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Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps

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.

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By | 2017-09-04T20:40:15+00:00 April 16th, 2008|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|83 Comments

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83 Comments

  1. danakscully64 May 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    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 🙂

  2. shelle June 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    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

  3. Yvette (From Brothers All Natural) June 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    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 http://www.brothersallnatural.com . 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 info@brothersallnatural.com

  4. Bonnie Tandy Leblang June 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    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 …

  5. Richard Lynch July 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    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!

  6. SUE McQueeney August 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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

    live in northern NH

  7. Bonnie Tandy Leblang August 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    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.

  8. Yvette (From Brothers All Natural) August 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

    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.

  9. danakscully64 August 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    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!

  10. J D Moffat August 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    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

  11. Victoria Barruzza September 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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

  12. Cathy (From Brothers All Natural) September 22, 2009 at 8:49 am

    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 http://www.brothersallnatural.com.

  13. Jonny October 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    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.

  14. raquelle February 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

    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?
    thanks!

  15. Cathy (From Brothers All Natural) February 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Raquelle, our products are currently available in Costco wholesale clubs in 20-pack boxes. We also sell our products directly on our website http://www.brothersallnatural.com 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.

  16. SUE McQueeney February 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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

  17. joyce wensel June 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    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

  18. frank biggs September 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    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.

    WAY IS THE UNIMPLOMENT SO HIGH IN THE U.S.?

  19. joyce September 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    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.

  20. Beth September 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

    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

  21. joyce September 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    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?

  22. Joe September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

    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 http://www.brothersallnatural.com/pages/Food-Safety.html and http://www.brothersallnatural.com/pages/About.html 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.

    -Joe

  23. Tracy September 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    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!!!!

  24. Cathy (From Brothers-All-Natural) September 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

    @Tracy, you may purchase directly from our website http://www.brothersallnatural.com 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 info@brothersallnatural.com if you would like to take advantage of this option. Hope this helps! Thanks again for being such a loyal customer!

  25. Michelle Cochran October 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    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!

  26. Victoria101 January 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

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

  27. Victoria101 January 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

    oh yeah Reynolsburg Ohio 2. lol

  28. Jamie @ Brothers All-Natural January 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

    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 Amazon.com.

    Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions either via the website, http://www.brothersallnatural.com, 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.

  29. glynis March 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

    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

  30. joyce March 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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

  31. joyce March 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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

  32. Jamie Kress March 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    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 info@brothersallnatural.com 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
    info@brothersallnatural.com
    Phone: (585) 343-3007
    Toll Free: 1-877-842-7477
    Fax: (585) 343-4218

  33. Jen April 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    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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