Despite some of my naughty food reviews on the hold I do have a healthy diet and enjoy many healthy snacks. For me I find them very hit and miss but lately I have really been into Fruit snacks, so when I came across some ones I'd never seen before I couldn't wait to give them a go.
Sun Sweet - Hum Zingers Fruit Stix:
'Humzingers have been made with children's needs in mind, with convenience and variety a priority. Packed with 100% fruit goodness and foil wrapped for freshness in 5 mouth-watering flavours.'
Hum Zingers are fruit sticks that are made of 100% fruit and one stick is classed as one of your five a day. They are pretty much packaged to appeal to children but we adults can eat them too!
In one box you get ten fruit sticks -
2 x Blackcurrant
2 x Cherry
2 x Raspberry
2 x Strawberry
2 x Tropical
I purchased two boxes one for my locker at work the other to keep at home I have found these great for a sweet treat. I'm terrible when it comes to sweet treats so these are great for me to edge off that sugar craving.
I have now tried all the flavours and I personally like the cherry one best although I think they are all nice. The fruit sticks are not very big at all weighting 13g each so making them great for a child's lunchbox or an on the go snack.
Each fruit stick is individually wrapped in a foil wrapper which is brightly coloured to match the fruit, eg Strawberry ones are red, Blackcurrant ones are purple etc. You just rip the top off the wrapper to open it, some wrappers I found I needed to add a little force to open one!
The fruit stick really doesn't look all that appealing when out of it wrapper I have to say, so if you can look past the appearance you will fine. But I think some children might be put off its looks before trying so a little coaching maybe needed. (I think it looks like coloured rabbit dropping mashed together!)
Now the taste which is the main thing for me does actually taste like the fruit, now I know that may sound odd as it does state 100% fruit but some I have tried before have tasted nothing like the fruit it should at all! I will say it is somewhat of a milder taste than the fresh fruit.
Another good point to this is it has puzzles in side the box, so when you have finished you just open the box up and let the kids sit and do the mini quiz inside. I think this is a neat little idea again to get children more interested.
39 - calories
0.2g - Protein
8.7g - Carbohydrates
6.5g - of which sugars
0.1g - Fat
1.1g - Fibre
0.1g - Sodium
Price and Availability:
In Holland and Barrett these were £2.29 a box but as they are in the 1p sale at the moment it only cost me £2.30 for two boxes. £2.29 per box I do think it's a little pricey but again it is paying for quickness of a healthy snack.
As I only have a couple left in my second box I will purchase these again, I found them great to knock the edge off my sweet tooth craving. Ideal for kids and best of all no junk ingredients involved.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Great web site and it even has recipes you can make with your Hum zingers!
I was so pleased when i found these in the shop.
They are full of dried fruit and not much else, as i have 3 children its great to find some thing they all like that is not full of a load of numbers i don't understand!
And the best thing about these is that because they are in colourful packets and taste very sweet, my children think they are getting a treat!
So in stead of having to give them sweets or biscuits when they ask for treats i give them these, and they are happy with that.
They are also great for packed lunches are they are individually wrapped and as schools are very aware of healthy eating now, these are perfectly acceptable.
The down side for me is the price, as there are a lot cheaper these out there, but i do think they are worth it to give them something abit healthier.
Some fruit bars turn out to contain lots of other undesirable ingredients, such as milk products, wheat or oats that make them unsuitable for some people's diets, so it would be well worth trying these out. They are designed to go in kid's lunchboxes, too, so they come in an attractive, bright box with a cartoon character on it and the bars are in brightly coloured foil, and also are a good size for children.
I discovered these recently whilst hunting around on my quest for healthy snacks, amongst all the other fruity bars that come in packs for lunch boxes. The box contains ten 13g bars, each made almost entirely of fruit, with just a smidgen of preservative (14mg sulphur dioxide.) I'm guessing the preservative doesn't count for much because the wrappers all boast 100% fruit. Each stick is made with the equivalent of between 65 and 105g of fresh fruit and there are two bars in each flavour: apricot, apple, plum, pear and banana. All of the bars contain apple, apricot and pear in varying quantities, and then the plum and banana have their additional fruit.
I enjoy the bars, and I was particulary drawn to them for being a box of ten that is only £1.99 (Tesco), although I would say they are not as nice as some other, more expensive all-fruit bars. In this case, though, I think the price combined with health factor outweighs the fact that they are slightly less great quality (they are still nice and tasty.)
Typical values per 13g stix-
Carbohydrate8.5g-of which sugars7.0g
Fat<0.1g-of which saturates<0.1g
HumZingers fruit sticks are a healthy treat for children. I feel really lucky that my sons love fruits so I don't have to convince them day by day to eat their fruit and vegetable portions. One of their favourite treats are HumZingers fruit sticks which are made of dried fruit and fruit puree. They contain natural flavouring and extracts to be really delicious and sweet enough for kids to accept it.
