A shocked stepmother was horrified to find a child’s tube of sweets HALF FULL of sugar.
Kelly Robertson, like many others, had filled her stepdaughters’ Christmas stockings with sweet treats and chocolates. When a tube of Jelly Tots was opened, she was impressed to find the pack brimming over with the sugary sweets. However, things turned sour when a few sweets had been eaten…leaving behind a pile of sugar.
Mrs Robertson – stepmum to Ellie, 14, and Ava, 11, and from Chelmsford, Essex – said: “We always get quite cross when packs of sweets or crisps are half empty when you open them; it seems such a rip-off. So, when the Jelly Tots tube appeared to be full to the top with sweets, I was really pleasantly surprised.
“But, when I saw the tube after a few had been eaten, all I could see inside was sugar. It seemed quite odd, so I was compelled to empty the rest of the tube out onto a plate. I’m not usually the type to get up in arms about this sort of thing, but I was shocked to see more and more sugar pouring out – there must have been as much sugar as there was sweets!
“Luckily, our girls are old enough to realise that isn’t normal. But, I remember when I was a child loving the sugar in a Jelly Tots pack, so I’m sure if the girls were younger they may have simply enjoyed eating their way through the sugary pack without realising what they were doing.”
The Rowntree’s social media pages have been inundated with photos and complaints from parents finding similar unacceptable levels of sugar in Jelly Tots tubes.
While one Rowntree’s spokesman on Twitter responded with a lighthearted “Our tubes do contain sugar to keep them in tip top condition and ready for enjoyment!”, others have urged customers to get in touch and said “there does seem a little more than usual” in response to photos of sugar-filled tubes.
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens recently hit out at the amount of sugar children are eating and drinking today, warning we are