Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rowntrees Tooty Frooties

Rowntrees Tooty FrootiesRowntree’s Tooty Frooties were introduced by the UK confectioner in 1963. They’re little rounded squares of tangy chews covered in a light candy shell. The standard flavor mix includes lemon, apple, orange, blackcurrant and strawberry. They’re made with real fruit juice and no artificial colors.

Rowntree’s was founded in 1862 and introduced some of the most popular confectionery brands in the world, like KitKat, Aero, Smarties and Fruit Pastilles. They were taken over by Nestle in 1988, which has only increased their international reach. But some of the candies they make are still just locally available in the United Kingdom. A coworker picked up this bag in Amsterdam (for 2.50 Euro).

It’s interesting to note that these came out a full decade before Skittles and though they do resemble them in concept, they’re not quite the same.

Rowntrees Tooty Frooties

The pieces are a bit rustic, like artisan chiclets. Most are about a half an inch in diameter, though some are a bit smaller or a bit flatter. They’re softly rounded and have a rather thin shell with a slightly uneven looking colored coating.

They also stick together. The shell isn’t quite as thick or crispy as Skittles or Mentos, so sometimes they get chipped, then the center gets soft and oozes a little. I sense that they don’t travel as well as Skittles either.

Rowntrees Tooty Frooties

The flavors are nice, though not as intense or distinctive as Skittles.

Red is apple, which is all about the sweet apple juice and very little artificial green apple flavor to it.

Purple  is currant. I didn’t seem to get many of these. Again, very sweet at first and later a little bit of tartness, like black raspberry.

Yellow  is lemon. They’re softly lemony, not quite zesty.

Orange is orange. Like the lemon, more about the juice and less about the orange peel.

Pink is strawberry. It’s summery and sweet, less floral than I’d hoped but also a little on the creamy sweet side.

The flavor variety was completely standard and classic. On the whole, a great candy. This particular bag though was messy as pieces were stuck together. I liked that there were no artificial colors, however, carminic acid was listed so strict vegetarians will have to strike these from their lists.

Name: Tooty Frooties
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Tristan!)
Price: $3.00 (2.50 Euro)
Size: 6.53 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Candy, Nestle, Chews, 7-Worth It, United Kingdom

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:16 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyNestleChews7-Worth ItUnited Kingdom

  1. They have changed these sweets as originally they were square shaped and not rounded. Plus they don’t taste like they used to.

    Comment by Chestet on 7/28/12 at 3:54 am #
  2. Are the suitable for Vegans?

    Comment by Kaz on 10/29/14 at 3:11 pm #
  3. I agree with Kaz, originally they were square and more tasty.  I think they were called Fruity Tokens (when we ate them in South Africa in the 70s) and the had blue ones, but not purple ones.

    Comment by Anneke on 3/01/16 at 4:26 am #
  4. Apologies, I meant I agree with Chestet smile

    Comment by Anneke on 3/01/16 at 4:27 am #
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