Product Type: Tesco Sweets
Newest Review: ... for £1. Not bad value, really. One of the three bags from my selection was the 'Teeth and Lips' which are described as being 'Strawber... more
Self control is needed
Tesco Teeth and Lips
Member Name: shopaholicleo
Tesco Teeth and Lips
Advantages: Sweet and tasty
Disadvantages: Deceptively filled with calories
These sweets always end up in my basket during my frequent trips to Tesco (in fact I bought a bag just yesterday) and have become my unofficial snack on the way home. At 39p (3 packs for a pound), they are cheaper than most branded sweets, such as Haribo or Rowntrees, so handy for long journeys or cinema trips. You get 100g in a bag, which doesn't look like a lot, but the bag is pretty much full and I guess it helps the environment with less packaging.
Described as 'Strawberry flavoured jelly shapes', you get a mixture of red jelly lips, which are delightfully sweet and flavoursome and white and pink teeth, not so nice to look at, but nice and chewy. It's hard to choose a favourite, but I would have to say the lips, and they are nice and sweet. It takes a lot of self control not to chew it straight away, instead of leaving it in your mouth to taste all sweet, strawberry flavours. The teeth, a close second, have a mixture of foamy goodness (think the fried eggs of Haribo Starmix) and jelly, so the best of both sweet worlds.
The packaging of the bag is somewhat childlike, with a cheery and slightly monkey adorning the front, seemingly not doing very much, but don't let this put you off. It's easy enough to get into the bag, a small rip does it, and soon enough you can smell the inviting flavours. The main thing is that there are no artificial colours and preservatives, which is an added bonus. The ingredients include blackcurrant concentrate and carrot extract, which may seem unusual, but I'm not complaining as I guess you need these unexpected things to make them taste so nice.
The annoying thing, which I just realised, is that the nutritional information reveals that a QUARTER of a bag contains 85 calories and 13.1g of sugar. Now if you are a sweet addict like me, it is impossible to just eat a quarter of this 100g bag, especially since it is so small. This means that I regularly consume 340 calories and an awful lot of sugar when polishing off one of these bags, which is slightly misleading if you just glance at the front. I will definitely make an effort to control myself in the future, perhaps I can bring myself to share them with a friend...
These sweets were never going to count as one of your 5 a day, but they are definitely nice as an occasional treat. I would definitely recommend trying them, as 39p is great for 100g of sweet perfection.
Summary: An occasional treat...I think
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