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RIP - Artificial Colours

A colleague bought in a large tube of Smarties today - much excitement was spread about the office at the thought of the brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy.

Much sadness followed, what came from the tube were not brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy but dull speckled coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles.

The vibrant reds, oranges, blues, yellows, greens, violets and browns replaced by dull speckled colours emanating as much joy as a January day building mud castles on Weston beach. I remember Smartie colours that were were visible even on a Black and White television. Chocolate nibbles of joy that leach permanent colour as soon as they were touched by a sweaty hand. They were summer days. They were happy days. They were bliss.

Bring back my childhood you Nestle bastards!!!
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Did you feel good after eating them all?
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Did you feel good after eating them all?
It is 16:50 on a Tuesday - if there is a time for chemical driven hyperactivity it is now.

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A colleague bought in a large tube of Smarties today - much excitement was spread about the office at the thought of the brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy.

Much sadness followed, what came from the tube were not brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy but dull speckled coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles.
He forgot to mention they were 2 years past the expiration date...
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:09
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Re: RIP - Artificial Colours

I remember as a kid wetting the red ones and pretending to have lipstick as the colour was so bright when you rubbed it on your lips
Of course the orange ones were my favourite but you are quite right - the colours have no real individual flavour and look very dull - and of course without all those E numbers we are all calm and not on a high like before
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:24
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Re: RIP - Artificial Colours

Smarties, probably the only pregnancy craving I experienced...

But the ones I bought looked like this:



I thought they looked pretty bright coloured? (though I missed the purple ones... What happened to the purple ones?????)
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:26
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Re: RIP - Artificial Colours

Same for the "Quality Street" plastic box that Nestlé introduced! Bring back the tin box.
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:27
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:34
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Tin? Back when I was a kid they always came inside cardboard tubes with plastic lids. (similar to the current ones, but the lid was impossible to get out, which lead to small explosions of colour when you were a kid wearing gloves trying to get into the chocolate goodness inside...)
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Tin? Back when I was a kid they always came inside cardboard tubes with plastic lids. (similar to the current ones, but the lid was impossible to get out, which lead to small explosions of colour when you were a kid wearing gloves trying to get into the chocolate goodness inside...)
They were the Smarties. Those lids were impossible and woe betide if you want to save some for later a put the lid back on.
The Quality street was always in a tin until fairly recently
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Old 24.11.2015, 18:46
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Tin? Back when I was a kid they always came inside cardboard tubes with plastic lids. (similar to the current ones, but the lid was impossible to get out, which lead to small explosions of colour when you were a kid wearing gloves trying to get into the chocolate goodness inside...)
yes tin box like this one. My grandmother had a large collection of those. This is 70s-80s childhood.

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Old 24.11.2015, 18:53
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yes tin box like this one. My grandmother had a large collection of those. This is 70s-80s childhood.

Ooooooh! I thought you were still talking about Smarties! I know those boxes, my grandmother used to keep her sweing kit inside I never saw the real cookies though!

When I was a kid, tin boxes meant this:



Which, of course, had my mom's sweing kit. I continued the tradition by sticking mine inside one of those too (cookies were awesome, specially the ones with the thick salty grains on top)
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The vibrant reds, oranges, blues, yellows, greens, violets and browns replaced by dull speckled colours

Would have thought you preferred black and white - you like everything else that way
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A colleague bought in a large tube of Smarties today - much excitement was spread about the office at the thought of the brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy.

Much sadness followed, what came from the tube were not brightly coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles of joy but dull speckled coloured, crisp shelled, chocolate nibbles.

The vibrant reds, oranges, blues, yellows, greens, violets and browns replaced by dull speckled colours emanating as much joy as a January day building mud castles on Weston beach. I remember Smartie colours that were were visible even on a Black and White television. Chocolate nibbles of joy that leach permanent colour as soon as they were touched by a sweaty hand. They were summer days. They were happy days. They were bliss.

Bring back my childhood you Nestle bastards!!!
The fascinating history of the Smarty (or is it Smartie ?) is documented here, including the colour changes. Apparently, the European ones are now manufactured in Germany.
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yes tin box like this one. My grandmother had a large collection of those. This is 70s-80s childhood.

My mother in law has one of those! Must have bought it on holiday as they aren't sold in Norway. It's super old, and only comes out when she bakes the 7 types of cookies for Christmas.
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Re: RIP - Artificial Colours

Many many moons ago, when I was but a kitten, I applied for a marketing managers job at Rowntrees in York, makers of Smarties. I think Nestle had only just bought them at that point.

As part of the interview, we got a tour of the factory which included seeing exactly how Smarties are made. A fascinating, multi step process. All the chocolate used was the same, except for the orange ones which had a few drops of orange essence in the mix. The candy coating was in fact sprayed on in multiple coats (just like spraying a car!), the last two being coloured.

The final shine was applied by tumbling the Smarties in what is basically a giant cement mixer. Put in one bucket of each of the colours, a teaspoon of wax (I seem to recall it was carnuba wax but it might have been beeswax) and tumble for a couple of minutes. Result? Shiny Smarties, all colours evenly distributed.

I didn't get the job, but I'll always remember that visit. Allow me to bore you sometime with my fascinating tales of how After Eights are made and the delights of the KitKat production line...

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Many many moons ago, when I was but a kitten, I applied for a marketing managers job at Rowntrees in York, makers of Smarties. I think Nestle had only just bought them at that point.

As part of the interview, we got a tour of the factory which included seeing exactly how Smarties are made. A fascinating, multi step process. All the chocolate used was the same, except for the orange ones which had a few drops of orange essence in the mix. The candy coating was in fact sprayed on in multiple coats (just like spraying a car!), the last two being coloured.

The final shine was applied by tumbling the Smarties in what is basically a giant cement mixer. Put in one bucket of each of the colours, a teaspoon of wax (I seem to recall it was carnuba wax but it might have been beeswax) and tumble for a couple of minutes. Result? Shiny Smarties, all colours evenly distributed.

I didn't get the job, but I'll always remember that visit. Allow me to bore you sometime with my fascinating tales of how After Eights are made and the delights of the KitKat production line...

Regards



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Ooh, I used to live up the road from that factory when I was an undergrad... the permanent smell of melted chocolate wafting up Haxby road put me off Kit Kats for the duration. It was all ok however when we moved for our third year! I also got a tour (for a project we were doing - some weird module that they made us do that had nothing to do with our major degree subject) and the stand out for me was watching the ladies smooth the coloured foil over the Easter eggs. And apparently they could eat as many chocolates as they wanted - but once employees had binged for a couple of days, they didn't really bother thereafter!
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I remember as a kid wetting the red ones and pretending to have lipstick as the colour was so bright when you rubbed it on your lips
Of course the orange ones were my favourite but you are quite right - the colours have no real individual flavour and look very dull - and of course without all those E numbers we are all calm and not on a high like before
Indeed, I tried to show my daughter the 'lipstick' trick, but it didn't work. Might as well be M&Ms if you can't do the lipstick. Also, the orange ones did taste of orange I'm sure they did, they don't now though.
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It seems that none of you here experience blistered lips after eating Smarties. I'm jealous.
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