Ah, sweets. Little nuggets of sugar and evil. They’re incredibly unhealthy, with almost zero nutritional value. Naturally, I’m a huge fan.
It’s weird; sweets are supposed to be something you grow out of when you’re about fifteen. But I rarely ate sweets at a young age – and I’m more than making up for that now. They’re never to curb hunger pangs. I eat them simply because I like the taste. That, and I have zero willpower.
Though I’m seriously trying to reduce my sweet consumption, there are some I simply can’t resist buying every now and again. Here are my top five favourite sweet treats.
5. Cough candy twists – An enduring classic, and you can convince yourself that they contain some vaguely medicinal properties. At least you could if eating a quarter of them in a few hours didn’t make your stomach feel sad.
4. MAOAM – Sticky, chewy slices of heaven. Delightfully fruity, with a subtly sour tinge. Lovely.
3. Rowntree’s Randoms – A new entry for these gorgeous, fruity treats. The milky ice cream ones are best enjoyed as a palette cleanser between the tangy lime-flavoured gums and the goo-filled yellow ones. Slightly stingy amount of sweets per bag, but the sheer variety on offer makes them well worth a place here.
2. Blackcurrant Liquorice Flyers – Whoever first thought of combining these two seemingly incompatible flavours is a genius. They’re particularly well employed here, with sherbert adding that fizzy kick the standard boiled blackcurrant and liquorice boiled sweets lack.
1. Haribo Tangfastics – Brilliant name, wonderful sweets – the cherries and cola bottles in particular (though I’m developing a deep admiration for the foam crocodiles, too). Perhaps not a connoisseur’s choice, but the tangfastic taste really does it for me.
What are your favourite sugary snacks, readers?