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BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!

18 Feb 05 - 09:58 AM (#1413965)
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From: Splott Man

It's true


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4276553.stm


18 Feb 05 - 10:05 AM (#1413973)
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From: *Laura*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
But the tube is half the fun! More than half the fun! The smarties are an afterthought! It's so nice to hold! And the suspense of what letter is on the top if so exciting!
Oh dear oh dear oh dear - these are sad times we have come to. :-(
xLx


18 Feb 05 - 11:07 AM (#1413989)
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From: GUEST,noddy

HOW DARE THEY!
I am going to write to my MP.
This is outrageous!


18 Feb 05 - 11:10 AM (#1413993)
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From: Crystal

Apparently one reason was to make it easier for parents to dole out fewer smarties to toddlers who will get high on the sugar.

Oh but wait, the artificial colourings in the smarties will have the little dears rocketing off the walls anyway!

Madness, or an excuse to hike the price massivly?


18 Feb 05 - 11:43 AM (#1414012)
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From: ToulouseCruise

here in Canada, they come in a box, we don't get the tube or the new hex *sniff sniff*

Smarties Box


18 Feb 05 - 11:46 AM (#1414016)
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From: Rapparee

I was given a tube of Smarties for a program I did at Cambridge! How dare they!! Have they no sense of tradition? Of history?


18 Feb 05 - 12:47 PM (#1414066)
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From: el_punkoid_nouveau

Bloody Swiss interlopers! Smarties have always come in a round tube - great fun blasting the cap off!

No - they are bean counters, and don't care about the traditional side of a sweet - or what the consumers really want!

I say Boycott Nestles!


18 Feb 05 - 12:50 PM (#1414070)
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From: TheBigPinkLad

When you eat your Smarties
Do you eat the red ones last/
Do you suck them very slowly,
Or crunch them very fast?
Eat that candy and milk chocolate
But tell me when I ask ...
When you eat your Smarties
Do you eat the red one last?

No tubes in Canada but the empty boxes make an excellent buzz noise when you blow through 'em.


18 Feb 05 - 01:42 PM (#1414128)
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From: GUEST,milk monitor

In the 'sue you sue me' age we live in, do you think the manufacturers are a little wary of the impending law suits following kids choking on the lids?

Having said that, of course I saved the reds until last, excellent pretend lipstick, then the tube on the ground and WALLOP with the side of your hand to shoot the lid to who knows where...mmmmm you'll have your eye out with one of them, another lawsuit?


18 Feb 05 - 02:24 PM (#1414169)
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From: Cluin

Smarties in Canada are a totally different animal than the ones that come in a tube. Here, they are candy-covered chocolate which taste better than M&Ms.


18 Feb 05 - 02:24 PM (#1414172)
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From: Cluin

Waitaminnit!...


18 Feb 05 - 02:29 PM (#1414176)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

You'd think market forces ought to ensure that someone starts producing Smarty clones in tubes.

Mind you when Kit-Kat abolished the old foil and paper packing, and wrecked things, noone seems to have come up with a replacement.

Market forces are greatly overrated. They always seem to work the wrong way round, driving out all kinds of good things, and blanding up everything.


18 Feb 05 - 02:54 PM (#1414210)
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From: TheBigPinkLad

Still come in foil here in Canada, McGrath ... how are they packaged in the UK?


18 Feb 05 - 03:11 PM (#1414230)
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From: skipy

I have a scar in the roof of my mouth where ( some 40+ years ago!)the sharp edge of a smartie lid gouged a grove! I had the tube in my mouth top end first and a "friend" rammed it in! A box would have been less painful!
Skipy


18 Feb 05 - 03:11 PM (#1414231)
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From: gnu

Yeah! The poor kids' Kazoo! I'd forgotten about that "buzz". And M&M reminds me of the "Emniem" thread a couple of years ago... that was blast.


18 Feb 05 - 03:14 PM (#1414233)
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From: Cluin

I dropped a tube right after my morning coffee.


