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Two twisted flavours per pack - Green Apple and Grape.
Cane Sugar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Wheat Flour, Water, Rice Bran Oil, Acidity Regulators (E296, E330, E331 , E262), Flavours, Colours (E163, E100)
I really wanted to like these as I pretty much like everything that RJ's make so I thought it would be a no-brainer. However, I think I am not really a "gummy sweet" fan when I think about it so this was always going to be an uphill struggle for me.
The packet was a good size and really bright and lovely and I liked the style it was giving off which I thought was really appropriate. I was surprised by two things when I opened the bag - first, they were really quite big (huge in fact to me) and second each one was only one flavour/colour.
The size was quite a bonus and I admit this definitely appealed as it made one quite a mouthful. Well done on making a nice indulgent adult-sized portion of sweet. Next, I noticed the smell was quite strong and not very "natural smelling" to me - quite artificial and sweet. I expected the apple to be quite fresh smelling but maybe it was the grape that came through more. It was a good mix of both the colours and I liked that it was pretty much even so I could try both and it looked colourful.
Next, I come to the tastes. The Green Apple was a bit sweet and flat tasting to me who likes a good sour apple taste. I felt it could have been more tart but then again it is a sweet treat so perhaps that just me. I thought the grape was a very American grape flavour taste which is totally not my preference but I understand it is popular in both sweets and drinks as a taste. Not for me and I left most of the grape for others who did enjoy them. I don't think these were the best offering from RJs as they felt quite American in taste to me but this is personal preference.
I guess for me I like the less chewy RJs products and I won't be buying these again but I can understand how others like the twisters - in fact, I might just try another flavour in case that was the issue as the texture was ok once I got used to it.
My family love lollies, with many members actually preferring lollies over chocolate. When it comes to lolly flavours grape and apple are right up there as 2 of my partners most favourites, they are also 2 flavours which I absolutely love and so after seeing these delicious sounding and looking lollies up for review I knew that I just had to try them.
My first initial thought after receiving these was how beautifully bright, colourful and eye-catching the packaging was and while it had a lot going on in it it wasn't to much it actually all worked well, and I just loved the metallicness of the packet. The font used was neat and I loved the way the word 'Twister' was done in a twisted sort of font, even Miss 4 was quick to comment on how beautiful the packet was.
Ripping open the bag was easy and I was impressed to find when I looked inside that there appeared to be quite an even number of pieces of each of the grape and apple flavours, as more often than not I tend to find lollies in packets are very unevenly mixed, however this wasn't the case here! I would have loved to have counted them just to be sure but I wasn't quick enough in doing so as there were hands - both big and small reaching into the bag for a sample in all directions! I was surprised by the size of the pieces they were definitely all of uniform size and a lot larger than I had expected, I was expecting them to be half the size of what they are but I was happy to find them bigger as it meant that they lasted longer and were easier to work with for the likes of cake decorating of which I tried them out in, pulling the strands of the twisters apart and cutting them up to create whiskers and mouths for some cute little cat cupcakes that Miss 4 and I enjoyed making together.
Taste wise these were straight up amazing, a lovely chewy texture, which also had a nice softness to it, and so full of flavour. The green apple twisters were tangy yet sweet, and I didn't find them sour at all nor did my partner however a friend said she didn't like them as she found them sour. The purple grape were also incredibly good they tasted just like a grape that had been picked off a vine, lovely and sweet. It seemed in my house that the apple twisters were the biggest hit with my partner and I, whereas Miss4 liked the grape twisters the best, this was apparently due to colour rather than taste however.
Well done RJ's I am sold on yet another one of your products, it is great to see an awesome company branching out and creating more exciting products, I can't wait to see what you create next.
I was excited to try the grape and green apple twisters and I was surprised when I opened the bag to find individual twisters each being their own flavour. I had pictured the two flavours to be wrapped around each other. One bag two flavours on the front of the bag I guess I thought that was one product with two flavours, instead of two flavours each inside the same packet. I opened the bag and tried a grape first and thought that I could open taste grape, it was not until I grabbed another one out that I noticed this time I had an apple and realised they were not combined together. I really enjoyed the apple flavour myself.
