Last time I was shopping in Tesco with the bf I was looking for a sweet treat but didn't fancy chocolate so I started scouring the bagged sweet section. There wasn't much of a range to be honest, and I ended up with these Tesco strawberry bon bons. I used to love non bone as a kid though strawberry was never my favourite flavour. I don't remember the individual price of the bags as the Tesco sweets were on offer at 3 bags for £2.50 so the bf got 2 other bags.
They come in a plastic hanging bag which contains 200g of sweets. The bag is pink with a clear section on the front where you can see the sweets through. It also states on thefront of the bag that it is an improved recipe.
The sweets do look like you would expect strawberry bon bons to look, uneven little ballscovered in pink icing sugar, but that's where the resemblance ends. As soon as I put one of these in my mouth my reaction was literally to say 'these aren't bon bons!'. The taste of the sugar coating is far too sweet and false and tastes nothing like any kind of strawberry flavour I've sever tasted before, it's really not nice.
But worse than that, the texture uis all wrong, they're rock hard, not soft and chewy like bon bone should be. It's a massive effort trying to chew them and on a few occasions I really thought I was going to break a tooth. It's hard to get any flavour from the supposedly 'strawberry flavoured toffee' because it's like biting through bits of plastic.
Nutritionally they're never going to be good for you, 5 sweets contain 110 calories and 16.3g of sugar, but I would say they are a good option if you're watching your weight as you won't be able to eat 5 without getting jaw-ache and getting bored of trying to eat them.
Overall these are just horrible, they are NOT strawberry bon bons and should not be allowed to call themselves such. If this is the improved recipe I hate to think what they were like before.
Well I'm going to get straight to the point on this one - don't bother buying Tesco Strawberry Bon Bons. Unless you don't like your teeth that is. I bought these sweets as they were on offer in Tesco at three bags of sweets for £2.00. I only saved about 13p as they were around 68p per bag, but I was planning on buying some sweeties anyway so I didn't mind about the seemingly pathetically poor offer.
The bags are quite nice, made from plastic but it is kind-of matt which gives it an old fashioned feel. It has pink vertical stripes with a picture of bon bons at the top as if they are bursting out of a paper bag. The bag opens quite easily by ripping a corner off, this saves the all spilling out all over the place if you try to open it like a packet of crisps. The bags weigh 227g and it states there are no artificial flavours or colours - which is great! The nutritional information is clearly displayed on the front, each five bon bons is 105 calories, which isn't bad - only 20 calories per sweet. The fat contect per five sweets is 2.8g, again not too bad. I bought this bag of sweets in July 2010 and the best before date is January 2011 so with only six months to go it's not one to be shoved in the back of the cupboard and forgotten about.
On the back of the bag is the description "Strawberry flavour toffee with a fine sugar dusting". Well they sound tempting anyway! So, delving into the bag we find a nice quantity of sweets, there must be around 30 in there, each one about an inch in diameter. I popped one in my mouth and instantly licked my fingers, the sugar coating is delicious! So having sucked my bon bon for about 10 seconds all the flavour had gone and I was left with a ball of VERY hard toffee. I tried chewing it and a piece broke off instantly, this worried me as it would be easy to choke on these little pieces. The other thing that worried me was chipping a tooth! So you're left with no other option but to suck on this piece of toffee - which doesn't taste too bad, just don't try talking to anyone until it's a more managable size...
Ten minutes later and I'd finally got rid of it, and gone straight back for another... I know I'm contradicting myself but now I know to just suck it I'm feeling a bit more positive towards these bon bons. I don't think I would buy them again though. They certainly taste of strawberries at first, then the toffee taste isn't too bad. They would be good for anyone trying to lose weight as they do last quite a long time and don't taste like a diet food. Just don't give them to kids or your grandma!
Last time I was in Tesco they had their big bags of sweets on special offer where you could buy 3 bags for £2.00 so I decided to get some I haven't tried before. When I got home I worked out I'd saved the massive amount of 1p by buying them like this because they're only 67p a bag anyway! pmsl!
I wish I hadn't bothered buying these Strawberry Bon Bons because they're disgusting. They are so hard that they hurt my teeth and the strawberry flavour is proper boring and fake tasting.
The bon bons are balls of chewy toffee that have been coated with dusty icing sugar. It's the toffee that has been flavoured to taste like strawberry so the fruity taste goes all the way through the sweet, the trouble is that the strawberry taste isn't very nice so I was a bit disappointed that it didn't disappear quick! lol
The Bon Bons are majorly hard, I've ate these sort of sweets before and even though they're hard when you first put them in your mouth they soften up and go nice and chewy. These don't though, they're proper hard even when you've had them in your mouth for ages and that means that because they're toffee you can't even crunch them to get rid of the sweet!
The strawberry flavour is pure manky, I hated it and because of the sweets being so hard to eat the flavour doesn't even disappear that much so every small chew was full of the disgusting strawberry taste.
I deffo won't be buying these again and anyway I don't think my teeth could cope with the tough chewiness of them. I ate 3 out of the bag to see if I could get used to the flavour but I spat the 3rd into the bin because there's nothing to get used to..... these sweets are pure nasty.
Not recommended..... buy Bon Bons from the newsagents instead, they'll be a bit dearer but will deffo taste better!
