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Jun 10, 2014

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You know the warm weather is here and that means cool yummy treats are finally in season (although confession: our family had our fair share of ice cream over the winter months too!).

I spotted this box of Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars and wanted to give it a try. I’ve never had any of the Fruttare products before and it was on sale so it seemed like a good time to give it a test. The entire family is currently in love with coconut so the chances of us liking it are high. The ingredients are OOOOKAY, nothing to necessarily do back flips over, so ultimately is a battle between taste and what you’re willing to consume.

Product Review: What ingredients are in the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars?

Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars are made with the following ingredients: condensed skim milk, modified milk ingredients, water, sugar, coconut base (sugar, water, dehydrated coconut, modified tapioca starch, salt, natural flavour, citric acid), coconut oil, glucose, corn maltodextrin, carob bean gum, guar gum, mono & diglycerides, natural flavours, dextrose.

I’m fine with the condensed skim milk and modified milk ingredients is something found in some brands of ice cream, yogurt, and cheese, so that’s not overly offensive but it’s not great. Water, I can handle easily enough, sugar is certainly better than the corn syrup or ‘ose’ based stuff except glucose and dextrose does show up later on the list.

Then there’s all the other ingredients that aren’t exactly favourites of mine. I mean, is corn maltodextrin necessary? Do you NEED to add the mono & diglycerides or did the folks at Fruttare add it simply because it was a cheaper option? I’ve had some other coconut based bars and they didn’t use that stuff.

You can see my dilemma, right?

Product Review: How do the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars taste?

Sadly, the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars taste yummy. They’re rich, creamy, coconut goodness and our entire family loved them. The Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bar tastes like sweetened coconut on a stick with little bits of shredded coconut added in for good measure. I almost wish they’d taste hideous because it would make my decision so much easier.

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bar. It’s not a very big bar so she happily ate the entire Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bar and then asked if she could have the remaining bar.

Well, now what am I going to do?


Would I buy the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars again?

I’m not sure. On the one hand, they taste really delicious but they’re not made with the best ingredients. Now, everything is relative and there are other ice cold products that have much worse ingredients than the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars. At the same time, I know I’ve had equally good coconut frozen bars that are made with a better list of ingredients (hint hint: Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut Bars).

Thus, I guess it’s all about taste, cost, desperation, and availability. My first preference would be to go for a frozen treat that’s made with the best ingredients that I can get my hands on at that moment. Cost is a factor so I’d probably wait for a sale.

If I was in need of a yummy treat and I couldn’t get my hands on Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut Bars, I would certainly buy the Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars which is saying a lot because there are some coconut bars that I would NEVER buy again.

One thing that these Fruttare Coconut and Milk Bars have against some of the other bars is their fat content. While the Luna & Larry’s bars might be made with better quality ingredients, they also have more than double the fat content of that found in these bars. So, in theory, you could have 2 of these Fruttare bars (just a theory!) !


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