“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Gems „
I purchased Tesco Value Midget Gems after loving Morrisons Midget Gems, and thinking that maybe these brand midget gems wouldn't be too bad either. Seeing as Tesco was closer to me than Morrisons, I was also hoping they would!
I paid around 40p for them which was a great bargain, and around the same price as other shop brand midget gems around. The packets contain around the similar size and amounts of midget gems you would see in other stores to, as it is around 200g of sweets.
On the shelves, you can tell them apart from the other sweets as they have the Tescos logo on them, and only have the main colours of blue and white on them. The only problem I really had was once I had opened the packet, it kept on ripping at just the slightest movement. So when I had them in my pockets, they had all spilled out as I was walking.
The midget gems taste and look exactly like other brands of midget gems from supermarkets, as they are relatively small, yet still hard and chewy. There is a large selection of colours within these packets, such as lime, strawberry, orange and blackcurrant (at least I think they are, from what I could tell!). All of them look great with really bright colours for sweets, matching the fruity taste that they have.
Overall, these are great sweets to have as they are so cheaply priced and taste great. Although the packaging can be a bit flimsy and rip easily, I expected this due to the cheap price. Another problem is, when you start eating one, you just can't stop and suddenly the whole bag has disappeared. Oops!
I have always liked midget gems ever since I was very young and have always bought them. When I was recently shopping in Tesco, I came across Tesco Value midget gems, at first I was not sure if they were worth purchasing or not, but in the end I decided to buy them.
They are delicious and are great to eat if you are say watching a film or just want to eat some sweets. They come in a variety of colours: red, black, orange, yellow, green and pale green and surprisingly for the price, all the colours taste slightly different.
Each packet is 200g and costs just 36p! They are certainly value for money. (The price though does seem to be continually rising - the first time I bought them, which was less than a year ago, they were just 26p)
A 25g serving contains 90 calories, 21.4g of carbohydrate, 12.3g of sugar, 0.2g of fat, 0.1g of saturate and trace amounts of salt.
The only two downsides that I can think of is that firstly you'll find that you will just sit there and and eat the entire packet in one sitting as they are very addictive and secondly, like most sweets, they have a high sugar content.
I would recommend these to any fans of midget gems, anyone with a sweet tooth or as something to keep the kids quiet for a while.
TESCOS VALUE RANGE Midget Gems
Well as my house is usually bombarded with children and grandchildren, more so over at the weekends, i like to have a few sweeties in for the grandkids.
I spoted these merely by chance when shopping in Tescos the other day with a good friend of mine.
Costing 38pence for a 200gram full bag, i thought that they were a real bargain.
They are part of Tescos value range, every supermarket sems to have a bargain range of products, thats products that are in less desireable wrappings, so they save on thecostings making them cheaper than other well known brands.
The Tescos value range, comes in a blue and white wrapping.
Once openned the first sweet i tried (well you have to have a try) was the yellow sweetie, a bit like a scaled down mini version of a wine gum.
It tasted a bit sharp like a lemon, the orange is well definitely orangy, the red tastes a bit like summer fruits, and the blackcurrant colour definetely like blackcurrants, the green is harder to discribe, a bit like the lemon and orange mixed.
There are loads in the packet and i must say that they keep the children happy for ages, chewing away on these.
I think that they are great value for money, and have purchased a few packets to keep in nannas swetie jar, that i have to offer my grandchildren, when they are being good.
Great value, and you get loads in the packet, and theres a colour thats going to almost certainly be someones favourite.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Tesco Value midget gems look pretty bog standard, they chuck them on the shelves in the blue and white boxes in the blue and white bags and they don't look pretty but inside the bags are lots of little or should I say midget gems.
I am going to start with the price, these are a bargain at about 40p, which is the price of say a pack of wine gums, you get an entire bag of 200g. This is really good value money on sweets.
