“ Brand: Hartley's / Type: Jelly „
Most children like Jelly and my grandson is no different and when we went shopping and I asked him which flavoured Jelly he would like he opted for this Orange flavour because he loves orange jelly and we have bought this one many times in the past and liked it a lot. We were going to make some Jelly that same evening so we popped it into our basket. The Jelly comes inside an orange plastic wrapper. The name is clear on the front and so can be easily spotted on a shelf. It has a yellow star picture and it looks like it has one eye closed and one eye open to me lol. It is a rectangle shape and immediately the wrapper is removed it has a really strong smell of the orange flavour, smells gorgeous and really nice. It is a block and has square cubes as we all know what jelly looks like. The jelly is a darker orange colour but transparent. It is easy to break the cubes and pull them apart to place into a jug or basin. We make up the jelly in a basin. All that is needed to make up this jelly is to place it into a non metallic dish and add 150ml of water and place it into the microwave for 1 minute and then stir it. Once the jelly is completely dissolved, then just top it up with cold water up to 1 pint. I dissolve it this way when I make jelly with my little grandson because I find it is much quicker and he watches me stir it because I won't allow him to stir using hot water. I have often just dissolved it by using a little boiling water to dissolve the cubes and once they are dissolved I then top up to a pint with cold water. After it has been topped up, it can then be placed into the fridge to set. It takes a few hours to set and this one sets really well. Then once set, it wobbles lol, it is easy to place a spoon into the dish to take a serving. It tastes delicious and has lots of the orange flavour. This one doesn't taste bland and just has a really nice pleasant taste. We eat jelly with ice cream, fresh cream and sometimes cold custard. Is nice to eat with a little of the above foods because we find they taste nice with the jelly but if you want to eat it without them, it still has a nice flavour but we prefer to eat it with these foods. I have use this brand and flavour for making trifles and with the other ingredients it does make a really nice jelly base for trifle making. It is idea for children's birthday parties or adults parties. Ideal and a cheap pudding after a main meal. My grandson can easily chew and swallow this jelly and he loves the taste of it. It is so cheap to buy and I only paid 34p for 135g, I think this price is so cheap and affordable for any budget in my opinion and for a very well known brand I think it is extremely good quality jelly. This one is packed with flavour and isn't a bitter or sour taste, just a really nice tasty orange which is tangy. It contains no added flavours and contains natural colours. It also has a very good use by date and so it can be bought well in advance and stocked in your food cupboard and always there if you need a pudding to eat after dinner that day or the next day. If you are wanting to make a jelly for the same day, I suggest making it in the morning to make sure it is completely set for the evening meal. We set it around 10am and it was completely set and ready to eat by 5pm, but it was set a lot soon at around 2pm but we ate our jelly at 5pm that day. We love the taste of this flavour, it is really tasty and one we like quite a lot, if you are not keen on a stronger tasting orange jelly, then I don't think this one would be suitable because it is a tangy orange flavour and as I said quite a strong one but if you do love orange, then this one would be more than suitable. I will keep on buying this brand and this flavour, it gives me all the orange taste I expect from a branded jelly and also it sets quite quickly too. Store it in a cool dry place too. I give this one 5 stars. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
-Introduction- After being pressurised by a toddler to buy the hartley's raspberry jelly only a couple of weeks before, I decided after a couple of go's I was sick of raspberry jelly. I'm not really a blackcurrant jelly fan so I gave orange a go. -The product- Similar to the other flavours of hartleys jellies, the orange comes in a cuboid, thin cardboard casing. Inside the jelly block is wrapped in a plastic clingfilm. The block is moulded into 'segments' to allow the jelly to be pulled into peices. -The positives- As with all the other hartleys products I have bought I am always really impressed with the quality and value for money of the products. I find both the jams and jellies really good quality and far better than the slightly cheaper value ranges. As with the raspberry I tried in the range, it was SO easy to make. Not exactly a dab hand in the kitchen, this is a very quick and easy way to make a dessert children (and adults!) will love..... all in about 5 minutes flat! The instructions are easy to follow and understand and give you two different methods (depending on whether you have a microwave or not) which is handy. The jelly is easy to get into and the shape of the jelly cubes means it can easily be pulled apart to aid dissolving. On the topic, I have always found with other higher quality brands that it takes AGES for the jelly to totally dissolve and you end up putting more water in than it says. But this is easy and simple, no fuss! -Negatives- However compared to the raspberry variety I found the taste not up to scratch. Yes, you may cry, I DID follow the recipe exactly the same and add the same water as before. However I found the jelly flavour a little overpowering for me and would have liked it a little toned down. Although I did think the jelly had a nice colour to it -Conclusion- I preferred the raspberry flavour, but mayve that's just personal preference, but as jelly goes it's a great brand.
