One thing that you will always find in my kitchen cupboards is a few packets of Hartley’s block jellies especially the strawberry flavour. These jellies are widely available in most supermarkets and are currently priced at 54p each in Tesco.
These block jellies come packaged in a simple plastic wrapper. On the wrapper you can ingredients listings, nutritional information and directions for use. The jelly is also fat free and contains no artificial colours.
The block of jelly itself is bright red in colour and split into cubes which can be pulled apart. These jellies are really easy to make:
1. Separate the jelly into cubs and place into a jug or bowl.
2. Add half a pint of boiling water and stir until the cubes have dissolved.
3. Add half a pint of cold water, stir and pour into a mould or bowl.
4. Allow to cool then place into the fridge to set.
Although I occasionally use these jellies on there own to make a quick tasty pudding I also use them in other ways. The strawberry jelly tastes fantastic in a trifle where I will replace the half a pint of cold water with the juice of a tin of strawberries to add some extra flavour. I have also added some vodka to this jelly and set in shot glasses which makes a great alcoholic treat for parties.
These jellies also have a great flavour and do not taste overly artificial, the strawberry has a very pleasant taste without being too sweet. Children tend to love jelly so it makes a really cheap and easy dessert especially when a scoop of ice cream is added. Overall a great jelly which is brilliant value, easy to make and tastes great.
I'm more of a savoury person rather than a sweet person but now and again I really do crave something sweet. It doesn't take me much to get my sweet fill but I tend to have this craving for around a week and then it disappears! Currently I'm craving jelly and I have turned to Hartley's as I have always liked their jellies. As much as I like their individual pots I find it too expensive this way so I opted for the strawberry jelly tablet (as it is called!) because I could make individual pots (I have my own little moulds) and eat as and when and not worry about it being too expensive!
*** Hartley's ***
For as long as I can remember I have always eaten Hartley's jam and jellies. Hartley's is now owned by Premier Foods but was originally a green grocer owned by William Pickles Hartley. Basically the story is that when a consignment of jam didn't show up Mr Hartley made his own and that's where Hartley's jam started. It wasn't until the 20th century that Hartley's start to product jellies.
*** Packaging ***
The strawberry jelly tablet comes in a small cardboard box which is quite narrow and is bright red in colour (obviously to represent strawberries!). The Hartley's familiar green logo is on the front together with the wording "Strawberry flavoured jelly". On the back of the box are the instructions and a recipe idea should you wish to do it.
*** Using the Jelly ***
Now I do have a habit of eating the jelly without cooking it as I really do like eating the jelly on its own without it being cooked (does that make it raw jelly?!). But if you do manage to cook the jelly it can be cooked in two ways. The first you can either use a small amount of cold water, heat in the oven and then top up with more water and leave it set. The second way is the method I use and that's breaking the jelly up and pouring in hot water, stirring and leaving to set. I just find it quicker. Both methods still require 1 pint of water.
I find the jelly melts incredibly quickly when hot water is poured over it and it's vital that each little cube has dissolved properly. The water turns a rich red colour and smells absolutely gorgeous. Okay, so it doesn't smell like strawberries but it certainly smells sweet and fruity which is very fragrant. It's essential that you pour the jelly into moulds quickly to ensure they set.
I pour my jelly mix into little moulds so they hardly take any time at all to set. In about 1 hour my jelly has set but using larger moulds means more time for setting. I noticed in Hartley's individual jelly pots that you get a thin covering of liquid on the top but with making my own little jelly moulds and using the jelly in tablet form I don't get this excess liquid at all.
*** Taste ***
I think it is hard to make a strawberry flavoured product actually taste like strawberries unlike other flavours such as orange and lemon. When I eat the jelly I certainly don't get the instant taste of strawberry but nor do I expect to if I'm honest but then again I've been eating this jelly for years and it has never tasted of strawberries! For me the flavour is sweet and fruity but what fruit I wouldn't be able to say. The jelly is certainly not sickly sweet but sweet enough to cure that sweet tooth for a while!
The jelly is like most jellies. It is incredibly light and delicate which normally means you end up eating more than you actually need or should do! I always choose the normal variety and not the non-sugar variety as I feel that version does lack taste. Even though there is more sugar in this version for me it's perfectly fine and it's not as if I eat it all the time! It's texture is well just like jelly although I find it is slightly more solid than the pre-potted versions which Hartley's do. For me the jelly is light, easily digestible, tastes lovely and is a simple and quick snack.