18 Feb 05 - 03:27 PM (#1414243)
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From: gnu

Found it... (a COUPLE of years ago? Try 4 years. And my spelling - Emniem ? Barkeep.... more glue.) :

Subject: RE: Eminem Rules
From: gnu - PM
Date: 10 May 01 - 02:51 PM

I prefer Smarties. But then, I'm a Canuck. Haven't had any in over thirty years, but I remember that the empty box could be used like a Kazoo (sp ?).


18 Feb 05 - 05:10 PM (#1414329)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

If you'd had a box in your mouth, instead of a tube, surely it would have had sharp edges, and hurt even more, skipy.
..........................

Kit Kat is wrapped in plastic now, and since that happened its sales have slumped. Serve the bastards right Here's a site with a piece about that:

"...When Nestlé stopped foil wrapping their KitKat and slipped them into plastic sachets instead it was a bit of a disaster. It was said that it was done so that we could enjoy our KitKats even fresher, but I think you would find it hard to find a gone off KitKat...

The foil was integral to what KitKats were all about...We liked how we could run our thumb nails down the groove between the fingers. We liked how we could run our finger tips over the top to reveal the cursive KitKat logo cut in the chocolate. We even liked how we could roll it up in to little foil balls and bat them around with our fingers, or make little sculptures..."


Maybe someone could start importing properly packed Kit Kat from Canada...


19 Feb 05 - 08:50 AM (#1414892)
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From: skipy

I could carry out an experiment with a smartie box - but I haven't got any friends!

Skipy


19 Feb 05 - 08:53 AM (#1414896)
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From: *Laura*

going to have to stock up on tubes of smarties. buy a multipack or something.


19 Feb 05 - 08:54 AM (#1414898)
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From: Blissfully Ignorant

Aw, Skipy...here! * hands a box of smarties over*


I'm goignt o stock up on tubes of smarties, then keep the tubes and when the new packaging is introduced...i'll just transfer the smarties...   Am i taking this too seriously??!!?!!?


19 Feb 05 - 03:07 PM (#1415097)
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From: GUEST,12string stan

when i was but a young lad, my friends and i made, "the worlds biggest smartie tube" for a local child group project ( i was 10)
we collected over a period, 50 perfect, undented, (but emptied!) tubes, and with "the help of a responsible adult" removed caps and ends, add a few squeezes of superglue, and pop a cap on the top. Ta da!!
However, the story saddens. with great care we took it to the community centre, and laid it on the ground, and ran in to get the club leaders, leaving it unattended, thus returned to see it cartwheeling down the main street, in a gust of wind, and left battered, crushed and separated. The top was still on though. I cried.

ah memories. all this re packaging crap serves one purpose only. to make us feel bloody old
So Nestle, i say to you, on behalf of us all TTHHRUUPPPPT 2U


19 Feb 05 - 03:34 PM (#1415115)
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From: Raedwulf

Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! Nononononononono!!! Tell me it ain't true!!! (OK, I know it is, but at least allow me a temporary illusion)

Well done, Nestle, I shall never eat another Smartie (to be fair I can't remember when I ate the last one, but even so... Steenkin' heretics!!).


19 Feb 05 - 03:55 PM (#1415124)
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From: SharonA

Here in the US, Smarties are an entirely different candy: small, tablet-shaped but concave instead of convex, in pastel colors, and with nothing but clear cellophane for packaging. They come in stacks of 10 or 12 candies wrapped in the cellophane with each end of the wrap twisted, so that you can pull on the two ends like a "cracker" until all the candy pops out and rolls all over the place.

Here's a picture from the Smarties (US) website www.smartiesstore.com: http://store1.yimg.com/I/yhst-58653162205018_1831_81581

But I sympathize with those of you mourning the demise of the packaging for your version of Smarties. Sometimes I think they pick the focus groups for these things the way they pick juries: not to eliminate bias but to predestine the group's decision.

I'm still upset that Hershey took away the almonds from the tops of the 5th Avenue bars. And don't even get me started about when the makers of Starbursts stopped making the lime ones!!!!


19 Feb 05 - 03:56 PM (#1415126)
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From: John O'L

"Smarties in Canada are a totally different animal than the ones that come in a tube. Here, they are candy-covered chocolate which taste better than M&Ms." - Cluin

That's what smarties are in Australia too.
So what are these things that come in a 68-year-old tube?


