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.
New Chico Recipe - Yuk!!!!!
After being an avid Chico eater for some 40 years I must say I think I have purchased my last packet. The recipe has clearly been changed (presumably to save costs) and it tastes disgusting. Poor flavour and terrible texture. I bought 2 x 1.3kg bags to take overseas where I live and I have ditched them after eating only 6 or so. I had also purchased a small travel bag at the airport and it tasted similarly disgusting. I just assumed it was a bad batch. Thanks Allens for yet another monumental stuff-up. When will you ever learn, if it's not broken, don't fix it !!!!!!
i just love these little dark chocolate colored jelly bean shaped men. there is never enough in the packet to satisfy me
i just love these little chocolate flavoured men that are soft and dark brown in color. a unique soft treat that i have often sent overseas for them also to enjoy. comes in a great 225gm packet that is easily recognised amongst all the confectionary lines, easy to keep eating these and not feelign guilty
never enough ad darent found in party mixes
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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