As part of M+S's expansion into frozen treats, they're releasing these ice lollies based on the popular Colin the Caterpillar range of sweets.
Colin's M.O. is that he adopts the flavour of whatever he has just eaten - a bit like a chameleon does when it sits on a twig and turns brown - only with flavours instead of colours. I don’t know why M+S didn't just make him Colin the Chameleon really. Anyway, he has a strange diet for a caterpillar - mainly marshmallows and cola bottles - but now somehow he's found his way into the freezer and conveniently gobbled a load of sour ice, just in time for summer!
Similar to the Fruit Pastilles and 'Rocket Ship' lollies, these ices comprise over-lapping layers of different flavours - in this case, blackcurrant, raspberry, orange, apple and lemon.
It's incredibly disappointing when you unwrap the lolly only to find it ISN'T shaped like a caterpillar. Instead, it's more like a sort of multi-coloured road bollard, which is much less exiting.
Interestingly billed as a 'sours ice lolly' only the 'lemon' section really delivers on this promise, providing a satisfactory tart punch. The other flavours, sadly, are not quite as intense, leaving Colin's lolly feeling rather unambitious. I'm still holding out a big hope for the upcoming Percy Pig Ice Creams though...
Colin the Caterpillar blackcurrant, raspberry, orange, apple and lemon flavour sours ice lolly, Marks and Spencers £1.29
INTERESTINGLY VAGUE INGREDIENT: Invert Sugar Syrup
SOUR RATING: A little sour
GOBBLE MONKEY SAYS: four out of seven