19 Feb 05 - 04:07 PM (#1415131)
Subject: RE: BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!
From: Raedwulf

Starbursts? Do you mean Opal Fruits (& don't ask about the Marathon turning into a Snickers... :grrrrrrrrrrr:)?


19 Feb 05 - 04:21 PM (#1415143)
Subject: RE: BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!
From: SharonA

Raedwulf; I didn't know what Opal Fruits were until you mentioned the name, but having looked it up I see that the two are indeed the same candy... with one glaring difference! Here is a page with a picture of Starbursts US (note the absence of lime):

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/starburst.htm

...and here's a BBC News article with a picture of Starbursts UK (formerly Opal Fruits) (which shows a lime candy! Wahhhh!!):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/77273.stm


19 Feb 05 - 04:44 PM (#1415152)
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From: skipy

o/k this is what we do:- we keep quiet about this & slowly purchase tubes of smaties until our spare rooms are full. Never buy more than two tubes at a time, never visit the same shop more than once a fortnight, vary your days and routes, never make eye contact with anyone in any of the shops, never joke or cause anything to make you stand out from the rest of the customers. When the smarty eaters are desperate we can sell our tubes on "Ebay" releasing only one a week!
Skipy.
I think I have been eating the blue ones!, I'll get my whelk & hit it with a spatula.


19 Feb 05 - 05:24 PM (#1415167)
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From: Raedwulf

Sad but true, Sharon! Most of these sweets were created for the UK market, & now they rename them to match the Continental/US version. I'm vaguely surprised that the venerable Twix hasn't yet been re-christened Raider in honour of our European neighbours...

:(


20 Feb 05 - 12:47 AM (#1415395)
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From: Ron Davies

This is Jan speaking, Ron's sponogomous mouse:



I am truly appalled that Nestle's has dared to change Smarties behind my back just because I've moved to the US.

This must be remedied before my annual visit.


I have already instructed my UK contacts to buy every tube of Smarties they can lay their hands on, in every corner shop, in every corner of the UK, north to south, east to west, and especially in Wiltshire.

If this fails, I intend to buy out Nestles.

Have no fear, the round Smarties tube will never be allowed to die.


20 Feb 05 - 03:38 AM (#1415428)
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From: GUEST,Moki

GUEST Randi would use it.


20 Feb 05 - 07:31 AM (#1415499)
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From: *Laura*

Time to take action!


20 Feb 05 - 07:32 AM (#1415501)
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From: *Laura*

ahh crap - my clicky doesn't work! well I can't make it work anyway.
:-( :-( :-( :-( :-(
what'd I do wrong!?


20 Feb 05 - 08:06 AM (#1415514)
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From: *Laura*

I can't do it - so if anyone can make clickys and would like to - here is the thing anyway -

www.petitiononline.com/ktscttr/petition.html


20 Feb 05 - 08:29 AM (#1415520)
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From: Layah

The confusion I've had since this thread began has finally been explained! I kept thinking "Smarties...tubes?...chocolate?" Now SharonA has explained, smarties in the US are different. I thought they were these little chalky things that came in a clear plastic wrapping. The only time I've ever eaten them is when I used to get gajillions of them at Holloween, so I thought maybe I was remembering something wrong. Being in the UK I think I'd better go out and buy myself some smarties before the packaging changes to I can experience this wonderful sounding smarties tube.


20 Feb 05 - 01:01 PM (#1415659)
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From: GUEST,Alastair Campbell

I agree - it is out of order!

I have setup a petition - please sign it, link to it and blog about it.

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/5908.html

Tell everyone you know and then let's get some publicity.

Alastair.


20 Feb 05 - 03:58 PM (#1415761)
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From: Peace

Laura's Link


20 Feb 05 - 04:03 PM (#1415766)
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From: *Laura*

thanks brucie!


20 Feb 05 - 05:25 PM (#1415816)
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From: Peace

Welcome.

It bothered me much more, frankly, when HP Sauce changed its label. That was a real kick in the stones. Kinda makes ya feel like nothin's sacred anymore.


21 Feb 05 - 03:23 PM (#1416668)
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From: GUEST

"Cette sauce de haute qualité est un mélange des..." sorry I digress.
Personally I have never eaten an Opal Fruit since their demise. And what about Spangles then?


