Dried fruit has always been one of my favorite snacks.
When I was a kid, we would go out to the California Desert several times a year; my great-grandmother had homesteaded there, and my grandparents have had a weekend house in Palm Springs as long as I can remember. That is one of the places we would spend holidays and family get togethers.
It was a long trip, but the car ride was fun. Playing cards and travel games, eating sandwiches from the good Italian deli, and stopping at a well known dried fruit store. The store was just outside of Palm Springs on the edge of the Cabazon Indian reservation. They had the best dried fruit and nuts I have ever tasted – and date shakes!
I loved going there. You could have a free sample of almost anything they carried, and I was up for trying the dried mango and papaya, even before I knew what those fruits were. Perhaps it was this place that set the bar so high, but I loved the slightly moist and chewy sweet treats. I knew that I would have great snacks for lunch after going there.
I recently tried the Bare Fruit Snacks Bake Dried Apples with Cinnamon. These are slices of apples with a slight cinnamon taste, and have been oven dried to a crisp consistency. They contain only apples and cinnamon, which is a big plus in this day of preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Also, they are 100% Organic.
The apple flavor is good. I want to preface my next statement only because I have an aversion to eating any kind of fruit with a blemish or dark spot, and I absolutely cannot deal with fruit that hasn’t been peeled or cored. The Bare Fruit Apple Slices have not been treated with sulphur or acids to keep the bright light color of the flesh. This is great from a health standpoint, but it is hard for me to get past it. Also, the slices are just that – slices of apple, with the core and peel intact; another personal food phobia that has little to do with the product’s quality.
As I said, the flavor was really good. I think the Bare Foods Apple Slices would be really good added to muffins or oatmeal. I would even go to the work to trim off the peel. The peel was crisp, just as the apple flesh was – a normal person probably wouldn’t even notice it when eating the slices. I think the only reason I really noticed is because one of the first pieces I popped into my mouth was just peel.
I also liked that you can get the Bare Fruit dried fruit snacks in small, lunch-sized bags, but they also have a large, bulk sized bag that contains the equivalent of 30 apples! But not to worry if you are a small family; it is re-sealable to keep the contents fresh. They also have cherries, mango, pears, and several varieties of apples.