Jelly Tots

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Jelly Tots are soft, chewy fruit-flavoured sweets produced by Rowntree's. They are round, sugar-coated gumdrop-like confections about 7mm in diameter, and are advertised as containing 25% fruit juices and no artificial colours or flavours. According to the packaging, Jelly Tots are suitable for vegetarians or vegans as they contain no gelatine or animal-based ingredients.

Jelly Tots were invented by Dr Brian Boffey of Horsforth, Leeds when he was working for Rowntree's.[1]

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Jelly Tots were launched in 1967 and quickly became established[citation needed] as a popular children's brand. There are five flavours in each 25g bag or 168g tube: lemon, lime, orange, blackcurrant and strawberry. Primarily, they are sold in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, and were also sold in Canada.[citation needed] They remain available as imported candy in some speciality shops at a premium price.

From the early 1970s onwards, there were three companion "Tots" brands in the UK: Candy Tots, Tiger Tots and Teddy Tots. Candy Tots were similar to small Dolly Mixtures, Tiger Tots were licorice/fondant sandwich sweets resembling small Licorice allsorts and Teddy Tots were small cubes with a crunchy shell. These four Tots types were sold in small (pocket-money) packs and from spring 1974 were promoted together in one TV advertisement (with the jingle "More to choose from along the shelf, Rowntrees Tots: please yourself'). The three companion brands were discontinued, probably in the late 1980s/early 1990s, leaving only Jelly Tots.


A 168 gram tube of Jelly Tots contains: Sugar, Glucose syrup, Modified starch, Fruit juices 25% (Strawberry, Orange, Blackcurrant, Lime, Lemon), Acidity regulator (Trisodium citrate), Malic acid, Citric acid, Flavouring, Lactic acid, Colours (Anthocyanins, Copper complexes of chlorophyllins, Beta-carotene).

Nutrition information[edit]

A 100g serving of the product provides:-

Energy 1464 kJ (344 kcal)
Protein 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 86.3 g ; of which sugars - 59.2 g
Fat Nil ; of which saturates - Nil
Fibre 0.1 g
Sodium 0.1 g
Salt equivalent 0.1 g