I have loved sports mixture since I was knee high. They remind me of saturday mornings in the sweet shop spending pocket money and the journey home from school when we shared them on the bus. So I bought some so I could take a trip down memory lane. They are retailing for £1.16 for a 215g bag at Tesco.
There is a wonderful fruity aroma on opening the packet that is unmistakably sports mixture.
Sports mixture is nicely packaged in a white bag with a rainbow coloured pattern on the front forming the background for the trademark shield in blue and the words sports mixture in white on red . The back of the packet you find the original Lion brand logo at the top left with the addition of a small yellow oval and within the telling phrase "formerly known as...." in red text.
The back of the packet also has all the usual nutritional information and pictures of the sweets and their flavours.
A red bicycle - raspberry
An orange yacht - apricot
A green boxing boot - lime
A yellow rugby ball - pineapple
A purple cricket bat - blackcurrent
Glucose syrup, sugar, gelatine, modified potato starch, citric acid, vegetable oil, flavourings, acetic acid, colours, E122,E110,E104,E142, glazing agent (carnauba wax).
Now then, what happened to liquorice? My favourite flavour has been usurped by blackcurrent and its not a nice tasting blackcurrent either. They have also made the gums softer which I think is another minus making them less distinctive from wine gums which used to be their main feature.
It seems Lions who made these sweets for so many generations has been bought out by Maynards (owned by Cadbury Schweppes) that would explain it. I am a little bit disappointed.
Sports mixture are still good value for money if you are looking for a big share bag of sweets so I would still recommend them but if you are a die hard fan of the old product then the new Maynard ones are not necessarily what you are looking for.
Sports Mixture, formally made by Lion now made by Maynards are simply by a large country mile my favourite sweets ever!
An average 180g bag, which cost 99p, contains roughly 50 fruit flavoured gums. These gums are shaped like sports equipment, such as cricket wickets, balls, T-shirts, boats and rackets, bats and boots, hence the name Sports Mixture. These can be hard or soft depending on where they have been kept but are always chewy. For this reason they may are probably not perfectly suited for people with loose teeth for obvious reasons.
The sweets come in five different flavours, pineapple, apricot, lime, raspberry and blackcurrant and are yellow, orange, green, red and black respectively. My favourite sweets are the red ones so I always save these 'til last, but to be brutally honest I love them all.
The flavours are intense, for want of a better word and because the sweets are chewy a bag takes a relatively long time to eat making them worth the money.
1 Sweet contains 1% of your sugar Guideline Daily Allowance and 5 calories. This means that a typical bag contains half your sugar Daily Allowance and 250 calories, which is 15% of your Guideline Daily Allowance. However a little bit of sweetness doesn't harm anyone once in a while although I suppose you could always only eat half and save the other half for another day. Not sure if I could though.
So in the words of Maynards themselves "Why not try these." Go on you're bound to love them!
While getting in my son?s car the other day, I noticed a small bag on the dashboard. Something on it looked familiar so I picked it up and yes to my surprise it was something I had not seen for years. It was a bag of ?Sports Mixture?.Gums. My goodness, I haven?t seen these for years. Not since I was a kid infact. I opened up the bag and they looked exactly the same though. Even after all this time. I remember buying these when I was about six or seven. My mum would give my eldest brother one Shilling (showing my age now eh!) 5p to the younger generation. This would be 1 old penny each for the bus to school (yes that?s all) for both my brothers and me. The remaining 9 old pence would be 3 old pence each for sweets. We would go into this little sweet shop near the school and buy these sportsmixture for, four a penny. We would often fight over which flavour was best. They come in five flavours: Raspberry, Pineapple, Apricot, Lime and Liquorice. They also came in different shapes: there was a cricket bat, bike, cricket wickets, tennis racket, rugby ball. Car, boat, sports-shirt, shorts and boot. My favourite was the Pineapple boat; it had to be a boat, for some reason the boat tasted best. My brother liked the liquorice car and my eldest brother the raspberry car. Its funny the things you can remember isn?t it. The sweet its self is quite a hard gum that seemed to last a nice long time. Their not very big approximately ½ an inch square. Although I?m on a diet at the moment I couldn?t resist having one and to my luck there just happened to be a Pineapple boat and do you know, it tasted just how I remembered it. I asked my son were he got them from, he said, ?Safeway? apparently they have been on sale for some time. I don?t tend to look at those types of sweets much. I?m more of a chocolate person my self. As it happened we were going to stop at Safeway on the way, so I looked for them. <
br>They cost 37p for small 50g bag. They also sell them in bigger £1.29 bags. I wonder if you can still buy them loose. I don?t think you could buy them in bags when I was young. Maybe I just hadn?t noticed them. The Ingredient are: Glucose Syrup. Sugar. Gelatin, Modified Starch, Citric Acid, Liquorice Extract, Flavourings, Acetic Acid, Colours (E122, E110, E104, E142), Glazing Agents (Vegatable Oil, Carnauba Wax. Nutritional Information: Per 100g. Energy??.1469kj/346kcal. Protein??????...8.5g. Carbohydrate???...76.7g Fat????????.trace. The bags are white with a blue shield on the front and a red banner across it saying ?Original Sports Mixtures?. It also has little pictures of the sweets scattered around it. There is a web site sportsmixture.Com, Which I haven?t visited yet, but I will. Just for fun. If you like gums I would recommend these to you, they are nice and tasty. The amount of years they have been around recommends them in its self. Some horrible wouldn?t be around that long. Enjoy!