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Two twisted flavours per pack: Raspberry and Blackberry.
Cane Sugar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Wheat Flour, Water, Rice Bran Oil, Acidity Regulators (E296, E330, E331 , E262), Flavours, Colours (E163, E120, Vegetable Extract)
Out of the three varieties available, this is probably the one that I was the least excited for. Raspberry and Blackberry are both berries, and therefore rather similar in flavour. At least in comparison to "Cola & Blue Lemonade" or "Grape & Apple". For my personal tastes, if I have a product that contains multiple flavours, I like there to be a large difference in flavour. But there is no point in judging them by the choice of flavour. They may taste vastly different from each other. Only tasting them will answer that for me.
As with the other varieties, this product comes in a thickish foil package, with some very bright shiny colours, and a number of exciting fonts. Clearly designed to catch the eye of the child in the store. With a serving size of 4 pieces and around 18 pieces per pack, you get around four and a half servings per pack. I was a little bit unsure about how fresh the product would be over time, as the packet has no way to reseal it after opening. It turns out this wasn't an issue. I left one of each flavour in the bottom of the bag, left the packet wide open for nearly two weeks and came back to try them; firstly, it didn't attract ants, and secondly, they still maintained the same level of softness as when I first opened the packet.
I used the term softness instead of firmness (a term that I used to describe the other two variants) because these berry twisters are actually softer than the other flavours. This makes them a little more likely to get stuck in your teeth but requires much less effort to bite into them.
Flavour-wise, the two twisters are quite similar. The blackberry is the flavour that is a slow-burner that slowly builds flavour as you chew, whereas the raspberry has more upfront flavour and a bit of added sharpness. So despite the overall flavour being very similar, they tend to target different parts of the tongue, so combined, they create a lovely full-bodied flavour sensation. Very easy to eat, and apart from the two I left behind to test longevity, the rest of the packet did not survive the day.
The family had all been blown away by the Soda flavoured Twisters that we were all expecting the same from the Berry flavour. The packet was bright and inviting and looks so fun. I adore Raspberry and Blackberry flavoured lollies and there is nothing like squishing them together and combing the two flavours. I had opened the packet expecting to be able to do just that but I was really disappointed to find that 85% of the packet was Raspberry flavoured and the Blackberry was extremely lacking. This fact did not escape my husband either as he prefers the Blackberry over Raspberry.
Like with the Soda Twisters, I find these a little bit too big so I cut them all in half and they make the perfect snack size and also the packet lasts that little bit longer. While performing this task I was very tempted to hide the Blackberry away from everyone else - but as I had two girls who would not let them out of their sight I unfortunately did not get the chance. They also noticed if I was trying to sneak one so even an early taste test was out of the question.
Both girls were more than happy to just eat the Raspberry and they both said it was so yummy that they would happily eat again. I found the Raspberry ones kept changing the taste and each bite would reveal a different flavour, it just was not consistent. I did enjoy the Blackberry more and found the taste had more of a bite to it. Where as we all did enjoy these, we all agreed that the Soda Twisters were better flavoured and if we were to buy again that would be the flavour we would opt for. If we do buy again we hope that the flavours or more evenly split or better yet that there are more Blackberries then Raspberries.
My daughter was sorting out some dress-up clothes and had asked the children which items they still wanted to keep, and which they wanted to give away. They had spent a wonderful time playing with various pieces of costume, and it looked as though the task was going to take a couple of weeks because there was no way they were going to hurry. It was too much fun. Reminders that there would be no dinner until they finished up were disregarded. Who wanted to eat when they were enjoying themselves so much?
When I arrived with a packet of sweets to review, they were so excited to see what I had brought. By now both of them were dressed as little Dracula clones and when they saw the shapes of the sweets, all they could see were vampire teeth to complete the costume. Mr Seven grabbed two of the blackberry flavour while Miss Five, being the individual that she is, chose one of each. Then they started taking selfies of themselves until finally their mother took a proper photo.
It was some time before the hilarity died down enough for the children to actually eat some and give me feedback on what they thought of the product! They know the brand already and could not get their heads around the fact that this was not licorice because it was so soft and stretchy. They both had a slight preference for the raspberry flavour, but liked the blackberry as well. In fact they were enjoying it so much I had to pull rank and take a piece of each for myself so I could write my review. I am sure that they would have finished the lot unaided otherwise.
They both noticed something I had not seen - the blackberry version was thicker than the raspberry. Both of them liked having two flavours to choose from and thought they might like to take some to school in their lunchboxes, although both my daughter and I felt the pieces should be cut into two or three to minimise the possibility of choking. We could just see them demonstrating their Dracula teeth to their school friends, collapsing in giggles because it was all so funny, and then getting a large piece stuck in their throats. However that would not happen on this occasion as it was fairly certain that there would be none left to worry about.
I quite liked the flavours myself. It was interesting that I thought the blackberry had a slight edge over the raspberry. Maybe it is more suited to mature tastes! However, both varieties were pleasant and the flavours were recognisable. As I left, I overheard Miss Five telling her mother she was going to keep the Dracula costume for next time I brought lollies to review!
RJ's products are an absolute favourite in my family so we were all delighted to see that RJ's had branched out and created a new range of lollies 'Twisters', the flavours all sounded incredible and I was very happy to be able to have the opportunity to review each and every one of them. I kind of felt like RJ's had read my family's mind when they choose the flavour combinations for the Berry Twisters and the Fruity Twisters as red and purple lollies are my absolute favourite and they were combined in the Berry pack, and apple and grape are my partners favourite flavours which are combined to make the Fruity twisters. I couldn't wait to try them all out.
The packaging of the twisters was eye-catching and attractive and I loved the metallic effect it had to it, the font I thought was very well done with the wee twist to it and it clearly stated everything you needed to know about the product you are receiving. For a treat the fat total is really low compared to many other lollies on the market especially as 1 serve is equal to 4 twisters which are of a very decent size. Best of all I learnt from the wee map on the back of the packaging that RJ's products are made right here in Levin, so buying these products means you are supporting New Zealand made!
Ripping open the bag was simple and I was impressed by the amount of Twisters within it, it looked like there was a good mix of both raspberry and blackberry twisters which impressed me as too often do I find packages containing 3 or 4 of one flavour and the rest of another. Taste wise these were incredible the red taste like delicious red, ripe raspberries and the purple like juicy blackberries, the flavours were spot on and did not taste artificial at all, this is probably due to the fact that these lollies do not contain any added artificial colours or flavours. I have to say that the blackberry was the favourite flavour between my partner and myself and the raspberry with Miss 4, the texture was nice and chewy which is great as it meant they lasted a long time!
The ultimate test of the Twisters for me was when I tried to pull apart each of the twisted pieces, something I tend to like to do with all twisted lolly types, I was happy to see that these pulled apart without any trouble which is great as it means that they would make a welcome addition to decorated cupcakes when trying to make items such as flowers, animals and faces out of lollies!
I will most definitely buy these again infact I already have my partner loved them so much that he choose them as his weekly treat, well done RJ's on creating another amazing product to add to your already awesome range, I can't wait to see what comes next...
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