Peeled Snacks are made with organic ingredients with no sugar or oil added. Fruit Picks are single-serving, single-flavor fruit snacks and come in six varieties: much-ado-about-Mango, pine-4-Pineapple, Banan-a-peel, Apple-2-the-core, Apricot-a-lot, and Cherry-go-round. Organic Fruit Pouches are multi-serving resealable bags in eight varieties: paradise found, farmer's market trio, GoFigure, Raisin Expectations, much-ado-about-Mango, Banan-a-peel, Apple-2-the-core, Apricot-a-lot, and Cherry-go-round. Apple clusters include berry crunch, apple crunch, and cinnamon crunch.
ACE Expert Review
Peeled snacks are an excellent choice for adults and kids alike who are looking for healthy and tasty snacks free of processing, added ingredients, and exposure to potentially harmful pesticides (all of the snacks are USDA certified organic). All of the snacks have an easy-to-decipher ingredient list (which for the most part consists solely of real fruit) and are “mom-approved” for their taste, nutritional value, and appeal to kids. The Peeled Snacks also package together interesting combinations such as figs, dates, and apricots, which makes for a truly unique (and delicious) pre-packaged snack that provides a variety and more diverse array of vitamins and minerals. The products are also gluten-free (as are all fruits).
The biggest problem with Peeled Snacks is their high price tag -- $2.00 for a single-serving package is out of reach for most families. And for many of the offerings, it may not be worth it even for those families who can afford it. For example, dried pineapple and mango grown conventionally have little to no traces of pesticide and are as safe to consume as the organic form. Consumers who can find dried mango or pineapple with no added ingredients elsewhere for a lesser price are just as well off. On the other hand, grapes and apples grown conventionally are high in pesticides. When it comes to dried apricots, the Peeled Snacks (and other organic dried apricots) do not add sulfur dioxide to give dried apricots the deep orange color you may be used to seeing. The brown Peeled Snacks apricots have not “gone bad”; that is how they are supposed to look. The organic apricots have a sweeter, more caramel-like taste than their conventional counterparts (but beware of after taste). In the case of raisins (dried grapes), apples, and apricots, consumers who are able to pay the price may be better off going with an organically-grown snack.
The Peeled Snacks apple clusters are crunchy balls of apple-y goodness. These are great for snacking, adding to a breakfast cereal or yogurt, or even including in a salad. They are also a great snack for young kids who love to hear the sound of the crunch as they eat them (and are an excellent substitute for potato chips and other nutrient-poor processed snacks). The “apple crunch” and “cinnamon crunch” clusters were delicious while the “berry crunch” was much too sweet and resembled marketing tactics of many conventional snacks – for example, named “berry crunch” despite not having a trace of berries in the ingredient list but instead “organic potato starch”, “organic flavor”, and “organic color.” All of the apple cluster snacks included “organic apple juice concentrate” and “organic potato starch” on the ingredient lists, unlike the other snacks in which ingredients were limited to real fruits.
As with all dried fruits snacks, snackers should be conscientious of portion control. While this is easy in the single-serving packages, if snackers purchase multi-serving Peeled Snacks, it is advisable to measure out and eat only a single serving in one sitting. This is to help with calorie-control (dried fruits are very calorie dense as it requires drying several whole fruits to make one serving of dried fruit – for example, one-cup of grapes only makes 1/3 cup of raisins) as well as over-consuming too much fiber in one sitting (if one were to eat a whole 5oz [3.5 servings] package of Go Figure [figs, dates, and apricots], that would be 14g of fiber, about half of the daily recommended amount and enough to cause some gastrointestinal issues for those not used to eating such a high fiber load).
What we liked:
- Truly, truly just fruit! (For the most part, with the exception of the “apple clusters”)
- Taste delicious! It is easy to get kids and adults alike to love the taste of fruits with the Peeled Snack dried fruits.
- Interesting combinations and offerings of dried fruits, providing an array of flavors and nutrients in a variety of package sizes and gift arrangements
What we didn’t like:
- High price point
- Added “organic” starch, juice, flavor, and coloring to the “apple clusters”, in particular the “berry crunch”
- Despite the diverse fruit offerings, the Peeled Snacks are currently limited to just fruits. Expanding to include a variety of delicious tasting dried vegetables (say, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, kale) could be a great way to help Americans get their 5-9 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.
Where to Buy
www.peeledsnacks.com; www.amazon.com; Peeled Snacks are also available in stores at Starbucks and Whole Foods