“ Brand: Hartley's / Type: Jelly „
I'm on a self-imposed post-christmas ban on all things sugary and chocolatey, and not doing too badly as when I want to eat something sweet I love fruit and make myself a big bowl of fruit salad.
To help this along I'll add a low fat yogurt, but when I really need a big fix of sweetness I'll mix up some Hartley's Sugar Free Jelly and sit with a huge serving bowl of jelly, fruit and yogurt all to myself (I have no concept of portion control so I have to at least control the calories).
Hartley's Sugar Free Raspberry Flavour Jelly comes in a double sachet, each making 1 pint of sugar-free jelly. Each 140ml made up portion contains 8 calories and just a "trace" of fat. As this contains gelatine it is not suitable for vegetarians. The other ingredients listed are:
Natural Colour (Beetroot Red)
Acidity Regulator (Trisodium Citrate)
Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K)
Fumaric Acid, Salt
There is also a warning that it contains a source of Phenylalanine (details taken from Tesco groceries website).
The double sachet pack is 75p from Tesco - sometimes they are on special offer, but not at the moment.
The jelly is really easy to make - the packet advises that you dissolve the crystals in ½ pint of boiling water and then make up to 1 pint with cold water. Pour into a mould or serving dishes and refrigerate to set.
This makes enough for 4 portions. Do not add pineapple, kiwi or papaya as these fruits will prevent it from setting.
So, that's what the packet says - how do I make it and what do I think of it?
Firstly, I usually make a huge plastic bowl of jelly with four sachets in - but only make it up to 3 pints. I find that if I use the recommended amount of water it is too wobbly and watery - I like the jelly a bit firmer, with a bit more "bite" (as much as you can expect from jelly!). It is also very hard to dissolve all the crystals so once I add the boiling water, I whisk instead of stir, and for good measure give the bowl a few secs in the microwave to ensure that everything is fully dissolved before adding the cold water.
Usually I'll add chopped up fruit like melon, apple or pear - and this mammoth bowl does me for about three nights!
Sometimes I'll put the liquid into individual plastic cartons and when they are set I take them into work as a sweet snack.
Once I tried to make a fancy-looking jelly and fruit terrine in a loaf dish for a posh buffet party, but unfortunately and unknowingly, I lined the tin with kiwi slices. The jelly did set at first - and I was able to take it out of the mould in one piece - but once my lovely creation was in place the enzymes in the kiwi began to do their work and in the course of the evening the block turned to liquid all over the table.
What was worse, it was someone else's party and I brought this along as my contribution dessert!
My host never told me if they got the red stains out of their nice linen tablecloth.
So while it is a great low calorie, low fat dessert, like so many other products full of artificial sweetener it does taste - erm - somewhat artificial. However the raspberry flavour is the least artificial-tasting variety in the range and is quite fruity, especially if made with less than recommended water.
The jelly is also available in strawberry, orange, blackcurrant and lime flavours, but I found that these have a quite unpleasant aftertaste and seem very acidic - to the point of making my teeth feel squeaky!
Due to the artificial taste and dubious looking ingredient list this is not something I eat often, but when sweet cravings attack it's a good substitute for something sugary.
I would only recommend the raspberry flavour, and would give it 4 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.
This is a review of the raspberry flavour jelly crystals made by Hartley's. They come in a double sachet for which I paid 75p for. There are different flavours in the range including orange, lemon and lime, strawberry and blackcurrant.
You can purchase blocks and also ready made pots of jelly. Recently there has been a new quick set version of the crystals that has come out (quick setting as in they set in an hour). Whilst I like the pots - they are nice and convenient, they are a bit more costly than the sachets. I tend not to use much of the blocks as they take a longer time to set than the crystals. The blocks are really good if you use them in moulds however, as the jelly you get tends to be a thicker consistency.
*Making the jelly*
Making the jelly is really straightforward and only takes a few minutes if that (apart from the setting time of course)! The jelly crystals come in a paper sachet and each sachet is separated by a perforation. In terms of design this is a bit annoying as a few times I have tried to trip the sachets apart and accidentally ripped them open.
