“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Fruits „
I don't have a major sweet tooth, but that doesn't stop me from picking up a bag of sweets during my weekly shop as a treat. My usual bag of sweets is the Tesco Everyday Value Fun Fruits. My parents used to buy the ASDA equivalent of these when I lived back at home and they always went down a treat. These currently cost 42p for a 200g bag, which I think is very good value even among other Tesco branded sweets.
The fun fruits are fruit-shaped and flavoured (well, duh!) sweets of a foamy texture. There are bananas, strawberries and oranges which are all lightly coloured. The packaging is the standard Tesco Everyday Value fare: top half and back of the pack is white with all the information, but the bottom half is transparent so you can see what the sweets look like inside. According to the packaging, the fun fruits have no artificial colours or flavours, which should prove a relief to parents. The sugar content is fairly high, as typical with sweets.
I really like the taste of the sweets. Due to their foamy texture they're very easy to bite into and chew. Each kind of fruit has a slightly different flavour from the other, although it's more in terms of sweetness. So the bananas are the sweetest with a taste of banana flavouring in them, while the oranges aren't as sweet and have a tangy flavour. In any case, none of them make you feel sick after only eating a few. They do tend to make my teeth go a bit sensitive if I eat too many in one sitting, but after a few minutes I'm fine to chew on another fruit. In a way, it stops me finishing the packet in one go!
Overall, these are really nice sweets which are great value and are suitable for kids and adults. Despite the sensitivity I think the taste and value outweighs the minor drawbacks for me to give the Tesco Fun Fruits four stars instead of three.
OK, so my prevous review was all about how I trying to lose weight and how "testing" sweets and chocolate for dooyoo has contributed to my current predicament, but I just had to review these sweets, as they are a huge hit in our house!
I have been trying really hard lately to cut down on our weekly food spend, and I have found that a good way to do this is by "downshifting", in other words trying a cheaper version of the products you like. When I did my last online shop at Tesco, I decided to look through all the "value" products on offer to see whether anything caught my eye. I bough a few things. Some, like the value lager, were awful, but other proved to be an unexpected hit. Tesco Value Fun Fruits was such a product.
Tesco Fun Fruits are foam sweets that come in a generously sized 200g back which costs a mere 33p! You get absolutely loads of sweets for this, as you can see in the picture above, although they have changed the packaging since that picture was taken and the bag is now completely transparent and shows the nutritional information on the front.
The sweets are really big, and very young children might need them cutting in half. There are three different flavours: Orange, Banana and Strawberry. The sweets come in the shape of the fruit they represent. The sweets are made of this weird foam stuff that reminds me of that expandable foam you buy to do DIY jobs in the house. They have a soft chewy texture. The flavour of the sweets is really pleasant and doesn't taste chemical or artificial. The taste is also quite mild and not overpowering.
My favourites by far are the yummy banana flavour ones. They are so delicious and sweets, one is never enough. Foam bananas have been a long time pic n mix favourite, but the new flavours strawberry and orange work well too. I suppose a good idea could have been to replace the orange variety with chocolate and market them as foamy ice creams or milkshakes. The kids love them and even my husband, who is not a big fan of sweets, enjoyed them too. One bag was plenty big enough for the five of us to share between us.
The sweets contain no artificial colour or flavours. Instead, they use natural colours like beetroot. They also contain natural flavouring. The main ingredients are sugar and glucose syrup, so eat in moderation and make sure the kids clean their teeth later!
The nutritional info is as follows per 25g (one eighth of a bag)
So I suppose they are OK to eat when you are dieting as long as you don't eat too many! Tesco say they are happy to refund or replace the product if you don't enjoy it, but to be honest, at 33p, who is going to quibble? The bag is recycleable where facilities exist.
These sweets are absolutely fantastic and I would recommend the for sharing at home or taking to the theatre or cinema as they are a heck of a lot cheaper that the sweets you buy when you get there! I am really glad I discovered these as I think they are a lot better than some of the big branded sweets that cost a lot more.
Absolutely woth 5 stars.
These are my secret sugar-fix sweets. Every time I go shopping around Tesco on my own I tend to pick up a bag of these. That said, they aren't available in every store - so far I have only seen them in the larger Tesco stores - they're not so commonly on the shelves of the smaller stores. So, to business.
I paid 32p for a nice sized bag that was packed full of those kind of foam bananas, strawberries and oranges that I remember buying at the fair when I used to go. I loved the candy bananas and that little retro pull was what initially made me buy them.
I'm glad I did. The quality does vary between the batches though. I have bought bags where the sweets themselves were as hard as toffee - really tough to bite through. But then, I've bought bags where the sweets were as soft and foamy as I remember them. The banana ones are the nicest in my view, followed by the strawberry and then the orange, but that is purely personal taste.
On the times when you get a good bag (which is more often than not, all things considered) you get a nice soft taste of the flavour and it's a bit like eating an Instant Whip kind of dessert in a foamy sweet form. I'm typing this with a bag next to me for a bit of a pick me up, I have to say. And it doesn't take very many to satisfy the craving for some sugar as after the fourth or fifth sweet you'll not want any more for a little while. Which, for me, makes it very good value to give me a boost without breaking the bank by going to buy a chocolate bar or something.
