When I told the Madhouse Mini-testers that we'd be receiving some Nanobytes sweets to review before they even hit the shelves in September, they looked a bit confused, then asked why someone had made sweets for grandmothers when it's children who mainly like sweets. Yes, you've guessed it, they'd misheard me and thought that we'd be reviewing some grannie-oriented Nanna-Bites ! You have to laugh !
When they popped through the letterbox, we discovered that Nanobytes are small chewy sweets, about the size of midget gems, that come in three flavours : strawberry, bubblegum and cola. They have a slightly crunchy outer shell and a lovely chewy centre, although they're so small, you end up eating a handful at a time to make the most of the lovely flavour.
The sweets are gluten free, GMO free, suitable for vegetarians and I must admit, I have my eye on them as cupcake decorations too. All three of the flavours are available in a small 25g treat-sized pack, as well as a larger, re-sealable, metallic “space pack” (65g) from a range of stockists, including Amazon, Savers, The Factory Shop and The Works. I was impressed to see that the little treat-sized bags have a pocket money-friendly price of 25p. The 69p RRP for the bigger pack also seems quite reasonable, given the size of the pack, but it does work out more expensive than buying the smaller packs, which seems a bit odd !
The story behind the brand explains that some time ago, far far away in space, the sky was filled with edible planets drifting dangerously close to the stars. ‘Planet Nano’ collided with a star and exploded, filling space with lots and lots of little sweets, until Project-Nano astronauts (Nanonauts) were sent out to collect these rare, delicious sweets and bring them back to Earth for our enjoyment.
Not only will you be able to get your hands on Nanobytes as from next month, but a new website - www.lotsoflittlesweets.com - will allow Nanobytes fans to play as Project-Nano astronauts in special online games, as well as explore downloads, competitions, videos and other fun and educational content. A Nanobytes App will also soon be available for smart-phones on Apple and Android.
New fans will also be able to keep up-to-date with the latest news and win prizes by engaging with the Nano-nauts social media channels, liking the Nanobytes’ Facebook page and following the dedicated Twitter feed @NanobytesSweets. They don't have many fans/followers yet so you'll have a great chance of winning !
I was going to give you the calorie count for the sweets but there is no mention of any nutritional info on the pack. The ingredients list probably tells you everything you need to know though : Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Acidity Regulators (E330, E296), Flavouring, Thickener (E414), Glazing Agent (E903), Colour (E162). That sounds like quite a lot of sugar and quite a lot of E-numbers but as an occasional treat, they're very nice and the small size means that you can control portion-sizes more easily.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : 25p for 25g, 69p for 65g
for more information : www.lotsoflittlesweets.com
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.
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