“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Berry „
My 4 year old daughter loves these (and I'm quite partial to them as well!)
Tesco strawberry flavour pencils come in a cellophane pack , primarily pink coloured, with pictures of cartoon ostriches on them. The outside of the pack contains all the nutritional information. One pencil contains 25 calories and 0.5g of fat.
The pencils themselves are about 15cm long, 1cm wide and about 0.5cm thick. The outside of the sweet is a bright pink colour and only a couple of milimetres thick. The outer layer is quite chewy, but the inside is a white soft candy. They aren't hard and are very easy for even little children to eat.
They have quite an intense strawberry flavour and are a bit sweet and sour at the same time.
They don't contain any nuts and there are no artificial flavours or colours - so no nasty E numbers.
A 75g pack normally contains 12 sticks.
These travel well as they don't melt or go gooey even in the heat and I find they last a little bit longer than your average sweet. They are a brilliant little bribe for an obstinate pre-schooler when out and about!
They normally cost 35p a pack, but are part of Tescos 3 for £1 range of sweets, so slightly cheaper if you buy in bulk.
When it comes to sweet tooth few have a tooth as sweet as mine so when the local TESCO offer 3 packets of their own brand sweets for £1 (as they regularly do) it's difficult not to want to purchase half a shopful. On the most recent visit there and with a bit of spare change in my pocket it was a temptation too strong to refuse so I buckled, as I always do and picked up 3 packets.One of these was the TESCO Strawberry Flavour Pencils which come in a tall and long (but thin) pink packet with a see through window allowing you to see the pink pencils in the packet. Of course these aren't real "pencils" (as in the writing instruments) but instead long colour colour soft candies with a white fondant "lead" filling. An ever popular amongst kids who are easily impressed by bright colours, it may have been no shock that my younger sister ripped open the packet before I'd even mentioned to empty my shopping.
In side the packet are 12 of the pencils, in a bright and eye catching pink body, which although called pencils seem a bit flatter than the sort that used to be used when I was back at school (which it's self makes me feel old). They are about 6 or 7 inches long and are bizarrely flatter than most similar "flavoured pencil" type sweets which are usually a tubular shape with the same make up. Though with many similar "cheaper" TESCO products it's often fair to question the taste of the product, when something declares it's self to be "Strawberry Flavoured" in it's name you're hoping the flavour is actually there and that it can live up to it's wonderfully bright colours. It's with great pleasure then that I do get to say they do have a nice and sweet strawberry taste to them as well as having a solid and likeable chewy texture that doesn't just implode and break down immediately. It seems then, that TESCO have got a good cheaper sweet treat on their hands here then?
Well yeah actually it's genuinely difficult to criticise the product with out trying to be deliberately difficult and picky. Other than the shape (flat pencils, are out there on the writing market but you do expect, generally speaking, pencils to be rounded) the packet doesn't contain enough (always a good sign) and they aren't long enough (again a good sign in a round about way). Many similar product are bigger and rounder and longer and in some cases thicker than these (which are on the small side) though when that's the biggest flaw then you've nothing much to worry about, especially if your a parent reading this as the product contains none of those naughty E numbers.
Overall the product are a truly delightful little treat and at a fantastic price, they are brilliantly addictive (sadly) and you will find yourself munching the 75g bags down in no time at whole then look and think their should be more in them. As much as this is a pain it's more a showing of how nice they are rather than the packets being particularly small.
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
Energy 1615KJ/ 385Kcal
Carbohydrate 88g (Of which 77g are from Sugar)-Maybe the product has got a flaw after all
Fat 2.0g (Of which 1.1g are Saturated)
Salt Equivalent Trace
The product contains Wheat and Gluten and TESCO cannot guarantee no nut content. Though it uses natural colours and flavours through out.
I'd never tried these up until last year when my friend introduced me to them. Since then they've changed the packet and the recipe, she no longer likes them and unfortunately I'm still hooked!
They are in Tescos 3 for £1 sweet range, alone they cost about 35p. The packet is rectangular and quite tall, in my opinion is of an excellent size for this price. The front of the packet is mainly light blue and red with a cartoon picture of a brown dog playing with a red ball. There is a small clear window towards the bottom of the packet, allowing you to see the contents inside. Each bag weighs 75g and contains about 10 sweets.
Each pencil is a bright pinky red in colour, quite flat and is filled with white stuff which I can only describe as a sort of solid sherbert but less tangy and fizzy! The pencils are around 5 inches long but less than a centimetre wide. They are very chewy and taste of strawberry, however this is quite a subtle flavour and they are not tangy or fizzy. They have a smooth texture which is easy to eat and melts on your tongue.
4 pencils contain 100 calories, 20g sugar, 0.5g fat (0.3g saturates) and trace of salt. Therefore, a serving contains pretty much the same values as sweets of similar nature. However, they should only be enjoyed as a treat!
I would recommend these to anyone that hasn't tried them and is a fan of sweets. Kids love them however, they are very moreish and you may well find yourself eating more than the recommended serving of 4 pencils!
