Charles Gordon Maynard introduced wine gums in Britain in 1901. They are firm, chewy sweets similar to gum drops but without the sugary coating. Cadbury, a famous British candy maker, now distributes the candy under the name Maynards Wine Gums. According to Cadbury, red and black are the most popular flavors.
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Maynard’s Wine Gums Nutrition
A packet of Maynard’s Wine Gums contains 170 calories or 9 percent of your daily requirement based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. The roll provides 3.2 g of protein, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 29.2 grams of sugar and 0.1 gram of fat. There is no fiber in a packet of wine gums. A serving provides 32 percent of your recommended sugar intake but less than 1 percent of your daily fat intake.
Despite their name, Maynards Wine Gums do not contain any wine. The list of ingredients includes glucose syrup; sugar; modified maize starch; gelatin; water; malic, acetic and citric acid; vegetable oil; concentrated vegetable extracts including black carrot, spinach, stinging nettle and turmeric; flavorings; carnauba wax; and vegetable carbon, paprika extract and lutein for coloring.
Other Nutritional Information
Maynard’s Wine Gums are made with natural colors but contain sulphur dioxide and sulphites. The package also warns that they may contain traces of milk and wheat.
Maynard’s Wine Gums are available in rolls that contain round sweets or larger packages with different-shaped sweets that bear the inscriptions "Port," "Sherry," "Champagne," "Burgundy" and "Claret." A piece from one of these larger packages contains 20 calories, which equates to 1 percent of your total calorie intake.
Maynards Wine Gum Variations
Along with the traditional wine gums, you can buy Red & Blacks, which contain only the red and black flavored wine gums; Wine Gums Light, which are a reduced calorie version of the original sweets; Midget Gems, which are a smaller version of Wine Gums; Sports Mixture, in which the pieces are shaped like sports equipment; and Wine Pastilles and Sours.
Other brands produce their own versions of the traditional wine gum sweet, including Norfolk Manor. Norfolk Manor Wine Gums contain 160 calories per seven sweets. A serving provides 38 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. There is no fiber, fat or saturated fat in a serving of Norfolk Manor Wine Gums.