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      02.07.2011 14:36
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      Really nice gem topped biscuits

      My personal review on Jacobs iced gems!

      I am eating them as i type. They are a scrumptious biscuit snack to have whilst you feel peckish. From Sainsburys, a six pack of these only costed me £1 which i thought was a real bargain.I haven't had these in ages, and now i wish i would of bought them more often! The biscuit itself is a round hard, crunchy biscuit topped on the top with a blob of hard flavored fruit gems. They are constantly addictive, and the pack feels you up nicely; even though you get through them really fast! The packet it self has a friends looking bear old and ice gem out towards you, which i cant help but thinking it try to say, 'eat me, eat me!'. The background of the packet is a blue color. The packet comes in a 25g full of lovely gem topped biscuits. Its suitable for vegetarians , no artificial colors of flavorings, and no hydrogenated vegetable oil; in other words, its all good and healthy to eat. The biscuits them selves are made from the company called 'Jacobs' are was established in 1885. They are a perfect little treat for you or your children, and are ideal for packed lunch boxed. A tasty snacked biscuits indeed!

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        24.06.2011 09:35
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        A nice little treat; fairly low in calories; handy for picnics and packed lunches.

        I have always liked these little Iced gems. I would say they are sort of a cross between a biscuit and a sweet. The funny thing is... I havn't really noticed them in the shops recently. In fact I had almost forgotten about them until recently when my sister told me that they are low in calories! Then I remembered that I used to really like them.

        Iced gems are described as 'fruit flavour iced topped biscuits' I would describe the biscuit base as tasting like a Rich tea biscuit. It is round in shape and topped by a few different coloured iced sugar sort of tear drop shaped bits. I think the toppings are all the same fruity flavour which is a bit lemony. At least I myself cannot seem to notice any difference in the flavour of the different colours .With iced gems I usually bite into the whole gem and eat it in one go. You need the mixture of the biscuit and the topping to be eaten together otherwise the taste is too sort of dry.

        I really like these little biscuity sweet treats. I remember having them as a child and every now and again, I really enjoy a bag. The strange thing is, my children don't really like them. I can only think that it is perhaps the plainess of the biscuit part that puts them off. However, if the biscuit part were too sweet; I think this would make the whole little gem too sweet and perhaps rather sickly.

        Ingredients
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        Sugar
        Wheat Flour
        Vegetable oil
        Raising agent (Sodium bicarbonate)
        Salt
        Milk protein
        Colour (Anthocyanins0
        Vegetable extracts (Safflower, Radish)
        Natural flavourings
        Natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavours

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        Contains milk, gluten and may contain Soya.

        There is no hydrogenated vegetable oil in this product and no artificial colours or flavourings

        Each 25g bag of Iced Gems contains 99 kcals.

        I spotted these Iced Gems when I was shopping at Tesco recently; they are usually £1.54 for a pack of 6 x 25g bags but are currently available for £2.00 for 2 packs of 6.

        If you have never tried Iced gems I do recommend you try them out. They are fairly low in calories and whilst I think they are more aimed at children! (even though mine don't seem to like them much); adults can enjoy these too.

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          15.01.2011 20:55
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          Great treat for kids or a treat for adults to remind you of your childhood

          I used to think this bag was massive when I was alot younger. Many a day I used to ask my mum for a bag of Iced Gems from the shop. There just doesn't seem as many now.

          I came across Iced Gems after a very long time about a couple of weeks ago when they came in a variety box of biscuits.

          Everyone has their favourite iced gem, mine is the pink one. Other colours include yellow, green and white.

          They are made by Jacobs and come as a 25g bag. There is probably about 20 biscuits in each bag. They are fruit based coloured icing on top of a biscuit round base. They are a low calorie treat at 98 calories per bag.

          These are great as part of a childrens lunch box or as a pick me up at 11 with a cup of tea.

          They are available from major supermarkets and I don't think these are sold now in individual packs but as part of a multipack or as part of a variety biscuit pack as I found.

