I used to regularly eat these sweets as a child and it wasn't until recently I bothered to buy them again. Actually, the only reason I did end up eating them is because I saw a pack of them sat on the top and so snatched them only to be confronted by my Mum later for stealing her sweets accidentally! In my defense they'd been left on the top for over a week so I was sure they were forgotten about..
The sweets are called sports mixture as they are shaped in the form of random sports objects and equipments such as football tops, tennis rackets and rugby balls. They come in various colours of red, green, yellow, orange and black/purple all of which represent different flavours such as blackberry (to replace the past liquorice flavour), strawberry and lime. They are fruit gums and are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch squared which is a bit too big for me however they're a nice size to just suck on a let them soften. They vary in size according to the shape of the sports equipment however.
A bag of 215g contains a fair few amount of sweets so you definitely feel as if you're getting value for money at only a pound in most stores. However, while its a positive there are lots of sweets in a packet I do find that if I eat a lot in succession my jaw aches and I get the feeling of a headache because they are just so hard. The flavour lasts a long time even if you do let it soften in your mouth and its very juicy and fresh tasty.
Overall this is a sweet I would recommend as its pretty traditional and tends to be enjoyed by lots of people, however due to my own personal tastes (and the fact I like avoiding headaches as I know I can't resist eating more than 3 at a time) I will continue to only eat the sweets from time to time unlike other brands which I frequent much more often. The taste is nice and fruity and there is a lot for your money so you feel as if you aren't being ripped off, which is something I find tends to happen with the cost of sweets over chocolate (which is a shame for me as I'm very much a chocoholic). I would recommend but only to people who enjoy hard gum sweets otherwise.
Browsing the confectionery shelf is one of my favourite pastimes when its weekly shop time. That and of course a browse of the cake stall too. ASDA's selection of sweets is pretty good and they frequently have special offers on a variety of sweets. Most times it's the chocolate bars which get preferential treatment, but the last few weeks the bags of sweets and mixtures have been seeing the best of the deals.
The reason these sweets are called sport mixture is because all the gums resemble objects used in the participation of sport, from cricket bats to footballs, from football tops to motorbikes, and from tennis racket to rugby ball the choice is endless. At first I thought the flavours were associated with the sport but being that there are two different coloured football tops and that they are red and green the chances of the fruit flavour being the same is minimal. In actual fact some red ones are strawberry and some are raspberry whilst the yellow and green one bring us lime pineapple. It is the black ones, which intrigue me most since from my childhood I remember them being some vile liquorice kind of flavour, so I was just going to throw this one away. However I plucked up the courage to try one and was surprised that they are now blackcurrant flavour and a very nice blackcurrant at that.
The sweets are not very big the largest being perhaps half an inch high, they are all of similar height that being about a quarter of an inch, the width for each sweet varies considerably according to which sport is represented. The cricket bat is the slimmest whilst it is probably the football top which is widest. The 215g bag contains a few GOOD handfuls of sweets so there is definitely no shortage of value for your £1 purchase.
They are of course gums for those who might not remember them from there first time around some many years ago. As such they are quite chewy and can cause the jaws to ache if too many are eaten in succession. The flavours are excellent with my current favourite being the pineapple although the others give it a good run for its money. On any particular day my favourite might change depending on my mood but the quality of flavour never does it is constantly of a very high order.
The generally white bag which house the sweets is emblazoned by the familiar Maynards emblem and has sports mixture written to the right and bottom of this emblem. The packaging may not be overwhelming, but the contents might well give you a little surprise on opening.
My pound once again well spent and a packet of sweets, which will last me until well into next week and keep my jaws gnashing away pleasantly. I shall be enjoying the many flavours to the full, and though my jaw might ache a little towards the end of the week there is a very good chance I shall purchase another packet next Saturday, which would of course indicate that I wholeheartedly recommend them.
Although I am not particularly old, I do remember Sports Mixture the first time around, and when they brought them back a couple of years ago I didnt expect them to be anything like they used to be. A bit like the Sherbet Fountain, I expected them to be a cheaper version and nothing like they once were. I like Sports Mixture because they are a hard gum, they come in a distinctive mainly white bag and the flavours are blackcurrant, lime, raspberry, pineapple and apricot.
