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I have a lot of grandchildren and I like to give them a treat when they come to visit and I often make a nice trifle for their treat day usually over the weekend as that is the time they mostly come to see me and my wife and a nice pudding after their main meal is what they really look forward to the most because they do not eat a lot of junk food at their own homes because my children are quite strict in what they eat and like them to eat a nice healthy diet but when they visit me and my wife those are the days they can eat almost anything they want to as a treat.
This jelly I buy on a regular basis from the Tesco Value range because it is so cheap and it does taste very nice once used in my trifles. It is a Strawberry flavour and it come in a clear plastic wrapper to keep it nice and fresh. It usually costs me around 10p for 128g, it is a block of jelly and there are 8 cubes of the jelly in the block. Each one measures almost 1 inch square. The jelly is a nice dark red in colour and it is wrapped securely.
It is easy to make this jelly and all that is needed is to break the squares and place in a dish or jug and half a pint of boiling water and stir until the jelly has dissolved. It only takes a minute or so to dissolve the cubes. Then all that is needed is to add cold water and make it up to a pint and then place it either into a jelly mould or moulds or a dish and to allow it to set. It does not take long to set and once it has cooled I usually place it into my fridge until I am ready to place the custard and other ingredients over the top of the jelly.
The jelly has a really nice taste and the texture is just right for a jelly and it is not too hard, the Strawberries can be tasted with this one and it does not taste bland at all. The taste is really delicious and the quality is superb and it is a very good value jelly for the cheap price.
My grandchildren all love this one and I have never had them not eat it or like it and it is not a runny jelly as I have found with some other cheaper brands. This one is well worth the price and I do recommend it for anyone to buy because it is a really good one especially for anyone who is trying to save a little money or are on a lower budget and wanting a nice tasting treat for their children or grandchildren.
I continue to buy this one because it is not too sweet or sickly, it is just the right taste for myself and my family.
For 1 quarter of the jelly made up it contains, 90 calories, 18g of sugar, 0.2g of salt and a trace of fat.
Well worth the price.
I rate it 5 stars.
My 4 year old daughter has suddenly developed a passion for jelly, so on a recent visit to Tesco I decided to give their Value Strawberry jelly a try, as it was only 6p a pack.
Admittedly, my expectations weren't high - I mean for 6 pence, what would you expect?!
However, I was very pleasantly surprised.
The product comes in a 128g pack, approx 4 inches long, 3 wide and 1 inch deep.
The jelly comes packaged in a clear cellophane wrapper, with the Tesco value logo on the front and the nutritional infomation. When made up according to the intructions, one quarter of a jelly has 90 calories, 18g of sugar and just a trace of fat.
The back of the pack has the full list of ingredients, allergy advice (the jelly doesn't contain nuts) and preperation instructions.
When you open the cellophane the jelly is in one block which has been pre-divided in 12 cubes, which makes it easy to break up. It is a deep red colour with a pleasant strawberry smell.
To make the jelly up you break up the cubes and dissolve them in half a pint of boiling water. Once the cubes are fully dissolved (which takes about 3 - 4 minutes of stirring), you add ice cubes to make the liquid up to 1 pint.
Personally, I like my jelly a little firmer and stronger tasting, so I only added enough ice to make the volume of liquid up to 3/4 of a pint.
Once the ice has melted, you pour the liquid jelly into you chosen dish/dishes and put in the fridge to set.
I left the jelly for 24 hours and it was perfect, but I think it was properly set several hours before that.
It tasted great - my daughter loved it and I thought it tasted as good as any branded jelly I had bought in the past. If I was making this for kids parties I would probably add a few real strawberries to glam it up a bit.
This is the only jelly I will be buying from now on. At 6 pence a pack, it's a give away price and it tastes as good as products that are more than 10 times the price.
So, fancy a snack?
Money: These tend to fluctuate around 8 - 11p but they are normally at 9p. Compare that to the leading brand like rowntrees or something and you can see these are a true bargain!
Taste: These are so tasty! Especially if you just eat them 'raw' without actually making them up into diluted jelly. The stronger the jelly (less water used) the tastier the jelly is. If you actually make it by the recipe, it becomes pretty watery and a bit boring.
