Fruit snacks have been OFF of my grocery list for so long, but somehow my kids end up getting them anyway. They are a favorite of moms and teachers to hand out at school events. So when I heard that Ocean Spray was coming out with fruit snacks made from real fruit juice and natural colors and flavors, it only made sense to give them a shot.
To be fair - I would not buy fruit snacks of any kind for my kids as a regular snack. But I would buy them as a better alternative when I'm asked to bring fruit snacks to school or parties.
And these really do seem to be a better alternative. Looking at the ingredient list, you won't find the artificial colors and flavors you find on most fruit snacks. But you will find Corn syrup, sugar, corn starch, dextrose, a host of preservatives, juice, and "natural flavor."
One pouch has 80 calories, 100% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C, and 12 grams of Sugar. They also have double box tops. My kids love collecting box tops for their school, so getting double is pretty special.
Okay, back to the sugar. 12 grams of Sugar per serving is pretty high, but moms need to know that 1 cup of white milk also sports 12 grams of Sugar (plus some protein and vitamins/minerals.) You need to read everything!
I would consider the Ocean Spray Fruit snacks to be candy, but a better alternative to the candies loaded with artificial colors and flavors. And of course, this includes "regular" fruit snacks too.
And if you're wondering how they taste, they taste great. They come in yummy flavors like berries and cherries. My kids never thought they were "missing" anything. They loved them and wanted them: over and over and over again!
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