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I have a massive sweet tooth and regularly enjoy eating a variety of sweet treats like chocolate snacks and jelly sweets. One of my favourite varieties of jelly sweets is jelly babies, and my favourite brand is Haribo. I find that this variety of jelly babies can be quite hard to come by though, as they seem to be slightly less common than their big-branded rivals, that of the 'Bassetts' brand.
The Haribo Jelly babies come in a plastic bag that is mainly yellow in colour although there is a clear section across the middle of the bag which allows me to see the little jelly people through the plastic. I can see that the jelly babies are a variety of colours (as you can see from the picture on the Dooyoo page above). The other thing that is very noticeable at first glance is the way these little jelly babies do not have the generous dusting of white powder that so many other varieties have. This matter is of course down to personal choice, but I personally prefer my jelly people to be without the cover of dust. I also think that the Haribo jelly babies have a slightly 'waxy' look to them, although I do not find this off-putting or a negative point.
The Haribo jelly babies smell very fruity when I open the bag, although the main thing I notice is how sweet they smell. The mouth-watering aroma of something fruity is indeed overtaken by the much stronger sweet, sugary smell but this is not a negative point for me personally. Like I said at the start of this review, I have a very powerful sweet tooth and I do rather enjoy indulging it on a regular basis, it has to be said!
The taste of the Haribo jelly babies is exactly as you would expect from any similar jelly sweet like this one. They are very sweet of course and they have the same fruity sort of taste that is indicated from the fruity aroma when you first open the bag. The Haribo jelly babies do not all taste the same, regardless of their colour, which is a trait I have found many brands of jelly babies carry, particularly those at the cheaper end of the market. I must confess that I find this slightly generic and off-putting and much prefer the individually-flavoured version from Haribo. This means of course that the orange coloured jelly baby tastes of oranges, and the yellow coloured jelly baby has a lemon-type flavour and so on. This adds to the appeal of these jelly babies in my opinion, and my hubby and myself can often be found fighting over the black coloured jelly babies in the bag, such is the sweetness and richness of their flavour!
The texture of these jelly babies is, in my humble opinion, just right. The outer 'shell' of the sweet is quite thick and extremely chewy when I am eating it. The inside or 'centre' of the jelly babies is a lovely soft jelly, and the combination of the soft jelly together with the slightly harder outer shell is a winning combination for yours truly. I find that the sweets are extremely satisfying and the texture is absolutely spot on.
The Haribo jelly babies are never going to be a firm favourite with either slimmers or dentists, but they are what they are, and I think it is fair to say that very few sweets could be described as a 'health conscious' choice. The plastic bag informs me that 100g of the jelly babies will provide me with 348 kcal. The good news however, is that there is a printed 'badge' on the front of the bag, which proudly informs me that these sweets have 'No Artificial Colours' in them. This may make them slightly more appealing to some of you, particularly when it comes to buying sweets for young children. As for me, I have to confess I would buy them regardless of what colours or additives they contained, such is my sweetie addiction.(!!!)
Also, the Haribo jelly babies are not suitable for either a vegan or a vegetarian diet, as the sweets contain gelatine.
I have seen the Haribo Jelly babies for sale in larger shops such as Tesco and Asda. I find them harder to come by in smaller shops like the independent grocery shop near to where I live, which is really very unfortunate, although my dentist probably wouldn't agree! The 300g bag costs in the region of 99 pence - £1.20 which is reasonable value in my opinion.
I would highly recommend the Haribo jelly babies and they remain a firm favourite in our house. Whenever I see them on sale I always grab a couple of bags to keep my stockpile at home topped up! I wish these sweets were slightly easier to come by, but apart from that I have absolutely nothing negative to say about them and can only award them full Dooyoo marks!
Mmm jelly babies... I love these and it's Haribo's version that I like the most. They come in a wide variety of flavours (as you can see from the picture) and truly kinder to your sweet tooth. I can't get enough of these and whenever I see these in my local newsagents I have to pick bag or two up. They seem to be of a much higher quality and I believe they taste better :D.
