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I do love my sweets, but the majority of the time, I will just stick to sweets I know I enjoy such as wine gums or jelly babies. Because of this, I have never really experimented with any newer sweets such as Rowntrees Randoms. Despite previously hearing about these from their odd advertisements and through friends, I had never gone out and brought a packet. I tried one of my friends from their bag the other day, and I decided to grab myself a packet as they were quite delicious and a little bit different from your average sweets.
The bag cost somewhere in the region of around 60p which is around average these days for a small 50g bag of sweets. I purchased mine from my local newsagents, although it is available in many supermarkets and convenience stores. There is also a large, share size bag if you are interested in spending a little more.
The whole point of 'randoms' is that you just do not know what to expect when you open up your bag. Rather than all of the sweets being the same, you get random shapes and images making it a little more of a pleasant snack as it captures your attention. Not only does this therefore make it a great snack for adults, but it would be perfect to give to children as they can have fun trying to distinguish what each of the different shapes are. When I say random, I do mean pretty random. Within my bag I got a jigsaw piece, a snowman, a hot air balloon, a post box, a smiley face, mushroom, paw print... and the list goes on. As you can see, a very fun and imaginative extra to an enjoyable and tasty snack.
The first thing I noticed when I tried out these sweets are that they taste really juicy in comparison to many other chewy fruit sweets on the market. This is because they contain fruit juice to make them that little more tasty. Due to all the various shapes being different colours, it means you are given a wide range of flavours so there really is something for everyone. I felt that the taste of these sweets were delicious, however too many of them and you will end up feeling quite sickly as I learnt!
In each pack there is 164 calories which I feel is quite a high number of calories, but if you are only eating this as an occasional treat it is not all that bad, so as long as you are not calorie conscious, I would recommend you check out these sweets and give them a try as they are a little bit different to every other boring sweet as you just do not know what to expect.
I am pleased with my purchase of these sweets, and I do feel that I will continue to purchase these as the odd treat here and there, but I do not think they do enough justice to be my new favourite sweets! Worth a look at, and I will be awarding these with a very reasonable four stars. Thanks for reading.
I have to admit it-I've got a very sweet tooth but fortunately for both my teeth and my figure, I have a milk allergy so I'm confined to eating jelly or boiled sweets. Anything with even a trace of milk in it can really upset my stomach.
I have had a flirtation with Harisbro sweets for a long time, they are quite long lasting, but as I get older I need more fillings in my teeth, so I looked around for soft sweets that didn't vanish in seconds.
I discovered Rowntrees' Randoms just by chance. I'd seen the 50-gram bags but my local co-op store was offering 195-gram bags at two for the price of one and at 1.59 a bag these are good value for just one bag alone.
These sweets are very appealing to look at. The actual bag is a riot of colour with the predominating green enlivened by a rainbow arch of white, red, violet, yellow and orange. These colours reflex the majority of the sweet colours, though they are not the only ones. Each swirl sports an individual sweet in lots of different shapes. It's quite unusual to see such a range of shapes and as the manufacturers are constantly adding new ones, there are always a few new ones to discover- nice for us big kids! Just to give a few examples, there are umbrellas, hedgehogs, sunglasses, postboxes, crowns, buttons, cars, crocodiles, motorbikes etc.
When you open the bag your senses are immediately awoken by the smell of fresh fruit-juice. Tip a few sweets into your hand and see the different varieties. The largest and the ones I like best are the foam sweets, which are usually only a few shapes as they are the largest in the bags. I love the ice-cream shapes, as the two-tone colours of cream and pink look realistic. The next are the half jelly half chewy white foam and these are mostly green, orange, red and purple. I like sucking the jelly off. Yes, I know, I'm a big kid. There are several jelly only sweets, but as these are just as tasty they do make for a nice mixture. Last, but not least, are the fruit filled sweets. These are always orange with a green swirl at the center. They have the foam backs, which keeps in the juice. These sweets have a small amount of semi-liquid fruit juice and the first time you taste one is a bit like dipping your tongue into honey. So you can imagine how tasty they are.