A pack of HumZingers contains 10 sticks and it costs 1.89 in Sainsbury's and about the same in other supermarkets. The sticks come in 5 different flavours: strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, cherry and blackcurrant. The sticks are wrapped individually and each contains one fruit portion. It is very convenient to keep them in your bag so you can give them while you travel for example. It is always healthier than potato chips and they really taste fruity. I know that a dried fruit never contains the same quantity of vitamins as a fresh one but occasionally these fruit sticks can be really convenient. Most of the kids can eat them on their own. The sticks are about one cm in diameter and about 10 cm long. Each stick is 13 g.
The ingredients are as follows:
Strawberry: Dried Pear, Dried Apricot, Dried Apple, Strawberry Puree (4%), Natural Flavouring (Fruit Extract, Flavouring), Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide
Raspberry: Dried Pear, Dried Apricot, Dried Apple, Raspberry Puree (4%), Natural Flavouring (Fruit Extract, Flavouring), Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide
Pineapple: Dried Pineapple (28%), Dried Pear, Dried Apricot, Dried Apple, Apple Puree, Natural Flavouring, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide
Cherry: Dried Pear, Dried Apricot, Dried Apple, Cherry Puree (5%), Natural Flavouring (Fruit Extract, Flavouring), Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide
Blackcurrant: Dried Pear, Dried Apricot, Dried Apple, Blackcurrant Puree (5%), Natural Flavouring (Fruit Extract, Flavouring), Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide,
Each fruit stick has a slight white coating of modified starch/rice flour to reduce stickiness. The HumZinger sticks are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. They don't contain added sugar, artificial sweetener and gluten.
The energy content of a stick is 39 kcal. Each stick contains 0.2 g protein, 8.7 g carbohydrate (of which 6.5 g sugar), 0.1 g fat and 1.3 g fibre.
The HumZinger sticks are manufactured by Humdinger Ltd (Hull, HU7 0YG). For more information about the manufacturer or the fruit sticks please visit www.humzingers.co.uk.
To sum up, these fruit sticks are very convenient from time to time. My sons love them and they are available in really nice flavours. I found that there is another pack containing other flavours (apple, apricot, banana, peer, plum) but we haven't tried them yet. Each stick contains one fruit portion. The sticks are soft and easily chewable. The fruit pieces in it are small enough that a child can eat them easily. We love them and recommend you trying them.
You've got your sarnies; fruit juice and currant bun. Now the big decision: should you add that apple to your little one's lunchbox or will it be the usual waste that even you can't face after a day in a hot classroom with the added bashes and bruises of the journey there?
Answer: Save the fruit for tea time and add a humzinger instead.
Humzingers are rather strange looking fruit sticks! They come in an attractive bright box containing 10 sticks: 2 apricot, 2 plum, 2 banana, 2 apple and 2 pear.
When these initially came on the market they were very unattractively wrapped - so much so that I used to re-wrap them in shiny foil to tempt my offspring. Now, however, each stick is wrapped in coloured foil and they are appealing.
Just as well since the sticks themselves look decidedly unappealing. My daughter has just told me that they look as if they contain bits of gravel! Rather worrying that she eats them anyway perhaps! I think I may have originally used the close your eyes and try this technique for her to decide positively, but she does enjoy them now. Each stick is about 4 inches long and is a browny colour with flecks of whiter stuff! They are soft to the touch but stick together in a sort of round edged stick!
Humzingers are aimed at the children's snack market and have no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, are lactose and gluten free and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. One fruit stick is equal to 1 portion of your child's 5 a day. Presumably I have to eat two to qualify?
They tend to reside in the home baking aisle in most supermarkets alongside such things as fruit flakes and school bars. The Humzingers cost about £1.25 and usually work out cheaper than similar products. They are chewy but not as sticky as school bars and seem to be less cloying to the teeth.
A good product to have with you on days out or in lunch boxes. Attractive enough to be seen as a treat and contains more fruit than a mars bar.
Thanks for reading.
I have been buying these for 4 years now. Both my boys love them. My eldest son is very fussy when it comes to textures of food and he doesn't like the texture of some fruit, but he loves these fruit sticks, or (fruit sweets) as we call them. My other son is a fruitaholic and he also loves them.
Each bar is made from 100% dried fruit, and each bar is one of your 5 a day. They are finger sized and come wrapped in foil. They come in different flavours including apple, cherry, pineapple, pear, strawberry, banana. Loads of my friends give them to their children and all the kids love them.
They are convenient, easy to store and ideal to pop in your: pocket, bag (I've always got a couple in my handbag) lunch boxes, take on a picnic or given as a special treat or snack.