Clearly the main thing that brings you to buy sweets is for the taste, there are a selection of flavours in here as usual indicated by the different colours. I can't honestly say that I can tell what all the different flavours are but then if you asked me to tell you what most things are blind I probably couldn't tell you. One thing that I can say though is that these are yummy, they do remind me of the earlier mentioned wine gums, they are chewy and fruity (well sort of) and each one if you suck on it can actually last and while and therefore the bag can last ages. One thing to watch out for though is putting these in your pocket and taking one, then another and then another and then you have eaten the whole bag in thirty minutes (oops).
These come in a standard tesco value bag that is blue and white, it is strong enough to hold the contents until it is open but then is very prone to ripping open and I don't just mean to access the contents but ripping too easily and them going everywhere. I guess when the packet costs you less than 50p you don't expect amazing packing.
The midget gems are great, they are cheap but taste good but their only downfall is that the packaging is a little too easy to completely rip, this can be annoying when you have the pack in a bag or something and they all go everywhere and make everything sticky but that doesn't detract from the great taste.
As I have quite a sweet tooth, I am always on the lookout for new sweets and chocolate, so when I cam across Tesco Value Midget Gems I had to try them.
I located these in the sweets aisle, near other Tesco Value confectionery products as well as other brands of sweets. The packaging looks quite different to the image displayed above; the midget gems are in a blue and clear packet, allowing you to get a glimpse of rainbow coloured array of sweets. Each packet ways 200g, so you get quite a large amount of sweets for the 35p, though it previously cost 28p.
When I opened the packet, there was not a particularly fruity smell and upon tasting the midget gems, the first thing I noticed was how hard and chewy they were. Although there are many different coloured midget gems (purple, red, orange, yellow and green) they all taste fruity, but I found it impossible to detect which flavour they were meant to be. However for me this was not a problem, as they all had a pleasant fruity taste, though you have to be careful that they do not get stuck in between your teeth!
Though 200g may seem like a huge packet, it is not impossible to get through an entire packet as they are quite addictive. I, sometimes, like to put them in the freezer as I feel that it makes them last even longer as they become even more chewy. However at 356 calories per 100g, I would not recommend eating the whole packet although you could weigh out 25g and eat that portion for only 89 calories.
I would highly recommend these gems as they're extremely fruity and chewy and I would say they are just as good as other branded chewy sweets. In my opinion, the price makes them even more appealing!
Absolute bargain at 28p. I bought these last night as I was having a craving for something sweet and being a student I don't have much money. You get 200 grams and they last for ages. Obviously they are value sweets and they aren't the most amazing sweets you will ever taste but if your trying to stick to a low budget and want a sugary treat, these are the way to go. A normal branded packet of sweets is around a pound but you can get 600 grams of midget gems for a pound. Triple what you would usually get. More for your money so I will definitely be buying these for when i'm back at university considering I won't have lots of money.
Even better is a trip to the cinema doesn't have to be majorly expensive. Buy your drink and these midget gems before you go and you don't need to spend the ridiculous amount on the pick and mix.
I love watching the General Election on tv., so yesterday, expecting a late night, I popped into Tesco to buy a bottle of wine and some munchies, to get me through the night.
Upon walking down the sweet isle these little 'gems' jumped out at me, and insisted I buy them. They were from the Tesco Value range and sitting uncomfortably on the bottom shelf.
The packet looks like the one pictured here. On the front it says No artificial colours or flavours. It weighed in at a whopping 200g, and only cost about 30p.
Upon opening the packet I was met by a good number of different coloured midget gems. I would guess at about 50. Upon tasting them I could not believe just how good value they were. They tasted like all other midget gems I'd tasted in the past. I dare anybody to do the taste test, and tell the difference. They also stick to your teeth, in the way others do too, but this is only a small complaint. I regrettably (well for my waist anyway) ate myself through the whole packet.
I have mentioned before that I have experienced hit and miss on the Tesco Value Range. On these sweets, I certainly hit the target.
Nutrition per 100g
of which sugars 46.7g
Obviously the calories and sugars are high, and these should be eaten in moderation. In a full packet we are talking 700 plus calories. However I fully recommend these little gems. They deserve a better bag, and although part of the Tesco Value range, would not be out of place, in a much more colourful bag (and range).
