Product Type: Matlow`s Sweets
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"I can see a Rainbow"
Matlow's Rainbow Drops
Member Name: HotBabes
Matlow's Rainbow Drops
Advantages: Cheap, fun for kids
Disadvantages: , no pot of gold at the end
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?!
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!
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!
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!)
A whole 10p from most good newsagents/ corner shops etc.
Made in the UK by Swizzels Matlow Limited,
New Mills, High Peak
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.
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Summary: Cheap & Cheerful