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      22.10.2012 23:12
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      A nice treat at times

      At the moment in Tescos, you can get 11 long refresher bars for £1, instead of them being 12p each.

      Refreshers are a very sickly sweet chew bar of semi hard candy, but it is also chewy and can get stuck to your teeth.

      The actual bar is yellow, and inside there are tiny balls of sherbert which are slightly bitter. Its full of sugar and is very bad for your teeth so make sure you brush your teeth after eating.

      It comes in a blue packet, you can usually only buy the long ones individually, but there are also the smaller sweet size that comes with other different chewy treats.

      The yellow part tastes of lemon and it is a really strong flavour, it contains 1g of fat for each bar and also 76 calories so its quite a good pudding choice although the sugar kind of cancels out any goodness! It is almost like a sherbet lemon sweet but because its chewy and in a bar form it doesnt really have that same vintage appeal.

      Its really only possible to eat one of these and then stop as they are very overbearing in flavour and it can also make your jaw ache as they are very chewy. I wouldnt recommend this for people with teeth that come out! Or young children as they could choke if they get too big a bit bitten off.

      Its a nice retro sweet and as long as you dont eat them all the time Im sure they cant do any harm.

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        27.10.2011 21:39
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        a lovely tasty chew bar

        Having worn braces for over 3 years up until a couple of months ago and having jaw surgery then sweets especially very chewy ones were a definite no no for a while. This especially as I broke my brace on a sweet a few weeks after I had them on and at the age of 26 I found myself sitting in the orthodontic waiting room feeling like an embarrassed naughty teenager, thinking of excuses to tell the orthodontist without having to admit I had been eating sweets. So since the braces came off and my jaw almost has its full strength back I have been eating the things I couldn't before. One of these sweets is the great Swizzels Matlow Original Lemon Flavour Refresher Bar!

        The Refresher I am reviewing is the long flat bar rather than the smaller, chunkier sweets although they are exactly the same except the shape. A single refresher bar in my local Tesco store costs just £0.12 which I think is rather good value.

        Each bar contains just 75 calories and 1g of fat. I find these very good for a sweet treat as I do not feel too guilty after eating them, even though they are fairly small they are sweet enough to give you a sugar boost without consuming a huge amount of calories.

        The bars once unwrapped are yellow in colour, they are extremely chewy so you do need to be careful not to hurt your teeth on these or pull out any fillings if you have them. The lemon flavour is quite subtle and sweet and in the middle you can find a layer of sherbet which gives a nice fizzy taste which complements the sweeter outer chewy outside.

        I love these chew bars and have eaten them since I was a child, they are a great, cheap sweet treat that reminds me of my childhood.

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          07.01.2010 22:39
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          Refreshers!

          I am actually reviewing the big bar of refreshers rather than small little chews! I have always liked these since I had tried them a few years ago. Refreshers are on the same sort of wave length as fruit salad chews and black jacks and these used to be my favourite!

          Refreshers bar is manufactured by Matlow and they taste gorgeous. They are basically an original lemon flavour chew bar with a sherbet centre. The bar can sometimes be hard and sometimes soft, I personally prefer it to be soft because it is easier to chew!

          The wrapper follows the same blue theme as the above image. On the front there is some text which explains what this bar is and on the back there is some more useful information.

          The smell of this is really tangy and quite sweet put not too off putting. The bar is yellow in colour as well as the insides of sherbet. When you take a bite of this, it sort of makes you squint as it is really sour but after you get rid of this taste it is quite sweet. The lemon flavour is very overpowering and it is takes away the niceness of this bar.

          These bars are not expensive at all they are arond 10-15p from convenience stores and some supermarkets!

          Per pack there is 1g of fat and 85 calories which is absolutely great and much better than a chocolate bar.

          Personally I would only rate this around 3/5 because the lemon flavour in this is very strong and the sherbet makes this even worse. Not as good as the other chews, sorry Matlow.