          These are not my preferable choice of biscuit nowadays but kids with love them as I did. They are not so popular now and I don't think they taste as nice now. Maybe when I was younger it was sugar so liked it.

          I have given these a low star count because they are not something I would choose now, the biscuit is a bit cardboard tasting and the icing does not taste very fruity.

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            02.01.2011 08:57
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            There are much better biscuits...even in Sierra Leone

            Iced Gems are not an adult biscuit, are they? It's not the celebratory connotations - many a grown up I know loves a nice Party Ring - but their bite sized design that really marks them out as being one for the kiddies. If you go to the supermarket on a biscuit hunt you can probably get almost a hundred different alternatives for the same price, so you probably wouldn't think to get these unless you have a weird Iced Gem fetish which really, no one wants to know about.

            But, in a world where biscuit supplies are up and down more than a Christmas cracker yo-yo and price variation is huge, things are a little different. Last week at the supermarket I could get a single pack of boring Cookies for 20,000 Leones. I could get a small bag of Oreos for 9000 Le but some nice looking French things were 35,000 Le. Or, I could get 6 bags of Ice Gems for 4000 Le. It doesn't take a genius to guess which one I went for.

            I never thought Iced Gems had a flavour. I'm pretty sure they didn't used to. Sure, they had colours, but in the manner of all good kids' sweets, that was it. At a push, they could, like ice pops, taste blue, green or yellow, but that was it. These gems, however, have flavours. The packet tells me so. I am promised blackcurrant, raspberry, lemon and 'iced'.

            It's the topping that really makes these gems, you know. Or at least that's my opinion. Over here they confusingly sell 'Gem biscuits' which are basically Iced Gems without the icing (duh) but I'm not buying it (or them). Gems are sparkly and colourful and fun. Plain round biscuits are none of these things. So what of that icing? I love icing. I can make it up and eat it with a spoon. Sure, cake is nice, but a layer of icing really is...well...the icing on the cake. La crème de la crème.

            These biscuits, in my opinion, are iced less like a Sacher Torte is iced and more in the way a car is iced up on a frigid winter day in the UK. Crisp. Brittle. Sharp. The icing on these reminds me of Sugar Flowers cake decorators use but even more grainy. I like Sugar Flowers only a tiny bit more than Silver Balls (and I really don't like Silver Balls). I don't see how they manage to take a good ingredient (sugar!) and turn it into, well, horrible, gritty nonsense. Now Party Rings - those are a biscuit that understand what sugary icing should be like.

            With regards to the promised flavours, again I'm disappointed. I will begrudgingly admit that they taste generically fruity, but I can't pick out any distinct flavours and since they told me to expect them, I tried hard to do just that. I think they'd have been better simply skipping the flavour claims because it's better to under promise than under deliver. (Intriguingly the ingredients include 'radish' and 'natural flavourings'. Not that you were expecting any actual fruit, of course, but still).

            The biscuits beneath the 'gems' are ok but stunningly devoid of flavour. Not salty, not sweet, just blah. They are dry like Rich Tea but without any of the yummy taste of those.

            I've eaten my fair share of biscuits since coming out here (where chocolate melts and biscuits...don't). I've probably eaten a few people's fair share. On the scale of orgasmically good to barely edible, these don't even rate. They're that bad.

            A final rant has to go to their construction - I opened all the packets personally and more than half of each one was un-iced biscuits, with the iced tips having already abandoned ship. The only thing sadder than a poor iced gem is an uniced gem and some separate icing crumbs.

            So no, not a fan. They're suitable for vegetarians and only 98 calories a bag, but they're still not worth it. Save them for the kids who don't know any better...

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              21.06.2010 12:19
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              An all time classic snack that fills the stomach with out the guilty conscience.

              Well I can't afford real gems at the moment so I might as well enjoy some edible ones.

              I remember eating these as a child. I would come home from school, grab a packet of these with some squash and devour them whilst watching Blue Peter (guilty confessions).



              --*--The Attraction--*--

              So what makes these so good and how these are good to have as a snack?

