Top Pick Of The Week

January 12, 2010

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Apple Chips

Crunch away on Bare Fruit’s apple chips. All photography by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Baked-dried fruit chips, strips and slices in three varieties of apple, plus pear and mango.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: They’re made in wood-burning ovens, and are both USDA-certified organic and certified kosher (by Earth Kosher).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Tasty and sweet, it helps us wean ourselves from more high-caloric snacks. It’s also high in fiber, and every serving counts toward the “5 to 9 a day” fruit and vegetable servings recommended by the CDC.
WHERE TO BUY IT: At fine retailers nationwide and online at
COMING JANUARY 26: Best Valentine’s Day Chocolates.

Bare Fruit: Healthy Snacking On Apple Chips & Other Fruit Chips

CAPSULE REPORT: So you say your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier. But what do you do if you have a natural sweet tooth—or an addiction to chips?

Try Bare Fruit. The crispy and crunchy apple chips and chewy pears hit the spot. And every serving counts toward the “5 to 9 a day” of fruits and vegetable servings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (In fact, dried fruit is the CDC’s fruit of the month for January.)

Even if your idea of a good time is not sinking your teeth into an apple or a pear, you may enjoy the fruit in its chip form. There are three options for apple chips: sweet Fuji apple chips, plain or with cinnamon, and tart Granny Smith apple chips. In addition to the pear slices, there are sweet but higher-calorie mango strips and dried cherries.

Bare Fruit products are gluten free and have no added sugar. Kids love ’em too. They’re certified USDA organic and kosher. Read the full review and revisit your 2010 snacking strategy.

Next week’s product is the last of our “healthy food month” Top Picks. Then, it’s time to focus on the best Valentine’s Day chocolates. If you eat enough fruit chips year-round, you’re entitled to participate in the chocolate holidays.

THE NIBBLE does not sell the foods we review
or receive fees from manufacturers for recommending them.

Our recommendations are based purely on our opinion, after tasting thousands of products each year, that they represent the best in their respective categories.

More Healthy Top Pick Snacks

Popchips Peeled Snacks Superseedz
Popchips. Our favorite potato chips are popped—not baked or fried. The result is a healthier chip with lower fat but just as much flavor. Once you taste them, you’ll be a fan. See the review. Peeled Snacks. This company sells plain dried fruit, but our passion is the fruit and nut mixes. They’re higher in calories than apple chips, but are nutritious, healthy snacks. We’re fig-sated on Fig-Sated. Read the review. Superseedz. Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses, as are the various flavors of Superseedz. Eat them for the magnesium, five B vitamins, iron and protein! Read the review.

Bare Fruit : Healthy Snacking


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Bare Fruit Overview

The mascot of the Bare Fruit company is a brown bear. Cute as he is, he’d better keep his paws off of our Bare Fruit.

Talk about guilt-free snacking:

We crunch away on sweet apple chips or tart apple chips, depending on our mood. When we want something chewy, we head for the pear chips, or maybe we indulge our daily calorie count and go for the mango. Any way we go, we’re getting plenty of fiber and some very good vitamins.

As a bonus, Bare Fruit is 100% organic, which means no pesticides and environmental conservation. And if you keep kosher, the kosher certification is a second bonus.

Baked for more than 10 hours over burning wood and low heat—which preserves nutrients and taste—these dried fruit chips are tastier than many prepared more hastily. Try them and see the difference.

We’re happy. Bare fruit keeps us away from the cookies and candy. And it has so many uses beyond from-the-bag snacking.


Mango Chips
Mango chips have twice the calories of the apple and pear chips—but much less than a chocolate bar or potato chips.

Follow us to Page 2 to see how else we use Bare Fruit.

—Karen Hochman

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Continue To Page 2: Varieties Of Bare Fruit  & Serving Suggestions

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