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      25.08.2013 09:53
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      Rainbow drops

      Swizzels Matlow Rainbow Drops are a weird sort of sweet in my opinion and not at all what you expect them to be from the look of them through the bag.

      We recently went to a birthday party where both of my kids got a packet of these in their party bag. The bag is see through so you can see the sweets through the bag and then there is a rainbow on the bag as well which goes to the bottom of the bag, showing you that these sweets may be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

      My kids were really excited to try these sweets as they looked so excited, pink, yellow, orange and green little sweets with a bit of texture, who knows maybe sugar, maybe crunchy popping candy? Well, when we actually tried them the experience was quite different. These are actually sugar coated maize and rice, definitely a bit different that what we expected and I didn't really like them but my little girl does seem to like them.

      They are definitely very sugary, probably why she likes them, I only had a handful but I found them very sickly sweet and definitely way to sugary to enjoy. It's like eating a bowl of Rice Crispies really with some coloured sugar on the top, that's pretty much what they taste like. I think I was expecting them to be crunchy and then they are puffy so just full of air really and melt in your mouth rather than crunch.

      The colours are nice and bright and fun though which is probably what attracted my little ones to them as well. I think these would make a really good decoration on top of fairy cakes, you wouldn't need to add too many so then it wouldn't be too overpowering or sweet and would compliment the cake well.

      The ingredients on the bag are listed as sugar, maize, rice, Glucose syrup, flavourings, colours, beet red, copper chlorophylin, lutein and paprika. There are no calories details listed but I can/t imagine these are a healthy snack in any way, shape or form.

      All in all, a somewhat fun sweet to receive in a party bag but not one we will be purchasing again.

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        08.02.2013 11:51
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        A great cheap treat

        When taking a trip to the supermarket to do my weekly shop sometimes I can't resist to take a little look down the sweet aisle. Recently while looking I came across rainbow drops! I recognised them immediately from when I use to buy them from the corner shop after school. I couldn't resist, they went straight in to my trolley.

        The packaging was just as I remembered, in blue with a massive rainbow on the front with red bubble writing. Some of the packet is see through so you can see the actual product inside. I think it helps make the packaging look more colourful as the rainbow drops come in all kinds of colours.

        The rainbow drops are puffs of rice and maize, that are sugar coated. They come in all different colours though pretty much they all taste the same. If anything some may be sweeter than others as they have more sugar on. You know which ones these will be as they are darker in colour and have the colour all over, where as others you can see the actual puff. But they still do taste yummy and can get quite morish if you ask me. Though make sure you or your children are ok with E numbers as they do contain it.

        These rainbow drops can be a very cheap little treat if you want to treat yourself. They do come in different sized bags but you can pick up a medium size bag for around 30p. Rainbow drops are worth a try if you have not tried them before.

        4 stars from me!

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          07.09.2011 17:54
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          Matlow's rainbow drops

          Prior to a trip to the cinema I was already in town doing a bit of shopping so I decided to nip into Poundland to buy some popcorn and fizzy drinks to take with me as it is considerably cheaper than paying the £4-5 for popcorn! Whilst I was browsing the sweet isle a bright coloured packet caught my eye: Matlow's rainbow drops. I remembered them from my youth when I used to visit my aunt's house and she always seemed to have them in her cupboards. In Poundland they were selling 4 medium sized bags for £1 which I thought was a fair deal because they retail for around 40p per bag.

          The individual bags are just like I'd always remembered them: rainbow coloured and there was a cellophane window cut out so that the colours of the rainbow drops inside added to the colourful packaging. It had 'rainbow drops' on the front and the nutritional information on the back. The 4 medium sized packets were contained in one big packet.

          Rainbow drops are sugar coated puffs of rice and maize and are about the size of a finger nail. They come in all different colours but they all have the same taste which is sugary and sweet. They aren't for everyone as some describe the feeling of these in the mouth as 'like chewing cardboard' but personally I love the texture and taste- they made for a long lasting treat whilst watching a film at the cinema!

          Ingredients
          Sugar, Maize, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Flavourings, Colours (E104, E110, E124, E132).

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            28.03.2011 13:12
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            Great for the kids!

            I bought two packets of these from Poundland last week. It was a £1 for two XL bags which contain 80g. I haven't had these since I was a child.