Ease: Depends if you can be bothered to make it properly or not. The raw jelly, i.e. straight out the pack, is simply enough. Making the jelly properly can take some time but depends on how strong you make the jelly. The more diluted the longer it takes to set and visa versa, all depends on how lazy you're feeling! I normally just ate them raw though! If making vodka jellys, the mix of vodka and water can be a tough one if you want it to set properly. This can be be a case of trail and error but making the mixture with as little hot water as possible then adding a shot worth to individual cups with a bit of vodka gives you a better chance of it setting.
Downsides: When you make a big batch of it it gets a bit sickening after a bowl full or so, but this is more the case if it is too sloppy and watery.
Moneysaving tip: Ok so the price seems to fluctuate a lot. That means you should stock up hardcore when the price falls to 8p. If you eat a lot of these you could save a fair amount.
Overall: Great little snack and good for house parties and predrinks with vodka jellies!
This jelly gets off to a bad start straight away with its use of the word "flavour". Yes, really: one of the lesser known aspects of the food labelling rules is that there is a significant difference between the word "flavoured", which means that the product must actually contain some of the substance it defines, and the word "flavour", which simply means that it might perhaps bear some vague resemblance to its taste. That's why you can have smoky bacon flavour crisps that are suitable for vegetarians.
Still, I suppose one ought not to be too harsh on a product that costs a mere 7p. Actually when I saw that I thought at first that it might just be a slab of wobbling rubberised plastic painted red, so anything is up from there! I don't know whether this is actually the cheapest wrapped product available in Tesco, but if it isn't I'd like to know what is! It takes some finding in my local branch, which hides jellies away in a dark corner of the frozen food section (because it goes with ice cream, I suppose) and it is only available in this one flavour.
Being a Tesco Value product, the packaging is basic to say the least, with the usual single-layer crackly plastic and very boring design, so I'll skim over that and get to the nutritional information. The first thing to mention is the use of pork gelatine, though almost all similar products also use this, so clearly vegetarians, Jews and Muslims are not a big market for jelly! A quarter of a block, which makes up to 142 ml (which is to say, a quarter of a pint) of jelly, offers a reasonable 90 kcal but an unsurprisingly hefty 18g of sugar.
Jelly has clearly moved on a bit since I was a child, and the instructions on the back not only detail the ordinary way to make the stuff, ie dissolve in boiling water, add cold water, pour into mould, leave to set; but also explain how to make it in a microwave. I'm not entirely sure what the point is, since after you've heated the jelly cubes you still need the boiling water, cold water and time to set as before, so it's not as if it saves you much time, surely?
There's nothing wrong with the colour of this jelly: it's a rather nice and quite rich dark red. It smells cheap and plasticky, though, and the taste is... well, it's not actually *bad*, but it doesn't have a great deal to do with strawberries, and I think I might struggle a bit to identify the flavour (beyond "some kind of summer fruit") in a blind test. I should confess at this point that a childhood guilty pleasure was eating raw jelly, so in the spirit of scientific enquiry I tried a cube that way - and there wasn't much taste there either.
When you consider that a pack of similar jelly of a rather better standard - let's say Hartleys, which is basically what used to be Rowntrees - is only 37p, comes in a decent range of flavours and tastes much better, then there doesn't seem a great deal of point in buying the Tesco Value stuff, even for mixing up into a trifle or something. This one feels like a bit of a false economy to me.
A lifeless slab of Strawberry table jelly, Golly gosh! that's a jolly spiffing subject for an enthralling review isn't it? - don't laugh; I've got to try and make it a bit interesting haven't I...
Anyway, back to the subject in question, Tesco's, value range, Strawberry flavour jelly, weighing in at 4.1/2oz, (128g if you must). You can only become the proud owner of a slab of this highly desirable product, by handing over the highly exorbitant sum of 7p to your local Tesco's store. I kid you not, 7 PENCE, they might as well stick it in a bin by the door and say help yourself, have one on us. How do they make any money on this sort of thing???? Or should the question really be, how much money are other purveyors of this exquisite product type making, when they sell their offerings for upward of 50p a slab..........Ha! Nobody ever asks it that way do they?
