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One of my fondest childhood memories was that exciting visit the the local sweet shop. Few people who grew up between the late 60's up the end of the 80's will always remember flying saucers, pear drops, black jacks, gummy bears and of course Jelly cola bottles. These were always one of my favourites, either in the plain or fizzy variety. Nowaday, we have companies like Haribo to keep these little gems on our shelves. This is a small review of my old favourite.
Haribo are a german sweet producer, originally founded in 1920 and their headquarter are located in Bonn. They could have been the makers of these sweets we eat years ago, I'm not sure about that, but today they are the market leader for Jelly and gum based confectionery in the world, products including Gummy bears, Strawberry wheels, Fruit salad chews and of course Cola bottles.
The taste of these particular version is the closest to the taste I can remember from my childhood, as is the texture and aroma. Cheaper and less know brands sell these cola bottles, but never quite get the taste correct. They do taste of a sweet cola flavour, although not very strongly, and after a few seconds of chewing the taste vanishes and you are left to swallow a flavourless piece of jelly. This doesn't really matter though, as it is possible to polish of a whole bag of 100g within a few minute. They are VERY more-ish, and find yourself reaching for another and another in quick succession. The smell of opening the bag really does give you that 'flashback feeling', the sweet aroma is nice and makes you want to delve straight in. Again, something Haribo seemed to have matched with the penny-sweet in paper bag times. I can be quite nostalgic, so this is a big selling piont for me, as I would others would agree. People say, 'nothing is like what you remember, so don't ruin that', but you wont with these.
Being gelatine-based sweets, they do become sticky in your mouth, and can stick in the gaps of your teeth. Denture wearers beware of this. Also, although their are no artificial colours added, they are full of various flavouring agents and are high in sugar, so not exacly bedtime eating for adults and children alike.
~~"Kids & Grown-ups love it so, The happy world of Haribo"~~
- Haribo Slogan.
The packaging is bright, with a yellow and red design. It has the Haribo logo and slogan clearly on the front. It is very well sealed and keeps the confectionery fresh effectively. When you open the bag though, which is a little hard, it tends to split down the sides as it is made of a quite brittle plastic, so avoid spilling your cols bottles all over the floor. I bought this 100g bag from Tesco's for 60p, which is great and matches the prices of the usual chocolate bars and tube sweets. This can vary in different shops, and I have seem this same bag being sold for £1.20 in smaller shops.
Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Gelling Agent (Gelatine)
Citric Acid, Caramelised Syrup, Flavourings.
Vegtable Oil, Beeswax & Carnauba Wax.
It's a shame that many old-style sweet shops are now Tesco Express's or Mobile phone shops, but I have seen a small resurgence with shops like CandyKane. This is a nice little hark back to more innocent times in your life, and something in the high street which can actually put a smile on your face. Haribo products do this, and no more so than these cola bottles, Strictly for sweet-toothed people always.
Thanks for reading. © Novabug.
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I am a big fan of Haribo sweets, and my favourite out of the starmix is the cola bottle, so the fact that you can buy whole bags of these now is great for me.
You can get 2 different sized bags of these, one costs about 10p and the cola bottles are tiny and cute, and one costs about £1.00 and is about 100g or 150g I think, and that is just a bag or regular sized cola bottles. I have seen these in discount stores like home bargains, for a really low price though.
I'm not sure of the nutritional information, but I'm not too bothered, I know that sweets are full of sugar and not healthy, but they aren't eaten to be healthy, for me they are a treat.
The sweets themselves are chewy and sweet. They taste obviously like coca cola, but without the fizz.
I would say a big bag of these is a few hand fulls of cola bottles, so it's great as a sharing bag, but way too much for one person in one sitting. The tiny bags last about 30 second as they only have a few cola bottles in there and they are really small, but a good little cheap sweet snack, and good for things like childrens party bags I imagine.
I think Haribo sweets are always good quality, whatever product you are buying, and they can be quite expensive, but these are lovely, and worth the money in my opinion.
These are THE BEST cola bottle sweets around, I used to pick them out of the mixed Haribo bags so I was mega happy when I saw they'd brought them out on their own like they do with their most popular sweets.
They look brill, the sweets are made of jelly and are made to look like bottles of cola with brown going most of the way up the bottle and the top being clear.
