I love jelly and there is something so special about making it from scratch. There are many versions of jelly in the Hartley's range including ready to eat pots and low calorie versions however the most traditional and my favourite are the blocks you have to make yourself. One flavour I have tried is the lemon and lime sugar free version!
The jelly can be found in all supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Ocado etc. They can be found in the aisle alongside all other jellies and products such as angel delight. In Tesco they are often along the frozen aisle in their own little shelves. Outside the freezers of course! They come in a pack weighing a tiny 23g, and this costs 63p. I think this is pretty expensive. You can get a bigger box of other flavours which costs nearer 30p sometimes even less! Often there are offers on but not currently.
The packaging is very attractive. It's a bright green colour with yellow parts too it too and it is made out of a weird plastic material. On the back is all nutritional information and on the front there is the product and brand name. These are written in funky, fun writing and make it seem like a friendly product. There are also some pictures of juicy looking limes and sour lemons on the front however they look very cartoon like. The front also boasts that the jelly has "natural colours" and "real fruit juice". We are also told that it has less than 10 calories per serving.
Inside you will come across the jelly crystals. To prepare it you pop the jelly crystals into a bowl or jug. We tend to use a bowl but my grandma likes using a jug. Then you add some hot water in so that the jelly is covered and stir up until the jelly has dissolved. Then you need to put it in to the fridge and allow it to set. The jelly needs at least 2 hours but we usually leave it a day or so, so that is goes nice and firm. Before its even set there is a gorgeous fruity smell. It smells really like lemons but there is not much lime aroma.
There is a lovely sweet lime smell coming from the jelly. It doesn't smell overly like lemon but it is very fruity indeed. This was odd as before it had been the total opposite. It is easy to cut into and put it a separate bowl. The taste is lovely. The taste is more like lime than lemon which for me is great. It is very sweet but has a nice tart sourness to it too. I really enjoyed it and the subtle lemon flavour was great too.
Each serving contains only 8 calories!