The texture of these is just right for big or little hands. I don't like my sweets too sticky and they also passed the hands test with my six-year-old grandson, Jack. He managed to keep about five in his fist without the colours running everywhere. His mum would have told me off if they had! I wouldn't recommend more than five though. (That's sweets-not minutes).
One word of warning. I am not the only one that's written this, they are very, very addictive.
There is a web site for these and they seem to change things quite regularly. At the moment you can get the packs with point values for family activities. I have visited the site, but haven't been able to add the packet code online yet. Each bag is worth 15 points towards an activity, some activities start at just 15 points, so if I manage to get a voucher, I'll update the review. One recent competition was to find the 'gnome' and win 1.084 pounds. Another one that would get the pens out was making a random sentence using the objects of the sweets. Jack and I had some fun with this. A bit like a board game that starts by picking vowels, nouns etc and making silly sentences. That's quite a bit of fun for one bag of sweets.
These get 5 stars from me and I hope you will be able to find the 150-gram bags near you. I'm waiting for the next offer to stock up.
Please note. Although my review covers the 195 gram pack, the 50 gram is exactly the same, except for value.
I am partial t the odd sweet, although that be said I am more of a chocolate fan. In need of a fix after finish a night shift I spotted Rowntree's Randoms.
I have seen the advert, quite fun but slightly annoying after a while, but they did promise new shapes!
**WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR
A bright green packet of 50 grams. The packet is very bright and cheerful with shapes of sweets you can expect to find inside, mixed with white bold and large writing. Eye-catching and probably a tendency to attract little peoples eyes, especially as the seem to be at toddler hand height where ever I have seen them.
I like the fact that they have no artificial colours or flavours in them - which considering the strength of the flavours and colours, it is beyond me why manufacturers have to put it in other sweets. Whilst on this topic there is a large list (I won't bore you with) of ingredients and true to there word not an E number or obscure chemical name to be seen.
Also listed are the nutritional content a bag contains 164 calories, lets be honest they are mostly sugars and carbohydrate so don't go expecting one of your daily five to fit in as the flavours don't count!
**INSIDE MY BAG**
Duck, Crown, Rocket, Trainer boot, Bottle, Saxophone, Ice cream cone, Tea pot, Button and Top hat. These were the variety and I had a couple of some shapes.
Each little shape is for the most part easily distinguishable as to what they are - children would probably have more fun trying to guess as many are thins children could recognise.
Lime, Orange - quite sharp and citrus burst carries on threw the chew.
Bubble gum flavour - this is the only ones which are not of the gum like the others, they are squidgy soft a bit like a firmer marshmallow texture.
Blackcurrant, Raspberry - quite strong flavouring in these and don't leave an after taste quite as long as the citrus lime.
Some of the jellies have a white base which is more kind of cross between the gum and the marshmallow type.
All of the flavours are strong and juice like. If you do eat all the packet they do leave a after taste for a while of jelly sweets around your teeth and tongue, which is ok but I feel like it is not doing my teeth any favours so I tend to brush them.
A nice treat now and again for both adults and children.
Rowntree is a Nestle product and the contact details can be found on the backs of packets.
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Rowntree's Randoms are a pretty new kid on the block as far as gummy sweets are concerned. Featuring a variety of different sweets, they offer the same quality for a sweet that you'd expect from Rowntree's.
The first thing I must say about these is that they are addictive. Really addictive. They taste so good that you keep on going back for more, but the bags are, for me, just too small. I'm waiting for the day when they make big Haribo-sized bags of these to just stock up on.
For around 50p a pack, this can be an expensive habit but I personally find them a refreshing change from the normal Haribo fare. The shapes are indeed very random and offer a change from the normal gummies you expect from other packs. But the taste is the real highlight. Each sweet tastes discernibly different, and you will soon be pleading that you get certain sweets in your next pack. For me, the best sweets are the ice-cream and half-foam, half-jelly ones, which have a hard outside but soft, gooey inside.
With so much choice in the sweet department these days, it's hard to find a stand-out choice. This offers a solution. Buy a bag. You won't be disappointed.
