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I found these in my local Sainsburys and thought that they would be a great idea for me to snack on during my diet. Looking at the nutritional values everything seemed good but the sugar content was not listed so I e-mailed the manufacturers and got this reply:"The sugars content for a 25g pack of the strawberry/raspberry or blackcurrant flavours is 13.8g and in 100g there is 55g of sugars. The sugars come from the fruit itself, some added sugar for the preservation of the fruit and some sugar in the yogurt coating."This is over 50% sugar!!!! So I would think twice before feeding these to children!I'll probably buy them again but think that they should list the sugar content as it is rather misleading!
I was given a pack of these 'Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes' with one of my bounty packs when I was pregnant, and to be honest I wouldn't recommend them for adults or kids!
I had a small 25g bag which I was quite surprised to see it had 112 calories which some chocolate bars are not much more than that! I think I would go for the chocolate bar!
They come in a little foil bag which is a handy size if you wanted to put it into a lunch box or bag and can easily be opened.
The fruit flakes are quite small and you don't get much in the packet and to be honest I felt like I was just eating balls of sugar! They were very bitter and as I am a big fruit lover I was quite dissapointed!
I think when my daughter is older I won't be giving her anything like this I will just give her a normal piece of fresh fruit which I think is better than any packet fruit.
Despite the fact I started weaning my son on fresh fruit and vegetables I do now find it difficult to get my son to eat fruit with the exception of bananas. Recently he has not been finishing meals but wanting to snack I have cut right down on snacks but I also wanted to invest in some healthier options for snacks.
I noticed that fruit flakes we on offer at Morrison's for 4 packs for £1 so decided it was worth trying. I bought a selection of: Apple and strawberry, Apple and blackcurrant, cranberries with yoghurt and raisins with yoghurt. I did also notice orange but thought this was a flavour my son would not eat.
Each pack is 20g and has between 66 and 133kcals the highest been the raisins covered in yoghurt. The fat and calorie content seems to be significantly different between the cranberries in yoghurt and the raisins.
In terms of sugar if you look at the contents on the yoghurt pack the main ingredient is sweetened cranberries then the highest ingredient in these is sugar so they are clearly quite high in sugars in the flakes without yoghurt the sugars are much lower down the ingredients list. It does claim to be 3 times its weight in fruit and this is due to using fruit concentrate.
Each bag is filled with tiny little flecks of fruit, the yoghurt ones tend to look bigger and easier to handle however my three year old son has no problem picking up the tiny pieces.
I have tried the blackcurrant that does taste of a strong blackcurrant taste which is quite smooth but it doesn't feel like it is covered in sugar to sweeten them up. The Cranberries in yoghurt only have 6 covered pieces in the bag so while it makes an ideal snack for little ones. I however found the yoghurts ones a little sickly after eating a pack. I also found the fruit flavour does not seem to be as strong not is not necessarily increasing my son's exposure to fruit and he will happily munch his way these which I am assuming boost his vitamins but I want him to learn to love fresh fruit.
My son has also happily munched his way through these bags and I have stocked up on further supplies while they are on offer. My neighbours little girls have also thoroughly enjoyed them .Kids do seem to think of these as a treat
I would say these are much healthier than a bar of chocolate I do consider these to be a transitional pack to get my son used to the taste of fruit. The fruit flakes without yoghurt do seem to be much healthier than the yoghurt ones and these will be my preference in the future. I have bought additional fruit at the same time and am ensuring that my son is given a chance to eat other fruit other than bananas every day
Fancy some fruit but not wanting to eat an apple or orange, then these fruit flakes could be exactly what your looking for.
Fruit bowl is the compnay behind this brillaint idea. Obviously there are rival versions by supermarkets trying to cash in on the same idea.
So what are theselittle packs of goodness then?
Real fruit pieces in small hand lunchbox sized packets. Perfect for snacking or taking to work or even perfect for on the go.
Each bag weighs 20grams and is silver in colour. On the front in big green laters is Fruit flakes. Behind this covering almost all of the front of the pack are images of the fruit inside. The colourful packaging realyl gets your attention.
On the bck ofthe packet you ill find the usual dietry info, and a little bit of info about the product too. Such as having only 0.4grams of fat per bag!