There are not many crystals in each packet and on appearance they do tend to look more like a powder than a crystal. On opening the packet there is a strong and sweet smell of raspberry.
I use a measuring jug and pop the crystals in this then pour over boiling water and add lukewarm/cold water as per instructions. I then transfer into a bowl and leave the bowl out for between 30 minutes to half an hour to make sure it is completely cooled. I then put the bowl in the fridge and usually it takes anywhere up to 3 hours to set.
I usually make the jelly plain and then make it more exciting with extras afterwards. I have sometimes added fruit, to bump in my 5 a day - such as strawberries and raspberries (unsurprisingly) also work well with this. The sachet warns that you cannot add pineapple, kiwi or papaya as they have something called bromelain in them and will prevent the jelly from setting.
The taste of this jelly is not as sweet as perhaps I would like. It is no added sugar so suitable for diabetics, however it does have sweeteners not think it tastes particularly of raspberry either and do struggle to find the taste difference between the different flavours. However this is a wonderful base for other deserts such as trifle, jelly and ice cream (the old school classic) and I also like to have jelly with yoghurt and fruit. If I have the time I also like to make multi-coloured jelly - although this can be a bit painstaking as you have to wait for the layers to set!
This jelly has been a bit of a lifesaver also during my various diets. Each sachet has four serving and each serving contains only 10 calories (yippee)! And whilst I wouldn't say the jelly by itself is filling at all, it has satisfied a midnight craving or two!
Whilst this isn't the best tasting of jelly's, it is low in calories and a good staple to have in the larder. For the price I think this is a fair product which I will be buying again.
It contains pork gelatine so not suitable for veggies!
The best before life is fair enough (I bought some this week with a bb of October 2014).
I love jelly and buy it all of the time, it is one of my favourite foods. I buy these sachets quite a lot on a regular basics because it is cheap to buy and also very easy to make up the jelly. Hartley's is a very well known brand and one I like a lot.
The jelly comes inside a kind of paper plastic sachet, there are 2 sachets joined together by a perforated join. Both the sachets are the same flavour. The name is very clear on the front of the sachets so can be easily spotted on a shelf. I find the sachets are easy to part from the perforated join but occasionally I tear the sachet so I sometimes tend to cut alone the join with a pair of scissors because I find it easier sometimes to part them using my scissors.
Inside each sachet there are tiny berry and a beige crystals, more of the berry colour which are very fine grains and very easy to tip from the sachet into a glass jug. They smell really nice and smell of Raspberries which is quite a strong smell and the grains smell really fruity and they are a nice pleasant smell.
It is easy to make up the jelly by simply adding boiling hot water and up to by pouring half pint of boiling water or 285ml and then simply sprinkling the crystals into the jug of water and stir until all of the crystals have dissolved. The crystals dissolve really well and I don't have to keep on stirring for a long time for them to dissolve. They do dissolve in a super fast time in my opinion.
After the crystals have dissolved then make up to 1 pint with cold water and stir again. Then pour into the jelly dish or jelly moulds. I actually pour it into either my small glass dishes or a larger dish if I am not wanting individual pots. I mostly pour into small glasses. Then the jelly is to be placed into the fridge to allow it to set. This jelly doesn't take very long to set, takes around 3 to 4 hours to fully set.
Once set, the jelly is really easy to scoop from the glass or dish, the texture is soft and solid but not like a block, it does wobble on the spoon and has that wobble movement a jelly is supposed to have lol. I like to eat a glass with natural yoghurt over the top and a sliced banana over the yoghurt, then I like to sprinkle a ginger biscuit over the top of the banana. I just love the taste of all of these foods eaten together. Make a really nice healthy desert of which is really filling.
This jelly is packed with lots of the Raspberry flavour, it tastes really fruity, not sour or a bitter taste but just a nice taste. It doesn't taste at all bland. The jelly is quite filling eaten without any yoghurt or fruit over the top.
It tells me on the sachet that adding pineapple, kiwi or papaya fruit will prevent the jelly from setting. I haven't added any fruit to the jelly before setting because I like to eat this jelly for snacking and not for making a trifle, so I cannot comment how any fruit may set with the jelly.
