omg....what have Allen's done to the chico babies....brought a pack yesterday for the first times in years and I have to say.....they are horrible.....tastes like something that was made in China out of cardboard....hard and tasteless.......when will companies to realize......when you have a classic product and it''s perfect......DON'T change it.....old saying......if it's not broken....leave it be.....wake up......never going to buy these again.....should send the packet back and ask for a refund plus....disgusting products from Allen's on all their lollies now.....
Please change them back! So disappointing.
These used to be my all time favourite lolly. They now taste terrible and are the wrong texture. I bought a bag and after tasting them, thought maybe they were old or had gone off, so I tried again recently and nope, same problem. Did some research online and wound up here, after reading they had been changed to be vegan friendly! I'm not sure any vegans even eat these! And why destroy a perfectly good lolly?
Changed For The Worse
The new Chico babies taste disgusting!!! I used to love these as a kid, now I can't stand them. Nestle, please please please change them back to what they used to be. Surely profits aren't that important, that you have to make your product taste like plastic and rubber! Read the reviews, hell do a nation wide survey - we don't want these! What will it take? A petition on change.org?
A Sad Sad Day
I just bought a pack of these and what the hell has happened to them!!! These used to be my favourite lolly. The flavour is non existent and they have a cheap rubbery texture. I'm so devastated. These were my go to lollies for movies and holidays, I used to buy them every 2 months.
Chico lollies are all of a sudden totally crap.
Chico lollies all of a sudden taste like rubbish, they have been my favourite all of my life, whatever you have changed has totally ruined them. No one will buy them unless you change back, they now taste horrible and feel totally wrong to chew on. I call in at every old dodgy service station that has less turnover of stock and buy all of their older chicks packets that do not have the "New Improved " written on the front of the packet and they are the only ones that taste as they should and not the new disgusting flavour.
Why lose your fans by changing the recipe?
I purchased a family packet of Allens Chicos on the weekend and was shocked to find that the both the taste and the texture of my beloved Chico babies had been altered from its winning formula of 40 years.
Let me simply state this - the 'new' Chico babies taste nothing like the original, and the flavour does not inspire you to reach back into the back for a further feed. When chewing them they now stick to your teeth like glue and require the insertion of fingers in your mouth to unhinge them from your molars.
Short answer - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Now disgusting in taste and texture because of recipe change
Chico has been my favourite lolly for nearly 50 years. The recipe has clearly been changed as the texture is hard and rubbery, no longer chewy and the chocolate flavour has been so diluted as to make it almost tasteless. I thought the packet had gone off until I came onto the forum to check. What a great disappointment. I will no longer be buying from Nestle.
Awful new recipe
I was surprised recently to find a whole different flavour and texture of my all time favourite lolly ever. I thought it was just a bad batch, but every packet I've retried (about 4), they are all rather tasteless. I'm done with them now, unless the recipe goes back. Sad :(
New Recipe- A Disastrous Move
Look, clearly you guys have cut a corner with this somewhere, and you've effectively sabotaged your own product. Chico Babies were always an acquired taste, pretty unique to the older Australian market. So the recipe change, no matter how economical, makes zero sense for the product: if there's one thing we'll notice, it's a change to something we love. The first time my family bought a packet of the new recipe at the service station, we didn't realize, evidently because actually announcing the underhanded quality decrease would open the brand ...up to criticism. But it was as plain as day, regardless. My mother, 59 and a life-long fan, blanched upon biting into the product. "Urgh!" She looked at me, "These aren't right!" I was less keen to note the difference at the time, insisting the recipe hadn't changed. However, the more I have eaten them, the more disappointed I have become. What was once a top product with a niche market has become an inferior product with a reduced market. It will soon become redundant, and a lost icon, if the recipe remains as it is: a less flavorsome, more gelatinous little gummy that tastes like a Chico Baby may once have sneezed on it.
Questions & Answers
As i am 52years old i still remember the powder coated jelly babies as a young boy they were so nice.Are they ever going to make a comeback?
I remember them too and wish they would bring them back, not just because of the flavour though. I have recently become aware that Allens use palm oil in their confectionery to prevent it from sticking together as do other sweet manufacturers I'm sure. The use of palm oil is destroying orang-utan habitat and therefore driving them to extinction. Perhaps the powder they once used for this purpose would be less destructive.
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