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      30.05.2013 15:39
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      Very sugary taste, not on the shopping list anymore

      Packaging
      You can recognise Fruit Pastilles straight away on a shelf, in it's bright green colour and wonderful array of funky writing and colourful fruits as it's design. For a small wrapper it is packed with as much information as possible - that the wrapping is recyclable how much fruit juice it contains (25%) and the basic nutritional values as well as ingredients in a small print. The outer wrapping is easily opened at an overlapping point, it peels away to reveal the silvery foil underneath. The silver foil adds an extra layer of wrapping that protects the product further, there is an overlapping point where you open this bit of wrapping as well but it is also tight at the ends to make it secure.

      Nutrition and ingredients
      The main nutritional information you get on the packaging is as follows:
      Per 100g
      Energy 1487kj, 350 kcal
      Protein 4.1g
      Carbohydrate 82.1g
      Fat 0.1g
      Underneath it also says that 7 sweets equals 93 calories. The packet is 52.5g altogether so a little bit of maths is needed to work out how much the information equals per pack.
      Apart from sugar and fruit juices the ingredients is an array of long words and different forms of acids, which doesn't sound too healthy (but this isn't exactly an apple we're talking about).
      Considering that this is a packet of sweets I would like to have known how much sugar is in the product and I also would have liked to know what the above information means (i.e how much % is the protein and carbohydrates of my daily allowance).

      Taste test
      Maybe it is just that I am an adult now and my taste buds have changed but I just don't get the same taste or reaction to the sweets that I used to. I remember Fruit Pastilles used to make my mouth water, taste quite juicy and be fruity in flavour all at the same time. Now they taste like eating sugar straight from a pack. There is little hint of fruit flavouring and barely any distinction between what fruit they are supposed to represent (the three citrus flavours just taste citrusy rather than orange, lemon or lime). The coating of sugar on the individual sweets as well as the amount of sugars in them mask the flavour too much for me now.

      Mix the lack of flavour, the horrendous amount of sugar that must be in this product and the calories involved and this is not my treat of choice like when I was a child. I can only imagine that they don't show some of the information, such as the % daily allowance, on the packet as most people may scream in horror when seeing the numbers. And I certainly wouldn't want to see the effects on a child after eating a packet of these sweets (the phrase "bouncing off the walls" springs to mind).
      However, this is only what my taste buds tell me and Fruit Pastilles seem to be a favourite as I always see them on the shelves.

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        31.01.2013 14:52
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        Great little jelly sweet, a timeless classic

        I've never been a big fan of jelly sweets, I have always been more of a chocoholic. There are times when writing reviews, that I need something more than chocolate though. It was on a trip to my local Sainsburys today that I noticed they had some Fruit Pastilles on special offer, £1 for a 170g bag of them, that was when the fruity sugary craving hit me, "I could kill two birds with one stone here, I could cure my sugar craving and while doing so, I could write a review on Fruit Pastilles at the same time" (Come on, be honest, who hasn't bypassed an opportunity like this on here?). Right pop one in my mouth and then I shall continue.

        == A Trip Down Memory Lane ==

        Rowntrees first started making these in Tyneside in the late 1880's, so these have been around for over 130 years and at least in the last 30 years that I can remember, they haven't changed at all, well maybe the packaging has become a little brighter, but that's about it. It was during the 1980's that I really remembered these, with their popular advertising campaign "Bet you can't put one of these in yer mouth without chewing it" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMpXqco7Zck, I have to admit defeat on this challenge, I have never managed to do it.

        == The Product ==

        The circular pastilles are about 1.5 cm in diameter and are fully coated in sugar, in the larger bags they are different shapes to reflect the different fruits they are supposed to taste of, with the same sugary coating principle. The wrapper boasts of them having no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and they contain 25% fruit juice (does this mean I can have these as part of my five a day?? Please tell me I can...no, on second thoughts, a Google search has informed me that 190 fruit gums count as 1 of your five a day, so you'll be healthy inside but you will have no teeth).