*** Ingredients ***
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Flavouring, Acetic Acid, Colours (Curcumin, Carmine)
*** Nutritional Information ***
Calories - 296
Fat - 0g
Protein - 5.1g
Sugar - 15.1g
Salt - trace
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £0.37p
Asda - £0.36p
Sainsburys - £0.39p
*** Overall ***
For me it provides a quick snack which takes away my sweet tooth and it saves me from eating chocolate. However, it does contain quite a bit of sugar so I should really be thinking about swapping to the sugar free variety but considering I don't eat sweet foods a lot I think I am allowed a treat! The jelly is easy to make and prepare and sets quite quickly. It makes a lovely fruity/ sweet flavoured jelly which I'm perfectly happy with and would recommend to anyone.
I picked up 3 packets of Hartley's strawberry jelly for just £1 the other day as they seemed too good a bargain to miss & I think they usually sell at around 65p. Our local convenience store is normally quite expensive but they often have good deals.
To be honest I usually buy Chivers & didn't realise that Hartley's made jelly as well as jam but as I like their preserve I thought I'd get 2 for the storecupboard & I'd make the other up over the weekend - wrong!!
When I decided to write a review to tell you how nice it is I thought I'd better taste 1 (of the 12) cubes but have ended up eating half the packet so I'll be making a very small jelly for my daughter!
The box is as shown & it states clearly on the front that it contains no artificial flavours & only natural colours. On the reverse it tells you how to make it up & how to make iced jellies - for more information for 'great little ideas' it provides a website address www.goodlittlideas.com.
On the side, in small print, it lists the ingredients such as glucose-fructose syrup, gelatine, citric acid etc.
On the other side it tells us what the nutritional values are & I was pleased to see there are only 92 calories per serving & 0% fat but although there's a little protein there are loads of carbs.
There are 12 good-sized cubes inside the cellophane wrapper & you soon as you open it you can smell strawberry (albeit flavouring) which is quite mouthwatering. The cubes pull apart very easily (unlike some cheaper makes of jelly) & they're dissolving well as I write this review.
The cubes on their own taste sweet but not overly so & the texture is nice & chewy. The colour is a deep strawberry red & my fingers aren't too sticky after handling. There's a lovely strawberry flavour but I think next time I'll buy some fresh strawberries to add to the constituted jelly just before it sets to add a bit more goodness & texture to the dish.
I'm giving Hartley's 5 stars for this as it's really easy to use, looks good, tastes good & the consistency is just right.
Hartleys jelly has been around for years, as we are on quite a tight budget we always go for the cheap brands of jelly, which i am not a big fan of as they dont seem to have much taste!
I decided to give hartleys jelly a go when they were on offer in asda for 2 for £1 which i thought was a bargain as i think they are usually about 70p each.
We always buy it in strawberry flavour as it is my favourite, but we also love the lime, blackcurrant, raspberry and orange flavours. We always have a few of these in the cupboard as they are such a cheap desert and so easy to make.
The instruction on the back of the box suggest two easy ways of making the jelly. The first method is to break the jelly up in to cubes and place in a microwavable jug with 100ml of water. Then you heat in the microwave for 1 minute. (I always put in for another 20 secs as it never seems to dissolve in one minute) Then you add 470ml of cold water and stir until dissolved, and pop it in the fridge to set!
That is the method i usually use, however the other method on the back of the box is to add 285ml of boiling water to the jelly cubes, stir until dissolved and make this up to 570 ml with cold water, and refridgerate to set.
Both these methods are so easy and it takes about 4 hours for the jelly to set.
The box of hartleys jelly are advertising that they have a new fruitier taste, but i actually cant tell the difference they taste the same as before.
The jelly is very fruity and and tasty. Each serving only has 92 calories which is great for my boyfriend to have as a desert after his tea to stop him eating chocolate and biscuits as he is on a diet!
Hartleys also do this jelly ready made in little pots but i dont really like them, they are not as good as home made.
The jelly goes great with ice cream, but we love it with a tin of pears, peaches or a fruit cocktail. That way it makes the desert healthier!
Overall, 70p for a pack is steep in my opinion, but a bargain when they are on offer and i would deffinately recommend over cheaper brands!
I brought a pack of this strawberry jelly from the shop by me the other day, it was 89p but I think that's a bit over the top and it would be cheaper in the supermarket. I knew it would be a good one because Hartleys stuff is always nice... and I was right, as jelly goes this is delish!
It comes in a block and you have to break squares off, the squares are quite big but they come apart easy and when it comes to stirring them into boiling water they dissolve good and you don't have to stir the jelly for very long to get it all in. I did mine with half boiling water and then when it was all dissolved I poured cold water in because that helps it set faster.
It sets pretty quick anyway, loads quicker than the Tesco Value jelly I've been buying. When it's done that's when you can SEE the difference in quality between this Hartleys jelly and the Value one, this one is a nicer red colour and looks loads more natural. This sounds mad but the WOBBLE is better as well, when I put the jelly on a plate it moved like a proper jelly like you'd see on a film! lol The Value jelly doesn't hardly wobble and compared to this it's just like eating stiff gel!