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I have always been rather partial to midget gems. (You see? It's not *always* chocolate I snack on!) As with so much else in the little-sweeties line, my local independent sweet shop is the place I prefer go for the best ones, but when I have only supermarkets to choose from then I have to do the best I can. And so it was that (later, as the miller told his tale...) I splashed out a mighty twenty-eight pence on a 200 gram bag of this Tesco Value version, out of curiosity as much as anything else, since it seemed remarkably cheap even for this line.
There's not a great deal to be said about the packet that hasn't been said before about most other Tesco Value products. The design has changed slightly from what is shown in Dooyoo's photo, but the bag is still a simple crackly plastic affair with the main feature simply being the words "Midget Gems" written in large white letters on a blue stripe. I actually rather like being able to see the actual sweets inside; that used to be more common with a lot of snack foods before foil-lined wrappers came along, and I prefer it this way.
The powers that be seem to have decided that a standard portion is one-eighth of a bag, or 25 grams. Not when I'm around, it isn't! Still, if you have more restraint than I do then in that portion you will be consuming 89 kcal - which isn't too bad at all - and 11.7 grams of sugar - which is a lot, in fact accounting for no less than 13% of the average adult's Guideline Daily Amount! These midget gems are *not* vegetarian, as they contain beef gelatine. On the plus side, there are no artificial colours or flavours, though I've long wondered why "natural" is automatically seen as a good thing. After all, deadly nightshade is entirely natural!
Opening the pack is a bit easier than with some I've come across, and you need to take care not to be too enthusiastic, or else the sweets will fly everywhere, which can be rather embarrassing if you're sitting in the cinema or on a train at the time! (Yes, I've done it...) They don't smell of very much, and that decision not to use artificial additives means that the colours are rather boring as well, but pop a few of them into your mouth and things improve immediately. They're surprisingly nice, with plenty of fruitiness and a satisfying chew, and a small (honest!) handful can be a very pleasant snack indeed.
To be honest, given the extremely low price charged by Tesco for these things I think they are very good value. I'm not going to pretend that they are the best midget gems you'll ever taste, but they are a long way from being the worst either, and I've certainly had worse at much higher prices over the years. You do need to be careful that you don't eat too many, though, especially given that sugar content!
My brother keeps telling about these, and yesterday I eventually got him to let me try some.
I was so surprised, I really expected them to be horrible as they are so cheap but I was shocked at how nice they are.
A 200g bag of these is 28p!!!!!!!!
They taste like most other fruit jelly sweets, and I really liked them, there were a few different flavours and colours (red was the nicest) and they all tasted different. They weren't really hard like some cheap jelly sweets, they were just the right softness and chewiness.
The benefit of these sweets is that there are no e-numbers in them. They do contain beef gelatin though, so they are not suitable for vegetarians. (I don't mind gelatine, it's just meat that I don't eat), so I was fine.
These would be great to stick in a bowl for kids parties, and for 28p with no e-numbers that has got to be a good thing.
I will definitely be buying these again. They taste great and they are so unbelievably cheap.
Please don't tell my Dad about this review...You see, my dad is what you call a midget gem puritan. He used to buy Lion midget gems as a child, the very hard fruity sweets which had black liquorice sweets in each bag too. These were old fashioned sweet shop sweets, where you went in the shop and got them poured out of a jar into a little paper bag. A few years ago, Maynards took over Lion, made the sweets softer, and replaced the controversial liqorice version with a more user friendly blackcurrant flavour.
My dad went crazy....to him, it was the ultimate act of evil....
I therefore have no idea how he would react if he saw Tesco value midget gems. It may well put him over the edge. But at 29p a bag, they have turned into my guilty pleasure.
I bought them for the kids, because they seemed so incredibly cheap compared to the branded sweets on offer. they come in a rather unassuming transparent bag, with the value logo on the front. You can see the sweets inside. The nutritional information is on the front and states that ine eighth of a bag contains:
I always eat more than one eighth of a bag though!
All the colours and flavours used in these sweets are natural, so you get weird stuff on the list of ingredients, like nettle and spinach!
