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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Simply Balanced Raspberry Lemonade Twisted Fruit Ropes

Just so they could add yet another term for "fruit snack" to our already cluttered and confusing food vocabulary, the good people at Archer Farms decided to call these "ropes." Not strips, or roll-ups, or twists. Ropes. Almost as appetizing as "fruit leather."

But if the product is good, of course we look past such trivial matters of semantics. Fortunately, they are good. They're individually packaged, relatively small, and they make a decent tide-me-over snack. I guess since we're purchasing the healthier "Simply Balanced" foods now we're all conscious of portion control and such. At 60 calories and 0g of fat per rope, you won't have to worry about one or two of these making you fat.

I think the inclusion of the word "lemonade" in the title of this product is mostly a marketing gimmick, although the more I think about it, there was a hint of something citrusy in the mix that might have made these a little
more tangy than just raspberry alone. Ah, there it is, "lemon juice concentrate."

But mostly, these are just sweet. There's tartness there for sure, but as you can see on the ingredients list, the main ingredients are actually apple puree and apple juice. And like the previously reviewed fruit peels, these puppies are overly moist and sticky. Fortunately, the wrapping can be peeled down as you eat the product, thus protecting your fingers from being slathered in wet appley goodness.

Good as they may be, it seems like we're just looking at a repackaging of AF's already popular strips and peels. With that being the case, we're giving these fun little twisted ropes a similar score.

I give this product 7 out of 10 stars.

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