* Prices may differ from that shown
Being a Mum of 2 children under the age of 6, I am always on the look out for healthier alternatives to the additive laden sweets which are aimed at children and which my 2 are obsessed with!
Jelly Snakes are made by The Natural Confectionery Company which is part of Cadbury's and markets the sweets as free from artificial flavours and colours. The top 2 ingredients are Glucose syrup and sugar so they are still something which should be enjoyed infrequently and in moderation and will have the same effect on your teeth as other sweets, so the 'natural' branding shouldn't fool people into thinking they're are good for you!
They come in a 200g which retails at around £1.59 but they can be found on offer for around £1 if you keep a look out for them in the Supermarkets.
I must admit to having tried one (or three) of these and they are very nice - not too sweet, no horrid artificial fruit taste and not coated in even more sugar like some sweets. My kids love them but obviously I have to moderate how often and how many they're are allowed!
I would recommend these as an occasional treat instead of additive filled sweets.
I used to love these sweets. Then last month I bought a bag and was immediately put off by a rancid smell the second I opened it. The worms were a funny texture and tasted as bad as they smelled. Thinking it was a once-off, I bought another bag today and they were just as bad. I guess the recipe changed to make the product cheaper to produce- and the results are a candy that smells like a rotting carcass.
When I took a visit to the shop I picked up these sweets for my little sister. I thought that they would be ideal for her as they do not contain thousands of e-numbers and artificial rubbish. The sweets cost me about £1 which I thought wasn't bad at all for the size and amount that each bag contains.
The sweets came in a white plasctic packet which had a clear bit in the front to show the sweets. On the front of the packet it also states that the sweets contain no artificial colours and no artificial flavours. The back of the packaging contains all of the nutritional information.
Each snake is about 10cm long and each snake contains one fruit flavour. There are four different ruity flavours in each bag, the flavours are:
When my little sister opened the bag she let me try some and I must say that I thurally enjoyed them. The snakes where very soft and smooth but also quite chewy. I think that they are great for children because they are very natural and they are quite soft and easy to eat so you know that they wont hurt their teeth when they try to bite into them.
You do get quite a lot in each bag so they are good to share or just to eat a few at a time. I found them quite filling so if you are planning to give them to your children then I would only give them a few at a time; they sweets come in a plastic bag so they are quite easy to roll downand keep fresh!
I absolutely love and welcome any form of sugar rush when I am studying, doing assignments or revising; be it a psychological effect or otherwise, an 10000 word essay seems more tolerable when you have a bag of sweets to chew on :)
I discovered the Natural Confectionery Co Jelly Snakes about this time last year in Waitrose, selling at roughly 1.50 pounds for a 200g bag. The chewy snake shape jellies come in 4 fruity flavors and are 99% fat free with no artificial colours or artificial flavors. It also claims to be free from nuts, lactose and soy (check official website for full allergy information) with just under 60g of sugar in every 100g.
I was a little shocked when I first tasted the banana flavor and I thought it was absolutely disgusting, it smells like a banana, tastes like a banana but is a jelly snake! However, after packs and packs of snakes being eaten I now have a strange addiction to the weirdly comforting taste of the banana (but I still love the raspberry flavor best). I find the sweet to be not as chewy as friendship rings, but more like the very soft kind of milk bottles. All the flavors develop well in the mouth and doesn't give that rather unpleasant acidic aftertaste like the old version of wine gums, and is not overly sugary you need to wash it down with a full glass of water.
I love the brightly colored sweets and the pleasant taste of the jellies, and I think this is a very fine example of how great a product could be without all the E numbers. The sweets fill up the bag quite nicely so there is no over-packaging. The sweets are reasonably priced but when they are on sale I do stock up half a dozen or so, but obviously check the expiry date first! The Natural Confectionery Company also manufactures a variety of other animal/ fruit shaped sweet products in other flavors so you won't get bored!
