This post is part of a series, Best of Expo West 2009: My Favorite Things.
I took home some samples of Bare Fruit Snacks, dried organic fruit snacks, from Expo West and I have to say, they are really delicious.
What’s in them? Just organic fruit, dried in an oven. Nothing else.
The problem with a lot of dried fruit out there is it’s not organic and/or it’s got added sugar, oils, and other additives. Much of the dried fruit you’ll find in stores also has added sulfites. What are sulfites and what’s wrong with them?
Of all the food additives for which FDA has received adverse reaction reports, the ones that most closely resemble true allergens are sulfur-based preservatives. Sulfites are used primarily as antioxidants to prevent or reduce discoloration of light-colored fruits and vegetables, such as dried apples and potatoes, and to inhibit the growth of microorganisms in fermented foods such as wine.
Though most people don’t have a problem with sulfites, they are a hazard of unpredictable severity to people, particularly asthmatics, who are sensitive to these substances. FDA uses the term “allergic-type responses” to describe the range of symptoms suffered by these individuals after eating sulfite-treated foods. Responses range from mild to life-threatening. Source
Bare Fruit Snacks do not contain added sulfites, not do they contain any other additives. And they are 100% organic.
Oh, sure, you can dry your own fruit. But not everybody has a dehydrator — or the time to dry fruit. Not everybody has access to fresh organic fruit — especially in the wintertime.
Now, I don’t know what temperature they dry them at — it says on their website that it’s at “a very low temperature”. I tried calling them but the phone just rang. If anyone knows the answer to this question, please comment. I’d love to know what the temperature is. Enzymes are deactivated at 118 degrees.
However, enzymes or no enzymes, these Bare Fruit snacks are a wonderful alternative to chips or cookies or other not-so-healthy snack foods. My daughter loves them with pine nuts or cheese cubes — or added to her yogurt. Her very favorites so far are the Bananas & Cherries and the Apple Cinnamon Chips — but she seems to love them all.
I think it’s a great idea to order these in bulk. They say the shelf life is one year. I am going to buy a bunch myself. This way I’ll always have healthy snacks on hand and we won’t be tempted to munch on something bad.
I like that these come in pre-packaged bags, too — so you can just throw them into a lunchbox. They’d also be great for travel or to throw in a diaper bag — you never know when you need a distraction!
They’d go great in salads, too. I love dried cherries or mango added to a salad. Really livens it up — especially on a winter night when most people in the country can’t get local fruit.
You can buy Bare Fruit Snacks on Amazon for only $66.46 for a case of 96 0.64-ounce bags (a total of 61.4 ounces — $1.08 per ounce):
If you want to save money, you can order the 16-ounce two-pack on Amazon for anywhere from $17.78 to $24.55 (depending on the fruit). Only .55-.77 per ounce.