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      16.09.2011 14:31
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      A real favourite

      Most people know by now that I have a milk allergy and can't scoff chocolate like other lucky people. Unless it's Green & blacks, but I can't afford that. Ever since I gave up smoking over five years ago I've enjoyed sweets when writing, so much that I put on weight and now have to limit myself. But there is one sweet I just can't leave alone and that is Maynard's wine gums. It's not about the wine as there isn't any (except for me whining about how few there are in a bag). No, these sweets are just so juicy they are almost as addictive as real wine and much nicer. I mean you don't get a hangover from eating sweets, do you?

      I do try to cut down, honestly, but it's my local co-operative store, they keep putting them on offer, this week and probably for a few to come, it's a thing with the Co-op, they start their offers on Wednesdays and these run until a few weeks later. So back to the offer, just £1 per 215g bags, now honestly- you can't expect me to pass that by?
      It would be inhumane and besides, I wouldn't be so fluent with my writing by either chewing gum or sucking my teeth. No, it has to be my gums, Maynard's actually.

      The bag I'm reviewing is the 215g as indicated, but these come in several sizes from the popular at £1 for just 170gs, to £4 for a box of 600gms, thank goodness they aren't often on offer or I'd be the size of a house. I just can't resist the temptation of popping a juicy sweet in my mouth and trying hard not to chew it. There are just so many lovely flavours in one bag. From the lovely lemony yellow, the spicy orange, the luscious red, the gorgeous green and the beautiful black you'd expect these to be full of juice. In fact these sweets have some strange ingredients and not a drop of juice anywhere, despite that old Maynard's advert. Or was that for fruit gums?

      Sorry to ramble, I'm snacking on black at the moment and it always makes me verbose. So I think a little list of ingredients may be in order so we can see why they taste so lovely. These say in eight languages (I'll use English), that these are fruit flavour gums. They contain the following; -
      Glucose syrup, sugar, modified maize starch, gelatine (bovine, so not for vegetarians), water, acids, vegetable oil and vegetable extracts. It's the vegetable extracts that give some of the flavour and surprisingly these are black carrot, spinach, stinging nettle, and turmeric. There is also flavourings and glazing agents listed.

      Now, although they don't contain milk or the enzyme lactose, which is what I'm allergic to, but it does state that these may contain traces of milk, so I imagine they are made in a factory that uses milk products. It also says sulphites and wheat, which are also allergens for some people. Actually I've just read a bit more of the label and Cadbury Trebor makes these sweets, so no wonder there could be traces of milk. This hasn't stopped me eating them for about six or seven years now and although I occasionally do get a bit of a troubled tummy it's more likely that I've just overindulged and ate the whole pack in one go.

      How do you eat yours?

      Us wine gum fanatics have several ways of consuming the sweets. I am one of those that line mine up in rows of the different colours and count each row. There is usually an abundance of red in ratio of 2 to 1 on other flavours but I don't mind. I do prefer to start on yellow and go through the colours until I reach black and start again. I thought I was rather peculiar doing this but my brother-in-law admitted to doing the same, especially when reading. Other people save all their favourite colours until last or eat all the least-liked ones first; it's all down to individual preference. My favourite is green, mainly as I love lime though the taste isn't like lime I imagine it is.

      How indulgent are these?

      Lets take a peep at the calories etc. 325 kcals per 100g. 6.1 proteins. 75.0 carbohydrates. 0.2g fat. (Whew) 0.0 fibre (oh oh), sodium a trace (makes a change), so basically these aren't very healthy but on the plus side there is no salt and little fat, just loads of sugar.

      So do I recommend them? I shouldn't really, what if I get someone else addicted? Well we are all adults on this site (aren't we?) so I'll say a big yes, go ahead and indulge yourself just don't blame me when you get toothache, it's all down to that spinach, it makes you do strange things.

      Thanks for reading my little missive.

      ©Lisa Fuller. 2011.

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        10.09.2010 20:39
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        Wine gums are the most eaten sweets in my house! Mum brings home bags of them and we will happily munch them for hour's haha!
        They aren't the healthiest snack, but they are reasonably priced and satisfying!