              Easy! Firstly they are reasonably priced at £1.35 for Six (unit price on average is 23p) and also at the time (now I can't promise now) they were £2 for 2 (average unit price 17p) in Sainsbury's. Each packet has 25g of these gems.

              The packet is white and blue with a cute bear, which makes it eye pleasing and also kids will find enjoyable to look at. Iced Gems are part of the Jacob's brand, so you know you are getting good quality as I love Jacob's crackers.

              What attracted me most was the nutrition. Now I am currently eating Jaffa Cakes as they only have 1 gram of fat but I end up eating 5-6 (5-6 grams of fat) as I find one or two are just not enough. I am the type of person that likes eating little but more (so smaller pieces but bigger portions) as it makes me feel fuller. So I have put Jaffa Cakes on hiatus and now eating these.



              --*--Nutrition per 25g bag: --*--

              98 Calories
              1.2g Protein
              21.6g Carbohydrates
              0.8g Fat
              0.3g Saturate Fat
              0.5g Fibre
              0.1g Sodium



              --*--Summary--*--

              So comparing this too Jaffa Cakes, they work out less in calories and fat. So I am now a convert. Please be warned that this product does contain:

              Milk
              Gluten
              Egg
              Soya

              The icing on the little biscuit is sweet and crunchy. They have different colours and taste absolutely fabulous. The great thing is that they are great for an afternoon snack and really fill the stomach up. On the back of the pack they have a little educational game for kids and overall are a great snack for all the family. I have got all my office people hooked on them too.

              I know this is not a healthy snack but let's face it, it is better than munching a full fat chocolate and feeling guilty about it later.

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                17.02.2010 19:44
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                Simple but effective

                Are they a biscuit, are they a sweet? I dont know which it is but they are a great snack at any time of the day!

                Iced Gems are made by Jacobs and have been a favourite of mine since I was a child. They havent changed much in that time, and are still a regular purchase in my house.

                Each iced gem is made up of a biscuit base, topped off with a squirt of hardened icing. The biscuit is somewhere in between a five pence and a ten pence piece in size and is a fairly hard, crunchy, rich tea type biscuit. The icing is pretty much pure sugar and flavourings, and within the pack you'll find around 5 different colours of icing. The icing has been piped onto the biscuit base so it appears as a pointy swirl. The colours represent the different fruity flavours which range from lemon to blackcurrant. My personal favourite is the purple coloured blackcurrant flavour gems.

                The packaging is an icy cool blue colour featuring a polar bear to keep in with the arctic theme of the snack. The pack i've just eaten has the polar bear riding a skateboard, which doesnt quite fit the theme, but I guess its aimed at younger children trying to be "cool". I buy the multipacks which cost around £1 a pack and contains 6 smaller packs, each with around 20 or so gems in. On the back of each individual pack theres a little game, such as a wordsearch to try and get the kids playing as well as eating.

                As you'd imagine, the biggest ingredient is sugar, so they're not too healthy for the teeth. However at only 98 calories per bag, they're not too bad as "bad snacks" go, especially with only 0.8g of fat per pack.

                These remain a regular on my supermarket shop, and I think provide a sweeter alternative to a dry biscuit to have with a cup of tea. A classic snack which I'd definately recommend!

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                  11.10.2009 19:25
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                  a good unique product

                  Jacobs iced gems are a product that I quite frequently had in my packed lunch box when I was younger, they are a very good biscuit type product that are perfect for packed lunches as they come in little packets.

                  They are basically made up of two different parts, the bottom part is biscuit and the top part is icing.
                  The bottom biscuit part is pretty nicer. The biscuit does taste a little bit dry though and it is very hard however I guess if it wasn't as hard then they would maybe break up too easily in the bag, and you do find when you open these that the biscuits are usually in perfect condition, but if anything it's the icing that has broken.

                  The top icing part then is made to look, well like a gem I suppose. Its only a small icing part really but its swirled around and they all come with their own icing top on too. The icing itself is really hard too, making the whole thing quite hard on the teeth. The icing is sweet and does taste nice and they look good in all the different colours too.

