Friday, June 16, 2006

Florida’s Natural Sour Fruit Juice String

Okay, this product has a freakishly long name ... almost as long as the product itself. The Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Juice Sour String (henceforth called Sour Strings) is a long string about the same diameter as a thick clothesline and made from all natural ingredients and fortified with good stuff.

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What I loved about this product is that they’re true to what they say. The first ingredient is fruit puree 64% is fruit ... then sugar. The puree comes from pears and oranges and the real fruitiness is quite evident. It tastes like a zazzed up fruit roll up, but in a little bit friendlier shape.

The roll of string is coiled up and allows you to unravel a little and then clamp the package shut to cut it off. It’s covered in a little granulated sugar to keep it from getting sticky.

It’s super sour. I mean, the outside really is sassy, back of the mouth tingling sour. Once that dissipates it’s a nice mellow orange flavor with both the sour and zest notes to it. As you eat it there’s a slight grain to it, which I suspect is the pear puree - you know those little crunchy bits you get in pears?

Overall, it’s a really nice fruit and candy product that I would buy again. It’s more wholesome than some other gummis/fruit chews and has no gelatin for vegetarians (and it’s Kosher, too). However, my husband, who usually likes gummis and sours was not wild about it at all, so go figure.

The whole pack has 100% of your vitamin C and 30% of your vitamins A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin and Iron & Zinc. There’s even 10% of your Calcium. However, I can’t see eating this in one sitting. It’s a nice little pick me up because of the super-sourness, but the texture doesn’t quite engage me the way that a gummi bear does.

The pack is kinda cool, easy to share and easy to throw in a bag or stuff in a pocket. From their website it looks like they also come in bags instead of the hard pack coil and in other flavors (strawberry, apple and blueberry). I also picked up some of their Fruit Juice Nuggets, which I’ll also review shortly. The price is a little steep for so little candy, though the easy to share pack is nice. I recommend looking for them on sale, but you know, fruit is far more expensive than sugar.

Name: Florida's Natural Au'some Fruit Juice Sour String
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Au'some Snack Naturally, Inc.
Place Purchased: All Candy Expo sample
Price: $.99 retail
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 87
Categories: Chew, United States, Kosher

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Comments
  1. These sound really good. I’ll have to start watching for them. (Like I really NEED more candy!)

    Comment by Bruce on 6/16/06 at 6:10 am #
  2. Those look good.  I was drooling over some fruit leather yesterday at Target, but I think this would be better since it’s mostly, you know, fruit.

    I’ll be on the lookout.

    Comment by eliza on 6/16/06 at 8:38 am #
  3. Check the fruit snack section, instead of the candy section.

    Comment by jamie on 6/16/06 at 10:38 am #
  4. I’m all for healthy candy, especially those with vitamin C, because I’m really afraid of scurvy.  :-(

    Comment by Marvo on 6/16/06 at 7:16 pm #
  5. I love these things. I found them @ GameStop, but it seems like they don’t sell them anymore. Which sucks too because I really liked them !

    Comment by Msvdesygnz on 8/27/06 at 12:23 pm #
  6. haha, i’ve tried these (they come in a plastic bag type thing now, too) and they actually aren’t that sour! but i’ve been living off sour stuff so go figure raspberry

    Comment by EMiLY on 9/25/06 at 7:29 pm #
  7. These are technically more of a fruit snack than a candy, but still AWESOME! All natural ingredients put together to taste tongue-tinglingly, tantalizingly GREAT!!!! The sweet component pampered and pleasured my taste buds, while the tart component gave said taste buds something to THINK about!!!! A superb snack item.

    Comment by Sparkina on 10/17/06 at 12:38 pm #
  8. They sell these at my school and they tasted delicious.
    so yesterday i was at Blockbuster and they had them.
    I ate that thing up in 5 minutes.
    These are awesome and taste great!!
    I just wanna know where else they sell them.
    I dont wanna have to go to the movie store everytime i want some :D

    Comment by Haley on 2/11/07 at 8:38 am #
  9. FYI-
    They are also made in China.  At least the ones that come in a box and are individually wrapped in plastic bags.

    Comment by KAS on 5/29/07 at 6:29 pm #
  10. where can i buy these fruit snacks

    Comment by shaniqua on 6/04/07 at 1:01 pm #
  11. Shiniqua if you look in any DollarRama, you can find them there in the candy section its not in the same package as the one shown in the picture but tastes the same, and looks the same. Cheers.

    Comment by Sean on 9/01/07 at 12:32 pm #
  12. My daughter is alergic to eggs, all dairy and all nuts.  Is this product made on a line free of the above products?

    Comment by Julie Gryniewski on 10/31/07 at 12:43 pm #
  13. This candy says CHINA on the back- don’t waste your money. They look like they are from Florida, then on the back it says NJ and China.

    Comment by Molli on 11/02/07 at 4:45 am #
  14. I stumbled onto this blog looking for more info on the assortments that are currently a dollar a bag in US Target stores.

    These are tasty, and sour enough to make you take notice, without it lasting forever.  The fact that you’re getting some actual, non-dubious nutritional value is a bonus.

    Julie, the individually-wrapped versions I have are labeled kosher parve (no milk, no non-fish non-egg meat) and nut-free, so you’re good on two out of three for sure. 

    The ingredients didn’t seem to indicate anything from eggs…unfortunately, the actual manufacturer’s site (http://www.ausomesnacknaturally.com) seems to be down, and I am no food chemist, so I cannot say for sure.

    Molli, there is so much wrong with your statement that a response would require a blog entry of its own. 

