These gummy mix sweets are by Tesco and, as you'd expect, they be bought from any Tesco store. They are usually 3 bags for £1 and that includes a variety of other sweets. A single bag is 40p.
Each bag is 85g and in that you get a mix of different fruity gummy (jelly) sweets. You get different coloured/flavoured gummy bears and rings, cola bottles, eggs and hearts so there's a nice mix in there. How many of each you get varies between bags although I have found that there doesn't seem to be many eggs.
The sweets are all nice and certainly gummy. It's quite easy to find you suddenly only have half a pack left. The eggs and hearts both have white foam which is a nice change from just eating jelly sweets. The sweets are really as you'd expect from a pack of Haribo in terms of looks and taste.
The bag has a cartoon image on it of a boy fishing what appears to be a massive caterpillar on the grass with a dog happily watching and a massive cola bottle on the ground. The image will appeal to children as it's bright and colourful, although for some reason the sky is a pink colour and the image really makes no sense.
At the bottom of the pack you can see all the nutritional information. 25g contains 85 calories, 11g of sugar and a trace of fat, saturates and salt. So they're not the healthiest sweets based on that. It does state that there are no artificial flavours or colours though which is good. The back of the bag also gives more information.
The packs are fairly easy to open although I tend to end up just tearing it down which causes the pack to split so you have to make sure not to lose any sweets if you do it that way.
Overall these are tasty fruit jelly shaped sweets and they're fairly cheap so if you want some sweets these are a good choice. It's a shame you don't get a few more sweets though as half the bag is empty.
On Christmas Day we went to a local restaurant for our Christmas Dinner. After our main course one of the waiters, dressed as Santa, gave all the children a gift bag from his sack. As we are regulars at the restaurant, our children (my nephews and niece) got an extra one before we left, and my sister, brother-in-law and I also got one each! Inside my gift bag was a selection of sweets, one of which was a 100g bag of Tesco Gummy Mix. I got lots of sweets for Christmas and am still slowly working my way through them. I took my bag of Gummy Mix to work with me one day to help pass the time (I'm a weekend receptionist in a car dealership).
The packet is bright and colourful and looks appealing to children. The packet has a cartoon boy on the front, fishing, with a dog beside him and a cola bottle on the floor next to him. Behind the boy, the packet is see-through and you can see the jellies inside the bag before you tuck in. I think this would be useful for helping to decide on which sweets you want to buy when in the shop but it served little purpose for me personally. The front of the bag also has the nutritional information (1/4 of a bag contains 11g of sugar which is 12% of your daily amount - therefore these should be eaten in moderation - as should all sweets!)
The packet was easy to open by ripping one of the corners, although this led to the packet splitting so I had to eat the sweets out of the bag sideways on. I think this might have been due to my eagerness to get into the packet rather than a fault with the bag itself though.
There was a good selection of jelly sweets in the bag and they initially reminded of Haribo Starmix (with less choice). The jellies all smell the same; not a distinctive smell but they smell sweet. The bag I have contains a variety of sweets: jelly/foam hearts, jelly rings (various colours/flavours), jelly teddies (various colours/flavours) and cola bottles.
All of the sweets taste fruity apart from the cola bottles, which have a cola flavour (just enough flavour, not too strong). The jelly hearts tasted like strawberry and the orange rings and teddies tasted like orange. All of the other jellies just have a general fruity taste (to me) although they are not identical. The sweets are full of flavour and I was satisfied after eating just one or two (until 5 minutes later when I ate some more, but I think that was because they were sat in front of me on my desk).
The jellies are quite firm and chewy. They are chewier than I would expect from a jelly sweet and after eating 3 or 4 my jaw began to ache. The next couple I had, I held them in mouth for a little while and they softened as they warmed up, but they were still chewier than I would expect from a jelly. This does mean they last longer in your mouth, so you get to enjoy the full flavour and it also means that I didn't eat too many in one sitting (though I did eat the whole bag in a day!)
Although, initially full of flavour when eating them, I did find that 10 minutes later they left a slight aftertaste and made me a little thirsty. I think the thirst came from me wanting to remove the aftertaste. It's not bad and I have found that other jellies do this to me sometimes too.
