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Posted: 00:09 Fri 07-05-2004. Price: 1.04/ 185g bag (Fruity Smarties). Location: Wal-Mart, Cribbs Causeway.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: I blame Starburst for all this nonsense. Taking a once-respected brand name and attaching it willy-nilly to totally unrelated products makes a mockery of years, even decades, of cultural history. At least the spreading of the Smarties brand has been vaguely on-topic, with most of the new things actually having something to do with Smarties, but these are absurd. They don't have chocolate in them, they're not the same size or shape as Smarties, they don't come in the same range of flavours or colours, they basically have NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH SMARTIES.

...Please View comments to discover what this startling new development *does* have anything to do with - "Diarmuid Mallon" meanwhile continued his own personal odyssey through the Smarties product range, paying "about 1" for a box of Smarties Mini Cakes in Walmart (Asda), Bristol, described as follows: 9 mini, and at 15g each we do mean mini, chocolate sponge cakes, topped with chocolate and single Smartie. The sponge is tasty and moist, but there is so little of it there, you could easily miss it. Each cake is is 2cm high, of which 1 cm is the topping. So these cakes are more like slabs of chocolate than what would you would normally call a cake. Having said that, the chocolate is nice - although it didn't taste like the chocolate in the Smartie to me.


Posted: 00:18 Fri 07-05-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: What they actually are are little sweets extremely reminiscent in both appearance and taste of Mentos. There are supposedly seven flavours, the twist being in that they're the "wrong" colours, but it's an idea kind of blown by the fact that it's impossible to tell the flavours apart anyway, as they all taste of generic sugar-and-chemicals sweets. (It's *just about* possible to identify the orange ones as apple flavour, to be fair.) In summary, then - they're not fruity and they're not Smarties. Swizz.
Posted: 00:38 Fri 07-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: do they bear any indication that they're a co-production with Haribo, as in their Germanic predecessor, Nestle Fruity Smarties mit dem Haribo Goldbarenkern?: http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0308201242sbc

- this article (link to Google cache http://[URL display truncated] ) makes them sound a bit similar (though the German ones had the proper Smartie shape for a start):

The Fruity Smarties, set to be launched on the German market in January next year, contain the fruity jelly which Haribo usually puts in its own brand, Goldbaren, but retain the crispy shell and seven colour varieties - for which Smarties are well known. While the size, shape and colour of Smarties have been retained, the one thing which has changed is the flavour, with the traditional chocolate centre of Smarties replaced with different jelly flavours strawberry for the red Smarties, banana for the yellow, and so on.

Posted: 20:15 Fri 07-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: In Asda Reading I spotted Milky Bar mini cakes, a companion product to the Smarties cakes, retailing at £1.29 for 9. White sponge this time, topped with same 1cm of milky bar chocolate, and instead of the smartie an eatable picture of various milky bar 'characters', such as the kid. As I had already picked up to much stuff, I left them on the shelf.
Posted: 20:39 Fri 07-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: wow - are they different to Milky Bar Mini Muffin Treats? http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0403311205sbc
Posted: 20:55 Fri 07-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Completely - they had those too. 9 mini cakes, in those paper cases - looking just like albino cousins of the smarties cakes. If I have time at the weekend I'll pick some up and submit photos.
Posted: 16:01 Mon 10-05-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: I suspect that all the Smarties just taste of sugar is because of their unusual colouring - for example, the confusion of an orange sweet having apple flavouring just cancelling everything and tasting of nothing.

If there's anyone scientifically minded out there maybe this could be proven with some sort of experiment?

Posted: 16:10 Mon 10-05-2004 by "Daveybaby" # permalink comment
Comment: In a weird backwards parallel universe kind of... er... thing - jelly belly now make chocolate versions of their jelly beans - basically theyre jelly belly smarties.

Saw some in the cybercandy shop a few weeks ago - but i'd already picked up stuff to the value of half my annual salary (freeze dried ice cream... MMMMMMmmmmmm....) and so didnt buy any.