Each sachet is 23g and make a pint of jelly, for this amount of jelly it serves 4 people and for each serving it only contains 10 calories and so I think it is an ideal one to buy if you are on a diet plan and are wanting to eat jelly for a snack which would fill you up a little more in between meals or for a desert after dinner.
It is a sugar free jelly and which contains sweeteners.
For the 2 sachets it only cost 69p and for this price I think it is super value for money and so affordable for any budget, it is also good quality jelly.
I highly recommend this jelly and I don't think you would be disappointed with the taste of it, it is packed with a fruity taste and one I will continue to buy in the future.
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I give this jelly 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I started using Hartley's Sugar Free Jelly Crystals when I was on a low fat / low carbohydrate diet and was struggling to find things that were satisfying my cravings for "something sweet". As the packet states that there is less than 10 calories per serving and no added sugar I thought it would be an ideal product to try.
I routinely now buy the jelly crystals every week and tend to stick to the orange and raspberry flavours which I feel are the most fruity. You can get them in all major supermarkets, but I buy mine from Tescos for 39p for a double sachet. They're handy to have in the cupboard and at that price it doesn't break the bank either.
To make up the jelly you simply add half a pint of boiling water to the crystals and then top this up to a pint with cold water. You then simply put it in the fridge to set. One of the things I've found with this product is that it does take quite a long time for the jelly to set and for best results I've had to leave it in the fridge for up to 6 hours.
Once it has set it is a good jelly - like consistency and the flavour is fruity. There is not the bitter aftertaste like there is with some diet products (sweeteners are Aspartame and Acesulfame K).
Ingredients include gelatine and so it is not appropriate for vegetarians also it contains phenylalanine and so it is not suitable for anyone with phenylketanuria. However, on a positive point, it contains no artificial flavours or colourings (Beetroot red & Beta carotine) and so its ideal for children.
As a serving suggestion, I often put pieces of fruit in the jelly before it sets so that contributes towards my five a day.
All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to anyone who is counting the calories.
when you are on a diet you crave sweet foods - even if before the diet you didn't have a pudding as a rule. Enter Harrtley's Sugar Free Raspberry Jelly crystals.
The instructions are clear - just sprinkle the crystals onto half a pint of boilung water, stir until dissolved and then make up to a pint with cold water. Then leave to set - its as easy as that.
Where's the catch you ask - well there's not much to talk about. In fact the only one that I can think about is that the instructions are only printed on one of the double packet - make sure that you do not throw this side away before making up the second jelly!
I tend to make the jelly up in order to leave overnight to set. With only eight calories per serving (one packet = 32 calories) thi s is a treat that everyone can enjoy - oh and it tastes yummy. You don't feel as if you are sufferring!
A low calorie sweet treat for all the family!
Hartley's Sugar Free Raspberry Jelly Crystals are little crystals when mixed with water and left to set, create jelly. The jelly can be put into moulds, you can add fruit, have it on its own or add to a dessert such as triffle.
The crystals come in a duo sachet pack for 2 individual servings. Each side contains 23g. The front of the packaging has Harley's in their normal green banner and also tells us the name of the flavour and the fact that it is sugar free in big bubble effect letters. At the bottom of the packaging it states that there is less than 10 calories per serving and it contains natural colours. There is also a picture of splodges of jelly. On the back of the pack there is a recipe, company details, ingredients, instruction for making the jelly and nutritional information. The overall pack is mainly blue and red.
*How to Make*
1. Sprinkle contents of sachet into a jug of 285ml boiling water.
2. Stir until dissolved and then make up to 570ml mark with cold water.
3. Pour into a mould or serving dishes and refridgerate to set.
Note that adding pineapple, kiwi or papaya will prevent jelly from setting.
Each 1/4 serving contains 8kcal 1.6g protein 0.5g carbohydrates trace fat
This product is available at most supermarkets. Asda is currently selling for 37p.