            Rainbow drops are made by sweet manufacturer Swizzels Matlow. The packaging is blue with a rainbow going through the middle. The packet also has a window and through this you can see the brightly coloured drops.

            For those of you who never had Rainbow drops as a child they are little puffs of sugared rice that are brightly coloured. The first thing I noticed when I opened the packet was the smell, they remind me of cereals. When you eat these they simply melt in the mouth. They are very sweet, even though the puffs are different colours they all have the same taste. The taste itself is not dissimilar to rice paper. I liked the taste of these but more than a handful would be far too sickly for me. Eating these is like eating pure sugar. They are also so light they don't fill you up at all!

            Nutritional Information;
            Nutrient per 100g per serving
            Energy 269 kCal
            Protein 2.3g
            Carbohydrate 90.9g
            Fat 1.1g

            Ingredients;
            Sugar, Maize, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Flavourings, Colours; Beet red, copper chlorophyllin, lutein and paprika.


            These are great for children and would make a great addition to a party bag, they are eyecatching in colour and really sweet which children will love. They also don't contain any artificial colours so they shouldn't make your kids hyper!

            I liked these more as a child than now, they are far too sweet to be more than an ocassional treat!

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              17.05.2010 17:57
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              A sweet treat to remind you of days gone by!

              These are the kind of things I should probably have 'grown out of' by my age but I still love them as much as I did when I was a child. Retro sweets are always a winner with me!

              Rainbow drops are basically like rice crispies coated in sweet coloured candy. Sizes of bags and cost varies between different shops but I normally get a large bag (bizarrely I cannot find a weight anywhere on the packet?!!) from Morrisons for around 40p, they really do tend to be pretty cheap.

              As they are coated with sugar / candy they are really nice and crunchy on the outside as well as being very sweet. Despite their lovely bright colourful appearance they state they have no artificial colours (excellent if you are concerned about slightly hyperactive children!) and in addition they are suitable for vegetarians. There are also loads in a packet! The packet again does not show a fat content etc, I would suspect that as they seem to be just crisped rice & sugar and not a lot else that the fat contents is fairly low, but for those who are concerned with this I guess they fact it doesn't state the calories etc isn't very helpful.

              One of the best things for me about Rainbow Drops is that they are exactly the same as they were when I was a little girl, they haven't tried to make them 'new and improved' (although I suspect that once upon a time they probably did have artificial colourings!) and they don't even seem to have changed the packaging. Swizzels Matlow have just left them exactly as they were, which is exactly how they should be. Too many products get messed about with and end up not being as good but thankfully they have applied the 'if it aint broke don't fix it' rule to these!

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              16.10.2009 09:16
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              Classic

              Budget sweets do come in lots of forms, from Millions to penny sweets, to these Rainbow Drops from Swizzels Matlow, the company behind a whole host of candy's in the UK such as Love Hearts, Refresher Bars (not to be confused with Refresher sweets from Barratt's) and Fun Gum mix's. In fact Swizzels Matlow are probably one of the most under rated companies in the candy manufacturing industry sadly.

              Rain drops are cheap, a small bag can cost near 20p whilst much larger bags generally cost 30-40p, they come in a simple purple bag with Rainbow Drops written in red and orange, above a transparent window in the packaging to see the sweets inside. The actual sweets themselves are made of puffed maize and puffed rice with a colourful sugar coating on them which makes them stand out and look totally different to everything else on the market. Each individual one is about the size of a coco-pop or a rice crispy (maybe a little larger) which would suggest each one is 1 individual pies of puffed rice with a sugar coat.

              When it comes to eating them they are soft but yet have a bit of a crunch to them occasionally and after being bit they seems to much up in you're mouth and are swiftly swallowed leaving you with a sweet sugary sensation in you're mouth. The advantage of making the body of the sweets out of cereal instead of sugar isn't just that they are soft, but apart from a thing sugar jacket around the cereal they sweets don't need to use anything more destructive on the teeth. So although they are sweet they aren't too bad for the little ones, better yet the sweets don't even use artificial colours, so there really is little to complain about in regards to them.

              The ingredients really are simple universal to all of them Sugar, Maize, Rice, flavourings and Glucose Syrup, with each having it's own natural colour (thinks like Paprika) to give it the eye catching look that will endear the sweets to children.