        === Nutritional Information ===

        Per seven pastilles

        84 Calories
        13.9g Sugars
        Trace of Fat
        0 Saturates
        0.1g Salt

        So they aren't overly bad for you if you only eat seven per day, but lets face it, who has the discipline and self control to do that?

        == Taste ==

        Bang! From the moment you put one of these in your mouth, the sugar rush is on its way, and it doesn't just creep up on you like various other sweets do, this one hits you like a car crash of a taste explosion. The Pastilles are supposed to be all different flavours; Lemon, lime, strawberry, blackcurrant and orange. I often hear people tell me that they don't like the green ones or the yellow ones, I can't tell the difference between any of them, in fact, I don't know what flavour I just ate, all I know is, it was nice.

        == Price and Various Sized Bags ==

        Traditionally Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles come in a tube containing 14 of them and they cost around about 55 - 60p depending where you purchase them from, sometimes you can buy a pack with 4-5 packs of pastilles in it for a reasonable price at most supermarkets. This product also comes in 170g bags; "Handy for sharing" is the sermon on the pack, "Handy for passing them to someone else when I start to feel sick after eating so many of them" is my motto. The normal retail price is around about £1.49 for the 170g bag, although I got them for £1 on special offer in my local Sainsburys.

        == Verdict ==

        Well after munching my way through this bag while writing this review, I have to say, these are my new favourite jelly sweet, yes they definitely top my usual; Haribo Gold Bears by a long shot (I am still a chocoholic though, these would not sway me to the jelly side). As a now and a again treat these are perfect, whether you are writing a review or watching a movie or even just to have in your cupboard for now and again, they do have a good shelf life. Right I had better prepare myself for the sugar crash after eating all these, what goes up, must come down after all!

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          15.10.2011 11:20
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          INTRO

          Another sweet review from me! My love for sweets is growing by the minute! Right now I am craving pretty much every sweet that I can think of so to reduce the cravings ever so slightly, I am writing about how awesome they are and how you should go and try them. Fruit Pastilles...where do I start. The lovely sugary, fruity chewy sweets of awesomeness! I first came about these when I was about 8 or 9. I was around my Nan's house and she had a packet of them on her table and I asked what they were and she told me to try one. Well...one after another I was eating them. My Nan wasn't cross that I had eaten her packet of fruit pastilles, she was more amused that for the first time I had eaten something other than chocolate! Haha. I was very picky with my sweets when I was younger. I'd only eat chocolate. But Fruit Pastilles changed that ! Thank God! Otherwise I would never have found skittles, starburts and other amazing non chocolatey sweeties!

          WHAT AND WHO ARE FRUIT PASTILLES

          Fruit pastilles are sugary, chewy, fruity sweets that are created by the Rowntrees, Nestle company. They were created in 1881 in England.

          PRICE

          For a single packet of Fruit Pastilles costs £0.51. And for a 205g bag of them costs £1.00. Each packet is unique as to what flavors you get inside, so you can buy as many packets/bags as you want and they will all be different !

          PACKAGING

          The sweets come in a tube shape wrapped in foil which keeps the sweets fresh, then the foil is wrapped in a green paper which has the sweets logo on the front. The packets are bright green and have images of the sweets on them. They are very easy to find as they are unique and brightly coloured. The bags of sweets are made from a strong plastic which keeps the fruit pastels fresh inside.

          TASTE

          Fruit Pastilles come in 5 flavors, which are :
          Lemon, lime, strawberry, black currant and orange.

          Each sweet is coated in a sugar which allows a lovely sweet taste. Each sweet tastes fruity. There has been many challenges for these sweets which is to see if you can hold a fruit pastille in your mouth without chewing it. I have never managed to do this! It is very hard not to chew something so yummy!

          SMELL

          Each pastille smells like it tastes. They smell sweet and fruity! I love the smell of these, just because It's so sweet! It's not for everyone but personally sweet smelling things are just amazing to me haha!

          APPEARANCE

          Each sweet is no bigger than a 10p coin. They are coated with sugar on the outside, so they are bumpy. And on the inside they are soft and chewy. The sweets are the colours of their fruit so , blackcurrant - purple , orange - orange, lemon - yellow , lime- green and strawberry - red. In the bags of sweets they are shaped as fruits. So a strawberry flavored one is in the shape of a strawberry! Again, they are no bigger than a 10p coin.

