“ Brand: Simpkins / Type: Drops „
A long time ago I discovered coffee flavoured travel sweets and became addicted, but then they seemed to disappear. Whenever I go somewhere that sells travel sweets, such as motorway services or garden centres I always check their sweet stands just in case, but I haven't seen any for years. I happened to mention this to my daughter who also likes travel sweets, and she managed to find me a tin of Simpkins Coffee Flavoured Drops.
I opened the tin and it was a real 'Oh, wow!' moment. An intense coffee aroma wafted out at once. They look, and smell like slightly translucent drops of strong black coffee - which is what they are really. I had to put one in my mouth immediately! The intense black coffee flavor comes through at once. You'd expect these to be quite bitter, but there's so much sugar in them they only slightly bitter, which is a nice contrast to the sweetness. They're very hard though and I have to resist the urge to crunch them, as I don't think they'd do my teeth a lot of good. I've found they last about five minutes if sucked, and then I can crunch the thin sliver that's left.
The ingredients are as follows:
Natural Colour Caramel E150
I like it that they contain only natural flavours and colours, and real coffee. I did wonder about E150 though, so I looked it up, and according to ukfoodguide.net, caramel colourings are made by controlled heat treatment of sugar beet or sugar cane. However they are not recommended for consumption by children.
These sweets come in a nice 200g tin with a picture of coffee sweets, and a lid that's easy to take on an off. According to the Simpkins website, the tin is designed to keep the moisture out so they won't go sticky and will last for years. The sweets are covered in white powder to stop them sticking together. They cost £1.55 a tin, and you can find them at www.lowcarbmegashop.com