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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Rowntree's Berry Pastilles/ Fruit Pastilles Limited Edition with Pineapple Confirmed sighting: Rowntree's Berry Pastilles/ Fruit Pastilles Limited Edition with Pineapple
Posted: 14:15 Wed 07-Jul-2004. Price: 34p/ tube. Location: Big W, Filton. Nutritional unusualness: Five kinds of fruit juice listed in the Berry ingredients, including blueberry and raspberry which don't appear in normal Pastilles.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: They're messing around with Fruit Pastilles a lot at the moment, and I wish they'd stop screwing with the classics. Isn't it enough that we lost the cute raspberry-shaped Fruit Gums thanks to your stupid meddling, Rowntree's? (The worst symptom is the hanging bags of ordinary Pastilles, whose contents now come out of the same shape-moulds as Fruit Gums, and include the nasty pineapple-flavour Pastille which previously featured in the flop "Body Parts" brand spinoff. Apparently, consumers will be allowed to vote on whether pineapple or lemon survives after this limited-edition period.) Anyway, Berry Pastilles are another limited edition, this time featuring only red and black Pastilles. It's hard to tell how many different flavours there actually are, though - there definitely seem to be two different shades of red, and there may well be two "blacks", though those are impossible to tell apart visually. They're very good, anyway, and by virtue of not including either pineapple or the crappy, oversugary FP interpretation of orange, a better-value buy than a packet of standard Pastilles at the moment.

..."Stuart" here confirms a previously unconfirmed sighting which hypothesised that the full Berry run-down is "Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant" - though Fruit Pastilles are notoriously hard to identify if you don't know what colour they are at the best of times, so surely by not visually identifying them they've missed a bit of a trick here?


Posted: 15:40 Wed 07-Jul-2004 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry to get all "style guide" here, but it's "Rowntrees" (without the apostrophe) these days. It's not really a company any more (just a Nestle brand description) so I guess the posessive is no longer needed.

Looks like the change occured in 2002 -

compare the logo from 2000: http://webdb4.patent.gov.uk/ [URL display truncated]

with the current one: http://webdb4.patent.gov.uk/ [URL display truncated]

Posted: 15:48 Wed 07-Jul-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: ...and with a capital "T" in the middle of "RownTrees", from the looks of things, which I personally think is taking the mickey.

I'm almost tempted to refer to them all as "Rowntree" products just for consistency with what happened to the Cadbury - formerly "Cadbury's" - range (though I have no idea how that affects "Mr Cadbury's Parrot") - while official Snackspot style is actually to alternate between the official (no space) spelling of KitKat and the "street usage" of Kit Kat (with a space between them), just so we get search engine mentions for both...

Posted: 16:19 Wed 07-Jul-2004 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: I thought all of the Mr Cadbury's Parrots were killed off by that nodding dog that sells insurance.

Or am I just getting my ad-universes mixed up again?

Posted: 16:27 Wed 07-Jul-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: yeah, but only in "Crisis On Infinite Ads" issue #15, which is considered about as canonical as those Spiderman episodes inexplicably based around Hostess Twinkies: http://www.tomheroes.com/Comic%20Ads/hostess%20ads/hostess.htm

more to the point, my former Amiga Power colleague Cam Winstanley always wanted to know whether "Mr Cadbury's Parrot" was a parrot belonging to Mr Cadbury, or a Cadbury's parrot that nonetheless deserved his own title "Mr", or perhaps some other unholy combination...

Posted: 04:25 Thu 08-Jul-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: I like this one - it features "Printout Man": http://www.tomheroes.com/Comic%20Ads/hostess%20ads/spidey_bank.htm
Posted: 10:56 Thu 08-Jul-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: fascinatingly, the only other google hit (so far) for "secret club boogie bars" is their trademark registration, which "The Jacob's Bakery Limited" are threatening to apply to "Biscuits, cookies, crackers, rusks, crisp-breads, rice cakes; corn chips, tortilla chips, rice chips; shortbread, muffins; cakes and pastries; chocolate-coated biscuits and cakes; confectionery; snacks and snack foods" (which, as I always say, sounds like a really fun night out):


Posted: 12:05 Thu 08-Jul-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: The Hanging Bags of Ordinary Pastilles are the modern day Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Posted: 14:35 Thu 08-Jul-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Good luck to Jacobs, but what they are doing is a bit pointless as companies like Cadbury's have already done the same...not always resulting in success.
Posted: 15:27 Thu 09-Jun-2005 by "hannah and emilie" # permalink comment
Comment: we love fuit pastilles because they are so yummy and good for then you get the muchies!! and we think the pineapple idear is a well good idear! good luck with that cant wait to try it xxx
Posted: 20:50 Sat 06-Aug-2005 by "GTO" # permalink comment
Comment: They've been doing these "new" fruit pastilles for a while now. The pack states that they now contain no artificial colours or flavourings. I didn't think they did to begin with...Shows what I know. Anyway, the taste is definately different. They're a lot juicer and "tangier" than before. Plus they come in "fun fruity shapes" now, but the blackcurrant ones are shaped like Limes...As are the Limes...
Posted: 14:08 Thu 13-Apr-2006 by "otis jelly" # permalink comment
Comment: If I could go back in time it would be for one thing only - to bulk buy as many of the old style boxes of *real* Rowntree's Fruit Gums as I could. The new product just isn't the same thing at all, AND WHERE DID MY FAVES - THE RASPBERRY ONES - GO TO?? I still buy them, maybe from force of habit now, as I always end up disappointed after eating. IMHO they have ruined a wonderful sweetie ... 633 8
Posted: 20:57 Thu 22-Feb-2007 by "marcus"
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Comment: are you lot havin a laugh? 8 lime ones in my fruit pastilles, shame on you all, you lazy chumps
Posted: 21:58 Thu 22-Feb-2007 by "marcus"
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Comment: are you lot havin a laugh? 8 lime ones in my fruit pastilles, shame on you all, you lazy chumps
Posted: 11:21 Tue 06-May-2008 by "Lancaster" # permalink comment
Comment: Where are the real Fruit Gums which had 6 flavours in the shape of fruit including Pineapples!!!! They were the best. Can't find them anywhere. HELP!
Posted: 12:25 Tue 06-May-2008 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Lancaster: try Haribo Tropifrutti, 85p from Aldi. Much softer than fruit gums but they are fruit shaped, and delicious.

(sigh) God, but I need to get out more...

Posted: 18:36 Tue 06-May-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Yes Nick, try Lidl too when you go out! ;)
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