21 Feb 05 - 04:21 PM (#1416724)
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From: ToulouseCruise

okay, it sounds like the Smarties in the US are the same as what we would call "Rockets" in Canada.... especially once it was mentioned that you get a bunch of them at Halloween...



So, to summarize:

1) Smarties UK, Canada, Oz -- Candy coated milk chocolate similar to M&M's... UK had em packed in tubes, Canada in boxes, UK in ???
2) Smarties USA -- concave candies in clear cellophane wrapper, stacked together... you can pull the wrapper ends like a Christmas Cracker to unwrap
3) Smarties USA & Rockets from Canada -- separated at birth? YES!!


and here is the proof!

... someone else will need to explain Opal Fruit, Spangles, et al.

Brian


21 Feb 05 - 05:03 PM (#1416768)
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From: GUEST,*Laura*

I suppose we should be grateful they aren't changing the name of Smarties too. Opal Fruits just aren't the same now they're Starburst.


21 Feb 05 - 05:04 PM (#1416772)
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From: Peace

Right. "Here, have some Brilliants."


21 Feb 05 - 05:15 PM (#1416790)
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From: GUEST,*Laura*

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


21 Feb 05 - 05:50 PM (#1416812)
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From: annamill

I've been deprived. I've never had a Smartie.

In NY, USA, they tried to give a bagged version of our SACRED "Cracker Jacks" at Yankee Stadium. New Yorkers would have none of it and quite a fuss was made and finally Yankee Stadium went back to the "Box of Cracker Jacks". You don' mess wit NewYawkas. 'Specially their Yankees!

They'd have to change the sacred song

"Take me out to the ballgame",
"Take me out to the crowd",
"buy me some peanuts and bagged caramel popcorn"....

Nope, just doesn't work..

Here it is as it should be:

(im a red sox fan myself, shhh)

Point is, if enough fuss is made you CAN change it back. Write a letter! Scream at your local store! Stop buying the smartasses, sorry smarties!

STANDUP AND FIGHT! DON'T ALLOW IT!

Luv, Annamill


21 Feb 05 - 05:57 PM (#1416815)
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From: annamill

Sorry. Forget the link.


21 Feb 05 - 09:27 PM (#1417010)
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From: Cluin

Stand up and fight against Error 400!

I'm not having it, I tell you!


22 Feb 05 - 08:01 AM (#1417344)
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From: GUEST,Antsan61

Hey, Anyone seen the Ad at the bottom of this page?

"New & used Nestle Smarties"

Used????????????????


22 Feb 05 - 09:46 AM (#1417437)
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From: MBSLynne

A bit of Smartie nostalgia here......

They were my favourite sweet when I was little and as my nickname had been Lulu since I was a baby, the family thought it really spooky when the Smarties adverts started saying "Buy some for Lulu!" at the end. I, of course, thought it was the right and proper working of a wonderful world.

I remeber when they changed the lids from metal ones that fitted over the tube to the plastic coloured ones we now have. I also remember standing with my Mum in the local Co-op with a tube of Smarties in my hand...I was about 5. I stood there shaking the tube because it made a good sound, when suddenly, the lid flew off and my Smarties went everywhere....my Mum hurried me out of the shop after buying another tube, embarassed because a man standing near us had his trouser turn-ups full of Smarties and didn't know!

We used to have our grocery order delivered on Thursday evening every week, just as "The Flintstones" came on. There was always a tube of Smarties each for my sister and I and for years Smarties and the Flinstones were mixed together in my mind.

I managed without Smartie tubes after we emigrated to Australia, where they came in boxes, but it was never the same....

And I always save the orange ones till last!

Love Lynne


22 Feb 05 - 10:24 AM (#1417469)
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From: skipy

As we speak, on Ebay there is for sale a wispa bar & a caramel bar in weird stuff, about 2 hours left.
£4.99 or buy it now £9.99!

Skipy


22 Feb 05 - 06:05 PM (#1417933)
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From: Cluin

Whenever I get a package of Smarties, I make it my duty to continue testing the strength and robustness of the candy as a species.

