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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Bassett's Sour Squirms Confirmed sighting: Bassett's Sour Squirms
Posted: 23:09 Thu 06-Jan-2005. Price: about 70p for 215g. Location: Tesco Metro, Edinburgh. Sub-flavours: Snakes, Animal Mix. Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
"gallavanter" reports: Described as "Tangy sour coated gummy squirms in four flavours: banana/ orange, banana/ raspberry, banana/ blackcurrant and banana/ lime", these are basically elongated classic "Sour Snakes" with nasty sharp, "crystal" sugar applied to them. "With their special recipe, Sour Squirms have a new softer texture which is different to other gummy sweets and extra delicious". Strange packaging in that it looks as though it belongs more to 1985 than 2005; also notable for their bizarre over-use of banana flavour. These are pretty awful-tasting, even compared to generic own-brand Sour Snakes - beware (I am using Asda Sour Snakes as a comparison). Part of a "new" range that also includes "Snakes" and "Animal Mix".

...Top marks here to first-time spotter "gallavanter" for coming up with an (apparently) whole range of new products whose existence I had not even dared to imagine - though it did make me go back and double-check some other weird sightings currently in the submissions queue (of Rowntrees Sour Spiders/ Wiggly Worms/ Fruity Frogs and Rowntrees Zanies, as it turned out). Yet there's still no sign (long after I'm A Celebrity... has finished) of Burton's Bushtucker jellies - has the world gone mad?


Posted: 10:06 Fri 07-Jan-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: These have been out for months, but I didn't buy any as they sounded crap and unusually there were no special introductory offers anywhere. But since they were originally being punted at £1.29, it looks like those might finally have arrived (I'm guessing as a stock-clearance). What I want to know is, when will Maynards give up on making Wine Gums, at which they are now the worst in the country (even Woolworths' cheapo WGs are vastly better) and bring back Wrigglers, the best snake-shaped sweet ever?


Posted: 10:40 Fri 07-Jan-2005 by "CotB" # permalink comment
Comment: Couldn't agree more about the wine gums. Haven't been the same since I stopped being able to buy them loose in paper bags (showing my age, there).

Wine gums used to come in two sizes - does anyone know if they still make the smaller round version, as they were delicious.

Posted: 14:06 Fri 07-Jan-2005 by "Cloud Dog" # permalink comment
Comment: The Bassetts Snakes/Animal mix would be very nice if not for the inclusion of banana flavoured sweets. They're foul, and their taste infects the whole packet.
Posted: 15:39 Fri 07-Jan-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Anyone else remember the Alchohol flavour Wine Gums?
Posted: 19:56 Fri 07-Jan-2005 by "JazzJazz" # permalink comment
Comment: These were an exclusive Australian product called The Natural Confectionary Company jellies... Cadbury purchased the company and it looks as though they're now exporting the recipe to the world.
Posted: 20:58 Sun 09-Jan-2005 by "Anna" # permalink comment
Comment: Snackspot, I saw Burton's Bushtucker Jellies in Home Bargins (The Moor, Sheffield) last week. 10p a bag. I didn't buy any, so have no idea if they are nice but I wanted you to know that they do actually exist.
Posted: 18:18 Tue 08-Nov-2005 by "sack face " # permalink comment
Comment: I LOVE THESE YUM YUM YMU 50905 5
Posted: 17:30 Thu 15-Nov-2007 by "Chickerychick"
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Comment: What has happened to Bassetts Animal Mix? They used to be yummy but the recipe has changed and now they are TASTELESS! I'm gonna complain
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