On a recent trip to Trader Joe's, I noticed their line of all natural fruit bars. What caught my eye was that these bars are made by grinding the fruit into a paste and drying into this form that you see. No fillers or anything else has been added. There were some interesting flavors, and unlike fruit leathers and fruit roll ups, these bars have less sugar. I picked the Cape Gooseberry bar to try first because, honestly, this fruit was new to me, and what's the fun of being a food product reviewer if you aren't going to jump at the chance to try new things.
Cape Gooseberry is a naive fruit of South America (check out the Wiki article for more information), and the flavor of the bar was a delicious combination of tangy and slightly sweet. The bar looks like it has lots of tiny seeds but I didn't taste them and they certainly didn't detract from the taste - if anything it added to the natural vibe of the product. I enjoyed this bar immensely and would highly recommend it for a change of pace from syrupy sweet fruit (and fake fruit) bars.
Each 20 gram bar of Trader Joe's All Natural Cape Gooseberry Fruit Bar has 60 calories and 5 grams of sugar, which is less than Stretch Island Fruit Leather and FruitaBu Organic Smooshed Grape Fruit Twirls. There is also 25% of the recommended daily amout for vitamin C and 15% of the RDA for fiber (4 grams). I didn't expect to find fiber and this just cements this as the best fruit bar ever!
I purchased one bar for $0.59 and will definitely go back to buy more. This is probably as close to the natural fruit as I have seen in a bar, and without as much sugar as the others.