Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps

April 16, 2008
What it is: Freeze-dried Fuji apples
How it comes: Single serve 0.35-ounce bag (each bag contains approximately 1 1/2 Fuji apples
Where it is: Costco, Whole Foods and online at the Bite of the Best shop
Who it's for: Anyone looking for a portable tasty low-calorie sweet snack
Suggested retail price: $0.89 to 1.19
Nutrition notes: One bag provides 2 serving of fruit with 39 calories and 2 grams fiber
Category: Fabulous Food: A healthy twist

Bonnie: Many of my product discoveries are from research for other media outlets. And that’s how I found these dehydrated slices of fruit. I was looking for products for my supermarket shopper’s column in Better Homes & Gardens’ special Diet issue and reached out to food public relations professionals.

One suggested a new freeze-dried 100 percent natural peach crisp, just added to Brothers-All-Natural line of fruit crisps. I was a bit leery, as I had previously sampled some horrid stuff, but I said sure. And I suggested she also send what she thought was the best-tasting variety in their line.

I’m glad I tested the Fuji apple slices first, as they are a Bite of the Best. I might not have kept trying them had I tried any one of the others first. I was surprised as I put a slice of dried apple in my mouth; surprised at how – after reconstituting with the saliva in my mouth – it tasted like a real Fuji apple. And one bagful contains a mere 39 calories.

The slices tasted so good, I was sad when the bag was empty. I’d prefer the servings a bit bigger – but was told that the bags are tiny “because when exposed to air more than 40 minutes, the texture changes.”

Forty minutes? These tasty morsels won’t last that long. But hey, Brothers-All-Natural, how about making one a bit bigger? A 100-calorie bag perhaps?

Bryan: Dried plums made an appearance a while back on Bite of the Best and that’s when my affinity for dried fruit was established. Banana chips, dried apricots, Craisins and more; fruit provides a truly healthy snack in a world of sugar, salt and fat.

Apples were a particularly popular staple growing up in New England. We had an annual apple-picking tradition at a friend’s orchard nearby, enjoying the wide selection of local varieties: Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Fuji. I thought I had tried most of the dizzying array of apple dishes out there: pies, turnovers, and fritters; breads, muffins, pancakes, and ciders; candy-coated, caramel-covered, battered and deep-fried. I’ve done it all—that is until I was introduced to Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Fruit Crisps. Brothers has experimented with a few different fruits (Asian Pears among them), but their real success is with Fuji apples.

Though I would call myself a dried fruit aficionado, I’m a freeze-dried fruit novice. I initially starting crunching away, not really enjoying these dry, oddly textured chips. I almost put them down before slowing a bit to really try and taste them. Given an extra second or two in my mouth, the apple chips found new life and slowly transformed back into juicy apple slices with the help of my saliva. I realized that it’s not really dried fruit, it’s dehydrated fruit, fruit that can regain its moist, flavorful essence right on your tongue.

This is a snack that is worth at least a first try. You will not likely find me pairing apple crisps with a turkey sandwich for lunch, but could you find it in my desk drawer for a mid-day snack? Absolutely.

Eric: I recently received a package of these dehydrated apples and was eager to rip-open a bag and try what my mother had been raving about. I had really never tasted an apple in such a form, perfectly dehydrated and still crispy, and my first instinct was to savor the bag as I would savor each bite of an orchard-fresh apple. The taste is powerful and the texture unique. The only downside is the absence of enough product in each bag. These would be an ideal replacement for chips or cookies, and a healthy alternative to any snack.


83 Comments on “Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps”

  1. Rhonda Says:

    I recently was given a bag of the Brothers Asian Pear Crisps and loved them. I am excited to see them appear so quickly in your review and to find out where to buy more! Gotta run stock up. I agree that a larger serving size would be great.

  2. ccarolyn Says:

    Fuji apples sounds yummy and I love dried fruit…great snack and trying to eat more healthy so count me in. ;-) Thank.s

  3. Pinky Martellia Says:


  4. Cheryl Says:

    This product is awesome. My favorite foods are freeze dried fruits, and these are by far the best ever. They are incredible. Thanks for such a great product!

