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Published March 19, 2014, 04:43 PM

Review: Fruit, veggie bars offer spring flavor

FARGO – Tulips poking through the ground, birds singing, longer days – spring has officially arrived.

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

FARGO – Tulips poking through the ground, birds singing, longer days – spring has officially arrived.

And I want feel-good, fresh treats so I tried Dreyer’s Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars.

The strawberry rhubarb variety intrigued me most because rhubarb is one of my favorite vegetables. (Yes, it is a vegetable, no matter how much sugar is poured on it.)

As much as I wanted to like it, the bar lacked the tart rhubarb flavor for which I’d hope (or maybe my Midwestern upbringing led me to expect rhubarb pudding on a stick).

Tangerine carrot tastes fruity, like frozen juice concentrate. I didn’t detect a carrot flavor, but the tangerine taste was pleasant. It’d be tasty as a cocktail topped with champagne.

The flavor I least expected to like came out on top. Blueberry Medley, made with beet juice, blueberries, pears, apples and sweet potatoes, was refreshing and bold. It tasted a little like a fruity red wine. I’d eat it any day.

Other flavors are Peach Mango Medley and Apple and Greens.

Each fruit-and-veggie bar has 35 to 60 calories and contains at least 25 percent vegetables in the form of juice or puree.

The ingredient list for each flavor includes a variety of juices and purees from vegetables and fruits, and they contain some added sugar. While sugar isn’t the first ingredient, it’s in the top five for each bar.

I was happy to see that I could pronounce the entire ingredient list, which makes me feel good about eating them. They’re a jumble of juices with sugar, and that’s it.

Bottom line: Dreyer’s Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars are a refreshing treat for spring and summer but you still need to eat vegetables.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525

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