To be honest, I haven’t bought fruit bars in years, simply because I’ve grown to become disappointed with all of the artificial flavoring, coloring, and mass amount of sugar. So when Fruttare reached out to me, I was a bit skeptical. At the supermarket, I was eyeing the 11grams of sugar but only 60 calories per bar. What??
So after tasting them, I have to say. I’m impressed. For reals. I was able to get a box each of the Strawberry and the Mango, both of which were absolutely delightful and tasted like they were really made out of strawberries and mango. These popsicles are soft, to the point of being very moldable, but that’s how I like my popsicles. If you’re someone looking for a chunk of solid ice, this isn’t your cup of tea.
For the review breakdown, scroll beyond the pictures.
Texture: The bars are soft with a frozen but mushy consistency. Think about a frozen smoothie, but like soft serve frozen. It’s hard to explain, but just take my word that it passes the texture test.
Flavor: These are sinfully fruity. The ingredient list looks something like the one below (for mango), so there’s some artificial flavors and sugar added, but honestly, this is as good as it gets at these prices.
WATER, MANGO, SUGAR, FRUCTOSE, CORN MALTODEXTRIN, CORN SYRUP, GUAR GUM, PECTIN, CAROB BEAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS.
Sweetness: Those who know me know that I’ve been trying to be a bit more mindful of my sugar intake. I’m pretty sure that these could still taste superb without 3-5g of sugar, but compared to other fruit bars, these have a more balanced sweetness. I personally prefer the Strawberry over the Mango- it tastes a bit less sweet even though they have the same sugar content.
Presentation: I love the branding on the wrapping, although some of the bars got “damaged” (aka looked a bit lopsided) out of the box. Lucky for me, I just care about how they taste, not how they look.
Price: These were on sale at 2 boxes for $7. Each box has 6 bars. I do think that they’re a tad bit pricey for a fruit bar, but I do believe that you’re getting a higher quality bar with somewhat better ingredients compared to other fruit bars out there. I still need to remind myself that it’s worth paying for quality if one has the means to.
Overview: Unilever’s Fruttare has done a pretty good job at recreating a fruit bar with real ingredients. I think this is a great step to enable more Americans to have access to a popular summer treat at reachable prices. I could definitely see myself reaching for these over ice cream throughout the hot summer. After all, they’re only 60 calories and the perfect size for a snack or a light dessert!
A huge thank you to Fruttare, who provided me coupons for this product reviews. All of these opinions are honest and mine.