sweet that is Gelatine free so therefore suitable for vegetarians and this is the first product like this from Haribo and thus this is the unique selling point for the sweet. Also not being vegetarian myself this matters to me not.
I am a bit baffled as to why they have given the bag of sweets this particular name as I can see no reasoning in it. The shapes of the sweets are not at all amusing or trying to be in any way and there would be no other reason to give the sweets this name.
Anyway the sweets inside the bag are a collection which seem to me to all taste the same. There are several different shapes and colours. There is a cola bottle which is slightly larger than the regular cola bottles that appear most places, a strawberry shape one which is large and about the size of a 50 pence piece and the final one is a starfish shape/pattern which is orange in colour.
I don't think I can describe each different sweet individually because to me I felt that they all tasted the same - awful!. The soft chewiness of Haribo that I am so used to with most of their offerings such as the Tropical Mix, Super Kiddie Mix or Star Mix was a far cry from what I got when eating these sweets. They were hard and tooth wrenching with no distinctive flavour to talk of. One didn't really differ in taste from the other and any flavour was really forgotten about with the fact that eating them was such a struggle.
I am usually pretty good with hard and chewy things as my teeth are all in a good order but someone with lots of fillings and weak teeth would most certainly struggle. I can usually polish off a bag in at least one if not two sittings but this was not the case with these sweets and after eating a few I have still got half a bag left in the cupboard. Even Himself who usually eats whatever I leave was not having any after his first one and I can't blame him.
I am so disappointed with these Haribo Funny Mix and I most certainly will not be buying them again. It was £1 wasted in my view and I can't see them doing well. I think the lowest score possible 1 out of 5 stars for these nasty filling pulling sweets and a big AVOID for good measure.
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.