To this end, I hold Smartie duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the "loser," and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red Smarties are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue Smarties as a race cannot survive long in the intense theatre of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world. Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one Smartie... the strongest of the herd. No snacking on this one; it has earned its place of honour and must be treated accordingly. I pack this Monarch of the Glen neatly in an envelope and send it to Nestlé Headquarters, Avenue Nestlé 55, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland, along with a 3x5 card reading:

"Please use this Smartie for breeding purposes."

This week, they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of Smarties. I consider this "grant money." I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds of pretenders, we will winnow out the True Champion.

"There can be only One!"

-author mostly unknown


22 Feb 05 - 07:28 PM (#1418035)
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From: SharonA

Okay, ater reading this thread I have to ask: does the candy coating of Smarties (UK) come in different flavors? Or are people sorting them by color and expressing a preference "just because"?

M&Ms candies (US) do not have multi-flavored candy coatings, just the various colors. As I write, I am eating the Peanut M&Ms, which are different from one another only in the texture of each peanut. (Some are really hard; I find myself checking my teeth to make sure I'm not chewing one of my crowns!) I assume that Smarties don't come with a peanut center; am I right?

Raedwulf: "Twix", you say? Is the UK "Twix" the same as the US "Twix bar"?


22 Feb 05 - 07:36 PM (#1418047)
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From: Layah

UK twix and US twix are the same. One of the few candies that are. There's a whole confusing combination of mars bars and milky way and three muskateers that masquerade as one another variously by country.

Cluin, I tried that with a pack of m&ms once. My testing methods were not scientific enough though, because the newcomer almost always won, the previous winner having been weakend by the warmth of my hand. I think I need to develop more specialized m&m war equipment. I also often find that mutations have a much thicker shell, thus having a great advantage.


23 Feb 05 - 02:48 AM (#1418378)
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From: MBSLynne

Mostly Smarties don't have different flavours, but the orange ones have orange flavoured chocolate in...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


23 Feb 05 - 06:14 AM (#1418485)
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From: Torctgyd

I believe that they may be bringing out flavoured Smarties - but I was off sick with the 'flu' at the time and I wasn't paying much attention to Blue Peter on the TV!

BTW what is it that Americans call stomach flu - is it a euphamism for the shits?


23 Feb 05 - 04:28 PM (#1418839)
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From: GUEST,*Laura* (who STILL can't log on!)

I always save the green ones. I don't think they taste any different though.
xLx


23 Feb 05 - 08:48 PM (#1419106)
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From: Layah

This thread inspired me, so I bought some smarties today. They are indeed better than m&ms.    The candy shell is thicker. And they are way way better than American smarties, which don't contain chocolate. Anything that contains chocolate must be intrinisicly superior to anything that doesn't contain chocolate. And the orange ones are orange flavored. And they came in a tube.


23 Feb 05 - 09:20 PM (#1419126)
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From: SharonA

"Anything that contains chocolate must be intrinsically superior to anything that doesn't contain chocolate."

AMEN!!!!!


Torctgyd: Being an American myself, I can answer your question: Yes, that's one of the results of "stomach flu"! So is vomiting. It's actually not an influenza virus. It's viral gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines; can be caused by Salmonella enteritidis), also called "Norwalk Virus" or Norovirus. More than you wanted to know, I'm sure!


24 Feb 05 - 10:42 AM (#1419606)
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From: skipy

Got one, got one, got one - smarties tube & it's going on ebay tonight! Watch for it. Orange lid letter i.
Skipy (eating the blue one again!).


24 Feb 05 - 06:09 PM (#1420079)
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From: GUEST,Moki

Randi will eat any of them.


24 Feb 05 - 11:02 PM (#1420283)
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From: rockchick

and i just put mine in the dustbin last week, boohooo, sob. and what about the smarties that got thrown at me in Ireland (mudcat gathering) they went down the front of my teeshirt.never to be seen again !!!!!!alas only the smaries no tube!


25 Feb 05 - 06:16 PM (#1421095)
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From: GUEST,steven

SWISS douchebags hands off our traditions, oh yeah and pay the poor bastard farmers a living wage.