              So what are the negatives, because of course all sweets have them, well they don't really seem complete like sweets as such, they feel like a messed up breakfast cereal and feel too soft when they should be solid, or at least you tell you're self they should be hard and crunchier. The sweets also don't have a great lasting tasting, in fact the taste is incredibly minimal, it's a light but yet airy taste with sugary undertones. Probably thinking that no one would notice their sweets seem rather tasteless, Matlows decided just to put more in the bag rather than worry to much about the major problem at hand.

              Overall a rather unique candy that eyes catching and not as harmful to your teeth as some sweets a pay off in taste if there but who really cares that they aren't quite as strong as other sweets. As I also the case with a lot of Swizzels sweets a sense of nostalgia quickly over-comes you, and lets be honest, everyone loves being nostalgic, even just for a little while. A shame there's no nutritional information on the packet as well.

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                11.09.2009 00:30
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                Great cheap snacks, which are addicting and quite filling too

                Rainbow Drops are delicious snacks, which you can buy commonly at newsagents and certain supermarkets. You can get small packets for around 30p. The packets are purple with a bright and light rainbow on the front and the Rainbow Drops logo too. There is a transparent part at the bottom where you can see through to the Rainbow Drops inside to get a feel for what they are.

                They are multicoloured crunchy balls in colours such as yellow, orange, purple, green and red - basically the colours of the rainbow. The pieces have a texture similar to that of some kind of puffy popcorn such as sugar puffs. They are a firm texture but are soft too.

                When you pop one in your mouth, you can immediately taste the delicious sweet taste before chewing it and enjoying the somewhat crunchy texture. It's lovely to have a whole load at once as it's very satisfying and you can crunch the whole lot at once. They are high in calories due to the sugar (carbohydrates) in them but they're very tasty and make an addicting and quite filling snack. They are unique and I guess you could even try them with milk although I'm sure they're meant to be eaten by themselves. They are pretty cheap and worth trying!

                Thanks for reading,

                Dan ©

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                  09.02.2009 15:20

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                  personally I'd give them a miss

                  Rainbow drops are made by a company called Martlow's and are a cereal type of snack which are made from what looks like rice crispies although these are a bit bigger and they are brightly coloured it colours such as blue, purple, pink, green yellow actually I think they is every colour from the rainbow!

                  They come in quite big bags and have quite a lot in, which you might think is great but they really dont fill you up and for the amount of sugar in their I dont think its really worth it as after you've finished your still starving!

                  To me they don't actually have much flavour, they taste slightly sweet when you first eat them but then theres not much else going on. The rainbow drops are also not crunchy like you'd expect when you put them into your mouth and go soft they also seem to 'melt' in your mouth (but not i a good way) Its sort of like when you eat sugar paper how all of a suden it's just gone! Personally for me this makes them taste as though they are going stale!

                  I can remember loving these as a child and now I am not sure why, it was properly because of how pretty they look in the pack as they are very bright colours. But because of this they have a lot of E numbers in so I would be wary about how many you'd want to give to your children or even to yourself!

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                  05.11.2008 14:30
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                  Just do not eat too many!

                  Until very recently I had completely forgotten that Rainbow drops ever existed but the other day my daughter dropped of my granddaughter for me to look after for a bit and in her bag for a treat for her was Matlows Rainbow drops.

                  When I gave my granddaughter some I could not help but have a handful myself and they are as good as I ever remember. For anyone that does not know, Rainbow drops are a cereal type snack, I suppose you could say they look a bit like brightly coloured rice crispies.

                  They are very sweet due to their sugary coating and they are fairly fattening too with nearly 300 calories in 100g of the snack. My granddaughter just gets few in a bowl as a treat but I could easily eat the bag in one sitting and I used to have them in milk as a cereal as a lot of people did back then although I am unsure if it is still fashionable to eat them this way these days.

                  These are a great alternative to sweets and chocolate for kids and well worth a try for adults too whether it be to jog memories of the last time you had them or to try them for the very first time.
                  There are a good few E numbers in these so be careful how much you give to kids!

                  INGREDIENTS

                  sugar, maize, rice, glucose, syrup, flavourings and colours; E104, E110, E124, E132.

