I like the Pear, Peaches and Pineapple the most with the Mandarin Oranges being just as good, better than any canned version which tends to have a tinny aftertaste to me. The Mixed Fruit cup was good but was my least favorite of the 4 flavors I tried.
If you compare ingredients you will notice that the Dole Fruit Cups that come packaged in natural juice only have 4 ingredients, the fruit, fruit juice, ascorbic acid and citric acid. I tried the fruit cups with Splenda and just couldn’t tolerate the aftertaste of the artificial sweetener, so it is good that these have no artificial sweeteners nor any added sugar or corn syrup. They only have about 60 calories a cup and make a great healthy snack that you can eat any time of day without feeling guilt.
The Dole fruit cups packaged in natural juice are the best fruit cups that I have found so far, I have also been thinking of all the fruit cup recipes you can make with these fruit cups.
For example, just mix up a batch of plain microwavable oatmeal and stir in 1/2 or a full Dole Fruit Cup and you instantly have healthy fruit flavored oatmeal. You don’t even need to add sugar, this really can vary up your oatmeal routine and the peaches particularly pair well with the oatmeal.
You can simply strain the fruit cups mix 4 of them in a bowl with some sliced apples and banana’s for an instant fruit salad that can be made in less than 2 minutes as well.
If you have been looking for a faster, easier way to get fruit added to your diet to sub out less healthy snacks or jazz up your oatmeal or breakfast with some fruit, then the Dole fruit cups are just for you. You don’t even need to refrigerate them, so you can just put a few cups in your bag and take them to work with you as a snack. You can refrigerate them and I like my fruit cold when I eat it so I typically do. Buy them in bulk, it is cheaper and lasts you longer!