Waitrose Rhubarb & Custard

an absolute classic pairing: but is it botched?

Reviewed by Jonny

August 17, 2018

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How many iterations of rhubarb & custard boiled sweets am I gonna review?! If you’re counting, this one makes 3. But it’s an important one, because we’ve had an inconsistent run thus far.

Before we get into these, let’s talk about the first 2.  In 2012, we tried Hope & Greenwood’s variety.  And absolutely loved them: complicated, yet not too weird, tangy, sweet, accurate flavors.

Then, in 2014, we tried Taveners’ take on it.  Not so great. In fact, they were dreadful.  Zero rhubarb flavor, zero contrast, a weird sheen to the texture…they were thrown out. Now we have a high end grocery store’s take on it.  Think British Whole Foods.  That’s Waitrose. We adored their Fruit Sherbets, so my hopes are high on these.

Already, they’re looking better. We see the grainy texture, the non-muted colors.  So far, so good.


Not bad looking, right? They pass the taste test too.  While not as sharp as the Hope & Greenwood, the rhubarb and cream flavors both are pronounced. It takes a few seconds, but after that, the flavors clarify. If you like rhubarb, you’ll like these.  My personal preference is for a really strong and tangy rhubarb flavor, cut marginally by the sweet mellow cream flavor.  These are a bit more 50/50, which of course isn’t bad, it’s just different.


Bottom line is that these are a fine version of the classic boiled sweet rhubarb & cream.  Available everywhere in the UK, and for us as well on Amazon. Link below.


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