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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Product review and giveaway: GoGo squeeZ applesauce on the go

'Does anyone remember the "applesauce rockets" I make for the girls? I wrote about them last summer and mentioned how much the girls dig them. I just take a baggie, pour in applesauce, clip it off, then snip the end and there you have it, an applesauce rocket. It's great, except for one thing: you really can't leave the kitchen with them. I've been wishing and wishing I had a way to travel with the dang things. Well then I saw an ad for GoGo squeeZ applesauce on the go and just had to find out more. I emailed the company and asked if I could review the product and they sent me two sets of samples—one for us to try and one to giveaway. Cool!

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What We Thought:
The resealable applesauce pouches have a twist-off lid, come in five flavors (appleapple, applepeach, applebanana, applecinnamon, and applestrawberry), and don't need to be refrigerated. Each pouch has 3.2 ounces of applesauce. We brought the stuff on roadtrips, on quick jaunts to the store, and on hikes to the park. It was awesome. I'd ask the girls what flavor they wanted, and then literally toss it to them in the backseat or in mid-walk. They got a big kick out of choosing flavors, and also catching the pouches in midair and twisting off the caps themselves. They thought the flavors were divine—seriously, they liked the stuff so much that when my mom was in charge of lunch one day and tried to give them the old brand of applesauce (which they used to LOVE), they waved frantic little hands in the air and said "No, no, Wela, we don't yike dat kind anymore." Heh heh. Oh, and did I mention that they have never once made a mess with this stuff? Never spilled a single drop—that, given the fact that we are talking about the twinados, is huge. It's made by Materne, an applesauce manufacturer from France, and is sold in some BabiesRUs, ToysRUs, Whole Foods, and Giant Eagle stores (see more choices at the Where to Buy section of the GoGo squeeZ web site), or online at Amazon.com.

The Bottom Line:
The stuff rocks. The girls love the variety of flavors, and I love that it has no added sugar/artificial flavors/preservatives and is totally portable.

Areas for Improvement:
The pouches are a touch on the small side for our hearty eaters. I'd love to see "big-kid" versions that were double in size, because I could see elementary kids really digging on these and even wanting them in packed lunches. Also, it would be nice if the packaging were a little more eco-friendly. I don't think it's recyclable, and that's a lot of material to just be tossed in the trash each time.

The Giveaway:
One Salsa reader will win a case of GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches (20 pouches, four of each flavor). To enter, just leave a comment here. One entry/comment per household, residents of the U.S. only, entries accepted until 8am on Monday 9/21/09. The winner will be drawn at random, announced on this blog, and also notified by email (if I have a way to contact you) that same day. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

~~~ 9/21/09 8:00am: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. New entries will no longer be accepted. The winner will be drawn and announced by 5pm today.

130 comments:

Catherine said...

I think it's a great idea for kids, and I think the bigger pouches for the bigger kids would be an excellent idea!

Becky said...

They sound yummy! We'd love to try, and I have lots of testers. :)

Gina said...

Ooh...I've been wanting to try these out on my daughters, 4 & 8! I think they'd love them!

Haitian-American Family of Three said...

Ahhh applesauce, my girl LOVES the stuff.

Destination Motherhood said...

yumm, sign me up. My little girl would love these

2china4S said...

I'd like to try those with my daughter.

mommyofkgrc said...

we'd love to try these. . .

Jan said...

Looks Yummy!! Kind the same idea as the go yogurt but with better packaging. And we have a hearty eater in Miss Jillian. She'd knock off 2 in no time at all!!! LOL!!

sparkybear said...

Big fans of GoGo Squeeze in this house. Yes I agree, a bigger version would be nice too. I hope I win!

kelhorn said...

My kids would love this. Even the picky eater!
kelhorn@umich.edu

Sandra said...

My girls love applesauce and would love these!

Kim said...

We would love to give these a try!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! My daughter loves applesauce!
Mary
mgotway@cox.net

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! We'[d love to try them!

Elisa
mssparkle88@yahoo.com

Noemi said...

My kids love applesauce! Having two kids in Elementary school I would agree that a "Big Kid" size would be good!

noemifort1973@yahoo.com

Julie said...

Sounds like a great product! We'd love to try some here.

Michele said...

These sound really cool and we'd love to try them.

You get to review the coolest products. And it is great to know that someone recommends an item before you shell out a lot of money to try it.

