In this day and age with ingredients lists a mile long on food packaging, you have to hand it to the “Much-ado-about-mango” one.
Its ingredient list?
Peeled Snacks of Brooklyn makes conveniently packaged dried, organic fruit that has no added sugar, no preservatives, no sulfites and no gluten.
As a result, this dried fruit actually tastes like real fruit and not a souped-up sweetened version of it.
The resealable snack pouches come in 10 varieties, from “Cherry-go-round” (organic cherries) to “Farmer’s Market Trio” (organic raisins, apples and cherries).
Recently, I had a chance to try some sample bags.
Although the fruit is dried, it still has a nice soft texture. I can’t get over how vibrant the fruit tastes when it’s not masked by sugar, as is the case with so many other dried fruit products.
I especially liked the “Paradise found” with its thick, tender chunks of dried banana (none of those thin, hard chips here), along with pieces of mango and bits of pineapple. Call me a purist, but my favorite was probably the “Much-ado-about-mango,” which is just big shards of mango the color of a sunset and the taste of the tropics.
One serving has about 120-130 calories, depending upon the variety.
Tuck a bag into your child’s lunch. Or toss one into your purse, workout bag or carry-on luggage.
A 4.4-ounce bag is $3.49 and is available at select Whole Foods, CVS and Starbucks stores.
Contest: Two lucky Food Gal readers will get a chance to try a free variety-sampler pack of Peeled Snacks (a $25 value). Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Sept. 8. Winners will be announced Sept. 10.
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