The Good: Very nutritious, Good flavor, Decent shelf life for an organic product.
The Bad: Comparatively expensive
The Basics: Apple-2-The-Core fruit snacks from Peeled Organics remind us of just how good apples can be!
It seems like it was not that long ago that I was writing about dried apples. That, however, was for my rabbit and while Daisy liked Peter’s Natural Treats Apple Slices (reviewed here!), I found them to be too expensive. I could not justify spending that much money on my rabbit’s snack. With Peeled Organics’ Apple-2-The-Core, I run into a similar dilemma. These just taste way too good to “waste” on my finicky rabbit!
In fact, Peeled Organic reminded me of just how much I used to like both dried apples and fresh apples with their Apple-2-The-Core. That sense of delight that I had the chance to feel again was a pretty sweet gift that only enhanced my appreciation of this pretty incredible organic fruit treat!
Peeled Organic is a relatively new fruit snack company that is doing good work for both the environment and personal health. Using no preservatives, Peeled Organic strives to present the healthiest possible dried fruit to customers and, as the name suggests, does so using organic farming methods.
Apple-2-The-Core is just as the name suggests; a bag of dehydrated organic apples! The dehydrated fruit chunks are supple, not hard. They are also not covered in a coating of sugar, wax and/or preservatives. The Apple-2-The-Core fruit snacks comes in a 1.23 oz. stiff plastic bag that is not resealable.
Ease Of Preparation
Apple-2-The-Core fruit packs are simple to use. Simply open the bag and remove the fruit from it! There is no trick to eating Apple-2-The-Core; they are a snack that is ready to go from the bag to the mouth.
Opening a bag of Apple-2-The-Core, one is immediately bowled over by a strong, fresh apple scent that is simply delightful. At room temperature, these soft apple slices (that vary widely in shape and size) smell fruity, fresh and exactly like what one expects fresh apples to smell like. Apple-scented candles have nothing on these fruit slices!
Apple-2-The-Core slices taste like apples, as well. While there is a slight dry flavor initially, more than any other Peeled Organic fruit snack I have yet tried, Apple-2-The-Core hydrates when one leaves them in your mouth. In this fashion, Apple-2-The-Core quickly embodies the full-flavored richness of real (fresh) apples. They are sweet with some of the slices bearing a subtle tart aftertaste.
For the most part, there is no enduring aftertaste with the Apple-2-The-Core fruit slices.
Apple-2-The-Core organic dried fruits are an all-natural snack, with no preservatives or added sugar. Given that the ingredient is organic apples, there is nothing hiding in them that will surprise consumers. These have a shelf life of about nine months, so they are not bad for stocking up on if you eat a lot of fruit. The package we got on the last day of January (2012) expires on October 17, 2012 (or it would have had I not eaten them all up!).
Each 35 gram serving of Apple-2-The-Core has 110 calories, none of which come from fat. There are three grams of dietary fiber. Outside that, there are no significant nutrients in a serving, though there is 2% of one’s RDA of Iron. They are gluten free and were packaged in a facility that processes nuts, dairy, wheat and soy, so those with applicable allergies ought to keep that in mind. This bag of treats also is careful to note that it may contain core and stem fragments. I found one nibble of center pulp (that traditionally surrounds the seeds) and a little bit of peel in my bag, but no core or stem pieces.
Kept in their bag, Apple-2-The-Core will remain fresh for almost a year and as long as the bag is sealed, one suspects they will last that long anyway. Because I only got enough to review, I am not worried about keeping these fresh! They come in, they go right back out!
Cleanup is simple as well. Apple-2-The-Core dried fruits are a dry food and thus leave no mess behind. Simply toss out the plastic bag and cleanup is done! I would, naturally, be happier if there was a way to recycle these plastic bags.
Apple-2-The-Core is an exceptionally good, dried fruit snack that might cost a little more than other dried apple products, but the nutritional benefits and taste make it worth the investment!
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