Monday, January 23, 2012

HEB Fruit Snacks Review and Giveaway

Recently, I got the opportunity to do a taste test of the HEB Fruit twists versus the leading brand name fruit snacks.
As you know, I have a 5 and a 7 year old. We used Girls night as the opportunity to sample the array and decide which I wouldn't mind giving to my kids.
The first on the taste test failed my mommy test:
Just opening the package of Fruit Gushers, my little one was covered in gooey juicy syrupy goo (and this was with help from mommy!) Looking at the ingredients, I was excited to see a fruit concentrate first, but the other ingredients to follow pretty much take that excitement away quickly:
Pears from concentrate, SUGAR, dried CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, modified corn starch, FRUCTOSE, grape juice from concentrate.
I don't know about you, but that list reads: a little juice, sugar, sugar, sugar, a stabilizer, sugar, a little more juice.  WOW!  I thought fruit already had enough natural sugars in it, why would you need to add even more?
On to box #2 Kelloggs Disney Fairies.  I have to admit the presentation of these was a hit given my girls are all about fairies right now, but the very first ingredient is CORN SYRUP.  Right on the front of the box:
Made with real fruit YES, it is ingredient #3, right after the CORN STARCH and SUGAR. YIKES

#3 Welch's Fruit snacks, these do have fruit listed as the first ingredient, but again second and third ingredient is CORN SYRUP and SUGAR!

Finally, on to the HEB Fruit Twists.  I was given one box of each flavor they offer: Strawberry, Wild Berry, and Grape.  All have very similar ingredients, except for a few variations due to flavoring:
Concentrated apple Puree (contains ascorbic acid) and apple juice concentrate
strawberry juice/mixed berry/grape juice concentrate (depending on the flavor)
natural flavor
natural color
glazing agent

That is IT!  One of the things I love too is that they are little twists (2 to a package).  I prefer these kind of snacks because they are easier to handle for little hands.  There are not all these little pieces that my little ones might drop between the seats in the car.
Here is a pic of my little one biting off a piece!  What did my kids think?
Zoey:  The sticks are a little sticky but you can eat them straight from the wrapper.  The strawberry taste like strawberries without the seeds.
Sara: I like the grape, can I have another pack?

As a parent, I definitely will choose the HEB snacks over the other varieties.  I love that these do not contain any added sugars unlike the other leading brands.
Right now, you can go here to print a bogo coupon for HEB Fruit twists(limited to first 1,000 prints).

And now, the giveaway.  HEB has offered me the chance to giveaway to one lucky reader a total of 4 boxes of fruit snacks : 1 Kelloggs, 1 Gushers, 1 Welch's and 1 HEB Fruit twists.  You can do your own taste comparison.
To enter:
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Please come back to this post and leave a comment as to how you are subscribed, limit 1 entry per person and subscribing via all 3 methods will not increase your chances of winning.
Entry will be closed Monday February 6th and a winner will be announced Feb. 7th.  Winner will then have 24 hours to notify me and claim their prize or a new winner will be announced.
All entries with no identifying information will be considered void and deleted.
Good luck!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products from HEB to facilitate this review and taste test, as well as a gift card to HEB for my time and post.  I was also provided the first picture of the comparison of the fruit snacks. No other compensation was received and all opinions and wording of this post as always are my own.


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