          Holly x

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          06.01.2010 13:32
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          A Step Back In Time

          My son aged 7 years old now is in danger of turning into a sweetaholic given half the chance. It's a bit of a shame really because he used to prefer yogurts and fruit however we have somehow managed to limit his intake to a Saturday night only where he gets to choose a couple of items from the local shop. This is a great way for him to have something to look forward too and hopefully will instil the idea that "sweeties" should only be enjoyed on special days and in addition trying to protect his beautiful healthy white teeth. This is a fabulous idea in principal however with Christmas not too far behind us he did receive literally boxes full of various different assorted goodies and we have unfortunately had to put all of our good intentions for him to one side for the moment. Still it gives his dad and I a chance to help him eat some of these too!!! One of the delights he received was a box of retro sweeties. Talk about taking me back to my youth. It was literally packed with all of my old favourites. Kola Cubes, Black Jacks, Fizz Wiz and many more items which I thought were no longer available to buy any more. One of the treats contained within was a selection of Swizzels Matlow Refreshers and it is these sweets that I will review now as I was always quite partial to them.

          The refresher comes wrapped in a very distinctive blue, yellow and red wrapper. This was a large version of the product as there were also bite sized mini versions in the tub too. I would estimate that it was around 20cm long by 4cm wide. I believe that the normal retail price for this product is around the 15p - 20p mark so ideal for a pocket money treat which are readily available to purchase in most shops and supermarkets. There were various different flavours however the one I liked the best was the lemon variety which apparently is the original version according to the packaging. The sweet itself is basically a lemon flavoured chew bar which contains a sherbet centre. I decided that I would try one for not only nostalgia but also for research purposes of course!!. I tried rather unsuccessfully to open the shiny slightly plasticy wrapping. The top ripped off eventually however I found it quite difficult to remove the paper which had become stuck fast to the chew. I was just about to give up when low and behold I noticed a small air bubble in the packaging and pulled it hey presto I finally managed to unwrap the chew. It was a rather glorious yellow colour with a glossy coat. From the top I could see some white powder which was obviously some of the sherbet which had spilled out. I could smell a faint lemon smell and immediately sneezed after inhaling some of the powder not perhaps the most intelligent thing to do however it was all for research purposes after all.

          The taste test. Well I found that this was exactly how I remembered it from all of those years ago. A slight lemon flavour which had a bitter sweet zing. The sherbet complimented the chew very well and the combination of the two was delicious. I have had a couple of fillings over the years and was slightly worried that my poor teeth would not be able to cope as the chew was certainly very chewy and my teeth did take a lot of punishment even from one mouthful. It was well worth the risk however I will confess that I didn't eat anymore after my initial bite as I did not want to temp fate. Overall verdict original and still best and if you haven't had one of these for a while give it a go. Although I probably would avoid if you have had a lot of expensive dental work. Go for the mini version instead.

          I don't suppose many people like myself consider the nutritional information on packets of sweets however apparently the product contains no artificial colours. It also has less than 1g of fat and less than 76 calories. This is per large bar like I had. Takes me back to my youth although I don't think I will be rushing out to buy these either for myself or my son.

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            16.11.2009 09:55
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            Yummy Sweeties!

            I went to my sister's school Christmas Fayre on Saturday and won one of the tombola prizes which was a box full of sweeties, I loved sweets especially the old fashioned sorts so couldn't wait to dig in when we got home!

            There was loads of Refreshers in the box, I haven't had one of these for agggggges and don't really know why because they are so yummy. You have to watch how you take the paper off because if you're not careful then it will stick to the sweet, it doesn't matter that much but tastes a bit slimey when the paper gets wet! lol

            On the wrapper Refreshers say they are a fizzy lemon flavoured sweet and thinking about it that's probably right, but in the years I've been eating Refreshers I never thought of them being lemon flavoured. I thought they were just general sweet sweets and I don't think they taste either fruity or citrus.

            They are a chewy sweet and you have to watch your fillings! These individual sweets are quite tough to bite and I had to hold the Refreshers in my mouth for a minute before I could chew them. Inside the sticky yummy sweetie is a bit of sherbert, that makes the Refresher taste fizzy but it doesn't make them taste sour like a lot of these sweets that have got sherbert in.

            I don't know how much they cost each in the shops but probably 3p - 5p, you can also buy Refreshers in bars like Wham bars and they are 10p. I'm not mad keen on them though because they are too thin and I never feel like I'm getting a proper mouth full.

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            04.11.2009 19:15
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            why i think refreshers are the superstars of the sweet world.

