Product Type: The Natural Confectionery Co Sweets
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The Natural Confectionery Co Jelly Un-Bear-Ables
Member Name: Machair1
The Natural Confectionery Co Jelly Un-Bear-Ables
Advantages: Delicious sweets as sour as cherry drops.Natural.
Disadvantages: Not veggie and a recipe for tooth decay
The History Of The Natural Confectionery Company
You may not have noticed the lovely teddy bear sweets I am going to talk about in this review, but when or if you do see them on the shelves you might like to know a bit about them.
Their origins are in Australia when in 1997 the first natural sweets were made. The company who made them were first formed as far back as 1941 though, but the idea of making their sweets as natural as possible came in 1997.
When they were first produced the owner's daughter used to cycle around Melbourne getting people to sample them! Available in the UK since 2007 when they were marketed by Trebor Bassett, they are now made in the UK to the exact Australian recipe.
They make many different sweets all with the natural theme in mind, and the ones I chose were the Teddy Bears known as Un-Bear-Ables.
What Are Jelly Un-Bear-Ables?
I picked off the shelf two packets of these sweets in Somerfield as they are on buy one get one free, and I notice they are on offer in many other places as well. They are jelly sweets in the shape of teddies with no artificial colours or flavourings. Price is £1.22 per bag, but as I say I got them on offer and they are in generous bags of 180g.
Modified Wheat Starch
Citric and malic acid
Flavourings and natural Colours
Lovely packaging where the sight of a teddy heap peering through a cellophane window, all frosted with sugar, and in different pastel shades, would tempt even the most tooth preserving shopper. A pile of glistening teddies waiting to escape.
The bag is decorated with a large brown teddy which was designed by an Aboriginal artist. He lives in the bush outside Melbourne and he also designed many of the cartoon characters in the range.
The Taste- (my opinion)
I popped one of these into my mouth and wow- not what I expected-they are amazing, sour and fruity, and the sour taste explosion lasts for the whole duration you are eating it! They remind me of those sour cherry drops -really delicious and fruity and refreshing. I adore the fact they are like little teddies- they are actually like little Koala bears and you almost feel sorry for them trapped in the bag. Very delicious. Trouble is it all turned sour when I realised they contained gelatine-more about that in a minute.
1. I read the ingredients and to my horror noticed they contain gelatine which means they are not vegetarian. Now being so I will not be buying these again, sadly as like some things I try you often forget that seemingly innocent things contain something which makes them unsuitable for me and my family. Luckily only me and my husband tried them before we realised, as my son a lifelong veggie, would be horrified if he had accidentally eaten one of these. Hubby and I who have been veggie for 30 years have accidentally swallowed a few things in error, but tend to put it down to life, whereas my children would be horrified if they thought they had eaten meat or fish derivatives.
2. They are of course sweets and so are full of sugar -being the largest ingredient so if you hate the dentist I would avoid them.
If you are not veggie and don't mind the teeth risk then they are lovely, and the best thing is they do not contain any artificial ingredients at all.
Would I Purchase Again?
No because as I say they are not veggie but I am gutted because they are really delicious. Mind you my dentist will be pleased as I know he would tell me to avoid them! If they were veggie I would buy them from time to time for myself as I think they are probably the best sweet I have tried in a long time. I wouldn't buy them for young children though because I am afraid the tooth decay risk would haunt me. I tried to avoid giving my children sweets when they were growing up, because I didn't want them to have the misery of fillings as I did as a child. They had chocolate which was fine, as my dentist told me the oil in it is better for the teeth, but these would be a disaster. It did work as not one of my 4 has ever had a filling and they don't eat sweets.
I think these are the best sweets of their type on the market, but I would only eat them with caution as they really are molar crumbling. Sad though because I could just cuddle up with a blanket and a film with a bag of these teddies! Why are all the nice things bad for you?
Summary: I wish these were veggie and I wish they were good for teeth.
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