These sweets come in a thick foil packet like most of the more expensive crisp manufacturers put their crisps in. In each bag there should be about 50 grams of sweets which works out at 164 kilocalories. The pack advertises the sweets as, "A mixed up bag of juicy jellies & squidgy foamy sweets in a mind-boggling array of shapes". The bag also claims that the pack "Contains fruit juice" and "No artificial colours or flavours".
Upon opening the bag I decided this can be best summarized as a small bag of pic 'n' mix. There are all the usual types of sweets you would expect in a 'Starmix' bag of 'Haribo' but with a twist. Some of the sweets which are half foam and half jelly also have a soft centre with a different flavour syrup in. This is an interesting twist on a classic. The all jelly sweets are probably the best in my opinion. They are quite chewy and juicy. They are much more naturally tasting flavours than most of the other sweets in the pack. Despite this in general the flavours aren't all that natural tasting. They are quite over the top and very sweet tasting. Some people may interpret this as being a little bit sickly. The foam sweets have a little more flavour to them than you would normally expect from foamy sweets which is nice.
Overall I think this bag of sweets is priced about right. I can't remember exactly what I paid but I think it was about 42p or 43p. They are less greasy than other similar products but I think Rowntree are just trying to cram another bag of sweets into an already saturated market. I'm going to give these sweets a score of 4. These sweets are a little bit different to the usual bag of gummy sweets out there but the flavours are slightly over powering. I would probably buy these sweets again.
Randoms are fruit flavoured jelly sweets from Rowntrees. they were launched quite recently in 2009. When looking for something to snack on last night I became aware that my cupboards were completely bare. All except for this brightly coloured bag of sweets. I wouldn't usually go for jelly sweets but I'd already got it in my head that I wanted to munch on something so I got stuck in.
The packaging is very bright and colourful, it immediately catches your eye, there are little pictures of the various sweets so you can see in an instant what kind of thing to expect. Theres something quite retro about it, perhaps it's all that green and yellow making it look like psychadelic 60's wallpaper.
Now onto the contents. Each bag is made up of a handful of jellies and foamy treats all shaped into 'random' objects. In my bag I found a foam ice cream cone, a little bow tie, a sun, a flower, a palm tree, a racecar and a cute little smiley face. In a variety of flavours (all of which were fairly common flavour types) cherry, lime, blackcurrant, strawberry in fact the only suprise there was in this bag was the sun and the flower were lemon flavour but had a thin lime filling that was a slightly different texture than the rest of the jellies.
From the few times I've had these sort of sweets I have never really noticed a huge difference between different brands. This remains true for rowntrees randoms, they are almost identical (except in shape) to any jelly sweet I've ever had. Ultra sweet and chewy sums them up nicely.
If you've ever had haribo or any sweet like it then you already know what to expect from randoms, if you're a stranger to the jelly sweet then expect to give your teetth a tough time, overly sweet and very chewy (although they are much softer than wine gums).
I can see the appeal of them if you have a sweet tooth but they really aren't for me, this perhaps is more of a reflection on my aversion to the super sweet rather than any major failing on rowntrees part.
Even for people who like this type of thing I would say that randoms does nothing that haribo hasn't already done better.
Being someone with a hugee sweet tooth, the minute I heard of Rowntree's Randoms I was straight out to try them and have to say I am impressed!
Rowntree's Randoms retail generally around the 50p mark which I think is fairly reasonable. They instantly stand out in the shop with the bright green packaging with an array of different bright colours thrown in too! The sweets are fruity jellies, some with foam on and some that are just foam, like the ice cream one! When eating them, I instantly compared them to Haribo (which were my favourite sweets) and find that actually, I prefer these. The jellies are easy to bite without giving tooth ache, with a genuine fruity flavour without the normal artificial fruit taste that often comes with sweets of its kind. The foam sweets again, are easy to eat and have a lovely taste.
One thing that did annoy me slightly was that for the price, it seems you get very few jellies in the packet and most seem to be the normal jellies without the foam and often i've had packs with no foam ice creams at all. Other than this there isn't much more I can say in terms of negatives as after all, they are just a packet of sweets we eat when we get that sweet craving and Rowntree's Randoms certainly satisfy that craving!