  5. Emma Says:

    These apples are delicious!!! I first tasted them at Disneyland. I bought them for my 2 year old daughter and she loved them. They are a great snack for the entire family. I was curious to know where I can find more and I’m glad to hear that they are at costco. Now I don’t have to drive all the way to Disney for a bag.

  6. Gabrielle Says:

    The only thing that I didn’t like about these were that they were made in China. :/

  7. Brandi Says:

    These are awesome. I saw them at Costco and had to try them. I am so glad I did. My 6 year old and my 15 month old both love them. It’s great to have a healthy snack available. I would like to see them in a bigger bag and also at more locations. We are hooked!!

  8. Susan L Says:

    Could you please help me in finding where I can purchase the Brothers dried apples in my area? We have had them in Disneyland and they are wonderful. Thanks.

  9. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    I’d be glad to contact Brothers and have them answer you, but first please tell us where you live.

  10. LENITA O’BOYLE Says:

    Love the apple and pear crisp! My sister sent me some from Florida. Does anyone sell them here in Cleveland, TN? I can’t find them anywhere. Can you purchase them off your website? Please respond quickly so I can get some more!
    Thank you,

  11. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Lenita, We don’t sell anything! We just tell you about our recommendations. I will — though — contact a Brothers representative and ask them to post information about where you can purchase the apple crisps (pear too).

  12. Teresa Says:

    Hi Lenita – my name is Teresa and I work on the Brothers-All-Natural account at Edelman. I wanted to let you know that the Fruit Crisps are available for purchase online at Enjoy!

    Susan – we’d be happy to look up stores in your area that carry the Fruit Crisps. Just send over your city, state or zip info. Thanks!

  13. Teresa Says:

    Here’s a link that should work:

  14. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    To clarify, I spoke to Teresa who said she couldn’t find a store in Cleveland, TN that carries the crisps.That’s why she gave you an online source.

    Also to clarify — Edleman is a company that is hired to do public relations for Brothers-All-Natural Crisps.

  15. Nancy H Says:

    Where can i buy the fuji apple crisps in Denver?
    Thank you. Nancy H

  16. Teresa Says:

    Hi Nancy H. – the Tamarac Whole Foods store (7400 E. Hampden Ave) carries many varieties of the Fruit Crisps, but they’re out of the Fuji Apple. They can special order them for you or you can visit to order them directly online. Hope this helps!

  17. Judy H Says:

    Where can I purchase your Fuji Apple Crisp?

  18. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Judy, if you provide your zip code, someone who represents Apple Crisp will post a response you to as to where to purchase them in your area. Thanks for inquiring!

  19. mohammad arshad Says:

    i love this product and i wish they are sold in every super market.

  20. Laura Says:

    I love this product and can’t find it anywhere! I emailed Brothers-All-Natural and it should be at my local Walmart but I don’t even know where to begin looking in the store. What aisle should I look in? I’ve been to several places looking through every single aisle searching and searching but I can’t find them.

  21. Teresa Says:

    Hi Laura – can you provide us with your zip code? We’d be happy to look into it for you!

  22. Laura Says:

    gladly! 46214. thanks =)

  23. Julie Says:

    I’d like to know where I can buy these, too…I’m in 60540 (and I don’t have a membership to Costco). Thanks!

  24. Judy Henderson Says:

    August 19, 2008

    I live and work in Anniston, Alabama. Please tell me where I can purchase the Fuji Apple Crisp. They are the
    best. I can not find them anywhere. Help!!!
    Thank you,
    Judy Henderson

  25. Teresa Says:

    Hi ladies – I did a bit of digging and this is what I was able to find:

    Laura in 46214 – it might be a bit of a drive, but the Costco in Castleton (6110 East 86th St.) carries the Fuji Apple Crisps in a variety pack. If you don’t have a Costco membership, you can also buy online at

    Julie in 60540 – we found the Fuji Apple Crisps at the Toys R Us store in Aurora (4070 Fox Valley Center). They actually carry the special Disney Themed Fruit Crisps featuring Hannah Montana and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – so don’t be surprised if they’ve got a new look!

