The Laidback Gourmet: Frankenberry and Boo Berry Fruit Roll Ups

Happy 2011, and welcome to a brand new year of Laidback Gourmets. You know, last Halloween I had so many things to review that the reviews spilled over past Halloween and into November. So when Christmas came along I was asked to make sure I wrapped up all my Christmas reviews before Christmas. I happily agreed to this, but since I’m a smart ass, I’m going to…

…do a Halloween review. Hoi D! (Insert Mad Ruler laughter here). Oh, and if you don’t get that joke, then you really need to check out my podcast, Pixels & Bits!

Ok, ok, the REAL reason why I’m reviewing these was because during Halloween I did want to review them but they were like 3 bucks a box. However, while shopping at the store the other day they were on sale for 25 cents each. That’s a bargain at twice the price… so I bought both kinds.

As you can see these are Fruit Roll Ups that are patterned after two famous Halloween cereal mascots, Frankenberry and Boo Berry. Actually, that kind of begs the question, where’s the MOST famous one, Count Chocula? It can’t be that hard to make a chocolate flavored fruit roll up, just take a rolling pin to a Tootsie Roll. Anyway, let’s open our off season prizes and see what we got.

Well, they have put more thought into the wrappers than most Fruit Rolls up. Kids do like shiny things. Well, let’s open up Frankenberry and take a look.

Grr, grumble grumble, grouse grouse, I always hated opening up these frigging things as a kid. Ah OK, there we go, got the darned thing opened.

Isn’t that cute. Frankenberry’s logo and face painted right on your fruit roll up. Apparently these are the kind of Fruit Roll up that you can use to give your tongue a tattoo, and no, that’s not a joke. You really CAN leave the imprint of these on your tongue. To answer your three follow up questions, yes – I did try this, yes – it really did work, and no – I’m not going to take a picture of my tongue. Well, let’s give it a taste.

*Om Nom Nom*

Two thoughts hit me right away. One, this doesn’t really taste like the cereal, but more just strawberry flavored fruit roll ups, and two, they actually taste better than I remember as a kid. Honestly it’s not as sweet as I remember, and I dare say it actually tastes less sweet than the cereal it’s named after. Let’s try the Boo Berry flavored ones now.

*Om Nom Nom*

Same deal. Doesn’t taste like the cereal but more like blueberry fruit roll ups. I think I prefer the Strawberry flavored ones better. Ok, final score: 7/10. They taste pretty good for fruit roll ups, but they still get stuck mercilessly in your teeth and at the end of the day there’s better fruit candies to be eating.

Well that wraps up another edition of the Laidback Gourmet, I want to sincerely wish everyone out there a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year and may all your resolutions come true. As for my resolutions I resolve to keep plugging out reviews, and I hope to receive more mail from my readers, since I really do love hearing back. And how does one send feedback, thoughts, suggestions or praises?

Why by emailing me at of course! Until next time, I’m Ed DiFolco, you’re Laidback Gourmet with a hint that January is going to be a very fun month here for this blog. Stay tuned!

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