“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 12 months „
ManufacturerCow & Gate frutapura
These great little pouches are perfect for your toddlers whether out on the road or at home as a healthy snack.
My grand-daughter went through a stage a few months ago of not wanting her fruit snack mid-morning or afternoon. This was due to the fact her back teeth were making her little gums so sore she just didn't want to eat anything. So my daughter brought the Apple and banana frutapura pouches to try.
The boxes contain 4 x 90g pouches that have a green twist top revealing a small opening, which was perfect for my 16 month grand-daughter who often squeezes cartoons too quickly, spilling half the contents before reaching her mouth.
~~~ The box~~~
The box that the 4 pouches come in is a brightly coloured, light weight container with the red Cow & Gate name in the top left hand corner. Below this are clear photos of bananas and apples and to the side a cartoon character (in the shape of a yellow heart) smiling and holding out one of the pouches. Very attractive advertising that certainly caught my grand-daughter's eye.
The back of the box contains a good informational overview about the product plus Nutritional info about the fruit puree.
~~~ Nutritional Information~~~
Per pouch (90g)
Energy - 183kjl / 43 kcal
Protein - 0.4g
Carbohydrate of which sugars - 9.3g
Fat - trace
of which saturates - trace ( good too know its not high)
Fibre - 1.7g
Sodium - <0.01g
Vitamin C - min 9mg
Vitamin C ~(%LRV) - 36
The LRV is the labeling reference value that is a guide to the amount of vitamins or minerals needed per day to meet the requirements of infants and young children.
As a guide 1 portion of fruit for a 12month old = 40-80g - so these pouches are a great source of their daily needs of vitamins.
If your little won't touch fruit this is a brilliant way to ensure they needs are being addressed.
Because the pouches are completely sealed they don't need to be kept in a fridge which makes them ideal for when you are out shopping, park playing or visiting family & friends.
Once you have opened the pouches it will however need to be stored in a fridge and used within 24hours. They can be re-sealed with the green cap.
These apple and banana flavours contain 76% of a small apple and 24% of ¼ of a small banana.
As I mentioned before they are sealed and closed with a green screw cap. The pouches are light in weight and small in size. This makes them easy for little hands to hold. The pouches are a soft, flexible plastic that increases as the puree is sucked.
~~~ Smell & Appearance~~~
When I first saw the puree resting on the top of the lid, I was surprised to see how bland it look. However, the aroma was really soft and fruity. You could smell the banana first although it wasn't overpowering and a slight freshness of apple could be detected.
My grand-daughter (bless her ) likes to 'feed others' so I was offered a 'bit-bit' as she calls it. Noticing my raised eyebrow and suspicious look, my daughter laughed and re-assured my it was really nice. So not wanting to offend my little sweethearts are sip carefully not taking too much of this treat.
To my delight to taste was good. It had a very smooth texture and gentle taste. It was very similar to an unsweetened smoothie. However, the natural sweetness of the banana gave it a delicious flavour dismissing the blandness I thought it would have.
Great absolutely great - I can see why my little pride and joy loves them so much - a good smooth texture, a soft fruity taste and a packaging that her little hands can manipulate without adult help.
The nutritional value supports her daily vitamin and mineral needs and they are so versatile in storage. - A winner.
There are several other varieties in this range, they are:
Apple & Pear
Pear & Pineapple
Peach & Strawberry
All of the products have the same type of Nutritional value and each flavour contains a very good percentage of real fruit.
Cow and Gate have been making baby products for many years and are a trusted brand that produce great baby milk and foods from weaning onwards. So this product is coming from a trusted and respected company.
My daughter paid £1.45 for 4 pouches but she has said that they were slightly cheaper in Asda. I feel this is a good price for the product especially due to the goodness they are providing.
Cow & Gate,
White Horse Business Park,
Thanks for reading
X hev (also on ciao)
I first came across Cow and Gate Frutapura about a year ago when my daughter now nearly two and half decided she was no longer going to eat. She has always been a strange eater from birth unlike her mother who eats anything and everything in sight. The next problem we had with Holly was her non-existent bowel movements so along with the Lactulose solution prescribed by the doctor, I still like to make sure she has fruit every day. One pouch counts as one piece of fruit. Great, now only four portions of fruit and veg to try to get down her a day.
A bit about Cow and Gate
As every parent of babies and toddlers know, Cow and Gate are a major maker of Baby and Toddler food.
Cow and Gate originally set up business in 1711, yes that's right 1711, as a small grocery shop at 20 High Street, Guildford by the Gates Family. In 1887 two of the Gates brothers decided to expand into the dairy business and build their own creameries.