The taste of this jelly from Hartleys is delish, it's got a proper strong strawberry flavour and that tastes like a mix between fresh strawberries and strawberry flavour sweets. It smells fruity as well and you can deffo tell it's strawberry and no other flavour. It went wicked with vanilla ice cream because the strawberry taste is natural enough for it to go good with the creaminess of the ice cream. Yummy!
I deffo recommend this jelly, I swear I always thought Tesco Value was the business but now I've had Hartleys I don't ever want another cheap one again because compared to this it's just chemical flavoured rubbish!
We're not really big pudding eaters in my house - generally I feel that as my daughter gets a dessert as part of her school meal, it's not really neccessary to have one after dinner at home . But at weekends, I do like to make a big bowl of jelly .
Lets face it, as desserts go, it's one of the easiest to make - so easy in fact that my daughter now makes it while I supervise,making sure she doesn't scald herself with the hot water .
The packaging is as pictured above, and inside is the bright reddish pink 135gjelly block in a clear wrapper, with the block divided into smaller chunks that can be torn apart. Making this is simple, tear apart the blocks, chuck them into a jug with half a pint of boiling water, and stir until they dissolve. Then, add a half pint of cold water, and let it cool a little before pouring into your dish . The jelly is relatively easy to tear into chunks with your hands, but using kitchen scissors really does make the process easier .
Once this is done, I stick it into the fridge to set, and this takes a few hours . I can make it on a saturday lunchtime and by teatime it is ready to eat . The taste is a mild slightly sweet strawberry flavour - not an awful lot to it tastewise really, but it's nice enough. With jelly its the texture thats fun, and this is delightfully wobbly, and slides down a treat . The colours nice, a deep rich pink, and overall for 40p I can't complain .
Jelly is also pretty low fat, so not too unhealthy, with just 92 calories and a trace of fat per 1/4 pint serving. Of course, if like me you tend to jazz it up with custard, cream, and sprinkles to make a trifle, it's perhaps not so healthy with all that added!
For 40p, this is an easy to make dessert that on it's own tastes nice, and is pretty healthy, and that with the addition of soem fruit, cream, and custard can be turned into something disgustingly indulgent ..
4 stars - Recommended!
Harley's Stawberry Jelly is an absolute god send in my house sometimes as I have small nieces and nephews you love to eat everything in sight when they come to visit so I normally try to have something cheap, easy to make and relatively healthy in the house for such times.
The jelly comes neatly packaged and this is quite easy to open by hand or with a pair of scissors.
For 39p you get big chunks of jelly (135g) and this is easily made up with 1/2 of boiling water and then 1 point of cold water or ice cubes but I personally use just a little less cold water and then I pour this in to a jelly mould (or you can use a bowl) and put it in the fridge for a few hours to set. I normally cut the jelly to break it up but this can be ripped with a little bit of force. It smells a little sweet when it is dissolving and it should take a few hours in the fridge to set. I normally mix mine with fruit and then top with ice cream once set or use it to make a trifle which my nieces & nephews love.
The jelly tastes very nice, it has a tasty fruity strawberry flavour to it which is strong without being too much. Of course, how strong it tastes will depend on how much water you use and this will also determine how much jelly you get (obviously). In the past I have tried lots of value jellies and while these are far cheaper the taste of this one really makes it worth the extra money if your purse will allow it!
There are 92 calories and a trace of fat per 140ml 1/4 pint serving made up so this is a great treat if you are trying to watch your weight or lose weight and it's great for little ones (providing you watch the 21.7g of sugars) and this doesn't cost a fortune anyway.
I would definitely recommend this product, it's simple to make and available from most supermarkets for 39p. I am therefore rating it 5/5 stars as it's a great taste, easy to make and the price won't break the bank either!
Whilst doing my food shop in Iceland the other day I spotted an offer sticker on the shelves by the Jelly, three boxes of Hartley's Strawberry Jelly for £1, so of course I bought three and couldn't wait to make a jelly and tuck in. Anythings erm 'better' than chocolate right?
Hartley's Strawberry Jelly comes in a compact 135g red coloured box. You can buy other flavours such as raspberry, each flavour coming in a different coloured box. Hartley's green and white logo is proudly stamped in the corner of the box and 'New Fruitier Taste' is set in the corner. No artificial flavours it says on the box as well as natural colours.
When you open the box you are greeted by a firm yet wobbly block of joined red cubes sitting neatly in a see through package which you need to open first to set the jelly. To make the jelly you simply need to break these jelly cubes apart, leave in a jug or bowl and pour in boiling hot water. Once the hot water is in you need to stir until all of the cubes are completely dissolved.
