I take back every horrible thing I have ever said about drug addicts. Addicts, I must admit that I have a much worse gummy/fruit snack type candy problem than you ever will have with your cocaine and meth. Not heroin though, lord knows you guys are stuck forever pretty much, but that’s not my point. In fact, I really hope this helps you guys because trying [the eventual winner of this fruit snack contest] will perhaps compel you to shift your current addiction to a much less harmful one, one you may even argue is even kind of healthy in a way because it’s a “Good Source of Vitamin C!”
Slice Fruit Snacks: Assorted Fruits
Away from the primary candy aisle at Dollar Tree, somewhat prominently in the front of the store was a column of new (to me) fruit snacks at the end of the seasonal aisle where the Halloween items were. I had originally entered the store with the intention to check out the local gummy bear scene with a hunch that Trolli’s Big Bold Bears would once again be my choice, but the somewhat unremarkable blue packaging of Slice Fruit Snacks seemed to draw me. Generally, fruit snacks come in tiny bags within a cardboard box, but these were single 5 oz. bags and just by holding the bag, you can tell it was a soft fresh batch. So I dropped a pack in my handheld basket and pressed on to the candy aisle. Soon I would regret the choice to only buy one. What I had just purchased had the perfect texture and flavor you can get in a fruit snack. The shapes and colors are a bit off as tiny red pineapples and green… somethings can be found among the more conventional strawberries and peaches, but that isn’t likely to turn you off while they’re dancing and rolling around in your mouth (while not getting stuck to your teeth, by the way). Within moments of first taste, I had a new all time favorite.
Au’Some Monopoly Natural 3-DEES Fruit Snacks
Up next are the fun shapes of Monopoly “3-DEES” fruit snacks, also a Dollar Tree fun find. This shiny bag of thickly built fruit snacks by Au’some Inc., quickly grabbed my attention. Sure, all foods are technically 3D, but these earn their name due the larger than average size and the flat bottoms that allow them to stand on their own as if they were actual Monopoly pieces. Unlike Farmer’s Choice Food Brands, Au’some was kind enough to list the flavors, them being: Orange strawberry, apple, and blueberry. The taste is comparable but definitely more tart than Slice, while the texture is on the chewy side, but not to worry, these also won’t really stick to your teeth. More interesting than the list of flavors is the disclaimer on the very bottom left of the back of package reading “Made responsibly in China.” Au’some is based in New Jersey.
This is tougher than I thought it would be. Coming in, I was sure that Slice had the edge since the “love at first taste” experience was my first since Fresh & Easy’s Bonkers Berry Pie, which eventually fizzled out (that tends to happen, the more I get to know the subject, be it a person or a food). If shape and overall look/presentation factor in, those categories would easily go to Monopoly. The perfect taste and texture of Slice, however, are just too much to overcome, just make sure you get a fresh batch as in my experience, the “Mixed Berry” flavor package was not nearly as soft at all and the overall taste and texture really suffered because of it. Even after that less than stellar experience, I still feel that a fresh package of Slice Fruit Snacks beats anything else in the genre.
Winner: Slice Fruit Snacks: Assorted Fruits
Congratulations, babies. What you lack in shape and design, you make up for in taste and texture.