Hartley's Jelly Crystals are a hit in my house. Being a busy mum and student, i simply dont have time to wait on normal jelly melting as it takes so long so the crystal are ideal as they melt much quicker. The sachets are convienient as they dont take up any room in my cupboard and they are cheap. I have recently started a diet and because i have a sweet tooth, i am finding if diificult to curb it without reaching for the biscuits. I make up a bowl of this every 2 days and i can eat it without feeling guilty as there is basically nothing to it but its enough to curb my sweet tooth. There is lots of lovely flavours but i find the raspberry to be very tasty if not a bit tangy. My son and my partner as also fans of the crystals so its a good little treat without the guilt!
I started losing weight last October and was looking around Tesco for anything sweet and low in calories and fat. I came across these packets of sugar free jelly crystals and found they've only got 10 calories per portion! Well I stocked up on many of the different flavours and since then there's always little glass dishes of jelly in the fridge! You get two sachets, which are perforated down the middle, for around 30p-40p.
Each sachet gives you four servings but quite frankly with the tiny amount of calories in it you could be forgiven for having the whole packet in one go! And you probably will want to when you taste them. All you have to do to make the jelly is pour the crystals into a measuing jug and add half a pint of boiling water. Give it a stir to dissolve the crystals and top it up to one pint with cold water - the colder the better to help it set quicker. Put it in whatever dish or mould you want and stick it in the fridge.
It takes a few hours to set properly so I tend to make them in the morning to have in the evening. The jellies taste so yummy, very fruity with no horrid aftertaste. They always set firm and have no bits of undissolved stuff left in them. I like to have a scoop of ice cream or some tinned fruit with my jelly.
Each flavour taste just as you would imagine it should. The raspberry one happens to be my personal favourite. You can't go wrong with these low calorie, low cost jellies which are available in a good range of flavours.
Well Hartleys are very well known for their Jams and especially their Jellies, kids love them, adults love them, most people love them. This was a favourite in my house when my children were little and not feeling to well, especially if they had a sore throat, as this just glides down easily.
You could only buy these years ago in a hard jelly square that was cut into cubes so you could break them off easily and then pour hot water over to melt. This would take a few minutes to melt down, but nowadays you can buy the jelly in sachets in a powder form.
The one I have today is the Hartleys Sugar Free Raspberry flavour Jelly, which comes in two sachets, that are attached and you will have to carefully tear or cut with scissors down the middle.
The idea of these jellies is that you pour the sachet into a jug containing 285ml of boiling water and stir until dissolved, then top up with cold water to make up 570ml. Now what most people do ( me included!) was to just pour this into a jelly mould or individual dishes to set. Then serve with a bit of squirty cream or ice cream, but you can do such much more than just eat it plain. It makes so many different dishes that it is actually quite versatile.
With this being "Sugar Free" it means that even people following a special diet can enjoy these as well as they are so low in calories. These can also be bought already prepared ( bit lazy!) in a little plastic pot, but of course they will work out to be much more expensive if purchased in this way.
This particular Raspberry jelly contain per 1 serving (each sachet makes 4 servings);
So as you can see not a lot to be bad for you in these. I was quite surprised to read on the packet that if you add Pineapple, Kiwi or Papaya fruit to the jelly it will prevent it from setting but having read this I do use tinned pineapple from one of their recipes and it sets fine so I'm not to sure what thats about , maybe it something in the fresh pineapple?.
Here are a couple of different ways to serve your jelly;
