Generally, fruit leather is one snack that parents don’t feel guilty about feeding to their kids. The best fruit leather products are simply made with fruit without additional junky ingredients such as preservatives or added sugar. They typically are a much healthier option than other popular fruit-based snacks such as Fruit Roll-Ups or Fruit by the Foot.
Here are several quality fruit leather brands for you to consider for your family to snack on:
Fruit Leather Brands
Stretch Island might seem like a new company to some, but they have been in business for over 40 years. The company is based out of Allyn, Washington.
Their fruit leather is non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. It contains no preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors.
One thing parents will love about this fruit leather brand is that there is no added sugar. Any sugar noted on the nutrition label is naturally occurring from the fruit.
Speaking of fruit, the leather is made with 100% fruit ingredients. There are no junk ingredients like many fruit snack brands.
Below is an example of the ingredients in Stretch Island Fruit Leather. This should give you an idea of what type of ingredients are in these products.
Stretch Island Fruit Leather Strawberry Ingredients: Apple puree concentrate, pear puree concentrate, strawberry puree concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, natural strawberry flavor with other natural flavors.
The Stretch Island Fruit Leather flavors are:
Veggie Go’s are a brand of Wildmade Snacks. The company was founded Lisa and John who used their experience working on organic farms in Europe to create food products based on fruits and veggies.
Veggie Go’s are available in fruit rolls, strips (leather), and end & bits (leftovers from the strips). We’ll talk about the strips since they are the focus of this article.
They are USDA-certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free. The strips are made with a combination of fruits and veggies with no added sugar.
If you are not convinced that these will be excellent snack, the company offers a sample 3-pack on its website. Simply pay $1.99 and the samples will be shipped to you with a + 50% off code for your next order.
The avilable flavors are:
- Berry, Apple, Spinach
- Mango, Apple, Pumpkin
- Strawberry, Apple, Sweet Potato
- Sweet Potato, Apple, Spices
- Beet, Apple, Cinnamon
Minimal ingredients and assisting kids in eating right was what Solely was founded on. The company makes organic fruits-based snacks in the form of fruit jerky, gummies, and dried fruit.
The jerky is similar to fruit leather and is made with organic fruit and at most a total of three ingredients. The products are non-GMO without the use of fillers, preservatives, or additives.
Additionally, Solely Jerky is free of added sugar. You can feel confident you are feeding your family a better snack with Solely than many other options out there.
The company makes the following Fruit Jerky:
- Mango Jerky
- Pineapple Jerky
- Banana Jerky
- Pineapple with Coconut Jerky
- Banana with Pecan Jerky
- Banana with Cacao Jerky
- Drizzled Mango Jerky
- Drizzled Pineapple Jerky
- Drizzled Pineapple with Coconut Jerky
- Spicy Mango with Chili & Salt Jerky
- Spicy Pineapple with Chili and Salt Jerky
Bear products are only made with 100% natural ingredients consisting of fruit and vegetables. That means there is no added sugar or other unfavorable ingredients. It’s simply dried real ingredients in these products.
The company makes fruit rolls. They are a bit different than what most people think of as fruit leather but they have a similar taste. The available flavors are:
Peaceful Fruits uses only fruit to create their fruit strips. That means no added sugars, syrups, or concentrates are used as ingredients like are used in many other fruit snacks.
The company produced an excellent resource (found here) that compares the ingredients in Peaceful Fruits to other popular fruit snacks. If this resource doesn’t convince you to make Peaceful Fruits one of your go-to fruit snacks, I don’t know what will.
Peaceful Fruits produces the following flavors of organic fruit strips:
- Strawberry + Acai Drizzle
- Blueberry + Acai Drizzle
- Pineapple + Acai Drizzle
- Apple + Acai Drizzle
- Peach + Acai Drizzle
SunRype makes Fruit to Go and FruitSource Bars.
The Fruit to Go Bars are made with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. These vegan and gluten-free bars are made with no added sugar. However, they are not organic and they are not non-GMO.
The FruitSource Bars are made with a combination of fruit and veggies. They are also vegan and contain no gluten.
The flavor options for each product line are as follows:
Fruit to Go
- Apple Wildberry
- Apple Strawberry Watermelon
- Apple Strawberry
- Apple Raspberry
- Apple Mango Strawberry Carrot
- Apple Mango Mangosteen
- Apple Blueberry Pomegranate
- Apple Strawberry
As the brand name suggests, Pure Organic products are USDA organic. This also means that they are non-GMO as well.
The company produces triple-layered and dual-flavored fruit bars. These gluten-free and vegan organic bars are made with no preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors. They are produced with real fruit purees and vegetable juices that provide a superior taste.
The Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bar flavors are:
- Pineapple & Passion Fruit
- Strawberry & Banana
These bars only contain fruit. If you are looking for a fruit bar with minimal ingredients, That’s It should be strongly considered.
The bars are free from the top 12 allergens and are non-GMO. All products are gluten-free and vegan. No sugar is added to these bars. Any sugar seen on the nutrition label is naturally occurring from the fruit.