I have a big internal conflict; I'm vegetarian but I truly adore jelly sweets.
Sometimes I choose to ignore the fact that they're made with gelatine, but it's not an easy thing to do, nor is it something I should be doing; I'm vegetarian for a reason so I shouldn't be putting those morals aside just for the sake of a cola bottle or a cheeky hot lips.
Then one day on twitter I was involved in a conversation with a company which produces vegetarian jelly sweets, made without gelatine. The gelling agent used to make the sweets is derived from plant extracts, which is a far more ethical ingredient to have in a vegetarian food product. Although let's face it, it's far nicer than chewing on ground-up bones anyway, isn't it?
There are eight varieties in the Goody Good Stuff range, four are gummy sweets and four are 'sours';
- strawberry cream,
- cheery cherries,
- tropical fruit,
- koala gummy bears,
- cola breeze,
- summer peaches,
- sour mix and match,
- sour fruit salad.
I was sent a selection of both the gummy sweets and the 'sours' to try out and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not a huge fan of sour sweets, preferring the sugary sweetness of gummy or foam sweets, but even these were quite pleasant and didn't have the consistency of traditional sweets made with gelatine. In fact, none of the sweets required copious amounts of chewing, the texture and consistency was pleasant and made them easy to eat. The only thing I would say is that the gummy sweets are more sticky than conventional sweets.
Goody Good Stuff sweets are available to purchase both online and in a number of supermarkets priced at around £1.49 for 100g.
I was sent the above products for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.