        The price; ....
        Bags of these are widely found at ... Just about everywhere! We usually buy them for £1 a pack however we occasionally pay up to £1.50 per pack and they are also sold for more in places like the cinemas and in smaller shops.
        We recently bought a pack which contains 50% extra free! So we got an extra half pack for just £1.

        Nutrition; ....
        Everybody knows when they pick up a bag of sweets, they aren't going to make up one of your five or day or provide any suggested healthy values! They are a treat and should be eaten as a treat.
        What I like about these Maynard's is that they provide with the calories PER SWEET.
        Each sweet contains 20 calories and 3.0g of sugar, which means they are perfectly fine for people who can just grab 3 or 4 and be happy with that. A little snack of 4 winegums adds up to 80 calories and 12g of sugar!

        They have quite a high sugar content which is why they shouldn't be eaten readily in large amounts.
        Although I am quite the hypocrite, as I can never just eat a few! Half a bag or more sounds more like my amount!
        100g of the pack (Which let's be honest.... sounds more realistic) contains; ....
        325 calories
        6.1g protein
        75g of carbohydrates
        56.2g of which sugars
        0.2g of fat
        0.2g of which saturated fat

        These values can be taken or thrown, you either accept them or you don't, and I just have to as I can't keep away from these things!

        Taste; ....
        I think the taste of these... compared the Maynard's TUBED pack winegums are very different! The tube packs seem to be packed with a lot more flavour and taste!
        I personally think the quality in the taste of these Maynard's has dropped rapidly. Whether it's a drop in the added sugar or a different recipe, I don't know.... but my mum now prefers the store brand winegums which are certainly tasteier!
        These bags of Maynard's winegums taste watered down almost. They obviously contain a lot of sugar which is noticeable when eating them. They are very sweet however lack the fruitiness they used to have!
        I don't find them to be sickly or 'too sweet' and they don't dry your mouth out. They certainly satisfy a sweet tooth!

        Product; ....
        These winegums come in red bags with the Maynard's wine gums logo and picture, noticeable and found on all of the Maynard's products.
        The winegums come in packs of various colours, green, yellow, orange, red (which seems more of a purple colour nowadays) and purple (which seems more of a black colour nowadays).
        I find the orange, yellow and green to be very very sweet and prefer the reds and purples as they seem to contain the fruitiest flavours.
        Maynard's are a well known brand, they do bigger and smaller packs of winegums from the tubes, to the bags, to the boxes which are mainly found at Easter and Christmas time.
        However, although I like to be loyal to the winegum brand I have been eating for years... I do have to agree with my mum that the Tesco store brand seem to be becoming nicer in the taste levels!
        I would recommend these winegums for a tasty treat or snack, they are perfect when visiting the cinemas or staying in for a lazy night.
        The price is great however the winegums are addictive! It's hard to stick within the 'treat' range and it's easy to eat more than you planned on doing!

        Thank you for reading, I also post on Ciao

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          21.05.2010 19:19
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          MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm

          Maynards Wine Gums
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          What are they?
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          A pack of fruit flavoured gums.


          Special features?
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          These sweets are soft round gummed sweets, don't think there's any wine in them though...


          What do I think?
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          I don't know why but for some reason this are also quite addictive - once you start chewing one, you can't, (well, I can't) help putting more in my mouth and before you know it the whole pack has been finished off.

          These are very soft chewy sweets, they used to taste really good, the fruit juice flavours an authentic taste, but lately, I've noticed the taste changing and I can tend to taste the gum more than the fruit flavour itself. The texture has also seemed to have changed, it used to be quite chewy, but now, the texture seems to have lost its 'bounce' - when you bite into it, your teeth just sinks in, almost like chewing some spongy material. I think this might depend on the freshness of the product, but I have always checked the dates on the pack and they seem ok. Or maybe the quality just varies in batches...

          A tube of these contains about 15 sweets and usually costs about 45p, the tube never lasts more than 10 minutes with me, but eating more than one pack is definitely a no-no, as there is so much sugar in these.

          I'm not so happy with the packaging on these, as it's just a sheet of polythene (?), well a single sheet of something, wrapping it up with the edges just twisted. For me, I just don't find this hygienic at all. As these tubes of sweet are often rolling around on the shelves, the packaging isn't really 100% sealed, therefore dust, air and other things can get into the pack of sweets, I think this explains why the sweets get stale!