Now i look at the cybercandy website http://[URL display truncated] i'm kinda annoyed with myself - cos theyre all in different flavours and *everything*

Posted: 22:53 Wed 12-05-2004 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: I sent a somewhat incomplete sighting (no photo) of the Jelly Belly JB'z as they're known - and indeed they're kinda Jelly Belly Smarties. Seeing as we've been back from the US for a month now and they're still not eaten, they can't be that good... ;) Love the mint ones, though, they remind of the unlamented chocolate treat of my childhood "Quirks" which nobody else remembers. Cinammon are also surprisingly edible, but the rest didn't really do much for me. Plus, the bag we bought had no key which lead to a few moments of extreme displeasure.
Posted: 09:10 Thu 13-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Good lord! Quirks... I have a very faint memory of those.
Posted: 12:21 Thu 13-05-2004 by "Daveybaby" # permalink comment
Comment: "Plus, the bag we bought had no key which lead to a few moments of extreme displeasure"

Its a bag - you can just tear it open! ;-P

I remember Quirks... they were really very nice as i recall . The packaging was quite nice too.

Posted: 12:37 Thu 13-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I assume you're quoting someone else's JBz review there, "Daveybaby" - though it does raise the issue that US chocolate boxes often don't have an "instruction manual" telling you which flavour is which, so Forrest Gump isn't quite such an idiot as he sounds when he says "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get"

anyway, I do know that I'm going to get some of these from the cybercandy shop next time i'm passing that way...

Posted: 12:54 Thu 13-05-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: He was quoting from the last-but-one comment, Snackspot!
Posted: 13:27 Thu 13-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: ah, that'll be why i couldn't find that comment on cybercandy, then ;)
Posted: 10:14 Fri 04-06-2004 by "Becky" # permalink comment
Comment: below is a clipping from the nestle website

New Fruity Smarties - they're seriously mixed up!

What's your flavour? You could be in for a surprise with new Fruity Smarties! These mouth-wateringly fruity sweets are coming your way soon, but we've had a little fun with the flavours... all we'll say is, don't judge a Smartie by its colour! Once kids think they have cracked the code, they can check out the Smarties website for games, competitions and lots of other fun stuff!

