“ Brand: Dole / Type: Other Fruits „
Dole Fruit Bowls- I am actually going to write a review on Dole peaches in strawberry Jelly, there is not much difference to be honest!
So, I came across these a few months ago when I was shopping around yet again for healthy products. I have never really bought many Dole products but when I saw these I couldn't help myself! Peaches are one of my favourite fruits and I also love Strawberries so this to me is like heaven in a pot. Some people may think that peach and strawberry sounds disgusting but it really is gorgeous!
So these are yummy pieces of peach (chunks) in a lovely fruity strawberry jelly. These come in pots like the above image but with a different label. The pot weighs 123g and there is just enough in there for a little snack or a pudding. The jelly is more red than pink and the fruit is orangey coloured.
When you finally get a spoonful after wrestling with it wobbling all over the place, you will notice that it is a little watery but this just makes it nicer as the fruitiness in this is incredible. I love how the chunks are all spread out in the jelly and there is quite a lot of them!
I bought these from Tesco and got a 3 for £1.00 offer which was great! I would imagine that the offer is still on so it is worth going and grabbing a few.
There is no nutritional information on the pot, but I do know that jelly is healthy!
I ordered a few of these little fruit bowls with my last online order from ASDA as I thought they would be handy to take to work with me, and also a healthier snack than the chocolate I normally end up having from the vending machine.
I wasn't sure when I ordered these if the diced peaches were in fruit juice or syrup. I had hoped they would be in fruit juice as not only is it healthier but it tastes better. When they arrived it turned out that they were actually in light syrup, but I didn't let that bother me too much at the time.
The peaches come in a small, clear plastic bowl which has a peel off lid. The lid is easy to remove which is good, because sometimes I find with these things you have to use a lot of effort to remove them meaning they splash everywhere when you open them.
The peaches are diced and they are all cut in a uniform size and look a nice colour too. There is a nice peach smell when you open these, although I would say the smell is a little sweeter than fresh peaches.
I found the actual peaches themselves to taste quite nice, however the odd piece did still have a bit of skin on which wasn't very good, although I would say this was only around two or three pieces in the two pots that I ate. The taste was a lot like tinned peaches and they were lovely and juicy.
The thing that really let the taste down was the syrup. The easiest way to describe it would be 'vile'. It was 'light syrup' according to the tub, and indeed it was not as thick or gloopy as the syrup tinned fruit normally comes in, but the taste was purely awful. It was still sweet and sugary, but it was also quite watery which made the overall taste quite sickly and I found it difficult to eat. The other problem was that because the bowl was so small it was difficult to pick the pieces of peach out on there own without getting a spoonful of syrup too.
These pots cost £1 each from ASDA but strangely enough, when I bought them they were on a 3 for £1 offer!!
Strangely there is no nutritional information anywhere on these that I can see.
In conclusion, I would not recommend these and would not buy them again myself. Although I like the idea of a ready prepared fruit bowl like this to take with me for lunch, the flavour of the syrup really let these down and was bad enough for me not to want to buy any more. As far as I can see Dole also make a peaches in juice fruit bowl, and I would be willing to try that, but the syrup version gets the thumbs down from me.