Fruit flakes come in a number of flavours which are:
Raspberry - If you like rapsberry the you will love these, the taste is perfect, a little bit sour as well but all in all they are wonderful.
Blackcurrant - This is the one for ribena lovers, lovely tasting.
Strawberry - Strawberries, well its a lovely summer fruit.
Orange - Havent tried these, yet!
Tropical - Havent tried these yet either.
The flakes themselves are quite small in size ad you can quite easily eat handfulls at a time of them.
Overall i can say that these fruity snacks are brilliant, the only downside to them is sometimes the price, at £0.46p per bag. Now sometimes i feel they are expensive for what you get. Other times i think they are great value.
But if your looking to get some fruit without it being fresh then these are perfect. You can also get multipacks too.
My little one has a difficult relationship with fruit. Grapes and dried grapes are his friends, all other fruits are viewed with suspicion bordering on hatred. So, I though I'd give these a go in the hope that he would take some fruit other than the ten tonnes of grapes he consumes each week.
The product comes in a little foil packet of 20g, which means it's a really handy size for popping in your toddler's bag for when out and about. The claims on the packet say it's made with real fruit, natural colours and flavours and is low in fat. To be specific, the nutritional information per 100g is shown below-
Energy 1437 kJ / (339 kcal)
I know it's important for parents to know what's in their kids food, so it's ingredients contain (for a bag of the orange flavour) concentrated purees, fructose glucose syrup, sugar, gluten free wheat fibre, vegetable fat, gelling agent (pectin) natural flavouring & antioxidant (ascorbic acid)
But, are they worth buying? Well, the 18 month old my side pointing to the pack and shouting "me me me!" seems to think so. They come in little flakes a great size for little hands and lots of different flavours (he's currently finishing a pack of the orange- he'd never normally look a real orange in the eye)
Overall, a fab way to get some fruit into them, as toddlers seem to love them!
There are quite a few different flavours of fruit flakes and some have yoghurt coating, but I am reviewing the Strawberry flavour.
I have bought these for years for my oldest and recently my youngest tried them for the first time and loved them.
I tend to think these are slightly healthier than sweets but they taste quite sweet and one of the ingredients is sugar but it doesnt say how much is added.
My daughter says they are nice and they do have a strawberry taste (although she thinks the yoghurt coated ones are too s, weet and sickly).
My husband had a bag once and he reckoned they gave him more energy to play football!
Fruit flakes come in 20g foil bags. The strawberry flavour ones have pictures of strawberries on the front and say "Fruit Flakes in quite big letters (as do all the flavours). They are made with apple and strawberry.
On the back of the packet is all the information.
It states - They are made with more than 3 times their weight in real fruit that is concentrated.
Good for energy (my husband agrees)
Low in fat (but are they high in sugar??)
They are suitable for vegetarians.
If you want to know the ingredients:-
concentrated apple puree
concentrated strawberry puree
fructose - glucose syrup
gluten free wheat fibre
gelling agent (pectin)
natural colouring and flavouring
nutritional information per 20g bag :-
(notice there is no of which is sugar for the carbohydrate)
Fruit flakes are produced by Stream Foods Ltd at a factory in Cambridgeshire. The company was set up in 2000 with just 4 products, it now has over 20.
If you want a sweet tasting snack these are great my family tell me.
Can be bought from supermarkets for about 39p a packet
I pack my lunch everyday to take to work and also pack a lot of little healthy snacks to eat throughout the day so that I don't succumb to our vending machine chocolate bars or all the fattening treats my colleagues "kindly" bring in to share. I also can't eat salty food so I'm always on the lookout for treats other than the low-fat crisps. This is why fruit flakes appeal to me so much.
I have tried several flavours of fruit flakes since my first packet which was given to me free with a newspaper a couple of years ago. I think this was when these flakes first appeared on the market as I hadn't seen them before getting them for free. This review is for the Blackcurrant flavour of fruit flakes.
I find the word "flakes" to be an unfortunate description of these fruity treats. They are not in fact flakey at all but instead are more like small nuggets or chunks of fruit. Don't let the name put you off, in other words.
Fruit flakes come in a small plastic packet that you tear open at the corner to get to the fruit. Fruit flakes are made from concentrated fruit and are covered in a yogurt coating. The yogurt coating is nice and thick and adds just the right hint of sweetness to the fruit without being overwhelming.
