“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Berry „
Craving something sweet I decided to pop into Sainsburys to see if I could find any that don't contain gelatine, and this is what I came away with. Strawberry Pencils cost 39p for a 75g bag containing 7 pencils. They're on offer (long term it seems as it's printed on the packaging) along with the rest of their sweet range allowing you to buy any 3 packets for £1. Pretty good value. The pencils themselves are around 6 inches long and are cylinders about 7mm in diameter. They have a red strawberry flavour jelly coating surrounding a white fondant centre. The coating is chewy and not particularly sweet with a somewhat artificial taste despite only containing natural flavours. I found it had a slightly greasy feel to it as well, although this wasn't noticeable once in my mouth. The centre is very sugary and sweet with a slightly crumbly texture. Together the two parts make a tasty, fruity sweet with a soft chewy consistency. The real downside of these is the calorie content. At around 40 calories per pencil these are definitely not good for you, and it's far too easy to eat the whole pack in one go.
Strawberry pencils are my absolute favourite sweet treat. These sweets are in very cute packaging - a grinning pink face with a see-through section making the pencils his teeth! (Although I must admit - I didn't spot this until my boyfriend pointed it out!) This pack contains around ten of the pink sweets. They are long, chewy 'pencil' shaped sweets made of a pink chew encasing a sweet white fondant centre. You will be able to find similar versions in most old fashioned sweet shops in different colours, but this variety is harder and chewier. Personally, I prefer this, as I love chewy sweets - but if you find that you like the taste and not the texture, look out for 'pencils' in local sweet shops instead! Sainsbury's strawberry pencils are very sweet and satisfying to munch on, but are reasonably addictive in that you are likely to finish off the pack once you've opened them. At 39p a pack, this isn't awful - especially as they are always on a 3 for a £1 offer in the Sainsbury's sweet section, together with jelly beans, strawberry laces, and other such yummy treats. Don't bother looking for this product elsewhere, because it's a Sainsbury's own. However, Tesco do their own version at a similar price. Although they are obviously designed for a quick chewy snack, my mum has taken to buying a pack and chopping them into smaller pieces for decorating the tops of sponge cake by pressing them into plain homemade butter cream icing. As strange as this may sound, I would definitely recommend trying it out! Not only is it delicious, but it makes the cake look very pretty! I used to eat these all of the time, buying them after my shift at Sainsbury's, but I recently looked at the back of the packet and realised that one pack contains 284 calories! (And that's not even mentioning the amount of sugar in these.) So if you're on a diet, these are definitely something to stay away from. Unfortunately!
I am a big lover of sweets so when I was in Sainsburys today I just couldn't stop myself from picking up these sweeties! The packaging was calling out to me as it's very pretty and girly and I'm in a 'loving pink' kind of mood at the moment (sitting in pink PJs now!). The pencils are a little chewy and take a fair while to chew but the taste of strawberry is there and it's pretty strong, it does taste very nice, in the centre there is a white sugar type paste that is delicious and lovely and mroeish. I enjoyed mucking around with these, trying to make bracelets with my niece and other various items and just generally playing with our food before we ate it, it's nice to get to act like a child sometimes! These sweets (as per most) should definitely be enjoyed in moderation as one 75g bag provided 284 calories & 48g sugars which is just not good for your teeth (or your waistline!) at all! But then that's why they're sweets and forbidden most of the time! I would rate this product 4/5 as I think the price is very good and the taste is nice, however, the pencil itself could do with being less chewy as I found that I got sick of chewing after a couple of pencils and ended up giving the rest of the packet to my niece. These strawberry pencils can be purchased for 39p from Sainsburys or as part of a long term 3 for £1.00 price offer in all Sainsburys stores & online at sainsburys.co.uk.
On my many trips to the cinema I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices for sweets that the cinema sells. There's a Sainsbury's across the road from my local cinema so I often pop in there quickly to buy some cheap sweets which I then sneak into the cinema in my bag! I usually like chocolatey type sweets or a mixture of small gummy sweets but a few months ago my friend got these Strawberry Pencils which I tried. I ended up liking these much more than my own sweets and, since then, I haven't bought anything else. These are soft strawberry flavoured sweets which are a long and thin shape - like a pencil! The outside is red and has a very sweet strawberry flavour. Inside the red outing is a white soft centre which simply tastes very sweet and sugary. There are only around 7 pencils in each pack which means that they are always eaten up very quickly. But, as they come in what seems like a permanent offer of 3 for £1, you can buy a range of different sweets to share or just 3 packs of these if you like,! These are also sold in Asda (Asda's Strawberry Cables) for the same price, but I prefer these ones as the Asda variety always seem to be too floppy and soft. The pack contains 75g of sweets which contains 377 calories in every 100g and only natural colours and flavours. These are now my favourite sweets and I have to have a pack every time I go the cinema - but I do have to hide them from my husband as they seem to disappear very quickly when he's around!