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Posted: 12:35 Thu 20-11-2003. Price: 15p; 25p/packet. Location: Newsagents, Birmingham Bullring; Wotton-under-Edge "Convenience Store". Nutritional unusualness: "Solubilised" milk protein in Mega Wham bar.
The sterling efforts of "Stuart Campbell" conclude with this "double whammy", if you'll pardon the expression - kicking off with the Mega Wham, he comments: I have no idea what's supposed to be "Mega" about this, as it seems to be the same size as a normal Wham bar. I'm also at a bit of a loss as to where the "strawberry" aspect comes in, since it tastes about as much like a strawberry as a wet teabag. And as for the "tongue tingling" aspect advertised on the wrapper, Heaven knows - the trademark fizzy bits of a Wham were nowhere to be found. This is basically just bright pink Polyfilla. Horrible.

...But salvation was in sight, in Matlow's Refreshers-shaped form, with "Stuart" adding: After the horrible let-down of the strawberry Wham bar, I didn't have high hopes for these theoretically similar new strawberry variants on the classic Refreshers, but was very pleasantly surprised. They have a creamy, juicy, fruity taste, and unlike the Wham bar are just soft enough to eat without having to have your teeth professionally cleaned and scaled afterwards to remove the petrified-glue remnants. The only disappointment is that there's no sign of the fizzy sherbet centre usually found in Refreshers, which would have rounded things off triumphantly. Are there any other new strawberry versions of traditional sweets that I've missed? If you can think of any, please send them in - though I might not put them on the site for a week or so, just until this week's overwhelming strawberry flavour fades away.


Posted: 23:34 Wed 26-11-2003 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: The Strawberry Refreshers bar has been around for several years, and it certainly used to have sherbet in it as with the traditional one. So either this is a cynically cheaper relaunch, or you got a dud.
Posted: 01:00 Thu 27-11-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: The bar version has been around for years, yeah, but these are the sweets, which I'm sure are new. (The packet says "NEW", anyway.) Anyway, I bought some more, and on close investigation there is some sherbet in there, but only a tiny and easy-to-miss amount.
Posted: 01:16 Sun 30-11-2003 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: It's really sad and pathetic that I know this, but it irked me for years and so I had to do some research; unlike KP Choc Dips which carried "New" branding for around fifteen years until they could be bothered to change it, the true name of Refreshers is in fact "New Refreshers". For some reason.

That exciting site URL: http://www.swizzels-matlow.com/Product-New%20Refreshers.htm

See! Product specs for tons of Swizzels Matlow products you didn't know existed, including their gross weight and barcode numbers. Then click away and do something else.

Posted: 13:41 Mon 15-12-2003 by "Minty Cheese" # permalink comment
Comment: Please note - the Swizzels Matlow brand is NEW Refreshers to distinguish them from the Cadbury Trebor brand; "Refreshers" which are the fizzy sweets (not 'arf as good as Love Hearts though!).
Posted: 12:13 Sat 03-01-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Ah, but on the pack (as you can't quite see where it's been cropped), it sure enough says "New Refreshers", but then, quite separately, there's a big "NEW" flash across the right-hand corner as well. 90469 2
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