One day, I was strolling in my neighbourhood when I spotted a sign posted in the window of a local Sugar Mountain Confectionery advertising Green Tea Jelly Beans as the "Candy of the Week". I’m not a big fan of sweets, but naturally I was curious about the taste. After purchasing a baggie of the treats, I went about my taste test. Initially, I found they kinda tasted like the green tea ice-cream you get when ordering a combo meal at all the sushi restaurants popping around town. Upon further tasting, I started to sense some Matcha or Sencha flavours but with some serious sugar overload! With some more tasting, I detected what tasted like rosewater.
I decided to do some product analysis and Googled the green tea jelly beans to find out exactly what I was ingesting. This is what I got:
Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Modified Cornstarch, Colours (E102 [Tartrazine], E132, E133, E171), Natural and Artificial Flavourings, Glazing Agents (E901, E903, E904).
Warnings: E102 may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.
Edible contents weight: 50g
Total packaged weight: 53g
Okay, I’m not surprised about the glucose and artificial flavourings, but the warning scared me, though I’m not the demographic the warning applies to. I was unable to confirm how much natural flavouring was included and what tea this natural flavouring came from. They do taste pretty good, but I wouldn’t recommend them on a daily basis. Best to stick with 6 cups a day of the real green tea you can drink. Much better for you!