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two more freeze-dried apple reviews

Posted by bitguru on December 8, 2008

This my third post on the topic of freeze-dried apple snacks. I found two more brands to try (actually, one of them found me). Here’s what I thought of them.

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Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps
Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps

As I mentioned at the end of the last review, I was looking forward to trying these. I have seen a couple of web sites that have described them quite favorably.

I found them at my local Costco store, in a box of 20 pouches (14 Fuji Apple, 6 Asian Pear) that sells for about $18. I didn’t really want to spend that much just to try them, but I did want to try them, so in the cart they went.

The individual pieces of apple are attractive. Each is about 3 mm thick, but the other two dimensions vary from medium-small to surprisingly large. They are very lightweight with a soft stiffness, sort of like styrofoam but a touch grainier.

Unfortunately they taste kind of like styrofoam, too. (Actually, I’m not sure I have ever tasted styrofoam, but I can imagine.) These Fuji Apple Crisps do have a faint apple-like flavor but it is subtle, and there is essentially no tartness.

They aren’t unpleasant, but I just don’t enjoy them much. It has been a few weeks and I have only consumed five of the twenty pouches. If these were anything like Weight Watchers Apple Snacks then they’d be long gone by now. They are a disappointment.

INGREDIENTS: 100% Freeze Dried Fuji Apples.

The Asian Pear variety is a bit crispier and slightly more tart. I believe I prefer it to the Fuji Apple, but not by much.

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Apple Cinnamon

Today’s Farm Premium Freeze-Dried Snack: Apple Cinnamon

Someone from Justus Foods stumbeld upon my previous review and offered to send me some samples to try. This is a first for me, but I like the trend. I’ll let you know if it happens again after I review some flat-panel plasma televisions.

Anyway, the Today’s Farm pouch is about the same size as the Brothers-All-Natural pouch, but it holds about twice as much by weight. The apple pieces are thicker and are substantially denser.

The texture is . . . outstanding. I’m not sure how to describe it. It has a serious crunch that gives way a little. It’s almost like a crouton (but in a good way). The texture is different from those Weight Watchers Apple Snacks I keep mentioning, but I think I like it just as well.

The flavor isn’t bad. I prefer my apple products to be cinnamon-free, but the flavor is nice even though I can definitely taste the cinnamon. I can also taste some tartness, which is welcome, and some sweetness. Unlike the Brothers-All-Natural product, these have some added sugar which I presume accounts for much of sweetness.

If they didn’t add the sugar would it taste better? I don’t know, perhaps not. I’m sure it would taste better without the added cinnamon, but much of the world would seem to disagree with me on this, so I won’t belabor it.

These things are tasty enough that I would seek them out occasionally if a local store carried them. If no local stores carry them, I may eventually choose to place an online order. We’ll see.

INGREDIENTS: Freeze-dried apples, sugar, cinnamon

Today’s Farm also sent other freeze-dried fruit samples. Strawberry is on the market now, while peach and pineapple are coming in the new year. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet.

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