If, by some remote chance your first taste of wine gums came after your first taste of actual vino, you might have been disappointed at the rather misleading name given to the famous sweets as the two are world’s apart.
Those not shy of a bit of adventure might have gone as far as trying out the two together in a bid to make sense of the name, believing that the chewy sweets would make a decent substitute for cheese.
Chances are, you fall in neither of the two categories, but you might have quizzed yourself about what’s in the name.
Why are wine gums called “wine gums”?
Having an entire pack to yourself, or going on an all-out binge, will not get you tipsy, unfortunately.
The little English treats actually owe their name to the fact that each colour represents a different type of wine… It’s there, on the packet.
We do, however appreciate that having a careful study of your sweets, or any treat, comes a distant second to tossing it in your mouth immediately, but each flavour in a Maynards packets spots the name of the type of wine it represents. Sherry, champagne, claret, and Bordeaux are all there… and no, they do not contain any alcohol.
Sherry, bordeaux, claret and champagne.
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As the name suggests, the sweets are tailored more for the adult crowd rather than children, as they are not borderline offensive in their sugar content and are perfect for having them around in a dinner party for your guests to nibble on.
The actual flavours differ according to manufacturer, but yellow is usually lemon flavoured, red is raspberry, black is blackcurrant and orange is tangerine.
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