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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Fox's Ballsy Little Poppets
Posted: 10:56 Thu 18-12-2003. Price: 45p. Location: Millroy newsagents, London SE1. Sub-flavours: Raisin, Peanut, Orange Dark Chocolates, Mint (presumably), and (semi) new COOKIE. Nutritional unusualness: Product appears identical to old, non-ballsy variety.
"Frank Incense" reports: Poppets, recently described by a friend of mine as "pensioner's sweets" have been re-branded by Fox's (were they always Fox's?) as Ballsy Little something or others. The ones I've just consumed were the new cookie variety (Ballsy Little Cookies In Milk Chocolate). Also with the re-branding come different characters for different varieties of Poppet. Mine is called Kruncher and on the back of the packet he throws down the gauntlet, asking "HAVE YOU GOT THE BALLS TO POP INTO YOUR LOCAL OPTICIAN IN YOUR FITNESS GEAR AND TELL THEM YOU WANT A THIGH TEST?" The answer's no, obviously, but - choking hazards aside - I reckon the re-branding could successfully shift Poppets from the pensioner market to the more lucrative pre-teen market. Now for those Werther's Originals...

...As "Frank" points out, this is quite a radical rebranding - I just found the "Ballsy Little Orange Dark Chocolates" in Woolies, endorsed by a helmet-wearing character called "Chocwork Orange", constituting this year's second confectionery-related spoof of the famously ultra-violent Kubrick film. Fox's were sold to new masters a few months back, and are also reported to have just launched Fox's Cubs (in Fruit Juice Jellies or Tangy Fruit Jellies) using the same flavourings (blackcurrant, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry and strawberry) as their popular Glacier Fruits range.

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Posted: 14:26 Fri 09-01-2004 by "Mrs Peel" # permalink comment
Comment: How cool are these! I have also seen Orange, Mint and Toffee in Woolies. The characters are fab (my fave is Chocwork Orange but Completely Mintal is cute)and the dares daft but funny. I agree with 'Frank' that they are a radical departure from Poppets of old but a refreshing change to see a confectionery brand doing something so different. I have never seen Orange Poppets before so think these must be brand new and also v. addictive! Got everyone in the office eating them now!
Posted: 14:51 Sun 11-01-2004 by ""Tersa Green"" # permalink comment
Comment: I was just reading about this new Poppets thing and thought what the hell. i have never seen this new type of Poppets around. Can u tell me a few things if any one knows the answers When did this new type come out? How come i still got the "old" type in all the stores whre i live? Finally how come u r payin 45P!!! for Poppets when i only have to pay 32P where i live. I would complain


Posted: 16:26 Sun 11-01-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I think they came out sometime in December - Woolworths seems to be the best place to find them (though I've only seen them in the London area so far). This also might account for having to pay that hefty 45p...
Posted: 16:04 Thu 22-01-2004 by "alleycat" # permalink comment
Comment: I just got some of the cookie flavoured ones. They were 35p from a Londis. They were nice and the cookie tasted like the cookie bits in Milkybar cookies and creme.
Posted: 15:19 Sat 14-02-2004 by "Joel Levine" # permalink comment
Comment: Rebranding is fine but I fear that the assorted fruit poppets may have been replaced with the orange variety.
Posted: 17:22 Thu 19-02-2004 by "Mrs Peel" # permalink comment
Comment: I beleive the fruit creams haven't been around for a long time. Anyway, they were orginally in milk chocolate and very sickly. The Orange Poppets are incredibly moorish and taste ten times better in dark chocolate. I have seen different Poppets packs for 33p.
Posted: 17:12 Fri 27-02-2004 by "Lucy Locket" # permalink comment
Comment: Is there some special ingredients in Poppets Mint that make them so addictive?
Posted: 10:13 Mon 15-03-2004 by "moose" # permalink comment
Comment: i am doing about poppets for gcse bussiness studies coursework please could you send any relevent information to [PERSONAL INFO DELETED] thanks
Posted: 14:17 Mon 15-03-2004 by "hdhdhdhdhd"
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Posted: 17:55 Thu 08-04-2004 by "tbp" # permalink comment
Comment: Just when I was wondering what happened to Fox's Glacier Fruits I stumble across Fox's Cubs - new 'Fruity Juice Jellies' (Spotted: Waitrose, Monmouth). Bought the non-sugar coated variety (the sugary ones are known as 'Tangy Fruit Jellies'!) and was pleasantly surprised at the fruity but not too sugary-ness of them - Lime ones are definitely the best! Any other sighting out there?
Posted: 10:52 Thu 01-Jul-2004 by "whatapoppet" # permalink comment
Comment: My friends and I have been debating the various merits of poppets versus revels (and the possibility of the existance of the urban myth "the strawberry revel"), has anyone here seen or heard of this? Secondarily, is there any truth in the rumour that poppets and revels can increase virility in the middle aged gentleman?
Posted: 21:47 Tue 15-Nov-2005 by "Mr J McPoppet" # permalink comment
Comment: i work for the c [PERSONAL INFO DELETED]- the company which makes revels and we do make strawberry revels, but there is only one put in every 2500 packets. it doesn't seem like many, but with the ammount we sell every year, thousands of people do get the "elusive strawberry poppet"

