“ Brand: Asda / Type: Apple „
No one would ever say that I was a fan of ASDA... yes, I know lots of people like this supermarket, but not I... even though I have warmed to it 'slightly' of late. It is cheap, I know, and there are lots of bargains to be had, but I rarely go. However, since my daughter moved in I have had cause to go there more often than not, for the odd item of clothing for my daughter (who is twelve going on thirteen) and also (at my daughter's request) Great Stuff For Garden Gang.
Now I am not just going to talk about the product shown here, but the whole range of these particular Great Stuff snack packs. For one thing, it is a fantastic idea and a great way for your kids to get some of their 'five a day', and they are damn tasty too.
They come in small packets with an 'eat by' date. They are 50p each, but you can also get them at a 5 for 1.50 offer (we get five!) There are at least ten snack packs to choose from: Red Grapes, Watermelon, Apple and Apricot, Apple and Raisin, Pineapple Lolly (my favourite), Apple and Grapes, Apple and Pear, Apple Segments and Melon and Grape and we have had Carrots too. Keep them cool in a fridge and eat them when you like.
I find that the Watermelon and the Pineapple are the best value. I like both these fruits, but to buy a whole one is costly (it also involves cutting fruit) and you have to eat them in a few days. Therefore a Snack Pack version is ideal. They are quite handy to have on an evening when you are feeling peckish (and deter you from having crisps of biscuits), and also good for school lunch boxes. They are also 'cool' in a way to get your child to have his or her fruit. My daughter likes the watermelon version, which are fresh and juicy. My son, when he stays over likes the Carrots, which are crisp and crunchy, and I love the Pineapple Lolly, which are tangy and scrumptious...
Overall: They are very handy and great value, a great way to get your child to have his or her fruit, they are tasty! Hey, I might start shopping at ASDA now... unless Morrison's get their own equivalent! By the way, my daughter came up with the title for this review...
I am a bit of a sucker for Asda garden gang products despite the fact that they are aimed at children, because I prefer small items of fruit. On the same level, I have also purchased the garden gang fruit packs before, especially the apple and grapes one, mainly because there is an Asda across from where I work and they are great to grab if you have missed breakfast or for a mid morning snack.
I suppose the main disadvantage with these is the cost for what you get - I have had a pack before with as little as 4 grapes in, and what doesn't even seem like a full apple, so for around 35p (If you get them on 3 for £1), this can be seem quite steep - however when you consider the cost of a pack of apples and grapes, you could probably purchase a full bag of say 7 apples for £1 and a pack of grapes for £1.50, which works out at around 35p a portion anyway if you assume you would get 7 portions from this - granted you would probably get more grapes in self made portions.
The quality isn't always that great either the apples are sometimes slightly browned and not as crunchy as I would like, and the grapes can be slightly over-ripe. One of the things that often gets me to buy these products anyway is when they are on a Whoops offer and around 10p a pack, so I can't really complain about this price!
However, when I'm not feeling lazy or looking for something on the go, I find it much more fulfilling to make a homemade fruit salad with a variety of my favourite fruits - this way I can get a bigger portion, bigger variety and more of my 5 a day in one go. The garden gang fruit packs are definitely a recommendation for healthy convenience food on the go though.
If I am honest with myself I know it is a bit lazy and indulgent to buy fruit that has already been cut up and put in a bag for me. It's more expensive than buying apples in their normal uncut form and it's also probably not too good for the environment with the extra packaging. But even so, I find these Garden Gang 'Great Stuff' Snack Packs from Asda very hard to resist.
You can buy these snack packs with apples and grapes, just apple slices, just grapes, melon and grapes, or carrot strips. This review is for the apple and grapes pack. The packs cost 44 pence but are always on a '3 for £1' offer which means they work out as 33.3 pence each.
The snack packs come in clear plastic bags which let you see the fruit pieces inside. The front has pictures of an apple and a grape riding a sled together, which is very cute and should appeal to children. The back has all the nutritional information on.
Inside the pack you get 80 per cent apple pieces and 20 per cent grapes, with no other added ingredients. Because the pack contains 80 grams, it counts as one of your five fruit and vegetables every day. One packet has 42 calories, 10 grams of natural sugars and 0.1 grams of fat, so it is a pretty healthy snack!
I find that the fruit always tastes really nice. The grapes are always juicy and succulent and never too hard or not ripe enough. The apple is cut up into nice small segments which are ideal for little children to eat and always tastes fresh and crisp, even keeping for one or two days after the best before date.
These packs are so convenient for lunchboxes or for your handbag, and they save time if you would normally have to cut up apples for your kids (or yourself!) For me, even though they are a bit more pricey than buying fruit normally, they are worth it.