Low-carb Jelly Belly review

Filed under: CarbWire Review — Tags: — @ June 30, 2004

Low carb Jelly BellyEarlier this month, we noted the release of low-carb Jelly Belly candies. Coming in several flavors, the new products use Splenda (instead of sugar) to cut carbs. However, they load up the products with sugar alcohols to futher reduce the effect of carbohydrates, which may make these candies impractical for some dieters.

We tasted each product that was announced, a total of 8 different varieties: Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Beans, Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Sours, Sugar-Free Fruit Slices, Fruit Drops, Spice Drops, Cola Bottles, Gummi Inchworms, and Gummi Bears. Each tasted much like their carb-laden counterparts.

Pros

* Excellent taste
* Very similar texture across the board, the gummy bears were still gummy

Cons

* Harder to find (we’ve had readers ask where to find them)
* Loaded up on sugar alcohol, so may not be practical for diabetics or people with sensitive stomachs


Nutritional information

For Jelly Belly original gourmet jelly beans only. Serving size is 35 pieces, 40g

* Fat – 0g
* Calories – 90
* Sodium – 0mg
* Total Carb – 36g
* Fiber – 9g
* Sugar alcohol – 23g
* Protein – 0g

The amount of sugar alcohol in these candies is so high that the company states on their website:

bq. Consumption may cause stomach discomfort and/or a laxative effect. Individual tolerance will vary; we suggest starting with 8 beans or less.

We did not experience this (or even see the warning until way past 8 candies), but everyone is different. Obviously a candy that irritates the stomach is not practical. Since we did enjoy the candy, we’re going to leave the final call up to you and your stomach. For us, they are everything they claim to be.

Ingredients

For Jelly Belly original gourmet jelly beans only

Polydextrose, maltitol syrup, maltitol, modified food sstarch, contains 2% or less of the following: sucralose (Splenda), citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, color added, blue 2 lake, yellow 5&6 lake, yellow 5&6, red 40, red 40 lake, blue 1, tapioca dextrin, beeswax, carnauba wax, confectioner’s glaze, salt.

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