            When I was little my mum would pick me up from school and we would pop into the local post office, which was on route to our home. I would be allowed a mix and I used to spend ages, salivating over the various 1p delights that they had on offer. I used to debate in my mind what sweets should be worthy of entering my 10p mix bag. White mice were a no no as were them flying saucer things that are making my toes curl even now thinking back to them. But oh would it be white golf ball chewing gums, shrimps, jelly bears or the lipstick shaped sweets that would turn mylips red and make me feel really grown up.... oh decisions. One thing was always for certain though and that was within my mix, would always be a refresher.
            Refreshers in my opinion offer all that you can ask for in a sweet. They are not a sophisticated sweet. But goodness me they are like the Bruce Forsythe of the sweet world. Why? Because they have been around for years and must be popular, cause they are still going strong!!
            Refreshers are a delight from the outset, with the bright blue wrapper and the yellow logo with red letters spelling out refreshers that conjours up nostalgic feelings of my childhood. But the fun certainly starts when you pop one of the yellow chewy delights into your mouth. They are sweet but not too sugary and they have a undertone of sourness which immediately get the salivary glands working overtime. The best bit though is the centre of the sweet which when chewed disperses the most gorgeously sour sherbet. A true taste sensation which will awaken even the most tired of taste buds.
            The refresher sweet is quite a substantial sweet and can last a good few minutes of chewing. One thing though is too make sure that the refresher is at room temperature. Too cold and you will probably break a tooth trying to eat through it. And too warm and the sweet will just melt into a mushy mess.
            You can now get refresher bars which are just perfection, they are thinner in consistency to the refresher sweets and require far less chewing but are still every bit as sour and mouth watering but will leave you with less of a sore jaw from all the chewing. These bars are 76 calories each and come in original, strawberry and cola flavours. I would certainly recommend these bars as I would personally choose these delicious sweets any day over a box of handmade Belgian choccies. They are a simple sweet but its the simplicity of them that makes them so appealing.
            MY two children love going to the local indoor play centre. That can sometimes be a parents idea of hell, hundreds of children running around like screaming banshies. But I love it infact I suggest we go there. Why I hear you ask well the answer is this. they have a tuck shop there and i buy 50p worth of refresher bars (5 bars they are 10p each) I find a corner dig out my book and munch the lot!!. my idea of bliss!!!!

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            22.10.2009 22:03
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            Sticky chewy sweet bar with a sherbet centre

            I'm 10 years old. Mum has just dropped me off for the school bus, and I've got just enough time to pop in the shop and get some sweets before the bus gets here. I enter the shop, and have a look around. It's then that I spot them, long blue bars, thin and with yellow parts containing the magic red word: Refresher!

            Yes, like many many people my childhood sweets memories is of the long thin chewy Refresher bar. And it seems that not much has changed. It must be a good 15 years since my taste buds were treated to one of these things, but today, having bought a bumper pack of sweets, I found that these were included, albeit in a smaller, less long capacity.

            The wrapper is quite tight against the refresher bar: if it were a dress it would be figure-hugging. Negotiating it is quite tricky, and the wrapper rips quite easily, so this is quite annoying at times. The bar itself is a very thin and tacky/sticky yellowy bar, and the fact that it comes in a smaller makes it somewhat easier to manage. I have a penchant for putting lots of food in my mouth at one go, so getting the whole of this in my mouth was no problem.

            The outside chewiness is lemon flavoured, and once you have softened it up in your mouth for a minute or so, the outer layer gives way slightly to reveal some tangy sherbet that offsets the sweet really nciely. It's a bit of a shock if you don't know to expect it, but still lovely nonetheless.

            The sweet lasts quite a while as long as you don't swallow the damn thing like I accidentally did. Immediately, I got another one out, only to find that it was a different colour: pink! The difference here is that it is strawberry. Well! I never got one of those when I was a kid. What gives today's kids the idea they're special?! So I tried it, and loved it just as much.

            A warning though: these are very chewy, so if you have fillings or sensitive teeth, just be warned. They also have E numbers, and high sugar content, so hyperactive kids (yes, I was one) will respond to this by bouncing around the place. These little refreshers cost in the region of 3p or 5p each, although I bought them as part of a huge bumper bag that was £1.