jenarow said...

Great product...would love to win it. I think the size isn't too bad even for elementary lunches. My son prefers to take 10 tiny servings of different things than only haveing 3 or 4 things in his lunchbox!

side of fries said...

We love applesauce too... now it can move with us! Wonderful!

The Happy Momma said...

Oooh, I want to try these for my daughter. That would be perfect for her!

Catherine said...

These are wonderful!! What a great idea and so easy to use!

Please add me to your contest friend!!

Alyssa and Rob said...

Wow these would be great for Disney -- we are always looking for "no mess and easy to transport" HEALTHY snacks to take with us

Allison said...

Please enter me! :)

copperdog said...

What a great idea! But I agree with you on the recyclability. My kids would love to pack these in their lunches.

Tina said...

These sound great, I bet my youngest would LOVE them!!

Gail said...

Awesome find !! So much easier than trying to open the single serving containers and the applesauce flying across the table. Hmmm, I agree on a big kids size.

Emily said...

i'm feeling lucky!!!!!!! love the idea-- and i trust your picky girls' judgment!

Anonymous said...

These look really cool and my kids would love them.

Anna B.

Anonymous said...

M3 , My daughter is in 1st grade and they still get snack this is
great for small amount and no need
for a spoon. Easy Clean up.
Maybe they will GoGreen with your
comment
Ellyn Wheeless

lazydog4me said...

My 1st grader would love these to go pouches.

Victoria said...

I'd definetly like to give these a try. Thanks for the chance!

Sherry said...

What a great idea!!!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

I would seriously LOVE to send these to school with my boys!

Annalie said...

These are the coolest things EVER! My kids constantly think that they need some kind of snack when we are out and about and these would be perfect.

epin said...

My kids love them, and I agree about the bigger size. They sometimes eat a couple of those pouches at one sitting.

Anonymous said...

My girls would love these!!

Krista from PA

Karen said...

love to give them a try.

eileensblog said...

I am trying to find some kind of fruit my daughter will take in her school lunch - maybe she'd like this? I'd love to win, thanks!

Mom 2 Four said...

I have heard of those and have been looking for them, I would love to win a case. My kiddos love anything to do with apples.

wendy said...

I love this idea, count me in on the drawing

AJ's Mama said...

VERY COOL! I hope our Whole Foods has it!

-Jen-

Anonymous said...

Wow -- that sounds great. April is a big fan of apple sauce and eats lots of it. I love the idea of "no mess."

Ilene, mommy to April Lauren
ilenesg@earthlink.net

Cindy and Co. said...

That is wonderful!!! Road trips, school, parks, anywhere! Please drop me in the hat! I bet my 4 yr old would adore this!

Brandi said...

Mmmm...sounds yummy! I know my girls would love it!

sarchix said...

Looks cool. My almost 4 year old would LOVE it!

Side by Side said...

Oh those would be so cool to put in my twins lunch boxes!!!

Kristi said...

My kiddos think applesauce is great anyway ~ I can't imagine what they'd think of it in packets that you slurp!

Anonymous said...

Great idea, my daughter would love them.
Clare
lv3kitties@aol.com

Terri said...

Hmm...not so sure about these, but we'd give them a try if we won.

Danielle said...

My daughter Olivia would love those since she hasn't quite mastered spoon to mouth yet LOL.

Becca said...

So that's what my daughter was squeezing in the grocery store yesterday! I didn't look closely, just made her put it back. She'd be thrilled if we had some to try.

Jodi said...

What a neat product. I agree with the bigger packages. My kids just devour applesauce. Thank for the review and the chance to win.

Jodi (purehrt555(at)yahoo(Dot)com

Dustin said...

My kids would LOVE these!

Joanna & Tim said...

Applesauce is a godsend! we bring it with us to restaurants while we are waiting for dinner and our daughter "can't wait te eat." This would be perfect! No mess and I can slip it in my purse. Plus I love the no sugar/preservatives part.

Jenn said...

My son would love to try these. He is crazy about gogurts yogurt, and I love how non messy it is. Ben absolutely loves applesauce, and I would love the no mess feature. I've never seen these before. :)

Darcy said...

Oooh...These sound great! I know 2 toddlers that would find these yummy!

Cindy said...