Their best selling product was the fresh cream that was sold in little brown jugs with a label showing a cow looking through a gate. The label became famous and it became known as Cow and Gate Cream.
The success of the milk business gave the Gates Brothers a problem, they had large amounts of skimmed milk leftover, so they went over to America and bought drying equipment and started to dry out the milk and began to sell powered milk to the bakery and catering trade and were still using the Cow looking through the Gate label.
They then received a large order for powered milk from a doctor, who was the medical officer for Health in Leicester. He has read a report from America that showed survival rates for the poorer children in New York were greatly increased when powered milk had been added to their diets. At this time 15% of infants in Leicester were failing to reach their first birthday. Doctor Millard conducted trails and reported similar results and published these results in medical journals. Soon orders were flooding in from doctors and hospitals all over the country, so from then on they became known as Cow and Gate baby food suppliers.
Cow and Gate are now based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and are part of the Danone Group.
Cow and Gate Products
They produce 3 different types of baby milk, 1 night time milk and a follow on milk for toddlers. Juice drinks. Various types of baby food from 4 month onwards, dried and jarred, baby breakfasts and baby rice, baby and toddler biscuits and pureed fruit.
Frutapura comes in two versions a yogart pot type suitable for ages 4 months onwards and in pouches from 12 month onwards.
This review is about the pouch Frutapura.
The pouch version come in three flavours. The pouch is about the size of a deck of cards, made of plastic with a large green screw top lid. Each box contains 4 x 90g pouches and have pictures of fruit on the pouch along with a larger piece of fruit with a cartoon face on it.
Apple and Banana
The main colour of the apple and banana on the box is yellow. You can certainly taste the banana and its not an unpleasant taste. The colour of the frutapura is light brown and looks a bit like an apple that has gone brown.
Each pouch contains 1 small apple, (76%), 1 fifth small banana (20%) half teaspoon concentrated apple juice (4%) and vitamin C. The pouch contains 50 calories, 0.1 g fat and less than 0.01g of sodium.
The main colour of the fruit cocktail on the box is Green. I can't really pin point any flavour in this pouch but it tastes very sweet and sickly. The colour of the puree is a golden colour.
Each pouch contains three quarters of a small apple (56%), a slice of pear (18%), Quarter of Apricot (12%), a slice of banana (9%) half teaspoon concentrated apple juice (4%), quarter teaspoon orange juice (1.5%) and vitamin C. The pouch contains 51 calories, less than 1g fat and less than 0.01g of sodium.
The main colour on the exotic fruit on the box is a burgundy colour. The mango is the main taste to this puree and is quite pleasant again. The colour of the contents in yellow and reminds me of English Mustard.
Each pouch contains three quarters of a small banana (70%), one eighth mango (22%), juice of half a passion fruit (9%) and vitamin C. The pouch contains 59 calories 0.3g fat and less than 0.01g of sodium.
All the purees are very smooth in texture enabling them to be sucked out of the pouch very easily.
The pouches can be kept either in a fridge or cupboard. Once the pouch is opened it can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours. The best before date is normally around a year.
The are great for keeping in the cupboard or fridge and are great for popping in your handbag when you are going out or putting in a lunch box. The make a great afternoon healthy snack. The ingredients are all natural and not an E number in sight. They taste reasonable to my and my daughter loves them.
They are a perfect size for holding in little hands. My daughters busy schedule during the day, especially in the warm weather, does not permit her to take time out to eat anything. However, these she can suck whilst playing pushing teddy in her pushchair, or in between running round the garden, terrorising the cats and dogs or driving round the garden on her ride on buggy. (Holly has such a busy day, I just don't know where her energy comes from).
You do need the open the screw top to crack the seal but I can then gently place the lid back on and sit the pouch on my table and she is able to remove the lid when she is ready to eat it.
They are rather expensive at just under 50p per pouch but at least I know this is something that will not be wasted. We have a holiday coming up soon to Turkey and after going to Egypt last year and finding fruit in the hotel only being available at breakfast, I shall certainly be packing a few boxes of these in the suitcase again for Holly's afternoon snack..
All flavours are available from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Waitrose for £1.92 for a box of four. Tesco do make their own version but I am not keen on these as the are unable to stand up but they are cheaper.
They are recyclable if you council collect plastic.
Prices taken from the mysupermarket website.
More reading can be found on the Cow and gate website at www.cowandgate.co.uk.
Many thanks for reading Anna and Holly
Fruit puree made from apple and banana with vitamin C.