    The shortest answer I can think of is this: would you say the same thing if this were made in the US?  If we knew everything that happened in food manufacturing, packaging, and preparation, we’d all likely be vegan sustenance farmers.

    Comment by fleshrender on 11/06/07 at 7:11 am #
  15. These are awesome!  The high school that I go to often sell these for the club fundraiser weeks.  smile We can’t get enough of them!  I get a box of… 76 bags (.6oz each) for just less than 10 dollars from Costco.  If you haven’t tried these, you need to go out and get some!

    Comment by Yay Me :) on 12/27/07 at 9:02 am #
  16. These are addicting!  My mother lives in LA, Calif and gets them at COSTCO.  She brought them to PA when visiting and we cannot find them anywhere in grocery stores or our wholesale warehouse stores (BUMMER!)  If anyone finds them in bulk, please share the info and post - Thanks

    Comment by Sheila on 4/06/08 at 4:28 am #
  17. my friend and i love love love these things but cant seem to find anywhere that sells them anymore. where can i find them!?

    Comment by BECCA on 4/13/08 at 6:07 pm #
  18. I found the individual portioned bags a year or so ago, and they’re fantastic for someone doing Weight Watchers.  Grab a pouch and you’ve got the controlled portion (1 Point per pouch, I think).  Very cool!

    Comment by Beth on 4/24/08 at 6:57 am #
  19. Sounds like great candy that is a lot more healthier than the ordinary sugar-added candy.

    Comment by Samuel on 4/24/08 at 5:21 pm #
  20. I dont care how good these things are, they are made in communist China. Why would anyone want to eat this stuff when it comes from a nationsn that has brought us such diseases as SARS and avian bird flu. Add to that the Floridas Natural commercial on television that states: With so much fresh fruit grown in the United States, why do other Orange Juice Companies have to import fruit. I think this company should take a good look at itself, and ask itself the same question. But then people in the US obviously dont care where this stuff comes from, they only care about themselves.

    Comment by Kevin on 5/27/08 at 6:01 am #
  21. fleshrender, whats your agenda here? Do youy perhaps make money by importing and flooding the US market with Inferior asian garbage, or do you perhaps make a profit from sopme sort of outsourcing. I dont care what you say, ANYTHINg that comes from china will never be near as good as that from the US, and if you want to risk your own health, and that of your families, be my guest.

    Comment by kevin on 5/27/08 at 6:08 am #
  22. My agenda is “stop politicizing things that I like,” Kevin.  That’s it.  Molli’s comment smacked of trolling, so I made a snide comment and asked a rhetorical question.

    “With so much fresh fruit grown in the United States…I think this company should take a good look at itself…people in the US obviously dont care where this stuff comes from, they only care about themselves.”

    Too bad you had to wreck this somewhat insightful statement with your “the Chinese are trying to kill us with poisoned food and avian flu” hogwash-bordering-on-racism.  Way to go.

    I lost a job to outsourcing years ago, and I know very little of the import business (though I suspect I know more than you).  Your attempt to “expose” me was far too funny for me to be insulted.

    I can and do pay a premium for all-American made goods when I can find them.  If you know where I can find 100% American-made appliances, computers, cellphones, etc then please tell me.

    Comment by fleshrender on 5/27/08 at 9:31 pm #
  23. i love the floridas natural fruit snacks! i buy the bags at SAM’s club in a 12 pack for $6. orange & strawberry sour strings, blueberry & strawberry nuggets - 3 of each.
    awesome!

    Comment by DeviantMachine on 7/23/08 at 8:13 pm #
  24. Why can’t they leave out the sugar and corn syrup??? Then they would be SUPERB.

    Comment by serena on 9/29/08 at 10:43 am #
  25. New news on asian based food production…. Melamine has spread beyond milk and has been found in some fruit based snacks…

    ....One product called strawberry snack rolls was found contaminated with 33 parts per million (ppm) of melamine, and another Kaka Strawberry chocolate rods contained 6 ppm, health officials said…..

    I’ve email Au’some to inquire about their Chinese based manufacturing… Scary stuff. We should be very careful about trusting Chinese based food production.

    Comment by MButler on 10/04/08 at 9:57 am #
  26. Cybele's avatar

    MButler - I could only find one story about this Kaka Strawberry snack, no other products were mentioned, just rumors. My guess is that it’s the chocolate that has the contaminated milk in it. Melamine is added to make it appear that there is more protein in a product, not really something that’s tested for in fruit purees, so there would be no benefit to adding it. I’ll keep my eye on the story, thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by Cybele on 10/04/08 at 2:00 pm #
  27. where can I find this product in my area , because my daughter loves them.

    Comment by Kimberly Hatcher on 6/05/09 at 9:56 am #
  28. IT’S DELICIOUS, ALL IN THE FAMILY LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS, THANK G’S YOU EXIST.

    SINCERELY
    G.W.

    Comment by GERALDINE on 6/09/09 at 6:33 pm #
  29. MADE IN CHINA ... noticed that after they were opened ... taking them back ... we don`t consume Chinese products!

    Comment by Zeronomo on 10/26/09 at 3:28 am #
  30. To the person who wrote “taking them back, we don’t consume products made in China”... you REALLY didn’t notice it was made in China until you bought it, opened it, but didn’t eat it; instead, you came online and found this page saying they were made in China??

    My guess is you already at least ate some.  My other guess is you feel just fine.

    Anyone who pays so little attention to where the stuff they buy, especially food, came from, probably consumes more than the USDA recommended allowance for made in China food.

    Comment by Josh In WI on 9/24/11 at 1:26 pm #

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