Conjuring up memories of childhood I was feeling nostalgic when I picked up a bag of these Strawberry Bon Bons from Tesco the other day. An own brand product in an attractively designed hanging bag, the colours are pink and white and there are illustrations of the pink Bon Bons the bag contains. Quite a heavy bag too at 227 grams, the Bon Bons feel weighty and fill the bag nearly up to the top so no dead space here.
Remembering them from my younger days the Bon Bons on first glance haven't changed at all, still pink balls of toffee with a sugar dusting they looked exactly the same today as they did from years ago. Tasting one and again the taste is the same, a nice sweet strawberry flavour that fills your mouth with a fruity juice. The best part of the Bon Bons for me when I was younger was to crunch through the toffee and end up with a sticky, chewy mess in my mouth that made my jaw ache after a while so expecting the same with these from Tesco I took a tentative bite into one.
Well, I say I took a bite into one, a more accurate description is that I *tried* to bite into one - without success, the sweet is that hard that your teeth with not break through the toffee, no matter how small you manage to make the sweet by sucking it you cannot chew it at all.
Hugely disappointing and not what they used to be like, even worse is that you have to suck the sweet for that long before you can swallow it that it becomes boring and tasteless. If you make the mistake like I did of trying to swallow one too soon the Bon Bon actually hurts whist going down your throat and windpipe and I actually thought I was going to choke on one to be honest. If you have children then I really wouldn't recommend giving these to them no matter how old they are, they are a serious choking hazard and in my opinion could be quite dangerous.
Both myself and Mrs Rooster commented on how different these are compared to the Bon Bons you used to be able to buy in the 'quarters' from sweet shops, despite looking the same and having the same Strawberry flavour they are nothing like the old style sweet and are terribly disappointing.
Nutrition wise, a 5 sweet serving will provide 105 calories, 15.8 grams of sugar and 2.8 grams of fat of which 1.4 grams are saturates. They are suitable for vegetarians according to the packet but allergy advice warns that they cannot guarantee that the product is nut free. Saying all that though I wouldn't recommend them to anyone, allergen sufferers or not.
'Little Pink Bullets' would be a more appropriate description of these sweets, they are certainly not Bon Bons as we remembered them and l will not be buying them again. As far as a rating on here is concerned they only deserve 1/5 Dooyoo stars from me and that's being generous.
Avoid and buy something else people! even though they are cheap at only 68p per pack they are not cheerful and certainly not worth the discomfort of eating them. Poor.
Thanks for reading.
Strawberry Bon Bons are an old fashioned sweet which, for me always conjure up an image of an old fashioned sweet shop with wooden shelves filled with lots of glass jars full of sweeties. Tesco of course, is not an old fashioned sweet shop but I decided to give their bon bons a try anyway.
Not too much top say about the packaging, they come in a plastic bag made to look like a pink and white stripy paper bag filled with bon bons. Overall quite attractive looking but a bit wishy-washy.
The back has the usual nutrition info, ingredients, allergy advice, weight and Tesco customer service details
What's In Them?
5 sweets contain:
105 calories (5% GDA)
15.8g sugar (18% GDA)
2.8g fat (4% GDA)
1.4g saturates (7% GDA)
trace salt (<1% GDA)
Allergy Info: Contains soya. Cannot guarantee nut free
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours or flavours
The Look and Taste
If you don't already know, the sweets are "strawberry flavour toffee with a fine sugar dusting" and a 227g bag of bon bons contains approximately 50 sweets
On opening the bag there is an instant waft of 'strawberry' - well actually the artificial sweetness that passes for strawberry these days. Each sweet is about the size of a large marble and coated in pink powder. On taking one from the bag your fingers are instantly coated in pink dust, which annoys me immensely because you have to either wash your hands or lick your fingers every time you have one.
The taste is actually quite nice, very sweet as you'd expect and artificially strawberry flavoured, but not in a bad way. On checking the ingredients there is no strawberry anywhere to be seen, the fruit and vegetable concentrates are blackcurrant, apple and radish, although is does also mention 'natural flavouring' whatever that may be...
So I rolled the sweet around my mouth for a while until all the coating had gone and then I get to the toffee. This always used to be the best part of a bon bon, a delicious chewy creamy toffee with a hint of strawberry flavour. Not this time, boy was I in for a shock. I attempted to chew the toffee and heard a loud crack and experienced a splintering sensation that almost had me running for the number of the emergency dentist. I confess at this point I took the sweet (in bits) out of my mouth to check there were no bits of broken tooth milling about. No, I was lucky it was just the 'toffee' that had shattered. All teeth were still intact. Surely that's not right is it; a toffee shouldn't be that hard? I continued with the sweet, but honestly it was like trying to chew a lump of hard plastic. At no point did it soften to anything like what I class as toffee consistency. Thinking I may have just had a reject I tried another one from the bag, this time being a bit more wary of it and gingerly attempting to chew it. But it was having none of it and I ended up sucking it into submission like a gobstopper. Scary sweets!
Ignore the fluffy pink exterior of the Tesco bon bons, these tough confectionary boulders are the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the sweet world. If the toffee content in these weren't so hard they would be really nice. Unfortunately they are virtually inedible and I still have most of the bag I bought uneaten. If you're brave enough, they cost around 67p a bag but don't forget to budget for the dentist bill that will surely follow.