          INGREDIENTS

          Sugar,Glucose Syrup ,Fruit Juices from Concentrate (25%) (Grape, Blackcurrent, Strawberry, Lime, Orange, Lemon) ,Gelatine ,Gum Arabic ,Modified Starch ,Malic Acid ,Acidity Regulator (Trisodium Citrate) ,Citric Acid ,Flavourings ,Colours (Anthocyanins, Copper Complexes of Chlorophylins, Beta-Carotene, Curcumin) ,Lactic Acid

          These aren't suitable for vegetarians as they contain gelatin. However the Australian versions don't contain gelatin. They contain fruit juice and have NO artificial flavorings according to their website.


          OVERALL
          These are lovely chewy and fruity sweets and there is something for everyone in each packet. I dare you to try and hold one of these in your mouth without chewing it! It is very hard! These are easy to find in your local stores so if you haven't tried these yet, DO! Because they are very addicting!


          This is also on my ciao account under the same name

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          31.07.2011 22:29
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          An excellent treat for children and adults alike!

          I try to avoid buying bulk sweets for weekly shopping when I'm at uni, as a way of saving money spent on something unhealthy. Even so, that doesn't stop me from buying Rowntree's Fruit Pastels once in a while from convenient stores or vending machines. A single stick of fruit pastilles can cost anywhere from 40-80p depending on where you buy it, though a pack of 5 costs just over a pound from Tesco. Whatever the price, I think that this brand of sweets is definitely worth it.

          The packaging of Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles is recognisable to many: it's very colourful with a mainly green background, pictures of fruits dotted around and the main title 'Fruit Pastilles' in a bold white font. Opening the pack is simple as you open up one of the foil ends and you gently take out a pastille/rip your way to the bottom. There are different coloured pastilles each representing a different fruit flavour: purple is blackcurrant, green is lime etc. and you should find a colour that is your favourite. For the most part it seems the colours are balanced and there isn't more of one colour than another- it's just the luck of the draw as to which one is at the top of the pack!

          The front of the roll claims that there is "25% real fruit juice" in each sweet as does the Nutritional Information. I believe this claim does hold since Fruit Pastilles taste very much like the actual juices of each fruit represented- mouth-watering and, well, juicy! At first you may be put off by the sugar content; each pastille is covered in sugar and the first thing you're going to taste is that as it fizzes on your tongue. However after the sugar has dissolved you will definitely taste the fruit juices, especially since the flavour is very concentrated.

          Overall I think these sweets are brilliant, with a great mix of juicy flavours. Parents who want to pick up something for the kids might have to watch the sugar content, but at least there aren't any artificial colours or preservatives in them so it's not incredibly unhealthy. For this 19-year old though, Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles work out great to eat all at once, share with friends or eat one every so often during the day.

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          01.05.2011 22:51
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          Great as an occasional treat, not for everyday use unless you enjoy going to the dentist!

          Rowntree's fruit pastilles have been around for many decades now, but don't seem to show any signs of waning in popularity. They can still be found in the confectionary section of nearly all shops, even the smallest newsagent and are as British and traditional as Earl Grey tea in my opinion! ]

          In case you're one of the rare people that haven't tried them, they are basically gummy, chewy fruit flavoured sweets covered with a dusting of crystallised sugar. They are very sweet certainly but they are also very juicy and refreshing and really make your mouth water, the packaging claims that they are 25% fruit juice. The current advertising campaigns challenges viewers to try and keep a fruit pastille in their mouth without chewing into it, this is nearly impossible, I've tried!

          The pastilles come in single tubes of about 20 sweets or in larger bags of about 200g. The tubes are great for keeping in your handbag and popping a sweet every now and then, or as an occasional treat instead of a chocolate bar. The larger bags are ideal for sharing with friends or coworkers, I frequently take a bag into work to share and they are always very popular and welcome! Fruit pastilles come in a variety of colours which I assume are suppose to correspond to the different flavourings listed in the ingredients (Grape, Blackcurrent, Strawberry, Lime, Orange and Lemon) but I'll be honest, apart from the fact that the yellow ones are a little bit sour (lemon maybe?) I can't tell a huge difference between flavours, they all seem pretty similar (sweet and juicy mainly!) to me.

