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In my opinion Fruit Gums is probably one of the best sub-brands of Maynards. Unlike the other Rowntrees sweets (fruit pastilles and wine gums mainly), Wine Gums will actually last more than 5 minutes. If you haven't had Fruit Gums before, they are like Wine Gums except quite a bit chewier and harder. If you haven't had Wine Gums before, they are basically round gums with fruity tastes to them.
On the whole, the taste is not bad. In my opinion it isn't really that strong or vivid. I mean they are called FRUIT Gums, but the fruity bit doesn't come through that much. Don't get me wrong, they still taste not bad, although they could be better. Another downside on this front is the different flavours all taste quite similiar. The only big difference they have is that they are a different colour. If you couldn't see the colours of the sweets, I can guarantee you would mix up the flavours. I have to say though that I do like the hardness of the gums as this makes them last quite a while. Which is good.
Appearance and Price
Like the Rowntrees wine gums, the Fruit Gums are wrapped in a polythene type wrapping. For every pack there are about 12 or so Fruit Gums. This is quite good value when you consider that they only cost 40-50p in most places. Instead of making their packets bigger in order to increase the amount of gums in a packet. Rowntrees have made big packs instead. These packs contain a lot more Fruit Gums and instead of packaging them in multipacks of the normal packet, there is just one big bag containing all of them. These big bags cost around £1.50 each which is actually quite good value for money as they have quite a lot inside them. If you still want more, there are also boxes of Fruit Gums, although these are quite rare in stores and they are not as good value for money.
So to round the review up, Fruit Gums are very good value for money and they taste not bad on the whole. I would certainly recommend trying them.