~~~ Very Berry Slice ~~~
1. Make up the jelly as instructed and allow to cool.
2. Put 400g of fresh or defrosted mixed berrys into a 450g loaf tin.
3. Pour the jelly over the fruit and chill until set.
4. To unmould quickly dip the loaf tin into a bowl of hot water up to the rim.
5. Turn out onto a serving plate.
6. Serve in slices with low fat yogurt.
~~~Individual Raspberry Cheesecake~~~
1. Make up jelly with boiling water
2. Instead of cold water, make up to 200ml with the juice from a 300g can of raspberries.
3. Crush the raspberries and whisk into the jelly with a tub of 250g cream cheese.
4. Put 4 heaped tablespoons of crumbled crunchy nut cereal clusters into the base of 4 ramekin dishes.
5. Pour the raspberry cheesecake mix over the cereal.
6. Chill until set.
7. Decorate with grated chocolate.
My favourite one is ( before anyone tells me I know it is with a Lime jelly and Im reviewing a raspberry one, just thought I would share this one as well instead of writing another review on a lime jelly!);
~~~ Tropicana Creams ~~~
1. Make up the jelly ( lime ) with boiling water.
2. Reserve the juice from a can of sliced pineapple and chop the fruit up.
3. Make the jelly up to 300ml with the pineapple juice.
4. Stir in three quarters of the chopped up pineapple into the jelly.
5. Add a 200ml carton of liquid creamed coconut.
6. Divide into sundae glasses and chill until set.
7. Decorate with toasted coconut flakes.
So no more boring jelly bowls in my house, we've gone posh and have proper desserts!!!
This jelly for 2 sachets retails for around 40p in Tesco's so well worth 5 stars not just for the kids!
Who doesn't like Jelly (with the exception of my Mum!)? I love the stuff but very rarely had it, until I stopped and thought, why? I couldn't come up with a reason so thought I would try some sugar free jelly due to living in a diabetic family.
I purchased Hartleys Sugar Free Jelly from Asda (38p). It comes in crystal form unlike the blocks that you get normal jelly in. The pack is split into 2 sachets which is very useful as well as good value, but this is also the downside of this product. Its perforated and very difficult to separate, I've often torn both while trying to get them apart. The instructions are also only printed on one side so be sure to check which if your only making one at a time.
I find it takes a lot of stirring to get the crystals to full dissolve unlike the blocks of jelly you get which dissolved easily. How ever its still not hard work and makes a tasty treat.
Its often recommended to dieters, but its also useful if your trying to get your kids to have 5 a day as you can put fruit in (peaches are my favourite). There are a few exceptions to the rule and Hartleys have gone to the effort of listing them on the back of the pack- very useful.
Goodness, after reading a few negative comments and reviews on dooyoo regarding those who write food reviews, I almost feel I should apologise for yet another food review. But, I won't. I love food and enjoy discovering new products, even though they may not be new to everyone and I'd like to share my thoughts and opinions with those who care to read them.
For most of my childhood and ensuing adult hood I've disliked jelly. Whereas my friends would devour the stuff at parties, I'd avoid it like the plague. To me it was like plastic and tasted artificial with little substance.
When I grew up and became calorie conscious, I soon discovered sugar free jelly. But unfortunately, I still hated it. No matter how much I love low calories, I won't eat them if I don't like the taste. A cup of tea may be fantastically good for you without milk, but to me it tastes vile so I'd rather go without.
Only quite recently I decided to give jelly another chance as I needed something to eat as an in between snack but didn't rack up the calories. Obviously it had to be a sugar free version and this led me the Hartley's sugar free jelly. Initially I bought the strawberry sugar free crystals as I was planning on adding strawberries. However, after purchasing the raspberry flavour one day, I now stick with this as the taste is far closer to the real fruit.
Hartley's sugar free crystals are supplied as a double packet with a perforated section down the middle of the two. Since the instructions are only printed on one of the packets, you have to remember to use the other side first, or else file the instructions to memory for when you come to use the other packet.
~~~Making the Jelly~~~
There's not too much to remember. However, the first time I used them I did throw away the instruction side and didn't remember the exact quantities and order for making it.
There are three easy steps: 1. pour out half a pint of boiling water; 2. sprinkle on jelly crystals and stir until dissolved; 3. top up to one pint with cold water and leave in the fridge to set. You can of course pour the jelly into a mould at this stage, but I don't bother with this as I'm not presenting it to anyone other than myself.
There's not really much that can go wrong. However, there is a warning on the packet advising that adding pineapple, kiwi fruit or papaya will prevent it from setting. After pouring boiling water into a jug I simply sprinkle the contents of the packet onto the water and stir. Bits of the powder tend to clump and sink to the bottom but if you're using a glass jug you can easily see where these are and keep stirring until they're gone. The instructions tell you to top up to one pint, but I've managed to add more than this and the jelly still sets, although it's slightly more wobbly. A full one pint sets in about two hours in my fridge.