                  These are great for packed lunches though I do rarely eat them now I am older as they are a bit of a kids product, but when I do occasionally have them I do still find them very nice.

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                  09.09.2009 22:27
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                  great to have on a picnic, inside lunch pack, or just as a reward or treat.

                  JACOBS ICED GEM BISCUITS.


                  Just came on to see if this was on the list of suggestions and see that someone else has also done an excellent review on these lovely iced gems biscuits, so glad that they are popular too.

                  The Bag **********

                  They come in an easy to open bag, and contain six smaller bags of individual biscuits, too, each bag inside contains 25grams of lovely little biscuits, my grandchildren absolutely love these.

                  The Taste **********

                  Little small round biscuits, that are cruncy and taste well its hard to describe them, because they are so addictive, honestly, you just cant resist them, the biscuit is covered with a little pile, of icing in all different colours, and it has been piped onto the biscuits and the icing tastes sweet and is a great combination ontop of these little sweet flavoured biscuits, great combination, you would think that because they are so small that they wouldnt fill you up, but then after three packets what do you expect lol, they are lovely but i do find that a couple of bags is never enough to be honest.

                  My little grandchildren always ask me if they can have a packet whenever they come over and raid the sweetie cupboard, and i usually nine times out of ten have them in the cupboard, just in case.

                  I also have just brought the new choc gems, and will be adding them to my suggestions and will review them, trust me they too are lovely.

                  I brought my packet of iced gems from my local Sainsbury,s and they cost £1.07p for a bag of six packets of 25gram each inside.

                  They are lovely and hard to describe but you will soon find out how lovely they are.

                  If you like sweet things, then these are a must for you, or your children.

                  Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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                    03.09.2009 20:13
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                    Who doesn't remember these little gems?

                    I remember these from kids parties years ago, though we never had them in the cupboard. I bought a pack last week because they were on offer & took a little trip down memory lane. I can't say I'm a huge fan, or find them to be anything extra special, they're a tasty little snack.

                    Iced Gems are produced by Jacob's, a company dating back to 1885 with years of snack-related knowledge and experience. Iced Gems seem to be a very popular choice for kids parties, or at least they used to be, though I'm not sure if things have changed since I last went to one!

                    These are sold in multipacks of 6 x 25g bags, and are usually found amongst the snacks & biscuits. They're generally advertised and packaged to appeal to children, though I'm sure there are many adult fans of these out there too.

                    Each 25g plastic packet contains 98 calories and only 0.8g of fat, so they're a reasonably light and healthy snack. Although the packets are quite small, they're just right for 'grazing' on without being too filling.

                    Being individually packed into small bags, these are good for taking out with you, putting in lunchboxes etc.

                    As they're quite popular they're easy to come across in supermarkets, and as they don't have anything too diverse about their taste or texture they're a good all-rounder for parties and sharing if you want something most people can eat.

                    Iced Gems are simple in their design, and yet unique. They are small rounded biscuits, topped with fruit flavoured icing. The flavours include: Orange, blackcurrant, iced, lemon and raspberry.

                    The biscuit base is crunchy and the icing on top is also quite crisp and crunchy, so they have a satisfying crunch appeal.

                    I don't find the icing to be too flavoursome, in fact, most taste relatively plain. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I quite like them being biscuity with more of a hint of fruity flavour rather than being anything too powerful or offputting.

                    Overall, these may be small and wont go far to satisfy your appetite, but they're a tasty little biscuity snack.

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                    27.08.2009 00:12
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                    never mind the kids, keep these for yourself haha .........

                    Jacobs are the creators of many delicious snacks to tantalise your tastebuds, whether you are in a sweet or savoury mood. The snack of choice for today is a bag of their finest Iced Gems. They are available in multipacks of 6 at a cost of £1.33 from your local Tesco. Each mini bag contains 25g of beautiful Iced Gems.

                    Iced Gems are small, round biscuits baked to perfection. These tiny biscuits are topped with different coloured swirls of frosted, sugary icing. They come in pink, purple, yellow and white. I am not entirely sure what flavour is attached to which colour, but the yellow ones taste of lemon and the purple ones taste the best!