Tesco Strawberry Pencils are a sweet that really surprised me. They cost 37p for a 75g packet, though there's an ongoing offer available on these and others in the range where you can buy any three for £1.
Tesco Strawberry Pencils are basically long, thin strawberry flavoured sweets that are packed with sherbert in the centre. When I say the sweets are strawberry flavoured though, what I really mean is that Tesco called them strawberry flavoured and they're coloured pink. In reality, they taste a bit like I imagine newspaper would.
The sherbert in the middle isn't very nice either, as it's really quite sour and sugary. Mixed with the pretend-strawberry flavour, it makes for a pretty awful tasting sweet that I just don't understand the appeal of. And not only do they taste really bad, but they actually hurt my teeth trying to eat them.
As a general rule, I have a sweet tooth. But I also have other taste buds that work, and in this case they're all working to tell me not to eat this sugar-coated sawdust. I find it especially disappointing that I can't even really taste and strawberry in these, and that's what the predominant flavour is supposed to be!
I wouldn't recommend these to anybody.
I went to the cinema last night and on my way popped into Tesco to get some popcorn (well I wasn't going to pay cinema prices was I??) and discovered upon strawberry pencils while I did. I love strawberry pencils, they are classic cinema fare, and at 38p for the bag how could I resist?? The packet is blue and red with a picture of a cartoon sausage dog heading a red ball.... Under the product name there's little white writing stating that there is no artificial flavours or colours in the bag, and a look at the ingredients suggests that it is fruit colours that give the sticks their pink hue. You get lots of pencils in the bag- My friend and I ate quite a few at the cinema yet I still had four left this morning.
On opening, you're met with a very sickly sweet strawberry smell, at which point I put it under my friend's nose and remarked that the smell didn't inspire me with belief that there were no artificial colours or flavours! I pulled out one and bit into it. The first thing to note is that the pencils are very thin and flat, not like the chunky round pencils you get in a pick and mix. The texture is also quite sticky, you have to bite quite hard to tear off a bite.
The taste is very intensely strawberry - it's very, VERY sweet. If that's what you're in the mood for then the sweets are nice, but I did find them a bit sickly. Also, on a couple of occasions I found the sugar did that weird thing where it catches and dries out your throat and you can't swallow - not nice!
However, for 38p the sweets are fine for a cheap treat, you couldn't eat many in one go so would be good for sharing. They're not healthy (but you knew that), however they also don't taste and feel as nice as one's I've had in pick and mix or even as nice as the equivalent Somerfield versions. I also really didn't like the throat catching effect.
Tesco's Strawberry Flavour Pencils are another one of the six bags of Tesco's children's sweets that I purchased whilst I was out shopping in my town centre. Despite purchasing them over three weeks ago now I didn't eat them until I sat down to watch Cast Away, review following shortly, last night. This means they have been kicking around in my room for quite a while. Now I know that sweets have a long best before end date, the date on this bag being 01/2010, but sometimes they don't taste quite right if they've been stuck in a warmish room. What would these be like?
Tesco's Strawberry Flavour Pencils cost 38p a bag and contain 75g of sweets, which in my case meant 7 pencils. The sweets can however be bought on offer alongside two other bags for £1 giving you a saving of 14p, which isn't massive but is better than nothing. The bag in question is a vibrant pink in colour and is therefore quite eye-catching when it is on the shelf. On the front of the pack is a very cute looking orange alien that looks as if he is trying to prise one of the sweets out of the bag. Because the pack is pink I do think that it appeals more to girls but the sweets themselves are definitely suitable for both boys and girls.
The front of the pack also contains the traffic light system nutritional guide and the information that the sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours. The back then contains the relevant allergy advice, ingredients lists, nutritional information, storage instructions and the fact that the sweets are suitable for vegetarians.
The nutrition information is as follows:
Calories - 283
Protein - 1.6g
Carbohydrate - 62.2g
Of which sugars - 48.1g
Fat - 3.1g
Now obviously sweets aren't the healthiest thing in the world but once in a while they can't really do you any harm. These sweets are rather average in their nutritional values and therefore should like all sweets be eaten in moderation.
Now on to the actual sweets. Upon opening the pack you are met by a very enticing strawberry scent, which is sweet but not sickly sweet. Again I'll stress the point that I love strawberries and so anything that smells like strawberries definitely gets the thumbs up in my opinion.
The sweets themselves are about 18cm in length and tubular in shape. The centre of the sweets is white in colour and much softer in texture than the outside, which is red in colour and made of a gum type jelly ingredient. This outside is rather chewy but isn't break your jaw chewy whilst the inside seems to crumble and melt in your mouth. The strawberry taste is strong but not overpowering and therefore is definitely enjoyable.
In conclusion these sweets are fantastic. The texture, taste and smell are all just right, which makes them a pleasure to eat. Furthermore they are great value for money and therefore If you haven't tried them yet then maybe it is about time that you did.