I was recently contacted by Diana of Matt's Munchies, in hopes of posting a product review on Buff Chickpea. Free food? Why not. So that's what you have here today, my first official product review. Matt's Munchies, a division of snacks from Chef Roberts, is based out of Cedarhurst, NY, and consists of a line of all-natural fruit leathers. Think fruit roll up, but without all the junk. They're gluten, nut, dairy, soy, and egg free. Certified vegan and kosher parve, Matt's Munchies are packed with only pure and natural ingredients. All six flavors are either mango or banana based, and all are under 100 calories. As for the flavor? Delicious! Unlike similar products, these are sweet, but not overly so. You can actually see flecks of real fruit in the thinly rolled out leather. They have a wonderfully smooth texture, and a nice chewy bite. I would love to try incorporating some of these into a baked good, or maybe in some homemade ice cream. And I bet the ginger zest one would be fabulous steeped in water and consumed tea-style, or sliced stick-thin and sprinkled over stir-fry. To give you a better idea of what Matt's Munchies are all about, here's a breakdown of each flavor (scroll to the end for the giveaway)...
If you can imagine strolling through Disney World chowing down on a frozen, chocolate-covered banana, then you can imagine eating the Choco-Nana flavor.
Ingredients: Banana puree, semi-sweet chocolate (vegan), organic chocolate concentrate
For not containing any apple what-so-ever, this variety surprisingly tastes a lot like the Thanksgiving pie of the same name.
Ingredients: Banana puree, organic cinnamon
Like a fresh-out-of-the-oven slice of banana bread, this flavor is almost begging to be topped with some chocolate almond butter, or maybe that's just me.
Ingredients: Banana puree
You could drive to your nearest Thai restaurant for a mango lassi, or just chew on one of these. I'm thinking the latter is a little more realistic, for your wallet and your waistline.
Ingredients: Organic mango puree
For someone who hates the texture of coconut flakes, this was absolutely my favorite flavor, and it's loaded with real coconut flakes! I felt like I was lounging in a beach chair, and sipping on a Pina Colada.
Ingredients: Organic mango puree, organic coconut flakes, natural organic coconut flavorings
A less harsh version of the Asian ginger chew candy, which can sometimes be a little too spicy for me. Also great for digestion.
Ingredients: Organic mango puree, organic ginger powder
Now I couldn't just tell you all about this fabulous product without a little sample to back it up. So for two of you lucky friends, I'll be sending some Matt's Munchies your way! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post explaining what you think there next flavor should be. Be creative, I can't wait to read your ideas! You have from now until next Friday, the 13th, so get thinking!