          These are great, when, they are fresh, and not so good, when they happen to be stale. I still don't get why they are called 'wine' gums as I have looked on the packet and there is no sign of any 'wine' content in the ingredients, not even any trace of 'alcohol'. Maybe, the sweets are good for a glass of wine or two...? Though, I don't think so, and I like them just as they are, as long as they're not going stale...!



          Thanks for reading.



          ©Leighsa 2010

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            13.05.2010 23:34
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            Go for it

            I love sweets and Wine Gums have now become one of my favourites. At the weekend I was browsing in the shop for something fruity and sweet and I saw these so I thought I'd pick them up. I have tried these before and thought they were nice. I purchased my bag from a Co op and they cost me £1.69, however, you can buy they elsewhere for a simular price.

            Wine gums are quite soft and chewy. They are made from animal gelatin and mixed with sugars and sweetners to give them that yummy sweet taste, they are also made with natural colours. They can be quite addictive and I found that the small tube of Wine Gums that you can buy was not enough, I had to buy the big bag to keep me going!

            They have a kind of fruity unique taste and they are all different shapes. They come in different colours with the names of acoholic drinks on them. The names of the drinks are: Port, Sherry, Champagne, Claret, Hock, Gin, Chablis and Burgundy. The colours are: red, orange, black, yellow and green.


            They come in a 215g red plastic bag which has information about the sweets on the back of bag.
            Each Wine Gum contains:
            - 20 calories
            - 3.0g of sugar
            - Trace of fat
            - Trace of saturates
            - Trace of salt

            Overall I think that they are very yummy and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys chewy sweets.

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            02.04.2010 12:50
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            The perfect sweet

            Maynards Wine Gums, how I love thee! No other wine gum compares.

            Most people know what these little lovelies are, but I will recap for those who don't. They are tasty jelly sweets, which come in five colours - black, orange, green, yellow and red. You can buy these in a tube which contain 12 sweets costing 40-60p, or a at £1.30-1.50, you can buy a 180gram bag.

            Contrary to what the name suggests, these babies do not actually contain wine. This is probably a good thing as I find it impossible to just eat one (I must eat the whole packet) so I get drunk! However, they are named 'wine gums' due to the fact that they contained fermented wine back in the 19th century. Each sweet has the name of a wine on it, for example 'burgendy.'

            The flavours of the sweets are as follows:

            Red - strawberry
            Black - blackcurrent
            Green- lime
            Orange - orange
            Yellow - lemon

            I vaguely recall a white wine gum - whatever happened to it?!

            My favourite flavour is black and this is also apparently along with red, the most popular wine gum, which explains why they released limited edition packs of red and black wine gums. However, after much research involving eating a packet of wine gums every day for 2 weeks, I can honestly say that they put hardly any black ones in the packets, compared to the other flavours. My findings prove that red is the most common, followed by orange. Go figure. However, this may be a genius ploy to make us buy more packets to get the flavour we want - I know I do!

            Wine gums have a wonderful texture and taste - tangy on the tongue, chewy enough to be satisying, but not so that they hurt your teeth, like fruit gums do. Perfect.

            In terms of calorie content, I don't have a packet with me to check, but according to Tesco, they contain 324 calories per 100grams. So, they could be much worse, but eat in moderation!

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              24.03.2010 10:14
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              good value and price for a juicy sweet

              These sweets have been around for along time, over 60 years or so. I usually buy these for when I go to the Cinema or Theatre which I have not been to for awhile, I only go if I have a few extra pennies or there is something that I really want to see.

              They come in a nice little colourful packet and for a 215g bag it cost me only 71p recently from Sainsbury's supermarket, I think they were half price or almost that amount because I normally pay around £1.50 per bag.

              Inside there are 5 flavours, Champagne, Sherry, Burgundy, Port and Claret, they nice sized sweets, and although they are called Wine Gums, they are not actually made with Wine as some people think.

              Each sweet has the name of the sweet as the above states, and each have a different colour, orange, yellow, black, red and green. The green ones are my favourite as they kind of taste of lime and are very yummy, they do not however stick to the teeth, they become quite soft while eating them and they are very juicy, and that is why I like to take them with me to the Cinema etc because my mouth becomes quite dry and it is cheaper to take some in my bag than pay the prices they charge for their own on a trolley or sweet kiosk.

