Advantages fruity jellies, appealing to children
Disadvantages a little too firm, high in sugar
|Value for Money|
On Christmas Day we went to a local restaurant for our Christmas Dinner. After our main course one of the waiters, dressed as Santa, gave all the children a gift bag from his sack. As we are regulars at the restaurant, our children (my nephews and niece) got an extra one before we left, and my sister, brother-in-law and I also got one each! Inside my gift bag was a selection of sweets, one of which was a 100g bag of Tesco Gummy Mix. I got lots of sweets for Christmas and am still slowly working my way through them. I took my bag of Gummy Mix to work with me one day to help pass the time (I’m a weekend receptionist in a car dealership).
The packet is bright and colourful and looks appealing to children. The packet has a cartoon boy on the front, fishing, with a dog beside him and a cola bottle on the floor next to him. Behind the boy, the packet is see-through and you can see the jellies inside the bag before you tuck in. I think this would be useful for helping to decide on which sweets you want to buy when in the shop but it served little purpose for me personally. The front of the bag also has the nutritional information (1/4 of a bag contains 11g of sugar which is 12% of your daily amount – therefore these should be eaten in moderation – as should all sweets!)
The packet was easy to open by ripping one of the corners, although this led to the packet splitting so I had to eat the sweets out of the bag sideways on. I think this might have been due to my eagerness to get into the packet rather than a fault with the bag itself though.
There was a good selection of jelly sweets in the bag and they initially reminded of Haribo Starmix (with less choice). The jellies all smell the same; not a distinctive smell but they smell sweet. The bag I have contains a variety of sweets: jelly/foam hearts, jelly rings (various colours/flavours), jelly teddies (various colours/flavours) and cola bottles.
All of the sweets taste fruity apart from the cola bottles, which have a cola flavour (just enough flavour, not too strong). The jelly hearts tasted like strawberry and the orange rings and teddies tasted like orange. All of the other jellies just have a general fruity taste (to me) although they are not identical. The sweets are full of flavour and I was satisfied after eating just one or two (until 5 minutes later when I ate some more, but I think that was because they were sat in front of me on my desk).
The jellies are quite firm and chewy. They are chewier than I would expect from a jelly sweet and after eating 3 or 4 my jaw began to ache. The next couple I had, I held them in mouth for a little while and they softened as they warmed up, but they were still chewier than I would expect from a jelly. This does mean they last longer in your mouth, so you get to enjoy the full flavour and it also means that I didn’t eat too many in one sitting (though I did eat the whole bag in a day!)
Although, initially full of flavour when eating them, I did find that 10 minutes later they left a slight aftertaste and made me a little thirsty. I think the thirst came from me wanting to remove the aftertaste. It’s not bad and I have found that other jellies do this to me sometimes too.
I offered some of the jellies to some of the people I work with (so I didn’t have to eat all the calories myself) and they both commented that they are really fruity and nice.
Tesco Gummy Mix are available from (you guessed it!) Tesco, and are currently 40p each or 3 for £1, which I think is good value for money.
Overall, I enjoyed eating these jellies although I wouldn’t be in a hurry to buy them again. They are full of flavour and chewy and would make a nice occasional treat. Personally I think I would probably go for Haribo Starmix over these if I wanted some jellies but these do make a suitable replacement.
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