Product Type: Haribo Sweets
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Haribo Star Mix
Member Name: tange
Haribo Star Mix
Date: 22/02/03, updated on 22/02/03 (767 review reads)
Advantages: Good selection, Eye-catching packaging, tasty and chewy
Disadvantages: Let down by the colour bottles
I am a big fan of jelly sweets; in fact I often buy them in preference to chocolate. I like midget gems and wine gums best (except yellow ones!), but I can be tempted by other sweets if I see them on the shelves. This is how I came to be sitting here with a mouth full of Starmix! I was in my local Spar (which is nicely situated just over the road, for when I get the munchies) and wanted some sweets to nibble on while I was checking my e-mail. They had some of their own brand sweets and lots of boiled sweets, but it was the Starmix that caught my attention.
The packaging is bright (a rather fetching blue with bright red lettering on it) and there is a clear panel in the front, so the sweets can call to you from inside ~ this batch were saying "We are lovely bright and tasty, why don?t you take us home and eat us?". The other sweets didn't stand a chance, so I paid and sneaked off home.
I got my coffee, went upstairs and switched on the computer. I am now sitting here checking my mail, typing this opinion as I eat.
So ~ onto the sweets. Mine is the 225g pack (they had them in a 475g drum, but I thought that would be going a bit over the top!) and they cost me the princely sum of 99p (the drum was £4.00). The Spar own brand sweets were cheaper, but looked nowhere near as interesting. I opened my packet I have now tried two of each sort (I've had them before, so don't worry, I DO have more experience of them to base my opinion on).
I have always had a liking for fried egg sweets ~ I think it is the bright yellow centre and the co
ntrast between the foamy white bit and the harder, sweeter "yolk?". I have to confess that I am not as impressed with the Haribo version, in this mix, than I have been when I've eaten bags exclusively containing fried eggs. They were smaller and the texture wasn't as soft; that said, I still like them and the taste was nice.
These are always a good choice and they come in a variety of flavours (they are all different colours and often you can't identify what flavour they represent). My favourites are the red and black ones, then I eat the green and leave the orange and yellow until last. They are nice soft jellies that have a little bit of chewiness to give them texture ~ they are pretty small though, so often they are eaten in pairs! Do I have to mention that they are bear shaped, or is that too obvious?
I used to like the fried eggs best, but they have been superseded in my affections by the bright red heart shaped sweet in the pack. The hearts are red jelly on one side and a similar foamy white on the other ~ the big trick is to bite them apart and eat each bit separately. I think they are strawberry flavoured, but again, the flavouring is a bit difficult to pinpoint. The foamy bits make them slightly chewy and the red jelly bit is fruity and soft ~ a good combination, but even better if you DO manage to separate the two sections.
I am always a bit disappointed by Haribo Cola Bottles ~ they are a bit small and tasteless compared to some other brands (they are still better than yellow sweets though!). They don't have enough of a tang to the flavour and fall a bit flat for me. I still eat them though, but these are the ones that I "share" if I am forced.
These also come in a variety of flavour combinations; usually with two flavours per ring, one representing the gem and one the round bi
t of the ring (the "ring" obviously). My favourite is the green and clear one (the green bit is lime, but I can't vouch for the clear bit). I like these a lot because they are really chewy and the variety of flavours makes them interesting (you never know what you're going to get). They are also good for putting on your fingers and pretending that you have a real ring on ~ is that just me? Am I very sad?
I have really enjoyed this pack of Starmix, but unfortunately they've all gone now ~ my husband did pop in when he got home from work and "stole" a handful, so I haven't pigged the whole bag myself! The selection is good and, although some of the sweets aren't the best I've tasted, the combination of them all put together is a winner. I've probably eaten so many additives now that I'll get all hyperactive for the rest of the day; oh, well, at least I enjoyed them!
I recommend Haribo Starmix for both kids and grown ups ~ they are fruity, eye-catching and have an interesting combination of tastes of textures. They are more expensive than some of the shops own brands, but they are worth that little bit of extra cost; they are good quality and you do get quite a few in a bag.
Now I'm off to look at http://www.haribo.com/uk/history/index.html where I can learn all about Haribo sweets, read the history of Haribo and look at pictures of all their products ~ it's all VERY exciting!
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