I always like to keep an eye out for treats for my girls that I won't feel guilty about giving them! Sweets packed with e numbers and artificial everything's are not totally banned in our house, but I do prefer to avoid them where I can! So I was really pleased when I first saw the products released from The Natural Confectionery Company which looked fun, promised no artificial colours or artificial flavours.
After trying most of the products of theirs in our house including the gorgeous, soft forbidden fruits, the sour unbearables and these gummy jelly snakes, we have added these to our favourites list, and the kids love them as treats (as do the adults!).
The jelly snakes come in 200g bags and per bag your looking at 590 calories, but I would say you would have to be pretty hard core to get through a bag of these, as although they are yummy, they can get sickly after a few! The sugar content is extremely high with 50.5g per half bag.
The company say that they pride themselves on making the most delicious confectionery taste sensation and I would have to agree. All the products of theirs that we have tried are absolutely delicious, and while sweets are never going to be good for your children, I don't feel too bad giving my girls these every now and then as a treat.
The snakes come in four flavours of orange, blackcurrant, banana and raspberry and are each about 10cm in length. The only thing with these snakes is they get really sticky if you don't gobble them up quickly, and I often find that my two year old prefers to suck them so she more often than not needs a bath after she has been eating these! That's something to bear in mind if you are going to give these to a toddler as a treat! Each snake has a delicious, fruity taste, and tastes more natural than others sweets on the market. They almost have a taste of midget gems!
The only thing to concern yourself about with these snakes is the decision of where to start..... heads or tails?!
Typical values Per 100g
Kcal 295 kcal
(of which sugars) 50.5g
(of which saturates) Trace
*Equivalent as salt Trace
With everyone being sick of chocolate after Christmas, I decided to grab a couple of bags of these Jelly Snakes to put into the cupboard incase anyone fancied a treat.
We have got these in the past and they are very popular as they are made from all natural ingredients. In the shape of wriggly snakes, kids will love them ( you could always pretend that they are worms I suppose for a change!).
The flavours are Orange, Blackcurrant, Banana and Raspberry, they are about 3 inches long and have a slight pattern on the top of the body. Although they are really brightly coloured I find that the flavour isn't very powerful and if I didn't look at the colour of the one that I put into my mouth I can honestly say I would be hard pushed to say what flavour it actually was!.
Quite a pleasant jelly to eat without being very chewy are hard, so kids would love the texture and proberly enjoy stretching them to see how long they can make them.
These come in a 200g bag, which is very colourful , with a large friendly snake sitting on the front. You will find that these jellies contain no artificial colours or flavours and you can buy them in other forms like;
Which contains an asssortment of different Dinosaurs,
Which has sea-horses, turtles, sharks and starfish,
~~~ Wild Things~~~
These contain monkeys, lions and elephants.
My favourites are the sour ones, which I love and they come in two different types;
Sour little jelly bears
Sour long worms
Per 100g ( half a bag!) of Jelly Snakes contains;
~~~of which sugar 50.5g~~~
~~~of which sats trace~~~
Now as jellies go these are nice and it does make you think that you are eating something that's not to bad for you, with the words" Natural "and "no artificial colours "ect... it does make you think that these are not as bad as other jellies on the market ( but are they???)
At around £1.50 a bag they are not the cheapest and onced opened it is really easy to finish a whole bag before you know it. So proberly best to avoid if watching your weight or following a special diet.
I'm only giving these 3 stars as if they tasted a bit more like the flavour they are supposed to be then I would give them another star.
Not wanting a chocolate treat today and looking around Tesco for something sweet to nibble on I noticed these Jelly Snakes from The Natural Confectionary co. instantly transported back to my childhood at the snakes that I used to add to my pick and mix I picked up a bag ready to try.
Contained in the bag as pictured above the packaging is certainly eye catching and has been designed really well, you are told that there are No Artificial Colours and No Artificial Flavours contained and my 200 gram bag was half price at only 69p so quite a bargain I thought to myself.
