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Friday, October 16, 2009

Funky Monkey Snacks--Review and Giveaway!

I was contacted by Shannon of Funky Monkey Snacks to do a review of their product, and jumped at the chance! They are freeze dried fruit that is gluten-free, wheat-free, and dairy free, as well as all natural with no added sugar, preservatives, colors or flavors. They are also organic and kosher. I got to try four flavors:

  • Bananamon – Freeze-dried banana and organic cinnamon
  • Carnaval Mix – Freeze-dried banana, organic pineapple, apple, papaya, and raisins
  • Jivealime – Freeze dried organic pineapple and organic lime juice
  • Purple Funk – Freeze-dried organic banana and organic acai

The Review

What did the girls think? We eagerly tore into these when they arrived, then tried to space them out so they weren't gone all at once! Not easy with 4 kids all wanting a snack! :-) G didn't like the Carnaval Mix or the Jivealime, saying they got stuck in her teeth. H, M and F all loved them, though, so they appreciated eating G's share! When we broke out the Purple Funk, though, G changed her tune. She loved it! The Bananamon went over big as well. I guess she prefers freeze-dried bananas.

What did I think? These reminded me a little of my childhood, when my mom would make dehydrated fruit. I never liked the banana chips my mom made (sorry!), but I liked the Funky Monkey freeze-dried kind! They had a different texture and crunch to them, and they didn't stick in my teeth too much. The Carnaval Mix was too sweet and overpowering for me, the Jivealime was really good, but it did stick in my teeth a little bit more. The acai and cinnamon added just the right sweetness to the Purple Funk and the Bananamon. The Bananamon was my favorite. I had to MAKE myself stop eating them and save some for the kids! Maybe if my mom had sprinkled the banana chips with cinnamon, I would have liked them better, but honestly, I think I like the freeze-dried crunch better than the dehydrated texture. I like that they are a shelf-stable healthy snack option, something that would be easy to keep in the car or a diaper bag for an emergency snack (like for when you've been at the doctor's office for over an hour and the kids are about to eat their arms off--not that I'd know that personally, I'm just saying. . .)

Would you like to try some for yourself?

Funky Monkey will send a prize pack of 4 individual pouches of snacks – one of each flavor, to one winner. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada.

  • To enter please leave a comment saying which flavor sounds the most intriguing to you. Make sure you leave your email or some way to contact you if you are the winner.

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So everyone has up to four ways to enter! I will choose a winner by Random.org on October 27th and post the winner by the end of the month.

42 comments:

Pam said...

I think the Purple funk sounds good. Two of my three kids love fruit snacks, and I would love to try a healthier alternative!

Sara said...

I'd try Jivealime, I think. I'm not a fan of bananas, either.

Lisa said...

Bananamon has my vote! My family is happy to try anything gluten-free!

s said...

Bananamon sounds like that might be the hit in my house! Yum!

Lisa said...

Always looking for gluten free snacks now! Purple funk sounds delicious! I'd like a chance to try some for free! I also subscribe via google rss feed. I haven't figured out the friend things yet, though!

Kim said...

I think we would like the Purple Funk the most.
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I follow with Google Friend Connect :-)
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I subscribe via email and love to find you in my inbox. ;-)
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julie said...

Yum... Bananamon sounds good!

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I too follow with Google friend connect!

Mom said...

Haven't "been here" in awhile but I am amazed at your blog. Absolutely in awe! I'm going to have to get another family somehow just to take advantage of all the neat ideas you have, as mine are all grown and gone. Keep up the great advice and as your name proclaims, "to God be the glory." Cindy (it's going to say "Mom" because my son has a blog)

Jessica said...

Carnaval Mix sounds yummy

Jessica said...

I'm a follower!

Melissa said...

I think my kids would enjoy the carnaval mix.

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Melissa said...

I subscribe through Google Reader.

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princess116687 said...

I think Bananamon sounds yummy!

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Amanda said...

Purple Funk sounds the most interesting to me.
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Amanda said...

I am a new follower.

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Amanda said...

I am a new e-mail subscriber.

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Stacey said...

Bananamon sounds interesting.

Tyffni said...

As soon as I saw Bananamon, I knew I wanted to try it. I'm intrigued by the Purple Funk though!

julie said...

I am a follower
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Sara said...

Purple funk sounds the most interesting.

sebournfamily said...

Bananamon sounds delicious!
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Bender House said...

The Jivealime sounds so yummy to me since I love pineapple. Thanks for the chance to win and try these!
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Anel said...

I am interested in trying jivealime
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Anel said...

I am a new email subscriber
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Pat said...

The Bananamon sounds good.
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Christi said...

The Purple Funk sounds fun to me! These sound great....I'm always looking for shelf-stable fruit and veggie snacks!
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Christi said...

I'm also an e-amil subscriber.

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Mommy Petersen said...

Purple Funk! We have 2 girls in the house and EVERYTHING is pink and purple.
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Lisanne said...

The Jivealime sounds the most intriguing! Thanks!

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Nancy said...

I have tried all the flavors. The Carnaval Mix is my very favorite!

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Nancy said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Nancy said...

I also follow via Google Friends: allibrary.

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Jay said...

I would like to try the Purple Funk!
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Drew said...

The Bananamon sounds delicious!

rebecca said...

I think Jivealime sounds like lots of fun!

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rebecca said...

I follow on google

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rebecca said...

I subscribe in google reader

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jakiesmom said...

bananamon sounds like something my son would eat

Shelley said...

The Carnaval Mix sounds the most interesting. Thanks!

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