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Florida Natural's Fruit Stixs

We continue to seek out good snacks for car trips, school lunches, and for travel.  Awhile back, we found real fruit nuggets by Florida Natural’s at Walgreens (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=florida+natural).  We purchased them a few times, but never found them again.  Recently at Target in Raleigh (by the TTC Mall), we found both Stiks and Nuggets.  Great snacks, as I guess they have some fruit content (more on the side of fruit snacks/candy though), so we do not feel too bad giving them to our girls.  We packed some up for the Raleigh Christmas Parade recently, and even the adults enjoyed them!  They do a nice job clearly marking the boxes gluten free.

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Nuggets, Gluten Free As Well

Florida’s Natural Valentine Fruit Snacks

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Valentine Fruit Snacks

Happy February!  With February brings lots of love, pink, and candy!  Lots and lots of candy!  Luckily, much of the Valentine’s candy these days comes gluten free.  One thing we’ve reviewed many, many times is Florida’s Natural fruit snacks.  Since the early days, they clearly mark their products gluten free.  You can see many past holidays and regular snacks here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=florida.

We found these ‘classroom’ ready pouches recently at Target.  They come in a box of 28 pouches, which you can write on, so they kind of are a treat an a Valentine all in one.  Plus they include a Teacher Card.  Everything you need.  While not 100% healthy, these real fruit snacks contain less sugar than most candy, so you can kind of feel good about your child passing them out.  Or keep them at home for school lunches and snacks.

Florida’s Natural Halloween Nuggets

Florida's Natural GF Nuggets

A Not-Too-Scary GF Treat!

We’ve said it time and again, and will continue to say it, but when you can provide your children, suffering from food allergies, food intolerances, or diseases, with regular food and holiday/cartoon themed you cannot underestimate how much that means to your children.  The acceptance they will face, the lack of ackwardness from not having something ‘different’ this time…just so powerful!

So we reviewed Florida’s Natural fruit nuggets in the past here and here.  Yummy treat in individual packs.  While at Target, we ran into these ‘Halloween nuggets.’  Pretty much the same thing, but hey, they’re Halloween themed.  And it just happens one of our daughter’s birthdays is this month.  Score!  Great for a school celebration or snack.

‘Au’Some’ Valentine Nuggets

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Happy Valentine’s Day With Yummy Fruit!

We’ve reviewed Florida’s Natural nuggets before (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=florida%27s).  Not quite real fruit and not quite fruit snacks, but definitely yummy and unique.  Definitely something great for snacks, school lunches, and travel.  And now, like their Halloween ones in the past, you can get ones for Valentine’s Day.  A great idea, as you can tape your children’s Valentines to them, and it’s a good, semi-healthy treat, better than the conversation hearts and lollypops that the other children will surely give.  And of course, as always, they are gluten free!

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GF Fruit Nuggets

Florida’s Natural makes a lot of yummy snacks.  We reviewed some in the past here:

Now we recently found Berrilicious Nuggets at Target.  As the other nuggets show, these were very clearly marked gluten free.  I like their motto, ‘Our First Ingredient is Fruit’ as well.  While not as healthy as some plain fruits and vegetables, you can probably feel alright providing these to your children.

Black Forest Fruit Snacks

Floridas Natural Fruit Nuggets

Florida's Natural Fruit Nuggets

We always like to find other, quick things to put in lunches or pack for snacks. I went to Walgreens the other day, looking for one such thing.  A few months ago, I stumbled across the Florida’s Natural Fruit Stripes and Nuggets.  Yum!  A large bag of orange and strawberry individually wrapped packs of fruit.  Just like their juices, the ‘Healthy Treats’ contain a variety of vitamins and minerals and are gluten free! (https://www.securecharges.com/~flnatural/catalog/index.php?cPath=26)

Black Forest Fruit Snacks

Black Forest Fruit Snacks

Well, unfortunately, Walgreens did not stock these on my most recent visit.  What I did find, however, was equally yummy!  In the past, we ran across various Black Forest candy, like gummy worms, but this time we found Black Forest fruit snacks with liquid centers!  Yum!  The packaging does a good job in showing which allergens were processed on the same equipment, wheat not one of them.  We also found out, after looking for them online, that the Ferrara Pan company (http://www.ferrarapan.com/), maker of candy such as Lemonheads, Boston Baked Beans, and the original Jawbreakers, manufactures the Black Forest fruit snacks. I would guess most of the parents who grew up in the 70s and 80s are probably familiar with those candies!  The website also contains some good resources, games, and the Black Forest section currently has a contest to win $100,000.  Definitely good things!  As always, use your judgement in eating products that do not explicitly say gluten free on the packaging, as these do not, but after about 5 packs each already, our girls seem alright!  No gluten ingredients in them, and the disclaimer does say other allergens may be made on the same equipment, but not wheat.