Although I love all flavours of fruit flakes, I would have to say the blackcurrant are my favourite. The fruit itself is nice and thick and chewy and has a very strong flavour of blackcurrant even though reading the packet I see they are mostly made of apple with just a small amount of blackcurrants added. I think this actually works well as blackcurrants have such a strong flavour that they easily overwhelm the apple but if there were any more blackcurrants in these flakes the flavour would be too strong and sour.
Fruit flakes cost 37p for 25 grams and contain 112 calories per packet. I feel they are an ideal treat for lunch boxes for children and adults alike.
Fruit flakes are found in the home baking section of the supermarket.
They are packages in very nice bags. The flavour I chose to sample was called Tropical. This particular flavour was packaged in a silver foil bag with appealing pictures of passion fruit and apricots.
When you first open the bag there is a nice fruity smell. The flakes themselves are covered in a fine dust substance which I guess is to prevent the flakes from sticking together. The flake are a nice chewy consistency. They taste very nice. They are very fruity and very sweet. I like a bag of these as a treat every now and again. I find that if you eat them one by one they last you forever.
On the pack it says: they are made with real fruit, natural colours and flavours, 3Xweight in fruit, good for energy and low in fat.
They are made from concentrated fruits but also they contain fructose-glucose syrup and sugar.
On the back of the pack it says the flakes are suitable for lunch boxes, homebaking and sprinkling on cereal. I am going to try and put these in a cookie mix. They do a cranberry flavour which I think would be delicious in a white chocolate and cranberry cookie.
As for lunch boxes, for children I do not think they are a great idea due to the fact that they contain a lot of sugar. As well as the sugar content they are very sticky and could be stuck on the childs tooth for a long time and do damage.
They also do a yoghurt coated version.
They cost around 34p a packet.
They are available in the supermarket. They also do multi packs.
They looked very tempting and appealing in their brightly coloured red and white packaging in Sainsbury's supermarket....
It had pictures of 'real strawberries' on the packet.....
And they were on offer at only 72p!
I decided to put the 'Fruit Flakes - strawberry with a yoghurt coating' into my trolley as I was feeling a bit peckish. As I am currently on a diet I thought that they would make a great healthy snack.
After I had packed my shopping into the boot, I got into my car and thought I would sample them. I opened the pack and grabbed a few in my hand....My first impression was that they looked a little like 'teeth' in shape. I squeezed one - it seemed quite soft. I ate one..... it tasted very sweet and somewhat sickly - not like the strawberry taste I was expecting.
To be honest I was expecting real dried strawberries covered in the yoghurt coating (I have had similar before from another brand). Instead I got a rather chewy little centre with a strange sort of taste. I also felt that they were rather unnecessarily very 'sweet' and felt that the sugar content must be quite high... After nibbling a few more ... it felt like that they were not very healthyat all ........I could just sort of 'tell'!! Especially when my fingers were so 'sticky'!!
As I was in a bit of a hurry to get home and I didn't have my glasses to hand, I drove home...
After unpacking all the shopping I decided to read what the ingredients were.
To my dismay there was a whole long list.....
**The Yoghurt Coating** (58%) contained
yoghurt powder (3%)
emulsifier (soya lecithins)
**The Fruit Flakes** (40%) contained
concentrated apple puree (an average 256g of apple were used to prepare 100g of fruit flakes
fructose- glucose syrup
gluten free wheatfibre
gelling agent (pectin)
natural colouring (anthcynains)
**The Glaze** (2%) contained
galazing agent (shellac)
I didn't like the look of that long list of 'ingredients' - no wonder it didn't feel like it 'tasted' too healthy to me... There weren't any pictures of apples on the front either... no wonder they didn't quite taste like strawberries when it contained apple too...
Then I had a look at the nutritional information. I was horrified to see how many calories 100g contained - 449 calories!! It contained 54.8g of sugar ... how unhealthy is that?? Also there was 11.9 g of saturated fat...
I then read that fruit flakes are made from 3 times their own weight in real fruit that is concentrated, sweetened and formed into pieces. Each piece is then enveloped in a yoghurt coating.
