Revels are a chocolate confection made by Mars.
According to the Revels UK website ‘Revels arrived in the UK in 1967 and still remains a unique product that satisfies our desires for variety and risk’.
The variety comes in the form of six different chocolate coated centres: coffee, raisin, orange, chocolate, toffee and Malteser.
The risk arises from the fact that you can’t be sure what’s inside each individual sweet. The back of the pack helpfully demonstrates the perils involved:
When I set out to test my Revels recognition skills I was feeling pretty confident and reckoned the only risk involved was in not knowing a coffee filling from an orange one.
I laid out a handful of Revels, separating the solid chocolate ones from the rest because the shape makes them easy to identify.
Going by the look and feel of them, I thought the top row contained the following:
toffee, raisin, orange, toffee, Malteser, toffee, raisin, Malteser
I started off well, getting the first four correct, but I slipped up on number 5, and then again on the last one. I had thought that both of these were Maltesers, whereas in fact number 5 was coffee and the last was orange.
My reason for suspecting these two of being Maltesers was that they were the two largest in the line-up, which is usually a good way of telling a Malteser from the others. Prior to doing this test I’d have said that I was able to tell Maltesers by their weight, but this is clearly not the case.
A couple of days ago I rummaged through the bag extracting all the Maltesers I could find. If only I had remembered this I wouldn’t have made the schoolgirl error of misidentifying items that I knew were no longer in the bag.
In my youth there was no raisin option in a packet of Revels, but some years ago raisin was brought in to replace the potentially allergenic peanut. I used to like the peanut one and was sorry it was taken away. The other new kid on the block is the coffee flavour, which replaced the original coconut.
When it comes to small chocolate covered sweets I have a definite preference for Maltesers. However, It doesn’t do to get stuck in a rut, and for that reason I think it wise to include Revels in my diet from time to time.