But I digress, so what do you get for your 7p then?
You get a typical Tesco's Value range, Blue and white "Logoed", thin cellophane wrappered block of Red jelly, I'm actually quite pleased about that really, at least it looks good, but IS it any good?
The wrapper is printed with copious amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which many others find fascinating, important and highly relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage instructions. There is also mention of associated Allergy advice - which is also detailed below.
The slab in action........
The packet is very easy to open, which is always a good start, but is not necessarily a sign of product quality. After opening a very light fruity smell emanates from the jelly, but it's not very reminiscent of Strawberry to me - Oh dear! That's not such a good sign. However, onwards and upwards, let's get on with making some jelly...
The slab is easily broken or cut in squares; I must say though that I'd be very worried if it wasn't.
Place said blocks into a dish, jug, or similar receptacle and cover with ½ pint of boiling water, agitate for a few minutes to allow the blocks to dissolve and then top up to a pint with cold water, or a mix of fruit juice and cold water. By way of a change, I sometimes add a few canned Mandarin sections or Peach sections to my jellies; this is where the fruit juice comes in. The blocks do dissolve into solution quite quickly this way, but this process can be speeded slightly up by using your microwave to help with the dissolution - it takes about 45 seconds with the aid of the microwave as opposed to about two minutes using the traditional method.
Once the jelly is fully dissolved, pour the solution into moulds or individual dishes, as you prefer, and leave to stand / set, in either a cool place or in the fridge. You may add the fruit sections at this time if you wish. I would advise you to wait until the jelly has fully cooled before adding the fruit though, as if you add the fruit when the jelly is still warm / lukewarm they may not float to the top and look pretty - and before you ask, by fully cooled I do not mean fully set...
Incidentally, if you decide to add some fruit, don't add Kiwi, Pineapple or Papaya, THE JELLY WON'T SET.
The setting process takes around 2 hours in the fridge, so not too bad really. I can't advise on setting times outside of a fridge as I don't do it that way. As long as you have made the jelly as per instructions, i.e. made a pint of solution, and not tried to eke it out a bit more, you should get a very solid traditional jelly which looks good and "Wobbles" exactly as you think it should. The consistency of the set jelly appears to be just right, and the colour looks excellent, a really good Strawberry red - still so far so good.
Now to that all important taste test...
Oh dear! unfortunately this is where it falls over, (Or should that be wobbles over), well it does for me anyway. The consistency of the jelly, as mentioned earlier is fine, a good, firm, but wobbly jelly, just as one expects.
But the taste...WHAT TASTE? Where is the Strawberry flavour? There is nothing, it is completely bland. What a real letdown after all that build up, I am really, really disappointed. I know it's cheap but, come on, at least there ought to be a whiff of Strawberry about it.
Oh well, I suppose that you can't win them all.
Miscellaneous gen as promised earlier, - lifted directly from the packaging...
Recipe - Does not contain nuts.
Ingredients - Cannot guarantee nut free
Factory - Product made in Nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere.
Make of that little lot what you will - I am confused, (Not difficult these days)...
Glucose-Fructose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pork gelatine, Citric acid, Acidity regulator (Trisodium citrate), Flavouring, Acetic acid, Colours, Cochineal, Curcumin.
This jelly is clearly unsuitable for veggies / vegans.
Per ¼ packet, when made up according to the prescribed instructions.
Calories - 70
Sugar - 14.6g
Fat - trace
Saturates - trace
Salt - 0.1g
In conclusion, this jelly is exceptional value at only 7p a time, BUT, sorry Tesco's, that's as far as it goes... Why not spend another penny on production and add some Strawberry juice. It will still be dirt cheap at 8p, but it will taste so much better.
Now you know why I usually add some fruit and fruit juice when I make it.
I am on a low budget now and try to make cut backs whenever I can to save more money, I have always used lower brands from supermarkets but I never used to buy products that I thought would not be nice until last year and I had to look more closely at the things I could save on and just buy the other products or items I thought needed to be bought at a higher price, and so I decided to try this jelly and see if it worked for me and my family.