The sweets themselves are small and a child friendly size. They are somewhere between a jelly and a gum sweet. They are soft in texture, so again, good for a treat for kids. The flavours are extremely mild, so mild you can't really make out individual flavours very well, but they are fruity tasting and pleasant. The sweets feel a little greasy to the touch. They come in different colours; green, yellow, orange, white, red and purple, and the strongest flavour comes from the white one, which is pear flavour.
These sweets aren't going to win awards, but for 29p, who cares. i buy a bag every week. Just don't tell dad...
Whilst in Tesco yesterday picking up something for our Sunday dinner I had the urge for something sweet and fruity to chew so made my way up the bagged sweet aisle for a browse at the choices on offer. I am at the moment trying different products in the Value range from Tesco as for the most part they have been excellent value for money and are comparable to the higher-priced big names that are more familiar.
A 200 gram bag of Midget Gems caught my attention and not having had these for a quite a while and thoroughly sick of chocolate I thought I'd give them a try. Bagged in the Value packaging of a dark blue and see-through bag it isn't the most attractive packet on the shelf, but like everything else in the Value range it's what's inside that counts.
At only 28p for the bag they were hardly going to break the bank so I decided to give them a try, I was quite impressed at the packaging claims about the Gems not including artificial colours or flavours expecting them to be full of E numbers or additives and reading the nutritional information I was informed that a 100 gram serving (half a bag) would provide me 356 calories and a whopping 83.5 grams of carbohydrates of which 46.7 grams are sugar. Although ridiculously high in sugar there is no fat whatsoever so didn't feel that guilty about buying them.
Opening the packet and the Midget Gems are as you would imagine; differently coloured, small pieces of a hard jelly-like substance, they are cool to the touch and you can squash them in-between your fingers. Tasting one or two and your mouth and the overwhelming flavour is that of a non-specific fruit, sweet, sugary and juicy. Certainly not as hard as say a 'Maynards' Midget Gem but as I'm not keen on the harder varieties anyway this wasn't a concern to me. The flavours all pretty much tasted the same whatever colour of Gem I selected and whilst they were 'nice' they were nothing special. They did do a good job of satisfying the craving I had for something chewy and sweet though and overall they were fine, they are incredibly sticky though once you have broken them down so do be careful with any fillings you may have!
Checking the list of ingredients provided I can see that beef gelatine is included, so these will not be suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advice on the packet warns that although the recipe for these does not contain nuts and the factory they are made in is nut free they still cant guarantee that the produce will be nut free. Makes you wonder where the pesky nuts could come from? but this is probably just Tesco making sure they cover their backs.
To summarise; I did enjoy these and thought they represented excellent value for money at only 28p for the bag. If you are particularly fond of the bigger brand name variety then these might not live up to your expectations as they are not as hard or as full of flavour. For me though they served their purpose and I would buy them again though not on a regular basis due to the massive sugar content.
From me Tesco Value Midget Gems rate a very good 4/5 Dooyoo stars, cheap and cheerful and another great example of the Value range.
Thank you for reading.
I have been trying out some of the items from the Tesco Value range in my local Tesco store to see if they are any good. All of the items have saved me a bit of money on my shopping bill but some of them have been rubbish and I would not buy them again. One item that I tried recently was the Tesco value midget gems and this is my review.
The packaging is not very eye catching or attractive but this is because it is a Tesco value item and all of the items in the Tesco value range are in similar basic packaging because it is a no frills brand. The plastic bag is plain looking but it is sturdy and does not burst like cheap packaging and it does the job.
Midget gems are sweets like gums but they are a bit harder than those. They come in different colours like green yellow and red. The Tesco value midget gems are in a bag that is 200g size and this costs around 30 pence which I think is great value for money.
The Tesco value midget gems are fruity flavoured but it is hard to tell what fruits they are. They have a nice taste to them but are quite sweet. I have given a small amount of the value midget gems to my friends kids when babysitting and they were quite popular. They are chewy eventually but are hard to begin with and are not as soft as wine gums or other gums. Because they are hard I think they last quite long so I only need to eat a few which is good for my calories and my teeth to.
