I spotted Welch's Island Fruits Fruit Snacks with a "Made with Real Fruit" stamp on the packaging and decided to check it out. I have to say I was skeptical about this claim since my experience with Fruit Snacks is that they are mostly sugars.
First thing I did was examine the ingredients list. It includes, juice from concentrates (grape, pear, peach, passion fruit and pineapple), corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, fruit purees (banana, mango, pineapple and kiwi), gelatin, citric acid, lactic acid, natural and artificial flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), vitamin A palmitate, sodium citrate, coconut oil, carnuba wax, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 1.
With the added fruit purees I suppose this qualifies as "made from real fruit" but it's made from a whole lot of other things as well!
As for the taste - delicious as usual. Welch's Island Fruits Fruit Snacks has the characteristic chewy taste of fruit snacks, but although this is supposed to be a tropical flavor, to me the predominant taste was just ... sweet. I don't know if each fruit snack piece has a distinct flavor - I mean - who eats just one piece of a fruit snack? I dumped them all in my mouth and enjoyed. And each piece is shaped like fruit, pineapple, grape and some other stuff I couldn't really make out.
Yogurt-covered raisins are delicious to me, but despite the healthy-sounding name, they have little healthful value to them. The sweet yogurt coating contributes way too much saturated fat and is usually as thick as the raisin itself. I don't eat them too much now, but I still find the yogurt coating tasty. I was looking for an alternative and wondered if Welch's Blueberry Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks would be just the thing.
The thin yogurt coating is just the right amount and still tasty too. Inside the yogurt coating is a blueberry-flavored gummy ball. The gummy part isn't much different from the typical fruit snack, but the yogurt coating mellows out the sweetness, creating a unique fruit snack.
The nutrition information was most important to me, so while chewing on a few of these snacks, I flipped the package over to look at the back. It seems that a serving of Welch's Blueberry Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks (15 pieces) provides 90 calories, 3% of the daily value for total fat, 8% of the DV for saturated fat, 17 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein. A box of 6 (0.8 ounce) pouches cost $1.99 at Target.
The benefits of water have been shouted from the rooftops for decades. "It makes you more energetic, boosts your metabolism, increases blood flow to the nether regions! It reduces hot flashes and makes your children able to calculate geometrical calculations!" We've gotten the message; we all should be drinking more water. Still, drinking more than a cup or 2 of water everyday sometimes feels so ... forced. Flavored water and diet drinks make it a bit easier to fill your quota without expanding your waistline, and Welch's Living Lightly Diet Juices line with that idea in mind.
There are 3 flavors available: Black Cherry, Peach/Pear, and Pomegranate/Berry. I went for the Black Cherry, as I wanted the simplest flavor. I unscrewed the top, took a sip, and ... BLEH! I barely swallowed a mouthful. This has that EXACT cherry flavor that is in cough syrup and kid's medicines. It tastes nothing like black cherries, maraschino cherries, or any kind of real fruit. It's sweet, but that medicinal flavor penetrates and tarnishes anything good about the rest of it. But like a good little girl, I held my nose and swallowed the rest - I'm loath to waste something I've spent money on. That is the only reason that I was able to get all of this down.