The pros: Trader Joe's Dried Baby Bananas has the texture of a dried apricot, the taste of a very sweet banana.
The cons: Visually unappealing. This is truly ugly looking food (see pictures for clarification). Might be too much concentrated banana flavor for some.
The verdict: For $1.99, this not awesome or amazing find for me. The first thing that hit me when opening the bag was the overwhelming smell of bananas. It wasn't a fresh, just ripe smell either. This was that distinct overripe aroma. But hey, I'm here to try stuff. So it bit into the small banana. It tastes very sweet and has a very chewy texture similar to eating a dried apricot. Putting the smell and the texture together was not my thing at all. It's chewy ultra concentrated banana. I had two of these and it was more of a struggle.
I know someone out there probably loves these and I'm not even sure how anyone can eat a whole serving of this either. Keep in mind this product is distinctly different from the freeze dried fruits. This is dried, not freeze dried. What's the difference? A complete lack of moisture for the freeze dried and there is no chewy texture until you rehydrate them. This is quite chewy the way a candy might be. Not my favorite, I won't buy these again, but I'm sure this taste would jive with someone else. I just wasn't that person.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this item:
The bag of Trader Joe's Dried Baby Bananas in the dried fruits and nuts section:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Nope. I'm sure there are people who like this. Trader Joe's Dried Baby Bananas wasn't my thing.
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