cheers Jimmy *McPoppet*


Posted: 23:03 Tue 15-Nov-2005 by "GTO" # permalink comment
Comment: That's awesome, you know I'm buying a pack of Revels tomorrow!
Posted: 22:54 Thu 06-Apr-2006 by "djs in New York" # permalink comment
Comment: We bought the entire line of Poppets in Scotland last summer and now I want to know how to ship them over! Friends went crazy with the package - candies are good too. Ideas? Websites???
Posted: 01:47 Fri 20-Oct-2006 by "Anniepoppetboysgirl" # permalink comment
Comment: hi is there really nowhere you can get fruit cream poppets anymore?! My boyfriend was addicted and now he can't find them anywhere he moans about it at least once everyday! hes even started deaming about them (bizarre ones were strange people are feeding him them and the classic giant poppet)....I'de really like to get hold of some for his birthday if that is even slightly possible. Can anyone help me?!
Posted: 10:59 Fri 20-Oct-2006 by "Phillerena " # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, I would recommend booking him into the nearest mental health clinic ;)

Seriously though, I've never heard of fruit cream poppets before, when did they stop making em?


Posted: 15:26 Mon 23-Oct-2006 by "be" # permalink comment
Comment: I wish the toffee poppets were as good as the toffee revels. It would be fab if they released a bag of toffee revels, mmmm
Posted: 17:24 Wed 25-Oct-2006 by "be" # permalink comment
Comment: I wish the toffee poppets were as good as the toffee revels. It would be fab if they released a bag of toffee revels, mmmm
Posted: 23:43 Sat 22-Mar-2008 by "chris rowland" # permalink comment
Comment: i really want some friut poppets i love them so much, they should be brought back.. soon
Posted: 14:19 Mon 14-Apr-2008 by "Kez" # permalink comment
Comment: I have today received an email from Tracey Mattock [tracey.mattock (at!) foxs.co.uk] stating the following "Thank you for the e-mail to Poppets regarding Fruit Creams. Fruit Cream Poppets havenít been made for at least 4-5 years as they became commercially unviable due to poor sales. Unfortunately in the near future we do not have any plans to reintroduce the product to our current range.

I hope that you will continue to enjoy Mint, Toffee and Raisin Poppets which are widely available through most supermarkets and Woolworths and hope that you arenít too disappointed." This also means no more Orange will be made either!!

Someone with spare time needs a campaign to bring back fruit cream poppets!!


Posted: 17:45 Fri 25-Apr-2008 by "sabrina" # permalink comment
Comment: in the tesco where i live poppets are 23p for a box of toffee and 28p for mint!
Posted: 11:59 Tue 02-Sep-2008 by "Spinky" # permalink comment
Comment: Fruit Poppets, tootie fruitie more like.

4-5 years hasn't been long enough. Leave it for another year and take them head on.


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