    Judy in Anniston, AL – we looked, but couldn’t locate a store that carried the Fuji Apple Crisps…yet. Brothers-All-Natural just announced distribution in CVS in the fall and the Disney licensed Fruit Crisps will be at select Wal-Mart stores. In the meantime, you can still purchase the Crisps online at

    Thanks for your interest!

  26. Julie Says:

    Thanks so much! I’ll be heading to Toys R Us tomorrow…

  27. Ann olmstead Says:

    I bought a box of freeze-dried apples$peaches 3 weeks ago.
    Yesterday i bought 3 boxes of them.I AM ADDICTED TO THEM,SO IS MY DOG. GAT!

  28. Greta Says:

    At Costco they recently started selling a box with a few bags of Pears in with the Fuji Apple bags. I love the pears. I can’t find them sold separately anywhere but would love to be able to purchase them outside of Costco.

  29. Teresa Says:

    Hi Greta – would you mind sending us your zip code? I work on the Brothers-All-Natural account and can help you search for them outside of Costco. Thanks for your interest!

  30. Debbie Says:

    Teresa -
    Are you out there? I’m looking for the fugi apple crisps and don’t know which smart & final, Costso or whole foods would have them. Can you help me? I called the toll free number but all they said was go drive around and check them out. With gas prices the way they are, I’m not about to drive around 20-30 miles. My zip code is 94563 in California…if you name a few stores I would certainly appreciate it.

  31. Robin Baurer Says:

    Where can these be purchased? Wegmans?

  32. stacy higa Says:

    i recently received a couple bags of your asian pears. i noticed on the back of the bag that it said product of china. with the recent scare, i just had a concern about products made in china.

    i really love your products and they are so much better for my kids then some of the other snack produces that are out there.

  33. Teresa Says:

    Hi Stacy – my name is Teresa Chou and I work at Edelman Public Relations on behalf of Brothers-All-Natural. We appreciate your support and wanted to get back to you on your concerns. At Brothers-All-Natural, product quality is their number one priority and they go above and beyond the FDA and USDA standards. The best freeze-drying facilities are in China and it’s currently the best way to get premium product to the U.S. Thanks again for your support and please let us know if there’s anything else that we can do!

    Hi Debbie – Brothers-All-Natural is updating their retail distribution to add some more outlets, so we will check on availability in your area and get back to you. Thanks for sending over your zip code!

  34. Scott Mackey Says:

    Stacy above tries to reasures you that the product is safe even though it is processed in China. I recently wrote Nestle to inquire about their milk powder the improt from China. I received a response the next day from a PR woman insisting that they use the highest standards and that their product was afe. Here it is a few weeks later and it has now been documented and released under the freedom of information act that Nestle has indeed imported milk powder containing Melamine from China. All milk powder products in America are contaminated with the same poison that has sickened 200,000 babies in China, many have died as a result. So Nestle lied, their products are not safe. Now the FDA is trying to make us think Melamine is ok, even good for you while China reports hundreds of thousands of sick babies from this stuff. So do not believe public relations, they are there to sell product not look out for your health. The truth is this, once a product is outsourced to China it is for nothing more than making a profit and all health issues and guarantees are tossed out the window. Just look at the toy issues with Mattel, almost every single line of their toy products were made with lead paint from China. China doesn’t care who they kill or sicken as long aas they make money. Don’t be fooled, we are all paying for our own death. From radiated vegetables to poison Melamine to murcury in our child vaccines. It is called Eugenics – look it up.

  35. Scott Mackey Says:

    I’am sorry for the name mistake, it wasn’t Stacy who is trying to make you think this China food product is safe, it was Teresa Chou who made the safety comments.

