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archer farms fruit bars

Anyone else love the healthy snacks section at Target? Last time I was there I found these things called Archer Farms fruit bars. They looked interesting on the box, and there was no added sugar, so I grabbed a few flavors to try.

The price wasn’t too bad, considering the cost of small granola bars these days. What was interesting was that the Tropical flavor was about $2 per box, while the others (pomegranate, strawberry, citrus) were over $3 per box. Luckily I found most of the flavors on sale for about $2.50.

It’s odd though, because the ingredients are virtually identical. The only real difference is the flavoring.

You’ll see what I mean…

Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Ingredients for the pomegranate flavor:

Apples, Natural pomegranate flavor, Fruit juice concentrates (pomegranate, blueberry, and lemon), Elderberry juice, Ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

That’s basically the same for each one. The bar is based on ground up apples, then it has some flavoring and fruit juice added. They taste pretty good, although it would have been nice to get some real pomegranate chunks in there.

So why the large price difference? Does a small amount of pomegranate flavoring really cost that much more than the tropical flavoring? That I don’t know.

Nutrition Facts:

140 calories
total fat 0.5g
sodium 30mg
potassium 230mg
total carb 32g
fiber 3g
sugar 23g

Not bad. These are very high in carbs, especially sugar, for being such a small bar. But at least there is no added sugar. The 3g fiber (from the apples I bet) is pretty cool as well.

Based on the high carbs and low fat content, these are probably great for use while cycling. They seem comparable to things like PowerBar Gel Blasts and Clif Shot Bloks. They go down easily, too.

I wouldn’t binge on them when sedentary though, due to a likely sugar rush.

archer farms fruit bar

Taste Test

Overall, these bars taste like a big, thick fruit roll-up with a dose of Lara Bar. In other words, delicious!

It really is a lot like the fruit roll-up, but not as sugary and artificial. And that makes sense since it’s really just some sort of apple puree formed into a bar, with some natural flavor added.

Tropical -A good tropical flavor. I couldn’t pinpoint any pineapple, coconut, or mango flavors, but overall it gave me that “tropical” feel, and I enjoyed it.

Strawberry – A good strawberry flavor. It’s very sweet but still somewhat realistic. I would say this is my favorite one!

Pomegranate – The most bland flavor I tried. I know that pomegranate juice isn’t all that sweet, but I definitely prefer the sweetness of the tropical and strawberry flavors over this one. The flavor could have at least been stronger, even if it would be tart.

Yeah, after a few bars, I noticed more of a pomegranate flavor in there, but it just didn’t seem as strong as I’d like. POM Wonderful is very strong, so I guess that’s what I was hoping for here.

Citrus – ?

My final verdict is…

These fruit bars make for a tasty snack that isn’t really unhealthy. They are high in sugar, but you’re better off curbing your sweet tooth with these than with artificial candy! They’re also a relatively inexpensive energy bar/gel replacement.

I don’t plan to eat these often, but they wouldn’t hurt as the occasional snack.

Official website: www.Target.com/ArcherFarms

Product Review Details
Company: Archer Farms
Product: Archer Farms Fruit Bars
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2010-03-13
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. Thanks for this post, i’ve wondered about these! they’re cheap!

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