              They are also sold in little boxes and they come in a cardboard box and are ideal for gifts or to take to someone you may be visiting in a hospital, but these boxes are a little more expensive as the contents have more weight in them.

              They can be also bought in a mulitipack of 4 individual packets but I do not know the price of them.

              They are nice in dishes if you like sweets to eat as a snack during the day or evening.

              I recommend them for anyone to try and see if you like them but try and look for the reduced half price ones you then can buy 2 for the price of 1.

              I give it 5 stars

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                13.01.2010 16:15
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                aynards make probably the best wine gums available

                ** Maynards Winegums **

                Chewy sweets always have a special place in my heart and they don't come much chewier or fruitier tasting than wine gums.

                Every sweet manufacturer and their dog make wine gums including supermarket home brands like Tesco and Asda.

                Luckily among my Christmas stash of 'what shall we get Mike for Xmas oh I know sweets' confectionary I was gifted a large box of Maynards Wine Gums so no down market cheap brands for me this year.

                The box was a whopping great 600g in weight and all the gums were contained inside a plastic bag, inside the outer Maynards box.

                Wine Gums as almost everybody knows are a selection of gums that supposedly mimic various alcoholic drinks.

                They don't of course taste in anyway like wine or any other alcohol related drink. What the sweets did taste of is fruit.

                The differeng sizes and shapes and colours of the Maynards Winegums added to the interest and because each shape and coloured sweet has a different flavour iy's hard to get bored with them.

                On the negative side it is very possible to forget common sense and eat far too many deliscious Maynards Winegums while your brain is busy elsewhere.

                I did this with my box of Maynards Winegums while reading a Terry Pratchet book. Without realising it I'd aten far too many and felt a bit sick later.

                This was entirely my own fault though I can't blame the gums they were great.

                I don't like cheaper brands as much as the Maynards Winegums and I wouldn't have been as happy with them as a gift.

                I think I'll be buying myself a bag of these before too long as I don't want to wait till next Christmas.

                With the possible exception of Sports Gums I think Maynards Winegums are the finest gum type chewy fruity sweets on the market.

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                  03.12.2009 14:18
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                  Great squidgey sweet

                  Maynards wine gums come in a tube version or in large bags, with the tube version you will go through these before you know it.

                  The look?
                  Different shaped and coloured gums, the colour of the gum does tend to indicate the flavour which is on its way. The bag is mostly red with a collage of the wine gums colours also on the front, indicating which ones are in the bag

                  Price?
                  £1.39 for a 215 gram bag is the normal sized bag, this comes out at £57.7 pence per 100 grams, and not bad value as there is some weight of sweets here for your money

                  About the Taste?
                  Each gum is juicy and leaves you wanting you to try another flavour straight away. My favourite is the red strawberry version. Each gum tastes like it should too, none of them taste similar to what they should do. Quite soft in their texture also.

                  Healthy?
                  The traffic lights have the sugar as red at 31.3 grams per 100 grams, fat sat fat and salt are all as green. 315 kcal per 100 grams.

                  Conclusion?
                  Great for sharing and dishing out to friends, really good accurate flavours based on the colour of the wine gum

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                    31.10.2009 17:04
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                    A hundred years and still going strong must mean something

                    Having written about Maynards Wine Pastilles recently, it seems sensible to move on to the sweet with which Maynards really made their name: Wine Gums. Although the company (now owned by Cadbury) was formed in the 1890s, what has become their signature product was launched in 1909 - info direct from Cadbury's site, so not the 1896 stated in the category intro - which means that this very year marks its centenary. Hurrah! Let's have a look and see whether we should be launching Wine Gums parties all over the place, or whether it would be the decent and honourable thing to do to slink away along the back streets before anyone spots our shame.

                    Wine Gums are not often in the papers (well, unless someone's left a few on the train), but a few weeks ago they did pop up on the news when a 15-year-old boy was banned from buying a pack in a 99p store because a member of staff was under the impression that they were alcoholic. This, of course, is not the case at all: they are simply fruit-flavour chewy sweets. Like the Wine Pastilles, their colourings are made from such things as stinging nettle and spinach, so mind how you go out there!