This time around I actually quite like the taste of the jelly. I still can't say it's one of my favourite foods as I don't like the texture, but I find it useful for bulking out desserts and snacks just by adding fruit and a bit of yogurt. The raspberry flavour is quite palatable and a recognisable raspberry flavour.
I find eating a lot of jelly is a really useful way of filling myself up between meals. All those non-dieters out there will think this strange but if you're watching your weight, every calorie counts and snacking is one of the biggest downfalls of dieters.
Hartley's sugar free jelly comes in a range of flavours including blackberry, orange, lemon and lime and strawberry. I've tried all the flavours and prefer the raspberry although the lemon and lime is quite tangy and refreshing.
As well as the crystals, they also come in ready made pots. Yes, this is quite extravagant, in both price and packaging. But I tend to have a couple of these in my cupboard in case if I've forgotten to make my jelly that morning. They're also useful for popping into a bag to take out with you in case a snack attack hits.
Hartley's jelly does contain gelatine rendering it unsuitable for vegetarians. While I'm not overly keen on the ingredients it does at least contain natural colours and flavourings. The sweeteners used are aspartame and acesulfame K. Calories are low with only 32 per pint.
The sugar free versions of this jelly are available in the larger supermarkets costing around 45p for a twin pack that makes 2 pints. The individual pots cost 38p.
Hartley's Jelly information can be found at: http://www.hartleysjelly.com/our-jellies.cfm
Who loves jelly ?
Everyone I know.
I guess when it comes to jelly, there are two types of people.
1. Those who make jelly for their children or grandchildren
2. Those for whom eating it, is a glorious reminder of childhood - jelly and ice cream was a must for any party or celebration.
Actually I have discovered a third type.
Those who are on a diet (sorry to use that word) and who have re discovered the delights of jelly, via a sugar free version.
So what type am I ?
Definately 2 and most recently 3.
So, tell me about this jelly ?
It is made by Hartley's who are well known and trusted makers of jellies, jams and marmalades - so they know their stuff.
The sugar free is great because you get two for the price of one. A double sachet, easily cut into two sachets, so no waste but two delicious jellies.
Easy to make ?
Yes, it's not rocket science, it's a jelly !
The instructions are clear.
Basically add the contents of one sachet to half a pint of boiling water and stir, once dissolved add half a pint of cold water (so 1 pint in total).
Pour into a dish or super duper shaped mould, if you want to be flash. Leave to cool, then place in the fridge to set.
Ahh, but what about the appearance and flavour ?
They do lots of different flavours but the raspberry one is my favourite. It has a lovely red rasberry colour and smell and the flavour is really lovely, and, well, raspberry. I have used it now for about 6 months and no one has realized yet that it is sugar free and not regular jelly. There is no difference in the taste.
So, why go sugar free ?
Alot of people are trying to eat more healthily these days and cutting down on sugar is one of the first things people do. This is great as there is honestly no difference to the taste. However, if (like me) you are following a 'proper diet' (mine is Slimming World), then a portion of this jelly is only 1/2 a syn ( check with someone doing Slimming World and they will say "WOW, that's fantastic".) So, you can enjoy this jelly til it comes out of your ears - and believe me you will want to as it is very yummy. For the calorie aware it is 8 kcal per serving !
So, would I recommend it ?
Yes. the beauty of it is that everyone can enjoy it - one jelly fits all, so to speak. Great if you're on a diet, Great if you're not. It is sugar free which is a bonus, but the taste is fantastic and it only costs around 55p (for two jellies), so it's great value too.
I give this product
10 out of 10.
I recently returned to Weight Watchers, I need to lose about 2 stone and I have managed to follow the regime quite well so far. However there are times when I just feel the need for something sweet, I have got over the craving for chocolate but sometimes I just want something sweet, so Hartleys Sugar Free Jelly has been a godsend to me.