These are also a very suitable option for children as the lack of actual sweets in the packet is probably an advantage when you are a parent trying to limit your child's sweet intake and the fun shapes to distinguish will give an added interest to the child, hopefully making them last longer than 2 minutes!
Overall, these are fun sweets that instantly grab attention from the shelves, are easy to eat and reasonably priced! Go and try some!
In our house, Saturday is sweetie day. Every Saturday morning, we go to the newsagents to pick up a load of sweets and a newspaper. It is a bit of a ritual. While the bigger kids are easy to cater for, I find my four year old a little harder to please, as he is quite fussy about his sweets. I was quite lucky then, when I discovered Rowntrees Randoms.
Randoms come in a little green plastic packet, and retail quite reasonably around the 50p mark at newsagents. I noticed the ads for them on TV recently, which were quite quirky, and certainly made me look out for the product in shops. They seem to be quite similar to Haribo Starmix, which we all love, but randoms come in a more conveniently sized packet, which contains enough, but not too many sweets.
The sweets themselves are all different flavours and textures. In fact, there are 4 diferent textures of sweet: jelly, foam backed jelly, foamy sweet and liquid filled jelly. The sweets also come in diferent shapes, such as ice creams, acorns and buttons, I guess that's why they are called randoms, because the sweets are in the shapes of random, unrelated objects. The sweets also come in 6 natural fruit flavours: Blackcurrant, Cheery, Lemon, Orange, Lime and Strawberry. They taste very similar to Haribo Starmix, and only really differ in shape.
These sweets would be really appealing to kids, and the young at heart, in fact anyone who enjoys soft fruity jelly sweets. They look ver appealing with their different shapes and colours, and the fruity flavours are delicious! They are made by a brand leader, so you know you are guaranteed good quality. I like the fact that the portion size is relatively small, because it doesn't spoil my kids appetite, whereas if you have a big bag of Haribos, the temptation is to have "just one more!"
The nutritional information is as follows per bag:
of which sugars 29.6g
In conclusion, these are a great treat for a day out or a lunchbox, or an after school snack. Anyone, like me, who remembers getting a 10p mix from the local shop after school, will enjoy these little sweets. Long may they continue on the shelf!
I am a massive fan of Pick and Mix ever since I was a little a girl I liked a good variety of tastes and textures to satisfy my sweet tooth. Alas with the death of Woolworths or the national Pick n Mix shop I found it difficult to find anything close. Until today!
Rowntrees Randoms are basically a little packet of pick n mix that comes in a bright green packet with pictures of the sweets you might find inside. The sweets are random as you have a random selection of jelly and foam sweets and the shapes are also random, like being icecream cones, bikes, shuttlecocks or rollerskates.
You get a fair few in a packet which is nice but the price can range anywhere from 40- 50p which is quite pricey considering you can get a big bag of Haribo for 99p which is roughly 2/3s bigger than Randoms.
I have also found them quite difficult to find at the moment. When they first came out about 6 months ago they were everywhere, but now I haven't seen them in any of my local supermarkets and managed to pick up a packet in Poundstretcher of all places.
Calories wise they are 164 kcal per packet so if you're on a diet stick to a KitKat instead!
After being inspired by another of our dooyoo members of this item I picked up a pack today with the intention of reviewing.
Firstly let me emphasise the growing ineptitude of our mass-producers who package these sweets. In a small, 164 calorie, 50 gram bag there were so little sweets that I swear down I had ate them all before I even left the shop.
The sweets themselves are mediocre at best. A typical bag from an off-beat, local shop cost forty-three of my little pennies and at the concept of around 3.5 pennies per sweet I truly felt less than happy with the product.
The sweets were bland with a slight discomforting taste similar to those of 'wine gums' and an after-taste of similar proportions. Out of the varying types of sweets there was one which I was particularly looking forward to since my first experience with them back in those squeezy-bug days. In my bag I had three of these little goo-filled sweets and the goo itself is minimalistic. Interestingly no matter how much we pay these companies insist on going for more price, less dice.