          The packaging claims that there are no artificial colours or flavours and 25% fruit juice, but the ingredients tell us that fruit pastilles aren't exactly a health food and I wouldn't count them as one of your 5 a day! The main ingredient is sugar, and you can tell by the sweetness and the sugar on the outside of the sweet that these aren't exactly tooth friendly. Fruit pastilles also contain gelatin so aren't suitable for vegetarians/vegans/other people with dietary restrictions on meat products.

          Fruit pastilles are reasonably good value for money compared to some more 'luxury' sweets and can usually be found on offer somewhere for a bargain price. At the moment (as of 1/5/11) the 200g share bags are on offer for £1 at Tesco.

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            20.07.2010 00:26
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            A range of sweets consisting of many flavours

            Fruit pastiles have been around as long as I can remember which is quite scary as they must be at least 30 years old. We all have our favourite flavour and when you was offered one from a friend you would know how much you were liked by them. If you was offered a red or black that means you were best mates and if you were offered yellow or green they were feeling sorry for you. The pastiles consists of green, red, orange, yellow and black and are strongily flavoured. The pastiles are excellent for helping a person with diabetes type two come out of their hypo as the sugar is on the outside of the sweet which hits the tongue straight away and cause their sugar levels balance again. Also a child with diabetes would look normal to other children as carrying these as there emergency sweets. The sweets come wrapped up and sometimes do get stuck together so you have to break them apart. Since the original fruit pastile they now come in bags and boxes then just the traditional roll. They do still taste as good as ever and the sugar on the outside does taste great.

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              15.07.2010 14:21
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              Chewy, fruity, yummy.

              First the coating of sugar granules. Then the crunch as you bite (assuming you're not a sucker, of course). The flood of sweet fruit juice, and then finally the chewiness of the sweet. What could beat a proper Rowntree's fruit pastille?

              Fruit pastilles are made by many different companies, but nobody beats Rowntrees - they've had over 100 years of experience of making these. The recipe has changed a few times but the differences are not huge (they are now advertised as having no artificial colours and flavourings), for most of us a tube of pastilles is a blast straight back to childhood.

              But please please buy a tube, not a bag. The tube has the correct disc-shaped sweets and the proper foil wrapping surrounded by the paper label. The very thought of a "hanging bag", made of plastic and filled with new and exciting(ish) shapes fills me with horror. They may taste the same, but changing the shape is surely sacrilege!

              There are five flavours / colours: lemon (yellow, obviously), lime (green), orange (erm, orange!), strawberry (a kind of dirty red/pink - that's the problem with natural colourings), and blackcurrant (worryingly close to black although they are purple if you look close enough) .

              Blackcurrant must be an acquired taste - for years I used to leave those ones but now they are my favourites. Clearly I am not alone, as you can now get an entire tube of blackcurrant ones without all the pesky other flavours. Although for me lime comes a close second - they have that slight acid tang which just completes the whole sweet experience.

              And a last word - is it really possible to suck a fruit pastille all the way down to nothing without ever chewing? (Swalling it half way through is cheating). I claim that it is a physical impossibility, but I feel more research and practice is needed!

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              A great little chew!!

              I am more of a chocolate kind of guy than a sweet person, to be honest. But If I am to have sweets, I like to have ones which are jelly and tangy or jelly and sugary, or both. These fall into the latter category. They aren't tangy but are small round jelly type sweets, about 1.5cm in diameter, and covered in sugar. They are made by Rowntrees and have been since 1881.

              They usually come in a long tube, in silver foil and covered with a paper outcover.The sweets come in five different colours. Lemon (yellow), orange (orange), blackcurrant (purple), strawberry (red), lime (green). In each pack you will receive a mixture of these. These tubes that cost about 50p have a massive 187kcals. They also come in bags and cardboard tubes. The cardboard tubes usually come out about christmas time. I always used to get these for christmas, when I was younger.

