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Not-so-smart Smarties - Philip Norman

Features | By Philip Norman

Philip Norman used to guzzle the chocolates from a tube – not today’s hexagonal nightmare

These days of enforced solitude have increased the need for guilty pleasures, and this has been my guiltiest so far. The other day, for the first time in years, I bought myself a tube of Smarties. Only now it barely qualifies as a tube. In place of the old, cardboard cylinder (pictured), there’s a flimsy, hexagonal ‘pack’, introduced in 2005, with no plastic top (so satisfying to flick out with one’s thumb). The real let-down was what I got for 90p – a miserly 33 Smarties. ...

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