My boyfriend has always been a fan of harribo, in fact “fan” may be a bit of an understatement. I on the other hand have never been attracted to jelly sweets, partly because the ones I came across when I was younger had gelatin in them so I ruled them out as an option and secondly because I was always more of a chocolate fan. Recently however I came home to find a bag of Biona Jelly Berry Bursts on the kitchen table. The boyfriend had found them and thought it was time that I ventured into the world of jelly sweets and so I took the plunge.
Biona is a brand created by Windmill Organics Ltd, a company committed to providing high quality organic food. In addition to being organic, all their products are GMO free, suitable for vegetarians (with many being vegan) and they have no artificial additives. I had tried Biona products before including their rye bread with pumpkin seeds, which works well toasted with smashed avocado and basil pesto drizzled over the top. I hadn’t however tried any of their sweet products so I was excited to try their jelly sweets.
What flavours do they have?
After I tried the Biona Jelly Berry Bursts I jumped online to find out what other products they had. Whether you like fruity or sour jellies Biona has something for you. They’ve got:
- Cool Cola Bottles
- Pineapple Chews
- Tutti Frutti Gums
- Mini Fruit Bears
- Pomegranate Hearts
- Jelly Dinos
- Sour Snakes
You can browse more of Biona’s sweet treats here.
Why I like Biona Organic Jelly Sweets
Before I tried the Biona Jelly Berry Bursts I had never tried a jelly sweet (much to my boyfriend’s despair) and consequently I had nothing to compare them to. My expectation was that the jellies would be chewy in the way that they get stuck in your teeth, but they weren’t. Their texture was bouncy and once you’ve bitten into them the flavour pours out and they kind of disintegrate in your mouth – in the nicest way possible. They’re definitely a nice change to chocolate and a welcome addition to my snack cupboard. I can see these becoming my cinema companion.
Where can you buy them and how much do they cost?
I’ve bought mine from Wholefoods but you can also buy some flavours online from Holland and Barretts and Planet Organic. Depending on what you choose they cost roughly £1.69 a bag. Compared to other vegan food this doesn’t feel too expensive as a treat for the cinema or a Netflix session on the couch.
Do you have any other jelly sweet recommendations?