Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spilling the beans!

Hey, I’ve had a rough few weeks studying for an exam that kept me away from posting.  I’m happy to say that I’ve passed my exam!  Woo-hoo!  I’ll keep his post short, but sweet.  (Pun intended).

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.

Green Tea

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
Width: 106mm
Depth: 40mm
Height: 20mm

The beans!

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!

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