                    I bought a 52g roll from the local corner shop for 42p, but they are also available in larger packets which are better value if you're buying them to share out. Mine showed a cartoon of the infamous Scotsman many will remember from the "Set the juice loose" adverts on the telly some years ago now. (Actually they spelt it "joose" on screen - I've just watched the ad on YouTube!) This time he's advertising an instant-win competition: you can apparently win cash if you find a winning message inside the wrapper. It goes without saying that I didn't. (If you are in Northern Ireland then no purchase is necessary to win; this is because the Gambling Act 2005, which allows draws conditional on the purchase of a product, does not apply there. So now you know!)

                    Other than that, the wrapper is mostly a rather nice orange-red colour, with the traditional (and also attractive) rainbow-coloured Maynards logo fairly prominent. On the nutritional front, one roll - which contains 12 sweets - provides 170 kcal, which doesn't seem too terrible. However, the 29.2 grams of sugar in a single tube is very nearly a third of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount! These sweets are not suitable for vegetarians - it's that bovine gelatine again, I'm afraid - and may also contain traces of milk and wheat, as well as the dreaded sulphites. (*Which* sulphites, though?)

                    Inside, there's a pleasant enough fruity smell, if rather an artificial one, and the dozen round sweets are packed end to end. Traditionally, wine gums (in general, not just Maynards' version) have the names of various alcoholic drinks lettered on their tops - CLARET, WINE and so on - and that convention is followed here. Unfortunately, the ones in my roll hadn't been lettered very well, and you really had to squint to make out anything at all. A couple of the blackcurrant ones just had a large "M" logo instead.

                    Eating these Wine Gums, what stands out to a connoisseur of wine gums (blimey, keeping the capitalisation correct here is a nightmare!) is that these are quite soft. The sweets I buy from my local independent sweet shop are quite a bit tougher, and take some chewing before the flavour really comes through, but Maynards have clearly decided that their customers want a quicker hit of juiciness, and so the fruitiness is there almost at once. Again, although you'd never mistake it for real juice from a real orange or whatever, the flavour is refreshing and fruity. The downside of this is that the sweets don't last all that long - and just occasionally you can get tiny bits stuck between your teeth, which is annoying.

                    Maynards Wine Gums are a pretty good example of the breed. They may not be the most sophisticated sweet on the block, and personally I would prefer them to have been a little harder, but you can't argue with the amount of juice you, well, set loose. The sugar content is rather terrifying, though, so I advise that you under no circumstances think about that whilst eating them!

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                      quite nice

                      Am I the only person who thinks that wine gums should actually have a much more authentic wine taste. I am not a wine connesseur myself but I know what wine should taste like and I am sorry to say that wine gums do not have a strong enough wine flavour for my pallette. Maynards come closer to achieving the wine taste than some other brands, but they are not quite there yet. The worst culprits are the wine gums you buy at cinemas, lacking in depth of flavour and usually lacking in chewyness too.

                      Packaging:

                      These come in generous sized bags. I credit them with always filling up the bag well, so no complaints there and I love the bright vibrant design of the bag.

                      Taste:

                      Each wine gum brings a different flavour. There are greens, blacks, reds, yellows and oranges all bursting with juicy flavour. I think it would be fair to say that each colour has a taste sensation which reflects the colour of the gum. The red has a robust strawberry taste, while the green sizzles with delicate flashes of lime, the yellow gum brings to mind mouth watering lemons with glamorous zingyness.

                      Critique:

                      They are very chewy, a wine gum will take me a minute to properly dissolve it. It will get stuck to your teeth and you will have to use the tongue to prize out the remaining particles which are prone to linger. This is part of the appeal, as the chewyness gives you better value for money, making them last longer! The aftertaste is always invigorating and they are moreish enough to eat several on the trot.

                      I would like to see Maynards bring out winegums which explode with REAL wine though. Imagine biting into one and having a cascade of rose wine pour into the throat, or biting into a green one and having a delicate drop of champagne drizzle onto the tongue. Something they should consider. These sweets are suitable for all and a family sized bag will cost about £1.50 from a supermarket.

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                        great jelly sweets

                        Maynard's winegums are fantastic gum sweets which taste nice, and seem fantastic quality too and are some of the best jelly gum sweets on the market in my opinion.

                        The winegums themselves come in various shapes and sizes however there all fairly small and are edible in one go. They are made out of jelly however unlike some jelly sweets these ones are really thick and although they are chewy because they are really thick you can make these ones last longer too.