These sweets are lovely and chewy but not too much, some Haribo sweets are so chewy that they make me proper bored of them but these have got a wicked texture. The jelly is firm but you can get your teeth through them pretty easy and if you stick a load in your mouth at the same time you don't feel like you're going to choke yourself on them!
The flavour is like flat coke, I know that doesn't sound very nice but people who love cola bottles like me will know what I mean! lol They've got a proper interesting cola flavour that is loads like drinking a glass of coke, obviously these have got a much sweeter taste but..... doh, they're sweets not pop!!!
The sweetness isn't over powering and the main thing about these sweets is how much they taste of coke and the yummy texture of them. They are soooooo moorish, once I start munching a bag of these I can't stop and it's scary how addictive they are! I reckon if I was given a black bag full of them I'd eat them until I passed out or went into a sugar overdose coma! lol
They're not majorly expensive, I can't remember how much I paid for this bag but I know when I saw them I was surprised that they weren't more expensive because Haribo are a bit of a rip off at the minute.
Haribo are probably the biggest sweets brand with a huge range of sweets in different shapes and sizes. One of their most popular sweet is of course the Happy Cola which are the well known Cola Bottle sweets which many sweets manufacturers make. Everyone knows their catchphrase which is of course "Kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo." And we do indeed, Haribo was started by German Hans Riegel in Bonn in 1920. When he died in World War II his company was left to his son, also named Hans.
Well it's quite simple really, these sweets are in the shape of cola bottles and are soft and chewy, the two tone colour of the cola and the look of the clear look of the glass bottle makes these sweets distinctive from other sweets on the market. So what do they taste like? well Coca Cola of course. As you bite into these you get the instant taste of the cola and even if you just lick one of the sweets you can taste the cola. This is a really tasty sweet that is up there with my favourite sweets on the market.
**Where to get them?**
Well as you would expect from a Haribo sweet. you can get these from any supermarket or newsagent chain and also anywhere that sells sweets really. At the moment they are on special offer of just 50p for a 150g packet, I don't know exactly how many of these sweets you get in the packet but it's probably around 25-30 or so. If you like these then why not go to your local Tesco and have a look for them. They are probably on offer some place else as well.
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Caramel Syrup, Starch, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax Coating.
I would recommend these to anyone who likes to drink Coke, these are very tasty sweets and one of the good things about them is that they are cheaper than a lot of other sweets on the market. These sweets contain Calories: 348 Kcal Protein: 7.7g Carbohydrate: 78.9 g Fat: 0.2 g Satuarated Fat: 0.1g Fibre: 0.3g per 100g which although not exactly very healthy is about standard for these kind of sweets so I would recommend them in moderation unless you cut back quite a bit on something else for the day you eat them. I prefer to drink Coke though.
Haribo Happy Cola bottles are popular cola flavoured sweets made by Haribo.
The pack is plastic mainly a red colour with yellow text that reads Haribo Happy Cola and a big cola bottle being shown off by the Haribo bear, there is a window by the bear so you can get a nice view of your tasty treats!
There is quite a generous amount of jelly cola sweets in the bag, definitely enough to make you feel a bit sick if you eat them all at once! Each one of these sweets is shaped like a bottle and is half transparent and white to represent a half empty glass bottle and half is brown like a traditional cola soft drink.
The taste of these sweets is slightly of cola and I think that the transparent white tastes of lemon though other people may not think so! Though the general taste is of these flavours it is rather overpoweringly sweet and put more than a couple in your mouth at once just tastes like a mouthful of sugar. They are slightly chewy and the flavour will make you want to bite into the sweet though it can be satisfying to let it slowly disintegrate in your mouth, you certainly get more of the flavour this way.
In small quantities they are really delicious and the flavours are subtle and tasty, if you don't have any restraint you may put yourself off these sweets by gorging on the whole bag as they are exceptionally sweet and addictive to eat, a bad combination.
These sweets are of little nutritional value and are full of sugar and calories, good to give you a burst of energy as well as burst your belt! Each 150 gram bag of these sweets will provide you with nearly around 100 grams of sugar!
As an occasional treat I find these sweets are very tasty, you can pick up a bag of these for around £1 so they're not to expensive.
