I don't know if you've picked this up about me or not, but I'm a little particular about what the wee ones eat. If I could go back a hundred years and feed them no processed food whatsoever, I'd do it. There are so many foods (and other products, for that matter) that have ingredients in them that we avoid. It gets difficult when other children are involved, and as the wee ones have gotten older, that's happened more frequently.
We are among the strictest parents in terms of what we will and won't feed the wee ones. My friends with multiple food allergies and issues are the exception, I suppose. However, when the wee ones have friends over, it's important socially that we have snacks that the other kids are interested in. In carpool, the healthy-ish snacks that I provide have frequently been rejected by others in the carpool as not being sweet enough or for other reasons.
Then I got sent Giddy Snacks, which is a new product that is in limited distribution in Target stores in the Chicago area. I can only hope that the distribution will increase quickly! This was a snack that not only the wee ones enjoyed, but their friends did, too. And yes, we shared. A lot.
The Dip 'Ems are pretty cool. They don't have any artificial ingredients - no HFCS, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, no dyes, no ingredients I can't pronounce. These are the kind of snacks I am ok feeding the wee ones. They are still a cookie with a fruit dipping sauce, so this isn't an every day item like a whole apple, but it's great as a snack.
The Dip 'Ems come in four different flavors: strawberry, grape, sour apple, and tropical. We tried the first two, and while I prefer the strawberry, Mister Man likes the grape better. He isn't as much a fan of the slightly sour taste of the strawberry, but I love it. That said, he will eat them but simply chooses the grape when he can. The multiple friends we've shared the Giddy Snacks with have also been fans, including those who had rejected other relatively healthy snacks I've offered. I think we have a winner!
Giddy Snacks are sold in four packs of a single flavor. Each package contains four individual servings that contain four biscuits and a container of the dipping sauce. It isn't too much food, but it's enough to take the edge of hunger or to share amongst multiple children.
I really like that the dipping sauces aren't overly sweet. The grape is definitely sweeter than the strawberry, but it's naturally done, not by adding all sorts of fake stuff. The sauce is also slightly thicker than I had initially anticipated, which I found to be a good thing. It meant that the sauce was less likely to drip off the biscuit before the wee ones got it into their mouths. I'm all about the snacks that don't require me to do a massive cleanup afterwards!
Are you sold on Giddy Snacks yet? Do you wish they were sold in your area? Their distribution is starting to increase, and if they don't have it by you yet, you can still order them from Amazon. Want to try them first? You can! I have a week's worth of Giddy Snacks for two winners - three boxes for you to try out.
So what do you have to do to win? First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!
This contest is open until Wednesday August 24 at 7pm CST. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment or be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. Winners will be selected via random.org and must respond within 48 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.
Mandatory Entry: Tell me - what snacks do you feed your kids (or yourselves)?
Bonus Entries (leave a comment for each entry - if you put it all in one comment, I'll count it as one entry):
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And no, you won't earn any extra entries for it, but you will get good karma for following me on Facebook, too!
In the interest of full disclosure, I was given samples of the Giddy Snacks for review purposes and to share with friends to get their reaction. That said, I have not received any compensation, and as always, all opinions expressed remain my own.