“Another fruit bar?”, I thought. But I should have known Pressed by Kind wouldn’t be your ordinary dried fruit snack.
Unlike most brands, Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars have no added sugars and no added fruit juices or concentrates. They’re bars (not leather) with the tender goodness of dried fruit – that’s it! Okay, you might find some chia seeds, coconut, or vegetables, depending on the flavor, but that’s a healthful bonus, in my opinion. The texture of each flavor is a little chunky with actual bites of fruit rather than just fruit puree.
Tasting Notes for Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars
Mango Apple Chia – I was amazed by the deliciousness of these three simple ingredients. The apple compliments the sweet-tart mango for a light tangy flavor overall. It’s tender, not too chewy and has fun little chia “pops” throughout. As an added bonus, the chia seeds add a full 60mg of dairy-free calcium.
Apricot Pear Carrot Beet – This bar packs in 5 ingredients (beyond the title, it also contains apple) and has ample little bits of chewy interest. I thought the flavor was surprisingly bold with a lovely sweet melange that’s less tart than the Mango. I detected notes of real carrot and beet throughout. This may be off-putting to some, but it could be a gateway to more veggie goodness for others.
Pineapple Coconut Chia – The scent and taste definitely shouted pineapple. Despite the addition of lightly sweet apple, the tropical fruit dominated with very astringent tart notes that made me wince. The chia seeds do add delightful little pops of crunch, and I loved the fresh concept. But unfortunately, I found it hard to eat!
Cherry Apple Chia – Softer and more fragrant than the others, this bar has a very tender allure. It was bursting with the natural sweet, tart, and even slightly bitter notes of cherries. The apple is present and keeps the flavor on an even keel, however I didn’t note the chia as much in this one.
Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach – Luckily the combination of banana and apple seemed to temper the pineapple’s feisty zest in this blend. Overall, I liked it, but it wouldn’t be my top pick. Perhaps it’s the distracting green flavor, or the less assertive fruit flavors, but I think it would certainly appeal to the green smoothie set.
The Facts on Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars
Certifications: Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars are Certified Kosher Pareve. They are also labeled as gluten-free, but I didn’t note a certification.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Pressed by Kind Fruit Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the website Kind at www.kindsnacks.com.