Sunday, 2 September 2012

Humdinger Strawberry Fruit & Yoghurt Bars Review

I found these fruit and yoghurt bars in the dried fruit and children's snacks area of Sainsbury's supermarket. Generally, if I see the words yogurt or fruit and phrases such as ‘packed with 80% fruit goodness’, I’ll generally give it a closer inspection.

The name of these snacks is '5 Strawberry Fruit & Yoghurt Bars' and they're made by The Fruit Factory (Humdinger). Boxes contain 5 x 20g bars with each bar worth 62 calories and they contribute to your 5-a-day.

Here’s the description:

Fruit Factory fruit & yoghurt bars are made with a delightful blend of dried fruits, fruit puree and yoghurt pieces. A delicious mouth-watering snack packed with 80% fruit goodness. Ideal for lunchboxes, picnics, playtimes & days out.

Initially, I thought these bars looked similar to the fruit bars by Nakd. Eighty percent fruit sounds pretty good for a snack bar. And a strawberry fruit flavoured bar with yogurt flavoured chips sounds delicious. Healthy even.

On the back of the box we're told that to make these 5 bars they used 2 medium pears, 5 apricots, 37 grapes and, wait for it... 1 small strawberry!

At first glance I thought this was fantastic. All that fruit and what a great way to get such a selection into my fruit-hating youngest child. However, something didn’t seem right. One strawberry in a snack that is called a Strawberry Fruit & Yoghurt bar.’

Looking at the ingredients, the order of fruit is as follows: dried pear, dried apricot, yoghurt chips, followed by sugar, emulsifiers, sultanas, then eventually you find strawberry puree (4%). They are 80% fruit, but I’m not sure they should actually be called ‘Strawberry bars’ at all.

Strawberry Fruit & Yoghurt Bar
I also thought this statement ‘The fruit content of each bar is sufficient to contribute to your 5-a-day’ to be somewhat vague. How many of your 5-a-day exactly?

Anyway, onto the bars themselves. As the photo shows, they’re a pinkish colour with white yogurt chips. I found these the tastiest bit. The actual bar is soft and squishy but the taste is a bit strange. I couldn't actually determine what it was, but strawberry wasn’t the first flavour that sprang to mind.

My children liked them and, contrary to my opinion, did think they tasted like strawberry. What do I know!

Since my kids liked them, and as they have only 62 calories each and they contain a substantial amount of fruit, I'll most likely buy these fruit bars again as a lunch box snack.

Nutritional Information per 20g bar: 62 calories, 0.5g protein, 12.0g carbohydrate, 11.6g sugars, 1.4g fat, 1.2g saturates, 1.0g fibre, > 0.1g sodium.


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