I've been trying to clear my pantry of processed, sugary, and fatty snack items. In their place, I'm putting organic, healthy, and natural treats that still taste good (and, actually, usually taste better).
One snack category that most kids love is the "fruit roll-up"-type. Now, there's a healthier alternative to those neon blue and green stretchy snacks: FruitaBu Organic Smooshed Fruit Twirls and FruitaBu Organic Sploooshers.
Introduced in February 2007, FruitaBu products are "USDA certified organic, naturally sweet, and contain nothing artificial." To add to their allure, each FruitaBu product provides between one-half and one full serving of fruit and the sugars found in FruitaBu come "naturally from real fruit."
I tried the Fruit Twirls first (and I bought a box of Fruit Roll-ups so that I could compare the taste). I liked the Twirls much better. They were stickier, but they were also more "authentic" and they did indeed taste more like fruit and less like "fakeness."
After that, I tried the Splooshers. They're described as "organic fruit puree that kids can squeeze and slurp." The texture was too weird for me, but I can see how some kids might like it. It was "too much" for me, meaning that it tasted very concentrated. I felt like I was drinking smashed fruit...literally.
If you like the concept so far, you might want to join the fruitolution on the FruitaBu website. When you join the FruitaBü Smoooshed Squad, you'll receive "insider access to new and exciting FruitaBü and Stretch Island news as it breaks." In exchange, you'll be asked for your opinions on FruitaBü and Stretch Island products. Best of all, everyone who qualifies AND completes the Smoooshed Squad registration survey will receive a coupon good for one FruitaBü Product!
If FruitaBu wants my opinion, I'd tell them to keep creating products that are organic and natural - the healthier, the better! And I'd love to see some healthy "fruit snack" options...
FruitaBu products are available at Target and at many national grocery chains.
WIN IT! One mama will win one box of FruitaBü Organic Smoooshed Fruit Sploooshers and one box of Fruit Twirls. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Tuesday, Feb. 5, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, Feb. 6. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #11 carica. Congratulations!