Raisels Review and Giveaway


I like to give my kids little treats in their lunchboxes, but in the interests of good nutrition and dental health I only send candies on special occasions. For the most part I pack them fruit or yogurt or dried fruit or raisins to enjoy once they're done with their lunch. Team Mom recently invited me to try a great new product -- Raisels, "The Fruity Fruit Raisins" -- that is probably the first real fruit-based alternative to candy out there. Read more below to see why:

The Basics
Raisels are a new, healthier alternative to candy from the National Raisin Company. They are rich in antioxidants, fat free, cholesterol free and contain 100% of US RDA for vitamin C. Raisels contain zero sodium, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. These fruity flavored golden raisings come in four flavors -- Sour Apple, Sour Orange, Sour Lemon and Sour Peach -- and are available in six-packs of 1.25-oz (25-g) boxes.

The Bongga
Raisels, where have you been all my life? I love these little treats! My kids love these treats! Here's why:

* Even before you remove the plastic wrapping from the six-pack you can smell a heavenly fruity scent.

* Some kids are grossed out by the dark color of raisins, but Raisels are made with golden raisins so they look really nice.

* They really do taste like candy!! My kids are crazy about any kind of sour candy, so Raisels are right up their alley. We all have a different favorite, but they all taste great. My favorite is the Sour Lemon, which tastes exactly like a sour lemon drop. And they have that great chewy texture, so it feels and tastes just like you're eating a sour gummy candy.



After devouring a box each, the kids made me swear I was going to buy more, which I am more than happy to do after all the unopened boxes of raisins that come back home. This is one healthy treat that's destined to become a regular staple in our pantry!

The Blah
Nutrition purists are bound to object to the added sugar in Raisels, but 90% of the sugar in Raisels is actually naturally occurring (remember, grapes do contain fructose, a naturally occurring sugar, which is what makes them sweet!). Here's a comparison of the amount of sugar in Raisels versus similar snacks:

Raisels: 23 g sugar per 35-g serving (.66 grams sugar per gram of product)
Raisins: 20 g sugar per 28-g serving (.71 grams sugar per gram of product)
Yogurt covered raisins: 18 g sugar per 28-g serving (.64 grams sugar per gram of product)
Sweetened dried cranberries: 29.4 g sugar per 42-g serving (0.7 grams sugar per gram of product)
100% all-natural fruit roll-up: 14 g sugar per 21-g serving (0.67 grams sugar per gram of product)

See, Raisels' sugar content is actually the lowest of all of these... and none of the others taste like lemon drops. Yes, Raisels does have a bit of added sugar, but so does most kids' yogurt, and so does chocolate milk. If packing Raisels in my kids lunch boxes gets them to gobble raisins like candy, I'm happy to add Raisels to my list of approved healthy treats (and I was kidding about the gobbling -- everything in moderation, kids, even Raisels and especially candy).


The Bottom Line
Raisels are a great healthy alternative to candies and soft drinks -- they're your kids' best bet when they need to get a sour candy fix!


Win a Raisels Prize Pack

One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a Raisels prize package that includes a variety of Raisels flavors.

Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and tell me which kind of dried fruit you like best. This entry must be completed before extra entries qualify.


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I entered the Raisels giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/bonggaprizes

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on March 16, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on March 17 and post the winner's name after the winner confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received product samples from Raisels and Team Mom to facilitate this review. I was not paid to review the product or give my opinions.The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

79 Comments, Leave yours here:

Jenna Z on February 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM said...

I like dried cherries best, the Montemarte cherries from Trader Joes are awesome!

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I follow raisels on twitter and tweeted:
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Make It Happen Mama on February 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM said...

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Tabathia on February 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM said...

apples
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Lori Thomas said...

dried apple or banana

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Terra H. on February 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM said...

I liked dried apples best. Thanks.
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Teresa on March 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM said...

I like dried cranberries

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I posted on the Raisels FB wall
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Tamara B. on March 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM said...

I like raisins, cranberries and dried peaches.
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Natalia said...

I like dried bananas
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I love dried apricots.
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Steph on March 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM said...

I like dried apple or bannana. I have not had much dried fruit other than those two.

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I follow Raisels on Twitter (mnsteph) and tweeted
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Angela on March 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM said...

I love dried cranberries
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moushka on March 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM said...

I like dried Cranberries!

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Jennifer T. on March 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM said...

I like dried pineapple when I can find it.

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I love dried bananas! Yum!

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Helene on March 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM said...

My favorite dried fruit is dried apples.

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Bonggamom on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM said...

Thanks to everyone for entering, and congratulations to the winner: #20, Teresa!

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