While the name Stretch Island didn’t ring a bell, when I read “The Original Fruit Leather” on the snack-sized package, I knew I was in for a trip down memory lane. Jumping at the flavors that caught my appetite, I was eager to do some foodie reminiscing…
I anticipated a more subdued flavor upon opening the Abundant Apricot, as it didn’t immediately greet my nose. In fact, I had to seek out the mild fruit scent myself. As I bit in, I noticed that this flavor seemed less forgiving, with more of that fruit leatheresque bite. Consequently, it was more of a tough chew and less stick-to-your-teeth, but beyond a better jaw workout, it wasn’t a big deal. The flavor was a touch more sour than sweet, with a definite dried apricot flavor. Since I like dried apricots I wouldn’t hesitate to eat this one again.
The sweet scent of strawberry syrup slowly emerged from the package. While it was pleasant, it bordered on artificiality according to my senses. This flavor was more soft and forgiving, with a bit of the same stickiness. While I truly did enjoy the flavor, which was a noticeably sweet strawberry with a slight sour after-kick that seemed to linger with notes of bitter pomegranate, it immediately hit me with that same sense of artificiality. I double checked the ingredients and did confirm that it was a 100% fruit concoction, no sweeteners or additives. While I liked the contrasting flavors in the Strawberry better than the Apricot. That being said, the sweet strawberry would surely be a hit with kids.
My Extra Notes & Tips:
- It looks as though some of these flavors are new to the fruit leather line-up, as I don’t see them on the website, including one I haven’t tried yet, Country Cranberry Raspberry. I am eager to get my hands on the Mango Sunrise, Bountiful Blackberry, and Orchard Cherry next!
- While low in calories (around 45 I believe), each fruit leather contains about 1/2 serving of fruit, no added sugar, and is kosher certified. Since they are 100% fruit, each fruit leather is free of the top food allergens (soy, milk, wheat/gluten, egg, etc.)
Where to Purchase: I see Stretch Island Fruit Leathers lingering around different grocery departments, but most notably near the produce. They often have a stand of their own, but if you can’t find them, just ask a store associate, most major grocers and natural food stores seem to stock these old favorites. Of course, some flavors are available to purchase direct from the folks at Stretch Island, and several Fruit Leather flavors are available on Amazon for a good price.
The Facts on Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Certifications: Stretch Island Fruit Leather is Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Stretch Island Fruit Leather is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Stretch Island Fruit website at stretchislandfruit.com