    Chou – Chinese, need I say more

  36. Leslie Doster Says:

    I found these at Costco and my grandaughter loves them! I can’t imagine anything healthier other than a real apple. Babies without teeth can handle these also. Price is high, but worth it for a travel snack. Have also tried the banana crisps mixed with strawberries. The Strawberries are messy and not sweet, but the kids like them anyway. Bananas are good also. I would buy just the apple ones except Costco packages themt together.

  37. Ann Says:

    I love these snacks. Costco was out of them. Where else can I buy them?

  38. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Ann… what’s your zipcode?

  39. Ann Says:

    To: Bonnie Tandy Leblang

    my zip code is 20832
    The ? was, where else can I find your freeze dried fruit snacks?

  40. don Says:

    dr soda offers the brothers fruits crisps by the bag (1) or you can also purchase them in a bag of 25. Here is a link

    For whatever reason, the bag of 25 cost less from Dr Soda ($18.95) than the box of 24 direct from brothers…plus if 25 is too many, you can purchase by the bag (79 Cents each).

  41. Tony Says:

    Can you help me Bonnie.
    My zip code is 85257.
    I want fuji apples only. I was able to buy them the first time at Smart n Final but now they do not carry them. Costco only has variety pack and I do not have membership.
    Can you check to see where else I can buy them? Thanks.

  42. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    I will ask the company where in your zip code — but in the mean time you can purchase them at

  43. Tony Says:

    Okay, let me know when you hear back from them…Thanks.

  44. danakscully64 Says:

    I bought a bag of these from Disneyland yesterday and I love them!!! I’m going to check out Costco today to see if I can find them :)

  45. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Danascully64 — Glad you liked them. Thought you’d like to know Bite of the Best now has a store where you can purchase the Fuji Apple Crisps — and many other products that we’ve selected as FeaturedBites. Just click the “Shop” button in the top navigation bar …

  46. danakscully64 Says:

    Wow, you’re fast and replying :) I would love to purchase them through BotB, but honestly, the shipping cost is what holds me back. Also, I’m already going to be in the area of Costco today and I’d like to get them ASAP :) I need to price check though…

  47. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Of course compare pricing!! Just wanted to let you know for future purchases. (FYI — shipping is currently free for orders over $25)

  48. danakscully64 Says:

    :) I love Amazon free shipping on $25… but that just encourages me spending money I don’t have :p

  49. danakscully64 Says:

    I went to Costco and I’m very glad I did… got 20 bags (2 fruit servings) for only $11. I bought two :)

  50. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    Fabulous news about the inexpensive apple chips! Thanks for sharing!

  51. danakscully64 Says:

    I’m sorry, I’m not trying to steal business from you. :) When I move out on my own and can’t afford a Costco card, I will buy from your store :)

  52. shelle Says:

    I work at a gym and only snacks we can really offer are the healthy snacks. And I decided to try the apple crisp …I love them ..and so did my 10 month…We live in SC can u tell me where I can purchase them here..My zip is 29461

  53. Yvette (From Brothers All Natural) Says:

    Our products are available in select Costco, Whole Foods, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Toys R Us, and Wal-Mart stores. Unfortunately we do not have a detailed listing of stores in your area. If you are unable to find the varieties you are interested in locally, you are always welcome to purchase directly from us on our website . On our website we do offer a large selection of products along with different quantities that are available.

    If you have any questions or comments regarding our products you are able to contact us through email at

  54. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    And if you can’t find them at those stores, we are now carrying them online on our store. Just click the “Shop” button in the top navigation bar …

  55. Richard Lynch Says:

    I love these things, but it is a tiny serving…

    Tho at 39 calories, even 2 bags isn’t too bad.

    I do question the claim that it’s 1.5 Fuji apples…

    They’d have to be some pretty [bleep] small apples for that to be 1.5 apples worth!

  56. SUE McQueeney Says:

    We just love your apple fugi crisps, where can we buy them.

    live in northern NH

  57. Bonnie Tandy Leblang Says:

    If you provide your zipcode, I will ask the folks at Brother’s where in your area to purchase them. In the meantime, you can buy them via the Bite of the Best shop (Just click the “Shop” button in the top navigation bar …) at amazon and on the web.. just read the comments above.

