Friday, November 30, 2007

Chewy Spree: Original & Mix’d Berry

Chewy Spree - OriginalI had hoped to do a good history of Sprees and the newer Chewy Sprees for this review. What I found is that like many large families, the kids in the middle or towards the end get kind of lost in the shuffle. The novelty of their existence is lost and though they grow up admirably strong and fetch a good price when sold (oh, wait, we don’t sell kids any longer, do we?), it’s just not as interesting as the first.

So info is kind of scant. Sprees came along sometime after SweeTarts, which came after Pixy Stix and Lik-m-Aid and were made by Sunline (Sunmark) brands (a little history here). I remember eating them as a kid. I loved the bright colors and the sound they made in my pocket (or when I unwrapped them from their roll and put them in the Gold Mine Gum bag I had because they both had that sunshine sweet juicyfruit scent). Sunline later sold out to Nestle which kind of folded the candies under the Wonka brand. The product, however, was happily unchanged except for the swap of Green Apple for Lime a few years back.

Chewy SpreeChewy Spree come in a few different formats. You can get them in the bags shown here that holds 1.7 ounces and I believe they may still make the 1.73 ounce rolls. They also have a little plastic container of Chewy Mini Sprees that I’ve tried before as well.

The original Sprees are a compressed dextrose tart with a bright candy shell. The Chewy Spree, however, is less tart. I don’t know why, but it is. They’re a mellow version of the Spree, which I’m guessing sets it apart from the much bolder SweeTarts Shockers, which have a sour flavored candy shell and tart chewy inside.

They come in Grape, Orange, Lemon, Green Apple and Strawberry, otherwise known as the “don’t rock the boat” flavors of middle/later children.

Chewy Spree - Mix'd BerryEarlier this year Nestle debuted their newest addition, the Mix’d Berry Chewy Spree at the All Candy Expo. They’re pretty, the same shape and size, same glossy paint colors.

The package, however, gives little indication about what’s inside. Simply called Mix’d Berry, it occured to me that besides telling us that it’s a kick in the mouth, Spree packages offer no explanation of what they are. Most candies do! (And I often like to dissect those statements.) There’s no listing of flavors, and even the colors on the front of the package bear little resemblance to the real-life ones.

Chewy Spree - Berry MixPackaging and vagueness aside, it’s pretty easy to figure out what to do with these. I ate ‘em.

Then I realized I didn’t figure out which color was which flavor, so I had to stop at the 7-11 this morning and buy another package. And for the life of me, after actually paying attention, I can’t figure it out.

Pink tastes like watermelon to me. I don’t think that’s a berry, even a mix’d one. Blue is raspberry, not terribly tart or intense, it has a good fragrant quality to it. The other two, I just didn’t know what they were. And after two packages, you’d think I would have figured it out. Purple might be mixed berry or maybe blueberry. I’ve never been good at figuring out what “flavor” blueberry is in candies. Red has me completely flummoxed. I suppose it could be Cherry?

They’re pretty, but I think I’ll stick with the regular hard Sprees.

Chewy Sprees have egg albumen in them, so are not suitable for vegans.

Name: Chewy Spree: Original & Mix'd Berry
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: 7-11
Price: $.89
Size: 1.7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Chalk, Sour, United States, Nestle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:04 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I so dislike when candy companies ‘switch out’ flavors, like the lime for green apple!  I love limes, stop messing with a good thing!  I didn’t know they changed it, shows how long it’s been since I’ve had sprees, lol!  I prefer the candy shell of the spree as opposed to the sour part, oddly enough.  smile  But the chewy sounds good…have they been out for a while?

    Comment by Amy on 11/30/07 at 4:09 pm #
  2. Hmm.  I’m not a huge fan of Sprees (SweeTarts are what I like) but they’re not bad.  However, I may have to try the berry type just to see if I can figure out what they are.  Haven’t seen any here in Seattle, though.

    Comment by Sophia Babai on 12/02/07 at 5:40 pm #
  3. Hey, nice to see someone else from Seattle. I was never partial to SweeTarts myself, but I always thought watermelons were berries. Just thought I’d throw that out there. They have the seeds inside the flesh, which I think makes them a berry.

    Comment by Alice Becker on 12/02/07 at 6:40 pm #
  4. When Spree first came out (or at least when I first noticed them) in the late 60’s/early 70’s, they were marketed in pouches that were designed to sit upright in their vending box. They also had scenes on the front of meadows and flowers and such that referenced feminine hygiene product advertising of the day more than anything else.  The font used was very cursive.  Needless to say, my friends all thought they were girly and wouldn’t buy them.  I think they were going for a more adult/mature, but obviously also more feminine appeal.

    I don’t know if they were part of Sunline brands at that point or not.  I do know that by the mid 70’s, they were being sold in rolls as you remember, along with most of the other pressed sugar candies.  But at first, they were at least an attempt to be something different.

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 12/03/07 at 3:40 am #
  5. I used to love Chewy Spree. I’ll have to try to find the mixed berry to see if I can decipher any of the flavors. 

    And I am also a fan of lime and not of green apple candy, so this whole swapping of the green is highly irritating to me.

    Comment by g on 12/03/07 at 7:03 am #
  6. I agree, I hate when companies swap out lime for apple. It’s the same with the Lik A Stik (I just got one of those “retro” candy collections as a gift and this one was included). I have such good memories of that candy but it’s so gross now with apple.

    Comment by Kate on 12/04/07 at 10:44 am #
  7. Bring back lime Spree!! I recently re-discoverd them and have been wondering why the green ones tasted funny—now I know. Probably the same evil people that killed off lemon Jolly Ranchers.

    The “original” (hard) rolls are still available—I get them at the Chevron by my house.

    I also remember the very first packets with the photographs on them.

    Comment by Ron on 12/04/07 at 1:15 pm #
  8. I’m pretty sure the red ones in the regular hard and chewy Spree is Cherry, not Strawberry.

    Comment by Trish on 1/11/08 at 5:48 am #
  9. I love chewy spree, my favorites being grape and cherry. The texture is nice and i found you can in them in several different ways. Great movie candy. I haven’t found Mix’d Berry Spree though.

    Comment by Sara Em on 2/29/08 at 8:36 pm #
  10. Pink- May be strawberry.
    Red- I think it is cherry, or it may be red pillowberry.
    Blue- Is blueberry flavor.
    Purple- May be marionberry, huckleberry, or blackberry? Is possibly black pillowberry.

    Comment by Allison on 9/10/08 at 10:59 am #
  11. Red Spree does not taste like it used to.

    Comment by Red on 11/12/08 at 10:03 am #
  12. I am gonna be a vegan when I grow up, so I’m making a list of candies that are suitable for vegans. Chewy Spree is rejected because it contains egg albumen.

    Comment by Joe Nollette on 10/31/10 at 12:11 pm #
  13. I love the chewy spree! My favorites are orange and green. The orange taste like fruit loops and the green taste like the candy apply suckers I used to eat at Halloween as a kid. :3

    Comment by Kenzie on 2/27/13 at 6:01 pm #
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