Have you tasted jelly recently? Well it might be worth another try, and as a standard 135g tablet jelly only costs around 35p, you have nothing to lose. This size makes about a pint. You have to think ahead a little to allow it to set, as you would expect its simple to make, either the more traditional method of breaking up the jelly into cubes, adding about 270ml boiling water, stirring a lot until the cubes dissolve, and making up to a pint with cold water then leaving a few hours to set, or you might find it quicker to put the jelly cubes into about 100ml cold water then heating in the microwave for about a minute, (based on a 750g oven.), then making up to a pint with cold water, and refrigerating to set. I just added a tin of peach slices to my orange jelly(drained), and served it with squirty cream, it was lovely and refreshing. There is supposed to be a new fruitier taste according to the pack, it probably tastes less bland than before. Its a nice bright box, orange ofcourse. The jelly contains gelatine, which is made from animal products, therefore unsuitable for vegetarians. Apparently it contains amino acids, which are beneficial to health, but please bear in mind that whole or broken pieces of jelly cubes are a choking hazard to young children and babies. The jelly cube can slip down a young childs throat, or block the windpipe. I first heard about this in a programme on BBC Radio Wales about A&E Departments, and a quick look on the internet before writing this revue confirmed the danger, there have been calls for warnings to be put on jelly packets, but with no result. I know that Health and Safety has gone a bit overboard these days eg in banning conkers from schools, and wrapping everyone up in cotton wool, but seeing as a simple warning could save lives, this seems a bad omission. Anyway, I enjoyed the jelly, haven't tried it, but there is even a handy pudding recipe on the pack. Jelly is quite useful if you have a child that has been ill, being both a food and a drink. Anyway, sorry if this all sounds a bit like a medical review, enjoy, unless you happen to be a vegetarian ofcourse,
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 orange! 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 135g, and this costs only 31p. I think this is quite good value. Often there are offers on but not currently. The packaging is very attractive. It's a bright orange packet and is made out of cardboard. 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 bright and colourful oranges on the front however they look very cartoon like. The front also boasts that the jelly has "natural colours" and "real fruit juice". Inside the orange jelly is in blocks. They are a nice orange colour and look very bright and colourful. They can easily be pulled apart. You can eat the jelly like this but I think this is gross. To prepare it you break up the jelly and put it 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. Even before making it up there is a lovely fruity orange smell. This is so tempting. By the time the jelly is set there is an amazing orange smell coming from the jelly. It is easy to spoon out and sits wonderfully firm in the bowl. The texture is delicious. It has a really wobbly texture but is very firm but has the right amount of softness to it. The taste of orange is so strong and is actually quite eye wateringly strong. It has a lovely tang to it but the right amount of sweetness to it too. A quarter of the jelly, a rough portion size contains 92 calories which is not too bad.
No child's birthday party is complete without a jelly, but I have a sneaky feeling that jelly may be a bit old hat now. Times have changed and we have so many children's birthday parties being held in upmarket venues with magicians and entertainers, only recently I went to a great nephews party at a Play Centre, the party had a Pirate theme, a beautiful Birthday cake complete with Pirate and parrot sitting on top. My how times have changed lol. Our little soirees to celebrate a child's birthday included sausages on sticks, cheese and pineapple on sticks, tiny sandwiches, sausage rolls and Jelly! complete with ice cream. No conjurer just `Stick the tail on the Donkey`, `Pass the Parcel` or if we were getting fed up with the kids making such a racket then `Stone Lions` came in useful! The birthday cake was a homemade Victoria Spongecake with icing on the top and the candles stuck in the middle. I haven't used a Hartley's jelly for some time now, Hartley's have refreshing looking packaging for their top quality jellies. The small and vibrant orange coloured cardboard immediately makes you think juicy, fruity and citrus. Hartley's have marketed the product well, making sure that the box is eye catching. As you rip the end away from the box you see the slab of bright orange jelly cubes wrapped neatly in a clear plastic film. When you remove the slab of jelly from the film it resists, you need to prize it away and coax it away from the plastic. Its probably better to make the jelly when the children are in bed or you will be handing out tiny pieces of the fruity raw jelly to begging children before it even hits the Pyrex bowl! I often open a tin of fruit and use the juice to make my jelly, it does make it taste extra special. Pear juice is really good. So boil the kettle and break the jelly into cubes and place the cubes into your bowl, make sure the bowl will stand having boiling water poured into it. When the kettle has boiled then pour a small amount of boiling water onto the jelly cubes and then stir with a spoon until all of the jelly cubes have melted. Add the fruit juice, or just cold water if you prefer and make the total fluid added up to one pint. The jelly now needs time to set, either in the fridge ( don't forget to cover it tho, it taints the fridge otherwise) or the larder. The jelly will take a few hours to set, so maybe it is better to prepare it the day before. If you like you can add fruit to it, or when it is set you can run a fork through it and make it crushed jelly ( easier for little ones to eat ) or leave it in the bowl and pipe cream around the top. You can get brilliant jelly moulds from the hardware stores these days, the kids love them. A milk jelly used to be a favourite teatime treat when we were children and believe it or not we used to eat jelly with thinly sliced bread and butter for Sunday tea! Hartley's jellies are made with natural colours and real fruit juice. A quarter pint serving contains nearly 100 calories. Each jelly costs around 35p. Maybe not quite as fashionable these days but still a light dessert that appeals to children.