Nutritional Values per 100g
Calories 317 Kcal
Fat : 0g
What a brilliant idea, one of the best Haribo sweets is now going it alone. Well one of the best in my opinion, everyone is different. The cola bottles inside the Happy Cola pack orignally came from the Star Mix (which they still do). Happy Cola is one of the newer releases amongst Haribo. That is in terms of new packs, not new sweets. So personally I think this is a brilliant idea and product.
On taste, I can't fault the cola bottles at all. Unlike the fizzy cola bottles, the non sugar coated version gives off a much stronger flavour. Not to mention that they actually taste of cola as well. Personally, I think that they have got the mix between the cola flavour and the gummy feel perfect. The sweets aren't overly chewy, but at the same time, you can suck them for as long as you want. So on the taste front, I can't fault this product at all, everything is perfect.
Appearance and Price
As I am sure you can see from the picture, inside the Happy Cola bag is lots of mini coke bottles. Even though they are small, there are lots of them in a bag. Probably around 30 in a medium bag I would guess. As ever with Haribo, the packaging is kept relatively simple, so nothing special there. Although I suppose you are really paying for the product not a piece of plastic. At the moment, Happy Cola bags only come in the one size; about medium. This bag prices in and around £1 which is quite good in my opinion. In supermarkets you could probably pick them up in special offers too. The only downside to Happy Cola is that they tend to be quite rare. You may have trouble finding them near you. Although as you may see next to this review, you can buy 300 Cola Bottles for £3.83 on amazon.co.uk .
So overall, a very good tasting product that has a decent price tag too. The only downside is that they are quite rare and only one bag size is available. Unless of course you buy big quantities of them.
It is almost Easter - and that means that I have survived over 6 weeks without chocolate, having given it up for Lent this year.
This is nothing short of a miracle, but I have to confess that I have sought solace in other yummy replacements - just one or two cakes have passed my lips over these past few weeks (thank you to all those who have had birthdays in our office recently!!) and I have bought sweets when I need a bit of a "fix" in place of my more usual selection of chocolate.
Today it was the turn of Haribo Happy Cola sweets - these are found in big bags in most newsagents, supermarkets and filling stations. Occasionally they can be found in smaller "fun size" bags, but these are not readily available.
Haribo Happy Cola bottles are gummy sweets, which taste of cola, and are moulded in the shape of a bottle......nothing unusual or unexpected there then.
They are not fizzy, so anyone expecting that "kick" from the sourness of fizzy cola bottles will be disappointed. Also, there is no variety - this is a bag containing just one type of sweet - if you want variety, then you will have to look at Haribo's other offerings, such as Star Mix or Tangfastics.
The sweets are nicely chunky - giving a good amount of chewability per sweet. When you chew them, the flavour comes through immediately. Alternatively, you can try and make these last longer by sucking on them.....this is what I try and do, but I am impatient, and end up chewing without realising after just a few seconds!
The sweets are not as sweet and sugary as some others - this means one of two things for me.....
- either I don't eat so many, because I am not getting my sugar "fix" that I need/want
- or I eat the whole packet, because they don't make me feel sick like a big bag of some others would have done!
The cola flavour is quite good (well, as good as a synthetic copy of a synthetic drink can be, I suppose) - I have certainly had a lot lot worse.
The packet tells us that one portion of these gummy yummies will have just 139 calories, with absolutely zero fat.....hurrah!!!
However, (and if something seems to good to be true, it usually is), I have just weighed out a "portion".......apparently 139 calories gives you just 10 cola bottles......hahahahaha!! Try opening a big bag of these and just eating 10......nothing short of an impossibility!!!
So, to sum up - these sweets are not so sweet, they taste ok, and if you can manage to restrict yourself to 10, they are not going to do you much harm as far as the old waistline is concerned.
But, oh, how I am looking forward to Easter and to having chocolate again!!
Haribo Happy Cola
"kids and grown ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo
--- Good Because... ---
Ah the classic Coloa Bottles, they remind me of pick-and-mix so they're off to a good start from the begininng.
The taste is good and convincing as a cola taste unlike some which are poor imitations. They are nice and chewy but not so bad that they get stuck in your teeth.
Like other Haribo sweets they are gluten, milk, soya and nut free so great for people with allergies.
