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Maynard's Sours - my favourite sweets which I have bought regularly for years.
I am addicted to Maynard's Sours and think they're the best sweets ever and really good value. But I recently called at a Motorway Services and bought a big bag to last me on the journey home and I couldn't believe that it cost me £2.99! I looked at the bag and realised that Maynards no longer print the price on it and so retailers are free to charge what they like - and, in my opinion, £2.99 is a rip off price!
Anyway, I love these sweets so much that I was still prepared to pay this inflated price - but, hey wait a minute! Are these really Maynards sours?? I started on the first sweet, waiting for that instant face puckering sourness - but it never came! And then I started chewing the sweet and the texture was unrecognisable - all chewy, gooey and sticking to my teeth, like those horrible American hard gums!
Oh dear, I thought, I must have picked up some nasty, inferior imitation rather than the real Mayneards sours, but, as I was driving I had to wait for a suitable opportunity to examine the bag again to check this out. And there it was "MAYNARDS sours" but I noticed that on the back it said "New chew chew" and apparently, the formula is, indeed, new.
Well it might be a new formula, but in my humble opinion, it sucks! What have you done to my favourite sweets?? You have ruined them, that's what you have done and, after years of addiction, I shall NOT be buying these sweets again until or unless I hear that Maynards have reverted back to the original unique and successful formula.
Like I said, if it's not broken, don't try fixing it!!
I was browsing in the sweets aisle of my local shop the other day looking for something a bit different to sample that wouldn't break my diet too much. I came across a tube of Maynard's Sours and thought they looked just unpleasant enough that I wouldn't be tempted to scarf them all at once. And then I looked at the side of the tube and found they only contained 170 calories in the entire packet. Not bad, so I bought them.
Maynard's Sours seem to be cashing in on the craze for sour sweets that has been going around for the past few years. There are sour coke bottles, sour gummy bears, and sour worms to name just a few that I've seen.
I opened the tube of Maynard's Sours and at first I thought there must have been some mistake at the factory because they looked very much like fruit pastilles. No matter, I thought, and popped one in my mouth. Immediately I could tell that there had been no mistake as these were very sour. My mouth puckered up with the sourness and it was almost unbearable at first. However, it very quickly gave way to a sweet flavour that was very much the same as wine gums. That's when I realised that Maynard's hadn't invented a new sweet at all. They'd simply taken and old one, wine gums, and coated it in that newfangled sour stuff.
The problem with these sours is that there is both too much and not enough sourness to them. I know that makes no sense so I'll explain. The first hit of sourness is extremely intense and I would say too much so, even though I do like sour sweets in general. But then the sourness goes away so fast as the coating is very thin, leaving a sickly wine gum in its place. If you like wine gums I'm sure this would be fine but I don't happen to be a fan. I find this sweet too sticky, chewy and unpleasantly gummy and it sticks to my teeth leaving a rather unpleasant film behind it that can't be doing my tooth enamel any favours.
These sweets aren't terrible, though, so I did eat quite a few of them and tried one of each flavour. They come in strawberry, blackcurrant, lime, lemon and orange as far as I could tell be the colour, but there wasn't much difference in flavour among them so I couldn't be entirely sure.
One interesting thing about these sweets was the list of ingredients. There are some funny things in here, including black carrot, paprika, and spinach! Not ingredients you would normally associate with a sweetie but since they say they use all natural flavours and colours I suppose they had to get creative. I guess I could try to delude myself that these were healthy containing such ingredients but I'm sure that's not true as they're packed with sugar as well.
You can buy these in small tubes of 52 grams each for about 50p as I did or you can go for a 215 gram packet for around £1.25. I suggest starting small to find out whether you will like them or not. I'm awarding them two stars as I did eventually finish the packet, but no more than that because eating them all was a bit of a struggle.
I thought I'd tasted most of Maynards sweets until I stumbled on a pack of these recently, in my local shop, at a cost of 50p for a tube weighing 52g. haven't seen these in any other shops before and guess they must be 'fairly' new. In the pack there were about a dozen different coloured sweets covered in sugar. They were a similar size and texture to a pastil but were sour.
The tube packet looked very similar to maynards wine gums but it does say on the side maynards sours. There is also a picture of a Scottish man saying 'set the loot loose' and 'what's in your packet?'. Apparently these packets at the moment have hundreds of cash prizes in them at the moment. Sadly I won nothing.
The sweets per 52g pack contain
of which sugars 29.3g
of which saturates Trace
*Equivalent as salt 0.05g
Acids (Malic, Acetic, Citric)
Concentrated vegetable extracts (Black carrot, Spinach, Stinging Nettle, Turmeric) Flavourings, Colours (Vegetable Carbon, Paprika Extract, Lutein)
Well I tried these out between the family like any decent parent would do. The eldest two enjoyed the tangy flavour. They said they had tasted a lot more sour flavoured sweets before. My youngest thought they were 'too spicey' and spat his out. Personally I found them very refreshing. I like tangy sweets and these got my taste buds going. Well recommended to those who like tangy food.
I bought a tube of Maynards Sours for 52p. It is a 52g tube and contains around 12 sweets. Quite expensive, but worth it, they are a very different sweet experience. They are also available in large family packs, but I haven't seen them stocked in too many places.
The packaging is attractive, bright yellow with a coloured maynards logo. If you are familiar with tubes of Maynards wine gums, they look like a yellow version of those.
I suppose on appearance, you would describe these sweets as looking a bit like fruit pastilles as they are round and coated in sugar. There are different colours; red, green, orange, yellow and black. Each is a different flavour. When you put these in your mouth they are very sour. It's the coating which is sour, but it is also very sweet at the same time. It's good to suck the coating off, then you get the full effect in your mouth! Very sour and makes you wince a bit, but in a good way. Definitely makes a change from regular fruit gums, wine gums or pastilles.
I suppose they wont be to everyones taste, but I love them!
Someone recently brought me over a pack of Maynards Sours and it wasn't a sweet that I had come across, I guess it's a relatively new treat because it's certainly not one I can remember when living in England.
The one I received was a cylindrical tube shape but in a rather soft plastic wrapper. A pack seems to retail for about 50p, there aren't that many of them so it does seem a little bit steep but they are rather tasty. You can also get them in larger packs like the one in the photo, I'm unsure of the amount that come in them.
There are 5 diferent colours (read: flavours!) : orange, yellow, red, black and green. I don't think you need to be Einstein to work out the flavours that the sweets are supposed to harbour, to be honest there is not a lot of difference and teh soury taste from the sugar on the outside certainly obscures any flavour they are supposed to have - green and purple have a subtle amount of additional flavour to them.
I find these sweets kind refreshing, if you are having one of those bad breath days and want to liven your mouth up then this sour explosion might just be for you. The flavour is incredibly sweet and sour at the same time, so if you are not one for extremes - approach these sweets at your peril! I found them to be delicious though.
Made with natural colours. 12 x 190g Maynards Sours. Fruit flavoured gums with a sour sugar coating.