The only problem with them is the health thing. Yeah, they're not healthy, and if you look at the ingredients you'll soon see why. This fruity confectionary is filled with flavourings, colourings and glazing agents (beeswax). There's also a whole lot of glucose syrup in there - I guess that's why I like them so much. It's important you bear this in mind though as too many won't do you any good by the looks of it.
I recommend these to you in moderation. I love them, but have cut down lately as I've began to realise the ingredients used aren't exactly healthy. I prefer these to the rival Bassetts jelly babies due to the sweetness but you may disagree. It's best you try both before buying in bulk!
I have quite a sweet tooth for a 30 year old man. I regularly eat chocolate & biscuits & other items too. I do like jellys, but I tend not to but them that much. That is with the exception of these.
Haribo Jelly Babies are quite hard to find. I think that this is because Bassett's Jelly Babies tend to be better sellers & are a more recognised British brand name. My local supermarket doesn't sell the Haribo ones. The only places I know where I can buy them are Macro & Poundland who charge £1.00 per bag.
There are quite a few different flavours available including Lime, Lemon & Orange. The reason I am such a big than of these is the quality of the product. The taste really good. The have a strong fruit flavour & each type tastes distinctly different. I find they're much tastier than the most popular brand. I also think that they have a good texture too. They are soft & chewy, but they aren't too soft either.
On the down side, the ingredients list has a few e-numbers in it. However lots of similar sweet items also tend to have some additives too.
I would recommend them to anyone. They are difficult to find & aren't exactly very healthy, but in my opinion, they are the nicest Jelly Baby you can buy.
We all have a guilty pleasure, something that we love to eat even though it's bad for us. For me, one of mine is visiting the cinema with a good bag of sweets. After discovering them recently, Haribo Jelly Babies have become my confectionery treat of choice and I like them more than is healthy for a guy who really doesn't 'do' sweet foods.
*Where would I be without Poundland?*
These jelly babies aren't as widely available as the rest of the Haribo range in the UK (perhaps they're a little bit too traditional when compared to Starmix, Tangfastics and the like?) They can be picked up occasionally in bigger supermarkets and for those of us watching our budgets - if nothing else - Poundland sells a very generous 300g bag for £1.
*Refreshingly natural flavours, but so sweet!*
These are fantastic for an unhealthy snack - the jelly babies are moreish, sweet and the flavours are very pleasant and have discernible differences between them. As this often isn't the case with jelly sweets such as these or jelly beans, they get a big thumbs up for quality. The texture is also good and they are soft enough to gobble, while they resist enough so that biting the feet of a jelly baby takes a moment!
Haribo Jelly Babies are particularly tasty and contain all natural flavourings, including aronia, blackcurrant, carrot, elderberry, grape, hibiscus and lemon. For those of you shocked that a bag of sweets could contain carrots, they were actually used with some regularity to sweeten dishes during the second World War and who knows, maybe the sweets are healthier for it? ;-)
Nutritionally, this is where the goodness ends. While these sweets are very low in fat, they contain massive amounts of sugars (over 50% by weight) and this is just as bad as fat as that's what it's going to turn into if you don't try and stay active! The manufacturers recommend a serving of 40g (139 kcal), but realistically you're looking at a quarter of the bag for a more normal serving (more like 250 kcal). After all, who eats a seventh of a bag of sweets when they go to the cinema?!
Unfortunately for vegetarians, these jelly babies are no more suited for them than real babies would be (this is intended as a joke, so hopefully won't cause offence). They contain gelatin and as they make no mention of it coming from anywhere other than animal sources, better safe than sorry is my advice to any veggie readers.
*Will I be buying these again?*
I certainly will. While high sugar treats are bad for the teeth and probably not best for moderating blood sugar levels during the day, a little bit of what you like does you good. These are a tasty and affordable snack and hey - Poundland's got to be a good mile from my house uphill.
Haribo Jelly Babies 160g Bags Baby shaped fruit flavoured jellies. Kids and Grown-ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo 160g bags are supplied in the original Haribo retail bags, Box of 12 options supplied in original Haribo box