Baked Apple & Cinnamon Fruit Newtons’ packaging proudly boasts “100% whole grain” and “Real Fruit,” conveying a sense of health and real natural ingredients. For the record, I totally believe that these things have real apple in them. Nabisco did a fine job accurately hitting that apple flavor! Baked Apple & Cinnamon Fruit Newtons basically taste like apples. That’s the problem – since they are inevitably less healthy than a real apple. If I’m going to taste apple anyway, I might as well eat an apple. Okay, Baked Apple & Cinnamon Fruit Newtons are tastier than an apple – but not by a large enough margin. If I’m going to snack on something other than fruit, it needs to taste substantially better than fruit and/or be almost as healthy as said fruit.
We here at Hungry Dads love junk food (obviously). We are not haters. But it’s got to be worth it. And we are always on alert for faux health foods. We would be remiss if we don’t acknowledge the latest marketing trend – selling and packaging processed snacks as if they are more natural than a twig and healthier than the imaginary offspring of a flax and kale. I am looking at you Sun Chips – yes the sun is healthy, sort of – but there is no actual sun in Sun Chips. I am pretty sure. Your commercials show a lot of grass, but there is no grass in your chips (is there?). But this isn’t a review of Sun Chips.
So, as needed, we will point out when a processed, marginally healthier snacks tout themselves as healthy – and assess whether its worth it. We don’t do this to be judgmental, call shenanigans, or cry hypocrisy. We simply wish to give a reasonable, rational review of the snack considering many factors including uniqueness, social acceptance, taste, and (yes) health.
Baked Apple & Cinnamon Fruit Newtons are guilty. But they deserve some credit. They’ve been a self-proclaimed cookie alternative for decades. So, for me, they aren’t as guilty as some others for jumping on the faux health bandwagon. These things are tasty, but not tasty enough to warrant an indulgence. Nor are they healthy enough to warrant the lackluster taste. Eating foods that are sort of healthier and only mildly tasty is no way to live life. Given the cost/benefit, I’d probably just reach for a real apple and/or a real cookie.