The other sweets, obviously aimed toward the more simple-minded folk, not implying that children are such, are completely reliant on their shapes and 'random'-ness to give them any feat over the current sweets of today.
In short, slightly pricey and very little to the bag, these sweets do not serve well as a quick pick-up nor a dive into your temptations, not worth buying!
Oh and, for any of you who (Like myself) suffer from extensive phlegm, similar to most sweets these ones will give you a heck of a lot to contend with.
'Randoms' are Rowntree's answer to Haribo. The concept is similar, but far from identical: a stimulating mix of coloured jelly/gum sweets in varying shapes and sizes. The main difference though, is the size of the packets they come in. While Haribo will set you back £1.25-2.00, Rowntrees Randoms are a mere 50p (in and around). Naturally, the packet is smaller, but this more managable price and size make it more tempting to purchase on a regular basis.
Inside you'll find around 15-25 sweets, in a range of flavours and colours. Officially there are six flavours: blackcurrant, cherry, strawberry, orange, lime and lemon, but it's often hard to tell because the emphasis is on the unique objects that they take the form of. Some examples include ice cream cones, musical instruments, and smiley faces - just to give an idea of the 'random' nature of the selection.
As for the taste, I would rate them highly for jelly sweets, which not everyone is going to be a fan of. There is bound to be something for everybody in them, and it is relatively painless to purchase one packet and test them out for yourself.
It goes without saying that these snacks are not terribly healthy, either for your teeth (with high sugar content) or body in general. They will make your teeth sore if they are normally sensitive. But they are not difficult to chew, like Wine gums for example. And while they altogether won't be very healthy, they are, however, amiable treats for kids or naughty adults - if even every once in a while.
Eat something random today!
I have just tried a packet of new Rowntree's Randoms and I really enjoyed them. I am a big fan of chewy, gummy sweets so probably knew that they would be nice anyway.
A little bit of history first. According to an article I read, Rowntree's was founded in York in 1862 by Henry Isaac Rowntree. It is now a historic brand currently owned by Nestlé that is used to market a range of fruit gums and pastilles formerly owned by that business. Of course, probably their most famous product is Rowntree's fruit pastilles and their newest product are these Random's. They were launched in May 2009.
On the pack of the packet they are described as a mixed up bag of juicy jellies and squidgy foamy sweets in a mind-boggling array of shapes. In my opinion they are quite a fun sweet and don't take themselves too seriously. I get this opinion from the television adverts too where people end up saying silly phrases once they have eaten the sweets.
The sweets come in six different flavours which I like in that there are different tastes in each bag. The flavours are blackcurrant, cherry, strawberry, orange, lime and lemon and they also come in those colours too for example the lemon is yellow colour, cherry is red, etc. The sweets come in lots of different shapes and sizes too and are given the appearance of everyday objects such as smiley faces, tennis rackets, ice cream cones. The ice creams cones are actually my favourites as these ones are foam sweets rather than jelly sweets.There is also one that has a liquidish centre as well when you bite into it which is yummy. The sweets are nice and tasty and do taste like the flavour they are meant too.
What's nice about these sweets is that they do not contain too many calories. In each packet of Randoms which weigh 50g there are 164 calories (8% of an adults GDA) which is not too bad when compared to say a packet of Skittles or the like. Randoms are made with pork gelatine and so are not suitable for vegetarians or muslims unfortunately but if you do like these type sweets then I definitely recommend them.
Well surprisingly I realised whilst out to lunch that I had never tried these and decide that at 45pence from Sainsbury's I should give them a whirl. They are quite eye catching on the shelves with a bright green packaging with the name of the sweets and a picture of them on the front.
The bag isn't huge, but big enough at 50 grams. The sweets are like jelly type chews and are different shapes, colours and tastes. The first one I tried was the shape of an ice cream cone but didn't taste like ice cream thats for sure. It had an almost vanilla type taste but not as pleasant. Moving on I found an orange shaped sun which tasted (heres a surprise) like orange. In my particular bag there was also a jelly shuttlecock that was a cherry flavour and a green lollipop that tasted of lime.
