Take Your Pick: Fruit Snacks

How does one find a reasonable organic substitute for a child’s loved foods and snacks without making them feel like they are being “punished?” Has society gotten so far into our children’s heads as to make them think “real” foods are “bad” foods? Why is it that fast food, sugar and energy drinks are “cool” while only nerds eat apples and whole wheat bread?

You know, people? We have a tough fight ahead of us. Saving the whole world isn’t a reasonable consideration, though starting with your own children and family IS. If each of us made small changes, collectively, we could make a grand impact. What types of little adjustments can you make today?

For instance, my son LOVES fruit snacks. You know, those little chewy Spongebob or Spiderman shaped chunks of sugar that come in the appealing shiny, silver packages? Before he could even say the word “snacks,” he would walk into the kitchen and point to the cabinet where they were stored. For some reason, I always thought they were a good snack; better than candy or potato chips. In all reality, they were probably a horrible choice. Being so sticky and gooey, I’m sure they did wonders for his tooth enamel. Whatev.

He’s now eleven and still loves the fruit snacks…though, it was time to make a small change. I wanted to find an organic product that he would love just as much. To be honest, sometimes organic items made with 100% fruit simply just don’t taste good. They taste like…well…dried, rubbery fruit. As some of us like that flavor, I doubt it’s a good solution to our fruit snack issue. Too drastic of a change for a kid’s taste.

I was on the hunt; nervous to order products online only to be disappointed and feel I had wasted money. As anyone does when they need quick advice, I consulted Twitter. The consensus was many children enjoy Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks, even though they aren’t exactly like the popular brand products. So, I started comparing prices against product weights to determine where I could get my best deal. It was then that I happened upon a company called YummyEarth. They make certified organic lollipops, candies, gummy bears and gummy worms. I could buy them in bulk and the price/weight comparison was better than the Bunny Fruit. Since I had a few Amazon gift codes, I decided to purchase them there. I also bought a box of store brand snack sized baggies in which to distribute the gummy bears (we rinse and re-use the bags to avoid waste.) I knew if I didn’t find a way to separate them out, he would eat the whole bag in one sitting, which doesn’t seem like a very good idea.

I’m happy to report, the YummyEarth gummy bears are a hit. We just received our second box and they are waiting to be sorted out. Just to change things up a bit, we may get really risky and order the worms next time.

Yummy Earth Gummy Bears v/s Popular Brand Fruit Snacks

Ingredients

  • YummyEarth: Organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, gelatin, organic aronia juice, organic black current juice, natural flavor, citric acid, ascorbic acid, carnauba wax, organic sunflower oil
  • Popular Brand: Fruit juice blend from concentrate (apple, pear), corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, contains 2% or less of: fruit pectin, citric acid, dextrose, sodium citrate, color (red 40, blue 1, yellow 5 and other color added), malic acid, potassium citrate, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), mineral oil, natural flavor, carnauba wax, beeswax

Nutrition Label

  • YummyEarth: (Serving size: 28 g., a bit larger than the other packets but can be controlled when sorting them out) Calories: 96, Fat: 0, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 0, Carbs: 21 g, Sugar: 12, Protein: 0, Vitamin C: 100%
  • Popular Brand: (Serving size: 23 g.) Calories: 80, Fat: 0, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 30 mg, Carbs: 19 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 0, Vitamin C: 20%

Cost

  • YummyEarth: At $23.45 a case of 12 = $.39 per serving
  • Popular Brand: At $2.50 per box = $.25 per serving

Taste

  • YummyEarth: Only comes in variety bags of three flavors: Strawberry smash, Pomegranate pucker & Sour apple tart (sounds like it, but none of them are sour).Chewier than regular gummy bears or fruit snacks. Doesn’t have that strong artificial, overly sweet taste. All three of us like them. Also, three other of our son’s friends had no problem downing them either.
  • Popular Brand:Strong, sweet flavors of strawberry, cherry, grape and orange. Texture can vary with brand. Some are more transparent; others are grittier and opaque. My son won’t eat any of the red ones because he says it “gives him a headache.” Single packages make them convenient for lunches or car rides.

Take your pick.

What’s YOUR choice?

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2 Responses to Take Your Pick: Fruit Snacks
  1. Keri
    February 17, 2012 | 11:38 PM

    our local grocery doesn’t offer many different brands of organic fruit snacks. our favorite that we can get our hands on is Annie’s Homegrown bunny fruit, the strawberry ones. for as long as i can remember, eating any kind of red candies or gummies would give me a headache also!

    • Toni
      February 18, 2012 | 1:41 PM

      That stinkin’ red dye! It’s horrible and seems to be in everything :( My grocery store lacks in the organic fruit snack department too. I can order them by the case on amazon, so I’m happy for that. Also, after this past Halloween, my grocery store had the trick or treat bags of Annie’s on clearance. So…I bought all 16 bags. LOL My son is STILL eating on them.

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