“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Jelly „
I quite like these jelly beans from Sainsburys even though they haven't got a mad strong flavour like other jelly beans. They don't taste particularly fruity but have got a lovely taste of their own, the yellow and green sweets taste quite zesty and they are the lime and lemon flavour but the orange, red and purple ones all taste quite the same. They are quite soft but they stay chewy for longer than you think, because they're mini you have to put quite a few in your mouth to get the same effect as 2 of the normal size jelly beans but that's nice because then you get all the flavours at once and they taste wicked like that. The coating on them is just right and there's a bit of a sugery crunch as you bite through but then you get to the jelly inside and it all goes soft and even yummier! They are very sweet but that's what I want if I buy jelly beans so that's ok, I think they are deffo a bit sweeter than other brands but it's not madly overpowering. It's funny though because jelly beans are one of my fave sweets but I never eat a full bag all in one go of these but i can if I buy the Tesco ones. You can buy 3 bags of these for £1.00 in Sainsburys or mix and match with their other sweets.
These jelly beans are fabulous value, as they are included in Sainsbury's ongoing 3 pack for £1 promotion. As a vegetarian, it is a nightmare trying to find sweeties that don't contain gelatine, as the vast majority of sweeties by big brands such as Haribo all contain gelatine. Therefore I was really excited when I found these jelly beans are suitable for vegetarian. They come in a variety of colours/ flavours, including lemon, orange, lime, cherry, and a purple one which I think may be passionfruit! The flavours are not nearly as wide-ranging as Jelly Belly Beans, and the taste is not quite as enjoyable. But bearing in mind they are a fraction of the price of the Jelly Belly alternative, these are not at all bad. The taste is fruity and enjoyable, and if you're craving something sweet then these really hit the spot. While they are relatively low in calories, coming in at 377 calories per 100g, they contain 64.8g of sugar per 100g, which is alarmingly high- I certainly wouldn't eat these every day based on that. However for an occasional sweet treat, these are a fruity bargain.
Ive always liked sweets, much more so than chocolate, but I try to ration myself due to saving my very fragile teeth. In an ideal world I would eat sweets all day long! I have always liked jelly babies, but they have never been my favorite sweets. This all changed when I tried Sainsbury's version of the jelly babies, they became my favorite sweets. Sainsburys sell little grab bags of sweets for approximately 39p each. A lot of the time they are on special offer, three for one pound. This is how I came to try them, I had picked up two other bags that I wanted and ended up trying the jelly babies just by chance. Jelly babies come in a small bag. The bag is plastic, and you tear it open to get the jelly babies out. The bag is not resealable, but I always manage to eat them all in one go anyway!! I am not sure if the packaging is recyclable or not. The bag has a clear plastic centre so you can see the insides. The outer edge of the packaging has funky young drawings on it. Jelly beans are usually shaped a bit like kidney beans, but these ones are smaller than usual. They are multi coloured, orange, yellow, two shades of red etc. The jelly beans are coated in a hard sugar shell and the inside is soft jelly. The sugar shell makes up about 5% of the overall bean. These jelly babies are sooo much tastier than normally jelly beans. I think this is because they are smaller and have more shell on them. They are so very very chewy, that they hurt my jaw, but an addiction to the colourings keeps me going strong!
I often buy these Mini Jelly Beans because my granddaughters' all love them and as they are always on offer at three bags for £1 I think this is exceptional value considering the bags are 100g. The fact that the Jelly Beans are so small means you seem to get lots of sweets for your money and it's a very reasonable way of buying sweets especially if you have more than one child to buy for. My only complaint is the fact that there is very little variation in taste between the different colour Jelly Beans and this makes the whole eating experience very samey. For this reason I cannot eat a full packet of these despite the fact that I love Jelly Beans. Even though they are so much smaller than regular Jelly Beans they have the same chewy, sugary texture and slighty harder surface. As is expected these sweets are very sweet indeed and you can taste how much sugar has been used to create them. They are a little chewier than the larger Jelly Beans I sometimes buy but they do have a very pleasant texture which is slightly more dense than I am used to when it comes to these particular sweets. They all taste slightly fruity although as I said earlier, they all taste pretty much the same except for the yellow ones which seem to have a slightly more citrus flavour to the others. The problem is there aren't many yellow sweets in the bag anymore so really you're stuck with these very, very similar tasting sweets which although nice and tasty can become dull after I've eaten a few. As you'd expect, these sweets are absolutely packed full of sugar. One quarter of the bag (25g) contains a whopping 14.6g of sugars which is over 16% of an adults daily allowance - not good news for a diabetic such as myself! The same 25g of Mini Jelly Beans contains 89 calories and 0.1g of fat; the fat confounded me for a moment as these bagged sweets generally have no fat in them whatsoever, but after checking the ingredients list I found they contain Palm Kernal Oil and Coconut Oil. All in all, a very nice sweet treat which should satisfy even the strongest sugar cravings although do watch how many you consume as that is an incredibly high proportion of sugars for such a small amount of sweets.
On a recent trip to Sainsburys, their own brand sweets were on offer so I decided to stock up on a few varieties. These were duly dropped into the trolley along with a packet of the already reviewed jelly babies. ***The Appearance*** The jelly beans themselves are small in appearance and brightly coloured. Off the top of my head, the colours include yellow (lemon and banana), green (lime), red (blackcurrant and grape or similar) and orange (orange). From my bracketed descriptions, you've probably guessed that each of the colours has a slight fruity taste and is meant to represent specific types of fruit. ***The Taste*** Most of the jelly beans do taste vaguely reminiscent of the types of fruit that they are supposed to be, although I couldn't quite tell which flavours some of them were supposed to be. They taste very sweet courtesy of the amount of sugar that they contain (see the nutrition information paragraph for more details on that) and are rather chewy. They also have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth. ***The Price*** These usually cost 38p per 100g packet, but you can often pick up three packets for £1 if there is an offer running. ***Nutrition Information*** Per 25g, there is over 14g of sugar, which equates to just over 16% of the recommended daily intake of sugar. This is quite high considering the fact that you don't seem to get that jelly beans in a bag, so one-quarter of the bag isn't as many jelly beans as you might think. There is 0.1g of fat and just a trace of salt, so it is basically the sugar content that makes these an unhealthy snack.