                    Each packet it small and almost square. There is a snow slope on the front of it with a bright blue sky surrounding it. There is a well dressed polar bear on a snowboard with a giant purple Iced Gem in the palm of his hand/paw and there are 2 other Iced Gems suspended in mid air above them. The Jacobs logo is in the top left hand corner and Iced Gems is written in the middle of the right hand side of the packet with the line "Fruit Flavoured Iced Topped Biscuits" underneath. On the back of the packet, the left hand side contains a crossword put together by Topper, the Iced Gems polar bear and the right hand side is dedicated to nutritional information.

                    Nutritional information per 25g bag is as follows:
                    Calories - 98
                    Protein - 1.2g
                    Carbohydrates - 21.6g
                    of which sugars - 12.9g
                    Fat - 0.8g
                    of which saturates - 0.3g
                    Fibre - 0.5g
                    Sodium - 0.1g

                    They contain milk and gluten and are produced in a factory handling eggs and soya. No artificial colours or flavours are used in the production of Iced Gems. Also, they are suitable for vegetarians.

                    On opening the packet you see lots of tiny, round biscuits with swirls of fruity flavoured icing on top of each one. Most of these little icing gems are still attached to their biscuit base but now and again one goes astray and you will find the odd icing swirly waiting for you at the bottom of the bag. There is definitely a distinct Jacobs taste about the biscuit; the texture is not dissimilar from cream crackers, but obviously sweeter. It is not a crumbly biscuit, which means no crumbs, yay! The sweet, swirly gems are also delicious and melt in your mouth. They have a subtle fruity flavour, almost perfumey in some aspects. There is a sweet, sugary smell when you first open the bag and when you pop a wee gem in your mouth, you will see why.

                    Iced Gems are a delightful, delicious snack which much reminds me of being a child, although I enjoy them just as much now! They are still very much a firm favourite and the fact that they come in packs of 6 makes them ideal for your children's lunchbox, and as there are only 5 days in a school week, a cheeky bag for yourself too. Plus, the fact that they contain no artificial colours or flavours leaves you at peace of mind that your children will not be climbing the walls. Definitelya gem in its own right.

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                      28.07.2009 09:11
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                      A perfect little treat for the kids or yourself.

                      I remember when I was at primary school, I always used to swap one of my best friends for her iced gems at lunchtime. Needless to say that since then Jacob's Iced Gems like any product with a strong shelf life have evolved though I was delighted recently when I tried some to discover that they're still pretty much the same little pieces of goodness they were some 10 years previously.

                      £1.30 is probably the standard price you can expect to pay for a multipack of these little beauties. You get six bags inside that are about 25g each. They're extremely small but like I said, make great lunchbox fillers or just occasional snacks for children [or for yourself]. I have never actually seem them sold separately so I guess that they are only available in this format.

                      The packaging is very childlike and poorly designed and doesn't really sell the product as they look extremely cheap. Decked out in a sort of pale blue colour mixed with white, a weird looking cartoon polar bear is the mascot for the iced gems and is visible not only on the front of the main packaging but on the smaller bags too.

                      So what exactly are iced gems you wonder? They are tiny biscuits probably just a bit smaller than a penny topped with just a little bit of frosted icing. The icing itself resembles the sort of shape you'd expect to get from a can of whipped cream. The icing comes in different colours which ultimately links each colour to a different flavour. The packaging describes yellow as lemon, pink as raspberry, purple as blackcurrant and white just seems to be this tasteless little dollop of sugar. Though the flavours aren't really tasteable except the lemon one which even then is only present in just a very small amount.

                      The biscuit is actually very sweet. You'd easily expect it to be plain compared to its sugary partner but it has a very pleasant and nice taste to it. It's fun to pop a single iced gem into your mouth and sort of let the icing melt away and then devour the biscuit. Or you could bite off the icing first and eat it that way. The biscuits are actually better than the icing in my opinion as their texture and taste allows them to linger a lot longer in your mouth, whilst the icing is just an extra addition to give a small boost a flavour and just to make the biscuits look nice and stand out from the competition. If I could place the biscuit to any type of traditional biscuit they'd probably be rich tea, though again the ones on offer here seem to be laced with a lot more sugar.

