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Kiddylicious Fruit Wriggles
Member Name: jo1976
Kiddylicious Fruit Wriggles
Date: 10/07/12, updated on 23/09/13 (93 review reads)
Advantages: Healthy and tasty alternative to sweets, fruit based
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a selection of various snacks from Kiddylicious for my toddler to try out. Amongst the goodies were some of these 'Fruit Wriggles', a relatively new addition to the Kiddylicious range which are available in both strawberry and apple flavours.
The 'wriggles' are actually tiny little slithers of processed fruit puree, covered in a light dusting of rice flour which stops the little strands from sticking together in the packet. Unlike some of the other items in the Kiddylicious range, these fruity wriggles look much more like sweets, rather than a healthy fruit-based snack. I think this is why they immediately attracted the attention of my older children (aged four and nine) who were desperate to try out these new 'sweets.' Likewise, my toddler had been contentedly enjoying some of the Kiddylicious apple snacks (which he generally adores) but soon abandoned them in favour of these wriggles, obviously seeing these as more of a treat.
As well as looking like sweets, these do actually taste remarkably like soft chewy sweets and have a really moreish taste and texture with none of the unpleasant aftertaste that some sweets can have. With a recommended age range of 12 months and over, a child does need to be able to chew confidently to enjoy these treats but they actually take relatively little effort to bite into as they are such slender strips. They have a similar consistency to other fruit-based snack products such as Fruit Winders, which my older boys adore, but I found the taste of these to be much more pleasant with a natural sweetness and taste. The strawberry variety, in particular, went down a storm in my household. We actually had tears when the last packet of the strawberry wriggles were eaten! The apple variety were a little less popular, for some reason the texture of the sweets, particularly the floury coating, didn't seem to go quite as well with the taste of apples. I will certainly be repurchasing the strawberry version, if only so I get to sample a few more, but probably won't buy the apple variety again.
Unlike some of the other Kiddylicious products, I would say these are ideal as a healthier alternative to traditional sweets rather than as a substitute for fruit. The wriggles are free from artificial preservatives and other additives and don't contain any salt or sugar. They even count as one of a child's 'five a day', making them a guilt-free standby to bribe an unruly toddler or bored child. These aren't a particularly substantial snack so they can quite easily be given between meals without ruining a child's appetite or included as part of a packed lunch.
I haven't noticed these for sale anywhere locally as yet but, according to Kiddylicious, they are available from are sold in the baby aisles of most Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrison, Boots, Ocado and Waitrose (from August) for 59p per 12g bag (or four bags for £2.) I'll definitely be buying some more for 'emergency use' during our long trip to our holiday destination in a few weeks' time!
Thanks to Kiddylicious for sending us these products to review.
Summary: A healthy alternative to sweets
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