Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mini Chewy Spree

I’ve been a fan of Sprees since they first came out. They’re the more attractive out-of-town cousin of the SweeTart (who is of course your mousy best friend). They’re tasty and drop dead gorgeous when spread out on your desk in neat rows of colors like some sort of stereo equalizer display.

imageChewy Sprees happened onto the scene a while back, but I never paid much attention to them. But then I got a hold of these Mini Chewy Spree. They come in these cool little plastic packages that look kind of like popsicles and have a little flip top.

The color array is exactly the same as their larger, harder counterparts. Red is cherry, Yellow is lemon, Purple is grape, Orange is orange and Green is now apple (though it used to be lime back in the day).

Chewy Spree are, well, chewy. The outside of them is lightly flavored and completely sweet. But there’s no candy shell to it, just an inside that’s soft and chewy. They’re actually easily crushed with your fingers, like M&Ms are. But they’re lacking the “Kick in the Mouth” that the package heralds. (It says the same for the rolls of regular hard Spree.)

They’re just not as sour, not as flavorful. They’re not bad, they’re just ... I dunno, shallow.

As cool as the plastic tube they come in (that says “flip your lid!”), I feel a little bad about the overpackaging. But to allay my guilt about that, I looked around on the Nestle website and they have crafts that you can do with the empties (a Rain Gauge). At the moment I’ve got one filled with band-aids and alcohol wipes as a little first aid kit. You could store little things in there too, or refill with bulk candies. I think you also might be able to make your own popsicles with them, too.

But as the price difference goes, I think I’ll stick with the regular roll of Sprees and their minimal packaging and true “kick in the mouth” taste.

Name: Mini Chewy Spree
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: samples from
Price: ~$1.50 each
Size: 1.73 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Chew, sour, United States, Nestle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:35 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I have always loved Spree and Chewy Spree (the full size ones). I will have to try these to see how they compare.  My main problem with Spree is that I have no self-control when they’re around.

    Comment by g on 6/29/06 at 7:53 am #
  2. I still remember when Sprees were sold in packets, not in rolls. I thought that was so cool then, for some reason.

    Chewy Sprees are basically shocktarts without the acid “shock” on top, at least as far as their structure.  As you indicate up above, the flavors are different from Shocktart flavors, but the mouthfeel is identical.

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 6/29/06 at 7:56 am #
  3. They also come in bags/packets containing the same amount as the plastic container but marked 3 / $0.99

    Comment by Brad on 6/29/06 at 8:16 am #
  4. I get 4 rolls of the regular Chewy Spree at my supermarket for a dollar. 1.50 seems like a lot to spend, but I guess the novelty is in the packaging.

    I actually happen to like Chewy Spree, they seem to induce a lot of saliva producing a “juicy” feeling. I know that’s rather disgusting, but hey.

    Comment by Ace N. on 6/29/06 at 3:29 pm #
  5. Ooooo! I can totally see that case as a great portable paint-water tube for my watercolor set. smile Must go buy some for that exact purpose!

    Comment by Sera on 6/29/06 at 4:41 pm #
  6. As a jewelry designer I can’t wait to use my empty containers to store beads.

    Comment by Cara on 6/30/06 at 5:48 am #
  7. I have very fond memories of stopping at a gas station on the way home from swim practice and being allowed to pick some candy.  Most of the time I would choose regular Spree, something which has stuck with me ever since then.  I can never bring myself to eat the chewy ones for some reason, though.

    Comment by Alex on 7/04/06 at 9:09 am #
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