                      Something that has always irritated me about iced gems and a flaw that doesn't seem to have changed over the years is that so many of the biscuits aren't in tact when you open the packet. They've either come apart from the icing, or the icing is broken or likewise with the biscuit. I know it's impossible to protect them from being broken given what they are but it does sort of ruin the experience.

                      In a time where obesity is ruling the roost and parents are more cautious of what to feed their children ,iced gems probably wouldn't come top of the table. Each little packet contains 98 calories and the rest of the nutritional information isn't anything to get excited about either. All of that plus the ingredients are detailed on the back of the packaging. I wouldn't really recommend letting your children devour packets of these on a daily basis but they are good for an occasional treat and are definitely an interesting snack. Jacob's Iced Gems have stood the test of time and whilst they may not be that popular, the fact that they're still around means that we can still reminisce about our youth...

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                        03.07.2009 17:55
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                        Not as tasty and varied as they used to be.

                        Whilst shopping in Asda this week, my bargain hunting radar homed in on the biscuit aisle where they were offering two multipacks of Jacobs Iced Gems for just £1.50. As I am always buying snacks like these for my children's lunch boxes the deal seemed excellent value for money - in total 12 packets of snacks costing just over 12p each.

                        When I was a kid, I loved iced gems, so it wasn't long before I was ripping into the multipack - well someone has to make sure they are suitable for the children!

                        The front of each individual bag is bright blue in colour featuring a polar bear character holding and iced gem. The back of the packet contains the nutritional information on one side and a kid's puzzle on the other side.

                        Each 25g bag of fruit flavour icing topped biscuits contains just 98kcal, but over half of the calories come from sugar. The gems are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colours or preservatives.

                        The bag I opened contained 15 gems (yes I did count them, and yes I am that sad), with each gem consisting of a small disc of biscuit, about the size of a 20p coin, topped with a colourful swirl of icing. I found the biscuit base a little too thick and although crunchy, it tasted dry and bland with a flavour similar to Rich Tea biscuits. The icing on top came in three colours, white, lilac and yellow. All three colours had the same taste. Sugar. The icing is supposed to be fruit flavoured, and I remember the gems from my childhood tasting different depending on the colour of the topping. Every gem in this pack tasted solely of solidified icing sugar which left a sweet unpleasant coating on my teeth.

                        Iced gems have definitely undergone a lot of changes since I was a kid, I think I preferred the vibrant purples, oranges, pinks and browns that actually tasted of something other than sugar. Maybe they were full of artificial colours and flavours all those years ago, but at least they were more interesting. The only thing exciting about the modern format is the packaging.

                        Although they appear to be good value for money, I won't be buying them again because the biscuits are bland and the topping is far too sugary.

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                          07.05.2009 14:34
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                          Delicious little bags of loveliness

                          I like to write about 'blasts from the past'.

                          Like most adults we don't so much forget about the stuff we enjoyed as kids, we just forget to go out and buy some.

                          Well not me. I get six pack of these in a couple of times a week.

                          They come in packs of six, 25 gram bags and cost about £1.40, depending where you buy them.

                          When I was a child, these would be eaten as a bag of sweeties, which is essentially what they are.

                          Now, as an adult, I have them as a treat with my cup of tea.

                          I suppose, I ought to describe what they are. Imagine tiny little rich tea biscuits about 1.5 to 2cm across, about the same thickness as a rich tea, then topped with a little flourish of gaily coloured icing piped onto the top. This has set hard.

                          I eat these like this. I break the icing off and eat the biscuitty part with my tea. this leaves me with a bagful of icing, which I then eat as if it were a bag of sweeties.

                          How sad is that?

                          Who cares! I am enjoying them. And, yes, perhaps I am reliving a little part of my childhood.

                          I don't imagine for one minute these are going to help you in the dental department, so don't forget kiddies (especially those 'kiddies' over 18) brush your teeth.