26 Feb 05 - 10:55 AM (#1421470)
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From: robomatic

Time for the dumb 'murrican to contribute:

I started this thread wondering if i'd ever seen Smarties and if they were similar to M & Ms. When i read Cluinn's story I recalled seeing this a few years ago done as a voluntary breeding program for bigger and better m & ms. so they must be similar.

It's wonderful to have impetus for delicious research.

But lamenting a packaging that has lasted for generations is almost unknown in the states, the last time I remember this is when Animal Crackers stopped coming in those lovely little cardboard illustrated zoo cages and Crackerjacks stopped coming in crude waxy illustrated cardboard containers.

Octagonal tubes sound like fun, kinda like old-fashioned gun barrels.


02 Mar 05 - 09:35 AM (#1424922)
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From: Layah

I bought some fruit flavored smarties today. They don't have any chocolate, therefore they are immediately inferior to chocolate smarties. The flavor is not related to the color, so you don't know what flavor any of them are. They remind me of skittles. Except they are kind of harder.


02 Mar 05 - 02:28 PM (#1425129)
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From: ToulouseCruise

there was the question if smarties have different flavors... I can tell the difference between many of the colors. The lighter ones (green, pink, yellow) have a slightly sweeter taste, while the darker ones (both browns) are a little more bitter. Red and orange have their own distinct tastes, but I am not sure about blue... been a while since I did the research, as blue ones were only introduced a few years back in Canada.

I love the concept of the Smarties duels... but cluin, how do you get rid of the color on the tips of your fingers?

Brian


02 Mar 05 - 02:35 PM (#1425137)
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From: annamill

Ok, I've just had my first smarties. Ironically, my husband brought some home from work yesterday. I couldn't believe it. They weren't in any type of tube though. They were wrapped up in clear paper. I wanted to try to be objective and try each color. I found them very tart yet with a sweetness about them. Not bad. An interesting taste.

Probably wouldn't beat chocolate any time soon as one of my favorites, but, I'd eat them again.

Love, Annamill


02 Mar 05 - 02:41 PM (#1425143)
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From: ToulouseCruise

NO NO NO, Annamill!! You've got those silly American ones!!!

you need to get hold of some good old fashioned Canadian, UK, or Aussie smarties... the good old fashioned CHOCOLATE CENTRES!!!!

send your husband back out across the boarder for a proper treat!

Brian


02 Mar 05 - 02:56 PM (#1425158)
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From: annamill

Well! Drat! Chocolate Centers!! Drat!

Ok, I still haven't tried Smarties.

Never mind. Please ignore previous message.

Love, Annamill


02 Mar 05 - 04:29 PM (#1425222)
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From: robomatic

Yeah, I've never seen chocolate smarties. How come they're different in the states?

Cadbury caramellos are the same, ditto aero bars, when you can find 'em, so how come our smarties ain't so smart?


02 Mar 05 - 04:46 PM (#1425243)
Subject: RE: BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!
From: Layah

Smarties in the States are not very good. There are other candy bars with confusing names. UK Mars bars are like US Milky Way, and UK Milky Way are like US 3 Muskateers. I know we have Mars bars in the US, but I can't remember what they are like. And what is entirely unfair, Kit Kats are the same except they have better chocolate in the UK. And Nestle makes chocolate that is worth eating, unlike Nestle chocolate in the US. I was happier believing Nestle didn't know how to make good chocolate. Now I'm offended that they sell their junk in the US and something better (admitedly not really good, but edible at least) to the UK.


03 Mar 05 - 04:34 PM (#1426229)
Subject: RE: BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!
From: skipy

Yes, but I've picked it up & put it at the top again!
Skipy.


04 Mar 05 - 12:54 AM (#1426521)
Subject: RE: BS: Smarties to drop the tube!!
From: alison

saw an ad here in Oz not so long ago that they were changing "Snickers" back to "Marathons" again.... and about time too

can't get used to Starburst either - although their jelly snakes and jelly beans are great... we get musical ones too - gummy shape guitars, notes, singers etc.... mmmmmmmmm

never liked the blue smarties - red were great to paint with
I remember trying to get the lids to spell out words with all the other kids in the playground after we'd eaten the sweets



slainte

alison