            I'm 31 years old. Mum has just got off the phone after me telling her how well her grandson has done at school. We end the call. I look at my watch. Just enough time to pop to the shop before dinner is ready. I get my coat, formulating in my mind the very item I'm going to look for. It's long, it's blue, and it has a yellow circle on it with a magic red word: Refresher.

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              06.08.2009 22:26
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              One of a range of sweets called "refreshers". These have a good powdery core.

              The word "refreshers" and its mental associations when you hear it has just become confusing.

              When I hear the word "Refreshers" I simultaneously think of the round brightly coloured tube of hard slightly fizzy round smooth sweets from the 1980s (called "refreshers"), I think of the 10p long bars - the long yellow smooth chewy bars (that oddly enough snap when you bend them...figure that one out) caled "refreshers", I think of the 25p fruitella looking rolls of smaller square yellow sweets called "refreshers" and I think of these medium sized rectangular blue wrappered sweets that used to be sold as part of the pick and mix in Woolworths - the sweets also known as "Refreshers". Confused? Yeah me too.

              Well, these stubby rectangular sweets are a mouthful. They also have the edge and are by far the superior type of "Refreshers". After a few minutes of chewing these you will hit the core- a secret chasm of powdered yellow fizz that bursts in your mouth and is actually "refreshing" in a sugary sense, if you were not prepared for it. Once you become accustomed to this, you will grow to expect it, demand it and will take no prisoners.

              The downside is most Woolworths stores have now closed so you cannot go in and buy three of these which will weigh for around 10p each. So they are harder to find. You have to seek them out. And the longer you look- the more likely you will find an old box at the back of a corner shop that may or may not have sat there for an unknown portion of space time and will no longer contain the fizz you seek. It happens- you get a bad refresher- one where you unwrap it and pick it up and all the powder falls into your lap and not your mouth. Then there are the sweets I expect are the slightly more mature ones from the back of the box, the ones where there just aren't any fizz in there any more. The whole point of this version of the refreshers is the fizz.

              They are sugary, sticky and powdery. They don't clean your mouth in a refreshing sense like an air wave or a blast of listerine, but if you get a good one you will go back and buy more ( I tried air waves once and will not go there again, and listerine isn't that appealing)- the word "refresher" then has many faces.

              Refreshers where sold retail for between 5 and 10p each unless you buy them in a shopping precinct or service station pick and mix where the price per 100g is around £1.70 compared to 70p in your average high street outlet.

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              31.10.2008 21:09
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              Nice as a reminder, but not really for me!

              As there is no picture to accompany this product I am guessing that this is the refresher chew that you can buy from the corner shop. That is the one I am going to review anyway.

              I haven't had one of these chews for years and years, but bought a packet of children's variety mix ready for Trick or Treaters this evening, but have had so few callers that I am resigned to eating a few treats myself. Ho hum!!!

              Refresher chews come in 2 sizes, can't see any weights on them anywhere so you will have to use your imagination. The one that retails for 2p is about the same size as an eraser and one that retails for 10p that is about the same size as a 15cm ruler but a bit wider. The chews I have in my pack are the 2p ones.

              The chew is wrapped in a turquoise paper wrapper that is quite difficult to unwrap. Once opened, it reveals a bright yellow chew, which is described on the wrapper as a'Fizzy Lemon' chew. The chew is very firm in texture. Its really difficult to chew initially, but if you persist it soon softens, but it really does take some time. Once you have successfully softened the chew, the fizzy sherbert centre is revealed and tingles on the tongue.

              Despite the almost neon yellow colour of this sweet, the packet does state that there are no artificial colours or ingredients in this chew.

              Once you taste these sweets, you will be instantly transported back to your childhood...well I was! I can see myself sitting in the back garden with my brother, both of us holding onto a white paper bag savouring the taste of the 10p mix.

              Refreshers haven't changed in taste over the years in my opinion. They are still tasty, chewy and fizzy. Not sure that my teeth are quite as strong as they used to be because to be honest, eating these have been hard work!

              I won't be buying them again, although have enjoyed eating the odd one this evening, at least until next Hallowe'en. I think they are definitely a younger persons confectionery. So I had better move on to the fun size Maltesers that I bought just in case I ran out of treats!!!

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