I was asked to review a new dehydrated fruit snack called "Peeled Snacks" so at our last Knitting Party I set out two bowls of fruit. "A", the Peeled Snacks and "B" from a bag of Sun-Maid dried fruit I usually keep on hand, I marked neither with brand names let people snack on them throughout the evening, along with our normal appetizers and beverages. I only asked that at some point they try fruit from both bowls.
As the party broke up, I asked each of the eight people (plus Gene and myself) what they thought of each.
One comment was made that bowl "B" was plumper and more colorful than bowl "A". I have to explain that there is a difference between "dehydrated" and "dried". Dehydration removes up to 97% of the water content while "drying" only removes 75% of the water content so that one factor was not on equal footing in the test since I had no other dehydrated fruit to compare with.
One person said "I love dehydrated fruit!" and was a Bowl A fan from the beginning. I had noticed that she picked one single small piece of Bowl B to taste it but walked back to her knitting chair with several pieces of the Peeled Snacks in her hand to chew on while knitting throughout the evening.
Gene doesn't care for dried/dehydrated fruit that much because of the texture but between the two he said the Peeled Snacks "taste like fruit should" and the other tastes like "chemicals with fruit flavors".
EVERYONE said that they found the taste and smell of the Peeled Snacks to be fresher and more appealing and found the blatant chemical smell of the Sun-Maid fruit to be extremely off-putting. At the end of the evening the Peeled Snacks bowl was empty and the Sun-Maid bowl was barely touched.
Personally, I eat a lot of dried fruit and take it with me to work. Apparently, I had so gotten used to the chemical taste and smell that the side-by-side comparison jolted me. I admit I've enjoyed the rest of Peeled Snacks and will buy more but threw the rest of the Sun-Maid fruit away.
Peeled Snacks can be purchased at Starbucks, Costco, and Whole Foods, or online at their website: www.peeledsnacks.com or at amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Peeled-Snacks-Organic-Fruit-Variety/dp/B001G6W0Y6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313263006&sr=8-1