This jelly is from the Value range from Tesco, it is a excellent value for only 7p per 128g packet which is absolutley a brilliant price. It is in a transparent thin plastic wrapper that can be opened from both side, it has 12 little cubes which are joined together and can easily broken apart and are nice and soft.
It is red in colour and it is very easy to make, all you need to do is dissolve the cubes in jug or dish in 284ml or half a pint of boiling water, then make up to 568ml or 1 pint with cold water, and you can use a little less water if you prefer it a firmer jelly. Pour into a mould or glass or dish whichever you want your jelly to be served or eaten from and just leave to set in a cool place or in a fridge. The jelly should ideally be eaten within 2 days.
A quatre of the made up jelly contains:
trace of fat
trace of saturates
It is good for using for trifles and it is and individual moulds and it is super for childrens parties and for when doing a dinner party for adults too, it is a very cheap way of using it as a pudding as you can add lots of other products to it such as cream, custard or icecream.
It is a very strong strawberry flavour for the price, and when I first bought it I did not think it would have any flavour at all but it does.
It has a very good texture and it is easy to take out of the dish with a spoon, as some jellies can be quite hard setting, but this one is just right.
I heard many years ago when I was growing up that if you ate one jelly cube, any flavour in one day, you would have stronger nails, I must admit I did try this and it did not work for me, but I guess it must have been an old wives tale but who knows I could be wrong.
Try this product and see if it is fine for you also and for the price it is not going to cost you a fortune.
I recommend it to anyone to give it a go.
I give it a 5 star
At the end of the day a jelly is a jelly is it not? Can you really get jellies that are higher in quality. After all, it's just gelatin and it's not especially good for you whatever way you eat it. Of course you can always add lashings of fruit to make it more substantial, but if you're going to make standard plain jelly then surely any cheap variety will do.
Tesco's value jelly comes in a shocking seven pence. So you could buy several packs for the same price as Rowntrees. To me that seems like good value, especially as you get the same quantity. I cannot award many points for their packaging, where you can actually see the jelly shining through a piece of plastic wrapping, quite uninspiring. But as we're not eating the packet, I am not too bothered.
Making jelly is straight forward, melting it with boiling water before making up with cool water and allowing to set in the fridge. The cubes break up easily on the value jelly, or you could use a knife for precision. They melt down quickly and hey presto you're done.
The taste is an alluring strawberry, not overly sugary and not devoid of flavour either, which I thought it might be. I think Rowntrees might just have the edge on taste, as their strawberry has a trifle more kick, but this has a good fruitiness which pushes through with merit. It would therefore be great if you're doing a mammoth birthday party for kids and need loads of jelly, or if you're in the catering industry.
Would I buy it again, yes I think I would actually. You cannot quibble with the pricetag and as most jellies are quite bland anyway, you get what you expect.
Tesco Value Strawberry Jelly......
Jelly is such a brilliant, versatile product that I was often buying a couple every weekly shop to see me through. The leader in Jelly Production has got the be Rowntree's as this company has been around many years and offers a wide range of flavours and various jelly products (such as ready made). Rowntree's jelly's are often priced at around 50p and although often on special can work out pretty costly the amount we seem to go through.
This is where the Tesco value jelly comes in and priced at 7p per packet they are most certainly cheap and cheerful. Okay so the packaging leaves a lot to be desired but it does give all the necessary information on it. The jelly itself looks just as you would expect a strawberry jelly block to look and I think if I placed a Rowntree's jelly unwrapped next to a Tesco value one I would be hard pushed to notice the difference.
You make the jelly up in the same way as with any other in the fact that you tear up the jelly into the cubes that are marked out and use a little bit of boiling water to melt said cubes. Once all the cubes have melted you then make up to a pint with cold water. I will often make the jelly up just under a pint so it sets quicker and firmer. I will also use old jelly pots or yoghurt pots to make up several small jellies which are easier to serve up.
When eating the jelly I find it has a very nice light strawberry taste. I personally can't tell any difference between the costly branded jelly and this far cheaper alternative. The jelly sets well and goes down a treat! It also has a great wobble to it.