The packaging is nice and bright with a yellow bear with a red bow representing the packet i have (one shown above is different) with a cola bottle by his side. The rest of the pack follows the red and yellow theme.
--- Bad Because ---
Sweets are just a quick burst of sugar and at the end of the day will rot your teeth, they also have very little nutritional value and are addictive in some cases.
The same thing in the pack, unlike some of the other Haribo mixes, can get a bit repetetive which can be seen as bad or as good as it may slow you down when eating them.
--- Cost ---
Around £1 per normal size packet
--- Perfect For... ---
Good to give as treats, especially the mini packs and good to pack for journeys.
--- Overall ---
Classic cola bottle sweets.
Cola bottles always remind me of being a kid, going to the shop to buy penny sweets when penny sweets actually cost a penny! Cola bottles could be found in all sweet shop's penny selection and I always put a few in my bag.
Yesterday while buying a few bits of frozen food from Heron I noticed bags of Haribo Happy Cola bottles at the till. Unable to resist I purchased a bag for the princely sum of 39p, not bad for 150g of cola bottles.
I ate half the bag yesterday and the other half today so the estimated portion they've put nutritional statistics for is on the low side at 40g but it's probably intended for a guideline for child size portions.
The cola bottles themselves are very chewy and plump, taste like flat cola which works in a sweet but not as a drink! They don't taste especially sugary but they are. The nutritional facts are as follows:
Carbs 78.9g of which 58.4g are sugars
The bag is mostly red with Haribo in large yellow letters and Happy Cola in large yellow and white letters with a cola bottle on the front and a clear section where you can see the irresistable little devils!
So high in sugar and low in fat, typical for jelly type sweets and well worth knowing so you can control your child's intake of sugar as well as your own.
As an occasional treat though these sweets are tasty and inexpensive. Recommended.
Cola Bottles are a great packet of sweets from the huge Haribo company who have been a children's favourite since they started making sweets in 1920 in Germany. They are probably most famous for their gummy bears but I like most of their sweets. The Haribo slogan is Kids & Grown Ups love them too or something along those lines and they're not wrong, these sweets aren't just for kids as I still enjoy eating them every once in a while. I love coke so I bought these to see if they tasted at all like it. I was in luck.
They are basically your typical chewy Haribo sweet. They are about 2cms in height, the bottom half is brown for cola and the top half is white like the bottle. It dos indeed taste of cola, very nice!
They are very chewy, I've never found that supermarkets own versions of Haribo are as chewy as the original and again I was proven right here as they are incredibly chewy and have an almost fruity taste. They are quite nice and you can easily eat more than you intended to if you're not careful.
They come in a red packet with a clear bit on the front. Through the clear bit you can see the sweets inside. There's also a picture of a cola bottle with cola exploding out of the top.
I won't bore you with the ingredients but these sweets are Gluten free, Nut free, Milk free and Free from artificial colours however they are unfortunately not suitable for vegetarians.
These are a great sweet that kids will really enjoy because of their different shapes and are quite nice for adults too. They are only £1.35 for 300g so they're not to expensive
Big kid that I am, I have an awful weakness for jelly sweets, and cola bottles are one of my favourites. Of the different varieties of cola bottles out there, Haribo is by far the best quality.
Open a bag and the smell hits you right away - delicious cola. The sweets are nicely moulded into neat little bottle shapes, and fairly thick - I would say about 2mm thick each. That's a thickness that results in a nice chew that can keep you munching for a few minutes. The colours (brown and a yellowy clearness) are nicely seperated, with very little bleeding into each other. They've always tasted slightly different to me, with the brown tasting more cola-y, but that might be my imagination. They even have no artificial colours - what more could you want?
If you want a chew that lasts longer for these, I've found it helps to put them in a fridge - that stiffens them up a bit.
You can usually get a 200g bag for about £1. The only problem is they're getting increasingly hard to find. Despite stocking other Haribo sweets, Tesco doesn't seem to sell them any more and I'm reduced to tracking them down in little newsagents.
About Cola Bottles
Cola Bottles are manufactured by Haribo. Haribo was first incorporated as a company on 13.12.1920.
