A few years ago, I went to Houston on a business trip and found various NASA inspired retail products at the airport, including Astronaut Ice Cream. So I bought a pack and surprised my son with it when I got home. He really, really liked it. And you have to love a company that lists “Astronauts eat this stuff” among its product features. But, unfortunately, I don’t love the ingredients.
Recently, however, during a visit to my favorite local store, Whole Health Center, I found freeze dried strawberries. While they’re great for snacking during a hike, stirring into oatmeal, or adding to muffin batter, my picky 10 year old loves them right out of the bag, and his first reaction after trying them was “It tastes like Astronaut Ice Cream!” Score.
The brand is Just Tomatoes Etc. They have everything from bananas, pomegranate, and raspberries to persimmons and “fruit salad.” While fresh, organic, local fruit is best, during the winter months or when your finicky child wants a bagged snack on the go, this is an awesome alternative to chips, candy, or Fruit Roll-Ups.
As you can see from the photo of the bag below, my son was rather enthusiastic about getting into these.