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Not enough fruit in your diet? How do chocolate covered cherries sound? Expensive!

Raisinets dark chocolate cover cherries.

Actually, less expensive. Now that Raisinets makes cherry chocolate candy with real fruit.

Great, but is the cheap candy good?

Does it supply a meaningful serving of fruit without too many calories?

How about health benefits?

Stick with me, my eager friend. You're about to find out!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Raisinets

Bag of Cherry Raisinets by Nestle.

What are Cherry Raisnets? Dried cherries covered in dark chocolate. The latest addition to the Raisinets line by Nestle.

How do they taste? Well, the chocolate tastes the same as on their raisin candy. No surprise there. It's a little crumbly.

But the cherry taste, in my opinion, is quite good. Better and more pronounced that I was expecting.

I like 'em.

How do they compare with Harry and David chocolate covered cherries ? Reasonably well. Gourmet, no way!

The dark chocolate is not as good. And the H & D candy is a bit more nutritious.

But for about half the price the Raisinets do ok. They're good and affordable. Nestle's is one of the chocolate brands that keeps the cheap in chocolate.

Now you have a budget-friendly chocolate cherry candy choice. But is it waistline friendly?

Raisinets Calories

First the good news about this chocolate candy. According to the package, a 1/4 cup serving (45g) provides...

  • dark chocolate antioxidants
  • fruit antioxidants
  • 1/2 serving of real fruit

And now the best news. That 1/4 cup of dried fruit counts as 1 serving of fruit. You can eat candy and it counts as fruit!

Plus get antioxidants that you probably need. Health benefits!

Reality check. Time to face the nutrition facts.

What's the calorie cost? According to the facts on the bag, that 1/4 cup serving has...

  • 200 calories
  • 8g of fat-5g are saturated fat, no trans
  • 5mg of cholesterol
  • 32g total carbohydrates
  • 2g dietary fiber
  • 1g protein
  • 2% calcium
  • 2% iron

Well, that's a lot of fat, calories and carbohydrates. Not super healthy but...

Cut the serving in half. Then you're down to only 100 calories, 4 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbohydrates. But the dried cherries will still count as half a serving of fruit.

Is that a meaningful serving of fruit? Depends on you. Means I can eat some candy full of fruit and not feel guilty. Join me?

Yes, Raisinets chocolate covered cherries can help you increase your fruit intake. They won't bust your budget. Or your waistline, if you exercise a little restraint. They're good but not irresistible.

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