Overall each sweet had a different taste, some were nice and some weren't. These sweets are definately not for a girl like me that takes pleasure in popping more than one sweetie in her mouth at a time. If you have the patience and the right tastebuds then these sweets are probably for you. I would imagine these are loved by little ones as they are jelly type sweet flavoured chews.
On the packet it states that these sweets may contain traces of milk, but they contain fruit juice and no artificial colours or flavours. Per bag you consume 164 calories, 0.2 grams of fat and 37.9 grams of carbohydrates.
Overall not bad, but just not a favourite of mine.
My 5 year old son loves sweets and whenever he gets the opportunity to have a treat from the shop he buys sweets. I find he is very curious when it comes to sweets because he will always buy something different everytime, however since he has tried Rowntrees Randoms they are now his current favourites and I have since tried them to see what the appeal is and I thought they were really nice.
Rowntrees Randoms are a new product from Rowntree and come in a bright green , weighing 50g and costing about 40p or 50p. The last packet I bought was from Wilkinsons for 40p.
They are random sweets because when you open the bag you have a variety of different sweets in different shapes, sizes and flavours. There are about 13 or 14 sweets. Some are ice creams, some smiley faces, animals, musical instruments, shoes, bottles, fruit, buttons. Basically a mixture of random objects . It describes them on the packet as:
"a mixed up bag of juicy jellies and squidgy foamy sweets in a mind-boggling array of shapes".
I found when it comes to taste Randoms are like any mixed bag of sweets some are nice and I loved, others I wasn't so keen on. One thing I found is that they were all very juicy and tasty.
Rowntrees Randoms contain no artificial colours or flavours, they do contain fruit juice. Each bag contains 164 calories, which I think seems quite a lot for just 13 sweets. We all know sweets are bad for our teeth but I didn't realise they were so calorific.
I really enjoyed eating these sweets and can see why my little boy picks these for a treat. They remind me quite a lot of Hairibo sweets and I think I prefer Hairibo but these Rowntree Randoms are very juicy. If anything I just don't think they are very good value for money but an interesting and different product from Rowntree.
When these came out earlier this year with a bizarre advertising campaign every Tom dick and Harry tried them, though me, myself I avoided them, waiting again for the hoopla to die down to the point where comments made by people about them don't effect my judgement on a review as much as it could have done. Manufactured by Rowntrees (who are part of the Nestle group of company's) who are well known for their fruit flavoured sweets such as Fruit Pastilles, Fruit Gums and Jelly tots these were meant to be "Random" (thus the name) but what are randoms?
Coming in a large (50g) bag in the typical Rowntrees green colour the packet has the products name on it as well as information saying they contain no artificial colours or flavours but do contain real fruit juices. The packet has images of sweets on the front, which are presumably some of the possible Randoms in the packet. Inside the bag came 11 jelly based sweets and 2 foam ice creams so for the 37p spent on them it seems rather far fetched to feel this is value for money when you can get a big bag of Haribo for twice as much but much more individual sweets.
The sweets consist of:
Foam backed jelly sweets as one of the types, which seem chewy and fruity tasting though they are nice it's not as though they are great tasting but are high quality.
Fully foam ones (such as the ice cream cone) these are really rather nice and chewy though no better than most foam penny sweets in taste sadly.
Fully jelly ones which are again again nice and chewy with a fruity flavour though again they seem like they again wouldn't really be much better than their penny alternatives taste wise though are solidly made.
Nutritional Information per bag (50g)
37.9g Carbohydrates (19.6g Sugars)
0.2g Fat (all Saturates)
0.1g Salt equivalent
They contain pork gelatine and may contain milk so they aren't suitable for vegetarians.
Overall they seem more like over priced penny sweets than anything, they are of a decent quality but are rather over priced regardless considering the number of sweets. Personally it would be preferable to just get 40p of sweets from the sweet shop in an old paper bag and get the nostalgia appeal of the whole thing rather than these. Though when compared to the Haribo alternatives it would seem these are better sweets it's the quality-quantity argument and I'd rather have more at a slightly reduced quality than very few good quality sweets with less chewiness.
Rowntrees Randoms 160 g (Pack of 6)