I often make trifles from scratch as Himself loves them and using this jelly compared to the branded one makes absolutely no difference except to my pocket.
All in all I can say this jelly is just as jelly should be. It is a cheap pudding to have and goes well with cream or ice cream. It is easy to make and very cheap to buy. What else could you want. A 5/5 star product if I ever saw one. Highly recommended.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Jelly is a favourite in my house with ice-cream for pudding with my boys so when I spotted this cheaper brand on a recent shopping trip I decided to give it a go. I mean surely jelly is jelly!
The jelly comes in a very basic packet which is clear plastic and has the Tesco value logo on the front with the product name and a quick overview of the nutrition amounts. The back of the packet has a small white rectangle which contains the instructions on how to make and the ingredients. Through the clear packaging we can clearly see the nice bright red jelly inside.
To make this jelly a boiled kettle is needed and a bowl and fork. The jelly needs to be cut into cubes which is very simple to do as these are marked out on the top of the jelly and then half a pint of the boiled water needs to be added to these cubes in the bowl. A fork is now the best thing to use to stir the cubes until they all dissolve into the water. You will notice that the water turns to a red colour as the cubes are dissolving. When all the cubes have dissolved then another half pint of water, but cold this time needs to be added to the bowl. Again this will need a stir.
The jelly is to be left on the side to cool down and when it is cool it is to be placed into the fridge until it has set. Personally I leave it overnight and find it is just right the following morning.
~~TASTE AND APPEARANCE~~
The set jelly looks a good red colour and nice and thick, there is not much more I can really say about the appearance of it. When I opened the fridge to get the bowl of jelly out I was instantly hit by the wonderful strawberry smell which the jelly was giving off. I did not find it overpowering at all but it did make me want a dish of the jelly! The smell is also apparent when the jelly is removed from the packaging but not so much as when it has been dissolved and set.
The jelly was easy to spoon out of the bowl and serve into individual dishes. It tasted very nice and really did taste of strawberries. I found it was very smooth and easy to eat. My boys love this and did not notice at any point that it was a different brand to what they had been used to.
The jelly recipe does not contain nuts and has been made in a nut free factory. The nutritional values for a 100ml serving are:-
Energy - 49 Kcal
Protein - 1.2g
Carbohydrates - 11.0g
Of which sugars - 10.3g
Fat - Trace
Of which saturates - trace
Fibre - 0.4g
Sodium - trace
Salt equivalent - Trace
The jelly ingredients include, Glucose - Fructose syrup,, Sugar, Water, Pork Gelatine, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (trisodium Citrate) Flavouring, Acetic Acid, Colours (cochineal, Curcumin)
The jelly must be stored in a cool dry place and once made it should be kept refrigerated and eaten within 2 days.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
Now as this is a Tesco Value product then it is only available in Tesco's stores. I comes with the crazy price tag of just 9p which I am shocked about as I was paying over 50p before trying this one.
I have to highly recommend this jelly as it has a great taste, it is easy to make, smells wonderful and the best but is the tiny price tag!
Tesco Value Strawberry Flavour Jelly
Anyone reading my reviews will know by now that I am a massive fan of the Tesco Value range. I used to be a bit of a product snob, preferring to choose items which were packaged in better wrappings, believing that they would be of better quality.
In the last six months or so, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover than in fact, cheap and nasty packaging does not mean cheap and nasty products. I now really appreciate the fact that I can save money by not spending extra on posh packaging, which as we all know, just gets thrown anyway anyhow.
On that basis, I have been buying the Tesco Value strawberry flavoured jelly recently and can highly recommend it as being just as good as any of the competing (and more expensive) brands on the shelf.
The first thing that you cannot fail to notice when buying this jelly is the price. It will cost you just £0.07. Yes that is correct, it isn't a typing error, it genuinely does cost just £0.07!
Like all products in this range, the packaging is very plain. The jelly comes in a clear plastic wrapper with red and blue writing on it.
As with all jelly, this one comes in a block which contains 12 cubes. You then simply tear the cubes off, and add to the required amount of hot water. Stir until the jelly cubes have dissolved, add cold water and then pop it into the fridge to set.