Sports Mixture used to be much harder than the newer ones, which is a little disappointing. It is a shame they have spoilt the original flavour, the licquorice flavour has been replaced by blackcurrant and unfortunately I havnt found a single one of the pineapple sweets since I have started to buy them again. Maybe it is to do with cost, but it is a shame that Sports Mixture dont evoke the memories of old, buying a packet and really enjoying a bag of sweets.
Now, they are very much like wine gums in their texture and if I wanted wine gums then I would go buy a bag of those instead! American hard gums dont satisfy my tastebuds either, so maybe the Sports Mixture is lost forever? No! If you go to aquarterof.co.uk you can buy Sports Mixture that still have the licquorice flavour in (instead of the new blackcurrant) and are sooooo much nicer than the new version. If you have stopped buying the new version because of the lack of licquorice, you could always get some Poor Bens, also made by Lion.
Sports Mixture is to gummy sweets what Elvis Presley is to rock 'n' roll; the absolute peak of excellence. And gumminess.
Their apparent rival, Wine Gums, taste and smell faintly of vinegar. Sports Mixture, by contrast, smell and taste nothing like any condiment that I'm aware of. Argument over.
Each sweet bears a vague resemblance to a piece of sports equipment, such as tennis rackets, bicycles and cricket bats. They come in five different colours/flavours, including my personal favourite: pineapple. The black ones are blackcurrant flavoured, and were once liquorice flavoured. The liquorice variety are still available in certain retro sweet shops if you are so inclined. I'm not.
The sweets are very flavourful, the flavours being attained through the use of real fruit juice, and each colour tastes significantly different from its fellows. More than can said for other gummies which shall remain nameless [Wine Gums].
Sports Mixture are probably the toughest gummy sweets I've tried, although they seemed to have softened over the past few years (either that or my jaw muscles have simply strengthened through years of continuous gnawing). They're tough enough that you can choose to suck 'em as you would a boiled sweet, or to chomp the life out of them like you would a dog's rubber toy. Yeah, I've lived.
Cast aside your vinegary Wine Gum monstrosities and treat yourself to the big daddy of gummy gumminess.
My children always have a big bag of sweets every week from their granma and grampa. Every week they like to buy them something different. This can be a bit hit and miss as some weeks they love the sweet treats while some weeks they are disappointed with the choice.
I must admit every week I like to do a quality control check on these sweets. Well it is important to ensure that they are suitable for my children!! (yeah right) I actually prefer the weeks when they have sweets I dont like as it stops me from dipping into the bag and stuffing my face.
This weeks sweets were Maynards sports mixture. I was quite happy when I saw the white packet as i initially thought they were wine gums and I love these. However on closer inspection of the bag, I could see that they were indeed called sports mixture, a sweet offering which i had never heard of before.
The white packet is very eye catching with lots of bright colours surrounding the maynards logo on the front of the pack. Also on the front of the packet in bold white lettering is the words sports mixture, this is good as it is big enough to be noted and therefore prevent mistakes from people assuming they are wine gums.
On the reverse side of the packaging there is sufficient information regarding ingredients, nutritional information and allergy advice. However I would state that that the print is very small and you really have to struggle to read the information.
When opening the packet i was quite suprised at how small the actual sweets were. Each sweet is in the same shape as a piece of sporting equiptment. these include tennis racket, bikes and sailing boats. The children loved looking at the various sweets in order to establish the sport it was representing.
The sweets were not as vibrant in colour as the usual deep and intense colours of wine gums. The colour of these sweets was weak in comparison. The flavours of this sweets were very sickly almost too sweet. They also left a synthetic aftertaste on the pallete.
The worst thing about these sweets though was the texture. They are very hard and chewy. They are so hard to chew that they leave you with a sore jaw after only eating a few sweets. The children didnt like these sweets at all. To be honest I could actually feel the sweet i had chewed resting in my throat. They were very hard to digest.
