By Kirsten Nunez. When you hear the words "fruit snacks," what do you think of? Crispy apples, ripe oranges, juicy strawberries? Most likely...not. In fact, we all know that any kind of fresh fruit won't make the list. Most people would agree, but it can be hard explaining that concept to a young child. Luckily, that's where a new product called SMARTCANDY from SNAP Infusion comes in.
Described as a "better-for-you" snack line created with the little guys in mind, SMARTCANDY is like a mainstream fruit snack's healthier, cooler cousin. Not only is it jam-packed with vitamins A, B, and C, but it's also made with all-natural ingredients. The creators of SMARTCANDY focused on developing a product that meets school guidelines, ensuring that this snack is a treat that treats the body well.
We were lucky enough to try out a sample of SMARTCANDY - specifically, the orange/cherry/lemon Sour Gummies and the orange Yogurt Candy Coated Fruit.
The SMARTCANDY Sour Gummies look and feel just like typical fruit snacks, but the flavor isn't even comparable - in a good way. There's a real, wholesome fruit taste instead of that plastic-y, artificial flavor that most gelatin snacks have.
Given the widespread use of petroleum-based food coloring in today's industry, I couldn't help but check out the ingredients for any sign of artificial dyes. I'm pleased to report that this was unsuccessful; instead, I found that the gummies were dyed with annatto (from tropical achiote trees), tumeric and elderberry. No Red 40 and Yellow 6 here!
I was especially impressed by the orange-flavored Yogurt Candy Coated Fruit. The consistency reminded me of a jelly bean, but less sticky once chewed. The orange taste wasn't anything like most orange-flavored candies. It was sweet, but not too sweet. The coating added a nice crunch to the candy, but also wasn't super tart or sugary. You can actually taste a hint of yogurt, which makes for a nice combination with the orange.
A small piece of candy broke off, creating the perfect opportunity to snap a macro shot of the inside.
The final verdict? SMARTCANDY gets two thumbs up! While it was designed with school-aged children in mind, it's an amazing snack for the entire family. SMARTCANDY is perfect for when your sweet tooth kicks and tries to disrupt your healthy-eating flow. It can satisfy your craving, without compromising nutrition. If you're a parent, this is the one fruit snack that you'll be glad to feed your children - that is, if you don't eat them first!
Click here to learn more about SMARTCANDY and the story behind it.
SMARTCANDY samples were provided by CerconeBrown Company for review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are our own.