The jelly is really tasty, it is fruity and sweet and I can find absolutely no difference between this and the leading brands. The consistency is good, the flavour is good and the price is amazing.
I will definitely continue to buy this product, and would resent spending any extra now that I know that I can pick it up for so little, if you are a fan of jelly then get yourself along to Tesco and save yourself some cash!
I have always been a big fan of jelly and even more so when I discovered how to make alcoholic versions! I saw the Tesco Value Jelly for a very pocket attractive 7p, seven pence I say....I had to try it!
Each packet has 12 little cubes of jelly, the same as you would get with most jellies out there, so I must emphasise that seven pence is really good value!
This strawberry was easy to prepare and as it come in 12 cubes, dissolving them is made quite easy. Add hot water and then dissolved add cold water and then place into a container and then into the fridge to set. Its that simple. I found the easiness to prepare, exactly the same as any other jelly out there, except without the price tag. The taste of the jelly was also absolutely the same, so my question to brands such as Rowntree's - why is your jelly so special that you have to charge that much more? I expected the flavour of the jelly to be slightly compromised due to the price, but I was pleasantly suprised.
I would definitely recommend that you choose Tesco Value Jelly over any other jelly, dont forget 'every little helps'. I still cant get over that it is only 7p.
I like jelly and it goes with quite alot of stuff! Here is a list of what I like my jelly with:
o Whipped Cream
o Ice Cream
o Trifle (within)
o Fruit (Inside)
o Alcohol (inside, see below for a recipe)
Vodka (or Your Favourite Spirit) Jelly! (Strictly for adults only)
Seperate your jelly cubes and add the hot water until your jelly is dissolved. Add no more than half a pint of your favourite spirit into the jelly mixture. This will count towards the cold water you needed to add. Add a little cordial, depending on the flavour of your jelly. This will make the taste of the alcohol less harsh. Add the rest of the cold water you needed to add and stir. Place your jelly in the molded container(s) you want and put in the fridge to allow to set. Several or somethimes less hours later, you have fun adult jelly! Yummy too!
Being on a small crusade to find foodstuffs as cheaply as possible that we may eat in a time of financial crisis, I did a tediously long search on the teaco website by just inputting the work "Value". 680 Teco Value products came up and I used the items from this section as the basis of my online shop. (good money saving tip there!).
Tesco Value jelly was one of the products I bought. You pay 7p for a normal sized normal looking block of jelly (the actual cubes you have to tear off and mix with half a pint of boiling water and half a pint of cold water). Fantastic value.
I decided to make up a pack of this into jelly to test how it tasted to see if it is worth buying a few packs to keep them in the cupboard for a new desert or a change every now and again.
This was exactly the same as every other block of jelly I have every used or bought. It tore into cubes the same as a premium jelly (ie rowntrees), it actually seemed to take less stirring time for the cubes to dissintegrate (normally there is one stubborn cube that just will not melt..but this seemed to melt without too much of a fight).
One jelly made three smallish round tupperware bowls of jelly (you get a pint of liquid) or four smaller containers of jelly. alternatively you can pour it into one bowl and leave it to set.
Jelly is multifuntional, you can use it as part of a trifle or just make a bowl of jelly to have with fruit, with creme or ice cream or to eat on its own.
I can say this set in the usual jelly setting time, there was just nothing abnormal or less than standard about this product. It tasted nice-like a normal strawberry jelly and I would definitely recommend it. For 7p it is one of those bargain buys that s good value and quality too.
It's my granddaughter's 13th birthday tomorrow so I have spent much of tonight preparing little individual trifles for her party. She refused the offer of a limo and bowling and asked for a fairly low key affair with a good buffet such as we experienced at a very posh wedding recently. Well, you're only 13 once so her mum and I have spent a fortune on posh food for this party and have also offered ourselves as cooks for various desserts and canapés.
The jelly base of the trifle, however, was as cheap as chips at just 7p a packet. It's the 'proper' jelly too, a slab of red jelly cubes ready for dissolving in water - not the granules that are so popular these days which I can never get to set properly.
