Funky Monkey Snacks makes a variety of freeze-dried fruit snacks that aim to be a healthy snack for kids. These snacks are great because they contain 100% fruit and have no added sugar – and each ounce contains 3 servings of fruit! Of course this means that they are also gluten, nut and dairy free for those with sensitivities. Basically you’re getting fruit…real fruit! It’s just in a much different form than you would typically see.
The great thing about these snacks is that they are easy to grab on-the-go…especially if you’re worried about your child messing up their outfit/your car/etc from the inevitable mess of juice that comes with eating fruit. They’re crunchy and fun, which makes them very attractive to any child! I was given the chance to try the MangOJ, Jivealime, Carnaval Mix, and Bananamon flavors – with the Bananamon probably being my favorite. The touch of cinnamon makes it feel like I’m really eating a treat!
These snacks in no way replace that satisfaction that comes with biting into a fresh fruit (that I prefer), but they’re tasty and pleasing, nonetheless – I could really see a picky eater enjoying these!
What I like most about this company is that they seem to truly care about their product and customers (non-GMO verified..some varieties are certified organic) and are trying to minimize their impact on the environment. From the company:
“Different from other freeze-dried fruits on the market which can have a powdery and Styrofoam-like texture, Funky Monkey’s proprietary method of freeze drying creates a snack that has the crunchy appeal of more traditional snack foods, with three servings of fruit in every ounce. Full slices and pieces of fruit are used, not small dices typically found in other types of fruit-based snacks.
Funky Monkey’s freeze-drying method also uses less energy than other processes by utilizing thermodynamics and steam from a cashew shell-powered boiler. Further supporting its mission to be environmentally respectful, Funky Monkey only uses organic bananas, pineapples, cinnamon, açai and lime juice, eliminating the use of chemicals.
Also, all fruit waste (peels, cores, etc.) is re-used as fertilizer or animal feed, as opposed to taking up space in a landfill.”
I’m loving this product! The only thing I’d like to see different is the packaging…I’d love to see the snacks come in some form of recycled packaging. It also appears that the packaging is not recyclable, which is a big downfall in my book. Hopefully this is something they can work on for the future!
Interested in trying out Funky Monkey snacks for your kids (or yourself!)? You can find them nationwide at major retailers and online at Amazon.com . Also check out their website, follow them on twitter, and on facebook to keep up with promotions and news.
Funky Monkey has also offered to host a giveaway for 5 Funky Monkey snack bags in various flavors. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and will run for 2 weeks.
*Disclaimer: I was given free snacks from Funky Monkey for the purpose of this review, but the free product in no way influenced my opinion of these snacks.June 29, 2012
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