Sounds awesome, we buy applesauce by the case. All 3 of the girls love it!!!

Sharron said...

This is such a great idea. My 3 grand kids would love them and I especially love the no mess part.

Resplendentquetzal said...

Such an interesting idea. And with packing a preschool lunch now, these look like an awesome thing to try.

Tony and Rett said...

LOVE IT! While in China, our girls drank juice out of similar pouches. I loved them then, and wondered where I could find them here!

I'd love to win those!

Linda V said...

Sounds like something both our girls would love!

firegirl said...

What a great idea! I think your rockets were a pretty clever idea too! These would come in very handy!!

Michelle

Analeise said...

We LOVE these. There is also another brand at trader joes that has an applecarrot sauce. My little one loves it so much, and its a whole serving of veggie and fruit. Glad your girls like them.

the jelly bean :) said...

My girls would love these since they eat applesauce daily but make a huge mess.
Tabitha
tic _ collins @ yahoo . com

Crystal said...

Would love to win these for my nephew!

christina said...

Sounds like a really fun product for kids...and even more fun for moms! :) With 4 little boys ages 5 and under (including 18 mth old twins), I am always looking for good, nutritious snacks with easy clean-up. We'd love to try this product!

Mark said...

Sounds like a great product, and it def. would be better than the endless car snacks of goldfish, pretzels, etc...

Kim
kandm623@yahoo.com

Kate said...

Love, love, love these! I had some friends living in France who used to send us these treats all the time. Super handy and fun for the kiddos.

In Due Time said...

This is one of those "I wish I thought of it" ideas!

Count us in.

Michal said...

My daughter will eat anyhting that is Bento-ized or in a pouch! I have often made Yogurt Rockets for her based on your applesauce trick- she would just love these!

TK said...

This might be a great idea to get my daughter to finally eat applesauce. She loves the go-gurt tubes, so this would be right up her alley!
sweetiee1@gmail.com
Kim

Sweet Caroline's Mommy said...

I love, love, love the idea of applesauce to go! My girl would love applesauce in the car!

Mer (Lulu's Mommy) said...

Awesome!!!!! I want these. have you seen the probug? Did I see that on ehere? I want to buy those, too!

Lisa said...

Sounds like something my girls would like. They loved applesauce. Always looking for something new to pack im school lunches.

dalli said...

Those look awesome!! Would LOVE them for my gals.

allison
dallidesigns at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Anna and Noah would enjoy these. Marlayna

Carrie said...

Sounds like a winner. I know my kids would love it!

RainyD's said...

sounds tasty - please enter me into your drawing

Hannah said...

I am so excited that you reviewed this stuff. My daughter loves applesauce and I always think of trying this!

Jen & Bill said...

My son would absolutely love this!

Tracy, Justin, Mitchell, Devon and Loren said...

What a creative and innovative way for the kiddos to eat their applesauce. I'm jealous I would love to eat my applesauce that way, too. I hope I might be the lucky winner to try these pouches.

grumpy chicken's mommy said...

yummy yummy yummy we want to win!!! :):)

Jacquie said...

Cool! And love that there's no added sugar.

Meghan said...

Yummy! They have these at all the rest stops in Europe and I got hooked.

Anonymous said...

These sound great!!

Stace

Julia H. said...

Wow. Just saw these at Whole Foods and was wondering if they were any good. Thanks for reviewing them.

Stephanie K said...

I think they are amazing!! I have been using your applesauce rockets since you posted them!

Emily said...

My kids love apple sauce and what could be better than a cool package that doesn't result in a disaster. Hope we can give it a try!

Dawn said...

Holy Smokes! They make applesauce PORTABLE!? Kick Butt! I'll definatly have to see bout this stuff. With as many field trips as Courtney goes on for school, this would be AWESOME to have!!!

I'd love to try this!
~Dawn
plentiofsunshine@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We are alwyas looking for new things for our lunch boxes! Sounds yummy!

Tracy
matlockta@yahoo.com

Teresa said...

When I saw her drink the applesauce from the container, my first thought was that it was going to generate a lot of trash and I hoped they were recyclable. You answered my question.

Well, I think they will take your suggestions to heart and make the changes.

littlemistermanpants said...

Oh my. What kid isn't a fan of applesauce? And what mom wouldn't love to win a free case?