Opening the bag greets your eye with a selection of long jelly snakes, approximately 5 inches in length, brightly coloured in yellow, orange, red and purple and they do look appetising. Prizing one out of the pack you notice how stretchy they are and although they stick to one another in the bag once released they are smooth to the touch and have a matt colour finish to them.
It's tasting one that really fills your mouth with flavour, Orange, Banana, Raspberry and Blackcurrant they really do make your mouth water, you can tell that there is no artificial flavourings involved and each variety does taste of the fruit it is flavoured with. As expected they have a sticky consistency to them which chews nicely and rather like Opal Fruits they really do deliver a tangy, sweet taste.
Although quite high in calories at 295 per 100 grams (half a pack) and containing a rather whopping 71.1 grams of carbohydrates - of which 50.5 grams are sugars, they contain only a trace of fat and due to the quite intense flavour I couldn't imagine myself eating a full bag in one sitting anyway. Not suitable for vegetarians due to the inclusion of beef gelatine and allergen advice warns that they contain Wheat and Sulphites and may contain traces of milk.
I enjoyed the few that I had and they did provide me with a fruity, mouth-watering kick that certainly hit my cravings for something sweet. As stated above they are quite intense and I would imagine they would be a bit overpowering and sickly if too many were eaten and due to the high sugar content I wouldn't eat that many in one go.
4/5 stars from me, losing one for the sugar content but still a tasty treat.
Thanks for reading.
In need of something to drink and a fancy for something nice and tasty I popped to my local Tesco Express. As I fancied something different than Chocolate I had a look at the sweets section and found this. I was aware of The Natural Confectionery co as I had seen the sour jellies which are available in the range. As I am not a big fan of sour flavours I decided to look for something that was just plain jelly and found this.
As you can imagine, these are not really snakes but Snake shaped Jelly sweets. Within the pack you will find a number of different flavours including Orange, Raspberry, Banana and Blackcurrant. You can obviously tell them apart before you eat them by the different colours they are. The problem with these jellies is that it can be quite hard to take these out of the bag as the individual snake jellies are wrapped around each other.
Now onto the all important taste test and how do these sweets do?. I am a big fan of Jelly sweets and these are up there with the best I have tasted. You really get the sense of the fruit flavour in each individual snake. Whilst the Banana and Raspberry are very tasty I have to say that I slightly prefer the Orange and Blackcurrant ones as they are just that little bit tastier. These are very fruity and tasty too.
As you can see with the picture, the bag looks rather eye catching with the red and yellow snake looking rather guilty because he has just eaten his jellied snake friends. lol. These sweets come in a 200g bag with around 30 individual sweets which is very reasonable. Each bag contains 590 calories which although high is not as high as the same size of chocolate or a lot of other sweets. These are treats anyway at around £1 a bag.
I have nearly finished my first packet of these and I have really enjoyed them, They have a much different taste than Jelly Babies and are less sickly to eat. One of the best things about them is that they don't have any artificial colours or flavours so they won't lead your kids to be hyper. This is a great treat for kids and grown ups too. I would recommend these to anyone who like Wine Gums and Jelly Babies or any other Jellied sweets.
The natural confectionary company, are a company who try to create sweets using natural fruit flavours. This results in a sweet that is better for your kids (or for the big kids of the house!). They are based in the UK, but have used an old Australian recipe to create these little gems. Indeed, the recipe supposedly dates from 1941!
Bring on the trumpets!!!!!
The natural confectionary company were relatively unheard of, until they burst onto our screens with a series of hilarious tv adverts. You know the ones? Little gummy bears shouting 'bring on the trumpets', or other little sweets trying to overcome the language difference between dinosaurs and pineapples (search on youtube, typing natural confectionary company advert.). Theses adverts certainly stuck in my head, and were the main reason I sought out these sweets to try them. Gimmicks help.
Bring on the trumpets!!!!!
These were the first of their sweets that I tried. I had my doubts, as anything that is good for you, generally tastes pants. The packet is predominantly white in colour, with their logo at the top. The words 'jelly snakes', are written on the front, and there is a picture of a cartoon snake. These surround a window in the bag through which you can see the sweets inside. Also emblazoned on the front are the claims - no artificial colours, and no artificial flavours.
