Friday, August 30, 2013

Product Review and Giveaway: Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers - great for a healthy lunch box!

Thanks to Del Monte, I received a wonderful gift pack of items to try out and review on my blog. Included in my gift pack were.
·         Two boxes of Fruit Burst Squeezers in apple cinnamon and blueberry flavor
·         One Del Monte lunchbox - we need constantly new ones since we all brown bag our lunch!
·         One orange-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
·         One strawberry-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote - how cute is that in your purse!
·         One Del Monte magnetic frame
copyright Durhamonthecheap - my gift pack from Del Monte!
In addition to this new product,  Fruit Burst Squeezers, which are perfect for packing into school lunches, Del Monte also has a fantastic contest fitting the season of First day of classes. But more about this and the great giveaway later. 

The Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers are a great new product that come in a Simply Fruit variety and a Fruit + Veggie variety. The simply fruit variety comes in three flavors, Apple Cinnamon, which I received, Mixed Berry and Strawberry. The Fruit + Veggie varieties available are Peach / Mango and Blueberry, which was contained in my gift pack. For those moms concerned about nutrition, each package of Fruit Burst Squeezer contains 1 ½ servings of fruit or fruit and veggies and are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Also important for moms concerned about artificial ingredients and sweeteners, the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers contain no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. 

We sampled the Blueberry variety because we wanted to find out how well the veggie flavor was covered. Del Monte did a great job of hiding the healthy vegetables. The content really taste like blueberry and I am glad to be able to include blueberry in our lunches without having to spend a fortune buying fresh blueberries. 


copyright Durhamonthecheap - Blueberry Fruit Burst Squeezer
As you can see from the image, the content of the blueberry Fruit Burst Squeezer do not have the fake blueish color of many other blueberry-flavored products. The color is more reddish and the tube is really easy to open, even for little hands. Best of all, if there is left over, which can happen with finicky eaters, you can close the tube again and store it in the fridge for another time. I have stored the Fruit Burst Squeezers in the fridge and I would recommend that you do the same because the colder temperature makes them so much more refreshing.

Because the vegetable flavor was not detectable, we also checked out the ingredient list. The blueberry Fruit and Veggie Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers contains pear puree concentrate, water, pumpkin juice concentrate, pear juice concentrate, natural flavors, carrot puree, blueberry puree concentrate, fruit and vegetable extracts for color, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid.

So I can highly recommend the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers as an add-on to the lunch box. While you may want to alternate between regular fruit and the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers, if your kids likes blueberries or strawberries, which will become impossible to pay for come fall, these Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers are a great way to include their favorite fruit in the lunch box throughout the year.

Now to the second part of this post, the Del Monte Facebook contest First Day of School Photo Contest. You can enter by simply uploading a picture of your kid's first day of school or maybe you can find your first day of classes photo and enter that. The top 20 Finalist photos will be posted to the Del Monte Fruit Squeezers website, and fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite photo. The winning entry will receive a $10,000 donation to a school of their choice.


Here is how to get started:
-          Submissions will be accepted now through through September 7 at 11:59 CDT.
-          From September 8, 2013 at 12:00:00 CDT to September 15, 2013 at 11:59:59 CDT, the public will be able to vote for their favorite Entry.
-          From September 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 CDT to September 22, 2013 at 11:59:59 CDT, the public will be able to vote for their favorite Finalist.
-          To submit your photo entry, you can visit http://www.delmontefruitsqueezers.com/
 
To keep up to date on Del Monte happenings, you can follow Del Monte on their Facebook page here and below is a video that recaps the Photo Contest for the First Day of School sponsored by Del Monte. The complete rules are shown here.




So to sum up, my wonderful gift pack from Del Monte contained:

·         Two boxes of Fruit Burst Squeezers (one Fruit + Veggies 4-pack and one Simply Fruit 4-pack)
·         One Del Monte lunchbox
·         One orange-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
·         One strawberry-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
·         One Del Monte magnetic frame

The best thing, Del Monte has agreed to make a second gift pack available to one luck reader on my blog

Which brings me to the third part of this blog entry, the Giveaway!

You can simply enter by following the instruction on this  Rafflecopter giveaway. 
Rafflecopter ensures that winning entries are selected fairly and I only require that you follow my blog, but you can gain additional entries by liking my new pages on Twitter and Facebook. 
Entries are due by 9-21-13 and I will need the full name and mailing address of the winner, since Del Monte will ship the prize directly to the winning reader of my blog. Good Luck everyone!
Sorry, must be a resident of the USA to participate!


copyright Durhamonthecheap - the good people at Del Monte will provide a second gift pack to the winner!
Disclaimer: The Del Monte products, information and two gift packs have been provided by Del Monte, but as always all opinions expressed on this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by Del Monte or any third party. 

58 comments:

tara pittman said...

I love spinach

Cheryl said...

My favorite vegetable is probably broccoli. It just tastes delicious.
By the way, I wasn't sure what you meant by follow the blog, so I assumed that it was about GFC?

MELINA said...

My favorite fruit is Apple! I love to eat this fruit with cajeta, nuttella or caramel :)

OtterKim said...

Fav fruit is pears

ruby ragar said...

This looks yummy! I'd love to try this.

Just Married with Coupons said...

Oh cool, those look like a fun way to have fruit! Convenient for back to school, I will have to check these out. I haven't' spotted them yet ;)

Casey Lindberg-Coghill said...

Yum! I have seen squeezable fruit from other brands, but none with a fruit and veggies combo. What a fun gift pack they sent to you; these seem super convenient for anyone on the go! :)

Confessions of a Coupon Queen said...

Yum! What a great snack on the go idea!