I offered some of the jellies to some of the people I work with (so I didn't have to eat all the calories myself) and they both commented that they are really fruity and nice.
Tesco Gummy Mix are available from (you guessed it!) Tesco, and are currently 40p each or 3 for £1, which I think is good value for money.
Overall, I enjoyed eating these jellies although I wouldn't be in a hurry to buy them again. They are full of flavour and chewy and would make a nice occasional treat. Personally I think I would probably go for Haribo Starmix over these if I wanted some jellies but these do make a suitable replacement.
When I took my little niece to the cinema recently I wanted to avoid the usual demands to visit the pick and mix section as her eyes are bigger than her stomach and we can spend more in there than we do on her ticket to watch the film so in preperation I bought a tub of these Tesco gummy mix as she was also allowed to bring a friend on this particular trip and these looked ideal for the three of us to share.
For your £1.79 you get 500g of different soft chewy sweets in a big round plastic tub with a re-selable lid to it. The jelly sweets come in a variety of different shapes and sizes with a mixture of coke bottles, guyitar shapes, foot shapes, gummy bears and lip shaped sweets to name but a few, all different colours but they pretty much seem to taste the same, some are a mixture of jelly and a sort of marsh mellow substance.
Either way the kids loved them while I dreamed of a big bag of minstrels all to myself, how I wish I had bought one with me as these sweets leave a rather unpleasant after taste in the mouth.
For kids they are ideal as they are easy to eat and they seem to like the bright colours and different shapes however for me they all pretty much tasted the same and it was not that nice in the first place.
For anyone who has either seen Peter Kay live or have taken kids to the cinema you will know where I am coming from if I rant about the cost of pick and mix at the cinema which will often cost more than the entry price to see the film.
Hence the reason for this particular purchase which I saw as a way of reducing the cost of a cinema trip whilst keeping the ankle biters quiet during the never ending adverts and trailers that precede the main feature. As a plan is sorted of worked and cartinly saved some money.
Tesco Gummy mix comes in either a large round plastic box containing 500g of various jelly sweets in a variety of flavours and shapes or smaller 100g bags. The larger drum retails for £1.69 while the smaller bags are 38p although a 3 for £1 offer is currently available at my local Tesco.
It was the former that I purchased and this is packaged in a clear plastic drum with product information on the top. Opening the drum is by way of a plastic tear off strip and the airtight lid then lifts off easily and also can be re-sealed after use.
So to the contents, I said earlier that if comes in a variety of flavours and shapes actually after trying this product I could say that it does come in a variety of shapes but I'm not convinced about the flavours. In terms of shapes there are various sweets in the shapes of feet, guitars, dolphins, cars, half moons, guitars, coke bottles, teddy bears and other that I cannot recall. As it says on the box this is a gummy mix and there is no obvious theme to the shapes. These are all different sizes and some are a mix of jelly and marshmallow while the majority are just jelly.
In terms of texture these are very easy to eat and can be quite addictive, they are not over chewy however if left in the mouth they do take a while to dissolve.
If there is a weakness with this product it is in the taste, there are a variety of colours and hence you would expect different flavours, strawberry, orange, lime, lemon, blue? and the coke bottle you would assume would have a cola flavour. Unfortunately every one tastes the same, slightly bland and it is the texture that you notice and not the flavour. Personally I found that they left a rather waxy after taste to them which was a little unpleasant and they were very bland to say the least.
This product is obviously positioned as a rival to the Haribo range of gummy sweets and at £1.69 it is about 10p cheaper however on flavour it is a poor second. With Haribo you can taste the different flavours with this product you cannot. Still this is the view of an old wrinkly who is not the target market for this product so what do my two juvenile consumers think.
Well Miss C a 9-year-old sweet addict comments "I like the bears and the big feet because you get more of them", while Master N a more discerning 11 year old "They are a bit boring and taste the same". So there you have it a sample of two proves nothing conclusive other than neither were exactly vocal in their enjoyment although that did not stop them eating everything that was in their bag.
Finally there are no surprises on the ingredients, lots of sugar and E numbers but then what do you expect.
If I was rating these as an adult consumer they would be poor but then they are not aimed at adults hence they are only average as far as the kids are concerned then again even my kids may be out growing them in taste terms.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.