              I love these sweets. I don't have a personal favourite. All the colours are extremely nice and tasty. The jelly type substance can get stuck in between your teeth, but so can many jellies. They are also very hard, so better not give them to very young children. I can agree with the advert 'I bet you can't put a Rowntrees fruit pastille in your mouth without chewing it'. It is near enough impossible!!

              The adverts is shown on youtube
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMpXqco7Zck

              In summing up these fruit pastilles are delicious, chewy and the juices flow brilliantly as they are eaten. I love them. If I had one slight complaint, it is that the sugar coating is rough, and if you suck them or have too many of them they can be abrasive inside your mouth. However this doesn't stop me eating them , and highly recommend them.

              Copyright stebiz 2010 - Also on ciao

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                Delish Sweets..... I Don't Know Why I Don't Have Them More Often!!!

                I haven't had Fruit Pastilles for years but my mate gave me a packet while we was waiting for the bus today, she chomps PACKETS of them at a time but has got a perfect figure and teeth..... some people! lol

                They are little round jelly sweets that are made with real fruit juice, you get about 12 sweets in a pack and they are a mixture of red (strawberry), green (lime), orange (orange... duh!), yellow (lemon) and purple (blackcurrant).

                The only ones out of the pack I didn't like was the blackcurrant ones but I'm not mad keen on blackcurrant flavoured ANYTHING so I wasn't expecting to like that colour! lol

                All the sweets are covered in sugar and it's like proper sugar that you'd put in a cup of tea and not farty little dusty granules that you get covering most sweets like this. They're madly chewy and there used to be an advert that told you to try sucking and not chewing.... and it's impossible because the sweets have got such a juicy flavour and texture!

                The flavours all taste like the sweetie versions of the fruits they are supposed to be, you know what I mean they don't taste very natural but you can tell what they are. The lemon doesn't taste like lemons but it's like a sweeter version of lemon and the sort of flavour you'd have in a cake or something. Thank god they don't taste like real lemons as well because I don't think that would make very good sweets! lol

                When you chew the sweets they're very juicy and sweet, the flavours come though stronger as you chew the sweet up and your mouth is filling with the flavour and the juice that has been released from the jelly.

                My fave was deffo the strawberry sweet and sods law meant there was only 2 of this colour in my pack but 3 blackcurrant ones..... remember, I don't like the blackcurrant ones so I gave them to my mate and had her green sweets because she loves the red ones as well and wouldn't give them to me! lol

                Recommended..... only about 55p a pack and they are a delish change from chocolate!!!

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                  enjoyable little fruit- flavoured jelly sweets

                  Rowntree's fruit pastilles have been going for well over a hundred years now, and by all accounts they are still going strong. Each pack of fruit pastilles comes with a paper wrapper on the outside hiding a foil wrapper underneath, giving the product an old fashioned and archaic feel that is rather befitting given its long established presence in the sweet world.

                  The fruit pastilles themselves come in a range of flavours including raspberry, apple, pear, and so on, and are made from real fruit juice extract, and these different flavours complement eachother nicely, whilst the jelly-like texture is just slightly chewy and thich with sugar, making for a rather pleasurable tasting experience, albeit one that comes with a substantial price tag attached in the form of a high sugar-count.

                  Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles are ideal to snack on throughout the day, giving you a tinly little sugar rush as and when needed, and are likely to go down well when offered to others too. A packet is rasonably priced at about 75p and they are widely available at all confectionary retailers. A great product that can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.

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                  Not had these for ages, but the wife picked up a bag of these in Sainsbury's last night. They were displayed at the tills, and the large bags were on offer at half price. Think they cost 65p, which was a good enough buy for the large 170g bag. You can also get these in an individual roll, which costs about 45p and has about 12-14 sweets in them.

                  The roll is a foil wrapper with a outer paper part to it. It is green in colour and there is colourful parts on it as well. The bag that we got was a shiny feeling bag which also was green and had splashes of colour on it as well.

