“ Brand: Sainsburys / Type: Gum „
My mate has been raving about these sweets from Sainsburys for ages because she loves Percy Pig sweets from M&S and reckons these are nearly the same but loads cheaper.
I agree they're cheaper but I don't think they're spot on tasting or feeling like Percy Pigs at all.
These are quite big sweets made my Sainsburys, a 75g bag is 39p but you can mix and match their sweets out of this range and buy 3 bags for £1.00.
They are jelly sweets but have got a milky appearance instead of them being the normal see through jelly. The elephant is pale pink and there are some darker pink details on it like the ears, those bits are proper looking jelly and it deffo gives the sweets the appearance of being an elephant.
The flavour is mainly strawberry but that's not as clear as Percy Pigs, in Eric The Elephant there are loads of different fruity flavours and even though the main flavour is deffo strawberry I can also taste blackcurrant and apple in them. The taste of them is quite nice but I think having so many different flavours inside the sweets means you can't concentrate on just one and that spoils it a bit I think.
These sweets are majorly chewy, I don't like the texture of them actually because they feel a bit weird after a few chews. It's hard to explain but to me these sweets feel like they've gone a bit slimey after a minute, that doesn't last very long and then they just get a normal jelly texture but the slimey feel puts me off big time. I think it must be because of the milky jelly but I don't know why these have gone like this because Percy Pigs have got the same texture and look but they are just plain chewy and not slimey at all!
I can't make my mind up if I like these or not. I wish they'd stuck to just 1 or 2 flavours instead of putting loads of different ones in the sweets, but once you get used to the taste this doesn't matter too much because the over all fruity flavour comes through nice.
I was browsing in Sainsbury's the other day for something to munch on and my eye was drawn to their 3 for £1 sweet range. When my eyes fell on these, I knew I had to have them! I was mainly drawn to them due to them looking very similar to Marks and Spencers Percy Pig option and I am a big fan of those! I took advantage of the constant 3 for £1 offer but if bought individually they cost 39p for a 75g bag, which I think is really good value. The sweets are in a bright green bag with a smiley face on, the mouth of the face is see through so you can see the product inside.
When I opened the packet I could see the sweets were quite large, they are rounded but with extra bits which are meant to look like the elephants ears. They are probably just over an inch wide and there are a good number in the bag. They are primarily pale pink in colour but the ears have an extra jelly bit on the top which is a brighter pink. They are soft to touch and quite sticky. When you first put one in your mouth, you immediately notice they are quite chewy compared to other sweets out there and have a less solid texture. The taste is very fruity and although you can taste strawberry, I also could taste blackcurrant and possibly a mixture of other forest fruits. The flavour is not overbearing though and I think will be enjoyed by all. They are easy to eat and do not get stuck in your throat or leave you needing a drink afterwards. They didn't leave me with sore teeth either after eating them.
The traffic light nutrition information on the front of the packet is mainly green but one section is red which is the total sugars. A quarter of a pack provides 65 calories, trace of fat, 14.6g sugars and trace of salt. Therefore, they are ok as a treat because the only thing you really need to worry about is the sugars, make sure you brush your teeth afterwards!
I would recommend these as they had a nice flavour and texture to them. Personally, I don't believe they are quite as nice as Percy Pigs but I will buy them again as they were a tasty and fun snack. Children will love them due to the fun shapes and they are not bad value for money either.