Friday, March 11, 2011

My son's new favourite snack: SunRype Fun Bites and Squiggles

While searching the aisles for my regular go-to fruit based snack for my son today, I stumbled upon a brand I've never tried: SunRype.  I think it's a Canadian brand, but their products are available in the United States.  I noticed this brand in particular because the front of the box boasts "100% fruit and vegetable snack".  I'm not naming names, but I know that my regular brand can't boast that, so I picked up a box and checked out the claim.

Turning it to the side with the nutritional info, the first thing that caught my eye was a sentence, in capital letters, saying "DOES NOT CONTAIN NUT OR GLUTEN INGREDIENTS".  Perfect for home and daycare too!  Reading through the ingredient list, the claim stands up- no artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives, no gelatin, no chemicals that I can't pronounce.

So, I decided to pick up a box and see how it went over.  I picked up the "squiggles" kind, which is kind of like a stick of dried fruit in a zigzag pattern.  My son of course was begging me for one, and since I had already committed to buying the box, I opened one up and let him try it.  His response?  "Mmmm....lurlypok!"  Translated into regular English, that means that he thought it tasted like a lollipop.  Success!  I turned around and grabbed a second box, this time of Fun Bites.  These are small fruit snack packs in shapes such as snails, spiders, dragonflies and caterpillars.  Just icky enough for a boy to like! 

The company sponsors a website called "What's in your fruit snack?" at www.findoutnow.ca that has an interactive point and click function of some of the more common ingredients found in some products.  A definite marketing tool for sure, but I did find it interesting and I learned something about some of those ingredients that I can't pronounce!  The company's nutrition FAQ are different on the American and Canadian sites, including two products on the American site that are produced in a facility that also produces products containing certain allergens.  Please click on the links above to see which products meet your specific nutritional restrictions and to check out their claims for yourself. 

I'm always on the look-out for products that both taste good and are good for my son.  This product works for me for a number of reasons.  It's half the calories of my previous option, has no added sugar or artificial ingredients and it's not a "specialty" product that costs three times what it's worth.  Most importantly, my son likes it enough that he equates it with candy.  All in all a good buy!

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