This jelly comes in a two pack of granules to be made up. It is very easy to make the jelly up, measure out a half pint of boiling water and stir the granules in. I have experimented a bit with this, I have tried adding the water to the granules and the granules to the water and to my surprise found that adding the granules to the water had the best effect. I find it is best to be stirring the water whilst adding the granules, they do melt very well. You can feel the grittiness of the granules as you add them but they dissolve very easily with the continual stirring, top this up with a pint of cold water. Once the liquid has cooled completely put it in the fridge for a few hours until it is needed, I have found that it does take about 2-3 hours to set well.
I have found some jellies to be a bit hard after they have set but this jelly seems to have a lovely consistency, it is well set with a good wobble but still has a softness to it. The jelly is available in a number of flavours, strawberry, raspberry, orange and blackcurrant, my favourite is the raspberry flavour. I find that when I make this jelly there is a really good smell from it, I can smell the jelly as soon as I open the fridge door, the taste is equally as good, a definitely fruity taste. The taste is not overpowering and not too sweet, although it does contain artificial sweetener, you definitely get the flavour of the fruit with no unpleasant aftertaste.
The jelly comes in a two pack each pack contains 23g of crystals, the packaging is a good size, not too big. This sugar free jelly is readily available in supermarkets and is easy to find, usually located with the other jellies, it is priced around 50p. The made up jelly contains about 32 calories, so a portion is free on Weight Watchers, a real bonus for me. In the evening I can have a portion of fruit with some jelly and not have to waste any of my precious points for the Weight Watchers programme I am following. This is an enjoyable treat, easy to make, reasonably priced, and tastes good, it is a treat my whole family enjoys so I don't feel that I am not eating normal food.
Hartleys suger free jelly crystals sounded perfect for a sweet low calorie snack.
I love jelly and have done since i was little however something i didnt like was the calories this sugary product contains. I like to watch my weight and when i feel like snacking try and find healthy alternatives.
I already like sugar free sweets and drink so when i noticed the sugar free hartleys jelly when shopping decided to give it a go.
The crystals come in little individual sachets and are easy to rip open. They didnt look as appertising as the traditional rubbery cubes of jelly as these are dry and small granules. However the smell when i opened the packet was nice and i bought strawberry and rasperry flavours. I prefer orange jelly however i couldnt see any in asda. I have looked on Hartlys website and other flavours are available elsewhere.
Making the jelly is simple, you put half a pint of boiling water water on to the crystals giving them a good stir to make sure any gloopy bits of jelly crystals have dissolved. You then top up the jelly with half pint of cold water. I then poured my jelly mix into a bowl and allowed it to set in the frige for two hours or so.
I'm impressed with how quickly the jelly set and i will be buying it again. It tastes nice for a no sugar jelly and has a thick consistency. It was really fruity and sweet however if you do not like saccerine the main sweetener in sugar free drink and food you should avoid it as there is a bitter aftertaste with the strawberry variety which is not so bad on the raspberry type.
I could recommend serving this jelly with a scoop of low sugar ice cream or fresh fruit for an added flavour and texture.
A full bowl only has 35 kcal meaning you can pig out on this jelly without feeling guilty
great for those on diets or who like to watch their weight!!
Today I am making individual trifles for my granddaughters', I love trifle so decided to make myself a lower fat version using sugar free jelly and a low fat custard which would drastically cut the calories involved and allow me to be generous with the cream on the top!
I have no preference when it comes to jelly so I bought the first one I saw in Tesco this morning, which was a packet of Hartley's Sugar Free Raspberry Jelly which comes as granules needing to be dissolved in boiling water.
Making the jelly up is very easy, simply measure out half a pint of boiling water and mix the crystals well making sure they have all dissolved completely. Then top up the jelly to one pint using cold water. Pour the jelly into the bowls you are using, I've made mine in glass Sundae dishes, and allow to cool. Once cooled pop it into the fridge for an hour or two until completely set.
I'm completely impressed with this jelly and will now buy it regularly. Considering it's sugar free I found this to be a lovely sweet jelly which really satisfied my cravings for something sweet. It smells intensely fruity and the aroma of fresh raspberries is very strong indeed, much stronger than I had imagined it would be.
