Sunday, February 17, 2008


Like many little Britons, I grew up eating Smarties, the popular brightly coloured sweets. To this day, I still eat them occasionally, a welcome reminder of the happy, carefree days of childhood. Being health conscious, I was pleased to hear that the manufacturers have removed all artificial colourings. They are now using only natural colourings for the sweets, as part of a drive to remove artificial ingredients from children’s food. But so far they have been unable to find a natural alternative to the blue colourant used in the blue smartie. Consequently the blue smartie was dropped for a while in favour of a plain white one.

The blue smarties first appeared in the late eighties replacing the brown coloured versions of the sweets. It became popular with children and adults alike as it temporarily stained the tongue a bright blue colour! However the manufacturers have now discovered a natural blue colourant that is derived from Spirulina, a type of seaweed so now the blue smartie is set to make a welcome return. Good news for Smartie lovers everywhere.

Smarties are one of Britain’s most popular sweets, with nearly 17,000 being eaten every minute. Wow! The sweets are very versatile too and make good, brightly coloured cake decorations. Perfect for any occasion! First introduced in the 1930’s, Smarties are as popular now as they’ve always been. They even have their own website. Click on the link below to find out more!

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