I decided to do a bit further research on the product and visited the website. It would appear that 'Fruit Bowl Fruit Snacks' are produced by Stream Foods Ltd at a factory near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
Apparently, the company was set up in 2000 by Ian Ding and Paul Newberry with the aim of making 'fruit' more fun to eat. As parents themselves, they felt that children did not eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables and struggled to reach the recommended five a day Dried fruits, such as raisins and apricots were not popular with their children and were not available in their favourite flavours such as strawberry and blackcurrant.
Ian and Paul set out to develop high fruit content snacks to bridge this gap. Unable to get financial support for their idea from banks and financial institutions, they re-mortgaged their homes and relied on help from friends and colleagues.
Luckily for them, the major supermarkets gave Ian and Paul the opportunity to sell their new products in their stores around the country.
In the early days they filled their packs of Fruit Flakes by hand with a spoon. Since then, they have grown rapidly and now have a fully automated production line. From an initial range of just four products they now now offer more than twenty.
The fruit flakes are available in five flavours - strawberry
blackcurrant, orange, tropical and raspberry.
They claim that they are made with three times its weight in real fruit. That they contain no artificial additives. That they are low in fat and hence perfect for snacking....
However, in my humble opinion, it seems that these fruit flakes are highly processed and can in no way replace the health benefits that you get from real fresh fruit. I will not be buying this product again... I felt that it was somewhat misleading as on the packet it stated in capitals
MADE WITH REAL FRUIT
CONTAINS REAL YOGHURT
GOOD FOR ENERGY
Also on the packet was an image of two 'real strawberries!'
Furthermore, I felt that the term fruit flakes was misleading. In no way, shape or form did they resemble what I would term as 'flakes'...as previously metioned they were more 'adult teeth' shaped. Not very aesthetically pleasing!
A real disappointment! Next time I'll stick to raisins.
I'm writing this while finishing off a bag so that I can capture the taste and texture as best I can (... and because I am a pig and cannot stop eating even long enough to write a review!)
These are little flakes of fruitiness. They have grown on me a little. I started a bag yesterday and my first instinct was utter disgust but eating them now, they are actually ok. Maybe it's because I know what to expect.
They are quite sweet but have a sharp quality as well. They are coated in something white and powdery and slightly chalky - no idea what it is but it isn't sweet, which confuses my tastebuds. They are a bit chewy, like a penny sweet but much much smaller.
Overall for taste I guess they'd get 3 stars. Not bad, sweeter and sharper than dried fruit.
Now, here comes the real downside that I just cannot forgive... so they are marketed as being made fruit real fruit, having 3 time its weight in fruit and ideal for lunchboxes. I would avoid these for kids. Partly because quite frankly it would be cheaper to buy raisons or fresh fruit like grapes or blueberries. There is so much choice of fruit in the supermarkets now, even the fussiest child should be able to find something they like. If you are tempted to buy fruit flakes, just to get some fruit into your child, you might want to read the ingredients first. I found this quite alarming.
Concentrated fruit puree (this is the best bit!)
Gluton-free wheat fibre
gelling agent (pectin)
natural colouring (anthocynanins)
Now I can list 7 of those ingredients that you don't get in fresh fruit! So why buy fruit flakes? In their favour, they come in a handy size bag that is useful for carrying around for when you need a little energy burst. They taste quite nice, sweet, fruity and a little sharp.
If you are on a diet and want something sweet that isn't chocolate, go for it. If you want to count it as one of your five a day, think again. Just look at the ingredients list!
Fruit bowl fruit flakes are great to put into lunchboxes or pop into your bag if you have a sweet tooth. They are quite good to just nible on troughout the day because they are good for you as its just dried fruit flakes and they satsify if you have a sweet tooth and need a fix.
They are quite expensive around £0.80 a bag although they are usually on offer, and found near the dried fruits and healthy snacks in the supermarkets.
They come in four flavours, orange, blackcurrent, tropical and others. The packaging is slim and compact and so convenient to throw in the kids pack ups or into your bag. The bags are not that big so you dont get loads and loads but enough to satisfy. They are basically fruity flakes made from pure fruit and are slightly chewy and juicy not like your normal dried up fruit, they have more flavour. I would really recommend these they are satisfying and healthy option better than snacking on crisps and chocolate.
Fruit snacks. Four great flavours: Strawberry, Blackcurrant, Orange, Tropical. From Stream Foods Ltd. Made with three times its weight in real fruit. No artificial additives. Low fat. Perfect for snacking