Product Type: Rowntree's Sweets
Newest Review: ... what flavour I just ate, all I know is, it was nice. == Price and Various Sized Bags == Traditionally Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles come i... more
Betcha Can't Put a Fruit Pastille in Yer Mouth Without Chewing it!
Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles
Member Name: mikeb2102
Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles
Advantages: Nice jelly treat, part of your 5 a day if eaten in large quanties, heed the warning below though
Disadvantages: Very sugary, would imagine regular visits to the dentist after eating copious amounts of these
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
Trace of Fat
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!
Summary: Great little jelly sweet, a timeless classic