I would not buy these sweets. I dont like their appearance as in the colour. I certainly dont like the flavour as they are very synthetic and although they are different colours they all taste the same. But worst of all i totally hate the hardness of these sweets. They are really unpleasent. They didnt carry favour with the children either and after about three sweets they were left to go to waste. And for my children to leave sweets is un heard of.
Most weekends my fiancé and I like to have a little munch so when I saw a 180g bag of Maynards Sport Mixture for 99p I just had to snap these up.
Maynards Sport Mixture are fruit flavoured gums which come in different shapes and sizes. There are lots of shapes such as sports clothing, cricket bats and the like. The sweets are deliciously chewy and make my mouth water. The flavours are different from colour to colour and my favourite are the yellow type ones as they seem to have a citrus flavour to them. According to the packaging the flavours are; lime, raspberry, pineapple, apricot & blackcurrant. Each of the flavours are delicious and these is not one that I don't enjoy.
These sweets are really nice and I'm glad that we tried them.
Each 100g contains 340 calories & 45.2g sugars so these should be enjoyed in moderation. Six sweets are around 25g.
Overall I would say that these sweets are delicious and rate them 5/5. They are ideal fresh from the packet, chilled from the fridge or frozen from the freezer. When they are frozen they take forever to chew and this is better if you are on a diet but want something sweet. These are high in sugar which is obviously a downside but before I even looked I knew that they would be!
After feeling hugely disappointed in the Maynard's wine gums I had quite recently I decided it was the sports mixtures turn to see if they could live up to Lions excellent version of the sweets that the rather attractive guy at the sweet stall in Barrow has. I feeling that flattery is the best policy now, and if I suck him, sorry up to him, enough he may decide to hand out the occasional freebie. Whilst Wine Gums are usually a little on the soft side the Maynard's version were too soft and seemed quite cheap in build to the real one, which was rather alarming considering the price. However Sports mixture are hard chewy sweets, that Lions have gotten to a tee so it really is up to Cadbury Trebor Basset (they folks behind the Maynard brand) to step up to the plate.
Come in a colourful bag with a white background, it is a pleasant but bog standard sort of bag for sweets and not the most eye catching. Though not as moody looking as something like Minstrels it doesn't have the immediate appeal of something like skittles or Peanut M & M's though I knew what I wanted and why so I got these. Again B & M was the site of this purchase of a 215g bag of the sweets though I can't remember the price it was between 69 and 99p (not very helpful huh?) but they are most certainly available in Poundland for £1 a bag.
Upon opening the bag and giving it a sniff the smell is that of wine gums, drat it smells like they've put the wrong sweets in the bag...a look in to the bag though thankfully dispels this idea as the shapes are different. Though some of the shapes of these are obvious to what they're meant to be some I have no idea about, but apparently they are sport related. The ones I do recognise are a football boot, a cricket bat, a shirt (which I had always thought was cricket for some reason), a boat, a tennis raquet, a ball, one that looks like a bike and a weird one with three lines on it...a set of stumps perhaps? The sweets also come in plenty of colours too, (Black, Yellow, Orange, Red and Green...oddly the same as wine gums...) and again sadly look to be of a lesser quality to Lion's.
It's not the looks that matter but the taste right?
Thankfully these do taste better than the wine gums I had, the fruit flavour in these is probably no different to the wine gums but these actually feel like they deserve to be in my mouth unlike the soft and pointless Wine Gums these can actually be chewed and enjoyed. The bag claims there a long lasting flavour gum, I'm not one to find out as I chew them for a little wile and swallow them. They are meant to be sweets not chewing gum after all.
Despite being better than the Maynard's wine gums I still don't think their "good enough to carry Lion's Jockstrap" (kudos to anyone who knows who/what I'm referencing there). They are acceptable but it's like comparing Ricky Hatton to Roberto Duran, Hatton (like Maynard's here) is pretty good, Duran (like Lions) was just amazing. It may seem unfair but if you can't compete with your rival find something else or buy their company and sell their sweets, don't make just acceptable ones. Yes their tougher and more chewable than their little soft brothers, but just don't look quite right, they feel greasy and their flavours a little shy of that of Lions.