Love your site and Hope we win!

manda said...

We would love to try these out!

hallegracesmama said...

We would love to try these!

Shannon said...

These sound yummy-my girl would love them!

Debbie said...

These are so cool...my girls would love them!

Anonymous said...

Those are awesome.
-Tami
tamirevel@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the entry!

Trlfan1 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love it...my girls would be amazed at this...we too would love to try it!

Kimberly Evans

Jenna said...

I have seen these before but I have never had my son try them. I thought they would be messy. Great Review! Thanks!

Grandma Monica said...

We got these in our Christmas stockings last year, they were a huge hit. They only sale plain here, so would love to try some variety

Jill, Mike and Maya said...

GoGo SqueeZ is a staple at our house but we only have the plain apple around these parts. We buy Revolution Foods Mashups or Plum Tots too for some flavor variety. Gonna have to try to find some of the other GoGo SqueeZ flavors...if we don't win them in your sweet giveaway!
Maya thinks they are the best thing ever. I have to agree. Completly portable, neat and delicious!

Yana said...

Those look really cool!

martha said...

Love applesauce! I would love to see this product be more eco-friendly, especially recyclable.

~Mad said...

Shoot! I don't even have children at home, but I can see these in my own lunchbox for work - afternoon snack!

~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

April said...

Long time lurker coming out of the woodwork for a chance to win applesauce :). Would love to win and love your blog.
amcmull@yahoo.com

FinsUp said...

Yum!

Valerie said...

My daughter absolutely loves applesauce. She has just started pre-school and gets to take a lunch on Fridays. This would be a really great way to pack in her lunch!

Elizabeth said...

This is a great idea! My daughter loves applesauce, but I don't usually put it in her lunch because she has trouble with the film cover on prepackaged applesauce.

emckinney@charter.net

Chris said...

I think my daughter would love these!

Jamie said...

Ok, you are making me hungry.

I have seen those but I never got them because it looks like a lot of packaging. They remind me of food you can take with you when you go running. But I'll give them a try!

Jamie S.

profanglophilia said...

My youngest eats these, and his 9 yr old brother tries to steal them from him. I'd love to see bigger pouches that would satisfy a growing 9 yr old!!

curryfamily5 at aol dot com

sarahkate60120 said...

As a family always on the go (We sometimes drive almost a 1,000 miles a week.) I think this would be a wonderful product to have.

I don't recall ever seeing it here in any of the shops.

Jennifer and Mike said...

Oh my girl loves this too! We just found out about it a month ago and I cannot keep enough in our house. I had no idea it came in different flavors!

Amy said...

Oh! I would love for my 3 year old to give these a try! What a fun-filled delicious snack.

Bebe said...

My niece LOVES all fruit, so I can't wait to try these!

cpullum said...

My daughters would love these count our fruit drinking family in!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen and Bob said...

Applesauce please!

karenmb@yahoo.com

And you need to email me for the new password to the private blog...if you don't have it already.

Asiaha said...

I love applesause! =)

sportsgirl544@hotmail.com

Keri said...

sounds like a winner to me!

Anonymous said...

Natural is best...We would love to be on the taste test panel!

Jen

Shelby said...

We would love to try those out here in our house.

Bernadine said...

Healthy and on-the-goable. Two winners in my book.

Bernadine
ankabsdragons@yahoo.com

teridr said...

These sound great!

Sandra said...

Too bad it isn't sold any where in my town. We'd have to make a special trip to get it, but I might any way. It looks like it could be fun

Michele said...

I think my girls would love them packed in their lunch boxes!!!
Michele
emilyhope7702@optonline.net

Jennifer said...

Sounds interesting...wonder what my guys would think?? They love applesauce, but they are a touch partial to the stuff Momma makes. :)

Shannon said...

Thanks for the review. Our dogs, Bernadette & Gracie, would be so awfully sad if Ellie stopped using her hands to scoop out applesauce and switched to these. Then again- they'd always find something else, right?! =)

Anonymous said...

We love Applesauce here, and portable applesauce would be even better. Would love to try some.
Monica
kevinandmonica@juno.com

M3 said...

~~~ 9/21/09 8:00am: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. New entries will no longer be accepted. The winner will be drawn and announced by 5pm today.