I tried the Real Handful snacks at BlogOn and I was delighted with them. I love dried fruits and I found them delicious. To my delight, they got in touch and asked me if I want to try more flavours. Obviously, I was eager to try more.
I arranged them so hubby and I can have a little taste test. I wasn’t sure he would like to try, as he is not found of sultanas or dried fruits in general. Well, the taste test was a success and he gave 2 marks of 10. I think this demonstrates how delicious these snacks are.
Banoffee trail mix. Is a blend of chewy banana slices, toffee flavoured sultanas, caramel flavour milk chocolate drops and lightly roasted whole hazelnuts. We both agreed these are 10/10.
Blood Orange and dark choc. It contains blood orange flavoured sultanas, orange flavoured cranberries, dark chocolate and peanuts. For me they were a 10, again. Hubby said 9.
Strawberries and cream. The snack is made of strawberry flavoured raisins, strawberries, cranberries, white chocolate and cashews. For the second time, we both said is a 10.
Go-Go-Goji berries. Blend of nuts, raisins and seeds with goji berries and dark chocolate. For me it was a 9 and for hubby a 7. I think the goji was the thing we weren’t mad about. I have to admit is not a flavour I would have picked up myself, as I struggle with goji berries I have at home.
Mixed berry crunch. A mix of blueberry flavour yoghurt raisins, strawberries, cranberries and whole almonds. I gave it a 10 and hubby a 7. He is not keen on forest fruits.
Blueberry blitz. Blueberries, blueberry flavoured cranberries, jumbo raisins and cashews. For me was a 10, it was what I tries at BlogOn. For hubby it was the lowest score: 6 and he mentioned it tastes too much as blueberry.
After sampling all the snacks I had, I can say I would buy them in the future. There are a few more flavours and I will buy them from Holland and Berrett if they stock them at my local shop. As for the marks, I gave only one 9 and the rest were a 10 for me with two favourites, the Banoffee trail mix and Strawberries and cream. I said I was surprised to hear my husband wants to join in the taste test as he doesn’t like most dried fruits and forest fruit flavours. Well, he liked half of them and he would eat them again. I was happy to hear this, as his choices of ready made snacks are quite limited because most of them have dried fruits.
I like that the snacks are good, but they also have a little bit of chocolate or cream. It makes the snack yummier with very little sugar. A packet has 40g and most of it is made out of dried fruits and nuts. I think it balances the need for a healthy snack with a little bit of fun. Most of the snacks have around 160-170 calories, so the right amount for a snack, enough to keep you active without a lot of calories.
I used the dried fruits in a doughnut recipe, it’s posted on my food blog: Baked doughnuts with dried fruits.
What kind of snacks to your like?