My partner tried the twisters and he mentioned he really liked the grape flavour and after eating a few asked me to take the bag away so he would not eat them all. He said I liked the texture and really loved the flavour. I was expecting more of a sour green apple taste but it is more of a sweeter taste but very much so enjoyable. I love the bag colours and the mix between the green and purple colours and also the product on the front.
I left the bag in the pantry until I was ready to sit down to do the review and when I went to grab them out, I noticed there were only 4 left for me to re try again while writing my review to refresh my memory of the flavour. This is due to my other sneaking in and getting in to the bag, she said she could not heap herself and once she started she could not stop. The price I think is fair the bag and a standard amount you would pay for a bag of lollies. They would be a great snack for the car or work space or really just to have at home.
I love lollies, and apple and grape would have to be my favourite flavours of lollies. This is mainly because I love sour things, and sour apple and sour grape always seem to be the strongest flavours.
Feeling the packet, the product has a good weight to it. I good dense product that will hopefully be filling to snack on (otherwise I may eat the entire pack in one go). Ripping open the packet I can see that it is a foil bag, assumedly to keep the product fresh for longer, but the main thing I can notice is the aroma.It has that lovely sweetness of a gummy grape and apple, and it has me salivating.
I was a little surprised at the size of the product. I'm not too sure why, but I was expecting the pieces to be smaller, but with a length of approximately 7-8cm, they were around the same size (if not longer) than my pinky finger (and just as thick). On the front of the packet the image shows the twisters being split into three strands, and with a little bit of effort, I discovered that indeed it can be split into three individual strands. A nice touch, as it doubles as a plaything, to keep the kids entertained for slightly longer (and therefore reduce the amount of sugar intake without them complaining).
The twisters are brightly coloured, so there is no confusion over which flavour is which. The apple one has a great sweet flavour, whereas the grape is much more subtle, but overall the flavours weren't as strong as the aroma would have you think. Still delicious, and the more reserved flavours give it a moreish aspect, as I can eat far more of them before the sugar gets too much to handle. The consistency of the product is very firm and does require a bit of work with the teeth to get through. Nothing too difficult, but definitely noticeably firmer than most other gummy-like products.
I was dubious at first about reviewing this product. Apple flavoured products are often quite tart and uninteresting to the point of being flavourless, and, as for grape, well shall we just say that we have history? Rewind a few years to when I was joint MC for a school talent quest with two other teachers. I was the straight MC who did the announcements in a duly formal fashion only to be constantly interrupted by the other two who were the comic relief. Their role was to butt in and comment on the proceedings at regular intervals.
This would have been all good - it was all finely rehearsed of course - but one of the teachers had dressed up as Kylie Mole complete with a wad of bubble gum in her mouth. Between acts she was standing just behind me in the wings, and all I can remember was the artificial and totally nauseating aroma of grape flavoured gum as she chewed it, mouth wide open, in preparation for blowing the next bubble towards the audience. It was this terrifying memory that I had to the fore when I bravely steeled myself to try a piece of the grape twister.
I could not believe it. This was nothing like my dreadful memory of that scary performance. This was the flavour of real fruit, sweet and as authentic tasting as confectionery can possibly be. I loved it! I gave the others (my testers of the day, two teenage boys and an adult) a piece each and they loved it too. Unbelievable! Come back, grape, all is forgiven. The texture, the flavour balance, the portion size: all were perfect. It would be easy to go on about this, but there is no need. The twister speaks for itself.
After we had all finished, I gave everyone an apple twister. I expected that it would be ok if a bit sour and lacking in flavour, but again I was wrong. In fact, the apple flavour was even better than the grape. It was so good that of all the six twisters I had tried over the last few days, this was actually the best of all. It really tasted of ripe apples, not too sweet but certainly not too tart either, and very moreish. In fact, this one was my personal favourite.
While we were tasting the apple twisters, a neighbour popped in. He has dentures so we asked if he would like to try some too. He took one of each, and we waited until he had finished both before asking for the verdict. He found them easy to chew and was surprised to learn that they were actually not licorice as he had made that assumption. His preference was for the apple flavour too although he did like both.
There were a few left of both varieties so we chopped them and added them to some mini-pavlovas as decoration. Interestingly, I found when I was eating my share that I ended up with a small piece of each variety in my mouth at the same time and this resulted in a completely new flavour. At my suggestion, one of the boys tried the same combination and suggested that I call the dessert a Grapple Pavlova! I might just do that.
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