Bring on the trumpets!!!!!
The packets are 200g, and cost in and around £1.20 per packet. In the pack, you get around 20-25 of the sweets, but they are a good size. The smell when you open the bag is lovely. Really fruity. The flavours are orange, blackcurrant, banana, and raspberry. I think that there is scope for more of a selection, but these are fine. They do taste more fruity than normal sweets, and I put this down to them containing only real fruit juices. It is also noticeable that the ingredients list is much smaller than most sweets, and is absent of those dreaded e-numbers.
Bring on the trumpets!!!!!
The sweets are a nice consistancy, both chewy, and squashy. they do not stick in your teeth, or hurt your jaw eating them. In many ways, they seem to be too good to be true. Try as I might, I have not been able to find out anything bad to say about them. Also, they are currently on offer in Tesco for a paultry 61p! These are great for bribing the kids, as they are not bad for them, but they love them. And, I must confess that I love them too.
Bring on the trumpets!!!!!
These sweets are great. Nice to eat, and good for you. A combination that you usually fail to get in a sweet. The colours could be brighter, but then again I suppose that is because the colours used are not man made. Try them. I think you will like them!
My mum bought me a bag of these today for my journey home from her home in Lancaster to my house in Warrington (yes I am 20 years old!!! :-D but my mummy knows me and my sweeties obsession!!!!), and I sat and munched my way through half the pack in an hour, which made me feel very very greedy til I realised that it was only 295kcal for half the bag and I didn't feel so bad then!
The Natural Confectionary Co. has been around since 1941, and I have only ever had one bag of their sweets it was years ago, and not these ones, I seem to remember it was some fruit shaped things, and they were not nice at all. But when I had one of these, I was rather pleasently surprised.
Snakes come in 4 flavours; Orange, Blackcurrent, Banana and Rasberry and they have no artificial colours or flavours so they're one of the best kinds of sweets for your kids as your not hyping them up with E numbers!
The sweets come in a 200g bag with around 30 individual sweets so they're nice and easy to split up for sharing or saving. The sweets themselves are like a gummy texture, think of wine gums, and thats the texture you have, so nice and chewy! And very very tasty!
Unlike many sweets ingredients list, this one isn't so long: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Modofied Wheat Starch, water, gelatine (bovine), citric acid, concentrated apple juice, Flavourings, colours (anthocyanins, paprika extract, curcumin), vegetable oil and glazing agent. So its not such a bad and scary ingredients list with lots of "-enzenes" and "-alites" etc etc. And no E-numbers in sight.
There is a warning that the sweets contain Wheat and Sulphites and may contain milk, so watch out for this is there is an alergy which you have or intolerance of these things.
All in all, they're very tasty, very yummy, and you would think by the taste of them that they were the naughtiest of naughty and while yes a carrot would be better for you than a handful of these sweets, these are much better than something like skittles and other more unhealthy sweets. Great for kids as they're not going to send them hyperactive due to the amount of sugar in them, and also a nice "grown up" sweet!!! :-)
In these modern times of over indulgence it is nice to find some sweets that are going back to the old school with a modern twist.
Jelly snakes by the natural confectionary co. are a rare treat, these wonderfully soft snakes are about 6" long and just the right consistency between softness and firmness easy to eat they are melt in the mouth with a combination of fabulous flavours which are orange,blackberry,raspberry and banana.
As with most decent sweets these do not contain any artifical colours or flavourings, this still does not change the fact that a 100g bag contains 50.5g od sugar but they are sweets after all so difficult for them to not be full of sugar.
These are quite widely available and are £1.20 a bag, we normally limit ourselves to buying them when they are on offer which they have been at Tescos recently on buy one get one free.
These little snakes are our favourite treat and a packet between two adults and two kids is not so bad!
12 x 180g TNCC Jelly Snakes. No artificial colours and no artifical flavours.