There aren't many boxes of chocolates out there aimed at the younger end of the market... sure, there's Cadbury's Miniature Heroes and Mars' Celebrations - but what about a box of chocolates that really is aimed at kids... The answer - Nestle All Stars. Nestle All Stars come in a box that is similar in shape and size to Roses or Celebrations - kind of top-heavy - a narrow base with a wider top. It's immediately obvious that this isn't a sophisticated box of chocolates - it's yellow and orange in colour and has huge white writing on the front exclaiming 'All Stars'. There's a star shaped window in the front of the box allowing you to see some of the sweets that are crammed inside, and scattered around the rest of the box are smaller star shaped pictures of the sweets that are contained within. The box is easy to open - a perforated panel on the front of the box clearly tells you to 'Push Here' - doing so opens this panel and easily enables you to get to the sweets! Unlike your usual box of sweets or chocolates, containing individually wrapped bite sized sweets, All Stars contains miniature packets of some of Nestle's best selling kids sweets. A box recently purchased from Tesco contained: * Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles Body Parts (Chewy body part shaped pieces) * Rolo (A mini packet of Rolo's - the chocolate coated soft toffee's) * Aero (Mini versions of the regular bubbly chocolate that is Aero) * Mini Smarties (The clue's in the name there... a mini packet of Mini Smarties) * Milkybar Choo (Almost like a finger of fudge, but white chocolate based) * Tooty Frooties (Chewy fruit flavoured sweets) * Fruit Pastilles (Mini tubes of fruit pastilles) Occasionally however, Nestle do vary the contents of the box - information on www.tesco.com currently advises the contents of the box to inclu de: Fruit Pastilles Milkybar Choo Wonkalate Milkybar Mini Smarties Rolo Fruit Pastilles Body Parts. ... however it seems that in general there is a selection of 7 different types of sweet. A standard box of All Stars contains 293g of sweets and is priced at £2.98, however they are currently half-price in some supermarkets as part of the Christmas sales. All Stars provide an excellent alternative to some of the more traditional boxes of chocolates available and will certainly be appreciated by most kids. They also make a great change for adults too - there's plenty of grown-ups out there who are partial to sweeties occasionally as opposed to grown-up chocolates. The downside to All Stars is that they won't make a suitable present for a vegetarian as most of the chewy sweets contain gelatine. So... next time you're looking for an inexpensive present for a kid (or grown-up who is a kid at heart), before you go for the obvious choice of a box of Celebrations or Miniature Heroes, perhaps you should consider All Stars instead?
I left my job just before Easter and in traditional style, took in a box of chocolates on my last day. Instead of the usual Celebrations or Roses though, I thought we’d have something new for a change. I was wandering aimlessly around Asda one Saturday morning when I came across All Stars. On a whim (and since they were on offer) I popped them into the trolley. Even if you haven’t tried them, you’ve probably heard of Nestle’s latest offering to the word of boxed goodies. They’ve been advertised on television for quite some time now – you know the one, little kids prancing around to Hearsay songs because they’re “all stars, with All Stars”. All Stars are presented in a cube shaped yellow box with a folded over pointed liddy thing. The packaging is bold and bright, and no doubt very appealing to little ones. Inside it a collection of miniature chocolate bars and packs of sweets. These are really, really tiny and to be honest, one is not enough where these are concerned. The selection is as follows : MILKYBAR The Milkybar kid may be strong and tough, but obviously he liked his chocolate doll house size. This is a tiny bar of pure white chocolate with 4 or 5 pieces, each around the size of a little fingernail. Really MILKYBAR CHOO A shameless attempt at seeing how much distance they can get out of the Milkbar brand, the only similarities this bares to the original is that it’s white. It’s soft, chewy fudge covered in a thin layer of milkybar chocolate, and is a bit sickly to be honest. WONKALATE A rather repulsive looking bar (at least to me and my grown up colleagues), this is a purple, raspberry flavoured slab filled with green “snozberry” nerds. It looks gross and it tastes gross. So that’s a “gross” rating for the Wonkalate then. MINI SMARTIES Traditional family favourites, these, they’re significantly smaller than normal smarties. You get about 10 in a tiny packet. Hardly enough to top your ice cream with :-( FRUIT PASTILLES Again, the normal fruit pastilles you can buy in shops, but only 4 in a pack. There seemed to be an abundance of black and red ones in our box – the two colours I don’t eat. Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide. FRUIT PASTILLE BODY PARTS A weeny packet of chewy jelly suits with the same flavours as fruit pastilles, shaped like parts of the body. Fun for playing with and making pictures from, but not all that eatable, especially after my art projects. ROLOS Individually wrapped rolos complete the selection – theoretically a good idea, but since when was one single rolo ever enough? We got 5 of these in the whole box – not even a full sized tube-full. All the items are available in larger packs in shops, and I suppose in some ways this could be a good way to try them all, if you ignore the fact that to buy a large bar or packet of each would cost less than half what you’ll pay for this box. The bars and sweets are an odd size – larger than Celebrations or Heroes but much smaller than even “snack size” varieties. One’s not enough as I said before, but eat more than a couple and you start to feel greedy. Even though you, y’know, shouldn’t. All-stars are sooooooooooo kiddie orientated it’s not even funny. While you could have a bowl full of traditional boxed sweets in your home, these wouldn’t work like that – they don’t even look pretty. The packaging is almost illuminous, and some of the flavours those which only children would contemplate eating. You do get what you pay for, but what you don’t realise is that you’re paying for an expensive ad campaign, fancy package designs, lots of wrapping on the items and, best of all, some expensive air inside. Do yourself a favour and don’t buy them. Stick to proper, decent 1 kilo bars of chocolate instead, and you’ll do just fine. For more info have a look at www.nestle.co.uk/allstars
