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Tesco Strawberry Fruit Bites

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      18.02.2009 10:11
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      Worth a try....

      I found these lurking at the bottom of our big plastic bowl which contains cereal bars, crisps, nuts (sometimes if we're naughty) and various other exciting snacks.

      I picked up the Fruit Bites from Tesco as a standby snack to have in, and I thought something useful to take to work for days when we're running low on fruit and need to go shopping for more!

      They cost 36p per packet, which is I suppose fairly reasonable.

      Tesco Fruit Bites come in three different flavours - Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant, and I will be reviewing them all - lucky dooyoo readers! However, since they are only little packets, my reviews will only be relatively little!



      ---Today I will be eating the Strawberry Fruit Bites---

      I say Strawberry Fruit Bites, but they are actually "Strawberry Flavoured Fruit Bites"...



      ---The Packaging---

      The bites are in a little red packet, with a dubious looking drawing of a strawberry and some little brown lumps that look like some sort of animal dropping.

      The packet states that they are ideal for lunchboxes (damn, I knew I should've picked up that Mr Bump lunchbox in Tesco).

      It also clearly states what the pack contains.



      ---What they contain!---

      Calories - 65 - 3% RDA (not bad then)
      Sugar - 10.1g - 11% RDA (not so great then! But fruit is full of sugar)
      Fat - 0.5g - 1% RDA (good) Saturates 0.4g (2%)
      Salt - trace

      The back of the packet has more detail nutritional info, and the ingredients - Apple juice concentrate (53%), Apple Puree Concentrate (32%), Strawberry (9% - so there's not much strawberry after all!), and various other flavourings and bits and bobs.

      For those with allergies, it contains no nuts, but can't guarantee nut free, although the factory is (I guess workers might eat peanuts on their breaks).

      Each bag is 20g, and as anything should be stored in a cool dry place. My packet has another 6 months before its Best Before Date, but then I have no idea when I bought it!



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

      Hmmmm, I have had various fruit things like this before, but not the Tesco one, and the others have said on them that they count as one of your 5 a day....however, this packet does not say that, so I don't know if it counts or not - maybe as half? Oh well, I have an apple and a pear on me for later on, and I generally eat my 5 a day anyway.



      ---So, onto eating them---

      It's 9:20am and I'm feeling peckish already, so here goes.

      Inspecting inside the packet and there are lots of light brown flakes with perhaps a reddish tinge. There is a clump of about 30 of them stuck together which doesn't look appetising.

      The flakes have a fairly nice taste. Quite bitter, but I like bitter. I can't say that I can taste any strawberry particularly. If you ate them one by one you'd be there all day, so I'm eating them a few at a time.

      An annoying email just interrupted me, and I found that by the time I'd read it most of my fruit flakes had gone - I must have been eating in anger.



      ---Other---

      According to the packet these can be used for homebaking. I suppose you could try putting them in scones or something. But really I can't think of much of a use for them in my cooking!



      ---The Verdict---

      These are fairly pleasant, but I couldn't make out any strawberry flavour. They do leave quite an aftertaste, and make me a bit thirsty. I'm slightly less peckish now I think.

      Since I think we can assume that they don't officially count towards your 5 a day, I don't think that they're really that great, but I'd possibly buy them again....who knows!

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