Price: £1.05, about $1.25 in the US.
Ingredients: sugar, cocoa, cocoa butter, dried skimmed milk, butterfat, whey powder, vegetable fat, lactose, lecithin, sugar, wheat flour, modified starch, colours, glazing agents, flavouring
Smarties® are a registered trademark of the Nestle company. They were introduced in 1937, and they are very similar to M&M's in that they are a chocolate center with a hard candy shell. They are extremely popular and it is estimated that 17,000 are eaten every minute in the UK. I've known British people who go on and on about how much better they are than M&M's. I love most British chocolate, so let's see how these are.
They are slightly larger than M&M's, but pretty much the same shape. The colors are lighter and more pastel, so they remind me of Easter M&M's. They smell very much like M&M's.
Now, the taste. They taste pretty good, but sweeter than I prefer. The milk chocolate center is really sweet. It's good, but I wish there was more chocolate in proportion to the amount of candy shell. The shell is hard and thick with a slightly chalky flavor. I have to say that I like M&M's better. In fact, I would avoid Smarties simply because they remind me just enough of M&M's to make me hungry for M&M's, but they aren't enough like them to satisfy that hunger. If I didn't end up automatically comparing them to M&M's, I'd like them. But they really just remind me that I miss M&M's.
You might want to try Smarties yourself. Or you could try some of the other really tasty British chocolate at British Food Depot. If you haven't had British chocolate, you should try it. It's smoother and creamier than American chocolate. My personal favorite is Galaxy chocolate.
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