Product Type: Haribo Sweets
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Naturally gelatinous infants
Haribo Jelly Babies
Member Name: edinburgher
Haribo Jelly Babies
Advantages: Jelly babies are moreish, sweet and the flavours are very pleasant
Disadvantages: High sugar treats are bad for the teeth and probably not best for moderating blood sugar
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.
Summary: A tasty and affordable snack