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                            07.05.2009 12:48
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                            Great Tasting Kids Treat That Adults Love!

                            I used to love Iced Gems as a kid and in a moment of nostalgia I bought a multi-pack of them in Tesco a few weeks ago.

                            The multi-pack contains 6 individual packets of Iced Gems, each containing 25g of goodness. The multipack cost a meagre £1.30. The packaging of the multi-pack is light blue and turquoise and has a picture of a cartoon polar bear. I guess they're aiming for the cute factor but I just felt that it looked a bit weird. As the saying goes 'don't judge a book by the cover' and the contents more than make up for the poor packaging. The individual packets have the exact same design.

                            For those not familiar with Iced Gems, it's a simple idea; a small biscuit topped with icing. There are different flavours and colours available; white, yellow, purple and pink. According to the packet, yellow is lemon flavoured, pink is raspberry, purple is blackcurrant while the white doesn't seem to have any describable flavour at all. The packaging has a picture of the three colours with a description of what flavour they are. The white gem has no information under it at all. To be honest, the gems don't have a very strong taste anyway; I would be very impressed if anyone could identify the different flavours in a blind-test. They all taste as good as one another as far as I'm concerned. Just for the record, you get around 20 iced gems in each packet but this is an estimate, you might be unlucky and get less, or very lucky and get more, who knows?

                            The major problem I have with the Iced Gems themselves is that you very rarely make your way through a pack which has all of the Iced Gems intact; you often find that some of the biscuits and icing has separated. I like to separate them myself, eat the biscuit first and then the icing. Sometimes, if I'm feeling really adventurous I eat the icing first and then the biscuit. Never both at once.

                            The biscuit part of the gems is just like any other biscuit, similar to rich tea but they are so small that you never really get the full experience. The icing part is clearly all sugar but isn't overly sweet. If you leave them on your tongue they disintegrate within a few seconds.

                            These are a godsend if you fancy a little snack; each bag has only 98 calories and 0.8g of fat. However, it's not all good news as they also have 21.6g of carbohydrates, of which 12.9g are sugars. The packing states that they contain no artificial colours or flavours, which is a plus. They're not exactly filling but if you need something to stimulate your taste buds in-between meals, these are a pretty good choice.

                            If anyone remembers these from your youth, I implore you to go and get a packet today, you will not regret it.

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                              28.04.2009 13:36
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                              fun snack for kids

                              I used to love iced Gems as a kid and I can remember waiting for my mam to come home from shopping to see if she had bought them for me. My parents were never a fan of these, which was great for me as I got to have them all. I can remember eating all of the icing bits first and then moving on to the biscuit base. It is now funny to see my daughter enjoying them and eating them in the same was as I did. Funnily enough I'm not so crazy about them now.

                              The description:

                              Iced gems are made by Jacob's, the same company that makes the famous crackers. A pack of iced gems comes in a blue and white bag with a picture of a cool bear on the front holding some of the iced gems. The bag is sized at 25g and contains all the nutritional information as well as a small game where you can calculate the Gems value, depending on colour.

                              The Gems:

                              The base of an iced Gem is no bigger than a 5 pence piece. It is light in colour and it made from crunchy biscuit. On top of each biscuit is hard icing in the shape of a Gem. The Gem colours range from purple, white and yellow and the flavours are lemon, blackcurrant, iced and raspberry.

                              The taste:

                              I think the reason kids enjoy these is due to the pretty design and the icing. Being an adult now, these aren't something I would reach for as a snack. The bags are nice sized and are great to be used in lunch boxes instead of crisps they add something different and satisfy a sweet tooth too. I would advise thought, just like the crackers, these can become quite dry while eating so it is recommended to keep a drink at hand.

                              The price:

                              I purchase these from a small shop and they are usually £1.10 for a pack of 6.

                              Overall:

                              These are great for kids and offer something different than a chocolate bar or crisps. The Gem design is fun and they are tasty. I would definitely recommend these.

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                            • Product Details

                              50g. Jacobs Yums Tums Iced Gems.