Opening a Great Kids Healthy Snacks subscription box is like having a healthy present delivered to you every month – one that surprises you every time. With 30 snacks inside, you not only find tons of options for kids, but also for the entire family. I learned that with a monthly subscription, you will get a variety of flavors from the same brand (which I love), a few repeats from the previous box, and still have a chance to sample brands that you’ve never heard of (or always wanted to try). As with my first box, I’ve fallen in love with a brand and products that I will soon purchase in bulk online…and with this month’s box review; I’ve invited my mother and brother to share their opinions.
I presented my mother and nephew with the Great Kids Healthy Snacks box, and asked them each to choose just five items that absolutely caught their eye first. We didn’t share our picks until the very end, and then we tested out most of our picks.
My 12-year-old nephew sifted through the box, read a few packages, and definitely paused at some of the packaging when making his choices. His top-five picks were Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears, Boulder Berry Go-Go Squeeze, Lemon Pepper Fusion Jerky, Garlic Jalapeno Fusion Jerky, and Donald Duck Fruit Crisps.
Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
Highlights: Organic Sweeteners; 100% RDV of Vitamin C; Vegan; No Artificial Colors/Flavors
I knew my nephew would pick the bag of Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears as one of his options. He loves gummy snacks…and sour candy. The little bears are lightly coated in organic cane sugar; and come in three different flavors: Black Raspberry, Sour Cherry, and Strawberry. My nephew says that Black Raspberry was his favorite. He gobbled them up. Another thing I’d like to point out is that you can also feel good about eating Surf Sweets products – the company donates at least 1% of sales from their products to a number of environmental organizations.
My mother said that she could have easily picked out more than five items, but ended up with the following: Modern Oats Coconut Almond premium oatmeal, Pamela’s Oat Up 2 Chocolates + Almonds organic bar, two bags of Disney Fruit Crisps (strawberry/banana and pears), and the Chocolate YummySnack Bar.
The box was a hit, and attracted the whole family. For instance, my brother immediately snagged the Carnival Kettle Popcorners and Peeled Snacks Garden Herb Peas Please (which contains the only vegetable my brother really likes to eat…peas.) Over the course of a few days, the box has dwindled down to only a handful of items – ideal for quick pick-me-ups. Even our Chihuahua mix, Rosey, wanted ‘in’ on the Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box – especially when she sniffed out the Vermont Smoke & Cure meat sticks.
We were fans of the Vermont Smoke & Cure meat sticks (Cracked Pepper & BBQ), and so was Rosey.
Snack Brands I Was Introduced to…
The Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box contained a handful of brands and products that I was not familiar with, which includes Pamela’s Oat Up organic bars, YummySnack Bars, Disney Fruit Crisps, the Sneaky Chef, Crunchmaster multi-seed crackers, and artisan Fusion Jerky.
Five Snacks in the Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box that Caught My Eye
Here’s a rundown of the snacks that I tried out first with my family:
1. YummySnack Candy Bars
Highlights: Low-Calorie; Omega-3s; Certified Non-GMO; High Fiber; Sugar-Free
A Gluten-Free Brand I Will Definitely Purchase Soon
A candy bar made with sugar free chocolate is quite difficult to come by, and YummySnack Candy Bars really delivers a tasty treat. Sweetened with erythritol and stevia, this is the closest thing I’ve tried out that really tastes like a candy bar. Nearly all of the chocolate bars that I’ve had are mostly comprised of unsweetened dark chocolate and almonds. I loved the candy bars so much that I’ve devoted a post to them. The Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box contained two out of six of YummyHealth’s candy bars.
2. Fusion Jerky
Highlights: All-Natural; Made in USA; Good Source of Protein; No Preservatives
My nephew and I sampled the two packets of artisan Fusion Jerky – items that caught both of our attention.
A ½-ounce serving is only 40 calories, and provides 5-6 grams of protein.
- The Garlic Jalapeno pork jerky smelled really good, and could feel the spiciness of the pepper in the back of my throat. My nephew enjoyed it, but thought it could have been hotter.
- The Lemon Pepper chicken jerky had lots of pepper on it, but we didn’t really detect the ‘lemon’ part of the jerky. This was my first time trying chicken jerky, and by the look and taste of it – it will be Fusion Jerky in the future.
One thing that really stood out to me with both samples of jerky is that they seemed ‘softer,’ and not as tough and stringy as other options.
3. Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola – Nutty Cranberry Maple
Highlights: Marked Gluten- and Wheat Free; Non-GMO Verified; Low in Saturated Fat
I’ve found that a lot of products that identify as gluten-free do not indicate that they are wheat-free, so when I see a product do so…I appreciate it. One 1/3 cup serving is only 140 calories. Just some of the ingredients in the gluten-free granola include dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, whole almonds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and pecans. Sweetened with evaporated cane juice, the granola has a sweet maple syrup-like scent. My mother enjoys trail mixes and snacks like this, and said she likes this. I enjoyed the nuttiness and taste of the granola, but I found the texture of the overall concoction harder than expected.
4. Pamela’s Oat Up Organic Bars
Highlights: Certified Organic; Non-GMO Verified; Good Source of Fiber
There were two Pamela’s Oat Up bars in the box. My mother and I both gravitated towards these bars. Made with organic chocolate chunks and organic white chocolate chips, Pamela’s 2 Chocolates + Almonds Oat Up bar is also made with organic almond butter and organic coconut. Pamela’s Cinnamon Oatmeal Oat Up bar contains organic walnuts and organic coconut. We didn’t try out these bars yet, but I will report later – I have saved these for an upcoming road trip.
5. Disney Fruit Crisps
Highlights: High in Vitamin C; Non-GMO; Vegan; No Preservatives; 100% Fruit; No Added Sugar
There were two Disney-themed freeze-dried fruit snacks in the box: Goofy (strawberries and bananas) and Donald Duck (pears). In the one package of Goofy Fruit Crisps, you get approximately 1 banana and 4 strawberries. When I opened the pouch, a strong strawberry-banana scent escaped (smells tasty). The snack offers a lot of crunch and something healthy to munch on. We even let Rosey, our Chihuahua mix, sample the freeze-dried bananas. The Donald Duck Fruit Crisps have this almost melt-in-your-mouth, light-as-air effect. I liked them a lot.
Honorable Oddball Mention: the Sneaky Chef Creamy No-Nut Butter
The reason why I think this Great Kids Healthy Snacks item is unique is because it is made from golden peas (non-GMO ones to be more specific). The consistency mimics traditional nut butters, but it does have a slightly off-putting oily scent. Despite this, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. To me, it tasted like some odd, diet cookie butter – I can detect this hint of sweetness. However, my brother and mother could not get over the oiliness of the pea butter, and did not like it. I tried it on a Snididdy Sea Salt Popcorn Crisp, and I think it was pretty tasty.
This month, there was also a OneBar sticker that my nephew enjoyed adding to his collection; an information sheet for YummySnack Bars, and a discount code to take 20% off an order of Vermont Smoke & Cure products.
Disclosure: I received a discount to purchase a Great Kids Healthy Snacks subscription box, in exchange for sharing my opinions, which are 100% my own!
What products above sound like something you’d like to try?