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Tesco Blackcurrant Fruit Bites

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Fruit

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      03.03.2009 10:41
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      Just don't bother!

      While waiting for my product proposals to go through, I'm afraid I have no choice but to subject you to my third and final review of Tesco Fruit Bites.


      As regular readers of my Fruit Bite reviews will know, I found these lurking in the kitchen several weeks ago - something I bought as a standby snack which is relatively healthy and particularly useful when the pear has exploded in my bag and once again I've picked up the most unbelievably minging bruised apples in existence.

      The Fruit Bites cost 36p per packet,

      Tesco Fruit Bites come in three different flavours - Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant - I have already reviewed strawberry and raspberry, and this review will be very similar. Strawberry was just about ok but raspberry was only barely edible unfortunately.

      ---Anyway, today I will be eating the Blackcurrant Fruit Bites---

      Or Blackcurrant 'flavoured' fruit bites!

      ---The Packaging---

      The bites are in a little purple packet, with a picture of blackcurrants and purple cube lumps.

      As with the other flavours, the packet states that they are ideal for lunchboxes, if you don't like your children much.

      It also clearly states what the pack contains on the front in terms of calories etc.

      ---What they contain!---

      Calories - 65 - 3% RDA
      Sugar - 7.5g - 8% RDA (less than the other 2 flavours)
      Fat - 0.6g - 1% RDA (good) Saturates 0.3g (2%)
      Salt - trace

      The back of the packet has more detail nutritional info, and the ingredients - Apple juice concentrate (51%), Apple Puree Concentrate (36%), Blackcurrant (5%), and various other things such as rice flour, blackcurrant juice, carrot juice, and various unhealthy sounding pectins and flavours (although they apparently have no added sugars and no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours).

      For those with allergies, it contains no nuts, but can't guarantee nut free, although the factory has no nuts in it. They are suitable for vegetarians.

      Each bag is 20g, and as anything should be stored in a cool dry place. They have a shelf life of quite a few months....

      ---Does it count as 1 of your 5 a day?---

      It doesn't say on the packet that it counts towards your five a day of fruit and veg, so unfortunately it probably doesn't.

      ---So, onto eating them---

      It's 9:35 and my tummy's making noises, snack time.

      Unlike the other ones these aren't as clumped together.

      First taste it's quite a strong flavour. They smell pretty weird.

      The flavour is slightly different from the strawberry and raspberry flavours, but doesn't taste in the slightest like blackcurrants. That's probably due to the lack of blackcurrant in them.

      Like the other flavours the little bite things are covered in some sort of powdery stuff.

      The fruit bites are quite bitter in taste, although perhaps they don't leave my mouth feeling as dry as the others. On reflection actually I can taste a hint of blackcurrant.


      According to the packet these are suitable for homebaking. I don't intend to!

      ---The Verdict---

      Hmmmm, I can't say I really like these. I think they're a little bit better than the raspberry ones....perhaps 4 and a half or even 5 out of 10. But I don't think I can justify more than 2 stars.

      Unfortunately I have several packets left lurking in the kitchen, but thankfully for you lot, this is the last of my fruit bites reviews!


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