The packaging is the standard red and white found all over the Value range, printed with the Tesco logo in blue. I do tend to remove the packaging and put the sweets into a plastic tub as the plastic tends to split quite easily. If left out with the air able to get to them the sweets will go hard.
Overall, I love these sweets. I find them extremely good value for what they are - an unpretentious sugar-fix with some good retro value.
Well due to the Credit Crunch i've decided to use my head when buying my shopping to get maximum value and ensure the cupboards are never bare. I have to say I had never heard of these but made a concerted decision to find out about Tesco Value products and gradually try some and see if they are comparable to normal brands. Many thanks to Fruityzo who's review of these Tesco Value Fun Fruits put them into my mind.
I scoured the shelves of my local tesco and eventually stumbled upon them, 32p for 200g of candied fruit sweets sounded good and I was shocked at how heavy the bag was, 32p for a decent sized bag of sweets, I couldn't even spend that to spend a penny in some railway stations nowadays.
So I got the bag home, if I'm honest I wasn't tingling with anticipation as it is only 32p but I was really interested following the aforementioned review to find out whether these sweets were quality(street), or (milk) duds.
The packaging does look cheap and it must put lots of people off simply seeing the Tesco Value white bag with a red lining, it indicates cheapness and for some shoppers its embarrassing being seen with such goods. I'm made of sterner stuff than that and found the packagaing decent enough, the bag doesn't break, you can see the sweets, other than it opening itself and pouring sweets into my mouth, there isn't much more I'd expect from packaging.
From reviewing the ingredients I did wonder what Beetroot red colouring was doing in there, along with Beef Gelatine and lots and lots of sugar, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger so I persevered on, checking there were no allergy issues (none mentioned).
The sweets themselves are shaped and coloured to look like mini fruits, from bananas to oranges to a strange pink thing which I assume is a strawberry or raspberry. Each tastes quite like the fruit, although the banana is easily the winner in tasting slightly more like its fruit than the orange and unidentified pink thing, which looks like a jellyfish also I've now realised.
The sweets are tough on first bite but then become chewy they have an overwhelming taste of sweet flavouring but are actually really nice, the banana sweets in particular remind me of those I'd get from the sweet shop with my nana and bring back lovely memories. There is a lot of sugar in the sweets 22.8g in a 25g serving, but that's for you to decide if it puts you off.
For 32p they are a nice sweet which have lasted me all week and I still have half left, they are too sweet to all eat in one go and are nice for the occasional pick, they also work like Jelly Beans as a great pre gym sugar rush, so 32p what else are you going to do with it? Buy a depressing newspaper? A tin of tesco value chopped tomatoes? Or live the dream, be that vicarious playboy or crazy girl you always wanted to be and splurge it all on these sugar topped candy treats.
So I seem to have become somewhat of a champion of the Tesco Value brand of late!
My latest discovery occurred when I decided that there was absolutely nothing that took my fancy in the sweetie aisle; cue dramatic huffing and puffing.
Tucked away on the bottom shelf, I notice a 200g pack of Tesco 'Fun Fruits' for 32 of my English pennies. "I'm 'aving that!" I declare.
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Admittedly the Value packaging doesn't really work well with the title 'fun fruits'. They look OK I guess... not the life and soul of my kitchen cupboard parties though. Perhaps more of a wallflower.
These sweets are actually those foamy shapes (think shrimps), and each pack contains strawberries, oranges, and the old classic; bananas.
Each sweet is a fair size - I'd say the oranges and strawberries are roughly similar diameter to that of a 2 pence coin.
I have to confess that I thought these were going to be really horrible, but I was actually rather surprised to find the opposite.
Although the flavouring seems very artificial, the strawberry tasted pleasant and reminiscent enough of strawberry, same goes for the banana (I actually hate anything banana flavoured so was really surprised at liking this one). The only one that I felt was a slight let down was the orange flavoured one, as I thought it was just a bit too much of a chemical-based taste & bit of a strange aftertaste.
Even though I say that, I still polished off the whole bag!
As they're cheap 'foam' sweets, I was expecting them to be rock solid, but actually found they were just right.
They didn't seem to go hard too quickly either... even though they had the grand total of 2 days to achieve this before ending up in my tum; [therefore I cannot comment accurately on their longevity over the course of, say, a week]!
I was a little confused by the strange taste of the orange ones, as the ingredients aren't nearly as full of the rubbish and colourings that I was expecting to see:
Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Maize Starch, Dextrose, Water, Beef Gelatine, Colours (Curcumin, Beetroot Red), Natural Flavouring.
Maybe its just me...
Per 100g these little monkeys contain:
Calories - 380
Sugar - 90.1g *faints*
Fat - 0.1g
Saturates - 0g
Sodium - Trace
So if you fancy chomping the whole bag, there is always the possibility of a sugar induced coma!!!
That aside, I think for the occasional treat these are great. Especially as they're so cheap - if you find that you're not keen on them, you've only spent 32p!