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Product Review: Buddy Fruits

I was doing my usual round of food shopping last night at Walmart, when I passed by a display that had these little fruit pouches on it. When I looked closer, I saw that these fruit pouches boasted being made of 100 percent blended fruit; and sure enough, when I flipped one of the pouches over, the ingredients didn’t lie.

Buddy Fruits was introduced under a company called Ouh…làlà! c’est bon!!! LLC. The company came to life when a French chef and restaurant owner  realized that American culture seemed to be lacking in the portable fruit department. In France, when families are on the go, they often bring along portable fruit pouches so that their kids can continue to eat the fruits and veggies that they need. This concept of fruit pouches was so popular in France that this chef thought he would bring the idea to the United States.

The result?

In 2007, Buddy Fruits was introduced to the U.S.A., and it’s been going strong ever since. The pouches come with 5 delicious fruit options:

  • Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Apple Banana
  • Multifruit

When I first popped the top, I sort of expected it to taste like fruit juice (or at least that consistency). However, I was pleasantly surprised that it, instead, was more like drinking a finely pureed fruit blend. I actually wound up taking the pouch and squeezing the contents into a tiny, clear dipping bowl (pictured below). I did this so that you can see what I’m talking about with regards to the consistency, although I could have just as easily continued to drink it from the pouch.

It is delicious, and despite the fact that I am an adult and not a child, I found that this was the perfect snack for me right after I had finished playing an intense 90 minute soccer game in 85 degree heat. I would definitely recommend it to those of you out there who are in a rush and don’t want to have to be bothered with cutting up fruit. However, I am unsure of what the serving size is for a single pouch in terms of the amount of actual fruit you are getting. I would still try to eat some additional fruit throughout the day just in case.

Some of the other pros and cons that I found with this particular product can be seen below:

Pros:

  • No added sugar
  • 100% REAL fruit
  • Great source of fiber
  • No preservatives, additives, fat or anything artificial
  • Several different fruit options available
  • Super convenient, resealable pouch, which makes it easy to grab on the go

Cons:

  • Not organic :(
  • May seem a wee-bit pricey at just over $1 per 3.2 oz package- although you can get it for around 88¢ at your local Walmart

2 thoughts on “Product Review: Buddy Fruits

  1. Lura

    I just recently discovered Buddy Fruits and purchased them with the intent of blending them in my daily smoothie. However, as I’ve started a new diet regimen, I’ve decided to just have the Buddy Fruits as a fruit serving instead (BTW, according to the pouch, 1 pouch equals 1 fruit serving). I had refrigerated them, but I’ve found that I enjoy them much more at room temp, because I don’t like cold fruit. This product is, in a word, AWESOME. I didn’t know what to expect in the way of taste and consistency, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it like applesauce–in a variety of flavors. Yum. As far as organic, this is an imported product and I’d venture a guess that Europe is a lot more progressive about the purity of their produce, so we probably don’t have much to worry about in that department.

  2. janelle Post author

    Lura,

    I agree. The Buddy Fruits definitely taste better to me at room temperature as well. I haven’t had them in a while, though I noticed that REI was selling something very similar, which I may try called “Peter Rabbit Organics”.

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