Once the cubes are fully dissolved you are left with a red coloured boiling hot water which either needs to be poured into a dish or moulds. I say moulds as jelly is often used as a party food for children and I'm sure if poured into moulds such as the Thomas the tank or Barbie jelly moulds you can buy these would be alot more fun and attractive for children. Once poured in and you're happy you now need to place it in your fridge and leave the jelly to set.
You will know when your jelly has set as it will no longer be liquid instead it will be a red, colourful wobbly jelly.
Jelly is an unusual but fun substance, colourful yet at the same time transparent. It smells fruity and sweet, just like strawberries in fact, yum! It's wobbly and jiggly yet solid at the same time, work that one out? lol. It's smooth and soft to dunk your spoon in and scoop out yet remains wobbly. It makes such a simple dessert or snack, or like I said party food. You really can't go wrong with flavoured water that's hardened into a funky fun substance.
You can eat it whole, try and chew on it, slurp it up, suck it up, lick it. You can eat it however you like as it always tastes the same fruity and sweet, yet not sugary sweet and even though it's made with mostly water it's not a weak flavour either.
Jelly makes a perfect accompaniment to ice cream, real fruit, even tins of fruit, cream, evaporated milk etc.
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If like me you could enjoy jelly at anytime of the day you don't have to buy these boxes now as Hartley's even sell ready made jelly pots - very similar to yoghurt pots with a film over the top to secure it but instead it's filled with jelly, all ready to eat, these make perfect snacks and lunchbox fillers too!
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 strawberry!
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 35p. I think this is quite good value. Often there are offers on but not currently.
The packaging is very attractive. It's a bright red, pinkish 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 juicy looking strawberries 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 strawberry jelly is in blocks. They are a nice bright pink in colour almost red 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.
There is a lovely sweet strawberry smell coming from the jelly. It doesn't smell overly like strawberry but it is very fruity indeed. It is easy to cut into and put it a separate bowl. The taste is lovely. It tastes really sweet and very like strawberry. The texture when you leave it more than a day is really quite firm and I love it like this. If you leave it an hour or two it is usually quite runny.
A quarter of the jelly, a rough portion size contains 94 calories which is not too bad.
Looking for a nice yummy pudding, I nearly always go for chocolate fudge cake. the only problem with this is the fat content. I am a sucker for this sort of thing now, scrutinizing boxes and reading ingredients, it drives me crazy. The reason I buy Hartley's jelly is for three main reasons, so here goes.
Firstly, no fat, yes zero. Per 100g you get 5.1g of protein, 68.9g of carbohydrate and not a lot else. The ingredients are not too bad, with no E numbers, so pretty good on all counts.
Secondly, my kids love em and it gives them something to do for 20 minutes. They make the jellies, sometimes adding in fruit and they have achieved something.
Last, but not least, the taste. The strawberry variety is very fruity and does not taste oily (like some other jellies). Make it with a bit less water, add in some cold and it sets nice and fast. Or, add more water, then whisk it up when it is nearly set and it is great with a little sponge or fruit.
I ate this as a child and I never tire of it!
In this day of endless budgeting I am enjoying having more of my friends round for a dinner on a Sunday than going out and spending money I can ill afford on a prepared roast. However puddings can make a meal rather more expensive so this weekend I decided to go back to basics and do jelly and icecream for pudding after the roast.
This costs £0.39 for 135g of jelly and I bought two of these as I was feeding 6 people including one always hungry teen along with a husband with a love of all things sweet.
I chose the strawberry flavour as I was going to spruce it up a bit. A quater of the jelly when made up has 92 calories and zero fat so not a fattening pudding (until I added to it and served with the ice cream anyway!)
Upon removing it from the packet you need to remove the actual jelly from its covering using scissors or a knife. As soon as I opened it I was greeted with a very full aroma of sweet strawberries.
For a simle jelly you just cut the jelly into cubes and pop into a jug, add half a pint of boiling water and stir to dissolve. I was pleased to see this did not take too long - a minute or two at most and all the jelly was completely dissolved, then top up to 1 pint with cold water, pour into serving dishes or a mould and put in the fridge to set - it does take several hours to set so either do it first thing in the morning or the evening before.
I made a pint of jelly as directed and poured into a glass serving bowl but then I stirred through a smooth strawberry yogurt and added some tinned peaches. I left this to set overnight. In the morning I made a fresh pint of jelly. After bringing the previously made jelly out of the fridge I popped some more peaches on top of it and added the fresh jelly mix on top. Be careful here as it can get a little messy as the liquid tends to spray a bit when added to the set jelly!! I then left this to set.
When I was ready to serve pudding I whipped up some double cream and spooned onto the top and added some chocolate flakes for effect.
The jelly had a strong strawberry taste to it and I did not find it too sweet, but my additions did mean I failed in my attempt to keep the cost down!