The Tesco value midget gems have gelatine in them so can not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
The midget gems are nice and colourful and would be a good idea to use in a children's birthday party. I used some of these in my 'booty' bags at Halloween this year and they seemed to go down well.
I like these sweets and would suggest giving them a try out as they are good value and taste very nice. I will be keep on buying them as I really like them and like how cheap they are to.
These sweets should come with a health warning attached - "WARNING this product may dislodge a fill-in." This has happened on two separate occasions, so despite the flavor and the value I'm out! However I thought I'd relay my opinions for those of you that have sturdy teeth...
You can pick up a 200g packet of value midget gems from Tesco's for 28p, which is an absolute bargain!
Each serving contains 90 calories, so they won't ruin the diet. However they are not suitable for vegetarians. Each pack contains the following ingredients:
Glucose syrup, sugar, modified maize starch, beef gelatine, water, potato starch, citric acid, glazing agents (vegetable oil, carnauba wax), colours (anthocyanins, capsanthin, curcumin), natural flavourings, vegetable concentrates (spinach, nettle).
These midget gems come in Tesco's value packaging, which is red, white and black. However, as I've protested in many of my reviews, the packaging is irrelevant to me - it's taste that is important!
Personally I don't think this brand is as nice as other midget gem varieties that are available within the marketplace. They seem to be very soft and the black ones don't taste of licorice. If you are a fan of these sweets then these might not hit the mark, but if you only eat them occasionally and you are not too fussy, then I'm sure they will be more adequate.
Each gem has a waxy coating and they come in a number of colours. However the gems do seem to taste the same and I can't taste any difference between each colour.
I don't think I'd feel comfortable serving these to young children, because they are difficult to chew and they easily get stuck to your teeth.
Personally I think this product is very average - they are made out of soft gel which tastes nice enough and they are also cheap and good to buy if you are on a strict budget. However, this product isn't anything special, they are quite annoying to eat because they get stuck everywhere and I'd stay well away if you have fillings.
Two out of five stars from me.
Tescos value midget gems.
I have decided to buy my children some sweets as a treat and we were shopping in Tescos and i spotted these Midget Gems for the price of 28p for a whole bag full, thats really good value for money.
They come in a clear see through bag and contain quite a large amount of these different coloured gems, they are kinda like a wine gum without the wine flavour, i prefer the black ones, they are a bit on the hard side but the children did like them, and as they were cheap thought i would buy a couple of packets of these for them to share, as always i like to try a few and they were generally ok, they have red ones, green is my least favourite colour and taste, they are a bit fruity but no so much that you could say they were really fruity flavoured.
Tescos Basics range do make some cheap sweets and having a large family this is often a really good idea for myself, they are ok as midget gems go, but do not have as much taste as other midget gems that we have tried.
They were a bit on the hard side, and the fruit taste wasnt that strong, and i guess they are 28p, but i would have expected them to be a lot nicer than they were.
I dont think that i would be buying these again to be fair, the older children liked them but the younger ones didnt like the fact that they were bit hard to chew, and also they are not flavoured too much.I am giving them two stars only.
I first picked these up in my local Tesco in 2007 after having them in a traditional sweet shop in Scotland. I thought they may not be as nice as them, because nearly every other brand of these I'd tried (*cough* Maynards *cough*) had been quite annoyingly hard and disgusting. But this time I'd finally found something as good as the ones I had purchased in Scotland, soft and delicious.
I bought one pack of them, 200g for the price of 51c, an absolute bargain, right? Yep, I brought them to the local cinema with me and was shamefully a lot more than halfway through before the thing had even started! Yeah they are quite fattening and contain a lot of sugar but when you're the type of person who can put all that aside for an absolute treat, then get your claws on a bag of these as fast as you can.
They taste brilliant, are dirt cheap and there are Midget Gems a plenty in the bag. You really cannot go wrong with these sweets. I'm giving Tesco Value Midget Gems 5/5 as they are among the best Midget Gems you'll get and for a fantastic sum.