Feb 282011

As a mom I often find it difficult to navigate through the snack and candy aisles, because lots of snacks are advertised as healthy and fruity, but quite often I wonder where the actual fruit is and how healthy the snack can really be. While I do my best to ensure that my children eat nutritious meals and that they get lots of fruits and vegetables, my children do get plenty of snacks as well. When I heard about the Raisels, real fruit snacks that tastes like candy I was intrigued.

When the Raisels arrived, my kids were eager to try them out, and the Raisels turned out to be the perfect snack for a trip to the playground. My 18-month-old son helped me do the first taste test, as we shared a box of Sour Orange Raisels, while we were walking from one school to another for pick ups. The expression on his face when he first tasted a Sour Orange Raisel was priceless, but then the sweetness hit and he was sold. After that I did not get to taste many Sour Orange Raisels, as my little one wanted them all to himself.

Raisels are golden fruit-flavored raisins with a light dust of sugar

My 8-year-old son loves the Raisels, and his favorite is the Sour Lemon Raisels. In fact he did not even realize that he was eating raisins until after he finished the pack. The Sour Lemon Raisins are my favorite as well, because they have the perfect punch of lemon flavor, mixed with a hint of sourness and a touch of sweetness. One box of Sour Lemon Raisels is perfect for a sweet treat, and we bring them on all of our outings. The Sour Lemon Raisels were the first ones to go, and my son has already asked if I can find some coupons to get more.

My picky 4-year-old son tried the Lemon Raisels and liked them, but he was not much of a fan of the Peach Raisels. He is going to be sharing Raisels with his friends at his birthday party tomorrow, and I am happy to be serving a sweet treat to the kids that I know they will like, but which I feel good about giving them.

About The Raisels:
Raisels come from the National Raisin Company, and they are sour fruit-flavored golden raisins with a light dusting of sugar. Raisels come in five different flavors including Sour Apple, Sour Orange, Sour Lemon, Sour Watermelon and Sour Peach. They come in 6 packs of 1.25 oz small boxes, which makes them easy to bring along for picnics, trips to the beach or the park.

Why I Love The Raisels:

  • They are a great alternative to candy
  • They have 100% US RDA for Vitamin C
  • They are rich in antiozidants
  • They are fat free
  • They are cholesterol free
  • They have no sodium content
  • They have no high fructose corn syrup
  • They have no artificial sweeteners

What I Don’t Love About The Raisels:

  • While I love the Raisels, I think they would be just as good with half the amount of sugar dust.

The amount of sugar in the Raisels was my only concern, but when compared to other products it turns out that the Raisels really is a great alternative to high sugar products. Raisels have 23 grams of sugar per serving compared to a 6 oz serving of Yoplait original strawberry yogurt which has 26 grams of sugar, or a 3.25″ diameter apple, which has 23 grams as well. There are even 12x more added sugar in a 12 oz can of coca cola than in a serving of Raisels.*

You can learn more about Raisles at the Raisels website, and you can stay updated by following Raisles on Twitter and like Raisels on Facebook.

    Buy The Raisels
    You can buy Raisels at Walgreens, Target, Dollar, Food Maxx, Price Chopper, Raley’s Stater Brothers, Tops, Wegmans, Weiss, Wakefern & PriceRight. You can also buy them online at Amazon.com.

    Win The Raisels
    One of Frugality Is Free’s readers will win a  
    Raisels prize package including a variety of flavors.
    How To Enter:
    1st Mandatory Entry  (1 entry)
    Giveaway is closed: 
    Winner will be announced at the Giveaway Winner tab.
    Check out the Raisels website, and come back to tell me what flavor Raisels 
    you would love to try.

    This giveaway will end  Monday March 21th at 10 p.m. EST. 

    The giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years old or older. I will chose the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary package of Raisels in four of the varieties from The National Raisin Company and Team Mom for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed above have not been influenced in any way by other than my own experience with the Raisels from The National Raisin Company.

    *Sugar content information:
    Coke sugar content: http://producnutrition.thecoca-colacompany.com/products/coca-cola
    Yoplait sugar contetn: http://yoplait.com/products/yoplait-orignal-style-yogurt
    Apple sugar content: http://sugarstacks.com/fruits/htm.

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