                  I remember the sweets being different colours and all being round, but I saw in the bag that I got that they were different shapes depending on the fruit that they were. So the green ones were in the shape of a lime, the orange ones were in the shape of an orange segment, and so on. There is 5 different fruits in here, and they all taste lovely. You can taste the fruit juice in here, and although they have an outer coating of sugar which won't be that good for you, the overall taste is nice. It would be nice if these didn't have sugar on them as you would just taste the nice fruit tang to these. These are nice and chewy as well. Not too chewy, but it makes you chew for a bit and therefore getting the fruit taste out of this.

                  I wouldn't normally reach for these in a shop as when i'm buying a sweet it is usually chocolate I go for, but this made a nice enough change at a good price.

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                  Classic chewy sweets

                  Whenever I fancy some sweets or something sugary, Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles are always the first thing that I go for from the shop's shelves.

                  Fruit Pastilles are chewy and fruity pastille sweets with a sugar coating. They come in 5 different fruity flavours - lemon, lime, strawberry, blackcurrant and orange. They actually contain 25% fruit juice so each flavour is very strong and apparent and contain no artificial colours or flavours so you know that the fruit flavours are real.

                  Theses sweets are so addictively chewy and you really can't put them in your mouth without chewing on them straight away. The sugar coating makes them extra sweet along with the fruity flavour. Every single flavour of these is delicious but I especially like the strawberry and blackcurrant ones as these seem to taste that little bit sweeter and more flavoursome than the others.

                  These sweets come in single tubes so I don't usually like sharing mine! You can buy them in a multipack bag though which contains 5 individual tubes so this is better if you plan on sharing them around.

                  I didn't realise these had been around for so long but they're Nestle Rowntree's oldest product and have been around since 1881. There's obviously a reason that they're still some of the most popular chewy sweets today and that's because they're simply so tasty.

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                  a great tasting sweet

                  I am not the biggest fan of jelly sweets and find I dislike the texture to a lot of jelly style sweets but I absolutely love these sweets.

                  Rowntrees fruit pastilles are a circular fruit flavoured jelly sweet that has a lovely although not too good for you sugar coating on the out side, the standard original packet contains 5 flavours, lemon, lime, strawberry, blackcurrant and orange, it is really easy to see which sweet you are getting as they are coloured to match the flavour of them.

                  When you first put them in your mouth the first thing you notice is the crisp sugar that they are coated in, it isn't a strong sweet flavour that is sickly but a very nice addition to the fruit flavour of the sweet, the fruit flavour is lovely and strong making my mouth water as soon as I bite into these and it has no artificial flavours to it either so you can guarantee you are getting real fruit tastes. The texture of these sweets is my favourite, they are hard and chewy at the same time as not being too hard if that makes any sense, they are not too squidgy in my mouth but they don't try to pull my fillings out eating them either and are a wonderful sweet to eat.

                  As I said previously these are one of few jelly sweets I like and they have been around for many years so must be a winner with a lot more people than me as they have been being sold since 1881, not many other sweets have survived this long.

                  They are available to buy in a standard tube as always retailing at around 40p a pack and you get around 12 sweets in the pack, you can buy these as a multi pack for around £1 with 5 tubes in the pack or a large bag for sharing at around £1.50

                  My local shop has recently started selling tubes of just the blackcurrant flavour which I love as this is my favourite flavour so is great for any one like me who loves that particular flavour, I wander if they are going to do this with each of the flavours over time.

                  As with most sweets they are not particularly good for you with 351 calories per 100g but everything in moderation I say.

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                    Delicious Sweets That Took Me On A Trip Down Memory Lane.

                    My appetite has not been at it's greatest of late so if I see something that I fancy then I have been buying it and enjoying it just so I have been eating something and I don't end up feeling weak and lethargic more than I already am at the end of every day. I spotted these Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles on 3 for £1.00 in my local corner shop so I decided to snap myself up a few tubes.

                    Appearance: These fruit pastilles come provided in a foil wrapper which is then sealed to form a tube and wrapped in paper which shows you a picture of the sweets, displays ingredients, nutritional information and all the usual stuff you would expect. The wrapper has not changed much since I was a young child and I always feel a little burst of nostalgia when I see a tube of these and I can't wait for the mouth wateringly delicious sweets that I know are contained with.

