We have recently tried two types of freeze fried fruit snacks. The first type was made by Googly Fruit. We tried the apple and blueberry flavour, and the banana and raspberry flavour. In both cases, you have freeze-dried pieces of one fruit (apple or banana) mixed with whole freeze-dried berries (raspberry or blueberry). The Allergy Brothers were not impressed. The freeze-dried blueberries were a little yucky looking. Also, the fruit starts rehydrating in your mouth as you eat it, which is an unusual sensation. I thought they were okay. I was hoping to be able to keep a couple of packets in the cupboard for the days when I am disorganised and have run out of fresh fruit or salad to put in their packed lunches, but the freeze-dried fruit just came back home minus one or two tested pieces.
I also tested a Freya’s Sour Cherry crunchy fruit bar. This product is more processed so it is in the form of a bar (it is broken into chunks in the photo; it’s like a chocolate bar), and has more ingredients (Sour cherries (30%), fruit extract (carob) and fruit juice concentrate (apple and grape), Trehalose, Maltodextrin, Gelling agent:Pectins). I think this product looked nicer than the slighty weird looking whole freeze-dried berries. It still rehydrated a bit in your mouth, but not as much as the Googly Fruits products. You could actually crunch into it as you ate it.
The Allergy Brothers quite like eating fruit (well, at least the ones that they aren’t allergic to) so I don’t think these products are that helpful for us. However, I do think they have their uses. If you needed to pack an easy to store, non messy fruit snack (perhaps for a long journey), then these might be good for you.
I think the best use for these products are for children and adults who don’t like fruit normally. People with sensory processing dysfunctions and who are on the autistic spectrum often find the wet textures of fruits unpleasant to eat. If you have a child who is happy to eat dry, crunchy foods then these freeze-dried fruits might be a way of encouraging them to eat fruit. They get the fibre and nutrients in the fruit without the distress of eating a food that has a disagreeable, to them, texture.