Review of Dole Fruit Bites

Fruit is a hugely popular food at our house.  Our one son eats an apple and a pear daily; but what can a mom do when fruit isn't affordable, in season, or able to be stored properly?  We turn to dried fruits for such times, and dried cherries and apples have been our faves in the past.  Dole just came out with a new kind of dried fruit that is covered in yogurt and whole grain oats.  Here is what we thought of them.

At first bite, these were really different.  The middle was, of course, like any other dried fruit, but the outside first tasted like sugar, and then a bit like a powdered cereal.  I wasn't very fond of the apple, because I'm not as big of a fan of apples as my kids are.  I really did enjoy the mango, because it was more chewy and tangy.  The pineapple I found to be too sweet to really enjoy.

The kids' opinion of the fruit was at first slightly negative.  "Why does this fruit have breading on it?" they asked.  I laughed and explained what it was, and then they were more open to trying it.  Of the 5 kids, 4 loved at least one variety, and one was OK with the mango.  All said they would eat this as an alternative to a "fruit snack", which I explained had very little fruit in it, at all.

What I enjoy most about these is that they contain less than 100 calories per pouch and they are more filling and satisfying than a 100 calorie "fruit flavored snack."  If you are doing Weight Watchers, Special K, or another eating plan, they can fit right in as a morning or afternoon snack.  I like mine with milk!

Learn more about these at the Dole Facebook page; you can also enter to win a trip or daily prizes via their "3 Steps to True Bliss Sweepstakes!"

Wanna Win?  We are giving one lucky reader a 2-month supply of Dole Fruit Bites (6 bags!)  To be entered to win, just comment on which fruit you want to try first (apple, pineapple, or mango.)
You have until June 8th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. You may enter every day, and we will pick one winner at random from all eligible entries. (Please answer the question for the first comment entry. Each daily entry after that can be "enter me." ) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18+. See our full rules here.

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*Samples received to review. Opinions are my own.