Jul 6, 2023
After loads and loads of how-to’s, we’re now getting down to reviews once again! So here’s our review of Good And Gather Freeze Dried fruit. If you want to make an informed decision on whether or not to try them, then read on.
Good and Gather freeze-dried fruit is one of the offerings of the brand. These are made without artificial flavors, sweeteners, synthetic colors, and high fructose syrup. They’re here for you so you’ll have great-tasting food that’s affordable yet doesn’t cut corners in terms of quality.
When you look at the label, you’ll see that the ingredients are just plain freeze-dried fruit. On other fruits, though, there’s added ascorbic acid and citric acid to help preserve flavor. These are for frozen-dried fruits sensitive to oxidation, like peaches and freeze-dried apples.
Of course, there are some freeze-dried fruit packs that have added ingredients like the Cinnamon Apple and Dark Chocolate Covered Freeze Dried Strawberries.
Good and Gather freeze-dried fruit options you’ll have are:
Good & Gather freeze-dried fruit costs $3.99-$7.29. Certainly more expensive compared to bfruitful and So Natural in the Dollar Tree. They’re cheaper, though, compared to Augason Farms and Honeyville because the freeze-dried fruit comes in smaller packages.
If you’re unsatisfied with the product, you can return your order to any Target store. You can also initiate a return at Target.com.
Unlike other brands, you have 365 days from the date of purchase in a store, shipped and delivered by a Shipt shopper or made ready for pickup.
If you got your Good & Gather freeze-dried fruit online with SNAP EBT, you have 90 days to return it.
A number of people love eating the Good and Gather freeze-dried fruit packs. The blueberries, strawberries, and apples are crowd-pleasers. Especially for the kids, as parents know, it can be hard to please when it comes to healthy snacks.
The Dark Chocolate Covered Freeze Dried Strawberries are a winner, though. It’s a bit more expensive than Tru Fry, but has more flavor, according to one reviewer. The strawberries used for these are satisfyingly big, so you’ll really get your money’s worth. The perfect sour-to-sweet ratio thanks to the generous chocolate shell. Big as they are, you won’t get much in a bag, but with the size? Two or three would be enough to satisfy you.
Unfortunately, the Good & Gather freeze-dried strawberries were recalled last March 24, 2022. According to the FDA, SunTree Snack Foods, LLC voluntarily recalled lots 88514 and 86061 of the freeze-dried sweetened strawberries. This was after the Florida Department of Agriculture found sulfites in these lots.
But to be clear, the recall wasn’t because of the presence of sulfites. You’ll find these compounds naturally in some food items like wine, while others use them to preserve dried food. There was a recall because the sulfites weren’t listed on the label.
Not many are fans of the mango and peaches. The freeze-dried mango slices were occasionally hard like you would almost chip a tooth. According to some, they were like Styrofoam, with a chalky flavor and consistency. The peaches were tasty but didn’t taste like peaches at all. Some had a tart bitterness to them and were hard to chew.
If you’re looking for a quick snack, and you happen to be in a Target store, these are worth checking out. They’re full of flavor and very convenient to travel with. In addition, the zip top makes it easy to store the bag away in case you cannot finish the whole bag.
Some say the amount of freeze-dried fruit in the bag isn’t enough. Others, though, find they’re pretty adequate and appreciate that they can reseal for later use.
What’s got us hesitant is the inconsistency in texture and flavor. Most of the reviews are a mix of good and bad experiences, which is pretty normal, of course. But what got our attention is that the lack of – if not poor – flavor seems pretty common.
If you want a better experience, you could try other brands first. But if you’re on the go and wish to give your kids a healthy, affordable, enjoyable snack, this is a good option for you. They’re even good for jazzing up your breakfast cereals or oatmeal. Some were even creative enough to use the freeze-dried blueberries for frosting, and they turned out quite good.
It’s a balancing act when it comes to Good and Gather freeze-dried fruit. Some like it as they are, and some would instead go for a different brand. Try it if you happen to be in Target, but it’s not something we recommend making an effort to get.
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