It seems nowadays more and more people prefer the mixed boxes of chocolates that contain mini versions of old favourites, a relative newcomer on the scene is *Nestle All Stars*, a mixture of all the old and new Nestle favourites we all love. First impression of this product leaves you wondering exactly if it is aimed at adults or children, as there seems to be a mixture of products to appeal to both. THE BOX ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤ The packaging is very different to your average box of chocolates and very easy to spot, designed as an upright carton, almost like a popcorn box once the lid is removed. The striking yellow and gold design contains pictures of all the inside products in star shapes dotted all over the box, so you can see at a glance exactly what you are getting. CONTENTS ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~ Now the best part lets see what’s in the box! Each one is individually wrapped in it’s own distinctive packaging, and would be ideal for adding to snack boxes or even party bags if you manage not to eat them all. There are 7 variety of sweet inside and these are the following: FRUIT PASTILLES ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤ A long standing favourite, each little packet contains 4 full sized pastilles, a combination of lemon, strawberry, blackcurrant, lime and orange, each sweet is coated in sugar and contains a chewy fruit centre, not to hard but also not to soft, very refreshing. MINI SMARTIES ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~ Yes another oldie in the sweetie stakes the good old Smartie, except now they also come in miniature, each sachet which is slightly larger than say a sachet of coffee contains around 25 mini Smarties. You get a mix or red, orange, brown, blue, yellow, purple, pink and green. The Smarties are identical in taste to their big brothers, however the one thing that worries me with the mini ones is that they are almost identical to the size of pills also, which could prove quite a worry with young children. The other factor is Smarties and Pastilles contain lots of E numbers, so are not suitable for any children with hyperactive problems. But for us adults they are perfect!. WONKALATE ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤ A newbie here, a little pink and purple bar, not everyone particularly adults will be familiar with the Wonka bar, the bar is based on the actual film “ Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory”, or “ Charlie and the chocolate factory” as some may remember it by. The actual chocolate inside is purple with little green fizzy bits incorporated into it, which are “Nerds”. If you remember the film, the wallpaper tasted of Snozzberry, as do the fizzy Nerds, this along with the raspberry chocolate is a very unusual looking bar but taste wise it is very pleasant, one aimed more at the children I felt however! MILKYBAR CHOO ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤ The Choo comes in Milky Bar packaging, complete with the bespectacled Milky Bar Kid, a mini finger of rich vanilla white fudge smothered in Milky Bar chocolate, very rich indeed and creamy, however the fudge does not really have any taste at all that stands out, but very enjoyable non the less. MILKYBAR ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~ The good old original, nothing fancy here, a mini bar containing 3 chunks of lovely Milky Bar chocolate, this is definitely one for the grown ups to snaffle before the children see it. FRUIT PASTILLE BODY PARTS ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤ Again the original fruit pastille but with an added kiddie appeal, yes these are shaped as body parts, they come in the very same flavours but you may get a leg, nose, hand, lips etc, the idea is that you piece them together to make a body, however at only 3 per mini pack this could be rather tricky! ROLO ¤~¤~¤~ Now everyone knows and loves Rolo’s, a full sized individually wrapped Rolo containing that yummy gooey caramel centre encased in milk chocolate, plenty of these and as they are all single you could always pretend they are all your last Rolo!!! VERDICT ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~ It seems the idea behind All Stars is to give them appeal to all ages with the something for everyone factor. The idea seems to work well with the combination of chocolates and sweets and you can palm any you don’t like off on the kids! There are plenty in each box and the mini bars and packets are good sizes too, more than one mouthful in each in this one. All Stars are made by Nestle and cost approximately £2.99 per box of 293g,which is pretty average compared to similar other brands. I must admit I only bought the one box for reasons of curiosity, I did enjoy most of them but I still feel that children would like this selection more than most adults. I may buy another but can’t see them becoming a firm favourite, I would rather have Celebrations or similar if I had the choice…. INGREDIENTS ¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~¤~ Here is a listing for each one if anyone is interested. = = = = = = = = = = = FRUIT PASTILLES = = = = = = = = = = = Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Fruit Juices 10% (lemon, lime, blackcurrant, strawberry, orange, apple), Gelatine Gum Arabic, Modified Starch, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator, Malic Acid, Colours (E124, E132, E101, E110, E160, Antitoxant(E320). = = = = = = = = = = MINI SMARTIES = = = = = = = = = = Milk Chocolate (62%), Sugar, Wheat Flour, Modified Starch, Colours (E171, E104, E124, E122, E133, E120), Flavouring, Glazing agents (Carnauba Wax, Beeswax). = = = = = = = = = WONKALATE = = = = = = = = = Nerds (12%), Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter , Dextrose, Vegetable Fat, Whey Powder, Malic Acid , Flavourings, Emulsifier ( Lecithin),Glucose Syrup, Colours ( E120,E104,E133),Glazing Agent (Carnauba Wax). = = = = = = = = = = = MILKYBAR CHOO = = = = = = = = = = = Fudge (57%), White Chocolate Contains Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup. = = = = = = = MILKY BAR = = = = = = = Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Whey Powder, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier, Flavouring. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = FRUIT PASTILLE BODY PARTS = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As for Fruit Pastilles. = = = = ROLO = = = = Milk Chocolate, Glucose Syrup, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk , Salt, Flavourings. © Ana 2002
Nestle assortment in a box