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                    04.11.2008 12:58
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                    very good price and nice taste

                    Rainbow drops are sweets from the makers Swizzels Matlow.
                    They are sugar coated puffed maize and rice. They are very brightly coloured hence the name rainbow drops.

                    They are packaged in a very brightly coloured bag. The different bright colours of the rainbow drops are shown on the bottom of the packet. Rainbow drops is written in funky red lettering. There is also information such as low fat,suitable for vegetarians and no gluten.

                    The great thing about these rainbow drops is that you get loads in a packet. So if you can bear to eat the tiny puffs one by one a packet can last for ages. They are very nice, tasty and colourful and are very appealing to the eye. When you bite into the puffs you get the hard outer shell of the sugar coating. It is very sweet and nice. I have found that some of the puffs have a thicker coating of the sugar which of course are the best! They make a nice crunch as you bite into the drops. I love the sweet combination with the plainness of the rice and maize. The drops although obviously they contain sugar they do not contain any fat. They are a fun treat but might not be everyones cup of tea.

                    They are quite cheap for a packet. They cost 24p for an 80g packet and are available from supermarkets and newsagents.

                    Ingredients:Sugar, Maize, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Flavourings, Colours: E104, E110, E124, E132

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                      03.09.2008 23:30
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                      Great tasting drops a bit smaller than popcorn, full of sugar and very tasty

                      Rainbow drops are pretty random sweets but boy oh boy are they delicious. They come in small packets, which you can buy for around 30p each. The packets are bright purple with a colourful design. There is a transparent part where you can see through to the actual rainbow drops to get an idea of what they are.

                      Opening the pack releases a wonderful sweet scent. The rainbow drops are rather like small pieces of popcorn but they have a very different texture. They are quite a bit crunchier and a fair bit smaller than popcorn.

                      They have a very sweet taste to them of sugar and that's about it. They are probably full of sugar and that's what makes them so nice, so addicting and what makes you so hyper after having a few packs! They are multicoloured - everything is very bright and exciting. I love to pick up a handful and stuff them in my mouth before crunching them down to nothing.

                      They are extremely addicting but quite bad for you considering the amount of sugar each pack consists of. They are great treats for kids but shouldn't be given regularly whatsoever for these reasons. I myself am not a kid and am truly addicted to these! They are somewhat hard to buy but costcutters seem to stock them usually for 30p as I said before.

                      Go and pick up a pack..or two..or three.. or just buy the whole box!

                      Thanks for reading

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                      15.05.2008 13:55
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                      Still a bargain for the amount you get

                      Sometimes there's nothing to stir that feeling of nostalgia like the sweets you loved when you were very young. Rainbow Drops falls heavily (or perhaps, considering what they are, very lightly) into that category.

                      Perhaps Rainbow Drops should always have been considered more of a cereal that a food - made of mainly puffed maize and rice and sugar, they always seemed almost healthy compared to some of the other things I used to happily much on. They're brightly coloured (lots of colourings here) but not flavoured - the colours and for aesthetics alone. All you really taste is "sweet" and the lovely crunchy knobbly light texture.

                      One of the best things about Rainbow Drops was always that because of what they are, they weigh almost nothing. This means that while it costs 38p for at 80g bag, that bag is HUGE and can usually last two days (do not leave open too long however, as they can go soft).

                      Currently they're on offer at Tesco - 2 bags for 50p. I advise you to indulge your nostalgia and snatch a bag up!

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                        14.05.2008 23:51
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                        A cheap buy that is quite natural in ingredients.

                        ---RAINBOW DROPS---

                        Swizzels and Matlow 'Rainbow Drops' are amazing. They are like a fairy candy, all air and no substance; but there is just something that is really good fun about these little drops of puffed maize. They are pretty and colourful and weigh absolutely nothing. But I like them for all those reasons.-

                        Rainbow drops have been around a while and are very popular with children. Their bright colours catch the eye and their small size and light and crispy texture make them fun to eat. The great thing about Rainbow drops is that they contain NO artificial colourings.