                        The taste of these is much better than some other sweets too, they come in many different colours and each taste different too. Like most sweets that are coloured, I like the red and black ones the best and of course I don't like the green ones so much. The flavours taste so rich and nice though and really make them what they are.

                        You can get these in tubes or in big packs and I think you can also get them in the smaller packets too. However I find the big packs are the best, you can get them for about £1.10 and you do get a fair amount in a pack, there great for sharing and they do last a while as well.

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                          03.10.2009 00:17
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                          I have been eating Wine Gums since I was a youngster in the 1970's but had no idea that the name had been associated with Wine Gums to as far back as 1880. It was in this year that 'Charles Riley Maynard started producing sweets in a candy kitchen with his brother, Tom, while his wife, Sarah Ann, served their customers. Maynards was launched as a company in 1896, having expanded its manufacturing, wholesales and retail businesses. Maynards Wine Gums were introduced in 1909 by son Charles Gordon Maynard' www.cadbury.com

                          I doubt there are many people out there, who aren't familiar with the name Maynards. Many will also recognise some of the great adverts like 'set the juice loose'

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-xG3D8OMQk

                          Maynards have since been bought out by Cadbury's like many other great brands have been, over the years.

                          Maynards Wine Gums

                          The packets are very distinguishable. The large, which is the one I have, looks very similar to the one pictured above and weighs 215g. The sweets come in all different shapes and many different colours. Red, Orange, Green, Yellow and Black.

                          They also do smaller packets which come as a roll containing around 12 round sweets, a bit bigger than a 1p piece stacked on top of each other.
                          On the larger packet it says that they are made with natural colours, so I assume the same applies to the smaller packet too.

                          Taste

                          Obviously each colour has a different flavour. They are like a flavoured gum. They can be sucked or chewed. If you do suck them they last for ages but the taste teases your taste buds for quite a while. On a personal note although I ate them myself, I did not allow my children them until they were a bit older. I was always scared of them choking.

                          Ingredients

                          Glucose syrup, Sugar, Modified maize starch, Gelatine (Bovine), Water, Acids (Malic, Acetic, Citric), Vegetable oil, Concentrated vegetable extracts (Black carrot, Spinach, Stinging nettle, Turmeric) Flavourings, Glazing agent (Carnauba wax), Colours, (Vegetable carbon, Paprika extract , Lutein)

                          Summary

                          A fantastic wine gum in many flavours. I've eaten the smaller and larger packets. My favourites are the red and black ones. They have a market in excess of 50 Million pounds in the UK. All these consumers can't be wrong. Highly recommended!!

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                            22.08.2009 14:18
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                            Delicious fruity gums, which are really tasty and long-lasting to suck

                            Maynards Wine Gums are the nicest gums you can buy as they have delicious intense flavours and last a long time when you suck them, yet they are irresistible to bite into. You can buy them in small tubes or in larger packets. The tubes are 52g and cost just 39p. The wine gums are all round and are wrapped in a plastic packet, which is twisted at the end to seal it. The packet is very brightly coloured with the Maynards logo.

                            You can also buy the wine gums in larger packets, which are 215g and cost around £1.28. These contain wine gums of different shapes but the same flavours. Lastly, you can buy a packet of 4 52g tubes for just 90p, which is possibly the best deal you can get.

                            There are different flavours in each packet including strawberry, orange, lemon, lime and blackcurrant. The wine gums are very soft and chewy yet you can suck them for a long time and admire the strong fruity flavours. The flavours are quite authentic and they are really addicting. They are nice to suck but you end up biting into them and enjoying their chewy texture. Per 100g, there are 315 calories and 72.8g of carbohydrates - under half of which is sugars. These numbers are pretty high so a large packet shouldn't be had on a regular basis!

                            Ingredients
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                            Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Gelatine, Water, Malic and Acetic Acids, Flavourings, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glazing Agent (Carnauba Wax), Colours (E104, E122, E129, E142).

                            They are delicious sweets and I'd highly recommend them. You can buy them at supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and other small supermarkets and the price isn't too bad.