Though, Lions do cost around 70p for 100g whilst these should be no more than £1 for 215g, some will see the price excuse the quality and I can understand that, however I'm more affluent than I've ever been and feel that spending more for better quality sweets is worth it.
Nutritional Information (per sweet)
15 Calories (0.8%)
1.7g Sugars (1.9%)
Trace of each Salt, Fat and Saturates
The sweets contain gelatine from cows and extracts from Black Carrot, Spinach, Tumeric and Stinging Nettles...erm...ok...STINGING NETTLES...but appear to be free of E's and sweetners.
I have enjoyed Sports Mixtures since I was a child and they were exclusively produced by Lion's. Recently, it seems that the product has passed to Maynard's, who immediately and controversially removed the black liquorice flavoured gum and replaced it with a purple blackcurrant one.
Sports mixtures have a unique taste and texture; they are hard and chewy, and (currently) come in raspberry, pineapple, apricot, blackcurrant and lime flavours. It's obvious that the blackcurrant is a 'new' flavour, as it does not fit in well with the others and is a little lacklustre, having a weak, chemical blackcurrant taste. In the current incarnation, (previously having been a liquorice lover) my favourite is the raspberry, but all of the other flavours are rich and flavoursome. Despite reports to the contrary from some naysayers, I believe that the other four flavours taste the same as they always have.
Sports mixtures are a great tasting and unique sweet, and I still regularly buy them despite the unfortunate blackcurrant.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR LIQUORICE LOVERS! :
For those who are missing the old liquorice flavoured sports mixtures... Lion's original sports mixtures, NOT featuring the substandard blackcurrant variety are still available to buy online from various sellers such as the retro sweet shop http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/
Also, Lion's Liquorice Gums, which are essentially the same, are also available on sites like this, AND, I have occasionally seen them available to buy in shops.
So don't be too upset at losing them - they are still out there!
Maynards Sports Mixture are hard jelly sweets very like wine gums but moulded in the shape of sports equipment such as cricket bats and tennis rackets. Each sweet provides 15kcal's so definitely not something to overindulge in, however, I generally buy one bag of these and split it between the four eldest little HonestBobs as a treat whilst watching a film.
The novelty sports shapes make these sweets a little different from your every day jellies and fruit gums. I find the gums quite hard to chew, definitely not something I would give a toddler, but they last a fair while and seem to satisfy the older kids. On special offer in Tesco at the moment for 64p per bag, the price differs considerably between retailers and is currently 70p at Asda, £1.32 at Sainsbury's and £1.28 at Waitrose (thanks mysupermarket.com for the price information!).
The flavours are much more distinguishable than found in supermarkets own value fruit gums. The orange gums definitely taste of... orange! and the blackcurrent gums are also noteworthy. Blind taste testing would probably reveal that the lime and lemon get muddled up, but I've found that lime and strawberry starbursts get confused if I don't check the wrapper so maybe it's just my lousy tastebuds!
These sweets have a high sugar content at 1.8g per sweet so should be eaten sparingly, but with only a trace of fat they do have the label 'low fat' as a saving grace!
For those who are particularly E number aware the ingredients are listed below:
Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Modified Potato Starch, Citric Acid, Vegetable Oil, Flavouring, Acetic Acid, Glazing Agent (carnauba Wax), Colours (E104, E122, E110, E142).
Having just googled them, I wish I'd remained oblivious:
E104 - Quinoline yellow (not recommended for children and banned in Japan and Norway among other countries)
E122 - Tartrazine (Another one not recommended for children and associated with hyperactivity and purple patches on the skin as well as lots of other nasties)
E110 - Another yellow dye not recommended for children
E142 -Green colouring (Banned in the US and Canada among other countries. Associated with uticaria and asthma)
Hmmmmmmmm, OK, keep the yellow, orange and green ones for yourself
Maynards Sports Mixture. A longer lasting fuller flavour gum. 12 x 190g Maynards Sports Mixture.