Tesco Value have done it again, producing a very cheap product that is every bit as good as a lot of other brands. The jelly cubes dissolve easily in hot water and the colour produced is a satisfactory red, it looks a vibrant jelly rather than the insipid coloured orange jelly I bought from the same range recently.
The jelly takes a little longer to set than others I have made, but to be honest once it's in the fridge then that's it until it's set for me and I don't really bother timing it. Once set I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference between this and other brands. It has a robust strawberry flavour and is pleasantly sweet but without being overly sugary.
My one complaint is that it tastes a little metallic if eaten alone, not exactly metallic perhaps but the jelly certainly has a slightly mineral flavour. This isn't a problem when the jelly is combined with anything but sometimes I've eaten plain pots of this jelly (like tonight) and I'm always aware of this strange undercurrent to the fruity flavour.
I know exactly how these trifles will turn out as I've made them using this Value jelly before. When covered in custard and cream, with a few strawberries stirred through the jelly and chocolate chips on the top it'll be lovely.
The jelly cannot be beaten. For 7p I don't know what you want. This jelly is as good as the standard Tesco range strawberry jelly which is 35p for the same sized block, whereas Hartley's jelly is 63p and may be slightly superior in quality but not really 50p worth!
If I may also add, it's also very nice eaten straight from the block in as cube-like a shape as possible! I'm actually planning to buy a few blocks for my granddaughter to dust with icing sugar for 'Turkish Delight' style Christmas presents.
When made up 100g of this jelly contains no fat at all and just 49 calories, so if you fancy something sweet then you could do much worse than snack on this. Cheaper than 'diet' jellies and tastier too!
In my opinion, desert is just as important as the main meal, if not more important than the main course itself. When it comes to desert, I like to have a variety of different choices. However, I do not always have plenty of time to spent preparing meals, let alone spending hours preparing desert.
I came across the idea of having jelly for desert instead of the usual which was ice cream and other typical desert choices. I then choose the Tesco Value Strawberry Flavour which was one of the cheapest type of jelly available.
At the time, it seemed like all the jellies were packed in the same way, the only differences with the more expensive and basic brands were the fact that the value brands lacked solid packaging and fancy graphics on them. Therefore, this led me to choose a basic brand instead of the more expensive alternatives.
The packaging is clear, the only thing that was labelled was the Tesco Value branding and the small amount of information on the back.
Upon removing the plastic wrapper, there were twelve cubes all connected to each other. This made it easier to separate the individual cubes depending on how much you plan to make.
After preparing the jelly, I left it in the fridge for a few hours. I was surprised that the jelly had settled quite well, especially because I did not exactly follow the instructions to do so.
The colour of the jelly was more or less the same as what is was before I had prepare it. You get a slightly strong fruity smell if you actually smell it closely which is good because I do not like a desert with an overwhelming smell. It also taste slightly sweet, that gives it just the right amount of flavour.
Furthermore, I liked the idea of adding pieces of fruit into the Jelly to give it a bit more "appearance" rather than its plain red colour. I also had considered adding chocolate bits to it which should be quite interesting.
Overall, for the price of less than 10 pence each, this jelly would be an economical and simple desert to prepare without leaving you stuck in the kitchen for hours.
Tesco Value jelly is an absolute bargain and one of those products were most people won't be able to tell the difference if you use it in the right way.
The jelly comes wrapped in plastic and this is easy to just rip open or cut away but it is not recyclable.
For 7p you get 12 chunks of jelly (128g) 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 cheap trifle which my nieces & nephews love.
The jelly tastes quite nice, it has a light strawberry flavour to it but it's not too strong. 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). It's perhaps not quite as nice as a more expensive brand but it's a bargain price and the chances are that you aren't going to eat this by itself anyway so there really is no need to place out 50p+ for basically the same product.
There are 49 calories and a trace of fat per 100g 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 10.3g of sugars) and they probably won't notice any difference in taste at all.
I would definitely recommend this product, it's simple to make and available from Tesco stores at the bargain price of 7p. I am therefore rating it 4/5 stars and have knocked one star off because the strawberry flavour is not very strong but I do think overall this is a great product.