                    The sweets: There are around 11 or 12 sweets in each tube and they come in a variety of colour and flavours including blackcurrant, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry & apple. Each sweet has a colour to show what flavour it is and it's nice and simple to pick your favourite one (green!) before sharing you sweets out with anyone else. The fruit pastilles are round sweets which are fairly thick and they are coated in sugar which gives them a lovely crisp bite when you bite in to the sweet and then they are lovely and soft inside. Jellies coated in sugar, I'm sure you can already guess how good for you these are.

                    Nutritional Information: There are 350 calories per 100g and each tube contains 52.5g so there are around 184 calories per tube. There are definitely not the worst sweets on the market although they do contain a fairly large amount of sugar.

                    My Opinion: I think that the packet is what draws me in to these sweets as it instantly makes me think of childhood and I know there are lots of delicious sweets within. The sweets are lovely and chewy and are perfect for even smaller teeth as they are fairly easy to chew although they may be a choking hazard to younger children. I love all the different flavours and as soon as I bite in to a sweet there is a delicious fruity flavour to each sweet and they make my mouth water instantly. There are lots of sweets in the packet and I do find that a packet of these can last me a good hour or so, particularly if I am trying to see if I can eat one of these without chewing it (almost impossible!). These sweets are always going to be a hit with me as I just love all the different flavours and there is not one that I am not fond of. The sugar coating is fantastic too as while I know it's bad for me it really does bring a welcome addition to the sweets with something a little crunchy for my teeth. I enjoyed a lovely trip down memory lane and my mouth was watering before I even sampled one of the sweets. These are definitely as good as I remembered and they were a nice sweet to cheer me up and try to coax my appetite back.

                    These sweets are yummy and I am sure that most people, old or young, will enjoy a nice trip down memory lane and something that's a bit different from the norm.

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                      25.02.2010 14:50
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                      These are very tasty

                      This brand of fruit pastille has been a staple sweet treat in my household since childhood. In my hay day these where know to be very difficult not to chew, as per the advert at the time, questioning whether you could eat one without chewing. Many a time this was a game for me and my brothers, and a few times we actually did it.

                      Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles where first produced in 1881 and are Nestle Rowntree's oldest product. These sweets are chewy jelly pastilles coated in sugar and a pack contains an assortment of 5 different flavour pastilles, which are Orange, Lemon, Blackcurrant, Lime and Strawberry.

                      Personally my favourite flavour is Blackcurrant, but most people have a different favourite. I used to like the lime one the best, but as is the norm for any long established brand, they have changed the flavour, which now nocks the Lime down to second favourite. These sweets are lovely and juicy and full of flavour, if I open a packet at work intending to only have a couple at a time I always end up eating the full packet in one. I like to open the whole packet up and choose which ones I eat first in order of my favourites rather that unwrapping the sweets one by one.

                      Information per tube:
                      Calories: 187 (10%)
                      Sugars: 30.4g (36%)
                      Fat: Nil (0%)
                      Saturated: Nil (0%)
                      Salt: 0.1g (2%)
                      The percentages are based on a child's guideline daily allowance.

                      These sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours. They contain 25% fruit juice. Each tube holds 52.5g of pastilles. The sweets come in a tube shape wrapped in silver foil and then covered with green paper with all the information on. These pastilles are also available in large tubes, bags and also mixed bags of Rowntree's sweet, that include fruit gums and tooty fruities.

                      Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose syrup, Fruit juices from concentrate (25%) (Grape, Apple, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Lime, Orange, Lemon), Gelatine, Gum Arabic, Malic acid, Acidity regulator (Trisodium citrate), Citric acid, Flavourings, Colours (Anthocyanins, Copper complexes of chlorophyllins, Beta-carotene, Curcumin), Lactic acid.

                      Each tube costs around 0.47p, but you can buy multipacks from your local supermarket. They are often on offer in the multipack for 4 tubes for £1.

                      So overall, these are a great pack of sweets to eat on your own or share (if forced to). They are lovely and juicy and although they are reasonably high in calories they don't contain any fat.

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                    • Product Details

                      Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles (1 x 48). Fruit Flavoured chewy sweets with a sugar coating.