                        ---RAINBOW DROPS---

                        I love these. Whenever I purchase these they always make me smile. I don't know why, I think it is just their fun factor. I have the 80g large pack and it doesn't seem to weigh anything at all. The packet is very colourful, like the sweets inside. It is bright purple with pictures of the tumbling Rainbow drops cascading down the packet. The lettering of 'Rainbow Drops' is written across the pack in large red letters. With the makers name of Swizzels Matlow Ltd placed above. The packet is 11" high by 5"wide and part of the packet is clear so you can see through to the many colours of the Rainbow drops. The packet is packed full of hundreds of these tiny balls of maize and rice.-

                        I like to put lots in my mouth at a time, as they don't last five seconds and with one crunch to break the maize and rice balls they dissolve upon the tongue in the blink of an eye. It's a bit like eating rice paper, you get the same feeling with these, that you haven't eaten anything at all! It's like eating thin air. The Rainbow drops have a nice, sweet sugary flavour, though I can't really distinguish any particular individual flavours. I think the colouring is just there for show and doesn't actually add any flavouring to the candy. But the experience of crunching and eating them is just fun. I certainly wouldn't buy these if I was a bit hungry, they wouldn't fill 'any' sort of hunger gap.


                        ---INGREDIENTS---

                        Sugar - Maize- Rice - Glucose - Syrup- Flavourings -.

                        ---COLOURS---

                        Paprika - Beet Red - Copper Chlorophyllin. (Derived from grass) - Lutein (Vegetable Extract) - Carmine -.


                        ---SUMMARY---

                        Rainbow drops are great! I love their light fluffy texture and their fun, bright colours. They are just a bit of nonsense really but I really enjoy them. Swizzels Matlow have a great range of children's sweets which they have been making now for many years, sweets such as: 'Love Hearts, Drumstick Lollies, New Refreshers, Fizzers, Double Lollies, Rainbow Drops, Double Dip and Fun Gums'. Swizzel and Matlow haven't changed their recipes much over the years and all their sweets are all very good value. They are sweets of yesteryear and I think this is what's so endearing about them. Plainly packaged, with no frills they are basic sweets with a cheap price tag.

                        Rainbow Drops are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. They are also low in fat. These sugar coated little puffs of maize and rice are a great buy at only 38p for an 80g bag. Or on offer this week at Tesco, 2 for 50p which is even better. A nice fun bag of candy that doesn't cost the earth.-


                        www.swizzels-matlow.com
                        Made in the UK.


                        Thank you for reading.
                        PRINCESSPUSSYCAT
                        MAY 2008*

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                          11.02.2008 11:44
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                          Red and yellow and pink and blue ..................

                          Thanks to asda I have just been reunited with a childhood favourite. None other than rainbow drops, the delightful multi coulored sugar coated maize and rice puffed snack.

                          I am sure most of you know at least what rainbow drops are but too give you my explenation of them might help. they are a sort of cereal type snack in fact many people actually do eat them with milk as a cereal. A good friend of mine likes to scoff them with flavoured milk, me i just eat them dry from the bag as a sweety.

                          They are very sweet and most definitely not good for your teeth or waist line but they are just so good and easy to munch, they can even be a bit addictive in my opinion. i do try to regulate my eating of junk foods but its very difficult with these.

                          Made by matlow these things are a bit of a retro sweet now along with things like refreshers, love hearts, wham bars and the likes but are becoming popular again i think because my local asda can have hundreds of them one day and none the next so they must be selling well.

                          How to enjoy (in my opinion)
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                          Firstly and obviously open the bag, Take in the sweet suagry smell, then take a few small drops out and eat them first this will get your tongue ready for the big event which is when you either grab a huge handfull of these treats and stuff them in or tip the bag up and pour dozens of them into your mouth and enjoy the crispy sweet crunch!

                          As I mentioned earlier some people do eat these as a cereal with milk but this makes them soggy and for me th crunch is half the enjoyement!

                          Ingredients
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                          sugar, maize, rice, glucose, syrup, flavourings and colours; E104, E110, E124, E132.
                          296 kcal to 100gms

                          As you can see from the ingredients these are going to be really sweet and will help pile on the pounds so go easy on them and just enjoy them as an occasional treat, (says her who is currently on 2 bags a day).

                          I would recomend trying these if you havent already and for those of you who have tried them I hope ive rekindled enough good memories to send you rushing out for a bag!

                          Hope you enjoyed this quirky little review on one of my favourite treats!