  58. Yvette (From Brothers All Natural) Says:

    Sue, your best bet to find our Brothers All Natural Fuji Apple crisps locally would be at a Wal-Mart or Costco store. In Wal-Mart they come in Disney Mickey Mouse Club House packaging. You can also always purchase online.

  59. danakscully64 Says:

    Costco does not carry them anymore :( I spent $50 I didn’t have for a membership only to find out that they stopped stocking them in May. Boo!

  60. J D Moffat Says:

    Great, great , great … What a treat!! I’m a new customer and will be purchasing a lot more !! Loved the apples and pairs.
    Keep em’ comming ! Thanks , J D Moffat

  61. Victoria Barruzza Says:

    I would like to know where to purchase Fuji Apple Crisps in the 19007, 19067 or 19030 area code. Thanks

  62. Cathy (From Brothers All Natural) Says:

    Victoria, you can find our Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps at any Super Wal-Mart, usually located in the dried fruit aisle. They will be in our Disney Mickey Mouse Club House packaging. You of course may also order online at

  63. Jonny Says:

    Please, don’t buy this product — or anything made in China — until the evil Chinese regime is deposed and China becomes a free nation.

    Scott Mackey is absolutely right: All the Chinese plutocrats/government care about is making money; they don’t care who suffers in the process (exploited Chinese workers (read: slaves), our environment (why do we need to ship apples from China? There are tremendous amounts of apples in the USA, and terrific freeze-drying facilities), and American consumers (sorry, Brothers, but unless US and/or EU and/or Japanese inspectors are looking at your processes, I don’t trust them).

    Just do an Internet search for “freeze dried fruit” or “freeze dried snacks”, and you will find loads of better options (made from safe ingredients, in safe facilities, much closer to home, by workers who are decently paid and treated).

    Buy American. Don’t buy ANYTHING from China until her people are free.

  64. raquelle Says:

    My kids really like the crisps fuji dried apples by brothers all natural. I would like to know who sales them in more bulk possibly, sams club or costco?
    They seem expensive at a $1 for one small container that is hardly half full so was hoping to find them at a better deal in bulk or discount grocery stores in the Fort Collins, Colorado area?

  65. Cathy (From Brothers All Natural) Says:

    Raquelle, our products are currently available in Costco wholesale clubs in 20-pack boxes. We also sell our products directly on our website in various sizes from 24-pack boxes to 280-count cases. If you place an online order with us, shipping is free to the continental US.

  66. SUE McQueeney Says:

    These are the very best I have found in a dried fruit, these Apples are wonderful cannot wait to order.

  67. joyce wensel Says:

    Yes, I was very excited to see a product that our very young grandchildren could eat without high frutose syrup so I bought 3 bags. When I got home I saw they were produced in China……People, when are we going to demand that our foods are USA…weren’t we just getting poisoned dog food, etc? I demand that we freeze dry American fruit. Please join me in this demand. Joyce

  68. frank biggs Says:

    i truly love crisps,i ijoy them but i will never buy them again nore will i buy eny other product from you if it is a ….PRODUCT OF CHINA.


  69. joyce Says:

    I called the New York office listed on the package and asked them why we can’t grow and dry apples in the US and I was told we can’t grow enough to meet the demand…..hmmmmm! We need to start calling and complaining to all companies and quickly.

  70. Beth Says:

    I just tried the apple chips last month for the first time. They were great! I bought all the store had and now waiting for more to be ordered!! yummy

  71. joyce Says:

    People…….Don’t buy if it is not grown and processed in the US…….countries around the world still use products on fruit that we have banned! Recently there has been alot of discussion concerning apple juice and arsenic, how are apple slices different?

  72. Joe Says:

    I’ve been buying Brothers Fruit Crisps for about 4 years now, and my wife, kids, and even our extended family all love these Fruit Crisps. Additionally, I have had the pleasure of speaking with the folks there at Brothers in Rochester NY through emails and on the phone. The first thing that they let me know in regard to the safety of their products is that the owners own children eat these Fruit Crisps every day. As do the families of the employees and thousands of other very happy customers throughout the country.

