20 January 2010
Haw Flakes (International Shop, Birmingham University)
Let’s be honest, this product doesn’t have the most appetising of names. A friend bought these back from the University shop for me to try, and despite a good look at the packaging I couldn’t work out what the product really was. I got as far as the ingredients consisting of ‘haw, water, sugar’ and still wasn’t much wiser. The packaging reminded me of a packet of fireworks!
I have since discovered that haw is the fruit of the Chinese Hawthorn tree, and that these fab items are sweets. They are packaged in mini tubes, and each sweet is red/brown in colour, about the same diameter as a pound coin and just a few millimetres thick. The content is mostly fruit, and the concept is similar to Kellogg’s Fruit Winders, i.e. healthy sweets. They are soft when you bite in; the texture is similar to Jelly Babys. It turns out that Hawthorn berries are rather tasty, they are somewhere between black currant and strawberry, and were rather nice, the item has a well balanced sweetness. I’m rather pleased I’ve been introduced to these as despite appearances they are rather lovely.