Product Type: Haribo Sweets
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Haribo Tangfastics Sour Mix
Member Name: WormThatTurned
Haribo Tangfastics Sour Mix
Date: 28/01/03, updated on 29/01/03 (5043 review reads)
Advantages: Quite cheap, Taste lush
Disadvantages: Sugar and calories galore
The man who founded the company Haribo was German and his name was Hans Riegel - this all happened in Bonn, a major city in Germany in 1920. HA (Hans) RI (Riegel) BO (Bonn) started as a very small scale sweets manufacturer and initially specialised in boiled sweets. Things started to change though once Haribo decided to make it's first jelly sweet, the Goldbear which is still made today. The jelly sweet was a huge success and transformed Haribo's fortunes in a short amount of time. Over the decades Haribo has spread production across Europe and first made an appearance in the U.K in 1972 when it bought a controlling stake in Dunhill's of Pontefract who made the 'Pontefract Cake'. From having 30 lines in 1973 of which most were penny sweets, it now has a range of 75 lines with the most popular being the 'Starmix' 225g bag.
For some time Haribo has been dominant in the childrens confectionary market sector across many European countries like France, Spain, Italy and of course Germany but only came to prominence in the U.K when it started to advertise on terrestial and Satellite TV in 1996. This in conjunction with a move towards bagged sweets has helped it increase it's market share and it's production many times over. Today Haribo has an annual turnover of £35 million in the U.K alone !! They're not resting on their laurels either, new ventures include a kids website including a junior club and the sponsoring of the London Towers Basketball team for four years.
Heres some of the Haribo favourites you may have hea
rd of ;
Build A Burger
Kiddies Super Mix
I have tried a few of them but my personal favourites are the Starmix and the Tangfastics.
The Starmix variety is a mix of penny sweets including jellies, eggs, cola bottles and milk bottles. The bag is mainly blue with a see-through bit in the middle where you can see the contents inside. In the corner of the bag on the front is the instantly recognisable 'Hariboy' who appears on all Haribo products. He appears to be smiling and is always sitting on a rocket - you may have seen him on the adverts too because he is the star attraction. Haribo sweets are incredibly addictive and although they are childrens sweets, adverts and slogans are aiming at adults too. Once a bag has been opened it is nearly impossible to not keep taking one and before you know it the bag has gone.
Starmix also come in tubs which are generally sold seperately for a penny each although in some shops I have seen the tubs sold as one for roughly four pounds. They are also sold in mini-bags in the kids section and they usually retail for about twenty pence although the most commonly seen and popular product in the Starmix range is the 225g bags which sell for between 99p and £1.19. This product owing to the power Haribo has over the retailers is almost constantly on promotion on one or more of the supermarket giants as I have found - mainly BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free), but whether this is a good thing is questionable now that I have read the ingredients!
The first thing that you notice on the above ingredients is the fact that this product contains gelatine which m
it not suitable for vegetarians. Other things to consider are that a bag contains 630 calories (slimmers beware) and 3g of fat. Sugar is abundant too so you are not being kind to your teeth either but alas nobody said there WOULDN'T be a downside ! It seems to me anything that you enjoy in life (sex seems the only trend bucker!) like cigarettes, alcohol, chips, chocolate etc etc are nearly always bad for you. Like everything in life moderation is the key, a bag every now and again makes them all the more enjoyable.
Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC,
P.O Box No. 1,
Tried and Tested by WormVision2003
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