    Brothers-All-Natural has several reasons why they choose to freeze-dry in China, but the fruit itself is from all over the world. However, the Brothers only buy and use what is legal to use (as an inference above on the comment dated 9/25/11 is that they might be using “banned” products – which is ludicrous to even suggest if you know anything about this company).

    The Brothers, Matt and Travis Betters, started their company in 2001. However, they come from a family that has had a long line of agricultural businesses spanning the past century located in Upstate NY. As for their demand for Fuji Apples (which was commented on in a remark above), this company is among the top 3 purchasers of Fuji Apples world-wide. They purchase so many Fuji Apples that they actually alter the commodity pricing for such. The wholesale side to their company then sells these Fuji Apples to many Fortune 100 Food Companies as well as using them to produce their own Fuji Apple Fruit Crisps.

    You can see this information on their website at and as well as doing a little research about them on the web. They are a great company and their freeze-dried fruit is safe and healthy.


  73. Tracy Says:

    I love these crisps, I have been buying them at super Walmart but now they aren’t carrying them anymore. My zip code is 79119. Amarillo Tx. Please help me find them in my town!!!!

  74. Cathy (From Brothers-All-Natural) Says:

    @Tracy, you may purchase directly from our website or call us toll free at 1-877-842-7477 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm EST. Shipping is free to the continental US. We have 9 different varieties of Fruit Crisps available at this time with more to come soon! If you sign up for our email promotions (on the left-hand side of our web page) we send weekly email promotions as well. On the commercial level, we mainly sell to distributors (who then choose the individual stores that they would like to sell to). If you prefer to purchase our Fruit Crisps at a store and not online, we can email you a letter that you can take to your local Walmart asking them to carry the product again. Please email us at if you would like to take advantage of this option. Hope this helps! Thanks again for being such a loyal customer!

  75. Michelle Cochran Says:

    These are so good! You have no idea you are eating healthy food. I just ordered a case of them for my mother. Wal-mart sold them and how have discontinued them! I’m so glad I was able to locate an alternate outlet! Thanks so much!

  76. Victoria101 Says:

    hi, Im wondering where I can buy Fuji Apple Crisps….. I LUV THEM! My zip code is 43068. Please reply. Thank You

  77. Victoria101 Says:

    oh yeah Reynolsburg Ohio 2. lol

  78. Jamie @ Brothers All-Natural Says:

    Good Morning:

    Thank you so much for your interest in our products.

    Many Costcos, super Wal-Marts and Whole Foods carry our product but we cannot guarantee any particular one does at any time. We are, however, also carried in many in various grocery stores or through

    Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions either via the website,, or toll-free at 1-877-842-7477 Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm EST. You can always place orders via either of these methods as well should your local retailer not have exactly what you want. We even offer free shipping to the Continental United States.

    Again, we greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future.

  79. glynis Says:

    hi i was just wondering if you can get the apples and feeeze dried fruits in the uk i have tryed a packet and realy realy like the i live in bangor north wales uk

  80. joyce Says:

    glynis, probably not since the uk controls some of the foods from china.

  81. joyce Says:

    glynis, probably not since the uk restricts of the foods from china.

  82. Jamie Kress Says:

    Good Afternoon:

    We do not currently have a distributor in the UK, however, we may be able to ship there depending on the products desired. Please be aware that the shipping to do so would likely be very expensive.

    If you wanted to email us at with the items you were interested in and an address we could prepare an estimate for you.

    We greatly appreciate your patronage and hope that this addresses your concerns. Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us toll-free Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm EST at 1-877-842-7477.

    Best Regards,

    The Brothers All-Natural Team
    Phone: (585) 343-3007
    Toll Free: 1-877-842-7477
    Fax: (585) 343-4218

  83. Jen Says:

    Do u have a distributor In Singapore or do u ship here? I tried the fuji crisps when I was in US and simply luv them.

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