- Case of twenty four, 0.75-ounce pouches (total of 18 ounces)
- Mix of apples, cherries, blueberries, and strawberries; Each pouch is equal to 1/2-cup fresh fruit
- All-natural; No fat; Gluten or GMO; No preservatives
- Shelf life of more than one year; Unique process removes water and preserves nutritional value and natural flavor
- Product of California
Promising, but flawed
But there are a couple of problems:
1. The packets are very narrow and long, which makes it virtually impossible to reach into them to get the fruit out, once you’re past the top third or so.
2. There’s a decent amount of fruit dust inside — which, as these are berries and cherries, is red, and just waiting for a bit of added water to stain up any fabric it lands on.
Either of these in isolation is no problem, but put them together, and you’ve got a product that you MUST pour out, and yet a product that you CAN’T pour out. I guess maybe if you had a bowl or something, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but that sort of takes away the portable-snack nature of it, no? As much as I liked the fruit, the inconvenience of the packaging is going to keep me from buying more.
Oh, and one more caveat: Despite the “Cherry Berry” name, this is at least 50% apple. I suspect that apples are to dried fruit mixes what peanuts are to mixed nuts, the inexpensive and unobjectionable filler. The apple tastes fine and all, but I wouldn’t mind more cherries and berries, and fewer apples.
Yummy and only one point…
I haven’t had a problem with crumbs and powder in the packets I’ve tried, no more than any other dried fruit I’d buy from Trader Joes or the Gerber ones. It’s definitely a small bag for the price, so if you’re near a Trader Joes, you should really buy their dried fruits.
Amazon does have a great price for this item though… I paid $1.79 for one packet at a major chain!! That’s insanity.
Food fruit snack
Nice flavor, but…
1) Packaging is impressive with long, narrow, foil lined one-serving sized bags. However, the size of the bag is deceiving for the amount of product inside. Although they are easy to open by simply tearing off the top inch, they are not resealable – not that you would want to because the servings are so ‘small’. The bag design also makes it near to impossible to reach in by hand for snacks. Even a child’s hand is too large, resulting in having to eat this snack by pouring into hand or bowl.
2) At the bottom of each bag is a layer of fine ‘powder’ residue from the dried fruits. It gets on everything and stains: esp. when wet from fingers, etc. It also makes it difficult to get the last of the snacks from the bag to your mouth, esp. if eating directly from the package, because the powder from the bottom of the bag puffs out, up your nose and all over your mouth. Makes a mess.
3) All 3 flavors that I tried had the same issue as someone mentioned in their comments before me: each flavor seems to have an over-abundance of one particular fruit. In the Cherry Berry, it is apples. In the tropical, I found it to be mangoes, and in the orchard, it was bananas, lots and lots of bananas.
4) I also found some of the snack to be ‘crunchy’ while other pieces of fruit were sticky/mushy once in my mouth. Ex. banana slices. The combo of moosh and crunch (very little crunch) was disappointing when this is suppose to be a ‘crunchy snack’. I found myself using it up in yogurt and oatmeal rather than as a snack.
This is a natural snack so the first time around I didn’t mind the expense. However, now that I know what to expect, I will not purchase again unless the packaging and fruit ‘dust’ issues could be addressed. Then it might be worth the money. Until then, I’ll buy my own fresh bananas, mangoes and apples.
I will admit, however, a few of these put together in a gift basket would make a nice presentation for someone who has never tried this product.
Love this product…and so do the kids!
Tastes good, but Don’t Inhale
Also, I don’t know if this is an effect of shipping or what, but there’s a lot of “fruit dust” in the bottom. Be careful if you tip the package up over your mouth (which you will do since your hand doesn’t fit in the narrow package) because it’s easy to inhale it.
a great snack
One of my favorite snacks
I keep packages on hand to satisfy midnight snack urges, to crunch instead of chips when I eat a sandwich, to snack while I watch the tube or to grab and go. Cherry Berry is frankly delicious. I buy regularly to always have some on hand. It is much tastier, more interesting to the palate, and cleaner eating than nibbling on rice cakes, popcorn or chips. The product satisfies hunger, too, which makes it a close to perfect food in my world. The ONLY reason I did not give it a 5 is because I’ve gotten packages that were light on the cherries and I really like the cherries a lot.
Best low calorie snack in the world
Overall, I love these snacks more than any other pre-packaged food. I carry them with me on trips and eat them at my desk or in my comfy chair at home. Try them!
Better than Potato Chips!!!
Perfect Snack-mostly apples
Sweet and crunchy!
The Best Dried Fruit
Healthy, delicious treat
Much cheaper to purchase on Amazon than buying single packets at Vitamin World or one of those other GNC-like stores.
Quick and yummy!
Delicious, portable snack
Great snack for the road
3 Years later:
I get these through subscribe and save and it makes them about $1 a pack (compared to over $2 in the store). My 10 month old loves them too. She eats the strawberries and blueberries and I eat the apples and cherries. They sell some baby food like this but you get very little dried fruit.