                          ©2008 lynseyb

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                            03.04.2006 10:00
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                            Cheap & Cheerful

                            Red and yellow and Green and Blue…..

                            Remember all the sweeties that you used to buy when you were little from your local corner shop? Shrimps, Refreshers, Fruit Salads and Black Jacks? A lot of these are still around today and one that I buy quite regularly is

                            Matlows Rainbow Drops…….. Remember these?!


                            THE PACKAGING

                            This small bag of "Sugar Coated Puffed Rice" measures in at a tiddly 3x5" (or 7x12cm). I’m not sure if the bags have shrunk in size or maybe my hands are just a bit bigger now than then!

                            Its a ‘no frills’ bag. Its a clear bag, so you get to see the contents, with just a touch of white and purple at the top and bottom with Rainbow Drops across the front.

                            If you’re looking for a list of info on this bag, forget it! Its very, VERY, minimal. No weight, no calorific content, no percentage of anything, just the 5 ingredients. As this is such a small list, I will tell you they contain Sugar, Maize, Rice, Glucose Syrup and Flavourings. It doesn’t state what the flavourings are but as some people may have allergies to the above list its wise to state it as the writing on the back is quite small.

                            Rainbow drops also contain 4 E numbers, 104,110,124,132 for anyone that’s interested.

                            The best before date on my packet was July 06, no chance they will last that long!


                            THE CONTENTS

                            Nothing wonderful or exciting to look at really, just puffed rice in different colours - rainbow colours obviously! There is no blue one though and the red seems to have become slightly pink but hey!

                            Size wise they vary from tic-tac size to a small raisin. Looks wise they are all knobbly!

                            THE TASTE

                            Well especially for you good people I’ve forced myself to open the bag! Don’t expect anything tasty here at all! Despite having ‘flavourings’ there is no individual taste at all. The pinky red ones aren’t strawberry or the orange ones orange. They are just puffed rice with a sweet sugar coating. Plain and simple.
                            OK, lets have another mouthful, they are quite bland but surprisingly not that dry in the mouth. They do have a crisp crunch to them too. The sweet aftertastes lingers for quite a while and gentle disappears. I’m not left with a thirst after eating these (yep, they’ve gone already!)

                            COST

                            A whole 10p from most good newsagents/ corner shops etc.

                            FURTHER INFO

                            Made in the UK by Swizzels Matlow Limited,
                            New Mills, High Peak
                            Derbyshire
                            SK22 3HA


                            MY OPINION

                            Despite being a small bag there’s quite a lot to say. On one hand should you expect a fancy bag with loads of info for just 10p? It doesn’t matter to me personally how fancy the bag is but I do think that the percentage of sugar should be included, after all diabetics for example would need to know this. Although the E numbers are stated, the flavourings are not. Would they be suitable for vegetarians? I assume not but then as its such a minimal bag they could be and not stated it.

                            With no weight stated on the bag (puffed rice isn’t heavy after all, like popcorn) and me eating them too quick to count them individually for you( many apologies!) , I’d say that the contents would sit nicely in cupped hands.

                            As for the taste, like I said its very bland and it wouldn’t matter what colour they came in as there is no difference. The only difference its makes is how pleasing on the eye the colours are. They are not that filling so do make an ideal snack occasionally.

                            I hate to think how much sugar I’ve just eaten and personally wonder how many kids would be a bit hyper active after eating a bag of these. You also get tiny bits at the bottom of the bag, akin to the end of a cereal packet, and if you tip the rice out into your hand you’ll also get these too. There is a slight stickiness to the hands after eating them…that’ll be the sugar again!

                            I am surprised that these are still around and that they must still appeal to kids despite all the other fancy sweets that are about.

                            But for 10p you really can’t complain about the price or the size of the bag. I wouldn’t want the bag to be any bigger and feel the size is just right.

                            Overall I’d give them 3 out of five stars.

                            So, it may seem that I haven’t given these Rainbow Drops a huge thumbs up,a massive 5 stars or really enthused about how wonderful they are. Despite not being that exciting, they must have something, otherwise why do I keep on buying them?!?!

                            Thanks for reading as ever.

                            © HotBabes 2006

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                            Rainbow Drops are small pieces of crunchy candy pieces that seem to to just dissapear! - a classic!