We may be sour, but we know our sweets.

Maynards Bassetts Soft Jellies Fizzy Fish

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That’s a really long name.

I found these in a pharmacy in Inverness, Scotland. That’s where you can get really representative candy of a country-in their drugstore or pharmacy. You’re gonna see the staples, the stuff people really eat. And so I bought them of course.

What I was expecting was super sour jelly fish. What I got was something different, but pretty darn good.

just look at ’em!

Subtle is the word of the day for these. I definitely wouldn’t categorize them as sour, but instead as nicely tart. These use natural colors and flavors, which is wonderful for a lot of reasons. In this case, most notably for the legitimacy of flavor. Not super STRONG flavors, but quite real. You have your garden variety blackcurrant, your lime, your orange and strawberry.

While all of these flavors are good, the lime was my favorite, as it often is. Orange was also quite nice and bright. Blackcurrant, usually my absolute favorite, was a bit underwhelming this time, as was the strawberry. Just not ENOUGH of their flavor. But the thing is, what we get is nice enough, and really enjoyable.

The texture is nice, like a stiff jelly. These things could have been sitting on the shelf for a month, or a year. I have no idea.

If you like Swedish Fish, I’d imagine you’d like these a lot. One thing though: this is the third or fourth “fizzy” UK candy I’ve tried that isn’t fizzy at all. Perhaps there’s something lost in translation with the word? Any of you UK’sters, holler at me and let me know.

I don’t think I’d seek these out and pay exorbitant import prices for them, but I’d certainly buy a bag if I saw them somewhere.


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