Product Type: Sainsbury's Sweets
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a cheap alternative to bassetts liquorice allsorts
Sainsbury's Liquorice Allsorts
Member Name: 4pintfoss
Sainsbury's Liquorice Allsorts
Advantages: cheap, tastes quite nice
Disadvantages: inferior quality when compared to Bassetts
Bassetts liquorice allsorts have a place in my memories as I can remember eating them at home with the family ever since I was a child. I don't like sweets that are all the same, I like a bit of variety, so allsorts are an obvious choice for me. I wouldn't normally buy bags of sweets unless they are on offer, so when I saw that Sainsbury's own brand liquorice allsorts were on offer at two 280g bags for £1 I thought that I would give them a try.
I'm not the biggest fan of liquorice because I'm not too keen on the flavour, but I quite enjoy it when it is complemented by additional fruit flavours. Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts are basically a copy of the Bassetts brand and have the same basic types of sweets, although you get more in a bag of Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts (280g) than the Bassetts ones (215g). The packaging is an eye-catching black with strips of bright pink at the top and bottom. On the front of the bag is a picture of all the different types of sweets the bag contains and on the rear of the bag is all of the usual nutritional information, ingredients etc. I always struggle to open the bag without ripping the whole thing apart and scattering the sweets around the room, so just lately I have resorted to opening the bag with scissors.
In the bag you get liquorice rolls, assorted orange blackcurrant and chocolate square sandwiches with layers of fondant and liquorice, the coconut 'wheels' with the liquorice centre, liquorice rolls with white fondant centres and round jelly sweets covered in blue 'bobbles'.
The two biggest differences between the two brands are the flavours and textures of the sweets. While both have quite a nice taste, I find that the Sainsbury's sweets taste more artificial (which is surprising considering that they only contain natural colours and flavours). I also find that the Sainsbury's sweets feel cheap and not as high a quality as the Bassetts sweets. For example the pink and yellow 'wheel' sweets (liquorice in the middle and coconut on the outside) have a chalky texture in the Sainsbury's sweets but a nice texture in the Bassetts sweets. The bassets wheel sweets are also more flavoursome than the Sainsbury's ones. The other Sainsbury's sweets similarly don't have as good a texture or flavour when compared to the Bassetts sweets.
I also found that there are few of the 'good' sweets (such as the wheel and the round jelly ones covered in blue and pink 'bobbles') present in the bags of the Sainsbury's brand which is disappointing. Price wise a 280g bag of Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts costs £0.63, whereas a bag of Bassetts liquorice allsorts costs over £1 for a 215g bag. So your getting a lot more for your money with the Sainsbury brand.
- 376 calories
- 2.6g of protein
- 79g of carbohydrate
- 5.5g of fat (4.3g of saturated fat)
- 1.2g of fibre
- Trace amount of salt
Overall Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts grew on me. I didn't like them at first but when you get used to the flavours they are quite nice. They are also very good value for money so I would recommend them.
Summary: cheap sweets that will put a smile on your face