The jelly set beautifully, when eating I found it had the perfect wobbly jelly consistency which perhaps had a slightly lighter texture than other jellies but it was very pleasant and once I'd got through the first spoonful I couldn't really differentiate between this one and others I've eaten.
The flavour is delicious, it has the taste of fresh raspberries which gives the jelly a slight tartness but the flavour isn't overpowering in the slightest and gave me the impression I was eating something actually containing fruit rather than just a raspberry flavoured dessert.
I added a handful of frozen raspberries to the jelly before it set and these gave it a delicious and very satisfying bite once the trifle was put together. I topped it with a small pot of low fat Ambrosia custard and then squirted some cream on the top for a trifle which tasted wonderful and contained far, far fewer calories than the ones I made for the girls'.
Hartley's Jelly Crystals cost just 54p for two sachets and a full pint of this jelly contains just 35 calories and a trace of fat, which means I can fit this delicious jelly into my diet any time I like.
So, picture the scene, you've decided that this is the year that you intend to stick to your resolution to loose weight and get fit. There's just one problem - you have a sweet tooth. Does this scenario sound familiar? Well that's how it is in our house anyway!
Dave needs to loose weight to reduce his blood pressure and I need to loose weight to stabilise my blood sugar before it's too late so we have embarked on the Slimming World diet plan. I don't intend to go into all the details of the plan here but the basic premise is that certain foods are 'free' on certain days meaning that you can eat as much as you like of them.
Some foods are 'free' every day and these include sugar free jelly which we both love. Dave's favourite fruit is raspberries so the raspberry flavoured jelly is ideal for us.
The one that I buy is Hartley's Sugar Free Jelly which costs 54p for two sachets at Tesco's and each sachet makes one pint of jelly.
The jelly can be found alongside the ordinary jellies and dessert mixes such as Angel Delight and there is a range of flavours including raspberry, strawberry and orange. We have tried them all and they are all lovely!
The packets are brightly coloured with the raspberry one being red - not unsurprisingly - with the words 'new fruitier taste' written across the corner.
The two sachets are joined by perforations down the middle of the double pack so the first thing to do is to carefully tear the two sachets apart.
Next tear open the corner of one of the sachets, the smell of raspberries will greet you at this point, and it is really fruity and mouth watering.
Then you put the crystals in a suitable container, I use my trusty Pyrex measuring jug. Pour on about half a pint of boiling water and stir well. If you don't stir it well enough at this point the crystals don't dissolve properly and you end up with some chewy jelly in the end result. You will also notice the lovely smell again at this point - believe me it really does smell very fruity and natural too.
Anyway, you've stirred it well and all the crystals have dissolved; now you need to make the jelly up to a pint with cold water. If you are making a trifle and using tinned fruit you can use the juice to make up the jelly at this point to add some extra flavour.
If you are using tangy fresh fruit you can add some sugar here but that defeats the whole object of it being sugar free jelly to me!
The next stage is to pour the liquid jelly into a bowl or bowls and leave it to set in a cool place. I usually put mine in the fridge. It is worth mentioning at this point that this is not a quick setting jelly and will take at least a couple of hours to set.
The jelly tastes really good. The flavour of raspberries is nice and strong without being overpowering and it is sweet enough to give your sweet tooth a treat too!
At the moment I am making a pint of jelly every morning and splitting it between four glass bowls into which I have put either frozen raspberries from Tesco or frozen blackberries picked by us last year near our house.
When they are set I pour some Muller Light flavoured yoghurt (also a 'free' food on the diet!) over the top and there you are - a healthy trifle of which we can eat as much as we like!
I always think that, rather than denying yourself your favourite foods when you are dieting, it is much better to try and reinvent them as low calorie, low fat and low sugar versions.
I have also made orange sugar free jelly and poured it over fresh Satsuma slices and that was lovely too!
The nutritional value of a pint of the jelly just made up with water is as follows:
More information can be found at the Hartley's website at www.hartleysjelly.co.uk
So I'll just finish by saying that this jelly is a mainstay of our diet and we both love it!