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Love Hearts

Food Reviews - general | 9th February 2012 | By

Sweets really aren’t my thing any more – I moved from sweets to chocolate a long time ago. So CT was a little surprised when I accepted some for review. What have love hearts got to do with chocolate? He asked. Well what a question. Love is in the air and so is nostalgia. These take me right back to my childhood days, when every self-respecting girl would while away her time dreaming over a packet of love hearts.

And wouldn’t these make great decorations for a Valentine’s treat? I was hoping they would arrive in time to top the Valentine’s Hearts I made last week, but sadly they were just a little bit too late. They may well be featuring, however, in a special Valentine’s post on the day itself. Did you know that Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 AD?

Another reason for accepting was that I just could not resist this limited edition, Valentine’s special, heart shaped tin, filled with mini love hearts. I love tins, they are so useful for putting all those little bits and pieces in. And, it has to be said, I am rather in love with the colour red.

A unique sweet scent that is almost floral seduced my nostrils. I put the first love heart I’d had in many a long year “Try Me” into my mouth and I was straight back to the bittersweet memories of youth. I never did have the guts to offer an “I Love You” or any other love heart for that matter, to the boy of the moment and I sadly never received one either – not until I was an adult anyway!

I couldn’t remember what love hearts tasted of, so I was a little taken aback initially at the sharp fizz of sherbet. I remembered that white ones were my favourite, but wasn’t sure if each colour actually had a different flavour. But oh yes they did, fizzy fruity flavours: orange, cherry, blackcurrant, lime. I found the white ones were the sweetest but couldn’t pick up a discernible flavour. I also found there was a reason I used to like Love Hearts.

Take them away, or I might get addicted!!!

Swizzles Matlow, the company behind Love Hearts has been in operation for over eighty years. It made many of the sweets I was familiar with as a child: parma violets, refreshers, drumsticks – oh what fun I had trying to decide what I would spend my pennies on. It still makes those same ones now, rather worryingly termed Retro Sweets. As well as giant fourpacks retailing at £1.09, the Valentine’s collection also includes giant tubes (£1) and the aforementioned tins retail at £1.99. With only 100,000 made, you’d better get in quick.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2012

      As far as sweets go Dom, I’m with you on the sherbetty thing 🙂

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    9th February 2012

    I am with you. I would have agreed on the review based purely on the gorgeous looking retro tin, which I love to collect! Not sure what I would make of the sweets now, but they would be very good as cupcake decorations 🙂

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      Choclette
      9th February 2012

      Exactly Laura – brilliant tin and cupcake decorations. Glad it’s not just me!

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    Hannah
    9th February 2012

    I think love hearts remind everyone of their childhood! The tin looks really sweet, I picked up some of the mini love hearts (sadly in bags!) for Valentine’s Day baking.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2012

      Well you’re one step ahead of me Hannah. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to use love hearts if I hadn’t been sent some. It might from now on though!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    9th February 2012

    I do love love hearts, and as well as cupcake toppings they made super tiles on my Velentine’s gingerbread house. I’m very tempted to pop along to Sainsbury’s and buy a tin in the morning! What lovely sweets to review.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2012

      Oh Jude, yes I remember your tiles now and how effective they were. Hope you get lucky with a tin.

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    Lauralovescakes
    9th February 2012

    I love love hearts!!! I’ve actually made some love heart cookies this week!! You can also get them now online with personalised messages…my friend had some as her wedding favours!!

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      Choclette
      9th February 2012

      Oh lovely Laura, look forward to seeing your cookies. And yes, personalised ones, would make excellent wedding favours.

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      Karen S Booth
      10th February 2012

      I remember Love Hearts! I can’t remember what they taste of, but I do remember swapping them in the school playground!

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      Choclette
      10th February 2012

      Karen, I couldn’t remember either, until I tasted one – a weird sensation!

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    cakeboule
    11th February 2012

    Oh I LOVE love hearts I wish I could do this! I am now on the hunt for the tine – hinting loudly at my hubby – not sure he will get the hint though!

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    The Caked Crusader
    12th February 2012

    That’s interesting – I always remember them being rather chalky and tasteless, but the way you describe them makes them sound like refreshers…I think I need to revisit! Plus, I would buy them just for that lovely heart shaped tin!

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