Need a little refreshment during the dog days of summer? We did too, so we sampled a freezerful of fruit bars and fudge pops to bring you our favorite organic frozen treats.
Natural Choice Organic Mango “Full Of Fruit” Bar
$4.99 for a box of 6
Rich mango flavor and a smooth texture made this bar a hit among our tasters, who liked the fact that it wasn’t overly sweet. It’s loaded with vitamin C and packs only 70 calories, making it almost as healthy as a real mango (and more appealing on a really hot day).
FruitFull Raspberry Bar
$3.59 for a box of 4
We loved the balance between subtle sweetness and a hint of acidity in this bar — it’s the perfect snack to reach for when the heat starts to feel oppressive. As one editor noted, a chopped-up bar would make a great addition to vodka and seltzer for a tasty adult beverage.
Tofutti Marry Me Bar
$4.49 for a box of 6
The Marry Me bar is a simple idea executed very well: vanilla “Tofutti” enveloped in a rich dark chocolate coating. With its smooth, crystal-free texture, you’d never guess this ice cream contains no dairy. The bars are sweetened using organic sugar.
Julie’s Organic Blackberry Sorbet Bar
$3.99 for a box of 4
With an airy but slightly creamy texture (despite containing no milk), this pleasantly tart bar is satisfying enough to eat as dessert. It’s the least sugary of the naturally-sweetened bars we tried, and the lowest in calories — but, thankfully, it doesn’t taste like diet food.
Story by Christy Harrison. This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2007. The story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.