Monday 26 July 2010

Maynards Limited Edition Fruit Duos

The first thing I want to clear up (for myself mainly !) is a question that has always bugged me - do wine gums actually contain wine and if not, why are they called wine gums ? Well, Wikipedia to the rescue ! "Wine gums were originally created by mixing fermented wine with a gelling agent. Modern wine gums no longer contain wine." Ahh, well, as the French say, I'll go to bed less stupid tonight !

Maynards have been around for absolutely donkey's years. Again, according to Wikipedia,
"the Maynards company was founded in 1896 by Charles Riley Maynard [...] but he had been making his sweets since 1880. Maynards Wine Gums were introduced in 1909 by son Charles Gordon Maynard. Maynards has since been bought by Cadbury and now sells over £50m of sweets." But even if they are as old as the hills, they're still coming up with new products.

Just last week, on the 19th July, Maynards released the limited edition Maynards Fruit Duos and kindly sent us some to try. The girls had already been watching the adverts starring Maynard the Moose and thought he was hilarious, so they were happy to munch them while intoning "Look into my eyes, Look into my eyes ! " like the hypnotist on Little Britain ! Maynards explain, "Maynard’s talents include using his jaw-massaging antlers, inducing trances with his hypno-eyes and conducting enchanting music to set the optimum chew-mood. You have been warned !"

But on to the sweets themselves. The girls excitedly ripped open the packet and started lining up the different shapes and colours so they could try one of each. They love the selection of different shapes but got a bit confused trying to work out which colours corresponded to which fruit. I said not to worry, just eat them and see what they thought. The unanimous response was - they're delicious ! And really chewy and fruity.

The sweets come in six double-combination flavours, namely Strawberry & Lime, Strawberry & Blackberry, Apple & Blackberry, Apple & Pear, Tangerine & Pear and Tangerine & Lime. I must admit that I was just happily munching away without trying to work out what each separate flavour was. They do all taste different but I'm not sure I could successfully list each individual flavour because it's a bit like eating several sweets at once (which I admit I always do with Skittles, Jelly Tots and other small fruity sweets anyway !).

Maynards say that they are guaranteed to keep you chewing all summer long and judging by the girls' reactions, they could be right ! I love the fact that they won't melt in the heat and that, unlike chocolatey treats, they're great for travelling as they won't induce travel sickness.

Grab them while you can because I don't know how long they'll be on the shelves for !

star rating : 4.5/5

Other reviews you might be interested in :

A Quarter Of - all the old retro sweeties !
Milkybar Cow
Retro Nestle Easter Eggs from the 80s !
The Ginger People - ginger sweets and chews

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