Posted: 13:26 Mon 07-06-2004 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: A better description might be "Fruity Smarties - they're almost exactly the same as Skittles".
Posted: 14:18 Mon 07-06-2004 by "sandworm" # permalink comment
Comment: all i have to say is tooty fruities
Posted: 17:09 Mon 07-06-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: No, no. They taste more like Mentos, only available abroad.
Posted: 20:16 Sun 13-06-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Lee is on the ball, I had some of these smarties yesterday and they LOOK and TASTE almost exactly like skittles. They are softer to bite and have a less sharper flavour than skittles though. The fact that they taste different to the colour is a bit odd, and somewhat spoils what would be a pleasant new version of skittles.
Posted: 20:48 Sun 13-06-2004 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: I reckon they taste more like tootie frooties!
Posted: 14:52 Mon 14-06-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Tooty fruities are too hard.
Posted: 20:12 Wed 16-06-2004 by "cookiemonster" # permalink comment
Comment: yum... had some today. definately like skittles but better because there are more flavours and the different colour thing adds a bit of excitement... it's a good excuse to eat more of them too... just to check you've got the flavours worked out!
Posted: 22:34 Thu 24-06-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: yeah, i preferred these to Skittles too - really interesting flavours compared to all that Sour Tropical nonsense...
Posted: 18:22 Fri 25-06-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Lol, if fruity smarties sell well you can expect they will probably start some Sour Tropical nonsense of their own ;)
Posted: 21:42 Sun 27-Jun-2004 by "McSugar" # permalink comment
Comment: Basically skittles, I can't decide whether I like these or not - they have an unusual aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on!
Posted: 13:07 Wed 30-Jun-2004 by "Lissa" # permalink comment
Comment: At least the fruity smarties are veggie friendly... skittles aren't - and contain gelatine to which I'm seriously allergic so I think they're great! Can't work out which flavour is which though.
Posted: 17:22 Fri 02-Jul-2004 by "warped" # permalink comment
Comment: I haven't tried the fruity Smarties yet- felt very tempted but now I won't considering the feedback here. About the chocolate jelly bellys that Snackspot mentioned- I did try them and they're good as long as you suck the coating off before getting to the chocolate middle otherwise the chocolate overrides the flavour of the shell. which is what you're paying such a massive amount for. I'd just stick to the proper jelly bellies. and none of this fruit Smarties nonsense either!
Posted: 18:31 Thu 08-Jul-2004 by "tigger" # permalink comment
Comment: FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!SUPER SMASHING GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!(ADDICTIVE) IM "JUICE" A JUICY NUT?
Posted: 03:13 Wed 28-Jul-2004 by "darkstar" # permalink comment
Comment: i'm down to my last box and have been searching for a site to buy them and ship them...
Posted: 14:11 Wed 04-Aug-2004 by "sarah" # permalink comment
Comment: I know some flavours in the fruity smarties :) the reds are blackcurrant; the greens are blueberry; the blues are strawberry and the yellows are peach :) anyone know them all? I love them but still agree with you they have nothing to do with smarties, there just mixed up skittles!!!!
Posted: 16:50 Wed 04-Aug-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I got them straight away when I had them. Forgot them now, sorry!
Posted: 19:21 Wed 04-Aug-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: all nestle do is ad colours colours colours
Posted: 20:19 Wed 04-Aug-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Mars Delight had nothing to do with the original Mars Bar...but no one seems bothered. Although, at least it was still made out of chocolate.
Posted: 14:03 Sun 08-Aug-2004 by "a great sister" # permalink comment
Comment: hi my lil sis is ten and wud luv to know wot the fruity smarties code is! please help me? i think the fruity smarties arent really nice i much prefer skittles becauce they were original and fruity smarties are just a take off! i do love normal smarties though orange is my fave!
Posted: 14:18 Sun 08-Aug-2004 by "a even greater sister" # permalink comment
Comment: we found out the code! its red-blackcurrent, green-blueberry, blue-strawberry, purple-orange, pink-lemon, yellow-peach, orange-apple. they dont actually taste like these of course its just an artificial sugary taste i think! but thats my own opinion of course, if you like them keep on eating them. bye x x
Posted: 13:30 Tue 30-Nov-2004 by "kath & Jeff" # permalink comment
Comment: We think the green is blackcurrent, and red is blueberry.
Posted: 16:33 Tue 22-Mar-2005 by "mark" # permalink comment
Comment: fruity smarties are good, aren't they the ones where the shell colour bears no relation to the flavour inside?? someone on this thread mentioned 'quirks' I remember them, wish I could get them now :( they were dark chocolate with a minty shell...yum
Posted: 12:37 Wed 23-Mar-2005 by "Street Ka Girl" # permalink comment
Comment: I remember Quirks... my favourite sweet of all time. As Mark says.. dark chocolate in a minty pastel coloured shell. Supplied in a box...... yummy!!!!
Posted: 11:00 Thu 13-Oct-2005 by "Kippermitten" # permalink comment
Comment: Fruity Smarties you say? Yus say I! In the queue to purchase a packet of Reisen(The chocolate Chew!) I saw these rectangularly encapsulated monkies winking at me...I bought them hoping to get some fruity chocolate luvvin but no. Can you say "Skittles with the branding washed off and some different flavours" as thats what they are! Ok, the apple is quite appley and the bluebery is quite choice but some of the flavours are odd and dont really fit a description apart from "Hmm...". If you like Skittles and beleive they need more flavours these are for you, otherwise, leave alone. Another product from the Wonka behemoth but lacks any originality.
Posted: 14:01 Thu 13-Oct-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I prefer Fruity Smarties over Skittles. Don't know why. For a start I prefer the box they come in.
Posted: 18:07 Thu 13-Oct-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: I quite like Fruity Smarties also. I think they are underrated. I especially like the Fruit Smarties eggs which I expect to be back in the shops next week ready for the Easter rush
Posted: 23:26 Sat 29-Oct-2005 by "ab n isi" # permalink comment
Posted: 10:26 Tue 28-Nov-2006 by "Fintan Stack " # permalink comment
Comment: Hated 'em. Don't Ask Why.
Posted: 11:25 Tue 28-Nov-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Who's Why?
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