“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Gum „
I am currently munching and reviewing at the same time, so that I can put across accurately how these sweets taste. Thats my excuse anyway!
Sainsburys wine gums come in a 250g bag for 60p. The bag contains 38 individual sweets (yes, I counted them!). The bag is bright green in colour and has a picture of the sweets on the front. The nutritional information is in a circle at the top of the packet, and is in the usual "traffic light" system that Sainsburys incorporates into its food labelling, so you can see at a glance how healthy the food is! The nutritional info per quarter of a pack is as follows:
Cal 185 (amber)
Fat 0.1g (green)
Sat Fat Trace (green)
Salt Trace (green)
Total Sugars 33.2g (red)
The front of the packet also states that the product contains only natural colours and flavours.
The wine gums are very typical in appearance, although the colours are a little more muted than the big brand varieties, due to the natural ingredients. They come in the usual shapes: Oval, Circle, Diamond, Sausage and Wobbly Sausage! The gums have the names of different alcoholic drinks in raised letters on them: Port, Hock, Gin, Claret and Rioja, athough I'm not sure why, because not all of these are types of wine, and the sweets don't contain wine! This is the tradition though, I'd love to know where it came from.
The sweets have a softer texture than most wine gums, and this makes them more appealing and safe for children. They have lovely fruity flavours and are Very moreish! It is very easy to keep popping them in one after another because they are so delicios, and certainly in my opinion, in no way inferior to the big brands like Maynards. There is a guarantee on the back of the pack, that if you don't love the product, you can call a careline for a full refund.
Because they are loose unwrapped sweets in a packet, they are best when shared at home, or as a treat at the cinema or theatre. I prefer to share them out on plates than let grubby fingers have them straight from the bag, for hygiene reasons!
The packaging is not currently recycleable. I think this is a shame and something Sainsburys should work on. There are no allergy warnings on the pack, and not really any ingredients that would cause problems in the average person, unless they were diabetic.
These are appealing little sweets. Ideal for a snack in the evening or at the weekend. They are as high in quality as the brand leaders and the fruity flavour has just the right balance, without being too sharp or too sickly.