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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trader Joe's Crunch Dried Honeycrisp Apples


Our sweetness streak continues with this applicious snack, but in this case, there's absolutely no added sugar, and you definitely can't say we're not getting some fruit in our diets...

I've had apple chips before, but none have been as sweet or as flavorful as these. The Fuji Apple Slices received less than a stellar score here on the blog, but I think this honeycrisp variety might work slightly better for people craving something a little more sweet and a bit less tart. 

They flaunt the same delicious honey-esque flavor of a honeycrisp apple. Very little is lost in the drying process. Obviously they lack the juiciness of a real apple, but taste-wise, I think they're remarkably close.


The largest apple slices were big enough to be called "chips," but as we neared the middle of our bag, the pieces were more like "shards" of apple. Toward the bottom, we found what I'd probably refer to as "bits" or "crumbs." They were pulverized, presumably in transit, to the point where they became difficult to eat. 

That's really my only complaint about this product: only the largest pieces could be called "slices" or "chips," and those were by far the best. Pouring a bag of apple dust into your mouth isn't nearly as convenient as snacking on dried fruit chips.

The texture is crunchy, crisp, and brittle. They're less rigid than, say, banana chips, but slightly firmer than other dried apple chips in my experience.

Who says you have to wait for fall apple harvest to enjoy apples? I'm pretty sure this product was just released this spring. Even in light of the shattered pieces, I'd buy this bag of dried apples again since it's tasty and not particularly fattening. Also, the "Best By" date on our bag is October 24, 2020. Might not be a bad idea to stock up in case that long overdue zombie apocalypse finally occurs.

Bottom line: 7.5 out of 10.

3 comments:

  1. I tried these back when they were on the new shelf and tthis may be personal and splitting hairs but they were really sharp! Like, stabbing the insides of my mouth in a bad way sharp. Does that make any sense...? I used most of them in some oatmeal where they softened a bit but not a repurchase for me. (Whereas i buy an obscene number of honeycrisp apples when they’re in season).
    Good point on the apocalypse. I am not prepared. Yet.
    Ttrockwood

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  2. What the heck is "crunch dried"? Is that some type of freeze drying?

    I'm glad to see that these don't have citric acid like their freeze dried apples ( I think the Fuji ones? ) The citric acid makes for a foul aftertaste. I'm going to try these!

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  3. These are amazing and I love them. I am going back tomorrow to stock up on a bunch of bags!

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