Tropical Wholefoods Fruit Bars Review
We were over the moon when three of the latest flavours of Tropical Wholefoods’ snack bars landed on our desk for us to review. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Coming highly rated, with no artificial additives, colourings or preservatives and promising to be ‘bursting with flavour’, it’s time to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about.
Firstly, let’s have a look at these snack bars in a little more detail. We’ve got three different flavours to choose from; apricot and raisin, date and walnut and pineapple and cashew. All 100% organic, low saturated fat bars, suitable for vegans and a great source of fibre – they’re ticking all the boxes so far.
The great thing about Tropical Wholefoods is that they pay fair prices in advance; in fact, they pay up to 60% of the order value when the contract is issued, which is crucial for small producer organisations to be able to pay their farmers for their harvest. This is an essential part of the fair trade chain, as it means that farmers are able to deal with some of the costs around processing their goods and transporting them to the port - which is very different to conventional supply chains, where buyers typically pay the value of the contract up to 60-90 days after they have received the goods.
Tropical Wholefoods also develop and market the farmers’ products and share useful technology and experience with overseas partners. Starting its life in Uganda in the early 1990s, Tropical Wholefoods began helping Ugandan farmers sell their fruits at good prices in European markets.
They realized that the best way to do this sustainably was to solar dry the fruit, as this adds value, extends shelf life, makes fruit more transportable, retains waste at the source and uses only renewable energy. It also means that for the consumer, fruits are even more tasty, as they are dried when fresh and ripe so true flavours are captured – which bodes well for our review.
With this in mind, let’s get down to the tasting.
Apricot and Raisin
Made with a medley of organic ingredients including rolled oats, Hunza apricots, raisins, barley flakes, apricot kernels, apple juice and sunflower oil, we started on a high with the apricot and raisin bar. Very soft, chewy and moist, the strong flavours immediately surface and the promise of a ‘flavour burst’ was certainly delivered. The compacted oats and fruit make for a welcome dense mouthful, and, although a sweet treat, you can’t help but feeling like it’s a wholesome and healthy one, too. Coming with 2.4g per bar, this one is packed with the highest percentage of fibre, which is an essential part of a healthy diet.
Date and Walnut
The Tropical Wholefoods Date and Walnut bar sent waves through our office. Made up of 35% dates, the high fruit content is evident before you’ve even taken your first bite. The delightful, naturally sweet aroma hits and the taste to follow does not disappoint. With a soft, almost caramel-like texture, this strong, sweet bar almost melts in the mouth, complemented by the crunchy walnut pieces which follow. With 2.6g of protein and 1.8g of fibre, this nourishing bar is packed with wholesome goodness and if you’re a fan of dates, you will not be disappointed.
Pineapple and Cashew
Last, but by no means least, the pineapple and cashew snack bar. This one is much tangier than the others, which isn’t a bad thing! A real taste bud tingler, the pineapple and cashew bar is the perfect blend of bitter, interspersed with sweet bursts of pineapple. The bar itself has a harder and more rigid consistency than its counterparts, which adds a welcome element of density and almost makes the wholesome fibre palpable. With no artificial additives, colourings or preservatives, we may have just found our latest guilt-free, sweet treat.
If we’ve sufficiently whet your appetite, why not give Tropical Wholefoods’ new snack bar range a try for yourself and let us know which is your favourite?