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ARRRGGHHHH. I am appalled, I have found a biscuit that is not coffee or coconut that I dont like, so now Ive had a lie down to get over the shock I thought Id share the experience with my friends.
It all started when in a hung-over state this morning, (we were at a wedding last night, congratulations Shaun and Fiona.) I was walking around Sainsburys trying to find something nice to take back for our kids who had spent the night with my mum, then I spotted a very inviting bright orange box with Rowntrees, Fruit Jambos written in big, inviting letters on the box and they looked like those lovely little Jam biscuits that you can get in France, I honestly couldnt resist.
So, we are all settled down in front of the television having a family night (A Ham tradition where every now and then the kids are allowed to eat their dinner in front of the TV and we watch a film together) and we opened them. Now I was expecting a box similar to the Jammie Dodgers where they were all piled up on top of each other, but no! to my surprise I got 6 longish packets which upon a little investigation by prodding the package revealed 3 biscuits in each one. My reaction to this was one of disappointment as they would be ideal for lunch boxes and to be honest I wanted them, I didnt want them to get a lunch box label so Id feel guilty opening them. The packets were quite substantial though and certainly would keep the biscuits fresh.
Anyway, the next step is of course to open the packet, I dont know why as on the packet it clearly shows a picture of them being round, but I was expecting oval shaped like the French ones, so was a little surprised when I took out a circular biscuit about 1.5 across. But not to be put off by the mere shape I happily pulled out the first biscuit. I am a huge fan of Jelly, so was really exited when a strawberry one came out, it felt odd, not like I was expecting, the outside was harder. Probably again I was expecting it to be like the French ones but it wasnt. It smelt quite strongly of concentrated jelly, but looked well cooked.
The first taste was nothing less than one of severe disappointment. I took a bite, and it was quite crunchy but so artificial in taste, you could taste the jelly very well, a very strong strawberry taste but the biscuit itself tasted awful, it was not like I was expecting, a good buttery taste like a Jammy Dodger, or nice and soft like a Jaffa cake, it was very bland and just crunchy.
The second taste was not much better. But in true biscuit lovers fashion, and reviewers fashion I completed my research and moved onto the next one in the packet. This was Blackcurrent flavour, and again the Jelly tasted ok, not great but ok and the biscuit was again so artificial.
The final biscuit was Orange flavour and as with orange jelly, the jelly was ok, and well! I think youve got the jist of my opinion of the biscuit.
Now moving on to the techie stuff on the packet, the number of calories per 100g are horrendous 435! And quite frankly its not worth it, nor the 99p it set me back. There are also 13.4g of fat in it and the list of ingredients had I read them before hand would have warned me of the artificial taste. Unlike Rowntrees jelly though it contains gelling agent, pectin so is suitable for vegetarians, the Jelly usually contains gelatine.
However I do think that kids would like it, wed bought ours some Jelly Tots which they were eating instead (guilt at having left them over night) so they havent had any yet. They usually have mixtures of dried and fresh fruit in their sandwiches and not sweet stuff, but I will probably let them have a packet each at some point, simply because I will not be eating any more of them. It is the sort of thing that kids will enjoy, they can lick the jelly out and generally make a sticky mess.
So I will end with a shortened list of why not to buy them:
They are by Rowntrees, part of the Nestle group. (check out Jill Murphys review if you want any more info on that)
They taste artificial
Of all the great jelly flavours they do, for some reason they only have 3 flavours in the biscuits
They are horrendously heavy on the calories and fat
I now have a horrid aftertaste in my mouth, that is not hangover related
So all in all do I recommend them, well no all things being equal, Id rather have a Jaffa Cake.
Thank you for reading
From time to time I get so bored with the same old biscuits on offer, and last week was one of those times. I was stood there in a bit of a trance looking at the same old, same old, when suddenly something caught my eye. I zoomed a little closer to investigate further and, yes! To my surprise there on the shelf was a product marked ?new?. Well how could I resist so I made my purchase and took my find home to sample further. Once I was safely home, my shopping all packed away neat and tidy. I popped the kettle on, made self a nice cup of tea and sat down with my new exciting find. The new product is made by ?Rowntrees? and is called ?Fruit Jambos? They come in a box, which is an Orangey colour. It has the ?Rowntrees? logo on it with a big splodge of jam on it and the word s ?Fruit Jambos? with a tongue licking jam out of one of the biscuits. It also tells you the contents of the box are six packs containing three biscuits each. The box cost me 99p in Sainsburys supermarket. The ingredients are all the useual Wheat, flour etc and loads of E numbers and do warn that it might contain nuts. The nutrition info per 100g is: - 1831kj/435kcal Carbohydrate. 73.6g Fat..13.4g Inside the box are six long flat packs, ideal for lunch boxes and are almost identical to the box in colour and design. The packs are made of that plastic foil stuff that you can?t screw up. I tried to open one pack and found it most difficult to get into, in the end I had to use my teeth, which isn?t very good for your teeth. So any one with weak or disabled hands would proberly have to use scissors or something to open them. When I did finally get into the pack, I found three small round biscuits inside. Each biscuit was only about 1½ inch across and resembled a jam tart, a round shell slightly raised at the edges with jam in the middle. There was one strawberry flavour, one blackcurrant flavour and one orange flavour in each of the packs. The fi
rst one I tried was the strawberry flavour. The biscuit was nice and crisp and the jam was that hard sticky jam you get in jam filled biscuits. Now for how they tasted, well I could describe the flavour in two easy words ?Jammie Dodgers? That was exactly what they tasted like, with a little extra jam, which if you like Jammie Dodgers you are definitely going to love these. For those not acquainted with the Jammie Dodger, Jambo?s taste of shortcake biscuit with a nice sweet fruity jam flavour and are nice and sweet, crunchy and chewy. Next I tried the blackcurrant flavour. It?s a good job I had my eyes open when I took my first bite or I would have thought I had eaten another one the same flavour as the last, and then again with the orange one. Well I could tell no difference in any of the three flavours what so ever, despite the ingredient list claiming 4% juice from each of the flavoured fruits. When my son Adam and his girlfriend Lisa came home. I asked them to try them and the first thing they remarked was ?Mmm they taste just like ?Jammie Dodgers? and between the three of us we finished the whole box in just a couple of hours. So all in all my summing up of this new product is, that I do think by the appearance of the box and wrapper and also by the size, shape and appearance of the product its self. It was developed with kids in mind, especially for adding to their lunch boxes. I do also think that for 99p for 18 small biscuits they are a bit expensive, you are certainly paying for the wrapper here. But if you are a fan of the lovely Jammie Dodger then this is definitely a biscuit for you, as the over all taste is a Jammie Dodger with loads of jam. I will be buying them again. I do hope this is of use to someone. Thanks for reading.
Rowntrees Fruit Jambos are yummy shortcake biscuits filled with a ¿jamtastic¿ fruity filling that you¿ll have fun licking out to reveal one of 12 secret designs hidden in the shortcake!