Jelly – can you sell it?

fruitjuicejellyWe receive a lot of calls at Healthy Kids Association about jelly and we understand why: the guidelines are confusing.

Some jelly products can be sold in the school canteen, while others are classified as RED and cannot be sold. Jelly is high in energy (kilojoules) and provides little to no nutritional benefits. However, with the addition of fruit pieces and reduced fat dairy toppings (such as reduced fat yoghurt or custard), jelly can be made more nutritious.

Healthy Kids Association has developed guidelines to help determine whether the jelly is RED or AMBER.

a) For jelly products that are 30ml or 30g or LESS: assess as a Confectionery

Healthy Kids Association classifies jelly as a RED item when it is sold in the canteen in a small ‘confectionary’ like serving. This includes jelly sticks/joys, cones and tubs, that are 30ml/g or less. This applies even if your school limits the maximum number of jellies a child can buy at one time or during one day. Although water is often the main ingredient of jelly products, the small serving size and packaging markets this product as a confectionary.

If this sort of jelly product is sold frozen, it is still considered a confectionery item.

b) For jelly products that are MORE than 30mL or 30g: assess within the ‘Sugar sweetened drinks and ices’ category

When jelly is not identified as a RED confectionary item (i.e. when the serving size is greater that 30ml/g), it should be assessed against the ‘Occasional’ Food Criteria Table, under ‘Sugar sweetened drinks and ices’. To be identified as an AMBER item, jelly needs to be less than 300kJ per serve and have less than 100mg of sodium per serve.

If a canteen chooses to sell jelly, we recommend you make it yourself with 99% fruit juice and adding fruit pieces before or after it is set. Keep the serving size at 200ml (or 200g) or less and serve it with a nutritious food, such as a tablespoon of reduced-fat yoghurt or custard.