                            Thanks for reading,

                            Dan ©

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                              13.08.2009 23:40
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                              Poor alternative to the kings

                              I ran through town the other day hoping to get to the sweet stall in the market, feed my sweet tooth and take a break from an otherwise boring day at work. I was wanting some traditional sweets, some fruit salads or some wine gums, some of my favourites Sadly the markets sweet guy had packed up for the day and his stall was shut, sadly I had to resort to getting sweets from B & M. The Maynard's wine gums were on offer £1.50 for 2 bags (or 99p for a single one) and I thought this would be like a second choice, not quite what I wanted but Maynard sweets are usually pretty decent.

                              So trudged back to work with 2 bags of these, salivating at the chops at the idea of eating some sweets. The bags are bright and colourful, quite eye catching, but it was the fact they were meant to be wine gums that attracted me to them. However when opening the bag and taking a few of them out of the bag I noticed they felt rather soft and sadly not as good or solid as the proper ones. Alas this was easy enough to over look if they tasted ok, right?

                              The sweets come in a variety of colours (well 5 Orange, Red, Yellow, Green and Deep purple that looks a little bit like black), as well as a variety of shapes (Diamond, Circles, Weird shapes and a rectangle). The sweets are quite thick and chunky, but slightly more jelly based than the traditional option, though these do you have natural colours in them (not sure on the old ones). The older ones also had definite words on them where as these seem to have some badly formed words on them that make no sense, or if they do it's hard to pick out. Usually they have things like "port" or "roje" on them, which are forms of wine based drinks (Roje is a Spanish red) but here it just looks like little letters that are badly formed.

                              Anyway on to the taste, they taste fruity but cheap, they feel cheap in the mouth and not as solid as the proper ones. Sadly the £ shop sell the Maynard's Sports mixture, and I wish I'd paid for a single bag of those instead, as they are tough and taste like solid gum based sweets, much better than these that seem more cheap and jelly like. Fair enough they are made of gelatine, no problems there, but they they are too much jelly and not enough chewy, not enough solidness in them, they just seem like they want to fold in your teeth.

                              Overall these aren't a suitable option instead, sure you might like them, but if possible get the better alternatives as these don't compete. Sadly the dream of having some lovely sweets at work wasn't one to come true, I had some rather cheap nasty sweets at work, and ended up with a spare bag. Anyway want it?

                              Nutritional Information (per sweet)
                              20 Calories (1%)
                              3g Sugar (3.3%)
                              Trace of Salt, Fat, Saturates (trace %)

                              Contains:
                              Geletine Sulphites

                              May Contain:
                              Milk, Wheat

                              For those interested the best ones are Lions Wine gums.

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                                28.07.2009 14:02
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                                see the very end of the review

                                Wine Gums are like a softer version of Fruit Gums. Wine Gums are manufactured by Maynards and were first introduced in 1909 and since then they have just got better and better. Nowadays, Wine Gums still have roughly the same features as when they were first released, chewy, fruity and non sugar coated. These 3 defining features are what makes Wine Gums what they are.

                                Taste
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                                Unlike Fruit Gums, the fruity taste is much more present in Wine Gums. The flavour ranges from colour to colour. In terms of the range of colours, there are plenty of options such as; red (strawberry or the like), orange (well...), or dark purple (blackcurrant or the like). Since the taste is more intense in Wine Gums you can actually taste the different flavours. Although the softness does help with this, the flavour is still much better. If you are trying them for the first time, I recommend the red and dark purple flavours. So overall, there is a good range of flavours, not to mention that each and every one of them is brilliant in its own way.

                                Appearance and Price
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                                On Appearance, the shapes vary from pack to pack. The standard long tubes of Wine Gums are circular in shape, in the big packs the shape vary quite a lot. In terms of price, Wine Gums cost exactly what they should: in and around 50p. 5Op tends to be the standard price for confectionery items so Maynards have hit bang on there. The big packs will cost around £1.30/1.40. Which is actually good value as they do contain lots of Wine Gums. Multi packs of the standard tubes are also available, but I feel that the big packs are better value. The standard tubes come in packs of 5 in supermarkets. This pack of 5 costs around £2. Therefore you are much better off getting a big pack.

                                So overall, Maynard's Wine Gums taste very good. The flavour is quite intense and the sweets aren't overly chewy which is good. For 50p they can't be refused!

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                                Maynards Wine Gums 52g - Pack of 40