QueenB said...

we love the pouch fruits- no exploding, no breaking, and no mess (unless they REALLY squeeze)-- i love love love these!! we keep them in the car too for just in case snacks :)

Andy Hayes said...

These look great - and I appreciate that you mention they aren't full of fake colors and chemicals.

Monica said...

I love things like this for the kiddos bc the packages don't explode!

Mariana said...

My kids love those fruit squeezers! And the fruit-shaped reusable bags are cute!

Coupon Friendly said...

My kids would LOVE these. And the pouches are so easy to use and it's less messy! Good review! Thanks so much!!

Ellen Corathers said...

I tried one brand of these, but my kids did not like them. Maybe I need to try again with Del Monte.

Carmen Uballe said...

My favorite fruit is banana I have never tried the Del Monte version but my little girls loves these fruit and veggie things so I will have to get her some.. I wanted to enter your giveaway but can't figure out how to follow the blog their is no instruction on where to look to follow the blog but Thank You anyways...

kratzy said...

Carmen, if you follow me on Bloglovin then that's fine or you can follow via Google Friend Connect - see right side bar with the follow button. Thanks for stopping by.

kratzy said...

I really liked the blueberry one. It was similar to applesauce in consistency, but with a blueberry taste.

kratzy said...

Yes, at first I was concerned about how easy the pouches are to open. But there are great for kids and love that you can close them again and use the rest later.

kratzy said...

Yes, I keep an eye out for artificial ingredients. I usually have plenty of fruit at home and so I do not like fruit alternatives that have mostly chemicals.

kratzy said...

yes, the packages seem really sturdy and can fit into lunchboxes.

kratzy said...

The shopping bags are a really nice size and very light weight. Not sure that I would haul bottles home in them, but they certainly work as well as paper bags.

kratzy said...

they are handy for on the go and with the foil enclosure they do keep the temperature for a while.

kratzy said...

I was happy to see a fruit and veggie combo because we do love the vegetables juices that fruit in them. I really did not taste the veggie component, which is good!

kratzy said...

yes, I may have to steal a couple for my own lunch. The lunch bag has been claimed by the little one.

kratzy said...

I had not heard of them either before the package arrived. They are new for this school year.

kratzy said...

I love creamed spinach with eggs over easy and hash browns - my favorite lunch growing up.

kratzy said...

GFC is fine. Thank for commenting and following! I had my first broccoli when I moved to the USA. It was not well known as a vegetable when growing up in Germany.

kratzy said...

snacking on some caramel covered apples right now. I found a good deal at Kroger for these and can now pretend to eat a healthy snack!

kratzy said...

I found some Asian pears the other day. I love those the best of all pears because you can slice them like apples and use for decoration or to layer on sandwiches.

kratzy said...

I will stop by Walmart soon and will check to see whether they are available there. I had not even heard of them before I received the gift pack for review.

Cyndie said...

I have tried these before and I really liked them. I did not think I would. Great for on the go!

Danielle said...

OK if you say the veggie flavour is covered up, it might just mean my boys will eat this!

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

I haven't tried these but I bet my kids would love them.

Sierra Lorenzo said...

My kids love these squeeze pouches, we haven't tried this brand yet though. I love the ingredients, we'll add them to our lunch list!

Victoria said...

I have seen these in the store. I will have to try them the next time I go.

Healy Harpster said...

Definitely, healthy and yummy! I'm glad you have the giveaway, thanks!

Lalitha Prakash said...

I wish these were available in my place when my kids were young :-) They would have loved them :-) Good post.

xscottbx said...

These look really good. You can never have too many fruits and veggies.

Jeff Sherwood said...

My favorite fruit is strawberries but I have always loved Del Monte fruit cocktail. I will have to pick some of these up for my kids the next time I go to the store. :)

Ave T said...

That apple-cinnamon one sounds delicious! My daughter loves squeezers.

Janeane Davis said...

This is a great way to add some fruit and vegetable into the kids meals. A good thing about this is we dont have to worry about the fruit being smashed in the lunch box.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Completely perfect lunchbox food and I do like that it's resealable if not finished, although I suspect it should be eaten fairly quickly if it came in contact with their mouths.

calichristy2 said...

had never heard of the fruit squeezers but looks like a convenient take along snack..my kids love strawberries and grapes m:)

Cindi Thornton said...

I am now following your blog via bloglovin. And these snacks look so fun! I absolutely have to get some for my home daycare kiddos and the grandkids! What a neat idea...and I mean NEAT, I can see that these would definitely be easy to eat without all of the sticky mess from other snacks.

Debra Rutt said...

I love that companies are making healthier snack on the go products like this...encourages kids to eat more fruit!

Jaredamy said...

Yum, I love Delmonte products! Thanks for the great review & giveaway! Amy Desrosiers

Kyle Wiley said...

Great giveaway. My son could definitely use this for school!

valmg said...

I haven't seen these in the stores here yet.

Freebiester Amy said...

Good to know companies are putting an effort in bringing veggies back
thanks for a great product review and a giveaway

Joanne said...

We just tried those at a friends house the other day - they were good!

aprillynn said...

I love these things! Perfect for me too!

Ronnie E. said...

These look yummy. I wish the giveaway were open worldwide then I could win and sample them, too. :)

Robyn Osborn said...

This looks like something my grandkids would like!

Courtney Pies said...

I've been wanting to try these out - they look delicious! I'm sure my daughter would love them!

Melanie said...

What a fun Giveaway and I love the fruit pouches; they are so easy to take along for the kids. Best idea ever.. thanks for sharing

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

We love fruit pouches. They are so easy for kids and perfect for on the go! Great giveaway.

Sophie said...

I've seen these in the store but I haven't bought them yet. Going to have to give them a try. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Shanna said...

Wow! Cool way to get more fruit in. Will pick some up for my daughter!