“ Brand: Natural / Type: Jelly „
Natural Orange & Lemon Flavoured Jelly Slices are a great Christmas treat. I bought them for the first time last year as a present for my husband. I had however bought them before in miniature from Super cook to put on the top of a cake. They are very nice with lemon flavoured icing.
Anyway I bought these for my husband for just £1.25 for a 125g box. In the box there are seven orange and seven lemon crescent shaped slices and one round orange in the middle. They are all made of jelly and taste of oranges and lemons. They are covered in sugar which makes them even sweeter. They are very nice tasting but if you eat to many you'll start to feel a bit sick. The orange ones taste more real than the lemon ones but they're both really nice anyway.
I don't recommend that you eat to many of these because they are full of sugar, about three different kinds I seem to remember and whilst they may be nice as a Christmas treat they are too sugary and too sickly to eat all the time.
I have not seen orange and lemon jelly slices for so many years that I had completely forgotten about them until I had a glimpse of someone eating them on one of the soaps, I couldn't get them out of my mind so did not rest until I had sourced and bought some.
I struck gold on about the third shop I tried and saw a rather cheap looking box of Orange & Lemon Flavoured Jelly Slices made by a company called Natural. Priced at only 89p I was not imagining they were going to be anything special but my craving was so strong that I bought a pack anyway.
For my 89p I got a box containing 14 jelly slices, nicely arranged in the plastic tray alternating between orange and lemon with a round piece of orange jelly in the centre. Unfortunately I have diabetes and cannot eat the quantities of these slices that I used to consume some 20 years ago when they were a staple Christmas treat, but I allowed myself a couple of slices of each flavour - and of course that round piece in the middle was just crying out to be eaten!
The slices as you can see in the picture above are made to look like real slices of orange and lemon and I must say they taste very authentic too. They are all a uniform size and shape and generously coated with sugar which adds much needed sweetness to the quite tart tasting jelly.
The orange slices taste lovely with a delicious citrus tang which hits you as soon as you start chewing. These slices put me in mind of premium priced orange ice lollies because they have a sugary taste which underlies the bitterness of the flavour of real oranges.
The lemon ones are not quite so real tasting because who would want to eat a jelly slice flavoured with real lemon? That would be awful, so Natural have created a blander lemon flavour that is more well rounded than fresh lemon and without the natural sour flavour of the fruit. These are very similar to lemon flavoured sorbet and are lovely and tangy.
Considering how much sugar these jelly slices contain I do not find them terribly sickly as I thought I would. I don't think I could manage to eat anything like a full box, but this is more to do with the fact that all the sugar and sweetness of these slices makes my teeth and gums a little sore. They have the lovely moreish consistency that only jelly sweets can give you, you need to chew them for a while before swallowing and the jelly gradually congeals into itself to give a thick sugary syrup type of jelly which is a joy to swallow.
Nutritional details are not given on the box, but considering the two main ingredients are sugar and glucose syrup I would not say these would be the best thing to eat all the time from both a weight point of view and also they would not do your teeth very much good!
Natural orange and lemon fruit slices are something that my Mum used to always buy at Christmas, why I really don't know because nobody in our house liked them.
I had vivid memories of this seven by seven inched yellow and orange box being placed on the goody table every Christmas Eve along with a bowl of pick and mix and the basket of fruit and nuts.
It had seven orange and seven lemon crescent shaped jelly slices covered in sugar all placed in a circle in a flimsy plastic tray with one round orange one in the middle to complete the attractive display.
When we got the nod we were allowed to help ourselves to whatever we wanted and there she would be waving these sliced fruits under our noses willing us to have one.
I always had one just to keep Mum happy but as a kid I thought they were boring, my Gran loved them so why didn't she save them for her when she came round on Boxing Day?
Last Christmas a friend bought me a box of these fruit jellies so I thought that I would have a nibble just for nostalgia, they were quite tangy and got my taste buds going, and I did notice that they claimed to have no artificial colours or flavours,and that's something that you don't take notice of as a child.
I did prefer the lemon ones because the sugar coating complimented the taste, but the orange ones were rather sickly.
I personally would not buy them probably because I hated them as a child, but if you fancy a try then you can buy them from Tesco during the Christmas Season for 1.45 for a 125 g box.