The other day I came home from school, ready for a snack (as always at that time of day). There was no second guessing about what would be consumed however; it was waiting for me in the mailbox!
Kopali Organics sent me dried mango and chocolate-covered goji berries to
Please note that the products mentioned in this post were sent to me, free of charge, for the purpose of reviewing on this blog. This is my attempt to present an unbiased analysis. Since I don’t have the budget to fork over the money for these products, I will not consider cost in my evaluation.
Kopali Organics is for those “who care about the quality of their food and the environmental and social conditions under which it was grown, produced, and traded.” They support sustainable farmers and their communities and families in nearly a dozen countries.
Their products are USDA certified organic, Rainforest Alliance certified, and fair trade certified where appropriate. (Also read my post on shopping with a conscience.)
PS – I emailed all the companies at the same time about product reviews; Kopali was the first to respond. Thank you, Kopali Organics!
I tried the dried mango first. The chocolate was melted (from the hot mailbox) so I stuck it in the fridge; the next day I burned off my tastebuds on some tea… so, this review has been late in coming. (I wanted to wait till I could taste it as well as possible.)
I consider myself quite an expert on dried mangoes! For authentic Filipino gifts, my mom would buy beaucoup bags of sweet Philippine dried mangoes for our supporters and family. I’ve had my fair share of the tropical wonder known as mango.
The Philippine dried mangoes, however, are sweetened (soaked in sugar syrup before drying), as well as sulfured (a preservative). This is not necessarily evil, but if your food philosophy leans toward fewer ingredients and less processing (i.e. more natural and whole), than you might prefer Kopali dried mangoes.
The Kopali mangoes, besides being organically grown, have no added sugar or preservatives. I think God made mangoes the perfect degree of sweet!
These were chewy, tangy-sweet, and perfect. I thought I was in the tropics again! Mmm.
The 1.8 oz. bag contained enough mango to provide 35% recommended daily amount (RDA) vitamin A, as well as 10% RDA calcium (who knew?) and 8% RDA iron. One serving has 4 grams of fiber and 34 grams of natural sugars.
Chocolate-Covered Goji Berries
Besides on the UliMana truffle, I’ve never had goji berries before. (Look how this product review endeavor is expanding my gustatory horizons!) However, I’m not sure I like goji berries that much. They remind me of raisins. I guess I can’t compare it to more common dried fruits, though.
Of course, the dark chocolate is great. I love the chocolate (it’s fair trade!). So as for the product itself, if you like gojis, I think you will like Kopali’s product.
The texture is addicting—the berries have a slight crunch while the chocolate is so smooth. Texture is really important to me. The combination is also a superfood wonder. The bag contains two 1-oz. servings, each with 25% RDA vitamin A, and a little bits of calcium, vitamin C, and iron.
The berries are actually a great snack, not just empty sugars that make you hungry again. And you don’t feel sick from chocolate, either. Those are the benefits of quality food!
They also sell dried pineapple, dried mulberries, dried goldenberries (all organic), chocolate-covered bananas, chocolate-covered espresso beans, chocolate-covered mulberries, and chocolate-covered cacao nibs, as well as a mix (goji berries, mulberries, pistachios and cacao nibs). Every bag has a full serving of fruit.
I would really like to try the pineapple! Mmm, more tropical fruit. You would think I would have gotten enough of it when I lived in the Philippines… but, enough fruit? C’mon.