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marella jubesMarella jubes are a hard fruit flavoured jelly jube with a sugar coating.


Jubes, a popular lolly in countries of the Commonwealth (Australia, UK, New Zealand etc) are chewy gelatine-based sweets with some similarities to jelly-like confectionery common elsewhere. Traditionally, they are small, squishy, colourful blobs with a flat base.

You will get 26 jubes in 100g of Marella jubes and they contain glucose syrup (wheat or corn), cane sugar, thickener, gelatine, food acid, flavours, colours. They are suitable for nut free diets and many of my diabetic clients get them to keep handy for an emergency sugar hit. They are also popular with truck drivers as the jube is long lasting and tasty, remaining hard in your mouth for some time before being pliable enough to chew. The mix of flavours is lemon, pineapple, orange, berry, blackcurrant, lime.

Marella jubes have been available for generations but I couldnt find any history of them from the manufacturer (Allens) to share with you. If you have a Marella jube story, let me know so I can feature it here for others to enjoy.

Update – I have now received a wonderful email from Elizabeth who is sharing with us the history behind the name.

“I would be pleased to let people know how Marella Jubes came into being.

I have no idea when they were first manufactured however my grandfather was Chairman Of Life Savers and purchased 5 acres of land in Mars Road Lane Cove Sydney in the 1960’s I think. On this site lollies such as milk bottles, green & red frogs, snakes etc were manufactured by Mastercraft then Walco made Quick-eze, and Smalls Chocolates made very dark chocolate and of course all the life savers were produced on this site

Cadbury’s took over Life Savers but that was quite some time after my grandfather had left.

Now as for the name Marella Jubes, I remember my grandfather telling me he had to come up with a name in an afternoon and as was his habit he would go down to Sydney Harbour to allow himself some inspiration and that afternoon a ship sailed into Sydney and he saw the name SS Marella, and there you have it the famous jube derives its name from a nautical serendipity!”.

My sincere thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this with us.


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  • matthew

    At some point in the mid eighties, a speech was made in Federal Parliament about Marella Jubes and why they were not as hard-chewy as the MP remembered. The MP informed the House that Allens had previously been using, at least in part, imported sugar. The local stuff gave a different (softer) result.

    (if I can find the speech I will send it to you!)

    On another note…whatever happened to my favourite flavour, purple?

  • matthew

    Here is the speech made on 28 November 1994 about Marella jubes:

    Senator IAN MACDONALD (7.40 p.m.) —I have a couple of confessions to make to the Senate. I have had an addiction—an addiction to sweets and lollies for a number of years. This addiction started when, as a small boy in the small country town of Boonah, I used to go to the local grocery store to get the groceries for the family and always bought threepence worth of lollies. My favourites were hard jubes. I became addicted to them at that stage in life.

    I lost track of them during my teenage years. But in my early adulthood I discovered some sweets called Marella» jubes that were like the old lollies I used to have. They had a very intense fruit flavour. They were very hard and made very good chewing. I have bought a lot of these sweets over the last few years, becoming somewhat addicted to them.

    A couple of years ago, I noticed that the sweets had become softer. They were hard, but not as hard they used to be. This annoyed me. I stopped buying them for a little while, but the flavours took me back to them. So I have put up with what I thought was an inferior quality sweet. I recently thought to myself, `That is not good enough. I am going to write to the company, Nestle Confectionery Ltd, and tell its representatives that they have changed their recipe and that I do not like it. I will suggest that they go back to the hard jubes.’ I did accordingly write to the company.

    This morning, I received a response from the company. Part of it says this:

    You are correct when you noted that we did, indeed, change our formulation several years ago. The «Marella» Jubes that you were familiar with were made to a Rowntree (U.K.) recipe, and required several ingredients imported from the U.S. and U.K. In 1991, we developed several recipes using only Australian ingredients, and settled on one after Consumer taste tests. The result was a product which tasted the same, but which, alas, was a little softer.

    First, I want to congratulate Nestle Confectionery Ltd for taking this action. It is good to see companies based in Australia making sure that their products are made from entirely Australian produce. As a person who has made my living out of the sugar industry all of my life and who still lives in a sugar community, I am very pleased to see that a company which uses such a lot of sugar not only uses Australian sugar, which I am sure it always did, but also now uses entirely Australian products in the making of its sweets.

    I suppose that on that basis, and because this is the reason for the change in the recipe, I will have to accept the Nestle Confectionery Ltd new recipes and my «Marella» jubes being a little softer. The letter that I quoted from went on to say:

    Since the changeover, sales have remained healthy, and we can only assume that most of our consumers have accepted the slightly softer «Marella» .

    So be it. The final paragraph of the letter is the second confession I have to make to the Senate. It says:

    I am sure that you will be able to develop a taste for the new recipe, and have included several packs of «Marella» jubes to help you along.

    With that, the company kindly set me this rather exciting looking parcel of «Marella» jubes, which I have been staring at rather enviously all day.

    Senator Sherry —Pass them around.

    Senator IAN MACDONALD —Senator Sherry says, `Pass them around.’ I feel a little embarrassed in these days of disclosure and the registration of senators’ interests, particularly when in some other parliaments of the world people are being accused of accepting bribes to do certain things. I am a bit worried about that, so I have come to the conclusion that I will not accept the «Marella» jubes. Fortunately, I am probably in the financial position where I can buy my own in any case. What I will do with these «Marella» jubes which Nestle Confectionery Ltd has very kindly sent to me is donate them to a charity which benefits children.

    I have had a good think about which charity I might select. Many deserving charities around Australia support children, particularly disadvantaged children. I have decided that I will make a donation of the Nestle company gift to the Lower Burdekin branch of the Endeavour Foundation. Madam Acting Deputy President, you may be aware that the Endeavour Foundation was formerly called the Subnormal Children’s Welfare Association. I think it is an association in Queensland only. However, there are similar associations in other parts of Australia. It is a voluntary organisation which does magnificent work with intellectually disabled people—not only children—of all ages.

    The Lower Burdekin branch, which is the branch in my home town of Ayr, has a number of facilities, including a four-bedroom residence at 18 Cox Street, Ayr called `Carinya’. It has another residential place called the Arthur Coburn Residential situated at Groper Creek Road, Home Hill. Eight residents are provided with accommodation in a secure environment there. The Activity Therapy Centre of the Endeavour Foundation in Ayr teaches 17 people social, recreational and life skills. The Clive William Taylor Farm at Home Hill provides employment for 12 intellectually disabled people. I well remember that farm. I am very pleased to say that my legal firm in Ayr was instrumental in getting a cane assignment for that farm many years ago.

    I am also very proud and honoured that the Lower Burdekin branch of the Endeavour Foundation invited me to be patron of its branch. I am very happy and honoured to have accepted that invitation. I will make these «Marella jubes available to the foundation the next time that I am in Ayr. Having purged my soul with those two confessions, I think we can now finish the Senate for tonight.

    Senate adjourned at 7.47 p.m.

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