They cost about £2 for 10 sticks, which is 20p per stick. I think this is good value, more healthy and cheaper than a packet of sweets, and liked just as much by my children.
One of my mummy friends gave my daughter one of these humzingers and we have never looked back. They are a chewing compressed fruit bar that is aimes at kids, in Tesco it is sold notin the baby and toddler section, but in the cooks ingredience and school lunch box section.
They are 100% fruit with absolutly no added sugar or preservatives. Wondrful to give to kids. And as they are non perishable perfect ot stash in your handbag or nappy bag!
They come in packs of 10 and cost £1.99, although have recenty bought a cupboard full as 25% off in Tesco. My kids go mad for them and I am so happy to give them to them as they really are 100% pure fruit, no added anything, and the only bar of its kind that I have found in a regular super market that makes that claim. i have bought similar energy bars in holland and barret as my husband is an exteme walker and buys compressed fruit bars for energy, he thinks these are great value at £1.99 for 10 as he get a bar for 79p on average from health food shops.
They come in different falvours, our fave is summer fruit. contains 2x pinapple, 1x blackcurrant, 2 x cherry, 2 x strawberry and 2 x raspberry. A winner in every way with the kids....I love picking up the leftovers. Agreat way to 5 a day!!!
My son is now at an age where he is readily accepting most finger foods that I offer him, he especially loves fresh fruit, like apples, oranges etc. When I am at home I can easily prepare him fresh fruit, but I find this can be sometimes difficult when I am going out and about, as the fruit doesn't stay as fresh as I would like and it becomes a bit messy, as he isnt yet old enough to eat a full piece of fruit, he has to have it chopped up into small pieces.
My friend introduced me to Humzingers fruit stix. You can buy them from most supermarkets and are usually kept in the baking aisle, where the dried fruit is stored. I paid £1.25 for a box of 10 fruit sticks; the box contains 10 assorted fruit flavours, 2 apricot, 2 plum, 2 banana, 2 apple and 2 pear.
The box itself is yellow in colour and has the word Humzingers across the front of the box and has lots of pictures of different fruit on the box also. On the back it advises that Humzingers have been made with children's needs in mind and that they are made from 100% fruit. The fruit sticks have no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, are lactose and gluten free and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. One fruit stick is equal to 1 portion of your child's 5 a day fruit and veg. Each of the fruit sticks are individually wrapped in a foil packet, so are kept fresh until you are ready to open and use them, the foil packets are all different colours depending on what flavour the fruit stick is.
When I first saw one of the fruit sticks, my first opinion was that they look quite like the little dog chew sticks that you can buy! They are round in shape and not too fat, they measure about 9cm in length. The packet tears open very easily, so you don't need to use scissors to open the pack.
When I first gave one of these fruit sticks to my son he inspected it very carefully before actually trying some! I could see that he looked very puzzled as he had never tried one before and didn't quite know what to make of it! He then slowly put the stick in his mouth, started to suck it and then his little face and eyes lit up as the flavours hit him!! He then continued to suck and eat it until it had all gone, so they were a great success in my son's eyes!!! He has tried all the different flavours and has liked everyone just as much as the other. I simply had to try one after seeing my son's reaction, I have to say that they are very tasty indeed, they taste like dried fruit but are very sweet and tasty. I must say that I prefer fresh fruit to them personally, but that is just my opinion!
I tend to only use these fruit sticks when we are going out as they are so handy to take out and about rather than taking fresh fruit with me. I do still give him fresh fruit whenever we are at home.
Fruit stix. Why can't they spell? But anyway ...
--- The packaging ---
A cardboard box containing ten foil-wrapped fruit bars. The bars are 15g each. The wrappers are appealingly colourful and shiny - well, they appeal to my 15-month-old. They are useful to have in your bag for "emergencies".
--- The ingredients ---
You get five flavours in a box. They all contain dried pear and either dried apple or dried apricot. Then they have 10-15% of fruit puree of the flavour that the stick is supposed to be. So the Blackcurrant is dried pear, dried apricot, dried apple, and 15% blackcurrant puree. They all contain "natural flavouring" and sulphur dioxide.
There is no added sugar, but they are a third sugar - fruit sugar, but still sugar.
--- The taste and texture ---
They are very soft to eat. Teeth not necessary!
They do taste of the fruit that they are supposed to. They are sweet, but not horrendously so. I buy them for the children, but I'd eat them too. If they were cheaper, bigger, and I didn't have a creme egg in the cupboard, of course.
--- The cost ---
Tescos sell them for £1.99 for a box of ten. So, they feel expensive but actually this is comparable to the cost of an apple.
--- Are they worth it? ---
Depends whether your children eat real fruit or not, really. If not, then yes, buy these. If they are happy to eat lots of different fruit, then these are good for a treat, or convenience when out for the day.