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I tend to make my own finger foods for my one year old, but sometimes when you are out and about it's better to take a pre packaged snack out for ease and less mess.
Kiddylicious prepare healthy fruit and vegetable based snacks from babies from weaning age onwards, the apple crisps are for babies aged 12 months onwards. They are sliced up (what looks like) freeze dried apple in a small bag which probably contains one or two servings. I was a bit dubious at first that my daughter would be able to bite through them, as I've eaten apple crisps, they are quite hard and she only have 4 teeth and they aren't completely through yet.
Anyway, I opened them up on a trip out, very strong smelling of apple, and I took a taste to check they would be suitable for her. They aren't hard at all, very crispy and melt in the mouth, and once you get over the texture it tastes just like eating an apple, I was quite impressed with them.
Unfortunately on two different occasions my daughter wasn't keen on them, had a few nibbles and dropped them on the floor. Having tasted them myself I couldn't fault them, but that's babies tastes for you, they can be fussy at times.
Despite my daughter not being keen I would still recommend them for other parents, as kiddylicious provide such a great range of snacks for baby led weaning and for older babies and toddlers that enjoy feeding themselves.
I buy Kiddylicious Apple Crisps on a weekly basis for my son. I buy them from Sainsbury's with my weekly grocery shopping at a cost of £0.59 per single packet, Sainsbury's occasionally have an offer of 4 packs for £2 or during their baby event you can get 33% off the price. The crisps can also be purchased at other supermarkets, such as Asda and they are also stocked at Boots.
Each pack of Apple Crisps states to contain an entire apple, the ingredients also list vegetable oil and a "sprinkle of maltose (natural sugar), with the apple taking up 79% of the contents. One pack of the crisps count as one of your five a day.
The crisps are packaged in a foil type bag, keeping the contents fresh. The packet is easy to open (for an adult) and just tears across the top. The packet is a good size for little hands to hold, and easy for those little hands to fit inside to grab a crisp!
My son is now 21 months old and has enjoyed these crisps from about 12 months of age. The recommended age of the packet is stated as 12 months but if you know your child handles crunchy finger food well then I think a slightly younger baby would also be fine with them.
My son likes these crisps and I am pleased that he eats them so well as they are a great alternative to standard crisps and I will definitely be sticking these in his lunchbox when he starts school! I have tasted the crisps myself and they are quite sweet and although they are crunchy they also seem slightly chewy and melt quite easily in your mouth (another plus for younger babies).
My son does like to eat fresh apples and also enjoys apple juice so that might also have an influence on him liking the flavour of these crisps. They also come in pineapple and bannana variants but my son will not eat either of those alternatives.
The only negative I can state is that there are added ingredients, although compared to most food I don't think these added ingredients are much to worry about, but obviously fresh fruit will be better for your child and I wouldn't use these crisps as a replacement for fresh fruit.
Overall, I would recommend these crisps to anyone looking for healthy snacks for their kids, it's an easy way to add another one of their five a day.
I exclusively breastfed my daughter for six months and then began Baby Led Weaning which worked wonderfully well. I bought these Kiddylicious Apple Crisps when looking around for new ideas for snacks for her to have when she was about 11months old. My daughter eats well and would eat apples, other fruit, veg and any recipe off netmums! But for some reason she would not eat these apple crisps. I too tried them myself and I must admit that they don't really taste much like apples, both of us preferring to eat a real apple instead.
I think that these apple slices are a good idea for children that aren't too keen on real fruit as many of my friend's children eat them no problem at all. My gut feeling tells me that it is better to eat these rather than no fruit at all however it is best to give 'real' food from any early age save going through another change.
I was quite intrigued to see these little toddler snacks in my local supermarket, as my daughter does enjoy nibbling on sweet treats. Each bag contains one portion of fruit which has to be good!
But a quick warning - although these do indeed contain a whole apple (minus the pips), they also contain palm oil (18%) and a little sugar so they are not 100% healthy - and not as good as the real thing of course! But they are definitely better than a pack of crisps or a bar of chocolate. They contain 2.1g of fat and 44 calories, and the pack tells us the product is a natural and healthy snack for youngsters over one year.
The bags weigh 12g and cost around 49p, so not cheap. But they are often on offer and I have seen them for three packs for £1, which is much more reasonable. They also come in pineapple and banana varieties (the banana crisps contain 2.9g of fat, the same amount of oil but no sugar, and the pineapple crisps have 2.2g of fat).
The little pack has a small notch in the top corner so it's easy to tear open the pack. Inside, at a glance, the contents do look like crisps and some crisps are half slices of apple so you can tell they are the real thing.
In the interests of research, I have of course had to try a few of these (much to my daughter's disgruntlement). They are very sweet and the texture is interesting - slightly crisp yet chewy too. Although they do taste of apple, you can tell a little sugar has been added. They are tasty and quite moreish.
So on to the real food critic - little MissD. Well, she absolutely loves these and often requests "apple chips". Although the sweetness appeals, I think she also enjoys the texture and the fact she sometimes gets her own little bag to eat out of (other times I shake a few into a bowl for her instead). She also enjoys the other varieties in this range, so they are a real hit.
I also find these are great to take out and about as they are really small to pack in any bag, and they keep her occupied for quite a while.
I would definitely recommend Kiddylicious crisps for parents who want to give their children healthier sweet treats to nibble on, especially when out and about!