Nutritional Information *:
Calories: 348 Kcal
Carbohydrate: 78.9 g
Fat: 0.2 g
Satuarated Fat: 0.1g
* nutritional information based on 100g
Don't forget the Haribo slogan, in two languages for you:
Kids and Grown ups love it so, the Happy world of Haribo
Haribo macht Kinder froh, und Erwachsene eben so
(Translation: Haribo makes Children Happy and Adults equally so).
I love cola bottles. They have just such a lovely taste and really are just easy to eat.
Where to begin, first with the taste. I am sure that everyone knows what Cola taste likes, and thus you already know what these sweets are kinda like.
The most important thing is that the taste is quite strong with Haribo Cola Bottles. They DO NOT taste like plastic (like some cheap cola bottles do) but rather have a nice pleasant strong taste.
These Cola Bottles are also slightly chewy which I personally like. You need to make your own mind up.
The price of Haribo Cola Bottles is not cheap, a normal size bag costs around £1.00 depending on where you buy it from, but I have seen them at £1.35 as well. I usually buy them when I can get a special offer, like buy 2 bags and get third free which makes them excellent value. Personally I do think that they are value for money however and do recommend them.
You also get quite a number of sweets in a bag, so there is enough for 2 or 3 people to share one normal bag and have sufficient to make it worth while. I do like eating them in the Cinema as well as I find they are really tasty.
There are also Fizzy Cola Bottles and thought that I would mention themhere, that although I love these, I much prefer and love the Fizzy Cola Bottles. The tang in your mouth is just so much nicer. Oh well there you go. Have fun!
Verdict: 5 out of 5
I bought this while I was travelling as I couldn't find the Haribo Starmix.
History of Haribo
It all starts when a man called Hans Riegel start up a company called Haribo in 1920 2 years later, he invents "Dancing Bear", which later will be known as the HARIBO Goldbear. Soon enough all of Germany were supplied with Haribo sweets and the slogan translated "HARIBO makes children happy" was advertised on the packets. Hans Riegel sadly died but his son Hans Jr took over the company. In 1982, Haribo goes international and sets up a headquarters in USA. Then the ball started to roll and a couple years later, Haribo was worldwide spread.
Haribo has a massive variety in different sweets. They make marshmallows, liquiers, soft chewing sweets, gummie sweets and so on. The number one selling Haribo brand is is Haribo Starmix. Haribo Happy Cola is the 13th most popular packet.
I bought them on P&O ferries and they cost me £1.20 but they retail from 99p to £1.35. You can buy them in corner shops, supermarket, petrol stations etc. The packet contains 225g of Happy Cola's.
Although on the packet the slogan says "Kids and Grown-Ups love it so the happy world of Haribo", just by the colours you used that it's meant to apply to children more than adults. The words Haribo Happy Cola are in a mixture of white and yellow with a black rim around it and the background is red. There's a small see through window made so you can see what the happy cola's sweets look like and there's a starburst with the words NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS. On the side to that, there's big cold bottle of cola that's squirting out cola just the top.
On the back, there's the list of ingredients in many different languages. Can't see any E numbers in the list, which is good.
Nutrition Information per 100
(of which are sugars) 58.4g
(of which are saturates) 1.1g
Acceptable for gluten and cows milk free diets.
If you want to contact them about their products
Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC,
PO BOX 1
Or for Ireland
Dunhills Confectionary Production LTD
I rip open the packet and they smell a bit syrup and soap to me. All the bottles are stuck together so you have to break one of the ball of the Happy Cola's in the packet.
I take one out and squish it a bit. Happy cola's look like small cola bottles. See through yellow at the top and cola brown colour at the bottom. It's even got a small label like logo. Two small lines.
I pop the sweet into my mouth. Now, there are two ways to eat a Haribo sweet. One is just eating one and suck on it, which is what I'm doing now or just taking a handful and stuffing it in your mouth. It tastes a little cola but more so of just sugar. While you're eating it, it's chewy and you have that wonderful gummie sensation. Hmmmmm Yummy.
Looking back, I can't believe how many packet of Haribo I've eaten and never looked at the calories or the sugar content. I mean a bag full is more than 800 calories and 131.4g of sugar. Ouch. To be honest, if my kids ever wanted to eat these. They will only have one a day and that's it. Otherwise, it would just rot their teeth.
Haribo Happy Cola 160g Bags Juicy cola bottles in a big 160g bag, made by Haribo 160g bags are supplied in the original Haribo retail bags.